IF R&B AND GOSPEL SINGERS COULD TALK ABOUT CIVIL RIGHTS
The Civil Writer Magazine
In the 60s a band of musicians who were black and white, men and women, called Sly and the Family Stone embodied the promise and the pain of the country during the Sixties. They encountered racism in many places they performed but it never altered their message. They exemplified the youth of the countercultural movement in embracing peace and empowering women. Sly was a culture critic through his music. R&B has lost it's way as a once social messenger throughout the 60s; Marvin Gaye song mother, mother There's too many of you crying Brother, brother, brother There's far too many of you dying You know we've got to find a way To bring some loving here today..... Sly Stone and the The Coasters’ wrote their own “There’s A Riot Goin’ On,” in step with Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On”
These young R&B singers are singing about sexuality as if that's the major problem with the Black race when it's injustice towards the babies they bring into this world. R&B and gospel music are no longer the resources for communicating war is not the answer. Neither does R&B or gospel music express "we shall overcome" by the way written by a white songwriter. Both genres have deteriorated the messaging and struggles with feel-good music that are short on substances to improve the welfare of the Black race and family. It is Rap music that has taken up the torch for messaging to Black people on what's going on. Rap Messages us to clinch our fist in solidarity and not your penis as if that is the problem of Black people. With all the talk about sex in R&B you would think that there are no more high unemployment, poverty and injustices. When was the last time you have ever heard someone sing gospel music that stated Jesus was the light unto our success rather than our salvation. When was the last time you heard R&B say there are too many of us dying.