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Are We In Or Out?

by | Nov 28, 2017 | Opinions, Views & Contexts

The oft-used terms of “working twice as hard” and “struggle” are ubiquitous within the industry and because of this can seep into becoming a stereotype, old, used and dashed-about, a tiresome and frustratingly familiar excuse that becomes to inform and describe the mindset of the Black artist. But, from my own experience, this stereotype couldn’t be more accurate.

While these terms do get bandied about, and have been there ever since I’ve worked in the industry, its becoming increasingly a reality for me and becoming harder and harder to ignore.

But this piece isn’t about the Black frustration or the struggle of working twice as hard; it’s about the reasons why I think this may be happening in the first place, and how, in my humble opinion, we might sort them out.