Rock icon Lenny Kravitz told CNBC he was “sad” and “amazed” that racism and inequality continued to pose global problems 30 years after his debut album “Let Love Rule” was released.
Speaking of the release of his new memoir of the same name, the Grammy-winning activist, whose parents were interracial, said he saw her and his grandparents “fought and fought” for equality and “if they were here today, they would.” do it.” don’t understand where we are, they wouldn’t understand. “
“What I find sad is that 30 years ago I would have wondered if the world would be in a better place than when I wrote my first album … when I talked about a lot of these subjects, I would have you said, “yes … it’s a slow climb but we’re going there,” he said.
“I’m just wondering where we are today. That we slipped into this place,” he added.
With the US election coming up, the musician and songwriter, who has sold over 50 million records worldwide, asked CNBC that it was a global problem to be asked what he thought could be done and how the current US government was dealing with the problems was handled.
“I don’t want to make it an American thing because this is a global issue between people. What can we do? Those of us who know what is right and what is true must continue to represent what it is,” he said.
Kravitz said he was “very, very proud” of the young people around the world who are standing up and protesting peacefully.
“I love to see this because the youth know. These are old ways that are passed down and taught to the new generation of people,” he said.
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The influential music star said he has been disappointed by some of today’s world leaders.
“Oh yeah, of course … there are people who do better than others and there are people who are more positive than others, but at the end of the day it’s still politics and things don’t happen as quickly as they should . ” he said.
“Our main concerns right now have to be our planet and … how we treat ourselves and each other, and we don’t have time to wait to work through the whole tape. We have to act now, and if we don’t, Mother Nature will take care of us take care, “he added.
In his recently published bestseller in the New York Times, the all-rounder wrote about the first 25 years of his life up to the release of his debut album.
Kravitz’s mother was American actress Roxie Roker, who was half of the first interracial couple to appear on the sitcom series “The Jeffersons” on US prime time television. His father was Sy Kravitz, a former Army Green Beret and a journalist and producer on NBC News.
Kravitz told CNBC that his cross-cultural upbringing resulted in his early years being passed without knowledge of divisions and differences.
“It was nice to grow up like this and not understand it without having an idea of racism,” he said.
Speaking from his home in the Bahamas, where he has been since March during the worldwide response to the Covid-19 crisis, the famous star became aware of the reality of segregation in first grade school.
“My parents took me to school like my parents on the first day … this kid ran in front of the three of us, stopped, pointed a finger and screamed your father’s white and your mother’s black,” he said.
“And then my mother and I started talking about races and how the world really began,” he continued.
In his memoirs, Kravitz also describes the difficult relationship he had with his late father when he left the house at the age of 16 after a heated argument. The couple was able to reconcile later in life.
“I actually got to love him so much that I didn’t love him in my lifetime. Writing this book gave me a deeper understanding of this man’s character,” he said.