Two months after The-Dream surprise-released “Black” with a corresponding lyric video featuring news footage, the singer and producer has shared an official video for the track. Shot in the Langa Township of South Africa, the clip makes a strong statement that The-Dream says was inspired by Nelson Mandela. He explains more in a press release:
“I needed to take a step in a direction away from my comfort zone and do and say and sing something worthwhile, I think this way all the time, and I spend most of my day in the battle of being Black and being a minority. Money has not changed my status in the department of racism and or classism. I take a step in this direction in order to no longer ignore the real part of life that exists after I walk out of a studio, after I take an award at a show, and after I drop my kids off to school. America is still broken. I only wish to help bring these broken ways to light so we can fix our hearts, and make this dream a reality and not a segregated dream filled with false hope.”
Revisit his cover story, “The-Dream’s Got the Whole World Open,” from a 2010 issue of The FADER.