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Stevie Wonder: “black lives matter… because we are the original people of this world”

stevie wonder in londonLondon — Motown singer Stevie Wonder has told a huge crowd in London, that “black lives matter… because we are the original people of this world” he said in support of the Black Lives Matter movement while closing one of London’s biggest music festivals.

The Superstition singer instructed the 65,000-strong crowd at the British Summer Time Festival to choose love over hate and said he believed everyone had black ancestry.

“Yes, all life does matter, but the reason that I say ‘Black Lives Matter’ is because we are the original people of this world,” Wonder said on Sunday.

“So in essence, everyone here has some black in you. You’ve all got some soul in you, so stop denying your culture. Love yourselves, all of yourselves, no matter what colour you might be.”

The 66-year-old’s remarks come after the shooting death of two men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, at the hands of police last week. Five officers were then shot and killed at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas on Friday.

Wonder played his critically-acclaimed 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life in its entirety and said it broke his heart that the racism he sung about on the album was still rife 40 years later.

“The songs and the words that we talk about, those conditions still exist in the world and that hurts my heart.”

Following USA shootings BlackLivesMatterLondon protest took place on Southbank, Friday July 8th.


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1 Comment on Stevie Wonder: “black lives matter… because we are the original people of this world”

  1. Thank you Stevie for explaining the things you sang about. The world needs to hear it explained and broken down. They think artists are just entertainers. And Great Ones are always so much more.

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