“I am so a black artist, but I am an artist first. When you put “black” you are telling the audience they may only relate to a certain type of story...putting these titles around it make it seems like it’s dessert, it’s a specialty case, something that’s not a part of the canon.”
We talk with composer-lyricist and Broadway actor Douglas Lyons about the importance of visibility for black artists, why black artists shouldn’t need a label to exist, and a sneak peek of his latest work!
Recommendation: Geraldine Inoa’s Scraps
Shout out: Latoya Edwards, Mykal Kilgore, Aisha Jackson, Melvin Tunsel III, Cord