Yesha Callahan

Watch: Jay Z Talks Racial Relations and The Cultural Impact of Hip-Hop on Oprah’s Master Class: “We’re More Alike Than We’re Separate”


“Hip hop has done more for racial relations than most cultural icons” — Jay Z

Check out some Jay-Z snippets:

“Racism is taught in the home. I truly believe that racism is taught when you’re young.” “So it’s very difficult to teach racism when your kid looks up to Snoop Doggy Dogg.”

“I have a very interesting take on the cultural impact of hip hop and it’s a strong one, so I just want to prepare people at home.” “I think that hip hop has done more for cultural relations than most cultural icons. And I say save Martin Luther King because his ‘Dream’ speech we realized and President Obama got elected, but the impact of the music, this music didn’t only influence kids from urban areas; it influenced people around the world. People listen to this music all around the world and took to this music.”

“If you look at clubs and how integrated they have become – before people partied in separate clubs, there were hip-hop clubs and techno clubs – and now people party together.” “Once you have people partying, dancing, singing along to the same music, conversation naturally happen after that, and within conversation we all realize we’re more alike than we’re separate.”

Photo Credit: OWN

  1. January 6, 2015 - Reply

    I guess we would all be equal and there would be no racism if life was just a big party and we all stayed in the clubs 24/7. Like they say, “white people love black culture but hate black people.” But at some point we all must go to our jobs, live in pretty much segregated neighborhoods, attend de facto segregated schools, get arrested or shot. That’s when life isn’t just one great big party and the music stops.

    • January 6, 2015 - Reply

      @Darryl Hines

      Preach Brother.

  2. January 7, 2015 - Reply

    Once again he’s in lala land. Celebrities are so simple…

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