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Top 12 African-Americans Who Adopted the ‘New Black’ Mentality

“The New Black doesn’t blame other races for our issues.”

1. KeKe Palmer: Actress, Singer & Former Disney Channel Star

attends day 2 of the Radio Broadcast Center during the BET Awards '14 on June 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

KeKe Palmer attends day 2 of the Radio Broadcast Center during the BET Awards ’14 on June 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.


Palmer took to Twitter to express her grief over the 2014 shooting death of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown. “Oh my Lord, bless Mike Brown & his family,” she wrote. “Why do we hate each other, harm each other, kill each other? We are brothers & sisters y’all.” Palmer continued with a series of tweets stating, “All colors! Peace is the answer. Stop separating yourselves through race. That’s the issue. If you want to end racism, start by not generalizing/grouping people with the thought that they all believe the same things.”

2. Pharrell Williams: Singer, Rapper & Record Prodcuer

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Pharrell WilliamsIn a 2014 interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Neptunes producer defined the phrase “new Black,” which he coined himself. “The ‘new black’ doesn’t blame other races for our issues,” he explained. “The ‘new black’ dreams and realizes that it’s not a pigmentation; it’s a mentality. And it’s either going to work for you, or it’s going to work against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re gonna be on.”

3. Raven-Symoné: Child Star and Co-Host of “The View”

Raven (1)The former “Cosby Show” actress appeared on Oprah’s “Where Are They Now” and explained how she totally rejects labels. “I’m tired of being labeled,” she told Oprah. “I’m an American, I’m not an African-American.” Symoné went on to state, “I don’t know how far back they [my roots] go … I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from, but I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American. And that’s a colorless person.”

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