New video from SoulStice, but rather then let me explain it, who better then SoulStice himself.
“”Strange Kinda Love” is a song about universal love and tolerance. Since it was originally released, it’s won 4 songwriting contests, including the Billboard World Song Contest. In it, I reflect on my experience as part of an interracial couple and recall that it wasn’t long ago that my wife and I couldn’t have gotten married in the US. Today’s “free love” struggle centers around the LGBT community and same-sex marriage. I’m happy to report that since I wrote this song, 5 states and the District of Columbia now issue same-sex marriage licenses and 5 more provide equivalent spousal rights. We’ve got a long way to go, but we’re moving in the right direction.”
The new Warner Brother’s film “The Preacher’s Kid” hit theaters nationwide on Friday! You may remember that one of my songs was featured in the recent smash “The Blind Side.” The funny thing about “The Preacher’s Kid” is that this was actually the first movie I placed a song in, it’s just taken this one forever to come out. It took so long that I’d actually forgotten about it until my Dad hit me with a text.
“The Preacher’s Kid” is a modern twist on the prodigal song story in which a preacher’s daughter leaves home to pursue her dream of being a singer. The movie stars the singer Letoya Luckett (formerly of Destiny’s Child). The attached photo shows Letoya and I on the red carpet at an event in DC.
The movie features a remix of my song “The Melody,” which was actually the first single I ever released back in 2003, on 12″ vinyl format. The club-friendly remix featured in the movie was crafted by DMV producer Arsonal. If you watch the movie trailer, you can hear the song play briefly around 1 minute: http://bit.ly/aBsWVx
In Hip-Hop addressing and or discussing homosexuality is like addressing the “Elephant In The Room” as its undeniably one of the cultures most taboo and debated topics. Whatever your feelings might be about the topic (pro or con) for an artist in the Urban Culture to even broach the topic represents risk. That said, you have to give it up to SoulStice for pushing the envelope (which is what artists are supposed to do), addressing it and doing so in an objective and educated manner. This undeniably falls into the “it takes a strong man to stand up for yourself, but it takes a brave man to standup for others” category. Personally, I feel SoulStice should be applauded for even taking the risk and for having a big enough pair to do so.
Perhaps, SoulStice himself sums it up more eloquently…
“As a Black man in America that’s also part of an interracial marriage, I’ve experienced my share of prejudice and bigotry. We’ve come far on issues of race, but still have a ways to go. However, at this stage in the game, I feel like we’ve got even farther to go on issues relating to same-sex relationships and marriages. Love is love…we should have gotten that, if nothing else, from the musical legacies of artists like Michael and Stevie. It’s not a “safe” move for a hip hop artist to show this kind of support for the GLBT community. But as an artist, I feel like it’s my job to challenge the status quo, not just play into it or step around it. To me, being revolutionary means fighting not just for you and yours but for any community suffering injustice.”