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I am so proud of how far Black people have come in the entertainment industry. We went from barely being represented in TV, film and media, to our culture now inspiring the entertainment industry at large.

My experience as a Black artist has still been discouraging at times. I sometimes feel like I can’t do certain things without them being seen as intimidating, angry or negative. But, most of all, it is empowering to continue to succeed in an industry that doesn’t always want to see me succeed. Being a Black artist has its own set of advantages and challenges.