Jazmine Sullivan on the Racial Breakdown of R&B: ‘There’s Injustice in How Black Soul Artists are Received’

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"I'm glad that people are recognizing me in some way and kind of seeing there's a little injustice in how Black soul artists are received," she told the Associated Press.

Jazmine Sullivan has been in the music industry for nearly a decade, but her story is quite different than, say, the Adeles of the world.

In an interview with the Associated Press, the Grammy-nominated songstress said that she feels as though Black R&B singers’ talent is overshadowed by White soul artists.

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“I guess I’m glad that people are recognizing me in some way and kind of seeing there’s a little injustice in how Black soul artists are received,” she said. “But at the same time, I try not to focus so much on the negativity.” 

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This year, Sullivan earned three Grammy nods in the R&B categories—Best Traditional R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album—but though she has been nominated 11 times since her 2008 debut, she has never won. 

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“I think it’s just a matter of making myself known to more people,” she said. “I think it’s about spreading Jazmine Sullivan’s brand, I guess, to more people….[There] may not be as many people who listen to Adele, [but] there are people who are listening. There are people who appreciate me. There are people who love my music.” 

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