Behind the Cover: Maxwell on Feeling Like His Music is Good Enough

Maxwell's music has always transcended racial lines, but for a long time, the Haitan and Puerto Rican singer didn't feel acceptance within his own community. "It's a blessing for me as an African American man from a Caribbean background who for a long time, in the beginning didn't feel completely Black enough in the tradtional Black and soulful way that most other artists have been in the past," the ESSENCE Festival 2016 headliner explained.  But with time, he's grown comfortable with who he is and all that he stands for. "So for me it's a brilliant gift of confirmation not only from my people but from all the people around the world that my music was good enough for them."