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[MUSIC] We just released Lake By the Ocean. It's the second installment of the blackSUMMERS'night trilogy. I think we have done something that's different, that fills the gap, the void. And that people can feel this special. [MUSIC] I think people respect more, at least I respect, the artists that I look up to are the ones that kinda do what they feel more than do what's gonna get them on the radio. It's the emotion behind what you do That people are feeling. At the end of the day when it comes to art, music, fashion, cinematography, film, whatever. It's how did the people feel when they walked away? WHat did you leave them with? How did you reflect yourself through them and them reflect themselves back at you through the work? I'm just grateful that people appreciate what I do. It's a blessing for me, especially with being an African American man from a Caribbean background, who in the beginning didn't feel completely black enough in the traditional black enough soulful way that most other artists have been in the past. So, for me it's a brilliant gift of conformation. Not only my people, but all the people around the world that my music was good enough for them. [MUSIC]

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."

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