Lenny Kravitz Called Out Black Publications And Outlets For Basically Ignoring Him Throughout His Career

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On the heels of the release of his upcoming album, Lenny Kravitz is looking back on his career and where he felt the least amount of support.

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Covering the latest issue of Esquire, Lenny opened up about how certain media outlets treated him, particularly the Black entertainment publications who didn't seem to acknowledge him.

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"To this day, I have not been invited to a BET thing or a Source Awards thing,” Lenny told Esquire. “And it’s like, here is a Black artist who has reintroduced many Black art forms..."

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"...who has broken down barriers—just like those that came before me broke down. That is positive. And they don’t have anything to say about it?”

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And after a quick Getty Images search, the only "thing" to pop up related to Lenny and BET or Lenny and Soul Train, is a set of photos commemorating his appearance on BET's 106 & Park back in 2013.

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Lenny also recalled Vibe, a popular music magazine highlighting hip-hop, R&B, and Black culture, waiting nearly a decade to feature him in their Who's Who section, something they'd been doing since the magazine debuted in 1993.

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Despite avoiding major controversy for the majority of his career and being, what he believes to be, a positive example in the music industry, Lenny didn't understand why he wasn't being recognized...

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...or why his success “is not celebrated by the folks who run those publications or organizations. I have been that dream and example of what a Black artist can do.”

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Lenny details more of his life and career in the full Esquire interview.

His new album Blue Electric Light is set to be released on March 15, 2024.