CL Calls For Solidarity With Black Lives Matter Movement, Talks About How Black Artists Have Inspired K-Pop And Her Own Work, And More
CL has written a letter calling for greater awareness of how all aspects of the K-pop industry have been inspired by black culture and she encouraged everyone to care about and support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Shortly after outrage sparked over the death of George Floyd, CL first showed her support for the movement on May 31 when she shared a petition on her Instagram calling for justice.
On June 4, she went on to share her thoughts in a powerful letter, written in both English and Korean. Read it below:
‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ was the first album my dad bought me.
Beyonce’s “DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE” was the first CD I bought for myself.
Janet Jackson taught me the power of movement of dance and expression.
Missy Elliott is why I am so obsessed with my video visuals.
Lil Kim was one of Fashion’s pioneers that taught me how to be fearless in how I tell stories through clothes…
Aaliyah is the reason why I still wear baggy pants and combat boots on stage.
During the rare moments of me being at karaoke, my friends saw me sing (but actually screaming) nonononoWAY by Whitney Houston.
It ends with no mo drama by MJB.
Some of the biggest inspirations for 2NE1 were DESTINY’s CHILD and TLC.
These are just some of the examples of the core women who have inspired me over the years.
Artists, directors, writers, dancers, designers, producers, stylists in the K-pop industry are all inspired by black culture whether they acknowledge it or not.
I would like to encourage all the K-pop fans to give back and show their love and support for all that we have received from Black artists.
I want to explain to all the K-pop fans, fellow Asians, and non-Americans who feel like they have little or no connection to what’s happening that we are all connected at the end of the day.
And don’t we, Asians living abroad, also face enough racism to the point where we are numb and sick of it?
We must stand up together as one helping them fight for justice.
It’s never too late. Let’s send them love and support by caring, elevating black voices, educating ourselves, and bringing awareness to people around you.
#blacklivesmatter [in Korean]
CL is a popular singer-songwriter and rapper who made her debut in 2009 as the leader of the legendary girl group 2NE1. On top of the group’s many achievements, she is also the only Korean female soloist to chart on Billboard’s Hot 100, which she did in 2015 with her track “Lifted.” She most recently dropped the chart-topping album “In The Name Of Love” last December.