Say It Loud: I'm Black & I'm Proud James Brown-1968

1:43-2:30

  • Say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud! Say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud!
  • We demand a chance to do things for ourselves. We're tired of beating our head against the wall and working for someone else.
  • We're people, we like the birds and the bees. We'd rather die on our feet. Than be living on our knees.
  • Say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud!Say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud!

In this short excerpt from "Say it Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud" by James Brown, he starts off by repeating "Say it loud" while a voice in the background shouts "I'm black and I'm proud" as the chorus. James Brown uses the Chorus to get across to the African American listeners that even with all the controversy and racism against them, they should still be proud to be black and never feel less than anyone else because they are black. Then Brown continues with "We demand a chance to do things for ourselves. We're tired of beating our head against the wall and working for someone else." Saying that he and the rest of his race are tired of putting all of there energy and focus on working for another race and be treated as less, and would rather work for themselves and have more opportunities. Next James Brown Bluntly states "We're people, we like the birds and the bees. We'd rather die on our feet. Than be living on our knees." Brown is try to get across that African Americans are people just like everyone else and that they would rather stand up for what they believe in, than bowing down and surrendering their lives to someone else, just like every other person would. Brown, finally, ends with the chorus "Say it Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud", the same way he started the excerpt.

The late and great James Brown was an amazing Musical Artist that created such iconic songs such as "The Payback", "This Is A Mans World", "Get On Up", and "I Feel Good". In some of his songs Brown discusses world events and give his views and advice on them, such as in his song "Say it Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud". This song is reflecting and confronting the racial discrimination and the inequality in America.In the song Brown stress that even with all of this controversy in America, African Americans should still have pride in there culture and who they are. Another point Brown makes in this song is that he along with African Americans are tired of this discrimination and that they demand equality, simply because they are people too

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