Pharrell Williams Says “There’s Not Enough Black Leadership” In The Music Industry: There’s Not Enough Ownership
Pharrell Williams is giving back to his community in a major way, while also speaking his truth on the downside of the music industry!
The 48-year-old singer/producer has reintroduced an initiative for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs that awards prizes of up to $1 million! In December 2020, the mega music producer announced the launch of an initiative for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs called ‘Black Ambition’. The purpose of the nonprofit is to provide a bridge to success for entrepreneurs of color working in tech, design, healthcare, media, entertainment, and consumer products/services start-ups.
Earlier this week, the nonprofit announced that applications for its second annual prize competition are now available at BlackAmbitionPrize.com. During a recent interview to promote the ‘Black Ambition’ initiative, Pharrell Williams got candid about his thoughts on the lack of black leadership in the music industry. Williams said,
“There’s not enough Black leadership–There’s not enough leadership from people of color, but there’s also not enough ownership. As much as the music industry has given me, I love it enough to be honest about, when you love something/someone, you can be honest about the things that can be better. “
Pharrell goes on to credit the new generation and how they “stand for something.”
“What I love about this generation is… they’re essentially socialist by nature, and they share everything. They stand for something. They’re no longer doing the deals that the older generation’s would fall for in the past..”
He ends with being optimistic about the future,
“There are good people in the music industry who knows these things and are making these changes as we speak. “
"There's not enough Black leadership. There's not enough leadership from people of color."
— Bloomberg TV (@BloombergTV) March 22, 2022
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