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CL Says The K-Pop Industry Is 'Inspired by Black Culture, Whether They Acknowledge It Or Not'

CL Says The K-Pop Industry Is 'Inspired by Black Culture, Whether They Acknowledge It Or Not'

CL is speaking out in support of Black Lives Matter.

The 29-year-old 2NE1 member and solo star posted a message on her Instagram on Thursday (June 4) amid protests globally following the murder of George Floyd against systemic racism and police brutality.

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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,” she wrote.

“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,” she continued.

“I would like to encourage all 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 all are 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.”

Here are Black Lives Matter resources and how you can help support the cause.

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