Benny Starr has been working diligently this year, as he’s on a mission to put the state of South Carolina on the map. In a beautiful open letter, dedicated to black women, Starr put all of his feelings on the table:
“As a Black Man, expressing my appreciation, in words, for Women of Color, especially Black Women, as they live the experiences that shape their thoughts, sustain their souls and inform their decisions, is something that never seems to quite measure up on paper. However, I just don’t see myself ceasing my efforts, in that regard. There was a moment when I realized that it was long overdue, for me to be introspective, and honestly assess how my own actions, views and relationships, stifle, or support, the Women I claim to care for, so deeply. I’m thankful for that moment.
As a musician, I express my appreciation for Solange Knowles, her songwriting and the beautiful catalog she has been able to amass, thus far. Her latest album, A Seat At The Table, is an incredible body of work, on many levels; one that has helped to inspire, heal, and bring joy to so many Women, in so many ways. It even inspired me to, respectfully, reprise an incredible record of hers, “Cranes in the Sky”. This reprise, was fueled by the powerful spirit that our sisters have always embodied, while being directed towards the women who continually reject anything less than freedom. This, a personal expression of support, was done simply with Love; always, and in all ways.”
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