During my Sunday morning drive to Birmingham I happened to catch this interview with Robin Thicke on Weekend Edition Sunday on NPR. He talks a bit about being a white soul singer and how he grew to be more conscious of race through his relationship with his wife, Paula Patton, a black actress.
Thicke isn’t afraid to talk about his race in his music, on stage and in his personal life.
“I think it’s just because that was the music I related to,” Thicke says. “And then, when I met my lady, she was president of the black student union in school. She taught me compassion and righteousness, and she taught me all these hidden things that were going on in America that most white people wouldn’t be able to understand unless they had a relationship and conversations about it with a black person who’s having the black experience in America. And her father was a Mississippi sharecropper, you know? So the respect for the journey, I think, is just inevitable, because she’s my heart and soul. I live as much in her shoes as I possibly can.”