Stevie Wonder on accessibility for people with all kinds of bodies and abilities.
“You all can’t read this, huh. You can’t read Braille, nah nah nah nah nah. I just want to say, before saying the winner, we need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability.”
The side of Michael Jackson they don’t show you: his ACTUAL RACE.
On 6th February 1984, after winning an unprecedented number of AMA awards Michael spoke to black publication JET magazine about people in his life he was thankful for; Stevie Wonder, who expresses pride of race in his music.
“That’s why I love Stevie Wonder’s album called Songs in The Key of Life… He had a song called Black Man and I just jumped up screaming when I heard that record because he’s showing the world what the Black man has done and what other races have done… He named it Black Man and all these people who have got the album sing it. And that’s the best way to bring about the truth.”
Stevie Wonder shocked the hell out of his fans during his recent performance at London’s ‘British Summer Time Festival,’ where the audience was 65,000 strong.
Stevie’s never one to ignore injustices, y'all know Stevie’s been standing up for equal rights since the early 70’s, even famously getting arrested in his a full length fur in a 1985 anti-apartheid protest where he proudly proclaimed he was a “conscientious criminal.”
So it’s only right that Stevie has now boldly spoken out about the Black Lives Matter movement and the countless murders of African Americans at the hands of police. That brings us to the fearless truths he was speaking in London, a truth that some, but not all, of his predominately White audience were not quite prepared to hear.
As he narrated through songs from his 1976 album, “Songs In The Key of Life,” Stevie sadly pointed out how the societal problems he sang about on that album still exist today.
Stevie said: “The songs and the words that we talk about, those conditions still exist in the world and that hurts my heart.”
BUT THIS IS WHEN IT GOT REALLY REAL AND SOME OF STEVIE’S AUDIENCE WERE SHOCKED…
“Yes, all life does matter…“ [the crowd loudly applauds, thinking that was the only point Stevie was making…then it slightly faded after he continued] "BUT the reason that I say BLACK LIVES matter is because WE are the original people of this world. So in essence, everybody in here, really, you got some Black in you. You’ve all got some soul in you, so stop denying your culture.” [Crowd initially seems shocked, but some still clap…because they understood Stevie was simply speaking truth and not coming from a hateful standpoint]
AFTER SENSING SOME OF THE AUDIENCE’S DISAPPROVAL, STEVIE GOT EVEN MORE DIRECT:
"And for those of you who don’t agree with me, I love you but I don’t give a f___.” [crowd applauds..some of them]
Stevie also urged fans to demand their politicians to:
“Cut the bullsh*t and fix it! […] We were all made in God’s image. When you hate someone, you’re hating that image. If I’m blind and I can see it, you can see it too.”
Daaaaamn! Stevie’s telling it like it like it T-I-Is and that’s why we love him!
Etta James: At Last K-Ci & JoJo: All My Life Whitney Houston: I Will Always Love You John Legend: Stay With You Patti LaBelle: If Only You Knew SWV: You’re Always On My Mind The Isley Brothers: For the Love of You John Legend: You & I Beyonce: Halo Faith Evans: I Love You Four Tops/Whitney Houston: I Believe In You and Me Tammi Terrel & Marvin Gaye/Cheryl Lynn & Luther Vandross: If This World Were Mine Anita Baker: Sweet Love Percy Sledge: When a Man Loves a Woman New Edition: Can You Stand the Rain Rufus & Chaka Khan: Sweet Thing Jill Scott: He Loves Me Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole: Unforgettable Whitney Houston: You Give Good Love Jaheim: Anything Rose Royce: Wishing on A Star Ginuwine: Differences The O'Jays: Stairway to Heaven Mariah Carey: When I Saw You Aaliyah: At Your Best (You Are Love) Dru Hill: These Are the Times Babyface: Every Time I Close My Eye Brian McKnight: Back At One Minne Riperton: Loving You India Arie: Ready For Love Troop: All I Do Is Think of You Prince: Adore Kindred The Family: Where Would I be Chaka Khan: Through the Fire Jagged Edge: Promise Dondria: You’re the One Kevon Edmonds: 24/7 Kem: I Can’t Stop Loving You Stevie Wonder/Luther Vandross/Donell Jones: Knocks Me Off My Feet Tony! Toni! Tone!: Whatever You Want Musiq Soulchild: Dontchange Beyonce: Speechless Seal: Kiss From A Rose Case: Happily Ever After Kem: Share My Life Keyshia Cole: Love Gerald Levert: Made to Love You Musiq Soulchild: Love The Deele: Two Occasions Mawell: Fortunate Xscape: The Arms of the One Who Loves You India Arie: The Truth Tendy Pendergrass: Love T.K.O Kenny Lattimore: For You SWV: Weak Musiq Soulchild: sobeautiful Mariah Carey: Vision of Love Aretha Franklin: You’re All I Need Gladys Kinght & The Pimps: Best Thing That Happened to Me Beyonce: Rather Die Young Luther Vandross: Here and Now Pressure: Love And Affection Heatwave/Luther Vandross: Always & Forever Chaka Khan: Ain’t Nobody John Legend: All of Me Alicia Keys: If I Ain’t Got You Luther Vandross: All The Woman I Need Ruff Endz: Someone to Love You Stevie Wonder: You and I Beyonce: Dangerously In Love Avant & Keye Wyatt: You & I Shanice: I Love Your Smile Maria Carey: Open Arms Musiq Soulchild: Teachme Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway/Beyonce & Luther Vandross: The Closer I Get to You John Legend: P.D.A. (We Just Don’t Care) Stevie Wonder: Signed, Sealed Delivered (I’m Yours) Atlantic Starr: Always Luther Vandross & Mariah Care: Endless Love Blackstreet: Let’s Stay in Love John Legend: So High Lionel Richie & Diana Ross: Endless Love Whitney Houston: Greatest Love of All Mariah Carey: Underneath the Stars Jagged Edge: Good Luck Charm
Stevie Wonder is presenting at the Grammys tonight and when he opened the envelope, he showed it to everyone and yelled “HA HA NONE OF YOU CAN READ BRAILLE.” After the laughter died down, and before he announced the winner, he said, “I do want to say that…we all need to make every single thing accessible to everybody who has a disability.”
At the Grammys.
Which has a worldwide audience of tens of millions.