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M.I.A. Wants Bigger Conversation On Race, References Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar

Ralph Bristout

 // Apr 21, 2016

MIA // Apple Music

As Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar tackle social issues head on records and in-video, these actions have led stars like M.I.A. to call them out on not being cognizant of the situations taking place under macro lens — most notably Muslims. According to the outspoken star, Beyoncé and Lamar should be shedding light on other ongoing issues regarding race, including the Syrian refugee crisis and the lives of Muslims and Pakistanis.

"It's interesting that in America the problem you're allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter," she said in a cover story for ES Magazine.

"It's not a new thing to me - it's what Lauryn Hill was saying in the 1990s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s. Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That's a more interesting question,” she mentioned. “And you cannot ask it on a song that's on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV program, you cannot create a tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama isn't going to hump you back."

Like most chatter that comes with a mention of Beyoncé's name, which is typically synonymous with pouring oneself in honey and walking through a bee farm, M.I.A.'s comments stirred a rumble from within the BeyHive. This, of course, led to the "Boyz" singer later clarifying her ES Magazine comments on Twitter.

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