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Jay Z Believes Hip-Hop Has Helped Race Relations Over Time [VIDEO]

Jay Z says that race relations have improved since the creation of hip-hop. Jay Z served as the first guest on Oprah Winfrey’s series “Master Class” back in 2011, but now he’s speaking on a reoccurring issue in America. The OWN Network will be airing special programming specifically based on civil rights legends in honor of the 50th anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery march. While race has been a hot topic of discussion around the world, Hov says that the creation of hip-hop itself helped improve racial relations everywhere.

“I have a very interesting take on the cultural impact of hip-hop,” the RocNation CEO stated. “I think that hip-hop has done more for racial relations than most cultural icons.”

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Jay Z goes on to say that hip-hop has not only influenced kids in urban areas, but it reached people all over the world. He also believes that racism is taught at home and that it’s hard to teach that kind of hate to kids who look up to rappers. Jay makes his point by using people partying together in the same clubs as an example of progression.

“If you look at clubs and how integrated they have become, before people partied in separate clubs. There were hip-hop clubs and there were techno clubs. Now people party together and once you have people partying, dancing and singing along to the same music, then conversations naturally happen after that. Within conversation, we all realize we’re more alike than we’re separate.”

During his first appearance on “Master Class” in 2011, Mr. Carter spoke about his early beginnings in life and growing up without a father. He also admitted that his second album In My Lifetime Vol. 1 wasn’t created the way he intended because he felt like he wanted the commercial praise he didn’t get with his first album Reasonable Doubt.

“Master Class” has also featured the likes of Dr. Maya Angelou, Cicely Tyson, Sidney Poitier, Lionel Richie, Diahann Carroll and Berry Gordy Jr. as they offered their insights on the history of the American civil rights movement. Watch the clip from the show here and catch the special on the OWN Network.

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