What if Obama had said, “No one will vote for me”?
At the start of Black History Month, singer and TV personality Jully Black talks to NOW about what fuels and inspires her during February's outpouring of all things black. Black won a Juno in 2008 for her disc Revival.
THE BLACK PRESENT AS HISTORY It's not just about looking back, but about looking around and forward. It's about creating history. For me, winning my Juno or headlining my own tour as a first-generation Canadian born of immigrant parents, from Jane-Finch, that's black history. My glam squad won a Gemini, the first black hair and makeup team to win an award. There's so much going on, and so little at the same time.
FOR SELF AND OTHERS It's not a heavy load, reflecting the black community; it lightens the load. When you're accepted, you put 100 per cent into everything. You do your best. Sometimes I think, "What more should I be doing?" Then I think, "Well, I've actually made quite a mark." I've been chosen, and I have a responsibility to be a good steward of all my talents. You have to walk into your purpose.
THE OBAMA BOUNCE Barack Obama inspires me to keep going. He's the world's president, our hearts beating as one. As long as there's life, there's time. When I feel down, I think, "What if Obama had said, ‘No one will ever vote for me. Let me just be a senator.'" Everybody has a baby Obama in them; it's not colour-specific.
FAVE BLACK HISTORY MONTH SONG My own song I Travelled. The message is that you pave the road you're walking on. You've got to keep going and follow your intuition. If they close the door on you, you've got to go through the window. Hell no, you ain't stopping me. Yes we can. Yes we did. Yes we will.