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Lalah Hathaway Says Black History Lives Through Music

Soul singer Lalah Hathaway spoke with EBONY’s Joshua David on the red carpet of the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Hathaway discussed receiving three nominations including Best R&B Album for Honestly. She spoke about remaining authentic to her musical vision throughout her career and how she hopes other women “do what they feel like instinctively is the best thing for them.”

The Chicago native revealed that her father, Donny Hathaway, would be a posthumous recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award during the Grammy ceremony/ She also highlighted the importance of Black music,

“Music is such a large part of our history because a lot of our history was erased,” Ms. Hathaway said. “Music [was] coming from the work saws and the fields, through churches and big mamas and mama’s mama. It’s important to tell these stories to our kids. They need to understand where they come from because it’s all in our music.”

Watch the full interview above to her what the singer had to say about Black History Month and icons including Aretha Franklin.

Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.