Brown Sugar

Rock ‘n Roll legends The Rolling Stones have been known to be a bit controversial in their day. But did you ever really examine the lyrics of “Brown Sugar”…? What one wanted to hear isn’t the same as what was said. Originally, the belief was that it was about the jazz days in late 19th Century New Orleans, and not about slave rape. Don’t believe us? Just take one listen to what lead singer Mick Jagger sung, “I bet your mama was a tent-show queen, and all her girlfriends were sweet sixteen. I’m no schoolboy, but I know what I like. You should’ve heard me just around midnight.” Emphasizing the Jezebel trope on Black women isn’t out of place in today’s pop culture realm, but to see it hidden so plainly back in the day is a bit off-putting, no?

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