India Arie Sheds Light on Black Music Vs. Culture After Jack Harlow Learns of Brandy and Ray J’s Family Connections

Jack Harlow got a family tree lesson during her recent Hot 97 appearance Ebro in the morning. The entertainer went viral after learning that Brandy and Ray J were siblings while playing a ’90s R&B guessing game. Reactions to the moment ranged from shock to disappointment and even invitational jokes to a barbecue. India Arie caught the interview and seemed less than amused in a series of posts to her Insta Story.

“Just because you’re doing black [music] does not mean you know black culture,” India wrote. “If you don’t know Brandy’s voice when you hear it…WHO ARE YOU EVEN?” »

Jack Harlow learns that Brandy and Ray J are siblings

For context, Ebro, Peter Rosenberg and Laura Stylez played Brandy’s hit song in 1999 Angel in disguise. Jack initially guessed the voice belonged to the late Aaliyah, but the hosts quickly closed his response before dropping any further clues.

Peter said: “His brother is the reason a lot of people are famous.” Ebro went on to say, “His brother had an amazing sex tape.” At this point, Jack replied, “Who is Ray J’s sister?” As the show’s hosts laughed, Jack had a clueless facial expression. After confirming Brandy and Ray J’s relationship, he said, “Nobody’s ever said that to me in my life.”

India Arie apparently criticizes Jack Harlow for not recognizing Brandy’s voice

India Arie continued to hammer home her perspective on creating black culture versus knowing culture. She pivoted so that Jack wouldn’t recognize Brandy’s voice — and by extension her influence on the music industry. India also pointed out that Brandy was reduced to being Ray J’s sister, rather than the iconic singer and actress she is culturally known as.

“When a real musician! Who makes Black MUSIC! Deduced one of the MOST IMPORTANT VOICES in the industry! @brandy to Ray J’s SISTER? who is famous (mostly) for being close to Kim Kardashian,” India wrote.

India spoke about Brandy’s musical influence to close her reviews.

“And WE HEAR @brandy influencing Eh-VER-REE-WHERE! LOTS of non-black singers (ask them). Even MALE singers. AND PEOPLE KNOW RAY J BEST? STUPID shit. STUPID,” India wrote.

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