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JoJo released the visual for her latest single “Small Things” on Tuesday. The R&B singer used the premiere as an opportunity to thank the black community for its influence on her life.
The “Get Out” star has been very vocal on her social media platforms about her support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement and wanted to insure fans that her work is not done.
JoJo, born Joanna Noëlle Levesque, captioned a teaser for the video, “I’ve been trying to wait for the right moment to share this video with you. With everything going on in the world and in our own backyard, I didn’t want anyone to misconstrue its release as some kind of indication that I’ve moved on from the revolution at hand, here in America. I want to say it clear as day: Black people made me who I am.”
The 29-year-old went on to explain exactly why she credits the race with her identity.
“Not only my longest standing friendships, but also the record executives, mentors, teachers, romantic partners, and loyal fans who believed in me and took a chance on me – they have all shaped me. Without their support in every way, and without the artists who inspire me to make music, I would not exist. My support for Black lives/art/love/safety/freedom is not a phase nor does it have an expiration date. I’m honored to be a part of R&B culture and I never take my warm reception for granted.”
The star said she wanted the visual, which consisted of an all black cast, to feel “like catharsis.”
“Here’s a piece of art that we made to express how painful it can be to hold in your feelings,” she wrote in the caption that was also used as the description for the YouTube upload. “To act like you’re okay, when- in all honesty- you’re not. “
Her latest album “Good to Know” which includes the single “Small Things” is available to stream.