Mavis Staples Targets Divided America On New Single If All I Was Was Black

Mavis Staples’ next studio album is titled If All I Was Was Black and she says the album is inspired by the racism promoted under President Trump. She expressed her opinion in a press release and said,

“We’re not loving one another the way we should, some people are saying they want to make the world great again, but we never lost our greatness. We just strayed into division.”

She shared the title track today and the song is an upbeat criticism of racism as seen through her eyes. The lyrics point out the real loss in seeing someone only as a color or a type. Staples new album is her third collaboration with Jeff Tweedy of the rock band Wilco. The album will be released November 17th and she will go on tour with her old friend Bob Dylan in October.