Republic Records Bans Use of Term ‘Urban’
As protests continue right here in the Treasure Valley, around the country, and around the world, a major record label is doing something that they think will end a stigma.
Republic Records announced that it would be banning the term "urban" from its company lingo.
"We encourage the rest of the music industry to follow suit, as it is important to shape the future of what we want it to look like, and not adhere to the outdated structures of the past."
Billboard says that the term dates back to the mid-1970s, and that the term didn't carry negative connotations back then. But a lot of people feel that the term has evolved to symbolizing the music industry's history of lumping music by black artists into one category.
I love that these conversations are happening in the music industry, in cities, in families, in the workplace and in friend groups. People are actually taking a deep look into what they're saying, how they're saying it, and how it effects other people.
I think a lot of uncomfortable conversations are on the horizon. And they're all necessary and important. Here for it.