Lizzo is known for making moments, and she did just that at the Global Festival Live concert in New York City over the weekend.
During her set on Saturday, the “Rumors” singer took the liberty to address an array of topics, including homelessness, climate change and institutionalized racism.
AS WE TALK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, SOLVING HOMELESSNESS, AND MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE.. WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THE INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM THAT HAPPENS IN THIS COUNTRY ALL THE TIME.
— ALL THE RUMORS ARE TRUE (@lizzo) September 26, 2021
In the 0:53 second clip, the Grammy-award-winning artist gave the crowd a history lesson about Seneca Village, which was an affluent Black community in the early 1820s.
“Before it was Central Park it was Seneca Village — and if you don’t know what that is, it was an affluent African American community that lived here,” she said.
She continued, telling the crowd they were “evicted” and “bulldozed” in order to build the park where the concert was held.
“As we talk about climate change and making the world a better place and solving homelessness, we also have to talk about the institutionalized racism that happens in this country all the time,” the BET Award winner added.
The 33-year-old artist encouraged the crowd to “talk about our history constructively” in order to “build a better future.”
Before Central Park was created, affluent Black Americans lived and thrived as their own community, living between West 82nd to West 89th Street. The area was seen as an “escape” from the “unhealthy conditions and racism” they endured in downtown Manhattan.