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In an interview with The Associated Press, Jazmine Sullivan opened up about the difference between how black and white soul artists are received.

When asked how she feels about being underrated because she’s black, in comparison to artists like Adele, she said,

“I guess I’m glad that people are recognizing me in some way, and kind of see there’s a little injustice in how black soul artists are received…But, at the same time, I try not to focus so much on the negativity.”

On what she feels could be done, to reach a larger audience, she said,

“I think it’s just a matter of making myself known to more people. I think it’s about spreading Jazmine Sullivan’s brand, I guess, to more people.”

When talking about being nominated for a Grammy, she said,

“I work really hard on my music… they acknowledge the effort and hopefully I’ll take it home one day.”

And hopefully that day will be on Monday, February 15th, which is when the Grammys take place on CBS.

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