by the Grio
It was still the early days of MTV when David Bowie sat down for an interview in 1983 to talk about his album Let’s Dance. But while he was there, he decided to call out his hosts for not playing black artists.
“It occurred to me having watched MTV over the last few months that it’s a solid enterprise,” Bowie said during the interview with then-MTV VJ Mark Goodman. “It’s got a lot going for it. I’m just floored by the fact that there’s so few black artists featured on it. Why is that?”
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