Sunday, January 23, 2022

Country Singer Kane Brown on Discovering He’s Biracial and Being Called the ‘N-word’

*Breakout country singer Kane Brown grew up thinking he was white until a racist called him the N-word.

The 25-year-old Tennessee native is biracial — his father is mixed with Black and Cherokee Indian and his mother is Caucasian.

Kane discussed his upbringing with PEOPLE and the racism he was exposed to as a mixed race singer in the country music world.

“I’m biracial,” Kane said in an interview with PEOPLE. “I didn’t know that until I was 7 or 8 years old. I thought I was full white, which honestly, I can’t even really say because I didn’t see colors.”

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Kane discovered he was biracial after someone called him a n—er.

“I found out that I was biracial and I still wasn’t thinking anything of it, but then I started getting called the N-word,” he said. “I didn’t even know what it meant. I learned what it meant, and that’s when it started affecting me. I got in fights over it when I was little.”

As a rising star, Kane said he struggled to overcome racism in country music.

“When I first got into country, I started getting some of those comments like, ‘He’s an N-word.’ Stuff like that,” Brown said. “I used to screenshot it and put it on Twitter, like, ‘There’s still racism in the world.’ But I didn’t get into country music just to prove a point. I try to stay away from all negativity.”

“Now you can call me whatever you want,” he added. “It just brushes off of me.”

Kane’s sophomore album, “Experiment,” debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming just the third country album to hit the top spot on the all-genre 200 chart in 2018, following Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty” and Jason Aldean’s “Rearview Town” ‘ — per billboard.com.

Read the full People story here.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Really dude, you have non white features, full lips for one and you have style, that’s not white. You almost sound disappointred. You’re beautiful regardless.

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