Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder’s unifying message is still relevant, but is anyone seriously listening?

When Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder released the song “Ebony and Ivory” in 1982, I was a 10-year-old, racially mixed fifth-grader obsessed with music. I had grown up listening to both Stevie Wonder and The Beatles, and the song’s simple message of racial unity, which my family had ingrained in…

“What are you gonna do about that hand?” The sound engineer looked down at my puffy, pink hand. Then he looked back up at me. His face curled in disgust.

“Ice and bourbon.” My right hand throbbed after hours of drumming, and when I gently poked at it with my…

Nabil Ayers

Nabil Ayers is a Brooklyn writer and U.S. head of the record label 4AD. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, NPR, and The Root. www.nabilayers.com

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