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Post Reply As Barriers Are Starting to Break Left and Right, Have You Mistaken A Voice/Music From One Race to Another?
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Posted 1/18/15
I never really wondered about what race an artist was if I haven't seen what they looked like.

I guess the thought doesn't really matter to me.
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Posted 1/18/15
I thought Sam Smith was black when I first heard him on the radio. He has some goooood vocals.
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I thought Celine Dion was black. Shes not right?
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thought the singer of Take Me To Church was black.
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My dad thought Lorde was black. Shes just a new zealandite. Not sure what race or language is dominant there. But her english is great. And shes totes hot yo.
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I thought Hozier (Take Me to Church) was black. I don't really like that song, but I was surprised by that. And when I first heard Adele, my parents and brother thought she was black, but I could actually tell by something in her voice somehow that she wasn't-- they didn't believe me until I showed them a picture xD
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LordDust wrote:

When I worked in a game store in a predominantly black neighborhood half the customers that came in did a double take and were like, "Day-um, I thought you was black!" based on the phone call they made before coming in. They also frequently thought I was the one they talked to when they talked to one of my black coworkers, they were convinced he was white on the phone. The sound of your voice is primarily a cultural construct. I have a very flat affect, so I had to learn to mimic other people around me so they could be comfortable with me (otherwise I tend to weird them out and they misunderstand me). This results in me being a bit of a social chameleon, I tend to sound like the people around me. It is fascinating to me though how much more people get along with you and like you if you sound like them. I don't tend to assume about race based on voice, though I have to admit there have been two that I was surprised by.


I'm kind of the same way, as my voice just blends in with whoever's around me. But one of my best friends is "whiter" than I am and she has a "black" sounding voice. She grew up in the city all her life, so it makes sense, but it surprised some of my other friends when I introduced her to them. I call her my "inside-out Oreo" as a nickname/petname sometimes. We both kind of made up the name lol
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MoxiRoxi wrote:


Another favorite bit of cultural reference of mine happened when one of the computers at work was on the fritz and I got it working by literally smacking it. Earl (the third key) came over and said, "HA! You got some hood in ya after all." I jokingly replied with, "Nah, that's the redneck showing through." If you think about it though, both usually have dogs, guns, and a car or truck being worked on outside the garage. Both blare their music (which is mostly only two genres each) and give the evil eye (or mean-mug you, as Earl would say) as strangers drive by. One is usually in the country and the other is usually in the heart of the city, but there are way more similarities than either group will usually own up to!
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LordDust wrote:


MoxiRoxi wrote:


One is usually in the country and the other is usually in the heart of the city, but there are way more similarities than either group will usually own up to!


That is too true. People do have some differences, but we all really do have more similarities than we realize. Where I live, it's a huge melting pot, yet everyone has that togetherness of "this is our city". I wish people would realize to embrace their differences rather to call out others'. And the fact that we're all human and searching for that same goal of happiness should be enough to make many realize that, but it's the closed-minded that stop that from happening. The human brain is pretty damn crazy after all lol
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Posted 1/19/15
Yeah I've mistaken people for aliens.

Mariah Carey is black, she said so herself
http://www.arogundade.com/what-ethnicity-and-nationality-is-mariah-careys-black-white-mixed-race-her-heritage-ethnicity-nationality-parents.html

Due to that, I don't think race matters at all when it comes to voice.
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