India Arie emphasizes black music vs. Culture after Jack Harlow learned of Brandy and Ray J .’s family ties

Jack Harlow got a pedigree lesson during his recent appearance on the Hot 97 show Ebro In The Morning. The artist went viral after learning that Brandy and Ray J are siblings while playing a ’90s R&B guessing game. Reactions at the time ranged from shock to disappointment and even jokes about the invitation to cook. India Arie caught the interview and appeared less than amused in a series of posts on her Insta Story.

“Just because you make black [music] doesn’t mean you know black culture,” India wrote. “If you don’t know Brandy’s voice when you hear him… WHO ARE YOU EVEN?”

Jack Harlow learns that Brandy and Ray J are siblings

For context, Ebro, Peter Rosenberg and Laura Stylez played Brandy’s 1999 hit Angel in disguise. Jack initially suspected the voice of the late Aaliyah, but the hosts quickly closed his answer before offering additional hints.

Peter said, “Her brother is the reason many people are famous.” Ebro went on to say, “Her brother had a great sex tape.” At this point, Jack replied, “Who’s Ray J’s sister?” As the hosts laughed, Jack had a blank expression on his face. After confirming the relationship between Brandy and Ray J, he stated, “No one ever told me that in my life.”

India Arie apparently punches Jack Harlow for not recognizing Brandy’s voice

India Arie continued to hammer out her point about making black culture versus knowing the culture. She turned to Jack who didn’t recognize Brandy’s voice – and by extension her influence on the music industry. India also stressed that Brandy was reduced to Ray J’s sister, rather than the iconic singer and actress she is culturally known for.

“Like a real musician! Who makes black music! Distract one of the IMPORTANT VOICES in the industry! @brandy to Ray J’s SISTER? who is (mostly) famous for his closeness to Kim Kardashian,” India wrote.

India spoke of Brandy’s musical influence to cap off her critique.

“And WE HEAR @brandy influence Eh-VER-REE-WHERE! LOTS of non-black singers (ask them). Even MALE singers. AND PEOPLE KNOW RAY J BETTER? the sh*ts STUPID. STUPID,” India wrote.

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