Usher Explains Why He Wore a Juneteenth Shirt on July 4

Usher is setting the record straight on his choice of wardrobe on July 4th. The R&B singer sparked controversy after he wore a black leather jacket with the words “Have we really achieved our independence?” written on the back, and a t-shirt with the words “Fourth of July” crossed out and instead read, “Juneteenth.” June 19, 1865 marked the emancipation of slaves throughout the Confederate south. He told “Extra’s” Tracey Edmonds, “For me there was no controversy. What it was, was just an opportunity to inform our African-American men and women of our true independence.”

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