Hayley Williams Talks about How She Loves Black People’s Connection to Paramore, & Loves the Knowledge that they’re the Creators of Rock Music

A tweet recently went viral in march saying

You can see Hayley’s reply.

Today, Taylor Bryant from Nylon magazine wrote an Article about how much Black People love Paramore:

In June, Eve, or @localblackgirl on Twitter, tweeted the same thing with an additional note: “If you find a black person who doesn’t love paramore they dark white.” That’s been retweeted over 4,000 times and liked almost triple that amount. And just like that, the #ParamoreHive became bigger, and a whole lot blacker.

In some ways, Eve says, it’s a natural evolution for black people to feel a kinship to rock-adjacent music—especially considering black people are the originators of the genre. “I won’t lie, I didn’t think it was common for black people to listen to rock, let alone Paramore,” she says. “And then when I found out that black people actually created the genre, it made me feel like, Wow, so not only are there black fans of rock music, but we actually started this. I think that’s one of the reasons why we connect with the genre more than people assume.”

Hayley replied personally to this post today, August 8th, about how much she’s happy, and the knowledge of the history of black people being the originators of rock that was passed on in the article:

“ahhh just got this email ..
💐🤘🏿🤘🏾🤘🏽🤘🏼🤘🏻💐 .. #tour5 brought the most diverse and colorful audiences we ever played for..
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oh dammit, a long caption is about to happen: i was moved to tears so many nights on stage, while looking out at an insane spectrum of gloriously sweaty summer skin. the crowds were full of color, culture and carefree smiles i won’t ever forget..
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this is a v rad article that i didnt expect, even after some of the viral tweets 😅 thanks Taylor Bryant for giving voice to people of color who may not feel represented well in alternative genres… (and i love that you’re kicking so much rock history knowledge). music is everybody’s to connect with. it’s such a gift that Paramore get to be a lil part of that.”

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