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“Black or White” is a single by American singer-songwriter Michael Jackson. The song was released by Epic Records on November 11, 1991 as the first single from Jackson’s eighth studio album, Dangerous. It was written, composed and produced by Michael Jackson and Bill Bottrell.
The song has elements of dance, rap and hard rock music such as Bill Bottrell’s guitars and Jackson’s vocal style. The song’s main riff is often incorrectly attributed to Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. His guitar playing is actually heard in the skit that precedes the album version of the song.
The video shows scenes in which African hunters begin dancing by using moves from West African dance, with Jackson following their moves and them mirroring his; as do, in sequence, traditional Thai dancers, Plains Native Americans, a woman from India and a group of Russians, (wearing Ukrainian clothing and dancing Hopak). Jackson walks through visual collages of fire (defiantly declaring “I ain’t scared of no sheets; I ain’t scared of nobody”), referring to KKK torch ceremonies before a mock rap scene shared with Culkin and other children.
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