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December 22nd, 2011
11:30 AM ET

Lenny Kravitz: Growing up with racism

Musician Lenny Kravitz grew up in a house with a white father - TV producer Sy Kravitz - and a black mother, actress Roxie Roker, who played half an inter-racial couple on the 1970s show "The Jeffersons."

"Kids used to call me 'zebra' or 'panda' ... my mother was 'Mrs. Night' and my father was 'Mr. Day,'" Lenny Kravitz told Piers Morgan, "but it never bothered me."

But there's no question, Kravitz said, that race relations in the United States have improved.

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  1. GUESS

    I LOVE TALENT DID YOU GO TO JULIARD! YOUR TOURS DO THEY EVER INCLUDE THE UNITED STATES & HAVE YOU CONNECTED WITH THE SINGER SHADE'?

    December 24, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

    LENNY KRAVITZ YOUR RIGHT! THE REST OF US NEED SOME ADJUSTMENT TIME. BUT WELL COME AROUND, WITH TIME. GOD SPEED! HUMANITARIUMS!

    December 23, 2011 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |