One of the highlight's of last night's 2011 Soul Train Awards was Marsha Ambrosius. The British soul singer and songwriter won "The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award"/Record of the Year for her hit "Far Away." The track created a huge buzz earlier this year due to its amazing music video.
"Far Away"—preview and download at iTunes—is the second single from her debut solo album Late Nights & Early Mornings. The video presents two Black gay men in love, and explores homophobia, gay bashing and LGBT youth suicide in the black community. The video has gone viral and after an appearance on BET's 106 & Park, it's created major awareness among Black youth.
"They're calling it controversial, can you believe that?" Marsha told Rod 2.0 in a January interview. "This is not controversial. It's just two Black men in love. To me and to my friends, it's completely normal."
And the background on the video: "One of my very good friends was going through something with his life and relationship. ... When they attempted suicide, it was one of the worst things possible."
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