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"I'm thrilled of Barack's entry into presidential life has broken the glass ceiling for people of color," Lennox tells Spinner. "For African-Americans living in a society that so long has barred them from being in real positions of power, it's a huge relief."
"Of course you could say that Barack is more Bill Cosby than he is Malcolm X," she continues. "But hey guys, at least it's a step in the right direction. He is a balanced point right in the middle as far as I can see, and I think that's a great thing."
Lennox acknowledges that the newly-elected president faces some tremendous challenges, but she also emphasizes that people should give him the benefit of a doubt. "I'm hopeful, and I very much hope that he will be able to deliver some of the things he said he'll do," she says.
The singer, who is set to release a compilation of her solo music next month, has been vocal about various social issues, including AIDS. Most recently she protested the Israeli military action in Gaza, a view that drew a critical response from Yoram Dori, an adviser to Israel's president Shimon Peres, in a letter to the Jerusalem Post newspaper. As Lennox explains it, she was asking for a ceasefire to the conflict.
"I could understand very well that this is an incredibly complex issue," she says. "My children are half-Israeli. To say that I'm anti-Semitic in any way is an absolute insult to me and my family. I am absolutely pro-civilians in Israel and pro-civilians of Palestine. I want the new future generations to be brought up peacefully, [and] with peaceful coexistence. There has to be a better solution than a militaristic one."
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