Though MTV hasn’t featured a music video in years, choosing instead to show reruns of “Jersey Shore” or the twentieth iteration of “Teen Mom,” there was a point, once upon a time, when MTV was a teenager’s primo source for hot new music videos.

It was during this golden era, back in 1983, that musical artist David Bowie used an interview on MTV to bring attention to the fact that the most visible music promotional channel was not fairly representing black musicians.

Today as we mourn the loss of David Bowie for the multitude of amazing things he has done and the stunning legacy he has left behind, let us reflect on the character of the man who advocated for issues that did not directly affect him in the name of equality.

British ITV anchor and Twitter User shares the pertinent clip from the interview here:

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com