(AllHipHop News) Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly track "Alright" became the unofficial theme song of the Black Lives Matter movement. The record opens with K. Dot saying "Alls my life I has to fight" which is a line pulled from Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple.
Walker was a recent guest on MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber. She was asked about the Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper quoting her 1982 book which explores the lives of southern African-American women in the early 1900s.
"I'm happy for him," expressed Walker after admitting she had not heard "Alright" prior to appearing on The Beat. "I think he's understanding that is the truth of it. Especially for poor people and people of color in this country. We've had to fight all of our lives. And it's a good thing that we can talk to each other across generations."
The film version of The Color Purple starred Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, and Margaret Avery. Steven Spielberg's motion picture earned eleven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Goldberg and Best Supporting Actress for Avery and Winfrey.
The Color Purple was also presented as a Broadway musical. The production won 2016 Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Cynthia Erivo) as well as a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.