Mariah Carey honors her late father Alfred Roy Carey

Monday 20 June 2022

Mariah Carey honors her late father Alfred Roy Carey |
Mariah Carey celebrated both Father's Day and Juneteenth on Sunday, with her 11-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe. The 53-year-old singer shared a snapshot of her identical twins going through images of her late father Alfred Roy Carey, who died of cancer on July 4, 2022 at the age of 72.

The singer, whose father is Black and her mother is Irish, also paid tribute to the emancipation of enslaved African Americans on Juneteenth. "Celebrate your Black excellence. Rest in power Alfred Roy Carey," Carey said in her post. Her twins were seen cuddling while looking at various images of their grandfather in the photo.

Every June 19, Juneteenth commemorates the proclamation of freedom for enslaved people in Texas by US Army General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865. The date had been commemorated since 1866, with every state eventually recognising it as a holiday over the years. President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law in 2021, making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

Carey was the youngest of three children, her mother Patricia having been shunned by her Irish family after marrying a Black man. In October 2020, while marketing her memoir, she talked about growing up in a mixed-race family.

"Me, a teenage girl, when I got signed and very much, 'Look, I'm appreciative of all the focus and the this and the that that I received as an artist,' but let's face it, it's never been easy for me," she said. "This journey, this whole struggle with my identity started when I was like three or four years old and that's when I first started to recognize, 'Oh, I'm not like everybody else'," she added.

"I don't necessarily have a specific quote 'tribe' to back me up during situations because, you know, I was never enough of one thing or another for most people," she added. "Specifically when I released my first album, I'm like, 'Well what did they expect me to do,' like unless I had a sticker that said 'I'm black' on my forehead on the album cover people did not know how to perceive," Carey added.

In late September 2020, her memoir The Meaning of Mariah was released.

(BOL News)

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