Mariah Carey’s self-titled debut album turned 30 on Friday (June 12). And while every Lamb knows their queen loves a festive moment, the singer announced that she’s putting off the celebration in light of the nationwide fight for racial justice.
“Thank you lambily, for all the celebratory messages for today’s #MC30 anniversary!” Mimi wrote on Instagram over top of the 1990 album’s classic cover art. “I had planned to share some surprises and rarities with you, but prefer to postpone them to a later date.”
The superstar then turned her attention to the more serious social issues at hand, writing, “As we continue to fight for equality and justice within our broken systems, I thank you for using your platforms to educate, inform and invoke change. Together let’s bring on a change. Love, Mariah.”
Carey hasn’t been shy about using her own platform to speak out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, either. In recent weeks, the singer has shared an impromptu performance of Mariah Carey album cut “There’s Got to Be a Way” in honor of George Floyd, as well as a tribute to Breonna Taylor on what would have been her 27th birthday.
She also posted a snippet of 2009’s “Languishing (the Interlude)” and its eerily prescient message (“I was wondering/ Would you cry for me?/ If I told you that I couldn’t breathe/ If I was drowning, suffocating/ If I told you that I couldn’t breathe?”) on the day of Floyd’s memorial service.
See Mariah’s note below.