France honors Lenny Kravitz with highest award

PARIS (AP) - November 30, 2011

Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand hailed the 47-year-old singer-songwriter at a Paris ceremony on Wednesday, telling him "you freed yourself of the barriers between black and white sound."

Kravitz told The Associated Press that he got his first big break at a 1989 music festival in the western French city of Rennes that transformed his career "overnight." He said "I know it sounds like a fairy tale but it's true."

Kravitz was born to a black mother and white father, and his latest album, "Black and White America," tackles interracial issues - notably what his parents experienced in 1960s New York.

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