*Lenny Kravitz was one of those kids who grew up in the gray area of life, where race and color didn’t quite make since.

His father was white and his mother was black. Growing up, it was as if skin color didn’t even exist. But when he made it to elementary school, his worldview changed and the beautiful, yet cruel reality open his eyes to color.

“I didn’t know anything about problems until I went to first grade and it was brought to my attention,” the rock singer and guitarist said. “I knew my father looked different than my mother, but I didn’t know that that meant anything. … I had no idea that it was an issue.”

Black and White America,” his latest project, explores the challenging and controversial ideas such as race, interracial couples, and other color issues he often faced growing up.

In an interview with the Associated Press, the singer shares a bit about a song that unveils an intimate side of him.

“[The title track] is a very special song to me and it’s obviously got a lot to do with who I am. It’s my story. It’s everything I knew growing up. It’s my parents’ story – being an interracial couple growing up in the time of the civil rights movement. And it’s the story of today – what we’re going through, dealing with race and the fact that we have an African American president.”

Read the full interview at the SFGate.com.