If All I Was Was Black is the sixteenth studio album by Mavis Staples. It was released on November 17, 2017, via Anti-Records. The album was written and produced by Jeff Tweedy, who also features on the fourth track.
The album consists of 11 songs, written by Jeff Tweedy. Staples said about the album "(It) bring us all together as a people. That's what I hope to do. You can't stop me. You can't break me. I'm too loving. These songs are going to change the world." Tweedy described the message of the album: "I’ve always thought of art as a political statement in and of itself—that it was enough to be on the side of creation and not destruction. But there is something that feels complicit at this moment in time about not facing what is happening in this country head on."
If All I Was Was Black received generally favourable reviews upon release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 80, based on 18 reviews.