I was watching the movie "I Am Legend" a couple of nights ago and there was one line that really stuck out to me. Will Smith's character said that Bob Marley believed he could cure racism by injecting it with love and music. Great concept, but can racism really be cured? Is racism something that can be treated with some type of medication and it just disappears like a common cold? Some Americans don't want to recognize it or either they recognize it and don't want to face the reality that racism is still dwelling in our nation today and it's still a huge controversial issue that no one wants to deal with. But it needs to be confronted. Especially during these times when our president is an African-American (OBAMA YALL!!).
So whose fault is it that racism even exists? Is it the government? Or is it we the people? As time continues to move forward and cultures continue to evolve there is one thing that remains the same: there's hatred among the American people because of the color of one's skin. There is even racism within the races themselves. How can you be racist toward someone whose complexion is the same as your own? So many of us (Americans) are looking to the government to provide solutions to this problem because it is a political issue just as much as it is a moral issue. But what happens when the governments resolutions are inadequate? I personally believes that it begins with us. We should step up to the plate and become active in overcoming racism. It may not ever completely be resolved, but it surely can be minimized a great deal. Is that possible? Or do we need to come to the realization that we as a nation of very diverse people will never be able to coexist in peace without being prejudice toward one another? It seems to be a never ending cycle. We need to band together in these tough times and help one another get through it. As the old saying goes, "United we stand. Divided we fall."

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Comment by LatinTemptress on December 9, 2009 at 9:52am
Don't look towards the government for the answer because they too keep us divided. How? Take a look at any official form you must fill out such as for employment, hospital, insurance, driver's license, college, benefits, etc. After name and address, is the RACE section. Next time the Census forms come around take a good look at the race sections. For each section there are sub-divisions. I worked the Census one year and I couldn't believe the bullsh*t and how many people picked WHITE after they picked their own race. SMH.

For example: Are you African American? YES
Are you African-American White?
African-American Black?
African-American Hispanic?
African-American Asian?
African-American Samoan/Pacific Islander, etc?
And on and on. The same questions are asked for every race groupl WTF! Of course this is done by the GOVERNMENT in order to allocate federal dollars to which area. The government WANTS to keep us divided and fighting amongst ourselves. It is an easy form of CONTROL.
Comment by Albert Flagg on December 8, 2009 at 10:30pm
racism will never be concluded.It is a human fault that nature has planted in our DNA.Racism and prejudice reaction to people who are different has been around since the dawn of man and it is in every corner of the world and every culture.There are of course varying degrees of racism.Although I don't believe it affects every one I do believe it does dominate the mass majority of people.For example you have those who hate people of other color and would like nothing more than to see that race eliminated (such as the KKK)And then you have others who have friends of another race,but don't want to see that person dating his or her sister or brother.The Hindu religion has a cast system that is based on the color of your skin.The Mormon religion considers black people as Mud people.Iceland won't even allow blacks to live amongst them There is even a color issue within our own black race.Light skin VS Dark skin.or Good hair VS Bad hair.I hate to say it but that's why so many sisters are wearing weaves and not styling their own beautiful black hair.and before the shaved head style became a fad,too many brothers had jerri curls.and processed hair.The list goes on.But I have to admit that I believe our country USA has the biggest problem with race,and has had this problem for a long time.We as people have to be aware of how we treat each other and look past complexions and hair textures.
Comment by LatinTemptress on July 22, 2009 at 11:38am
To me racism continues when people blame their failures on others. Neo-Nazi blame their trailer-park poverty on Blacks, Jews, Immigrants, etc when they should look internally and see that their poverty-striken lives is due to their lack of education and unwillingness to elevate themselves. Latinos are racist within their own cultures when it comes to shade of skin due to the import and introduction of African slaves by Spaniards into Central and South America as well as the islands of Puerto Rico, Cuba and Dominican Republic. So by many Hispanics, Black-Latinos are the "lower class" which I find ridiculous. We are all Latinos no matter what shade and to racists, we are all "brown cockroaches" so get over it and as long as we are kept divided, we will be considered the "minority." I am proud of my Latino heritage yet alot of Latinos won't even talk to me because they consider me "white" due to my fair skin. Most Latinos won't even acknowledge that our culture is a beautiful blend of indigenous natives and Africa, they only accept the European roots. To these I say GO TO HELL. I embrace my African roots as much as I embrace my native Taino roots. I can only imagine if Blacks and Latinos joined forces...the things we could do with this country, we'd be a force to be reckoned with and we couldn't be ignored, no matter how hard "the powers to be" tried.
Comment by Lac on June 3, 2009 at 4:29am
HELL NO! Racism will NEVER end. Not physically anyway. Mentally it can. Let me explain... Everybody want to use the phrase nigga, nigger, niggy, ninja, etc. Yet, those same people using them (majority of color) get upset when another race uses the term. Yes you can shake it off mentally, because your mentality isn't on that type of ignorance. Therefore it doesn't affect some. But then you have the physical aspect of it. We can say the phrase anytime, all day, because we have that invisible pass. When you see the other races using the same phrases in the same dialogue, you first observe that their physical make-up is not like yours. Automatically, there's a problem.

Today, black people keep racism going. It can be innocent or on purpose. Examples, women will say they don't date light skin men because they are sneaky, no good, dogs, pretty boys, not pure breed, darker the berry-sweeter the juice, etc. Those are all innocent, but racist as hell towards your own.

Then you have those that say I want a light skin man because I don't want a child with nappy ass hair. Again, still racist.

People of color are the only ones that are racist towards everybody else including our own. So if racism is going to be diminished, it starts with the shades of black and brown first. White people have come along way, so far that they see themselves as nigga's or wiggers, because they don't think it's a bad thing, but the cool thing to be. They don't see it as a racist remark, but something cool black people say to each other. I think they have come along way from how their ancestors/grand parents were.

Racism is not going anywhere any time soon. As a matter of fact, out in Cali it has evolved to black on brown crime with hispanic and black gang members killing anybody, any age of the opposing skin colors. (look at the news).
Comment by SweetErykah on May 14, 2009 at 12:09am
Good question Lyrical Beauty...

I agree with Bam. The problem with racism is that we actually acknowledge as such. Sad to say there are many people that actually look for it just to find things to complain about. In other situations racism is thrown in your face. Not just by the government and people of the another race but by our own race. You ask "How can you be racist toward someone whose complexion is the same as your own?"... I feel as though being resist towards your own has been passed down for centuries. It happens in other cultures as well. We as a black people are so stuck on the many different shades we are. Dark skin, Light skin, Fare, Blue, butterscotch (wud up sista butterscotch lol!), Piss colored, Purple, Dark purple and many other names we can call each other. I say names because we (can't say I haven't done it myself) and been so disrespectful in how we acknowledge each other. Why should color matter? Sad to say it's a mental thing we need to erase. Because as we speak/type/read it is being passed down to the younger ones. We should instill positive thoughts as well as let them be aware about the negative and how to react towards it.



Where I live (utah) racism is not so in your face but more like shadiness going on behind your back. That can effect some the most. I can go on about racism where I live. It would go on for days. Personally I would rather someone tell me they don't like nor respect for me up front. Telling me why you don't like me is irrelevant. I don't care if its due to my color. The point is you don't like me and I'm ok with that. Life will go on. If we spend time trying to understand racism, its time wasted.

"No need to understand what does not need to be understood" -me

There are so many other things in life we need to change and racism is an uphill battle we just have to take one day at a time. It starts in your heart.
Comment by Lyrical Beauty on May 13, 2009 at 4:49am
EXCELLENT FEEDBACK BAM!!!! I 100% agree that in order for us to overcome racism then we all must desire the same outcome. But I wouldn't quite say it will never be. See I am a FIRM believer in God and I know my Bible says that ALL things are possible through Him. So I do believe that we can all come to a place where we desire the same outcome.
Comment by Bam on May 13, 2009 at 3:35am
In order for racism to be eliminated mankind as a whole must desire the same outcome. That will never be. The only people who have a problem with racism are the ones who suffer from its uglyness. Those who benefit from racism have no problem with it, infact it is their wish not only to continue but to strenghten racism. So let us return to the old battle, "WE KNOW WE SHALL WIN, AS WE ARE CONFIDENT IN THE VICTORY OF GOOD OVER EVIL"-------BOB MARLEY
Comment by Cousin Ed on May 9, 2009 at 10:12pm
Great insight Ms. Lyrical Beauty,

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Tamar Braxton SHADES Kenya Moore On "WWHL", Kenya SNAPS And TWIRLS Back + L'OREAL Acquires Carol's Daughter

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Tamar Braxton threw some shade at Kenya Moore on "WWHL" last night and Kenya quickly fired back.  See the dramatics inside and get the deets on L'Oréal getting acquired by Carol's Daughter.

In case you missed it, Tamar Braxton appeared on Bravo's "WWHL" last night and Andy Cohen asked her about Kenya Moore's "Gone With The Wind Fabulous" single. Tamar came back with, “She sings?” I didn’t know that was a serious record. No shade.”

When asked directly about Kenya, she said “She’s not my favorite..My favorite is NeNe."  She then gave a "disgusted" look and added, "Something about the thirst of it all...the whole pageant thing.”

Shots fired....and Miss USA was not pleased. 

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Actually...she was #unbothered (which translated into "not pleased").  Then she came for Tamar's edges...

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Then she came for Tamar's new face....

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Smh......Play nice ladies!

  

In other news...

 

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Earlier today in NYC, L’Oréal USA announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Carol’s Daughter. Created by Lisa Price in 1993, the beauty brand had net sales of US $27 million in the past 12 months!

Lisa Price celebrated the sale saying,

“I have worked hard for the past 21 years nurturing my brand and am thrilled that we will have a new home with L'Oréal USA. L’Oréal has a proven track record of helping established companies achieve their full potential while staying true to the core of the brand and they have an understanding of the future of multi-cultural beauty. I could not be more proud to begin this next chapter of the Carol's Daughter brand with them. I know that my mother (Carol) is smiling as well.”

Frédéric Rozé, President and CEO of L’Oréal USA. added,

“Carol’s Daughter possesses an expertise in the multi-cultural consumer segment, a rapidly expanding market that represents an important growth opportunity in the beauty industry,” said “This acquisition will enable L’Oreal USA to build a new dedicated multi-cultural beauty division as part of our Consumer Products business, and strengthen the company’s position in this dynamic market.”

Congrats to Lisa and her team.

 

Photo via Bravo/Kenya Moore's Twitter/Carol Daughter FaceBook

 

Beyonce POSES It Up In Front Of The London Eye + FSU Marching Band Does “Single Ladies” Tribute During Halftime

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Beyonce is still flossing in London. And of course, she’s looking hot. Also, Florida State University’s marching band nailed Bey’s “Single Ladies” routine during their halftime performance. Check it inside…

Beyonce is on her flawless ish in London. And she’s slaying, per usual.

After dining with her hubby Jay Z and singer Adele earlier this week, the “Flawless” one got on her model behavior, posing it up outside with the London Eye ferris wheel as her backdrop.
 

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During some down time, Mrs. Carter took the photoshoot to her terrace overlooking the city in a sexy high-slit black skirt and white crop top. And she's still rocking her new bangs she debuted recently.

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In an outfit-of-the-day mini shoot, the “Blow” singer flossed in a Balenciaga printed top and mini skirt accessorized with a Moynat & Pharrell Williams train clutch. The superproducer teamed up with the French bag/luggage maker to create a line of locomotive shaped bags.

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And she posted up this close-up shot of her in that super short StyleStalker "Love On Top" romper that she wore while out on the town with Jay and Adele. Hot.

Speaking of Bey....

Florida State University’s marching band hit the field for their halftime performance against Notre Dame on Saturday. And guess what track they decided to get down to? Bey’s “Single Ladies”! They also rocked out to Destiny’s Child “Survivor” and Bey & Hov’s “Crazy In Love."

We’re convinced this is what sealed the deal for the Seminoles with a win against the Fighting Irish (31-27). Watch them work in both videos.
 

Photos: Beyonce.com

NEW PROJECTS: Tyra Banks & Chrissy Teigen To Host New Talk Show “The F.A.B.” + Deets On Will Packer’s “Female Buddy Cop” Show Coming To NBC

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Tyra Banks and Will Packer have new projects in the works. Find out what they’re working on inside….

Since announcing her brand new cosmetics line, supermodel Tyra Banks has more exciting news. The Harvard Business School graduate will be returning to daytime TV as a talk show host for a brand new lifestyle show “The F.A.B.” (Fun And Beautiful). This will be Tyra’s second daytime syndicated show, following her five season run of "The Tyra Banks Show".

Not only will she hosting the L.A. based show, but she also serves as the executive producer. She will be joined by John Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen (former model and foodie), Editor in Chief of Yahoo Style Joe Zee, interior design professional Lauren Makk and do-it-yourself YouTube guru Leah Ashley as co-hosts.  

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According to Deadline, Tyra will moderate the panel of lifestyle experts who also will bring in celebrities, Internet influencers, experts and everyday people. They plan to discuss topics ranging from fashion and beauty, food and design, doing it yourself and even starting a business.

The brand new show was cleared by Disney-ABC and is expected to premiere in fall 2015. Hmm...looks like "The Real" will be getting some daytime competition soon. Will you be tuning in?
 

And on another show....

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Blockbuster hit maker Will Packer has a brand new project in the works. Will has been knocking it out the park with his hit-making movies, producing seven number one films in the last four years, and he's NOT stopping!

Since selling the show “Like Father, Like Son” (based on his life experiences) to NBC, "The Wedding Ringer" producer  has sold ANOTHER show to NBC. Currently, the show is untitled, but the hour-long “dramedy” will be about two female LAPD homicide detectives whose lives are even messier than the crime scenes they investigate.
 

Interesting.

 

Photos: Tyra's IG

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