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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SERVIN' BODY: Serena Williams Is A BIKINI CHAMP In Miami

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Serena Williams took a break from slaying tennis courts to hit the beaches of Miami.  Check out her serving up major body in her bikini inside...

 

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Tennis champ Serena William tied down her hair scarf and had some fun int he ocean with a friend today in Miami.  She rocked a green and floral bikini showing off her super athletic bod and booty:

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And yes, she loves her curves just as much as most folks love to look.  The FITNESS magazine cover girl revealed in the new issue:

When I was young I thought I should be built more like an athlete -- long and lean -- not with a womanly figure. But then people my age started coming up to me, saying, 'I love you because of the way you look.' They could relate to me. That was really motivating. So I learned to be proud of my curves and to embrace my large boobs and my butt. It's all about loving who you are and realizing that you're beautiful.

Agreed!

 

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Aretha Franklin Pops Back With $10 Million LAWSUIT Over Patti Labelle FIGHT Story + Swizz Beatz ACCEPTED To Harvard’s Business School!

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Aretha Franklin is “fighting” back with a $10 million lawsuit against a website that started the rumor that she and Patti Labelle got into a physical altercation. Plus, Swizz Beatz is headed to Harvard! Deets inside….

After Aretha Franklin confirmed there was NO fight between herself and Grammy Award winning singer Patti Labelle, the Queen of Soul is slapping the satire website, who started the foolish rumor, with a $10 million lawsuit!

Defamation of character carries one hefty fine and the satire site that started that big bruhaha yesterday may soon have to cough up some serious cash.

Yesterday, we told you Aretha released a statement denying reports that she and Patti Labelle were involved in a physical altercation at an unnamed R&B/Soul event in Atlanta on March 20th.

The rumor was likely started after what some interpreted as Aretha throwing shade at Ms. Patti when she walked past her at the “Women of Soul” concert at the White House as she made her way to the stage (seen below).

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But Aretha says she has nothing but LOVE and R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Patti.

NOW… she’s “fighting back” (pun intended) against the site and it’s CEO, Kato Leonard, for dragging her name through the mud.

She said:

“The stories were not presented as satire or humor,” says Franklin. “It was presented as a serious news story intended to depict me in a slanderous and derogatory way—defamation of character.”

The Queen is NOT to be messed with!

And in other news…

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Producer and art enthusiast Swizz Beatz has announced he was accepted into the President Management Program at the Harvard Business School!

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From a street kid living in the Bronx to attending an Ivy League school, he shared an email sent to him of his acceptance letter (above) with the caption, “This might be one of the happiest days of my life. From the BX to Harvard #hardwork #dedication #levels #discipline #BX #makehistory #owner #Boss #humbled #formykids”

This Harvard Program is similar to the same program supermodel Tyra Banks attended and graduated from, which inspired her to write her very first novel Modelland.

Tyra admitted being a businesswoman, writing a book and attending classes at Harvard caused her to lose her hair and put her under a lot of stress...but says the pay off was well worth it!

Hope Swizz is ready…Congrats!

 

The Randomness:

1.  Drake is getting sued over his "Pound Cake/Paris Morton 2" track off his Nothing Was The Same album.  The estate of late jazz musican Jimmy Smith claims Drake lied about gettign permission to use Jimmy's monologue at the beginning of the track.  STORY

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NOT AGAIN!: Columbus Short Allegedly THREATENS WIFE With MURDER/SUICIDE, Gets KICKED OUT Of Home, Wife Files For Divorce For THIRD Time

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Columbus Short needs help. He clearly has an issue with putting his hands on others (allegedly). His wife has just filed a restraining order against him and filed for divorce for the third time after she claims he pinned her down, holding a knife to her throat.

 

Read the shocking details inside…

Just when you thought all is well with “Scandal” star Columbus Short after seeing him, his wife and daughter all smiles on a family outing…THIS happens.

As he’s currently being investigated by the LAPD for going straight HUCK on a dude in a bar fight last month, actor Columbus Short now has a restraining order filed against him after he allegedly pulled a knife out and held it to his wife’s throat!

Tanee McCall-Short has kicked her husband out of their house and filed for divorce (for the THIRD time) after he allegedly attacked her in their Chatsworth home on April 7th. Tanee claims Columbus came home drunk with a wine bottle in his hand, acting as if he was going to hit her with it.

Instead, he doused her with the wine, grabbed a knife, pinned her down while choking her as he demanded they play a game called “Truth or Truth.”

Chile....

TMZ reports Columbus had suspicions that Tanee was cheating on him and started naming men who he believed she had an affair with, all as he held a knife to her throat. He allegedly told her if she lied to him he would commit a murder/suicide.

After fighting him off, Tanee was able to escape which resulted in Columbus slashing one of her tires on her vehicle. She called police and filed a restraining order against him and he now has to move out of their home. It’s reported the cops were at their household today to make sure he moved out peacefully.

Tanee has now filed for divorce for the third time yesterday, citing irreconcilable differences, seeking sole custody of their 2-year-old daughter, Ayala. You’ll recall the actor and his wife were in the process of filming their own short film together. Guess that won’t happen now…

Columbus has a colorful rap sheet including hurting his wife in front of their kids this past February, had a police report filed on him 2 weeks later for allegedly pushing his wife during an argument, and back in 2010 he was prosecuted for beating up a dude on the basketball court. Think she'll finally leave for good this time?

We reached out to Columbus’ rep for comment but have not gotten a response.

Iyanla, please come fix his life. It seems Olivia Pope can’t get this one handled...

 

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