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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Jennifer Lopez COVERS ELLE UK’s October 2014 Issue—Talks Love, Failed Relationships & Her Twins

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Jennifer Lopez is gracing the cover of ELLE UK’s October issue. Find out what the fab over forty singer said about her past relationships and more inside…

Jennifer Lopez is the cover girl for ELLE UK’s October 2014 issue. And the A.K.A singer is serving up some effortless fab.

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Shot by by photographer Txema Yeste, JLo schools the newcomers on how to slay a magazine spread as she posed it up at Château de Voisins in Paris. The 45-year-old singer/actor stunned in Versace gowns and accessorized her looks with Laura Lee Jewellery and Lock & Co Hatters for her spread. And of course, she served up at least one booty-ful editorial for the masses.

In the cover story, JLo opens up about still believing in love and one day finding her prince charming that she will spend the rest of her life with. She also talked about her past mistakes in her public relationships (Diddy, Marc Anthony, etc.), learning from those mistakes and being a single mother to her 6-year-old twins Emme and Max.
 

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Here are the highlights:

On still believing in love:
"I still believe in love. The nirvana man, he's out there somewhere. But you just have to work at it. You have to work at everything."

On mistakes she has made in her past relationships:
"Everybody has seen that I make mistakes. Every single album I have ever made is about love. But I am not going to give up. I have to look at what I do wrong. I rush in, I get swept up, I ignore the signs. But so many of us are guilty of these things. Each time it goes wrong, it's hard. I get really hurt but I have to let myself go: 'What did I do? What can I learn?' And as hard and as hurtful as things get, I want to believe I will be able to go one step higher," she says. "I've got to hope that if I keep going I will eventually get it right."

On the public’s interest in her relationships:
"Is it worth making mistakes, in my case in public, and trying to figure out what you do and balance everything and constantly grow? I'd say yes," she tells the magazine. "None of it is easy, none of it is safe—you are going to get big highs and you are going to get big lows, so it's not for everyone—but that's exciting. You just need to believe in yourself."

On being a single mother:
"It's not easy. I'm from a traditional background. It takes two people to make a kid for a reason. It's tough because I know they feel the void of that male presence," says Lopez, who was most recently linked to Maksim Chmerkovskiy. "When Marc and I first broke up, I did think, 'I wish I could have held this together.' But when you realize it's not the right thing for anybody, you think, 'OK, well how do we make this work, how do we make this better, how do we make this great for the children anyway?'"

 

Pick up your issue now.....

 

Photos: Txema Yeste/ELLE UK

CeeLo Green's Reality Show CANCELLED After "Rape" Tweets Spark Outrage + Jeezy COVERS The "2014 Power 30/SOURCE360 Issue + T.I. DISSES Floyd Mayweather On "Am I Wrong" (REMIX)

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CeeLo Green's controversial views on rape (via Twitter) led to the cancellation of his reality show earlier today!  Get the deets inside and see  Jeezy shares his thoughts on the police involvement in Ferguson listen to T.I. diss Floyd Mayweather on the "Am I Wrong" (REMIX)...

HUGE developments in the world of CeeLo Green.  You'll recall that the former coach on "The Voice" was accused of sexual assault a few months ago after a female acquaitance claimed he slipped her an ecstasy pill in 2012. 

On August 29th, the "F*ck U" singer pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to the woman and was sentenced to serve probation and community service - but that's when his REAL problems began.

Maybe he was feeling himself, but the last thing CeeLo should have done was got on Twitter. Shortly after the court verdict, instead of counting his blessings, CeeLo got on Twitter and posted some views on "rape" that PISSED off a lot of people. The tweets have been deleted (of course) but he posted: 

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And this will REALLY make you gag:  “People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!”

NEGATIVE react was swift and went all the way up the chain of command at TBS which "was" the home of his reality show "CeeLo Green’s The Good Life.” After the backlash on social media, the network chose to CANCEL the show.

 

Sigh......

 

In other music news.... 

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Atlanta native Jeezy finds himself on the cover of the sought after 2014 Power 30/SOURCE360 issue this year.  The rapper, who's currently on tour with Wiz Khalifa, was recently arrested for gun possession, but now that he's bonded out of jail - he's ready to hit the airwaves again.

During the interview, he reveals why this has been one of the most important years of his career, talks about cops and Ferguson, MO ("They did all the wrong things") and even says he auditioned to be Tupac in the “Holler If You Hear Me” musical (I came to New York, auditioned and everything. Ol’ man was going to be on Broadway).  The 2014 Power 30/SOURCE360 issue hits newsstands soon, in the meantime, here are the highlights:

 

On being a gangster rapper in 2014:

I think me and people like me that answered the call, and were appointed by the people to be their spokesperson have to walk a separate line because, you might like my music, but I think you probably love me more for what I stand for and what my morals are. So I think that’s what makes me special, and different from a lot of artists, because you know we got some people where their whole career is off pure talent. They’re very talented but they don’t have any morals, or the ability to go sit outside and watch something, and then be able to go talk about it in a rhyme form and make you believe it. Everything is so internet based now, you don’t even know what to believe anymore.

On Ferguson:

I just feel like, when things like this happen, you have to build trust within the community. They did all the wrong things. Instead of going there and trying to resolve the situation, they went in there with tasers, riot guns and riot forces, and you can’t come to my neighborhood and not expect us to stand up for what we believe in. You know, that type of sh*t happens in Iraq, that doesn’t happen in Ferguson.

On auditioning to be Tupac on Broadway:

Jeezy was almost Tupac. No, he didn’t go to the tattoo parlor and stop just short of getting “Thug Life” tattooed across his stomach, but when it came to cast the Tupac character in the short-lived Tupac musical, “Holler If You Hear Me”, Jeezy read for the part and earnestly competed to land it.I came to New York, auditioned and everything. Ol’ man was going to be on Broadway, man [laughs].

 

 

New diss records....

T.I. is still up in his feelings about the Floyd Mayweather drama (you'll recall they had a run-in in Las Vegas after Floyd made some comments about Tiny) and now he's put his feelings on record.  On “Am I Wrong”. Tip remixes the Nico and Vinz hit and throws a few shots at Floyd along the way.  But he doesn't stop there, he has a few bars about Tiny and infidelity as well.

On Floyd....

Don't care what you do for a living, run up on you
Look up to my eye right now
Recognize I'm a man that'd die right now

On rumors about Tiny AND Floyd

Sucker, if I got a woman and you touch her
She supposed to stay with you if you a bad mother fucker
She come back to me, as far as I can see
You all she really needed to see what she really need (I know)
Look at me and see what you will never be

 

 

EXTRAS:

1.  Nick Cannon will release a children's book in 2015, Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems. Story.

 

 

Photos via Getty/The Source

ROUND UP: How YBF Celebs Spent Their Labor Day Weekend

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We’ve rounded up a few pics of some of your fave YBF celebs enjoying their Labor Day Weekend. Find out what they were up to inside…

Over the weekend, Ludacris held his 9th annual LudaDay Weekend, which helps to raise funds for the Atlanta community. And it included many star-studded events.

On Sunday, Luda and his Disturbing the Peace record label went head-to-head against Lil Wayne and his Young Money label at the Georgia State Sports Arena for a celebrity basketball game. Team Luda, including Larenz Tate, Dwight Howard, Roscoe Dash, Trinidad James and others, took home the win against YMCMB.

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Then on Monday, Luda (in his red Polo slippers) hosted a pool party/cookout with his girlfriend Eudoxie.

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Before pleading guilty to his D.C. assault case, Chris Brown (and his red cup) held a pool party for Karrueche’s stylist EJ King's birthday.

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Kae snapped a pic perched on the birthday boy's lap with the caption, "Pool party fun @ejking21"

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"Maybe" singer Teyana Taylor took a break from her U.S. tour with August Alsina to party it up.

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Amber Rose also made it out for the festivities.

Speaking of Amber....

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While mommy got in some poolside fun, Wiz Khalifa spent some quality time with their son Sebastian. He is too cute!

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Monica and her hubby Shannon Brown flew to Antigua Island to get in some rest and relaxation on their couples' getaway vacation.

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The Browns caught barracudas while deep-sea fishing, took a romantic horseback ride on the shoreline and enjoyed an intimate dinner on the beach. Nice! 

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Kevin Hart is out living his life in Miami. He got turnt up on stage at LIV nightclub last night.

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Toya Wright and her husband MempHitz sailed out to shore for their Labor Day weekend, celebrating their friends’ birthday and anniversary.

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And Nicole Murphy is toasting it up in Miami.

Fun times.

 

Photos: Kevin’s IG/Nicole’s IG/Ludacris’ IG/Monica's IG/Wiz's IG/Toya's IG/@ejking21

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