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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Gabrielle Union & Doug E. Fresh Attend BREAST Party Ever Event In Miami + Letoya Luckett & Alexandra Shipp Attend ‘Drumline 2' Screening

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Gabrielle Union and Doug E. Fresh partied for a good cause in Miami. The YBF actress and hip-hop legend attended the Breast Party ever to help raise breast cancer awareness. Peep their party pics and check out the cast of VH1's Drumline 2: A New Beat on the red carpet at the film's screening inside….

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We’re well into breast cancer awareness month. And to continue to keep folks informed on breast cancer and women’s health, Planned Parenthood and BET joined forces to throw the “BREAST Party Ever”, a community event to help raise awareness about the importance of breast health in women with early detection through self exams and screenings.

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Last night, “Being Mary Jane” star Gabrielle Union and Hip Hop icon Doug E. Fresh came out to support the 2nd Annual Breast Party Ever event at the Overtown Youth Center in Miami.

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Gabby, all smiles in a cute & comfortable look, posed it up alongside Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast CEO Lillian Tamayo. Lillian encouraged the crowd to become advocates in their communities, and to educate others on the importance of annual exams and breast screenings. She said,

“The Breast Party Ever is Planned Parenthood’s way of honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month here in Miami, because we know breast health is a serious matter. For more than 12 years we have provided breast health outreach and education across our service area. Women, men, and young people need to understand their risk and be advocates for their own health and that of the people they love.”
 

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Doug E. hopped on the mic to provide the entertainment for the evening.

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The Breast Party Ever brought together women, elected officials, entertainers, medical providers and community leaders to help women take charge of their health through breast cancer education and early detection.

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Gabby took the podium to speak out on the importance of women being in the know when it comes to their breast health. Knowing all too well how important it is to stay healthy, she shared a personal story about losing a close friend from the unfortunate disease.

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And then she partied with guests while Doug E. Fresh performed.

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Doug E. stopped for a few "us-sies" with a fan.

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And DJ D-Nice provided the music for the evening. Partying for a cause....nice!

At another event...

 

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Last night, VH1 held a screening for the upcoming telefilm Drumline 2: A New Beat at the Paramount Theater. And it brought out D2 stars Letoya Luckett, Alexandra Shipp and Jordan Calloway.

The former Destiny’s Child member turned budding actress Letoya Luckett stars in the made-for-tv film as the beautiful and intelligent Dr. Nia Phillips. In the film, she has romantic ties to Sean Taylor (Leonard Roberts) and is on a quest to have Sean return as the band’s leader. Problem is, her ex-husband leads their rival band, who is also Sean’s brother.
 

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The former “Single Ladies” star is also starring in another telefim titled “Seasons of Love” alongside Taraji P. Henson coming to LIFETIME in late November. She is also working on her third album studio album “Until Then.”

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Alexandra Shipp will play Danielle "Dani" Raymond, the brilliant drummer whose goal is to become the first female percussion section leader in the famous Atlanta A&T drumline.

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This year has been a success for the young starlet. She is also playing the lead role of Aaliyah in the upcoming LIFETIME biopic (premiering Nov. 15th at 8pm). FUN FACT: Alexandra sings, dances, plays the piano and the guitar. Go girl!

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Actor Jordan Calloway joined his cast mates on the red carpet for last night’s event. He plays the talented, cocky complicated kid, Jayven LaPierre, the son of a very famous New Orleans jazz drummer.

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And to add a little drumline authenticity, the cast was joined by members of the Brooklyn United Marching Band:

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The film premieres Monday, October 27th at 9PM ET on VH1.

 

BONUS:

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Conscious rapper Common is making a much needed return to the silver screen. He recently wrapped up filming for a demanding role as civil rights activist James Bevel in the upcoming film SELMA and we have the first look at the Chi-town rapper on the set.

Common’s character led the monumental 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.

The Ava DuVerney-directed film will follow civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. and his supporters in the civil rights movement that forever altered history. British actor David Oyelowo will be starring as Dr. King, Carmen Ejogo as King's wife Coretta Scott King, Cuba Gooding Jr. as veteran civil rights attorney Fred Gray, Lorraine Toussaint as civil rights activist Amelia Boynton, Niecy Nash as teacher Richie Jean Jackson and Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt will serve as producers. The film will hit theaters on December 25, 2014.
 

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LET THE SHADE BEGIN...."RHOA" Star Kenya Moore FIRES SHOTS At Porsha Williams For Riding Her Coattail, Porsha POPS Back

 

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Those darn Georgia peaches are firing shots, throwing shade and reading volumes.  Check the slick exchange that went down between "RHOA" "peach holder" Kenya Moore and "friend of the housewives" Porsha Williams inside... 

 

Season 7 of RHOA won't premiere on BRAVO until Nov. 9th at 8/7c, but the fireworks have already started. It appears that Miss USA Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams have not kissed and made-up since their exchange at last season's reunion became one of the most talked about fights in reality tv history.

During a recent interview with Enstarz, Kenya was asked about Porsha's demotion to "friend" and the shade began. First Kenya said,

"Um, honestly I don't have any thoughts about it." Then she added, "It's just that I've made people relevant on this show for negative occurrences and I'm just not doing that any more. I think people need to stand on their own two feet and not ride my coattails, and you see when they don't ride my coattails, they don't get very far."

Oh ok then.......

Now...Porsha no longer holds a peach, but she IS nationally syndicated on Dish Nation. When she got wind of what Miss USA said, her new co-workers at "DN" didn't waste anytime getting a rise out of her over Kenya's comments. She fired back with,

"She can't be talking about me.  I mean....you'd have to be doing something for somebody to ride your coattail right?  You've got to be on the way to progression and being successful for somebody to ride your coattail.  I thought. Is that not what that means? I'm just sayin...."

Check it here:

 

As "Hollywood Diva" Golden Brooks would say, "Let the games begin."

 

By the way, remember when Tamar Braxton threw shade at Kenya last week, calling her thirsty?  Kenya had a few more things to say about that to Enstarz,

"It's so interesting because this is not the first time I've heard that and I was on her show, "The Real" last week, and we were all very pleasant to one another and I think that was the only time I've met her in person and there was a very pleasant exchange. So, to see her say that on Bravo, which is my family and that's my home... So you're going to come into my house and disrespect me? I couldn't just stay quiet about that. If it was someone else, I would just ignore it like I always do. But you don't get to come into my house and disrespect me. I was disappointed by her but I will always be nice to her. And I will continue to be nice to her because that's just who I am. But sometimes, when people see you shining--again, she was in my house so maybe she felt some type of way about that."
 

Bloop.

 

Extras:

1.  On the heels of TLC cancelling "Honey Boo Boo" over claims that Mama June is dating a convicted child molestor who recently got out of jail, it's now been revealed that the 8-year-old the man molested....is June's daughter AnnaSTORY

 

Photos via Kenya Moore's Instagram/Porsha Williams's Instagram

 

Usher Spills His Heart About Girlfriend Grace Miguel, Talks His BODY & New Album

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Usher is now ready to let the world know about the love of his life: Girlfriend Grace Miguel.  Check out what the Billboard cover guy had to say about his woman inside, plus the status of his indefinitely pushed back album and more...

After years of hiding her under the guise of ONLY being his manager, Usher is opening up about long time girlfriend Grace Miguel.  At 44, she's 8 years his senior (we all know he has a thing for older women).  And it seems she's used her wisdom to help the superstar turn his way of thinking all the way around.

In the new issue of Billboard, cover star Usher spilled his heart about Ms. Grace saying:

 

"I have an incredible partner and manager.  She has helped me through some of the hardest times in my life and my career.

She's someone who has been able to support and understand all of who I am.  Not just as a dancer or as a performer or as a singer, but as a humanitarian and a businessman and as a person.  One thing that has come from having a great partner like Grace is being able to cherish the places that I've gone," he says. "We see the monumental sites, go to the museums, eat in the best restaurants. I'm that guy now! In the past I'd do what I have to do and get on the bus to the next city. Life has become a vacation."

Sweet!

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He also spoke on his protege Justin Bieber, his friendship with Diddy and that album folks have been waiting on.  Here's a few highlights of the single dad (he has primary custody of his two sons with ex-wife Tameka Raymond) had to say about life:

On pushing his album back indefinitely:

"I just ain't ready. Meaning I have more that I want to say and more that I want to do. My process is pretty different. L.A. Reid will tell you, it takes two albums to make one with Usher.

Marketing is more important than it has ever been," he says. "But I'm trying to tear the layers back and make it not so contrived. I think people just want entertainment. For certain artists it might be hard, but they don't have the show."

On his extra fit body

 "These days, I try to eat for my blood type when I'm not eating for the fat kid inside me," he says. His blood type? "A doctor I know came up with it, but hasn't released it yet, so I don't want to tell you too much about it," he explains. "But the idea is to eat the foods that work best for your body. For my blood type the meats I can eat are pork, beef and fish."

On his friendship with Diddy

"I'd say I earned my stripes in New York City. My time with Puff, it gave me chutzpah....I got to see performers like Tupac Shakur," he says. "Redman, Method Man, Ice Cube. I got to perform onstage with The Notorious B.I.G., be in sessions with him and Craig Mack. I got to be part of the driving force that was Bad Boy, that was Puff."

On his current relationship with protege Justin Bieber

"Our relationship is more man-to-man now.  He's making his own decisions and it's important to show support. I can say I'm not happy with all the choices my friend has made, but I'm supportive of him. I try my hardest to give as much positive reinforcement as I can. I'll punch him in the f---ing chest when I need to, and give him a hug and kiss when I need to. It's more than just mentoring. I love the kid."

Read the entire cover story HERE.

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