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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Zendaya, “black•ish” Kiddies & Jennifer Lopez Attend The 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards + Octavia Spenser Helps Raise Funds At The Destination Education City Year L.A. Event

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Yesterday, the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards went down in L.A. bringing out Zendaya, “black•ish” kiddies and Jennifer Lopez. Also, Octavia Spencer was spotted in L.A. helping to raise funds for the Education Destination City Year event held at Sony Studios. Check out the flicks inside….

This year’s Radio Disney Music Awards went down at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. yesterday to celebrate some of entertainment’s brightest young stars. And Disney actress Zendaya was tapped to host the event, making her hosting debut.

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The “K.C. Undercover” star kept it funky on the carpet rocking a black cropped top and black high-waisted trousers decorated with pops of color, serving up a 70s hippie vibe. During the awards ceremony, Zendaya had plenty of outfit changes as she hosted the family-friendly show.

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Work it Zendaya! 

In a recent interview with "GMA" she talked about being a "real" model versus a "role" model for her fans who look up to her. She said, "I don’t want to play a role or pretend to be something that I’m not, especially since young kids are watching. It just helps that I’m a good kid. I just want to continue to be that positive light or that positive influence for a lot of young people because sometimes I feel we lack that.” Loves it.

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45-year-old singer Jennifer Lopez dazzled on the carpet in a crop top and high-waisted skirt before taking the stage to accept the Hero Award.

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Congrats!

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And before she headed out, the "Booty" songstress served up a "booty"ful bathroom pic.

Back on the carpet....

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“black•ish” cuties Miles Brown and Marsai Martin are melting our hearts with their adorableness on the carpet.

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The kiddies caught up with their “black•ish” older sister and brother, Yara Shahidi and Marcus Scribner. Too cute.

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Disney actress and singer Coco Jones kept it cute on the carpet.

The Radio Disney Music Awards airs tonight at 8PM ET on the Disney Channel.

Elsewhere in Hollywood....

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Oscar winner Octavia Spencer came out to support and help raise funds for the Education Destination City Year Los Angeles Spring Break fundraiser event held at Sony Studios yesterday.

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Making her rounds, the "Mom" star posed it up alongside Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth.

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“black•ish” cutie Marsai Martin hit up two events yesterday. She got a chance to snap it up with Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons during the fundraising event.

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One of our fave YBF couples Meagan Good and her husband DeVon Franklin were all about giving back as they came out together to support.

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Meagan stopped for a photo-op with actress Jaida-Iman Benjamin.

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"Vampire Diaries" star Kat Graham strutted her stuff in an all-black ensemble. Fab look.

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And Precious star Xosha Roquemore (left) was on the scene with a friend.

 

Photos: Getty/Splash/WENN/@mrbabyboogaloo/@marsaisworld/@mayhementertainmentpr

 

OH NO! Lil Wayne’s Tour Bus Gets SHOT Up In Atlanta + Bobby Brown Files For Guardianship Of Daughter Bobbi Kristina’s Estate

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It’s dangerous being a rapper these days. Lil Wayne would know. His tour bus was shot up in Atlanta early this morning. Get the latest deets and find out Bobby Brown’s latest move in his quest to protect his daughter Bobbi Kristina inside….

Following a hoax that shots rang out at his Miami mansion last month, Lil Wayne has found himself in the middle gunfire yet again.

Early this morning, one of Lil Wayne’s tour buses was reportedly shot at as they pulled off from an Atlanta nightclub.

According to local new station WSBTV, Atlanta police responded to a call of shots ringing out in the 3300 block of Peachtree Road around 3:25 AM this morning.

Once cops made it on the scene, they found one of Weezy’s tour buses had been hit with bullets multiple times. Wayne had just finished performing at Compound nightclub on his “Sorry 4 The Wait” release party tour.

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TMZ sources say Lil Wayne, Young Money execs and artists (including Lil Twist and Hood) were on the buses at the time of the shooting. Luckily, no one was injured in the highway shooting incident, including Weezy. It’s unclear (as of now) if Wayne was aboard the bus that was shot at.

Witnesses tell WSBTV the shots came from two white vehicles, possibly a Corvette-style vehicle and an SUV. After the bus was hit, authorities say the bus stopped at a nearby hotel where the cops were called.

There are no suspects at this time. Wel'll keep you posted on any new developments.

In the meantime, peep a few flicks from Weezy's performance at Compound below:

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In other news....

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Bobby Brown is making a bold move in his quest to protect his daughter Bobbi Kristina, who’s currently fighting for her life in an Atlanta hospital.

The legendary R&B crooner has filed for guardianship of Bobbi Kristina’s estate, according to NBC affiliate 11Alive. The 22-year-old daughter of late singer Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown has been in a medically induced coma since she was found submerged under water in a bath tub inside her Roswell home in January.

This news comes on the heels of the latest update on Bobbi Kirstina’s prognosis. Both the Houston and Brown family have revealed Bobbi Kris’ condition has improved, where she’s breathing on her own, but her quality of life is still up in the air.

We wonder what Cissy Houston has to say about Bobby gunning for guardianship. We’re sure we’ll find out sooner rather than later.
 

 

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President Obama Delivers Hilarious Speech At The 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner + Celebs Work The Red Carpet

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Last night, the 101st anniversary of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner went down in Washington, D.C. The Washington Hilton ballroom was filled with politicians, celebrities and media elite for President Barack Obama’s humorous speech during the “Nerd Prom.” Check out his full speech and peep the red carpet flicks of some of your fave YBF celebs inside….

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Hello gorgeous! Yes, our First Lady Michelle Obama was absolutely stunning for the 101st anniversary of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner held at The Washington Hilton ballroom.

FLOTUS sparkled in a custom Zac Posen gown topping off her look with a head full of luscious curls for the evening’s festivities. And we are loving all of it!

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Gorge!

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"Saturday Night Live" comedian Cecily Strong took the podium as she was tapped to host the prestigious event.

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The highlight of the night came when President Obama introduced a special guest. In walks in Luther his “anger translator.” He tapped Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele” comedian Keegan-Michael Key to help translate what Obama was REALLY thinking. And it was quite funny.

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Below are the highlights from President Obama's speech:

On his “bucket list”:
Obama said he's asked, " 'Do you have a bucket list?' I say, well I have something that rhymes with bucket. Take executive action on immigration? Bucket. New climate regulations? Bucket. It's the right thing to do," Obama said, picking up on criticism of his executive actions.”

On his gray hair:
"I look so old John Boehner's already invited Netanyahu to speak at my funeral."
Meanwhile, First Lady Michelle Obama looks great, he said. "I ask her her secret. She says, [Obama employing a nasally voice] 'Fresh fruits and vegetables.' It's aggravating."

On the Secret Service:
Obama said the agency, which has fumbled time and again in the last year, has come up with a "fool proof way to keep people off my lawn." The answer came in the form of a Photoshopped picture: Sen. John McCain with a broom and Vice President Joe Biden with a baseball bat.
 

Once his anger translator Luther hits the stage:

"Hold on to your lily white butts," Luther opened.
The Obama version: "In our fast changing world, traditions like the White House Correspondents' Dinner are important."
The anger translation: "I mean really what is this dinner?" he says jumping emphatically. "And why am I required to go to it? Jeb Bush, do you really want to do this?"
Obama talking about campaign fundraising: "Hillary will have to raise huge sums of money too."
Translation: "Oh yeah," Luther says with a wild look in his eyes. "She goin' get that money. She goin' get all the money. Khaleesi is coming to Westeros," a reference to HBO's "Game of Thrones".

On the 2016 GOP Field:
"The Koch brothers think they need to spend a billion dollars to get folks to like one of these people," Obama said of the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates. "I raised a lot ... but my middle name is Hussein."

On Obamacare:

"Today thanks to Obamacare, you no longer have to worry about losing your insurance if you lose your job. You're welcome Senate Democrats," Obama said.

On a third Obama term:
Talking about how much he liked Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who could run for the Democratic nomination for president: "Apparently people really want to see a pot-smoking socialist in the White House. We could get a third Obama term after all."
 

Ha!

Check out his full speech below (Luther comes in at the 14:45 mark):

Celebs working the red carpet at the "Nerd Prom": 

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“black•ish” star and Tracee Ellis Ross was heavy on the pre-party scene the night before and last night she shut it down! The YBF chick stunned in a bold caped gown on the red carpet. And we are NOT mad. This dress sort of gives us a little Solange wedding gown tease.

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After much speculation, it appears Super Bowl champ Russell Wilson decided to bring his grandmother Carolyn to the “Nerd Prom” rather than Ciara, which was previously reported. Rumors have been swirling of a budding romance between the two since they were spied together at a Seattle Mariniers game last week.

Ciara is currently in Paris having fun with Givenchy creative director Riccardo Ticsi.

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Sports Illustrated swimsuit model/John Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen served some thigh action in a midnight blue long sleeve beaded Zuhair Murad gown with a deep slit. 

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Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Chanel Iman followed suit. She rocked a light blue plunging neckline chiffon Zuhair Murad gown. And she looked amazing.

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“Orange is the New Black” star and Emmy nominated actress Laverne Cox, who recently posed nude in an pictorial for ALLURE magazine, made her White House Correspondents’ Dinner debut in a silver Ines Di Santo evening gown, Jill Haber clutch and Forevermark jewels. She looked beautiful.

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“Empire” star Gabourey Sidibe had some fun on the carpet posing it up with her good friend/actress Bailee Madison.

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“black•ish” dad Anthony Anderson was looking dapper in an all-black tux.

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After hitting up almost every White House Correspondents’ Dinner pre-party the night before, “TODAY” co-host Tamron Hall looked flawless in a strapless high-low dress and sandals. Work!

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Big Sean's ex-girlfriend Naya Rivera showed off her growing baby bump.

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“State of Affairs” actress Alfre Woodard dazzled in a yellow sparkly gown.

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Rev. Al Sharpton and his girlfriend Aisha McShaw came out to the dinner.

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CBS co-anchor Gayle King posed it up alongside her daughter/"Let's Move" staffer Kirby Bumpus.

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CNN anchor Don Lemon was all smiles.

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News anchor Lester Holt and his wife Carol Hagen-Holt posed it up on the carpet.

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Emmy Award-winning producer Larry Wilmore and his date worked the carpet.

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Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler, who recently welcomed a bouncing baby boy, snapped it up with Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today Susan Page.

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Celebrity stylist Samira Nasr, "black•ish" creator Kenya Barris, and "black•ish" mom Tracee Ellis Ross took a pic at the Yahoo News/ABC News White House Correspondents' dinner reception pre-party.

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The "black•ish" gang huddled up in the picture booth for a few funny flicks.

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And our girl Naomi Campbell was busy making her rounds at the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair cocktail reception following the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Gorge.

 

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