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,

Listen to this and tell me what you think:



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Kandi Burruss & Carmon Get Into HEATED Argument In New “Kandi’s Ski Trip” Sneak Peek + “EMPIRE” Season 2 Set To Premiere In September

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Looks like things are heating up on the second episode of “Kandi’s Ski Trip” between Kandi Burruss and her assistant/friend Carmon. Take a peek at their feud and get the deets on “Empire’s” season 2 return inside….

“Kandi’s Ski Trip” was supposed to bring Kandi Burruss, her husband Todd Tucker, their families and assistants closer together. But, in the upcoming episode, Kandi and her childhood friend/assistant Carmon duke it out in a heated discussion over Carmon’s work ethic. Again? Yep.

While chatting with Carmon and her general manager Don Juan about their responsibilities, Kandi and Carmon get into a squabble after Carmon ask Kandi how she feels about her work performance.

In Kandi’s eyes, Don Juan is doing a great job.  But when it comes to Carmon, there’s room for improvement…a lot of improvement. The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star gives it to her straight, no chaser and tells her that for a long time she wasn’t the best assistant and that she has a bad attitude. Kandi then compares Carmon to Todd’s assistant Matthew, saying he thinks ahead and has things in order before Todd has to ask for anything. Bloop!

Peep their altercation and the scene when Mama Joyce jumps down Carmon's throat in the two clips below:

In another clip, Kandi’s daughter Riley Burruss gets fed up with the “haters” and defends Todd’s assistant Matthew. In so many words, she said Matthew does a better job than Carmon…and Don Juan...shocking everyone at the table. Check it:

Be sure to tune in to catch episode 2 of the three-part special on Sunday, May 31st at 8/7c on BRAVO.


In other TV news.....

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We told you filming for the 2nd season of “Empire” begins next month. We told you the highly popular hip hopera will be extended to 18 episodes. And now…we have the official premiere date for the upcoming second season.

Mark your calendars! Season 2 of “Empire” will be returning to FOX on Wednesday, September 23rd at 9pm ET! That’s right, four more months before the Lyons bring us the drama we’ve been craving since the season finale. The Empire Writer’s Twitter account made the official announcement today tweeting:



It goes without saying, we're totally here for it.


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Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard are busy trying to get the inside scoop on season 2. The twosome paid a visit to the Empire Writer's room recently, snapping it up with the folks who keep us on the edge of our seats each week. We can't wait to find out what craziness will happen in the new season.


Photos: BRAVO/FOX/Empire Writer's Twitter

NEW MUSIC: Papoose FT. Remy Ma “Broken Slanguage” + Drake DISSES Cash Money In New Freestyle

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Remy Ma lends her voice to her husband Papoose's latest record "Broken Slanguage." Listen to the track inside and hear Drake diss Cash Money in new freestyle. 



Rapper Papoose has a weekly “Throwback Freestyle” series online and this week, his wifee Remy Ma blessed his track “Broken Slanguage. Oh......you thought Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj were hop hop's only rhyming couple? Pull up a chair....

Remy and Papoose play Mickey and Mallory over the beat to Smoothe Da Hustler and Trigger Tha Gambler’s ’90s classic “Broken Language. Remy's quotable lyrics:

The thot popper, the Roc wyler
The Bronx bomber
The twat proper
The drop-top driver

Check it:

What's next for Papoose? He's got a new mixtape You Can’t Stop Destiny coming soon. And for Remy.....she turns 35 tomorrow!

In other music news....

During his “Jungle Tour” stop at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit on Wednesday night, Drake dropped a new freestyle that took jabs at Cash Money execs and a few others.

He raps,
“Look, I would have so many friends if I didn’t have money, success, and accomplishments. I would have so many friends if I held back the truth and I just gave out compliments / I would have all of your fans if I didn’t go pop and I stayed on some conscious shit / Man, I would have so many more friends if I lost my respect and my confidence.

Cause I’m in the club every time that they play the competition, if they even play the competition / And I see no response they get, nobody’s even hearing it.

Y’all better not come to my studio with that fake shit / Y’all better not come to my funeral with that fake shit / All I ever ask is that you keep it 100 / … All I ever ask is you keep it 8 more than 92 with me…100."

He also accuses folks at Cash Money of stealing money from him. Ouch.  Here we go...



YBF INTERVIEW: Lauren London Gives The REAL Deal About "ATL 2" & Lessons 'Keira' Can Learn From "Real Life" Lauren

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Yes, she's just as beautiful in person...even while getting over a cold.   TheYBF.com sat down with BET's "The Game" star Lauren London this week to find out what we can expect from the upcoming season finale.  Oh, and we squeezed some juice out of the actress about the ATL sequel.  Get our interview inside...

She's a mom to 5-year-old Cameron Carter, considers herself entirely too grown to learn anything from her character 'Keira' on "The Game," and she wants her next move to be something she hasn't done before.

Actress Lauren London, rocking a chic Theory blouse, camel skirt and hot Isabel Marant heels, chopped it up with TheYBF.com over brunch at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills this week.  With a little prodding, we found out one thing to expect from the series finale.  And we also dished about what's really happening with ATL 2, the sequel to the movie that arguably put Lauren London on the map.

When it comes to the 30-year-old joining "The Game" on the heels of star Tia Mowry's exit, Lauren makes it crystal clear that she did not replace Tia.  She calls the "Keira Whitaker vs. Melanie Barnett" discussion an unfair comparison, and insists "Keira" has her own and separate identity.

We also got her real-life advice for her drama-in-relationships-loving character "Keira," especially since the actress is in a steady relationship herself with rapper Nipsey Hussle.  Personal questions were off limits, but we still got a little insight.


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Here's the chat between YBF Correspondents Lauren Smith/Ashlee Laughlin and Lauren London:

YBF: Tell us about your character Keira's growth and this upcoming final season.

Lauren London: My character started off a little shaky. We didn't really know who she was. She didn't really know who she was. And at the end of it all, she figures it out. She goes back to what she knows works best for her. I think that's like life in general. When you lose your way, you gotta go back to the root. And she goes back to the root. So we see her making a full circle at the end. Very different than how we started, girl.

Can you give us a tidbit on what to expect in this final season?

Expect to be surprised.

So what's next for you now that "That Game" is a wrap?

We ended "The Game" right before Christmas. I've just been focusing on being a mother and trying to find out what I want to do. Trying to find a script that works for me. Something I've never done before.  ATL 2 came up so we're trying to figure that out. And there are two movies I'm up for right now.

Now, ATL 2, is that definitely in the works?

It's not definitely in the works. I don't want to be the spokesperson for it. I don't want people take my word for it. So, no.  Right now it is a concept and there's a lot of possibilities with that.

If you could add anything to the ATL script from when we last saw New-New, where do you see her going in ATL 2?

I can't give you that. That's a lot. Even my own opinion. My own opinion might be on the screen. I might have some writer credit, I don't know. [Laughs]

Oh! Ok....

I'm not saying I do, but I'm saying I may say some sh*t that I'm not supposed to. I always get in trouble.  But I would still want New-New's fashion to be…I feel like the character and all her aesthetics should remain important. Like her hair and her lipgloss, [etc.], I wouldn't want to lose that. Even though she does grow up, I think she should still be funky, fresh and spunky. I would keep that.

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Your castmates on "The Game" -- Who are you closest to and who do you hang out with off screen?

In different ways I'm close to everybody.  But since I did most of my scenes with Hosea [Chanchez] and Jay [Ellis], I'm the closest to them.

So if Hosea and Jay were to get into a fight and duke it out, who would you bet on?

Uhhhh I'm gonna break that up.  Yeah, I'm not going to let them fight.  Not gonna bet on none of 'em.


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Who have you learned from the most while working on the series?

Wendy! Wendy [Raquel Robinson] has been in this game the longest. She has this sense of professionalism that I think we can all learn from. Even when she's tired or a day is just rough, she holds her head up high and she gives her all till to ever scene at the last, final hour. She gives it her all.

And are there any life lessons you learned from "Keira" while playing her?

No, no! She's way too young for me to learn life lessons from. She's 20-something and I'm 30. She can learn life lessons from me! She's a BABY. Who she is in "The Game" and who I am in real life are two totally different people.

So if Keira was a real-life friend of yours, what advice would you give her?

I would tell her to focus on herself and get to know herself better before she jumps into new relationships using men for security.

Amen to that!  Here's the synopsis for the upcoming season:

In season 9, at the new bond between Kiera and Malik affects everyone – on and off the field. Tasha’s new child forces her to make a life changing decision where she must choose between her professional and personal life. A few careless actions off the field have major repercussions for Blue. And even after her divorce is settled, Chardonnay has trouble letting go of Jason and vows to take revenge on him. Meanwhile, Jason and Kelly make a surprising commitment as Jason’s professional career hangs in the balance.

The final season of "The Game" airs June 3rd on BET at 10pm E/T.  Are you ready for kick off?


Photos/Interview: Lauren Smith/@laauurren_s & Ashlee Laughlin/@hashtag_ashleee of TheYBF.com, Instgram, BET

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