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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BREAK UP? Karrueche Announces She's A SINGLE LADY, Chris Brown's Alleged "Cheating Footage" Surfaces

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Karrueche's single again y'all!  So says her latest Tweet.  Find out what may be behind her umpteenth breakup (if there was even a breakup) with Chris Brown inside...

Karrueche Tran said tonight on Twitter, "Looks like I'm a singe lady again".  Oh?!  And right before the Holidays?  Seems like she and her inconsistent boyfriend Chris Brown are on the outs...again.  And she's putting the world on notice.

It's also rumored she MAY be talking about a role on the upcoming season of "Single Ladies" which has been picked up by a new network.  And we all know how she loves the attention.

By the way, Charlamagne the God chimed in with this shade:



And Lil Duval said what we're all thinking:



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As for what may have sparked this particular breakup, interesting stories and pics of Chris cheating with a side chick have surfaced:

So THIS might explain why #Karrueche is saying she's single, if she is, in fact, speaking about her relationshio status. There's an alleged video of #ChrisBrown captured by the groupie he allegedly slept with after hitting up Supperclub on Sunday. Screenshots of the alleged video have surfaced. And if you take notice, the pants hanging up in the top right pic is the same pants he wore last week at the "Lost Warhols Collaboration" art exhibit at Lurie Gallery.



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Nick Cannon Will REUNITE With Mariah & Dem Babies For The Holidays + Rick Ross OPENS Up About Rumored Girlfriend Ming Lee + Luke James & Jessie J Head To London


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In couples news, Nick Cannon is set to reunite with estranged wife Mariah Carey for the holidays, Rick Ross opened up about rumored girlfriend Ming Lee and Luke James and Jessie J traveled to London.  Get the deets inside...

Nick and Mariah are back together! Well....maybe not back together in the  traditional sense, but they will be physically in the same place for the holidays.

The "AGT" host exclusively confirmed to In Touch that he and Mariah will spend Christmas together with their 3-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan.  Where will they spend it? Nick says, “Somewhere cold and snowy, like Aspen [Colorado]."


We're sure as co-parents, they didn't want to upset Dem Babies holiday schedule. He said,

“Gotta keep that going. I want to make sure we have a wonderful holiday together...My children are my No. 1 priority. Everything I do is for them. I just want to be the best father I can possibly be.”

Asked about his relationship with Mimi, he said they take it one day at a time and, “We talk and text every day."  


In other entertainment news...

Rick Ross appeared on The Breakfast Club this morning to discuss his Hood Billionaire disc and surprsingly, he opened up about rumored girlfriend Ming Lee...sorta. Angela Yee asked Rick about Ming Lee, saying she'd seen them out together at a couple of events.  While Rick wouldn't go into detail, he did say, "She real sexy. I like her.  She's a Hood Billionaire.  She's most definitely a boss." 

When pressed further, Rick wouldn't give up any other deets, telling the hosts that a "Boss" doesn't discuss a woman's personal business.  Alrighty then...

During the interview , Rick also shared his thoughts on the Ferguson unrest and the murder of Michael Brown,  He said,

"It affected me. It affected my spirit. Condolesces go out to the Brown.  When you a black male and you're sitting in your hotel by yourself...you just feel like its been open season on black males for a long time. How long before this comes to a head?  I don't want to spew negativity the way I feel but it's a problem and we ain't gonna stand for that."

In other couples... 

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One of the newest couple in Hollywood, Jessie J & Luke James, were spotted arriving at London's Heathrow Airport yesterday.

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But we suspect it will be a quick turnaround for Luke....

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He's already earned a ton of frequent flyer miles this week. On Sunday, he was in LA for the AMAs with Jessie, yesterday he arrived in London and on Saturday, he'll hit the stage in New Orleans for the Bayou Classic Fan Fest.  Work.






Photos via FameFlynet/WENN/Mariah Carey's Instagram

INSTAGRAM FOOLERY: Wiz Khalifa POSES In The Shower…NAKED + South Korean Fan Breaks Into TEARS After Meeting KHIA + Lil Fizz Claps BACK At Ex-Girlfriend Amanda About Having ROACHES

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We have some Instagram foolery for today! Find out what Wiz Khalifa, Khia and Lil Fizz are up to on IG when you go inside…


So with all the extra time Wiz Khalifa has on his hands since his spilt with estranged wife Amber Rose, it seems the Pittsburgh rapper doesn’t quite know what to do with it. Or maybe he does…

Wiz is an avid social media user, sharing shots of himself as he travels the world and shares plenty of pics participating in his favorite pastime with his “main chick” Mary Jane. But today, he took it to another level. Wiz got someone from his crew to snap a pic of him while in the shower…naked! Nothing much to see though, since he made sure to cup his “men parts” in one hand while pouring a bottle of water over his head with the other.

He shared the shot above with the caption, “No shower til 4pm. shot by: @danfolger"

Oh Wiz...

In other Instagram foolery....

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Surprisingly, raptress Khia has international fans. And they go hard for the “My Neck, My Back” rap star. Someone booked a few shows for Khia to perform over the Thanksgiving holiday in South Korea. Chick has international fame!

When the "Thug Misses" met up with one of her South Korean fans, the young lady could hardly contain herself, breaking down to tears as she posed alongside her “idol”. Chile…

Khia posted the picture above captioning, “Awwwwww my family. She was so excited had me in tears #TeamKhiaSouthKorea”

Get money then chick.

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The MotorMouf rapper is making her rounds after releasing her fifth studio album Love Locs on her independent label Thug Misses Entertainment this summer.

The Thug Misses also posed it up with other fans:

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She even caught up with some U.S. soliders while on her run. 

And for another dose of foolishnesss....

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Fans of “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” saw Lil Fizz and his girlfriend Amanda Secor break up after cheating allegations and after Fizz caught her riding around town with an ex-boyfriend. Now their on-screen fallout is spilling over on social media.

Fizz did an interview with Power 106 in L.A. recently, where he dished on his current relationship status with his ex Amanda. When asked if they would ever get back together he said, “I am not with a thot. Can't do it."

Being called a THOT must have really got under Amanda’s skin because she hopped on Instagram to bash Fizz! She said the reason she never moved in with Fizz is because he has ants and roaches…on top of living with his mother! She also made mention about Fizz’s current fling/co-star Nikki Murdarris (who we saw Fizz go out on a date with on the last episode). Here’s what she had to say:

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So to shut the haters up, Fizz recorded a video of his home, complete with a waterfall and amazing view:


#Lifestyle #365 #AirFizzo #IfItAintAboutTheMoney #BitchFeelingsHurt #IMovedOn #iLoveMyLife

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Fizz's baby mama Moniece Slaughter also clapped back at Amanda, defending her son's father saying:




This is just TOO much...

Photos/Video: Wiz's IG/Khia's IG/Fizz's IG/@loveandhiphophollywoodfans

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