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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Celebs Take Over Alicia Keys' Keep A Child Alive BLACK BALL -- LaLa, Kanye West, Angela Simmons, Nas, Angie Beyince, Estelle & More!

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Alicia Keys' Keep A Child Alive 11th annual Black Ball went down at Hammerstein Ballroom last night.  And plenty of celebs came out in full force for the cause.  Check out Alicia, her baby bump, her man, her performance and tons of her celebrity friends who came out to raise money to save children in Africa from the AIDS epidemic...

 

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Oh, the sweetness.  Last night Alicia took her bump out for a glamourous night of charity as she and her husband Swizz Beatz shared kisses and laughs on the red carpet of the Keep A Child Alive Black Ball.

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The mom-to-be (again) rocked her favorite style--a grecian-inspired gown--with sparkling silver off the shoulder straps.

And she stopped over at Aretha Franklin's table to pay her respects to the Queen:

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Aretha and this fur are determined to be the belles of this ball.  She posed it up with her longtime friend Clive Davis (who was equally as influential in Alicia's life) as well.

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Madonna was also there and snapped some pics with the woman of the hour.  And speaking of Madonna, she snapped some us-sies with Kanye West (and Riccardo Tisci) too:

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Hey 'Ye!  Looks like he flew solo...meaning without wife Kim but with his...friend...Riccardo.  By the way, Kanye popped up at an open mic night in New Jersey the night before, much to the surprise of the locals.  He was there to support the 17-year-old rapper daughter of one of his closest friends.

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Angela Simmons served up one of our fave looks of the night.  This midnight lace Michael Costello gown was perfection:

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Gorgeous.  And the hair and makeup were on point as always.

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LaLa Anthony, dressed in head to toe Moschino, brought her bestie Po Johnson along as her date.

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We're loving everything about this effortlessly sexy coat dress.

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Heeey Nas.  After dropping his new JDilla-produced song "The Season" yesterday, Nas rolled to the black tie event to perform with Alicia.

 

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Models Joan Smalls, Selita Ebanks & Alek Wek sparkled on the carpet.

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Rapper Angel Haze hit the carpet before her performance.

 

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Estelle looked glamorous in Gustavo Cadile's F/W '14 collection black strapless gown with a beaded stripe bodice.
 

Fashion head honcho Andre Leon Talley made an appearance:

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And so did philanthropist Russell Simmons.

Philanthropic ladies Gayle King, Denise Rich, and Bethann Hardison were all there glammed up and ready to support:

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Nice.

 

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Jeannette Jenkins showed off her super fit bod in a fitted nude sparkling gown for the occasion.

Celebs posted their own fun pics from the ball too:

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Host of the night Diddy got in on a group pic with Swizzy, Riccardo and Yeezy. 

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Lovely.

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It's a clique of fabness.  Good friends Estelle, LaLa, Po, Jeanette, Angie Beyince and Angela all posed it up during the event.

 

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Hot.

And Angela posted the fun she had while visiting the tables of her celeb friends:

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And her Uncle Russell.

Peep Alicia and Nas' performance, with LaLa flexing her rap skills:

 

This went crazy tonight @nasnyc @aliciakeys #keepachildalive #Blackball #nyc

A video posted by therealswizzz (@therealswizzz) on Oct 10, 2014 at 9:46pm PDT

 

Photos/Video: Wireimage/Angela's IG/LaLa's IG/Jeanette's IG/Swizz's IG

 

 

MUSIC FAB: Willow Smith DROPS ‘3’ EP On Her 14th Birthday

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It’s Halloween AND Willow Smith’s 14th birthday! And to celebrate, she released a new EP titled ‘3’. Celebrate with Willow inside....

Happy Halloween! And Happy Birthday to the eccentric Willow Smith. She turns 14-years-old today and in celebration of her born day, Willow has released a brand new EP titled 3.

Willow has been making her way back on the music scene, dropping singles and performing at small sold-out shows. Last week, she rocked the stage with her brother Jaden Smith for The Fader’s FORT concert in Brooklyn, where she performed a few tracks from her recently released EP.

Now, the YBF chick has teamed up with Google Play to launch her 3 EP and it’s exclusively available in the Google Play Music store. 3 will be available at all digital retailers worldwide November 17th.

The new EP has three tracks titled “8”, “9” featuring TDE artist SZA and “Flowers”. Her new project comes on the heels of her  “Female Energy” freestyle and “Your Love.”

Willow announced her new body of work on Facebook saying,

I am emitting a frequency of love in this EP--of change, of freedom. Earth is moving into a beautiful and cyclical transformation that all of us are physically and emotionally moving onto. Let's lift ourselves into this new frequency together in light and love. Hope you all enjoy. #threeEP Google Play
 

Happy Birthday Willow!

 

SAY WHAT NOW?! Alleged Bottle Thrower Geneva Thomas Is SUING Melyssa Ford For $25 Million...Says SHE'S BEEN FRAMED!

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Call it "Blood (MONEY), Sweat & Heels".  Because Geneva Thomas is suing her co-star for some BIG BUCKS after that big party brawl.  Deets inside..

Well, ish just got even more real.  A little over a week ago, a brawl went down involving the stars of Bravo's "Blood, Sweat & Heels" on Per 40 in Manhattan.  The boat party went left when Melyssa, a new cast member, and Geneva began to argue. 

Allegedly, according to several party goers, Geneva picked up a bucket full of ice and bottles and threw it once things escalated.  And she allegedly hit Melyssa over the head with a vodka bottle.

While video footage of the aftermath has surfaced on the net, Geneva is not happy about how she's being painted.  So she's taking it to the court system. According to TMZ:

"Blood, Sweat & Heels" star Geneva Thomas is suing her co-star for $25 MILLION ... claiming the woman got her falsely painted as a violent criminal.

Thomas claims Melyssa Ford defamed her after an ugly fight on a boat last week while shooting their show. Ford claimed Thomas grabbed a glass bottle and shattered it over her head. Ford had to get 3 staples in her head to close the bloody gash.

We would make a joke about Melyssa and her credit card issues (that we've seen on the show), but nevermind.

We have reached out to Geneva's team for comment but have yet to receive a response.

 

EXTRAS:

1.  Mariah Carey has been confirmed as the headline star for the 19th annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival set for January 29 - 31, 2015 at the Trelawny Stadium, Falmouth, Jamaica.

 

Photos: Geneva's IG/Melyssa's IG

 

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