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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Porsha Williams' OFFICIAL STATEMENT On "RHOA" Demotion, Says She Was BLINDSIDED And Will FOCUS On Her NEW Relationship

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Ex-RHOA star Porsha Williams is speaking out about her demotion, saying she was blindsided by the announcement.  Read her statement inside about her next steps and new beau.

 

After two-years as a peach-holding housewife on Bravo's RHOA, Porsha Williams is setting her sights on her new gig at DISH NATION and her new relationship. But first....she released a statement about Bravo dropping her as a castmember.

After a long season of filming, and giving my all, I was blindsided by the announcement from the network that I was demoted from ‘Housewife Status,’ but would remain on the show in a ‘Friend’ capacity,”

Porsha also mentioned her new relationship, saying she'll be "taking baby steps towards nurturing my relationship with my new love!!!" 

Aha!  We sensed that the term "baby steps" references a pic she posted on Instagram (and deleted) of Philadelphia Eagles star LeSean McCoy which she captioned "#baby steps."  Congrats on your new boo!

Here's her statement she released via her day job at Dish Nation:

"This is not an easy time for me right now, but I want let everyone to know that I loved being a ‘Housewife’ on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and I am thankful for Bravo for the opportunity but it’s not goodbye, you will see me on the show throughout the season sharing and bonding with the other women and I promise to stay connected with my fans as I start an exciting new time in my life.

After a long season of filming, and giving my all, I was blindsided by the announcement from the network that I was demoted from ‘Housewife Status,’ but would remain on the show in a ‘Friend’ capacity.

Unfortunately, I can only be PORSHA, and portraying anything else, would not be genuine nor honest. This moment is bittersweet, but God has been so amazing to me, and I think this is a perfect time for me to spread my wings, and finally focus on all of my upcoming projects.

In addition to having my recurring role on RHOA, I will be able to focus my attention on my career as an Entertainment Correspondent on DISH NATION on the Fox Network, recording my album, building my businesses, and taking baby steps towards nurturing my relationship with my new love!!!

This is the beginning of a new chapter in my life, and I will be giving my fans & supporters another chance to watch my growth as I take on the world in my own special way very soon!! I am so Thankful for all that #TEAMPORSHA does to keep me INSPIRED every day! Stay Tuned…

Earlier this week, Porsha also posted a photo of herself wearing an oxygen mask.  But she's ok.  A statement from Dish Nation said she was "...simply feeling under the weather and tried to nip it in the bud by seeing a doctor for treatment." 

 

Hmm...it's odd that RHOA would kick Porsha to the curb now. She finally has a storyline!  On Twitter, RHOA star NeNe Leakes tweeted that she'll miss Porsha.

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Photo via Porsha's Instagram

BTS - Rick Ross, R. Kelly, Jessica White & More On “Keep Doing That (Rich Chick)” Video Set + Kendrick Lamar SURPRISES Fans At Prince’s Album Release Concert

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Rick Ross and R. Kelly have teamed up for new visuals for their track “Keep Doing That (Rich Chick). And we have the behind-the-scenes pics. Plus, Kendrick Lamar popped up during Prince’s album release concert at his Paisley Park studio. Get your music fix inside…

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MMG head honcho Rick Ross trekked it to Atlanta to shoot the visuals for his track “Keep Doing That (Rich Chick) featuring R&B legend R. Kelly. “Keep Doing That” is Rozay’s lead single for his upcoming album Hood Billionaire (November 24th).

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R. Kelly, Young Jeezy, Jermaine Dupri, DJ Khaled and model chick Jessica White make appearances in the video, shooting from a mansion in Buckhead. Looks like Jessica will be playing (at least one of) Rozay's "rich chicks".

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Along with the lavish furs and unlimited cigars, there was also plenty of bubbly on deck. The Black Bottle Girls were on hand to pour up the Belaire Rosé.

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Ross and Jermaine Dupri stopped for a photo-op in all white in between takes.

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Young Jeezy made sure to grab his own personal bottle of bubbly. Sure he could use a drink considering his recent legal woes. Bishop T.D. Jakes has filed a lawsuit against him (and Kendrick Lamar) after they sampled a speech made by the pastor for their "Holy Ghost" remix.

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Then DJ Khaled hopped in on the group shot. 

 

And during a Prince concert...

The Purple One kicked off two new albums, Art Official and his band 3RDEYEGIRL’s PLECTRUMELECTRUM, with a concert at his Paisley Park studio in Minneapolis yesterday. And who does he tap to surprise his fans? “I” rapper Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick hit the stage for a surprise performance on the rare track “What’s My Name” from Prince’s 1998 album, Crystal Ball.

The 20-minute Prince concert streamed live on Yahoo!, which also included a behind-the-scenes tour of the 65,000 square foot studio. Nice!

Check it above.
 

BONUS:

 

Diddy had a moment after watching his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez shake her donk in her new video “Booty” featuring Iggy Azalea.

During a promo run for Revolt TV's upcoming music conference, he sat down with Access Hollywood Live and gave his honest opinion about his ex-boo’s new vid. He said,

"Oh my God, oh my God! I am so lucky to have that great woman in my history. She is one of the greatest I've ever seen. Go girl!"

He goes on to say the 45-year-old singer’s “ass”ets are a body of work and that Kim K parts have nothing on JLo.

He said,

"[Her booty] is great. It's a work of art. It's something that will go down in history. Also her talent, her drive, her determination," he added. "She will never give up. She's a great friend of mine... that thing is just incredible.”

When asked if Kim Kardashian's butt lives up to J.Lo's, Diddy responded with an emphatic "no way!"

Well alright.

 

Photos: Rozay’s IG/Jermaine’s IG/Khaled’s IG

EVENT FAB: Nas, LaLa Anthony, Busta Rhymes & More Hit Up The 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic' NYC Premiere

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Nas and his sexiness hit the red carpet for his Nas: Time Is Illmatic documentary NYC premiere. Peep his pics and shots of LaLa Anthony, Busta Rhymes, rapper Treach and more inside…

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LAWD! Nas cleans up very nice. He was the man of the hour for his upcoming documentary Nas: Time Is Illmatic, which premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC last night.

Nas’ little brother Jabari “Jungle” Jones hit the carpet to support his big bro. Jungle is actually featured in the film as he gives his take on how life was like growing up in poverty. We hear he stole the show with his animated story-telling and insights into his brother’s life.

Directed and produced by One9, the movie chronicles Nasir's journey from the Queens projects to the debut of his 1994 record Illmatic, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
 

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LaLa Anthony strutted her stuff in a black cut-out halter dress paired with strappy pointed heels. Cute look.

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She posed it up alongside Nas on the carpet after posting to Instagram, "Great night at the @nasnyc TIME IS ILLMATIC premiere. Such a great powerful film. Definitely a must see!!!"

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Busta Rhymes came out to check out his homie's new flick. He stars in the film along with Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz and Q-Tip.

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He chopped it up with Sirius radio host Mr. Ed Lover.

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VH1’s “Couples Therapy” stars Treach Criss and his girlfriend of seven years Cicely Evans were in attendance.

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Hip Hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy also stars in the documentary. 

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Former "BBW" star Jennifer Williams looked cute in her printed mini with spiked heels.

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"TODAY" show co-host Tamron Hall worked the carpet in all black.

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And "RapFix Live" host Sway Calloway was also in attendance.

 

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