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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Nicki Minaj Is The New Face Of Roberto Cavalli, Gets SENSUAL In Spring/Summer 2015 Ad Campaign + Nicki Stops By "The View"

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With a brand new album comes a brand new fashion gig. Nicki Minaj has been named the new face of Roberto Cavalli. And she’s serving some some effortless model fab in the new Spring/Summer 2015 ad campaign. Also, the “Anaconda” raptress made a tv appearance on “The View” today. More inside….


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Nicki Minaj is known for getting a little ratchet while putting her “ass”ets on full display. But she can also slay an ad campaign for a luxury brand.

Following her L’Uomo Vogue cover and her hot editorial in Vogue Italia, it has been announced that Nicki Minaj will be serving as the face of Roberto Cavalli’s Spring/Summer 2015 ad campaign (following Rita Ora). And in these glamour shots, the booty-ful raptress serves some epic slayage in high-fashion designer digs.

Shot by Italian photographer Francesco Carrozzini in L.A., Nicki models an array of flowy bohemian dresses with exotic prints and a few textured gowns, along with some hot designer shades and handbags by the Italian designer. Seems the Italians are really loving Nicki.

In addition to her campaign, the “ONLY” rapper will also endorse the luxe brand’s eyewear and accessory line and its ready-to-wear.

Roberto Cavalli spoke on why he chose the Hip Hop mogul as the new face saying,

“I chose Nicki Minaj because she embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman. In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes. With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body – who is not afraid to show her curves. Instead, she makes them her strength.”


Peep the gorgeous campaign pics below:

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Hot!  Get the rest of the pics HERE.

In other Nicki news....

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The Grammy nominated raptress, looking amazing in a skintight white Alexander McQueen dress, stopped by daytime tv show “The View” to chop it up about her newly released studio album The Pinkprint. But before she hit the set, she snapped it up with Whoopi Goldberg backstage. Nicki captioned, "This ICON here.... WHOOPI!!!!!! Getting ready to do THE VIEW"

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Once seated amongst the co-hosts, she dished on her upcoming European tour with Trey Songz, garnering 300+ million views of her video “Anaconda” and more.

Peep her interview below:

Photos: Francesco Carrozzini/Nicki's IG

YBF INTERVIEW: The "Selma" Cast -- "Current Protestors Should Learn From The Civil Rights Protestors!"

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Before the cast and director of "Selma" hit up an Official Academy screening of their Golden Globe nominated film, we chatted up the stars of the movie  about what police injustice protestors in 2014 can learn from those who already did it...and mastered it.


Check out our interviews inside...

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Recently, Golden Globe nominated-director Ava Duvernay and stars Common, Carmen Ejogo and David Oyelowo screened their soon-to-be-Blockbuster film Selma for official Academy of Motion Pictures members in NYC (which means the run for the Oscar is ON!). 

But right before that, YBF Correspondent Jeff J caught up with the cast at the NYC Selma premiere.  And we caught some riveting words from Oprah that made us straighten up, tighten up, and rethink the efficiency of our current protests.

The actress/media mogul, who plays Annie Lee Cooper, broke down the parallels between activism in 2014 and Civil Rights era...and what the young activists of 2014 should learn from the young activists of the 50's and 60's.

I think this film can teach people a lot.  What this film says is it's been done. Y'all are not the first to do it, the first to have an idea, the first t be upset.  he didn't even have a right as citizens to vote in this country. And because of that, you had MLK as a leader and his band of brothers with disciplined, rigorous, peaceful protests.

And Oprah powerfully explains why what we're going through these days already has tried and true solutions.  Solutions from people who had MUCH less than we do in 2014.  She said about playing her character:

What it takes to go and register to vote when you know you can lose your job.  And you go to register and then you're denied denied.  And she went year, after year, after year she went back to try again.  Because the right to be a full citizen in this country meant that much to her.  So I stand on that, I stand on it, I stand in it, and I look at that like that's who I am and that's where I come from.

I did that role not just for her, but for every man and woman who ever walked ot the registrar's office....and stamped denied.

Michael K. Williams rocked an "I Can't Breathe" tee and talked about what's lacking in America today:

"I think Selma is a very important movie period.  And for it to come out at this time is so poignant.  Dr. King, his legacy in my opinion stood, he stood for unity among all people, all races, civil rights, humanity, respect and communication.  And i think that's hugely lacking right now in our society.

Hopefully people will take this movie and continue the peaceful protests and dialog."


Selma premieres Christmas Day.


YBF Correspondent: Jeff J / Videographer: Tiffany Ferguson

Phaedra Parks Will Bring The Kids To Visit Husband Apollo Nida Behind Bars + NeNe Leakes Reveals NONE Of Her “RHOA” Co-Stars Have Seen Her On Broadway

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So will Phaedra Parks take her boys to visit their dad Apollo Nida in prison for Christmas? There might be a good chance she will. Find out what Phaedra said about making a trip to the big house. Also, find out how NeNe Leakes feels about NONE of her cast mates coming to see her on stage for Broadway’s Cinderella inside….

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks might be bringing her two sons to see their father Apollo Nida in prison for Christmas. Maybe.

Apollo, who’s serving an 8-year sentence on fraud and other charges in Kentucky, has been very vocal about he and Phaedra’s failing relationship since being incarcerated. You’ll recall the jailed reality star said Phaedra is wrong for keeping their two young sons, 4-year-old Ayden and 19-month-old Dylan (above), away from him for so long, despite being in prison.

Now it seems Phaedra may have had a change of heart. While trekking it through the airport, TMZ photogs caught up with the Southern Belle to ask if she plans on bringing the boys to see their dad for Christmas (even though she previously said she would not be taking them inside of a prison). And low and behold, chick said she would love to bring the kids to see their dad for Christmas.

She said, “I would love to. I sent him a Christmas card and everything. I speak to him all the time.”

Oh…so she did send him the Christmas card of her and the boys that surfaced recently. Well that was nice. Phaedra has also been spotted rocking her wedding ring again (look real hard above). You can also see she's wearing it in the video below:


If she does make that trip to Kentucky for the Holidays, we’re sure her sons would be very happy, but we can’t help but wonder if she’s telling the truth or not. Do you think she will be bringing the boys to Kentucky for Christmas? 



Speaking of houswives....

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NeNe Leakes has been hitting the stage on Broadway as the evil stepmother in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella for almost a month now. But, according to the Broadway chick, NONE of her “RHOA” cast mates have come to check her out in the play. As she says, “the hate is real”.

During a HuffPost Live interview, NeNe revealed that as of “today” (which was Tuesday) not one of her co-stars have been in attendance to support her Broadway role. It seems housewives from the other franchises (New York, Orange County & New Jersey) have come out to support, but none from her own show. No gift, no nothing.  Shady boots.

The reality star did say she received a congratulatory text from Phaedra and that she and Porsha PLAN to come to her show on Friday (which explains why Phaedra was likely at the airport above). But she says she has not heard anything from the other ladies.

She spilled,

"I think I may've gotten a text from Phaedra and Portia saying, you know, definitely from Phaedra, saying 'congrats' or something like that. All of the different franchises -- New Jersey, New York, Orange County -- the housewives have been there.

She then talked about how she has always been supportive of the other ladies when it came to their endeavors. She said she there for Cynthia Bailey’s modeling agency grand opening, Kandi Burruss Tucker’s sex toy line launch party and said she was the shoulder for Porsha Williams to cry on when she was going through her divorce. But…NeNe doesn’t seem bothered. She explained,

"It doesn't hurt my feelings," she said. "I kind of look at it as -- I don't really know any other way to say it other than: the hate is real. The hate is really real. Because you know we have our differences, but I, in some big instance, I would be there to support. If they don't wanna come it's fine because I'm killin' the character," she added. "I do it to the tee."

Well, the ladies of Atlanta have until Jan. 3rd to see their co-star's name in lights. Let's see if they make it in time....

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