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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Jay Z DROPS $56 Million On Music-Streaming Company "Aspiro" + Skylar Diggins WARMS UP In "SELF" Magazine

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Roc Nation is making some big moves.  Find out about Jay Z's big-baller purchase of a Scandinavian-music streaming company and see Roc Nation Sports star Skylar Diggins in SELF Magazine.

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Business mogul Jay Z (40/40 Club sports bars, Rocawear clothing, and sports agency Roc Nation Sports, Armand de Brignac, etc.) just made another boss move, expanding his empire into music streaming. 

Reuters reports that Jay'z company, Project Panther Bidco., spent $56 Million acquiring Aspiro, a Scandinavian music streaming company.  Following the purchase, Jay said he saw Aspiro as “an innovative high-quality company with strong future growth potential.”

The music biz is on high alert because Jay's new company could potentially challenge the dominance of other streaming services (e.g. Spotify) in the future.

Hmm.....we can already imagine Aspiro streaming Beyonce's next "surprise" release.  By the way, we can only wonder if anti-Spotify chick Taylor Swift was meeting with Jay and Justin Timberlake about this deal when they visited her house over a month ago.

 

On magazine racks...

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While Jay Z makes big moves in the worlds of business and commerce, Roc Nation Sports artist Skylar Diggins is making a few moves of her own....on and off the court.

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In the latest issue of SELF Magazine, the Tulsa Shock superstar opened up about the importance of warming up before every workout and how it has translated into success on the basketball court. Skylar credits the intense warm-up she tackles before every workout with helping transform her performance on the court.

“My warm-up is like other people’s workouts. It sets the tone. I tell myself, ‘This will be tough, but I’m going to get it done.'That mind-set gives my entire workout greater impact.”

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Check out Skylar's eight-minute routine:

Her Warm-Up

This eight-minute circuit, developed by Diggins’s trainer, Rick Freeman, will prime your body to push hard. (You can also do the routine four times and call it your workout.)

Get Moving
Do each move for 30 seconds with no rest in between.

Squat: Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms in front of you, back straight. Squat, making sure knees don’t extend past toes.

Jump Squat: Squat, then explode upward, arms overhead.

Raised Plank: Hold a raised push-up position, hands beneath shoulders, making sure shoulders, hips and ankles remain in a straight line.

Low Plank: Balance on forearms. Hold.

Reverse Lunge: With feet hip-width apart and hands on hips, lunge right leg back until right knee almost touches floor. Return to start. Switch sides; repeat.

Reverse-Jump Lunge: Lunge each leg back, jumping to switch feet.

Three-Point Plank: Start in a raised plank. Every five seconds, raise, extend and hold one limb (right leg, left leg, right arm, left arm) while keeping the others planted.

Burpee: With feet hip-width apart, crouch down and plant hands on floor under shoulders. Jump feet into a plank; hop feet back to hands and jump up to start.

Boost Your Agility
Step Out: With feet hip-width apart and a resistance band around ankles, step right foot at a 45-degree angle as far as you can. Return to start. Continue for 20 seconds. Switch sides; repeat. Then step right foot forward; return to start. Continue for 20 seconds. Switch sides; repeat. Finally, squat, then step right foot as far right as you can. Step left foot to right to return to hip-width. Shuffle right for 20 seconds. Then shuffle left for 20 seconds.

Increase Your Range of Motion

Windmill: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, toes turned left 45 degrees, right hand extended overhead. Pop right hip out to side as though you’re balancing something heavy, bending left knee slightly. Keep back straight, core engaged and chest open as you bend to left from your waist, turning your gaze to right hand and extending left hand between feet. Return to start. Continue for 30 seconds. Switch sides; repeat.

Open Your Hips
Leg Drop: Lie faceup with left leg extended. Loop a resistance band under toes of right foot and raise right leg to ceiling, foot flexed. Keep right leg straight as you slowly lower it to right as far as is comfortable; hold 15 seconds. Return to start; lower right leg to left; hold. Repeat with left leg.

 

 

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UPDATES: Suge Knight ARRESTED On Suspicion Of Murder + Murder Victim’s Family ALLEGES Suge Purposely Murdered His "Business Partner"

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Updates in the Suge Knight murder hit-and-run investigation are rolling in. Suge has been arrested on suspicion of murder and the victim’s family believes he definitely committed murder. Get the deets inside….

After turning himself over to authorities last night, rap mogul Suge Knight has been officially arrested on suspicion of murder in connection to a fatal hit-and-run in Compton yesterday.

The Death Row Records co-founder turned himself in to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, accompanied by his lawyers. He was arrested and booked around 3AM.

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According to reports, Suge’s attorney alleges two men were attacking the rapper/producer on set of a promotional shoot for the film, Straight Outta Compton, where Suge was allegedly not welcomed. As he tried to escape, he supposedly hit two pedestrians, one being his “friend” Cle Shaheed "Bone" Sloan and the other identified as another “friend” of his 55-year-old Terry Carter (above). “Bone” was taken to a local hospital, but was not seriously injured. Unfortunately, Terry was pronounced dead on the scene. 

Eye witnesses on the scene tell KABC that they believe the hit-and-run was intentional. One witness reveals,

"All I hear is some arguing and something was going on, so I turn to look out and I seen Suge Knight turn around and go to his car. He backed his car up and put it in drive and then he hit Terry Carter. He ran him over twice," described Robert Smith, a witness.

And Terry’s family believes the same thing. They first want people to know that Suge and Terry are NOT friends, but rather business partners who worked together on a few projects. In a statement released by the family, it says Terry was NOT involved in any physical altercation and the hit-and-run was NO accident. A portion of the statement reads,

"Although Carter was present for the physical altercation, the family has asked that it be made CLEAR that he was NOT involved in any altercation. It was not an accident, it was murder," the statement read.

A family member also spoke to TMZ with a few additional details:

Both witnesses and detectives told her Suge and Cle "Bone" Sloan got in a physical fight while Suge was sitting in the driver's seat. Suge gunned it and struck Bone.

This is where the relative says it's murder. Bone was laying injured behind the truck and Terry ran over to pull him to safety. The relative tells TMZ Suge KNEW Terry was there but was so determined to kill Bone he just didn't care, and gunned it in reverse, rolling over Terry's head.
 

Suge is now behind bars on a $2 million dollar bail and his attorney says he does not plan to make bail. You’ll recall, he was out on $500K bond after he was charged with one count of robbery for allegedly stealing a camera from a photographer in Beverly Hills a few months ago.

Below is alleged video footage from the scene of the crime:

 

 

We'll keep you posted....

 

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WORK IT! Missy Elliott REPORTEDLY JOINING Katy Perry During The Super Bowl Halftime Show (And Lenny Kravitz Will Be There Too!)

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Katy Perry promoted her upcoming 2015 Super Bowl halftime show today, revealing that in addition to Lenny Kravtiz, she's also bringing out an old-school female artist.  Find out who'll hit the stage inside...

 

"Dark Horse" singer Katy Perry hosted a press conference today where she hyped her upcoming halftime performance at the 2015 Super Bowl and dropped an interesting tidbit.  When asked if she had any surprises in store, she said her show would feature an "old school" female artist. "It's a bit old school. But I think when this person enters the stage and you hear the first ring of the chord, I think jaws will drop and faces will melt."

Following Katy's press conference, numerous outlets began speculating about the "artist" and then the levee broke....it's Missy Elliott!

A person speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity revealed that the "old school" artist is indeed Missy Elliott. Fans of the two will recall that they previously worked together on Katy's song "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" in 2011.

While Missy's participation was not officially announced by the NFL (cause it's a "surprise"), we hope she is sitting somewhere getting her fingerwaves on fleek.  In addition to the "Beep Me 911" rapstress, we can also expect to see sexy rocker Lenny Kravitz hit the stage with Katy too......maybe they'll perform "American Woman"?  SIDEBAR:  Is Missy Elliott really OLD school?  The 90s weren't that long ago.   It's not like Katy is bringing out the Sugar Hill Gang.   #noshade

 

The NFL Super Bowl XLIX, (Seattle Seahawks vs New England Patriots), kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT and airs live on NBC this Sunday.

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