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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WATCH WORTHY: "F*CK IT I QUIT!" News Reporter Charlo Greene's EPIC Walkout & Cannabis RANT + Nicole Murphy "Behind Closed Doors" With Johnny Gill!

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In a video that's gone viral, reporter Charlo Greene revealed her passion for cannabis as she quit her tv gig - LIVE - ON AIR - with the words, "F*ck It. I quit!"  Watch the clip inside and see Nicole Murphy starring as Johnny Gill's chick in his upcoming video. 

 

For now, former Alaska reporter Charlo Greene is the most famous woman in television news. The ex-KTVA face has gone viral for quitting her gig on-air after revealing that she's choosing to follow her passion and dedicate her life to the legalization of marijuana in her state.

She said, "Now, everything you've heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska.

And as for this job, well...not that I have a choice, but f--k it, I quit."

EPIC!  However, don't try this at your own jobs kids, esecially if you still need the benefits.

The station removed her profile from their website immediately and deleted the segment...but it didn't stop the video from going viral.

Charlo has not made any further public statements...but we're sure her friends in Alaska played "puff puff pass" all night.

 

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Eddie Murphy's ex-wife Nicole Murphy may raise a few eyebrows in her latest modeling gig. Nicole, the stunning mother of five and star of "Hollywood Exes" plays the girlfriend of Eddie's best friend Johnny Gill in his upcoming video "Behind Closed Doors."

In the preview, Nicole is on the cusp of finding out that Johnny is cheating in her. While we don't know if the video will include scenes of Johnny and Nicole getting intimate, we guess it could get a little weird.  But a job is a job.

And we suspect Nicole's "acting" in the video may pull on personal experience since it's ALLEGED her ex-fiance Michael Strahan was cheating on her...behind closed doors.

 

 

Photo via KTVA

Common Presents The 2014 AAHH! Fest With Performances From Kanye West, Jennifer Hudson & More + Lil Kim Hits The Stage At SOURCE360 In Brooklyn

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Over the weekend, fellow Chicagoans Common, Kanye West and Jennifer Hudson hit the stage in Chicago for the AAHH Festival. Meanwhile, Lil Kim stormed the stage at the SOURCE360 concert at the Barclays Center. Peep their performances inside…

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It was a homecoming event this weekend in Chicago as Common presented his new music festival AAAH! at Union Park in the Windy City. He called up some of his fellow Chicagoans to help put on an epic show, including a surprise performance by Kanye West, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Herb and other artists including MC Lyte, De La Soul, Jay Electronica and a special performance by Diggy Simmons.

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Hosted by funnyman Dave Chappelle, Common (who performed a moving set during the 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards) and others rocked the mic for hundreds of Hip Hop fans in Chi-town, powered by by Rhymefest and Donda's House. The Nobody's Smiling rapper (who recently lost his father) decided to put the festival together to help unite his hometown, creating peace and love while vibing to some of their favorite artist.

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Peep clips from the festival below:

And in Brooklyn....

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On the heels of dropping her new Hard Core 2K14 mixtape, Lil Kim got back in her element and hit the stage for the SOURCE360 concert at the Barclays Center on Saturday. She also trekked it back to her hometown, hitting the stage in Brooklyn.
 

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She took to her Twitter to thank her fans tweeting, "BROOKLYN!!!! Thank U for the love. Had to come thru and murder the stage last night to represent for my borough …"

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In celebration of The Source’s 25th anniversary, the new mom (who's looking great post baby by the way) is proving she still has it. She rocked the stage with performances of her 2011 mixtape title track “Black Friday”, taking back with the “Quiet Storm” remix featuring Havoc of Mobb Deep and her 50 Cent assisted track “Magic Stick”. She also performed her remix to Bobby Shmurda’s catchy single, “Hot N*gga.”

Check it:

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EXTRAS:

1. Prolific writer and playwright J. California Cooper, 82, died peacefully in her home in Seattle, Washington. STORY
 

Photos/Videos: Common's IG/ Kim’s IG/@loniswain

PLAYDATES: Djimon Hounsou & Kenzo Lee Play Soccer + Zendaya Coleman Takes A Fan To American Girl

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Djimon Hounsou was seen giving his son a few soccer pointers while Zendaya Coleman took one of her fans shopping.  See the pics inside...

 

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Djimon Hounsou was spotted watching his son Kenzo Lee Hounsou play soccer at the Coldwater Canyon Park in Beverly Hills yesterday.
 

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Djimon cheered on Kenzo and offered a few fatherly pointers from the sidelines.

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Djimon recently wrapped shooting Fast & Furious 7 with Ludacris and Tyrese, which is expected in theaters April 3, 2015.

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Meanwhile....it looks like Djimon and Kimora may have a future World Cup star on their hands.

   

In other YBF kids....

 

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Zendaya Coleman took one of her fans (Sophia) to American Girl store for some shopping.

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Zendaya hooked up with Sophia through the Make-A-Wish Foundation (which grants wishes to children in life-threatening conditions).

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The rest of their day included a shopping spree at The Grove and lunch at Maggiano.

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On the tv front, Zendaya continues to entertain fans like little Sophia on Disney's "K.C. Undercover."

 

 

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