Love this article!!!! I most definitely agree 100% Mr. Easley!!! And very proud and applaud Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar to make a stand for our culture and to express who and where we came from through out history and also the overcoming of many obstacles. And not only they done that but gave black Hip Hop/Rap, R&B, Jazz, Neo soul, and etc artists for this generation now the free mind and ways to express even more boldly on how they truly feel about what's going on now. Love love love and truly thank you for sharing this also!!!! Much love!!!
Great article Charles Easley. I can relate to your meeting experience as I have had several situations with the same results. If the other meeting attendees are not rushing for the door because you spoke up and expressed your opinion, they are complaining that you are too hostile. This leads to one of the biggest reasons for leaving corporate and becoming an entrepreneur. I am enjoying the freedom to pursue my thoughts, opinions and/or ideas without worrying of glass ceilings or negative reviews because I openly disagree with the upper management (those that do not look like me).
Engagingly written!!! Reminds me of essay by Charles Mills generally stating we are no longer systematically obliterated from society's consciousness, which branches off Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.
As quoted "The effort to make the reality of racism and black life visible is achieved― with a great deal of thought-provoking ideas."―Ethics
I believed that this is what both Beyonce & Kendrick is trying to achieve.
Very well said!
@Ernest J. Smith Thank you Sir and we are looking to talented young artists like yourself to express yourself fearlessly! Thank you for reading and sharing!
@Donna Frazier Thank you for reading and the support!
@Alicia K You are right it is so difficult for most folks to even broach the subject of race because many cannot handle the fundamental truth that by default they benefit from the system. It does not mean you are a bad person but unless you can arrive at that basic truth, a dialogue is difficult. Thank you for reading and sharing your views
Always and forever on point with these views Mr. E... I Agree.
Woot Woot Woot! You said that brother! Drop the mic!!!!!!
I do agree that when you speak out vocally and show pride in who you are, your heritage, etc. people clam up. They know what you're saying is true but they can't accept the truth for what it is so they choose to fight you, argue, boycott, etc. It's really ridiculous and what annoys me most is when they say "why do you have to pull the race card?" Obviously, idiot it is about race whether you choose to admit it or not! It always has been and always will be until this vicious cycle of hatred and prejudice ends once and for all and people are looked at as people and not as black, white, Hispanic, etc.
@brandon Iamhiphop King I so glad you shared insight on other artist who are also being conscious and sharing a message that celebrates the culture. And I agree that I hope this is a new trend so that artists can use their platforms to do more than just repeat the same thing we hear over and over again. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this subject!
Very accurate editorial. There are actually a lot more artists such as Kweli, Brother Ali, and Killer Mike who do the same as Bey and King Kendrick but they're not as known on a high profile level. If this keeps up, solidarity music could overcome the blatant ignorance and deliberate exploitation of today's rap
@Cole Butler I too am so encouraged to see so many folks becoming more conscious and waking up and taking a stand. Embracing our culture does not have to pit folks against the rest of society. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!
I am completely in agreement with the views of this article. I'm glad to be apart of another generation of people who are unapologetically black, and that even our entertainers are taking a stand for what is just. We have gone from people like Ray Charles saying that they will not perform unless that attitude changes to saying "you couldnt keep me out if you tried".
>> surrounded by his new brown, black and white classmates
Being a good parent means caring about the education one's child receives, not counting the noses surrounding him.
A women has a vagina, a man has a penis..... Got it? Why is using the bathroom so hard to understand?
An "automatic weapon" is a machine gun. Stores do not carry them.
Please give us the data showing that white males are the biggest advocates of gun control. Seriously, if you're going to make this allegation, then you need to back it up with facts.
Also, tell us the percentage of white males who belong to the NRA vs. other demographic groups, and how many white males make up the leadership positions at the NRA.
I don't have any data either, but I'm guessing that white males make up a huge percentage of those who oppose gun control, and a much smaller percentage of those who support it.
I'm also guessing that you don't have any data to back up your points.
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