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.
Funny, most of the white dudes I see calling for stronger gun control laws are fathers, husbands and friends of women senselessly killed by gun violence. I wonder how Erin will feel when her friend wakes up scared late one nite by a noise grabs her gun and shoots, killing her sister who she forgot had drove in late and was staying over. Erin watches too much Fox. NO one is proposing taking away hand guns period, in fact one of the issues in many states is keeping men who stalk and abuse women from buying a gun, along with people on the terrorist watch list, and crazy people. ALL issues that the NRA and Republican's in congress have squashed. You won't hear about Scotland on Fox, but google it. Most police don't carry guns there and the number of people killed by the police or policemen killed in the last 5 or so years is .....ZERO. So boys and girls, people with out guns don't kill people with guns.
In 2015, 1,136 Americans were killed by police. 301 of those were black. Why don't you care about the other 835?
Great read. I think Trump and his views are ruining lots of relationships.
@Tiffene Love Screenwriter Thank you so much. The older you get the easier it is to just keep it 100 with folks....smile Thank you for reading!
@Schan I thought it best to make the break up public so there was no room for any confusion that we would continue as an item....lol Thank you for reading!
I adore you Mr Easley, lol. Because you are unapologetically honest and I love that. And I love the article, a good read.
Intriguing, riveting, poignant. A great choice to make this break up public. ~Schan
@drew.kinney.14 that is high praise coming from such a learned educator as yourself. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.
@thomas cooper I agree but it is still very disturbing how many folks are so openly supporting Trump and his ideology. Thank you for reading.
It would nice to leave Trump in 2015.
You are one funny dude. I love how you mix satire with biting substance. I'd be willing to be most casual loafing readers are likely confused.
It great being in the inside of your wit, watching the initiated bang their heads against the wall.
Prof Cooper, you are right about that wreath!
What can I say. I think Donald Trump would place a wreath on Adolph Hitler's grave (if he could find it) just for the publicity. But I can honestly say, I never liked the guy. He does not share my values about marriage and family and religion and justice and decency and honesty and race . . . .
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