I like this song by BlaKseed. The song is nice but he also has some very powerful images in the video. As well as great lyrics to go along with the video.
I like this song by BlaKseed. The song is nice but he also has some very powerful images in the video. As well as great lyrics to go along with the video.
This past Sunday was the BET Awards. It’s a celebration of black music,television and film. I used to watch the award show years ago but it doesn’t hold my interest much anymore. Mainly because the show promotes music that denigrates black women,colorism,negative images of black people and all around anti-blackness. But yesterday all over the news they were covering a speech given by biracial actor Jesse Williams. He was given the Humanitarian Award and gave a passionate speech about racism ,oppression,police brutality and cultural appropriation. That’s a lot to cover under four minutes. Williams is an actor on the ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy. Some fear he may lose his job for speaking out on these issues. I highly doubt he will lose his job. If anything he will be praised for speaking on these issues. Here’s what he said:
This is for the real organizers all over the country, the activist, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do. It’s kinda basic mathematics: the more we learn about who we are and how we got here the more we will mobilize.
“This award is also for the black women in particular who have spent their lives nurturing everyone before themselves – we can and will do better for you.
“Now, what we’ve been doing is looking at the data and we know that police somehow manage to de-escalate, disarm and not kill white people every day. So what’s going to happen is we’re going to have equal rights and justice in our own country or we will restructure their function and ours.
“I got more, y’all. Yesterday would have been young Tamir Rice’s 14th birthday so I don’t want to hear any more about how far we’ve come when paid public servants can pull a drive-by on a 12-year-old playing alone in a park in broad daylight, killing him on television, and then going home to make a sandwich.
“Tell Rekia Boyd how it’s so much better to live in 2012 than 1612 or 1712. Tell that to Eric Garner, Sandra Bland.
“The thing is though, all of us here are getting money, that alone isn’t going to stop this. Dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back to put someone’s brand on our body – when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies, and now we pray to get paid for brands on our bodies?
“There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There is no job we haven’t done, there is no tax they haven’t levied against us, and we have paid all of them.
“But freedom is always conditional here. ‘You’re free!’ they keeping telling us. ‘But she would be alive if she hadn’t acted so … free.’ Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but the hereafter is a hustle: We want it now.
“Let’s get a couple of things straight. The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander – that’s not our job so let’s stop with all that. If you have a critique for our resistance then you’d better have an established record, a critique of our oppression.
“If you have no interest in equal rights for black people then do not make suggestions to those who do: sit down.
“We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil – black gold! – ghettoizing and demeaning our creations and stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit.
“Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real.
It was a decent speech and he touched on a lot of issues. But I noticed when they showed his parents in the audience I noticed his white mother. I think this causes a lot of confusion for black people. Can you be pro-black with a white parent? This is something I’ve noticed over the last few years. There are many biracial people coming out speaking on the black struggle. Many biracial people have gotten the spotlight in the entertainment and sports world.
Canadian rapper Drake is one of the biggest rappers in the industry right now. This is his white mother,Sandi.
Grammy award winning singer/actress Alicia Keys has spoken on issues that affect the black community. Even though her mother Terria is a white woman.
Rapper J. Cole gets a lot of praise for dropping socially conscious lyrics. This pic is of him and his mother Kay.
Some people tend to forget but legendary reggae singer Bob Marley sang about black unity and African people. Even though he had a white father.
On the black conscious circuit there is a biracial woman named Zaza Ali. I first be familiar with her back in 2013. She was doing a radio show with rapper Professor Griff. She touched on issues such as black empowerment,religion,feminism,racism and politics. She became quite popular in a short time. Since then she and Griff have parted ways. And she is now doing lectures and selling dvd’s and books. I got the felling she was using Griff to get to the next level on the lecture circuit. Also I think she knows that her light skin,white features and “good hair” will attract more attention then the darker skinned black women. She is using the fact that many black people are self loathing and will fawn over her looks. And she has become quite successful in the process. Many people believe she was a fraud from the beginning. I also heard that she dated Griff and the broke up after she was down with him. I can’t say I’m surprised at all. Shame on Griff for falling for it.
In this video(above) Zaza is confronted by a caller on a radio show. The caller asks her can she truly be against white supremacy if she has a white mother. You will notice in the video that Zaza never answers the question. I’m not really surprised at her response. This also goes back to the Jesse Williams speech. Can you really fight this racist system if your parent is white? How can you give 100% against white racism if you came from a white vagina? I don’t think it’s really possible. A mother is the first person a baby learns to love. Your mother fed you and cared for you as a baby. Now you’re going to fight against the people who look just like her. NO way in Hell is that going to happen. Black people need major systematic change for the empowerment of how our people. And I just don’t think most biracial/mixed people are going to go all the way when the time comes. Also Jesse Williams is working on a documentary about the Black Lives Matters movement. I have already covered how BLM is funded by rich white folks. Any movement funded by your open enemy will not liberate you. Always remember that.
So while it was nice that Williams spoke out against white racism it is nothing new. Marcus Garvey spoke about that decades ago. Williams talked about police brutality. Kwame Toure did that years ago. So let’s not act like Williams is the next Malcolm X. He brought up issues that should be brought up but he said nothing new. It’s just that he was given a large platform to say it to millions of people so it’s getting a lot of hype. You must also keep in mind that BET is owned by Viacom. The president is a white man named Philippe Dauman. This speech was planned in advance. They already knew what he was going to say. This was no surprise. They used this opportunity to stir up some controversy and get people talking. And it worked. Black people get excited when we hear some truth don’t we? But I believe that hearing pro-black rhetoric is more palatable when coming from biracial people. It’s more acceptable by whites when they hear it from them because they know they have a white parent. So they don’t take it that seriously. And many black people suffer from low self esteem so we like hearing this language from someone with light skin,straight hair and light colored eyes. And Jesse knew what he was doing when he shouted out the black women. Many black women in the audience were standing up clapping. I’m sure many of them were fawning over his light skinned ambiguous looks. Much the same way Zaza Ali many times will come down hard on black women. And she will talk about black men in a positive light. And of course many black men in the conscious community fawn over her and call her a “real Black queen”. Do you see the pattern? I’m telling you,these biracial people know exactly what they’re doing. I understand they can’t help their parent is a white person. They have no control over that. But I just wonder why they are given a platform to speak so often on black issues. They are not of majority African descent. They maybe non-whte but that doesn’t automatically make them black either. So what do you think? Should they be given a platform to speak for us? And also can they be genuine in the struggle…if they have a white parent?
This is a very beautiful song by Maimouna Youssef. It’s a great live performance.She has an amazing voice. It’s a great tribute to the late Sandra Bland.
Since the passing of boxing icon Muhammad Ali, I’ve been thinking about black athletes a lot. Since blacks have been playing sports we have dominated pretty much sport every sport we enter. I had a recent discussion with a friend of mine. I asked him why we liked Ali so much. He said that Ali spoke up for black people at a very unpopular time in America. He also said that Ali stuck to his convictions even if others disagreed with him. This is something I hear over and over again. Of course has Ali got older the white media has whitewashed his image. They just say he was fighting for civil rights and refused to fight in the Vietnam war due to his religious beliefs. Ali got a lot of hate from white and black Christians because he was a Muslim. But there were those that did respect that he did have the right to practice whatever religion he chooses. But since his death the media doesn’t bring up his controversial views on black power,injustice,interracial marriage and inequality. They tend to gloss over all that. They do this because many whites feel detached from his era. They feel that Ali could complain about racism and inequality because of segregation. That’s why many whites say they admire Ali. But if you were to repeat some of the things Ali said…they would hate you. It’s because they believe racism is not a big problem anymore. Overt racism maybe gone to a degree. But racism is alive and well.
Back in the day black athletes at least had the guts to speak out when black people were mistreated. The photo(above) is from a press conference in 1967. NFL great Jim Brown held a conference in support of Ali refusing to fight in the Vietnam War. NBA stars like Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul Jabbar came out to support. This is why many black people respect these men for speaking out in a show of solidarity with Ali.
What makes an athlete great? An athlete must have speed,agility,and strength. Ali seemed to posses all of these qualities. After years of practice he had perfected the craft of boxing. Many times he could anticipate the move of his opponent.
Michael Jordan is considered the greatest basketball player of all time. Jordan had amazing hang time on the court. He was very quick and could get an easy dunk on pretty much anyone. He was a six time NBA Champion,rookie of the year and 14 time NBA All Star.
Then there is undefeated boxing champ Floyd Mayweather. He is a great technical fighter and great defender in the ring. The brother is a great fighter,you can’t take that away from him. He does come off brash and cocky and that’s one of the reasons people don’t like him. But he really love to show off his money and all the expensive cars he has. He seems to really love showing his opulence at any given moment. I know that Ali did a picture posing on a stacks of money as well. And I realize that many whites hate seeing rich and successful black people. I’m not ignorant of the fact. But at least Ali did balance his cocky attitude with speaking out on racial and political. Much like Ali,Mayweather knows many people don’t like it when he does this. He does alot of it on purpose to get under people’s skin. I’m all for black people being successful and making money. Lord knows it’s a struggle to make it in this racist society. But is Mayweather about anything deeper? I just wish the brother had a little more substance. Does he care about the plight of his people?
Then you have athletes like Kobe Byant who rarely speak out on race issues. A few years ago NFL great Jim Brown called him out on the Arsenio Hall show. Brown stated:
“He’s somewhat confused about our culture. Because he was brought up in another country…If I had to invite people to that [black athlete] summit all over,” Brown said, referring to a summit held in the early 70s regarding Muhammed Ali’s refusal to fight in the Vietnam War, “there’d be some athletes I wouldn’t call. He’d be one of them.”
I agree with Jim Brown. Of course Kobe didn’t like that too much so he made a statement
“It surprised me in the sense that it came out of left field. I’ve never even met him. It came out of left field. But I do think it’s a great opportunity to have this conversation, to have this discussion. No matter where you come from, whether you come from Italy, whether you come from Inglewood (a Los Angeles neighborhood), whether you come from London, it doesn’t matter. Ultimately the conversation is that it doesn’t matter what color skin you are to begin with. But I think it’s a good place to start and have a good conversation.”
“There’s nothing to talk about. We have different perceptions and different views on that, clearly. The thing I’ve tried to do is I’ve tried to educate our youth going forward, no matter what color skin you are, African-American or white or whatever the case may be. Just try to talk about having a bright future going forward and how to help the kids and progress as a society as a whole. He and I, there’s no reason for us to try to have a conversation. We’re on opposite sides of the spectrum. I’m an old dog, but he’s a much older dog and a lot more set in his ways than I am.”
Can you believe this guy? Kobe is living in a fantasy world. This guy thinks the world is colorblind and racism is not a big issue anymore. Maybe he thinks this way because he makes millions of dollars,has a Mexican wife and mixed race children. But he needs to come back to reality. Have you ever heard Kobe speak about the killing of Trayvon Martin? Has Mayweather spoke about the death of Sandra Bland? Have you heard Michael Jordan speak about the killing of Tamir Rice or Ayiana Jones?? Nope! Nothing bit silence. After Ali’s death Jordan released a statement:
“Muhammad Ali was bigger than sports and larger than life. He said he was ‘The Greatest’ and he was right. He was the greatest of his era in the ring and a global icon in sports. I was a kid during his prime, but I remember some of his epic fights and his incredible style. My sincerest condolences go out to his wife, Lonnie, his kids and family.”
You noticed he didn’t say Ali was an inspiration or an example to follow. It’s because they don’t want to follow his example. They don’t have the guts and self respect to speak out on behalf of their people. Most of them are just happy to get a paycheck and be athletic coons.
Although I will give some props to Chicago Bulls player Derrick Rose. After the racist NYPD choked Eric Garner to death he wore a ” I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt. After he did it many other NBA players did it.
And after the Trayvon Martin not guilty verdict NBA star Lebron James got the Miami heat team to wear hoodies in protest. At least Lebron tried to speak out in some fashion. What did Kobe Bryant say? This fool actually challenged Lebrons stance. This is what he said:
Kobe is a bootlicking sellout for that comment! Could you imagine Ali making a statement like that? Never! This is why Ali is greater than Kobe,Jordan and Mayweather. You have to do more than just put on a hoodie or t-shirt. You have to be willing to sacrifice yourself for the greater cause. Most athletes today have no backbone and are scared of making their white masters angry. If you want to be an inspiration to your people you must do more than just be a gifted athlete.
Check out the video above. Listen to what Ali tells the two white women. He tells them the truth and they don’t like it! Could you imagine a black athlete saying those things today? I can’t think of too many that would. Some say Ali was just a product of the time. Maybe so,but we needed someone on his level that had the courage to speak TRUTH to power. And we still need people like that today. Our people are still catching HELL in 2016. Don’t let the media fool you by their whitewashing of Ali’s image. Ali loved his people and that’s what he will be remembered for the most. I wish more black singers,athletes,actors and rappers would speak out on our oppression. That’s what makes someone great in the eyes of their people. What’s greatness?
Be the greatest at standing for righteousness.
Be the greatest at giving hope to the helpless.
Be the greatest at having courage and dignity.
Be the greatest at having self respect.
Be the greatest at loving your African heritage.
Be the greatest at speaking for those that can’t speak for themselves.
Be the greatest inspiration for your people.
Be the greatest at having compassion but a warrior when the time is needed.
Be great at protecting your family and community.
Be great at protecting the innocent.
Be great at having self confidence.
Be great at having self discipline.
Be a great champion for justice and liberation.
Be great at speaking truth to power.
Being a great athlete means you have certain God-given abilities. Along with hard work and dedication you can become great at your craft. Being able to throw a punch,dunk a basketball,run very fast and jump very high….is very impressive. But to be truly great takes a little more than that in my opinion. And this is why black people will always love and respect Ali.
Rest in Power Ali.