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Amara La Negre, Stop Apologizing

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Amara, please stop asking Young Hollywood for an apology.  We should all be tired from apologies because none of these people are sorry.  Every day, someone says something offensive about a group that “requires” an apology.  We all forget what the person said, and we move on to the next day filled with more offenses and more apologies.

On the first episode of Love and Hip Hop – Miami, we were introduced to two characters: Amara and Young Hollywood.  Amara is a Black Latina, and Young Hollywood is a male Latino that is considerably of fairer skin.   In a discussion about her music, and a possible, music collaboration, Young Hollywood questioned her style.  The “afro-centric” look is something that needs to be changed because it is clearly offensive to mainstream audiences. As if that was not already insulting, he added that she was Nutella because of her skin complexion. 

Young Hollywood called Amara a sandwich spread – Nutella.  Simply, and utterly, offensive.  My complexion is Skippy, and the fact that someone would measure my Blackness as Skippy is utterly offensive.

After this encounter, Amara requested a much-deserved apology from Young Hollywood.  But, why?  He apologies (which he does, but it was not genuine), but is that really legitimate?  Why demand an apology when someone shows you who and what he/she is?  It is really about making someone feel comfortable, but the person who is giving the apology is just saying it to make the other person feel better.

I no longer want to feel better based on a faux apology.  We have another celebrity/rapper who says he doesn’t want to be around queers, and of course, the backlash became too real for him.  So, he issues an apology that includes a definition of queer, which is followed by the many gay people he knows and works with, so he never meant to offend gay people.  Yeah, okay.  Spare me the apologies.

48 hours later, we have a new apology: I just needed a rhyming word.  Just stop.  Ignore what happened and own your words.  You do not want to hang with gays in your personal time.  We now know and we accept who you are.  Own it.  Stop the apologies.

Bottom line, save the sorry’s and own your truth.

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LeBron James Opened an $8 Million School?!

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LeBron James just opened an $8 million public school called I Promise, where kids will have access to free bikes, free meals, free uniforms, free transportation within 2 miles, and much more! The school is for at-risk students in Akron, Ohio who are usually overlooked.

Twitter loved this news. A few even called for LeBron to replace Betsy Devos, the current Secretary of Education.

While many celebrated the opening of this school, many also rightfully noted that no one person should have access to that much money or be in control of the lives of that many students. This led to many discussing socialism and what this type of school could look like if not funded by a private citizen.

 

What are your thoughts on the school? This is overall a great thing, but do you think celebrities, or any rich person, should be able to hoard enough money to do this on their own?

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Huffington Post’s ‘Black Voices’ Gets Called Out For Having White Writers

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Lara Witt—editor of the feminist publication, Wear Your Voice Magazine—pointed out on Twitter that majority of the writers for the Huffington Post’s Black Voices editorial are…white.

The editor for Black Voices, Taryn Finley, is a Black woman, a Delta, and a Howard University graduate. How is it that the company felt comfortable enough hiring what seems like a token Black person to run the site, but did not feel the need to pay other Black writers to be a contributor? Black Voices claims to be sharing “our news” and “our voices,” but this cannot be true when it is non-Black people who are writing the stories. No matter how much Taryn edits for them, the stories are still not ours.

We have seen time and time again how white people will slap the word “Black” on a source of entertainment and feel justified in keeping their voices centered in that space. We’ve seen it with Viacom through BET and now we see it through Black Voices, which is owned and, apparently, operated by white people. If Huffington Post wants to fix this, they need to hire Black writers. There is nothing else to it.

 

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A Black President Before A Black Photographer: Vogue, This Ain’t It

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126 years and Vogue has never had a black cover photographer… The United States of America and all of its racism elected a Black president before Vogue allowed a Black photographer to shoot for their cover.

I’m not sure if this is even something we should celebrate. Congratulations to Beyoncé for getting on the cover of the September issue of US Vogue and reportedly having “unprecedented access” to create whatever she wants apparently. But had it not been for this, when would Vogue have decided it was time for a Black photographer?

The United States of America and all of its racism elected a black president before Vogue allowed a black photographer for their cover. Click To Tweet

Come to find out this may be Anna Wintour’s last cover as CEO, according to Huffington Post. Beyoncé has hired Tyler Mitchell, a 23-year-old from Atlanta, GA. He will be the first Black photographer to shoot a cover in Vogue’s 126-year history. The photographer and filmmaker has worked with several known brands from Mercedes Benz to Marc Jacobs and Givenchy. This is an amazing opportunity for Mitchell and I’m confident that he will shake the f*ck out of the table in September.

To learn that he will be the first is a proud and sad moment for me. When first hearing the news and the details, I was ecstatic and wanted to know what Bey would be cooking up for the girls this fall, but then I sat in my bed and read some of the titles again and “first Black” and “126 years” kept coming up. I sent a quick text to Taryn Myers—an editor and writer for KingofReads.com—and told her how I felt. It didn’t come to her at first, but the wheels started to turn and she shared something important: “Vogue has been one of the primary messengers about what beauty, wealth, fashion and culture is right?” So to know that they’ve been pushing what is beauty for many years, even in this supposedly “progressive” state we’re in now, and we’re just now getting a Black photographer cover in 2018 speaks volumes.

“The First Black” I expect when we’re talking about government, since America has been ran and founded by white men. I shouldn’t be surprised since most of the publications are ran by those who are for Black and Brown people when capitalism calls them to it. These companies don’t truly care about us because and I don’t think they all of the sudden got it or it hit them. The beautiful Beverly Ann Johnson was the first Black woman to appear on the cover of Vogue in 1974 and even she probably wasn’t allowed to hire a Black photographer.

Nonetheless, Beyoncé and Tyler will create some Black magic for the September cover and Vogue will think that they have done something “progressive” to help them sleep in their white sheets at night not realizing that given tardiness is about as damaging as white sheets with two holes in it.

 

 

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