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What We All Should Learn from the Vandalization of LeBron James’ Home

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It’s time to get deep.

As you may know, on Wednesday (May 31) it was reported that a racial slur was painted on a gate at the home of LeBron James. You know what word it was, the N-word. LeBron has addressed the situation giving his own statement.

“…No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough. We have a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African-Americans until we feel equal in America.”

The incident has gone viral, sparking a number of reactions from celebs and members of the African American community. This follows the appearance of a noose in the segregation exhibit of the Smithsonian African American Museum. A somber mood and dark cloud seemed to settle in for many of us this week.

Let’s start with the irony. When the incident was reported, they said that a racial slur was painted on the gates of James’ Brentwood mansion in Los Angeles. Brentwood, does that sound familiar? It should because it was the same exact neighborhood that O.J. Simpson resided prior to his arrest for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. If you’re like me and absorbed all things O.J over the years (“The People vs. O.J. Simpson”, “O.J Simpson: Made in America”) you know why this is not shocking. O.J. at one time referred to himself as “the Mayor of Brentwood”. That changed very quickly once he was arrested. You see, the vandals of LeBron’s home aren’t rednecks. They are likely neighbors or peers. People who want to remind him that he doesn’t belong there, as they have before. LeBron himself sighted that racism is always there, it’s just usually concealed. Those residents probably always felt that way about LeBron, but many racists have been emboldened since our new “president” took office. The uptick in hate crimes reveals what has always been there beneath the surface. Hatred isn’t isn’t new, it’s as American as apple pie.

 

I thought response LeBron’s response was honest and candid. He let the world know that even he wasn’t immune to the horrors of racism. However, I want to put it in the proper perspective. I’ve been Black all my life, but I have never been a n*gger. Nor do I know any. What is a n*gger? Whenever the word is said, people always look to Blacks. In my mind, since it is the worst thing you could call someone, it must be the worst thing you can be. So given that, the person who painted it wasn’t talking about LeBron. They were simply writing their own name.

We are not n*ggers, and we can no longer allow that word to paralyze us. Each time we react to it, we give away our power. When people use that word, that is literally their “trump” card. It is their best and typically only shot to attempt to hurt and offend you. If you don’t react, they don’t have a plan B. The devil doesn’t have any new tricks. 400 years and they can’t find a better word? In 400 years of oppression, we have risen from slaves to scientists, doctors, engineers, President. N*ggers and nooses? 400 years later they are still using their great-great-great-grandfathers version of racism. To all the racists I have this to say: When I see or hear that word n*gger and hear about nooses, I’m not angry or offended or hurt. I’m bored. Bored by the lack of creativity that racists have. If you’re the masters of the universe like you claim to be, then surely you can do better. And you’re going to have to because we are still here. In 400 years, we’ll still be here. You have LOST. No matter the obstacles, Blacks have survived. You can continue to oppress us, beat us, and kill some of us, but we aren’t going ANYWHERE. You may as well give up while you’re behind.

We are a strong, beautiful, resilient people. We thrive in chaos and adversity. We will not be intimidated or fearful. We must continue to face each day with grace and dignity. Because we are still here, 400 years later. Stay encouraged and amazing. There is nothing more Black than that.

 

What are your thoughts on LeBron’s home and the increase in hate crimes in America?

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Fix It Jesus! Mo’nique Asks For A Boycott of Netflix After Declining Their Small Offer For Comedy Special

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Mo’nique is shedding light on Hollywood again, but this time the light is a little dim. The Academy Award winner took to Instagram to voice her disappointment in Netflix’s abysmal offer for a comedy special. She claims they offered her $500,000 and that was nowhere near what Amy Schumer was offered.

 

“Hey my loves, I am asking that you stand with me and boycott Netflix for gender bias and color bias. I was offered a $500,000 deal last week to do a comedy special. However, Amy Schumer was offered $11 million, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, $20 million. Then Amy Schumer went back and renegotiated 2 more million dollars because she said, ‘I shouldn’t get what the men are getting, they’re legends. However, I should get more’ and Netflix agreed.

Still, don’t believe it… take a look at the video for yourself.

#BOYCOTT#NETFLIX FOR #COLORBIAS AND #GENDERBIAS. PLEASE STAND WITH ME. I LOVE US.

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My reaction

Let us not be petty. Mo’nique deserves more than $500,000, honestly. She has proven herself despite being blackballed in Hollywood (allegedly).

Mo’nique isn’t entirely wrong for pushing back against the offer — we do know there is some bias when it comes to women in the industry, and she is a black woman, so she gets it twice as hard.

If it were me, I would’ve taken the money and kept it moving. Let’s be realistic — Netflix isn’t going anywhere, and a boycott won’t be happening for something like this. We aren’t cutting the chord. Plus, Netflix has been offering us some good, quality content lately.

Mo’nique shared the video on Instagram and barely garnered 50,000 views in 5 hours. It took The Shade Room to help it get some attention. Netlix gambled and now Monique is gambling but she has way more to lose.

 

Should Mo’nique have taken the money and minded her business, or does she have a point, even if isn’t very sharp?

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Offset:”I Cannot Vibe With Queers” While Wearing Queer Designers

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Fellow Migos rapper Offset just keeps running into the mess in 2018! The rapper has made headlines for cheating on his fiance of 90 days and now he can add another headline for a verse dropped referring to him not vibing with queers.

He was featured on Boss Life with YFN Lucci. You can hear the song in its entirety below but the “I cannot vibe with queers.” starts at 0:23.

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I will never understand how rappers spew homophobic comments and lyrics like this but continue to wear queer designers and even mention them in their songs. Why even mention you don’t vibe with queers in a song? Cardi B get your man.

Was the verse necessary? Or should we not expect much from someone who records themselves cheating?

 

UPDATE: Offset has now released an apology via Instagram.

 

 

Considering the incident his group Migos had with performing with drag queens during Katy Perry’s SNL performance, I’m not buying it. Not to forget about the group’s comment on ILoveMackonnen the rapper who came out last year. “The world is fucked up. This world is not right.”

 

 

How many more times is the group together and separately going to apologize for homophobic comments like this?

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Singer Seal Reads Fox News, Stacey Dash and Everyone Else

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On Friday, January 12, 2018, singer Seal took to his social media to read Fox News, former video vixen Stacey Dash and every other critic of his January 10th Instagram post. In that post, which Seal re-posted a meme of television mogul Oprah Winfrey with dethroned Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein with the meme reading; “When you have been part of the problem for decades…but suddenly they all think you are the solution”. This came days after Winfrey received her historic Golden Globe honor and gave her much-publicized acceptance speech referencing the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement.

In the wake of his post Seal found himself in a publicity storm with Fox News discussing the merit of his post as well as black Twitter tearing the singer apart, calling him everything from an “Uncle Tom” to a “coon”.

After two days it would seem like Seal had finally had enough and posted a video letting everyone know that he was not attacking Winfrey. In the three-minute video, he refers to Harvey Weinstein as merely the “pig in the picture”. He explains that re-posting the meme was not an attempt to come for Winfrey but rather him calling out the “hypocritical and double standard nature and behavior in Hollywood”.

To further support Seal’s point, in an email obtained from the Motion Picture Editor’s Guild, they stated that the “recent public reports about sexual harassment demonstrate what many of us have long known about the entertainment industry – that discrimination and sexual harassment exists and, in many instances, has been tolerated and/or ignored”.

Seal went on to state that if these Hollywood men looked anything like him they would be facing more than being merely fired. That their firing isn’t real justice for those who have been sexually abused and harassed, these abusers need to be charged.

Before his video ended he addressed Fox New for trying to use him as a pawn against Winfrey and finally coming for the station’s favorite puppet Stacey Dash, advising Dash to keep his name out her mouth and commenting that she can stay living in the Sunken Place.

 

 

Do you agree with Seal?

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