Black Entertainment : Common, Pharrell, and ‘The New Black’: An Ignorant Mentality That Undermines the Black Experience

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  1. RAPTOR

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    by Stereo Williams

    Common, while not countering Stewart’s statement, offered his perspective on the way to heal wounds
    that have existed on American soil for centuries.

    “We all know there’s been some bad history in our country. We know that racism exists,” the star
    conceded, before adding, “I’m…extending a hand. And I think a lot of generations and different
    cultures are saying ‘Hey, we want to get past this. We’ve been bullied and we’ve been beat down, but
    we don’t want it anymore. We’re not extending a fist and saying, ‘Hey, you did us wrong.’ It’s more like
    ‘Hey, I’m extending my hand in love. Let’s forget about the past as much as we can, and let’s move
    from where we are now. How can we help each other? Can you try to help us because we’re going to
    help ourselves, too.’ That’s really where we are right now.”

    “Me as a black man, I’m not sitting there like, ‘White people—y’all did us wrong,’” Common continued.
    “I mean we know that that existed. I don’t even have to keep bringing that up. It’s like being in a
    relationship and continuing to bring up the person’s issues.”

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    I like common. He however, is in his cotton-pickin' mind with this one.
     
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    truth spoken , but do anyone really relate to it or blind side it and mentally keep on the same path
    so what is greater the then or now is the question ?
     
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    :10200:i'll extend my hand once i get my reparations........maybe
     
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    Common has been shifting a bit ever since they snatched the "Sense" from his name... but his music hasn't shifted too much, yet.

    Maybe his comments would have sounded better on wax or something, because what he was trying to say is nothing new.

    Does seem like he is saying "we forgive you", when there hasn't really been an apology of sorts.

    Remember, The People... it will keep one grounded


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    This is what Common would probably say in rebuttal...



    Reading the article, I do often wonder about the idea of cookie cutter achievements.
    Not all minds are created equal, and not everyone has the same talents.

    Struggling with this idea while attempting to inspire others as well, can tie ones' hands up.

    But being that we have so much garbage thrown at our psyches, forced special education sessions, medicated hyper activity, etc... it just is the same as always, we have to work harder to gain access to the resources that a brother like Common (Sense), Pharrell, etc and claiming is achievable.
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    these are not new blacks, it's the same old shuffle....


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    ...Common just won an Oscar, so that puts him in a whole different star category. Jamie Fox was the same...they don't seem like Oscar people, but Jamie's portrayal of Ray Charles was really that good. he deserved it. But he is known as a comedian and he has his own Fox Hole Sirius radio show where it's a his world. That makes his Oscar win more unique. He is really not Hollywood at this point like most actors are. How many movies does Halle Berry make?

    ...Common is well liked because he represents a more "wholesome" brand of Rap. That has always been a blessing and a curse. He now can do inside things just by prestige accomplishment. He also now has mobility that some of his peers don't have. European producers are going to want to work with him because of the Oscar connection.

    ...Common and Legend have a place in contemporary music which is powerful, so even though Selma didn't get an Oscar nod as a movie, Common and John got something that is substantial. More importantly, We are more powerful in the Music industry all the way around than we are in Hollywood. So it's a feather for the collective that they won.
     
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    if you win because you will not speak truth to power, did you win?
     
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