Black People : What if Beyonce' and Rihanna became activists like Lena Horne?

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    What would be the impact on the minds andheartsof young and teen Black women if todays fair skinned stars and singers in the limelight became activists, as well?
     
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    Better for them to be like Angelou and Makeba!

    Those were and are a couple of my generations role models!

    :SuN030:
     
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    Nothing.
    Rebels without a cause. What issues would they be fighting for today?

    And fair skinned stars? Means little. It would mean the same today as it did then - that being light skinned can seemingly get you further in your career and alright with the white folks than being dark skinned can. It could actually do a bit of disservice to our young people. It helps to see darker skinned people in the position Lena Horne once occupied.

    Ashanti is also not light skinned, but that's I guess that's a matter of perspective.
     
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    My generation's role models?


    Um... well... let's see....thinking.... :?:.... thinking......


    Eazy E.

    Public Enemy.

    thinking......

    thinking.......

    NWA

    thinking......

    thinking.......


    that's all I got. Or more of the same.
     
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    easily i approach....lol


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    what mainstream groups are out there now that actually have black folks best interest at heart with no side agenda?

    what would be more beneficial if both of these singers sung songs that were more uplifting and less materialistic...but then if they did that they would not be as popular...
     
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    i might go out and buy some of their music.....
     
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    And when ws the last time they have been on the radio?
     
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    :) That was not what you asked. You asked about my generations role models.
    I assume that to be back when I was a young teenager or young adult in her 20's, and that would be in the late 80's and early 90's. I don't remember the 80's or 90's having a lot of black nationalist, but we did have gangsta and 'conscious' rap, and I liked it.

    As that was a time of personal struggle and trying to find out who I was and where I was going - I didn't look to have a lot of role models. I looked up to no one. But I started growing 'conscious' after reading Roots at 14, and the black music of the decade enhanced that. We also had shows like A Different World, where my favorite character was Freddie because she was the more afrocentric and individualist of the group at Hillman college.

    We had Living Single and Living Color. Lots of short-lived shows come out at the time like South Central and 413 Hope Street. I enjoyed seeing a lot of black shows on network television.


    I could ask you the same thing about Lena - when was the last time she was on Television to be relevant to my time and generation or anything there after? 50's Icons are not my role models or people I emulate and admire....
    I do have a couple from the 60's tho - Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Black Panthers.....
     
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    that was exactly my point

    the ones of this generation should serve this generation just as eac did in the past.

    No arguement or disrespect but the ish was activism, as opposed to role models, even though a person usually is both.


    A person can be a role model without being an activist, but this sister inspite of her fame and wealth, felt the need to contribute to the civil rights struggle in real and tanglble ways, now this is not to judge the present group of singers in the limelite today, simply a hypothetical question about what would be the effet ofthem becoming activists, and how would that impact the young sisters today?
     
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