I’m not sure if you are a Tom Joyner or a Don Lemon fan; I myself am indifferent to either but Tom as aligned himself with Don Lemon and is giving him a spot on his TJMS morning show on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Today was Don’s first show on the TJMS and, in true Don Lemon form, he didn’t waste any time giving his opinions on the state of African Americans, especially or so called leaders.
Don followed suit with those like just like what Jamie Foxx did at the March on Washington. He took it upon is himself to call out some of today’s biggest pop culture icons. He called out everybody from Jay-Z, Kanye West, Pharrell and Frank Ocean. And in a form of positive reinforcement he mentioned Waka Flocka, Gucci Mane and TI, while saying Luda could be the next Harry Belafonte of the struggle, Beyonce and Rihanna could both be the next Lena Horne and Mahailia Jackson. As judgmental as I try not to be I’ll just say that I agree with the names that he called out simply because they are who the kids are listening to these days and if you want to reach the newer generation you need to meet them where they are.
While calling upon today’s stars is good and all since they have the most influence over today’s generation, when is someone like Don Lemon going to step up to the plate and go out on that limb? When are we going to stop looking for other people to make the changes that we want to see happen? Why do we talk about what’s wrong but yet offer no solutions at the same time hoping someone else will answer the call to arms?
Yes I agree that the new generation of stars should play their part and use their influence for good, but the reality is they don’t have to do anything that they don’t want to do. And calling them out isn’t going to do anything good except put pressure on them to do something just for the sake of shutting the Don Lemon’s and Jamie Foxx’s of the world up. I hope that this isn’t the case and that if they felt compelled to, they would start the revolution that we have been waiting for, again maybe I’m being judgmental.
Passing the buck on to someone else to do what you can do is as useless as complaining about something but not doing anything about it. The so-called leaders that we have now have been around for 50 plus years and are using the same tactics that they used during the REAL struggle, and at the same time charging a “showing up fee” whenever something goes down and they want their names in the paper. I think it’s safe to question whether it’s more beneficial for our leaders if we continued to following them blindly depending on them or if we became free thinkers and doers that did for ourselves.
That’s not to say that proven tactics that worked 50 years ago should be discarded, but this is a new day and age and a new struggle. So that means updated tactics mixed with what’s already worked, and a new way of thinking by selfless and egoless people willing to take it upon themselves to do something instead of waiting for someone else will bring forth the changes that we desperately need.
I applaud both Jamie and Don for trying to spark a fire some of the biggest changes have been brought about because of words. But I would respect them more if instead of depending on someone else, they would roll up their sleeves and get down in the trenches. Setting the example and doing the things that they are asking others to do. I know am able bodied and willing so why aren’t they?
What do you think? Do you think the responsibility should fall solely upon today’s stars? Are we that incapable of changing our conditions that we need someone to fall behind while we complain? Or can we look in the mirror and challenge ourselves to do for us, instead of needing our so called representatives?
Talk to me, I’ll talk back.
H Rap Breazy.