Does he have a valid point, or is this just more fake outrage?
Controversial talking head, scholar, and smarter-than-you know-it-all Dr. Boyce Watkins has written a new angry article calling for Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter to apologize for gettin’ at celebrity-revolutionary swirler Harry Belafonte in his new jawn “Nickel And Dimes”.
In the song Camel Carter recites the following lyrics:
I’m just trying to find common ground/ ‘fore Mr. Belafonte come and chop a ni**a down/ Mr. Day O, major fail/Respect these youngins boy, it’s my time now/ Hublot homie, two door homie/ You don’t know all the s#!t I do for the homies
The bars come as a response to comments that Mr. Belafonte made last year about black celebrities lackadaisical attitude toward giving back, specifically Jay-Z and Beyonce.
“I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility,” he accused. “That goes for Jay-Z and Beyoncé, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is black.”
Bruce Springsteen is a brotha? Who knew?
Here’s what Dr. B-Dub had to say about the issue.
I couldn’t help but notice that the rapper Jay-Z finally spoke up on his so-called beef with entertainment legend Harry Belafonte. Harry called out today’s entertainers, many of whom seem to avoid any and all uncomfortable controversy so they can max out their bank accounts. Beyond a few polite, neutered, politically docile charity events, most black celebrities wear shackles that surely keep a lot of them from sleeping at night.
So, apparently, Jay-Z’s reference to the Hublot watch and two door sports car means that he’s convinced that having money vindicates nearly any form of ignorance that rolls out of his mouth. Got it. Not only has Harry Belafonte been able to afford an expensive watch or two, but I’m sure he could have gotten quite a few more if he’d been willing to sell his own people up the river in order to get them. I’m a Finance professor, so I know the value of money. But I also know enough about money to realize that an addiction to money can make you nothing but a high-paid slave.
I wrote on Harry’s remarks about Jay-Z and felt that Harry’s challenge to Jay-Z was an appropriate one. I am about the same age as Jay-Z, and I see it as entirely appropriate that we look to our elders for guidance when we think about what to do with the opportunities and blessings in front of us. Our job is to take the baton and run with it, not to throw the baton on the ground and pretend that we are only accountable to ourselves.
As I planned my “Building Outstanding Men and Boys” Family Empowerment Series, I spoke with Min. Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Father Michael Pfleger, each of whom set me straight on the manner by which I needed to make adjustments in my approach. In fact, they broke me down and gave me direct criticism, in love, about the way I was going about trying to help young black men.
I listened, humbled myself to their criticism, and made myself a better man.
And what a remarkable man you are…
Hit the flip to read the rest of B-Dub’s long-winded rant.
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