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Initial post: Apr 13, 2009, 3:54:10 PM PDT
KBG says:
Diddy's Dumb Deed
By Pearl Jr.
Author, Black Women Need Love, Too!


Another attack on Black Women by one of our own! Diddy's CIROC vodka sent out a cattle call looking for and I quote, "White, Hispanic and Light-skinned African American" women to represent his vodka. The arrogance to specify the type of Black woman has reached back to racism of the early 1900's brown paper bag mentality.

The brown paper bag test was for admittance to Black social societies and certain, so-called, upscale parties. If a WOMAN was darker than a brown paper bag, she was disallowed to join certain social groups. This can be verified by watching old Black movies (usually in black and white) and you'll see that nearly ALL females are light-skinned. Diddy's Dumb Deed let's us see that, even though, some progress has been made, real CHANGE has not occurred.

Imagine the mental abuse Black women must be going through thinking well, if I wear light foundation or bleach my skin through the night, I might be able to pull off being light-skinned, or dang I'm too dark; leading to self-hatred. Then imagine the thought processes in the waiting room with all the White and Hispanic women feeling superior because they are NOT melanin enriched and Black women feeling less confident because they are in doubt about their beauty and worth because of the color of their skin.

Furthermore, what would Diddy and/or his staff do when a dark-skinned woman showed up? Would "they" be rude and angrily reiterate that the requirement was for light-skinned Black women ONLY and then she'd be shamed and embarrassed in front of the crowd of other women because she was told she wasn't good enough due to her dark-skin?

What would Diddy do if Haley Berry showed up? She is technically a dark-skinned bi-racial woman. What about the beautiful Gabrielle Union, or modeling pioneers Grace Jones, Beverly Johnson, or Imaan? Would they be turned away because their skin was too dark?

And the biggest slap in the face would be the denial of our First Lady, Michelle Obama! She would, too, be turned away because she is not light-skinned.

There are so many racist ways of Hollywood, and yes, Diddy qualifies as a part of "Hollywood" because he is a celebrity. The propaganda in movies that seems to always match a Black man (with any useful skills) with a non-Black woman in videos, TV shows, and even blockbuster movies be THE catalyst for the lack of Black love within the Black race family? This propaganda campaign is using the age-old trick of dividing in order to conquer. How long are we going to keep falling for the same old tricks???

The only solution is to boycott racism in all forms, which means that under the devastating circumstances of the high amount of single Black woman/mothers, Black women should NEVER support anyone, especially Black men, that want to keep that status quo unchanged. The media and marketing executives will soon learn that to continue to devalue Black women will NOT render them much sought after profits.

And please, no one use the "it's all about the money" excuse. Hell, slavery was "all about the money" and how many of us condone that behavior? Racism is racism, even when it's racism within the same group, now called self-hate.

Well let's use their own motivation to our favor, "if it don't make dollars, it don't make sense (cents)!" Don't allow your hard-earned dollars to be used from anything that divides the Black race and weakens our already weaknesses.

There's no acceptable denial for Diddy. In fact, he purposely omitted dark-skinned women and there's proof. On the black and white TV ad for Diddy's vodka already airing, it only includes light-skinned women. Diddy's ignorance is astounding because his twin daughters are dark-skinned. He MUST not connect the dots that he is devaluing his own daughters and insulting his own momma!

Now, this falls right in line with the marketing of Diddy's perfume too. As I was shopping in Macy's over a year ago, I saw a large advertisement for Diddy's perfume with Diddy in the middle of two non-Black women. I thought to myself, I guess my money isn't good enough for him because that ad didn't speak to me; as a matter of fact, it was insulting that he CHOSE NOT to use, AT LEAST, one Black woman in his ad.

Don't these fools realize that Black women are their MAIN market and will support a Black male, especially one in the music industry, in a quick second IF THEY FELT CARED FOR? Well according to the US Census Bureau, there are about 112 million White females and only 20 million Black females, so if this marketing of Black men with non-Black women WORKED, then why is today's Black music sales by Black men so dismal and declining fast and in a hurry? If non-Black women were truly ALL INTO BLACK MEN, then why are these types of marketing strategies NOT rendering much higher sales figures? There are about 130 million non-Black women and I just don't see the omitting of Black women in the lives of Black men working and equating to 7X more sales. It seems MOST of "them" don't realize Black women are Black men's BIGGEST supporters. As a matter of fact, sales figures are doing the opposite, they are declining!

BlackMediaReview.com has been reviewing and tracing the sales figures of so-called Black movies and record sales for the past two and a half years religiously every week. Spike Lee, who is usually a shoe-in for making a profitable movie, failed miserable with his Miracle at St. Anna's, where he promotes the heck out of Black men swooning over White women; so much so that I simply walked out the movie in disgust. The movie is his biggest loser to date.

Then examine the careers of Taye Diggs, Cedric the Entertainer and many others after they made shows/movies featuring non-Black women. They, too, are huge flops! And since many people failed to realize that Michael Jackson suffers from the skin depigmenting disease, vitiligo, his sales have been declining for decades. And since he hired the Nation of Islam bodyguards during his trial, had a Black female publicist, was rumored to marry a Black African female, attended James Brown's funeral and Jesse Jackson's birthday party, he sold out nearly a million tickets in the United Kingdom in a matter of hours.

It seems even Whites respect people who respect themselves. Check out who Americans elected the President with the most votes in Presidential history? It's Barack and Michelle Obama. The "sell-out" doesn't work well for Black folks! Damn it, even proud sell-out Larry Elder, got cancelled due to his low TV and radio ratings.

Yes, people watched Will Smith's movie, Hancock in large numbers, but he didn't end up with that White girl at the end of the movie; besides the special effects and the magic of Will Smith's charm works under nearly every circumstance, except for the movie, SEVEN POUNDS, where he is matched up with self-proclaimed Latina, Rosario Dawson (her last name sounds Black American and she's quite dark as well). It's one of his weakest films in recent history!

My "sistas" are finally waking up and no longer making excuses for self-haters. Black women have always purchased Black music, jerseys, and tennis shoes for their sons. Ladies, they obviously believe we don't have value, so we can keep our value in our purses. Why give money and power to those who don't have value for you or, worse yet, don't like you?

Well, the time has come to make a loud strong statement to celebrities, athletes, executive decision-makers, and anyone else NEEDING to please loads of people, that if you don't like us, we don't like you, or better yet, we'll spend it on people that are showing some signs of support for our community and we'll pay their bills. We can forgive, but only with ACTIONS!

Sent to you by THE BLACK WOMAN'S MOVEMENT!

www.BlackWomenNeedLoveToo.com

Does Harvey's book address this type of racism?

Posted on Jul 7, 2009, 11:59:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 7, 2009, 12:11:04 PM PDT
Angie says:
I agree with you about the self imposed hatred by Black people. And it's not only skin color, it's hair as well (go on youtube and watch/lookup the Tyra Banks Show topic on 'Good Hair'). But let's be honest: if you had a daughter would you really want her to end up with Diddy? Look at how he treated his beautiful model girlfriend. Personally, I don't care who he thinks is beautiful. This dude has a problem with women period!

Spike Lee's WWII movie was displaying facts: many American soldiers had affairs with Europe women including Black American soldiers. There were children of American soldiers left behind, including biracial children. There was a big story in the 70's/80's of a Black/biracial lady newscaster who was born just after the war stopped and was reunited with her biologiacal German mother in European. Both her mother and her Black soldier father (whom she eventually found living in Harlem) thought it best that she be put up for adoption because of the times. A Black American couple raised her. It's a heartbreaking and touching story.

Taye Diggs seems to be genuinely in love with his wife Idina Menzel. After all they both starred in 'Rent' together and are both children of Broadway. Even though they are not the same color they seem to have the more important things that matter (yeah, I'm a Broadway lover!). Talk shows are crap shoots-it's hard to succeed in that field. Even though I'm a democrat, Larry Elders points seem more valid then the so-called real Black people" around him. Cedric The Entertainers movie? It just needed a better script.

The self pride you are talking about is NOT going to come from other Black people, including celebrities who in hind sight have their own agenda. IT STARTS WITH THE PARENTS. We need to tell our sons and daughters how beautiful they are so they wont fall for the lies of society. And if they DO experience prejudice toward them, they can easily bounce back from it because of the self love instilled by family. It's been proven that people who have true self love are treated better and have much easier times in life. People who believe they're beautiful are usually thought so by people around them. But it's really up to the parents to begin with. Love is really an inside job. We cant wait for other people including "our own" to do it for us. That would be a futile as waiting for a "horse and a mule."
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