Wednesday, July 02, 2003

I was sitting around and trying to figure out what to right about tonight, and I decided to go a liitle bit more into being Black in America. Or ,at least, Me being Black in America.

Despite what some may think, we are a very diverse peolpe. It's interesting that the most other races see us as are loud, troublemaking, babymaking, no crap taking folks. Some of us are, but then again, so's alot of other folk. Russian, Asian, Latino, hundreds of others. It's just the fact that, just like everything, we get pigeonholed into something alot of us aren't.

Let's take me, for example. I'll admit, when I was younger, I was everything but the babymaking. I did for a bit , fit the stereotype. As I got older, I realized that that's not the way to do things when you deal with the whole of society. So, I toned down. I had to. I thought was the only thing I could do in order to make it to the level that I wanted. Still,I, tried to do my best to maintain my integriy to other Blacks that I had grown up with. I took all the knowlege I learned from doing radio in an r&b station in 1985 and took it over to an mainstream Top 40 station in 1987. Mind you, I was fired from the r&b and needed to work. I thought, "Hey, a job's a job. I know I can do this". I then went to an Oldies staion, were I worked for several years, rising from weekend swing shift guy, up thru the ranks to Program Director. I did my best to keep up with my roots however in the community, doing what I could. When alot of them found out that I was that I was working for an audience whose main audience is middle to upper white males 34 to 54, I was labled a sellout.

Since then, I've continued to do radio, including r&b. I've done everything but Hispanic, because I can't speak the lingo. I've had lots of Blacks wondering why I don't more of their music. The answer is simple. I'm out to get PAID. If that's what a sellout is, then P.Diddy, Beyonce, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Denzell, Bernie Mac, and Halle can't fit another person in the arena without the fire marshall showing up.

The way I see it, Blacks, or whatever the news calls us these days, are just like everyone else in their run for the brass ring on the merry go round. That's not a bad thing. So do alot of other folks of different hues and shades. A lot of us just do it in other ways, just the same as the other folks out there. We have our entertainers as you see, but we have our doctors, laywers, pimps, players, etc. Alot of us are very educated, alot of us aren't. It's no different from any other race out there. Some blacks, however, feel as though, if anyone makes it up into a better situation, start to become the dreaded "playa hata". It's not a good thing as a race, as I feel. I don't know of anyone who does that, but mine does, I believe. We even had the vaunted problem of Black on Black crime in the early 90's that scared everyone.

If any of this rambling makes any sense to you, then I'll just cut to the chase with this. As a people, we should band together to celebrate our uniqueness. I'm not saying we should go out and march on Washington again, but just know that there are other folks out there, who are the same color who have done what they can to make it out there. Sure it's not what YOU want to do in life, but makes the other person feel comfortable about their place in life. As for the other person, they can take the compliment and say, "thanks", or just keep moving. It's up to them. No need to hate from either side. In Kwanzaa, and I hope I get it right, although I've never celebrated it, it's called "Umoja", translated from African, is "Unity". In other words, not jusr in the family, but in the community. That's all I want from not just Black Americans, but all Americans, Europeans, Latinos, Asians...people of Earth.

That's all I got. I promise I'll lighten up my next post.

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