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As the next Presidential election draws nigh in November, the two most popular candidates, Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney have been paving the campaign trail. With election year comes slander, controversy and your occasional celebrity political rants. Politics met entertainment with the latest celebrity rant, coming from Nicki Minaj, in which she rapped in vote of Republican Mitt Romney. This was a shock to fans and celebrity bloggers everywhere, but Nicki is not the only popular African-American face that has shown favor to the GOP. Here is a list of some African-American celebrities who have supported or are affiliated with the Republican party:
LL Cool J
LL Cool J attended the Republican Convention in 2004 and has been a supporter of Republican New York governor George Pataki back in 2002. He has never officially stated his political party.
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(Politico) — A half-dozen others, a mix of former staffers and volunteers, said that they too doubted Cain’s campaign priorities and grasp on the issues, though they were willing to speak only on background and off the record. Cain stumbled in several interviews and, most prominently, in the second primary debate. Supporters cringed when he gave an incoherent response to a question about Afghanistan, and activists questioned who had been preparing him for interviews when he repeatedly shifted his position on Muslims and Sharia law. “Herman gives a great speech. The first time you meet him, he’ll sweep you off your feet. You’ll be totally enamored with him,” Zeiler said. “But look behind the veneer. Everything looks good the first time you see it.”
(Los Angeles Times) — Herman Cain may have found the perfect way to get media attention Wednesday: call the real journalists “stupid” for believing the words that come out of his mouth, and deem the most popular faux journalist a racist for … being a comedian. Yesterday in a firehouse in Iowa City, Iowa, the deep-dish pizza eater began burning bridges with the press by using the curiously familiar technique (recently mastered by Newt “Any ad which quotes what I said Sunday is a falsehood” Gingrich) of denouncing journalists for actually writing down what the GOP presidential hopeful said. On June 6 in Pella, Iowa, Cain told an audience that if he were elected president he would warn Congress, “Don’t try to pass a 2,700-page bill.”
(Businessweek) — The way Cain tells it, in 1986 Godfather’s was poorly run, bleeding cash, and getting crushed by bigger rivals like Pizza Hut (YUM) and Domino’s. At the time, Cain was a rising executive at Burger King (BKC), another Pillsbury property. The bosses installed Cain as Godfather’s chief executive, with orders to rescue it. A charismatic speaker with seemingly boundless confidence, Cain made a big first impression when he introduced himself to Godfather’s franchise owners at a meeting at company headquarters in Omaha. “They were the most unhappy people, with arms crossed, and they were all white from small towns, looking at this black dude and going, ‘Show me,’ ” recalls Nick Bothfeld, who worked for an ad agency that made spots for Godfather’s. Cain spoke for three hours, without notes, painting a picture of the company’s bright future. Bothfeld likened Cain to a preacher firing up the congregation. When he was finished, “They gave him a standing O,” Bothfeld says.
(CBS News) — Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain got a rapturous reception at the Republican Leadership Conference on Friday, offering a speech that even included a seemingly impromptu return to the microphone to tell a cheering crowd of conservative activists, “I’ve been the dark horse candidate for the last year. How do you like me now?” Cain, whose speech here last year was sparsely attended, has been a breakout candidate of the presidential cycle so far in part to his performance in the first Republican presidential debate. While he remains a long shot for the nomination, he was a clear crowd favorite here, even eliciting one shout of “Yes we can!” from a mostly-adoring audience. The slogan was a signature of President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.
Here are just a few things I love about Herman Cain… and by love I mean that I find them fascinating and worthy of study.
(1) Cain’s campaign is a reminder that black political ideas are complex and multi-layered. I became fascinated with the political history and contemporary manifestations of black conservatism while writing my first book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought. In it I argue that it is ahistiorical to dismiss black conservatives as race traitors laboring under self-serving, false ideology. Conservatism has deep roots among African-Americans. It appeals to self-help, views the state as overly intrusive, and believes free markets are non-discriminatory. Black conservatism stresses that political strategies are inferior to efforts for economic empowerment for addressing racial inequality. These tenets echo Tea Party rhetoric, but among black Americans this form of conservatism is typically, especially racial.
(CBS News) — GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is out with a music video/biographical introduction that puts a heavy focus on his race – and casts his presidential run as evidence that Tea Party supporters are not racist. “To all of those people who say that the Tea Party is a racist organization, eat your words,” Cain, who is African-American, says in the video above. One African-American supporter featured in the video says she and the Tea Party are more interested in America’s colors than skin color.
(Wall Street Journal) — For months, former corporate executive Herman Cain has waged a ceaseless ground attack in his long-shot quest for the Republican presidential nomination. Dinner speech in Fargo, North Dakota? No problem. Tea-party rally in Jeannette, Pa.? Sure thing. Thirty days crisscrossing Iowa since January? Done that. Now, since making a surprising splash in last week’s South Carolina Republican debate, the little-known, radio-talk-show host is getting what he laughingly calls “aerial protection.” Interview requests are pouring in, along with donations, volunteers and invitations to speak. On Friday night, several hundred people turned out to hear him in Las Vegas. The same night, he won a Washington state GOP straw poll. On Monday, former UPS president Ron Wallace will host a high-priced fundraiser for Mr. Cain in the suburbs of his hometown, Atlanta. Three hundred are expected to attend. Long-shot presidential candidates seek one thing in the early stages of a campaign: Traction. Mr. Cain may have just won that.
(New York Times) — Often, the most interesting thing about a person is the characteristic that lies beneath, that hidden thing that bobs up along the waves of time. But the most compelling part of Representative Allen B. West of Florida is his own biography, there for all to see: an African-American Tea Party activist Republican congressman and ally of hard-right Israelis who, after his beloved career in the Army ended under a cloud, defeated the sitting Democrat in a largely white, politically polarized district here and quickly became one of the right’s most visible spokesmen. Mr. West’s fans in his district, which stretches over two counties along the east coast of Florida, are both numerous and loud; hundreds fill his town hall-style meetings, many of them favoring T-shirts bearing his image. At a recent Tea Party rally in Washington, supporters flocked to him like sea gulls to a crust of baguette. Among the 87 House Republican freshmen, he ranks third in the latest fund-raising period for his re-election campaign; his $433,551 haul came largely through individual donations.
Sure, there are more Democrats in the African-American demographic than there are Republicans, but a quick review of who’s Republican just might surprise you. Some of these names sure surprised us! Take a look and see who’s repping for their party, after the jump… Read the rest of this entry »
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