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When black folks abuse the race card, it makes it harder on all of us. The next time someone questions whether race affected their job, their treatment at the club or even their grades in school, remember to thank people like these 15 celebrities. They’ve been using their celebrity to cry wolf and giving fuel to the white folks who doubt whether racism exists at all.
Nicki Minaj has single-handedly set the race card back several years. First she called Steven Tyler racist for saying she would have sent Bob Dylan “to the cornfield” if he was contestant. Then, when she allegedly threatened to shoot Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj pulled the race card again and accused Barbara Walters of racism when she took Mariah’s side of the story without getting hers:
“Am I not good enough for you [Walters] to get my side, because I’m a little black girl that raps?”
Maybe Barbara was just afraid she’d get shot. At this point, Nicki’s more famous for being crazy than for being a black rapper.
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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Okay, so a few weeks back I did a post on people that were of Nigerian background who just happened to shock and surprise me at one time or another. The response to that was big! A lot of people were surprised themselves, some people weren’t, others said I didn’t know my culture, yada, yada, yada. But a big response I got was from people asking for galleries with people of Jamaican background and more. So here we meet again, and I’ve compiled a list of folks that surprised me (probably because I’m NOT Jamaican) and that might surprise you too. Hope you enjoy! And if not, you suck. (kidding! It’s all love.)
Shout out to my Jamaican friend for giving me the title!
package Cheney is setting political tongues wagging in eager anticipation of his memoir “In My Time,” an autobiography full of raw critiques of Washington insiders due out on Aug. 30. The former vice president under George W. Bush is already promoting his tome using sensationalist language, saying “There are gonna be heads exploding all over Washington” in response to some of his revelations. Former secretary of state Colin Powell has responded by blasting Cheney for taking “cheap shots” at him in the book, and conducting himself in a way that is not befitting a former vice president. Think Progress reports:
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell slammed former Vice President package Cheney today on CBS’s Face the Nation, accusing Cheney of taking “cheap shots” at Bush administration officials in his new memoir and promoting it by using language inappropriate for a former vice president. While they worked for the same president, Cheney allegedly criticizes Powell in his much-anticipated autobiography, In My Time, which he predicted will have “heads exploding all over Washington.” That’s “the kind of headline you might see [on] one of the supermarket tabloids,” Powell said of Cheney’s exploding heads comment, “It’s not the kind of headline I would have expected to come from a former Vice President of the United States of America” [...]
In a withering criticism of the former vice president, Powell goes on at length and in detail to explain how the “cheap shots” Cheney aims at Powell and “other administration officials” are false, and how Cheney is himself to blame for much of it. “I’m the one who said to President Bush, [about Iraq] that if you break it, you own it,” Powell said, but “Mr. Cheney and many of his colleagues did not prepare for what happened after the fall of Baghdad.”
Cheney also attacks Condoleezza Rice in this book, and even former President Bush himself among other high-ranking officials. And that is apparently only the beginning of the trash talking. According to The Week, Cheney admits that he tried to get Powell fired in 2004 after publicly making statements against the war in Iraq.
Success can rarely be attributed purely to luck and hard work. Most of the great success stories can be linked to a string of helping hands. Mentors are invaluable in careers and in life. They offer guidance, support, and often can open a door or two. Almost ten years ago, the White House inaugurated National Mentoring Month to help spearhead a movement of recruiting mentors. Within the black community, the need seems to be great, but so are some of the names that have answered this call to action. The Atlanta Post looks at a few African-American celebrities that have really come through.
Denzel Washington made a name for himself in Hollywood as a two-time Academy Award winner. But before he found success, he was a familiar face at the Boys and Girls Club in Mt. Vernon, NY. Headed in the wrong direction, his childhood mentor helped redirect his path. Today, he still credits the organization with preparing him for his successful journey. He is the national spokesperson for the mentoring organization that continues to help millions of young people dream big.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is just as confused as us. He wants to know why the U.S. intelligence community put so much faith in a source who claimed there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Yes, those weapons. The non-existent ones that are responsible for our troops being in Iraq right now, and for countless American and non-American deaths. He wants to know why the faulty intelligence that led us into Iraq, and has since been disproved, has not been pursued or punished.
Finally, someone from the Bush administration is taking some accountability, even if it is several years later. “The question should be put to the C.I.A. as to why this wasn’t known before the false information was put into the [National Intelligence Estimate] sent to Congress, the president’s State of the Union address and my … presentation to the U.N.,” he said in an interview with The Guardian newspaper.
Politico reports that the source “Curveball,” an Iraqi defector named Alwanal-Janabi, revealed that he made up stories about secret biological weapons because he wanted to see Hussein’s regime overthrown.
Read More: Powell: C.I.A. Should Answer for Intel
(Washington Post) — Former secretary of state Collin Powell steered clear Sunday of endorsing any of the Republican party’s 2012 presidential hopefuls, but also said he was not committed to President Obama either. Powell, who appeared on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning, steered clear of making an endorsement. “Right now I do not see on the Republican side any one individual that will emerge at the top of the pile,” Powell said. “I have not yet seen anybody on the Republican side I am prepared to commit to and I am not committed to President Obama either.”
Ordinary people do extraordinary things everyday. But usually, heroes in the black community don’t always receive the widespread recognition they deserve. So we decided to look back over the past decade of the new millennium and acknowledge some African Americans, who may not be as popular by name as others, who have influenced, shaped and re-invented our hopes and standards across the board.
Lisa Price has discovered just how sweet success can be. Since the late 90s, her homemade products have attracted a substantial clientele that includes big names in media and entertainment such as Jada Pinkett-Smith, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige and Oprah. She’s been focused on creating an empire out of her signature line, Carol’s Daughter, a strategy that has inked a deal to sell her products in Sephora and Macy’s stores, and led to the opening of a second store in 2005 in Harlem (her first store opened in Brooklyn in 1999). A few years ago, she accomplished a feat that is rare for a homegrown business by an African-American entrepreneur—her company opened two mall stores, one in Roosevelt Field in Garden City, N.Y. and another at Newport Center in Jersey City.
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(Afro) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell praised President Obama’s efforts in the Middle East but said the president has lost focus, during a recent interview with CNN’s Larry King. ”He should have focused on the economy and doing something about unemployment to the exclusion of most everything else domestically,” he said in the Nov. 16 interview. Powell went on that health care, energy and education policy are important but “when you’re starting out as a president, you have to figure out (what) is most important.”