Ya’ll Don’t Support Me: Celebrities Who Claim Black Folks Don’t Have Their Back

November 24, 2014  |  
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Do we give enough support to the home team? These celebrities certainly think so. They say that black folks don’t have their backs. Are they just going through a phase? Or do you think that some of these celebrities have a point?

Bow Wow

Bow Wow has been receiving a lot of shade for dating Love & Hip Hop NY‘s Erica Mena. So he took to Facebook to point a finger and say most of the shade comes from his black fans.

But do black people hate to see Bow Wow with Erica Mena because they don’t want to see a brother happy? Or because we’ve actually seen Erica’s story line on the show?


Miguel found himself under a fair bit of fire last year when he called black people “the most judgmental people in the world.”

In Miguel’s defense, this was right after the leg drop incident when Black Twitter brought all the clowns to the circus

Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady told BET that he thinks black people are harder on other black people than anyone else. But he understands why:

“No one can be harder on Black people than Black people. And I understand that, we like to claim what’s ours — we are a very loyal audience. We like to call people out when we feel they’re not being what we want them to be.”

That’s one argument we can get behind.

Kendrick Lamar

Do you support black music enough? Kendrick Lamar told Hot 97, that the real answer is “not really:”

“We’re in a music game where black people don’t necessarily support the artist like they like should. Period. Because we don’t believe in it like we should.”

Kendrick says if you really support an artist, you’ll be there when the chips are down, “Rather than jumping on the next artist when they feel like you don’t have the hottest song on the radio no more.”

Charles Barkley

Sir Charles was at it again earlier this year when he told a Philly radio station that black folks “will never be successful” because all we do is hold each other back:

“Unfortunately, as I tell my white friends, we as black people, we’re never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people. When you’re black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people. It’s a dirty, dark secret; I’m glad it’s coming out.”

IS that real talk or real nonsense?

Quest Love

When TIME asked Quest “Are you pro- or anti-Iggy Azalea?” The Roots drummer flipped the script by saying some of us are too supportive of black music:

“I know you’re ready to give your 42-page dissertation on theGrio about why this is culture vulture-ism. You know, we as black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture. If you love something, you gotta set it free.”

Are you ready to let go?

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart says black people don’t support him cross-dressing and it’s making him kind of mad.

When Kevin Hart put on a dress for one of his recent projects, Real Brother Radio went in via Twitter to call Kevin a sell out.

Kev clapped back by saying that all black celebrities sell out to some degree — and Kev said that goes double for Real Brother Radio which is really owned by a white parent company.

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Love & Hip Hop NY‘s Saigon told VladTV that he gets “embarrassed” when he sees black people out there not “uplifting each other.”

To which everyone who’s seen even a few minutes of Saigon’s story line on Love & Hip Hop NY replied “now you know how it feels.”

Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler told Sway that she gets plenty of support from black people — because she’s slept with a lot of black men.

Or at least that was the excuse she tried to use when she came under fire for her racist Oscar Tweets.

Didn’t we all vote no on the “sleep your way to a black card” proposition? Can someone give Chelsea the message?

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda told Tavis Smiley that black people don’t do enough to support black kids.

When Tavis said that he was “sick” of hearing stories of white people “rescuing” black ones, Jane Fonda defended adopting her black daughter by saying that “maybe more black people should reach out” so white people wouldn’t have to.

Laverne Cox

Do you support LGBT rights?

Laverne Cox told HuffPost Live that while she’s breaking down discrimination barriers she also feels that she faces the most trans-phobia from “people of color.”

But she says that it’s not all bad. Some of the most supportive people in her life were people of color too.

KeKe Palmer

KeKe says that she was disappointed in the way people jumped on the rumor that a freaky flick about her was making it’s rounds around the internet — despite all the positive things she’s done.

She told S2S Magazine, “To come back and see my own people try to take me down like that, it kills my heart because it’s like everything I do, I do for us.”

John Singleton

Are we not supporting enough black made movies?

John Singleton told students at Loyola Marymount University that Hollywood is capitalizing on the popularity of black films by keeping black directors out of work:

“They ain’t letting the black people tell the stories. [Studio executives say] ‘We’re going to take your stories but, you know what? You’re going to go starve over here and we’re not going to let you get a job.’ The so-called liberals that are in Hollywood now are not as good as their parents or ancestors. They feel that they’re not racist. They grew up with hip-hop, so [they] can’t be racist. ‘I like Jay Z, but that don’t mean I got to give you a job.’”

Fat Joe

Rapper Fat Joe ruffled more than a few feathers when he said more black people should support him (and his use of the n-word) because he’s “blacker than most black people:”

“From the Bronx, I grew up 90 percent black people, half my family is black, I love black people, I am pro-Latino, I love Latino. I don’t see the difference. If you a black person or you a Latino, and they got sugar next door, we’re going to your house — I’ve always viewed us as one.”

Kobe Bryant

Don’t support black people unconditionally? Kobe says that you’re on the right track — at least when it came to the Trayvon Martin case:

“Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, we’ve progressed as a society, then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”

Ever feel like it’s just too hard to keep everyone happy?

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