These Black celebrities have personal gripes with their own people. Do you agree with some of their points? Or are these celebs way out of line?
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan said he was sick of all of the criticism that Black men get for dating White women. When shade started circulating his way after he was rumored to be dating Kendall Jenner, Jordan told GQ that in 2015, people need to get over themselves.
“A lot of black fans were feeling like, ‘Oh, my God, he should have been with a black woman’ and that whole thing.
I get it, but on the other hand it’s, like, relax. You know – it’s 2015. It’s okay! People can like one another, not necessarily from the same history or culture or whatever the f— it is.”
Serious question: Have you ever judged a person by their name? On a recent episode of The View, Raven-Symoné said that she certainly does.
“I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not going to happen. I’m not going to hire you.”
Raven-Symoné has since apologized for her comments, but not everyone is buying it.
Do you consider biracial people just Black?
While promoting his new book Mixed Me, Taye Diggs criticized Black people for calling Barack Obama the first black president — and not the first biracial one.
He went on to say “It would be great if it didn’t matter and that people could call him mixed. We’re still choosing to make that decision, and that’s when I think you get into some dangerous waters.”
What do you call the POTUS?
David Banner recently Instagrammed one of his pet peeves with Black people: giving biracial rappers an n-word pass.
Were we too hard on Iggy Azalea?
Wendy Williams said “yes” (and a whole lot more) during a segment focused on the White rapper. She called Black people who don’t love Iggy Azalea “haters.”
“But I want you to all to leave her alone, and I know who the haters are–my people. It seems like black people don’t want this girl to win because she’s white…
In other words, you’re a hater because she’s crossed over and she’s managed to make it. You’re a hater because she got herself what looks like a black girl’s butt and a black boyfriend, Nick Young. You need to stop that hate and get a life, haters.”
Speaking of Black-on-Black shade, do Black women hold a grudge when men run off to be with “exotic chicks”?
Remember when Kevin Hart said that’s why he received so much criticism over his wife-to-be?
“I read so much stuff that black women say, especially about my relationship. ‘Oh, he left his black wife to go be with some exotic chick.’ First of all, my girl is black, she’s Jamaican. But they say it as if they know what me and my ex-wife’s problems were.”
Is that really the case? This isn’t the first time Hart’s found himself on the wrong side of Black women.
When Black Twitter recently went in on TLC for using Kickstarter for their new album but allegedly not keeping fans updated on its progress, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins made it clear that she wasn’t laughing at the #TLCisGoingToJailParty jokes.
She told the Ricky Smiley Morning Show that she’s sick of the shade that comes from “our people… you don’t ever see other races on the internet dogging other people out the way black people do each other. It’s embarrassing and it’s unfortunate to me.”
Singer Miguel said Black people are “the most judgmental people in the world.” Do you get where he’s coming from?
Are we harder on the LGBT community than most? Laverne Cox told HuffPost Live that she’s felt like she’s faced the most discrimination from “people of color.”
Common made post-Oscar headlines earlier this year when he said Black people were possibly too hard on White people:
“Me as a black man, I’m not sitting there like, ‘Hey, white people, y’all did us wrong.’ We know that existed. I don’t even have to keep bringing that up.
It’s like being in a relationship and continuing to bring up the person’s issues. Now I’m saying, ‘Hey, I love you. Let’s move past this. Come on, baby, let’s get past this.’”
Not only has she criticized Black men, but Azealia Banks recently told Playboy that she could “write a book about why black people shouldn’t be Christians.”
And she’s not the first black celebrity to say so…