Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Undeniably Low Standards

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  • “And it won’t change until we collectively decide that we are worthy of more.”
    I couldn’t agree more. I think we have to recognize that the days when our entertainers were also activist have long past. We will probably never have a Billie Holiday, Harry Belafonte, or Paul Robeson who will endanger their career for our community. No, we have to do it ourselves via black twitter or other media that we control. As Alice Walker said, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”

    • Daren W. Jackson

      I’d argue that the days of activist entertainers could return if we reclaimed our artists. Nowadays, any entertainer that attains “crossover” success, immediately targets whiter audiences. In my mind, that entertainer ceases to be a black performer at that point. We need to reclaim those that have those heights of success as our own. And we can do that by not patronizing them, or more importantly, not giving our cultural approval to them anymore. Because if there is one thing we do have pretty good control over, it’s what is cool and what isn’t.

  • Pamela

    One doesn’t need to apologize for telling the truth, for the truth will set us all free!
    Spiritual consciousness is what, I believe, helps us to grow into the realm of unselfishness and awareness of how wealth and make a true difference in changing the negative directions in our society. This couple is in an infancy stage where spiritual consciousness is concerned. We are all on a journey…to whom much is given, much is expected…the world is watching Bey and Jay’s journey…and your article says it all!