Sep 19, 2013 at 22:50:21
“Yes, they do. Black people need more scholarships in the arts, period. We need more art scholarships than we need more basketball/football scholarships. We are way underrepresented in the arts and there is a bigger world out there than just sports - get real”
“No, you have it all wrong. They can live THEIR life by the word of God, but it is unlawful to try to tell anyone else how to live their life. What about the 1 out of 5 Americans who are non-religious. Are we required to just step in line and follow your beliefs? No.”
“I don't like Beyonce's voice and I think she is a mediocre performer. She could also use some coaching on diction.
But, she is really a natural beauty and I love her and her sister's style. And since she's become a mother, I have empathy for her. Because she puts family above all else, I greatly respect her for that.”
Mar 20, 2013 at 23:38:41
“"White women, however, see enough beauty in black women to want to enlarge their lips, to get butt injections and implants or to do buns of steel to enhance the fabulous derrierre that many Black. Latina and Armenian women have."
Don't forget tanning...I always thought that the constant barrage of images of white women was like an overcompensation or a need for themselves to feel beautiful, when deep down, we were the ones envied. It's like someone who constantly talking themselves up (bragging for lack of better word) to hide the lack thereof. But, I don't think it is as desperate these days, as some on this board seem to believe. I could say this was true and evident in the 60's and 70's, hence the need for an all black magazine. Times have changed.”
Mar 20, 2013 at 23:24:41
“That's a shame. When I was that age, my social circle consisted of Black, White, Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered...male, female...I had a blast and am a better person for having known the many I did. And I always realized that we were humans - struggling to keep a job, find a job, have a good time, etc. You know, life/human experiences.”
bouge75 on Mar 21, 2013 at 10:16:46
“It's not sad, it just wasn't my circle. A lot of it is where you grew up, went to shcool, etc. It doens't mean you have a problem with people of other races/ethnicities. I grew up in a diverse area, but as a young adult, my peer group looked like me. As I got older, moved around, different exps, my peer group changed.
The reality is, (depending on where one resides) you can go to a lounge and see a group of mostly whites, a group of mostly black, asians, and hispanics before you see a group that is diverse.”
Mar 20, 2013 at 23:05:49
“I know there are some white women who read essence - But the way you are getting angry all over this board, I would think that if you saw a white woman reading it, you'd snatch it out of their hands, with an affirmative shout, "This is a BLACK woman's magazine...how dare you read what is ours!" lol Okay, I jest.
You do know that Essence is owned by (and employs) many white people. I guess that would just stick in your craw. Essence is a magazine geared toward any one who would BUY it. Don't be surprised or paint your protest signs when this day comes - but if it means bringing in more money to save itself, you bet the CEO's and shareholders of Time Warner would do whatever necessary to increase its market shares and create a buzz.”
Aristarchy on Mar 21, 2013 at 08:52:28
“Thank You, dude is just siting in a little corner, has zero idea how the world works, talking about why do white people have to get involved in everything, boy you must be out of your mind. they own everything, what is wrong with you.
Oh, here is another one for you THEY OWN BET.”
Malaika Angel on Mar 21, 2013 at 00:51:45
“You see it as anger; I see it as passion. I do get angry at the idea of many whites wanting to take over everything deemed too black. YES, I do know Essence is owned by Time, and no, I would not get angry at a white woman reading Essence, so quit making assumptions. If I am perceived as being "angry," then cool. I call it passion.
If they choose to do whatever they want to "increase the market share," then that's on them, but if they want to keep the product relevant, then they might think twice.
I won't have a protest sign: Me and others just won't buy the magazine. It's just that simple.”
Mar 20, 2013 at 22:46:17
“No, I don't think white women are revered as the end all to be all. YOU obviously do, though. You've believed, sucked, and swallowed all of the hype you've been fed about what you are supposed to think about beauty. Those ads want you to "think" that. They want you to believe you will never measure up. You bought it, but many never have. I've always looked away and looked inward. And as much as you may hate to admit it, times "are" changing.”
Malaika Angel on Mar 21, 2013 at 14:45:48
“Rallaa, you don't think so because you are blind. Trust me because I speak out about what everyone who has eyes knows, doesn't mean I revere white woman. Please, stop with that mess.
Now you are going to turn this around and throw it at me when there is NOTHING I said to indicate that I believe the lies. You are very naive.”
Mar 19, 2013 at 23:22:28
“I've been reading these post of yours and you sound very angry. Jada was just posing a question. No one said that it must be done or it would be done. But what she is proposing is a sense of change- an opening of one's mind to new ideals, radical or not.
This new world may be shifting...white women are no longer revered or worshiped or seen as superior as you see it. I think its completely opposite...(IDK, my mom taught me to never believe the hype, LOL) Skin color is not as much as an issue as it was when these types of media were created.
Hopefully, one day we won't have to have this type of discussion.”
Malaika Angel on Mar 19, 2013 at 23:43:55
“Not angry, passionate. Actually, YES, I am angry. I know what Jada is doing, and I answered the question she is posing. She, as a black woman, knows good and well (especially being a friend of Tupac), what is up. No, what's she's posing is an agenda. She is a mouthpiece/puppet. Why would a black woman even remotely bring something like that up when she knows that black woman have always been disenfranchised. She's gone Hollywood.
I'm sorry but if you don't think white women are revered and worshiped, then the Brooklyn Bridge is awaiting you. Seriously? Every commercial portrays white women with the perfect hair, the perfect body, the perfect everything. Turn on a crime drama show and 9 times out of 10, you'll see a story of a missing white girl/woman. Most of the time, you know how she's described: "A blond haired, blue eyed beauty." I'm not sure what planet you live on, but if you don't think WW are seen as the standard, then I don't know what to tell you.
I'm not sure why people want to deny the obvious. I mean, I wish we lived in a society where everyone was seen as equals, but as long as the haves keep having and have not's don't have the devices to counteract the power of the have's, then things will remain the same.
Let me ask you: If there was a magazine geared to Latino women, do you think it would be wise to put”
“Actually it's not...there is no denying that we live in a male dominated white society...get over it. Then we can understand that sometimes we have to play by their rules. When you give a child a name like Sheniqua or, dare I say, Tequila, you are inevitably setting them up for failure. It is often the parent's lack of education and socially ineptness that is often associated with names like that and that is what employers think about when they look at job applicants. You have to wonder what type of environment they came from. Yes, it's wrong, and plays well into stereotypes, but unfortunately, that's the world we must navigate.”
“If I paid that much money, I would have had more land surrounding me. He lives very close to the neighbors. But, of course, last I checked, I haven't won the lottery and I don't have a billion in my checking account. To each their own.”