Diddy & Nicki

Maybe I’m missing something here, but don’t you think it’s about time that the 37-year-old Sean “Diddy” Combs (also known as P. Diddy) grow up and behave a little more maturely?  I mean, no one can argue that he’s been a great businessman, and I’ve defended him when others tried to “player hate” on him.  But we all have different aspects to our lives that need to be developed – the mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, and so on.

During an interview some time ago, Jim Brown just shook his head when Puffy’s name came up in a conversation.  He didn’t really “get” Puffy’s infatuation with the materialism and lack of social consciousness.  Jim said he’s talked to him before when they’ve been at the same events, but Puffy still doesn’t get it.

Most people know that Brown works extensively with prisoners and other needy populations.   And during his prime, when he was playing in the NFL in the 1960’s, Jim, Lew Alcindor (later changed his name to Kareem Abdul Jabbar), Bill Russell, and other athletes and entertainers were very outspoken and would meet with other famous brothas and sistahs to question their behavior regarding different issues related to Black Progress.  One time Brown, Alcindor, Russell and others requested a meeting with Muhammad Ali at Brown’s house to see if he was sincere about his religious beliefs and refusal to go to Vietnam (Ali was a conscientious objector because of Islam).  Ali explained himself to them and they all came out and met with reporters and said they were standing by him.

Brown has also criticized Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan about their lack of social consciousness or support for the Black community.

Puffy can do more than just entertain us, dancing around with his new Dirty Money group.

So, I say:

Enough already, Diddy!

Our kids are killing one another.  And you can go far beyond your “Daddy’s House” charity and bring your celebrity friends and artist together to do something big to help the Black Community out of the hole we’re in.

What if you were to promote Black causes like you promote your latest hustle, Ciroc Vodka?  (Diddy signed a deal to promote Ciroc that will pay him 50 percent of the profits.  He said he’s a brand builder, which is why they’re working with him.  But what about the Black Brand, Diddy?)

Yes, I saw you shamelessly promoting Ciroc at the BET Awards so much so that the other entertainers were annoyed?

I’m not asking you, Diddy, to do something I haven’t done.

I’m just so tired of your shameless self-promoting causing me to constantly shake my head and ask myself . . .



Nicki Minaj

I love the new Queen of Hip Hop Niki Minaj.  I think she’s beyond hot – she’s booty-bootylicious and she has that sexy, playful smile and personality that drives men crazy.  (Uhhhhmm, by the way, sistahs,  smile more.  Brothas love it.)

But can anyone, like, tell me why Minaj thinks that it’s okay to sign the breasts of her young teenage fans?  Look, no one appreciates the beautiful body of a woman (and two at the same time is even better, lol) more than me, but what has the world come to when Black people think this is okay?  Young teenage girls should be young teenage girls, like young ladies, not acting like they’re at a local strip joint.

What’s inspiring these young Black females to scream and run up to the stage with their breasts out for Minaj to sign?   Probably the fact that she previously hinted that she was a lesbian and/or bisexual.  But the very next moment, she says she’s not into women, she’s not bisexual or a lesbian, as if it’s some sort of publicity stunt.

“I don’t date women and I don’t have sex with women.  That’s, of course, until Cassie becomes available,” Minaj told Black Men magazine.

I think “sex” should stay in the bedroom; we have more important things to advertise or promote.

Today’s Young Buck culture has changed a great deal from when I was young. These young Black girls are very active participants in this relatively new teenage gay and bisexual tidal wave sweeping through the Black Community, and Minaj is their role model.  This isn’t the way hip hop culture used to be, but young Black women are following young White mainstream females, and in some cases they’re leading the charge.  This girl-girl culture picked up most of its steam with the “Girls Gone Wild” commercials craze, where you could see drunk White females kissing, bumping and grinding after midnight, on any night of the week or weekend.

Even Minaj realizes something is off-center regarding her behavior, previously mentioning how she sometimes becomes a little self-conscious about her lyrics when youngsters are at her shows.

I tried to think of a White or Hispanic female that does this boob-signing thing but I can’t.  I believe these young Black girls are a part of the same Black hip-hop related subculture that is hypersexual and aggressive, as is evidenced by the extensive posting of the booty shaking and fighting videos online.

Black youth feel alienated and are seeking attention for the wrong things.

Our kids are experiencing a digital overload.   And the camera-ready cell phones have become an “instant drama” instigator for teens who are already dealing with hormonal changes.

The reality is that Black beauty has found an outlet in music videos, online and a few Black magazines, and that’s important.  But Black people have to save themselves, save the community.   Our preoccupation with being fashionable, cool, sexy, and having more Bling than the next person is superficial, especially when you consider that these things get more of our attention than what we can do to save our community.

Yes, Minaj is at the forefront of our contemporary hip hop culture, but signing 14-year-old’s breasts?

Come on, Nicki . . .