It’s time once again for that deadly Three Way Dance. I’m going to go three way as usual with my takes on the Jay Z/Harry Belafonte angle. I have to say something about that, even though I like some of his joints. Plus Scott Walker thinks he’s FDR. NOT! And the infamous Ted Nugent and a racist he already is, and have to strike, yet again against African-Americans.

For the battle of respect. – This is how I see Jay Z and Harry Belafonte. Both have and had successful careers, philanthropy, and only one of them has had experience of being on the front lines of Social Responsibility. What got this on was when last year, Harry Belafonte had to comment about those of now in the music game don’t get involved in social activism, or civil rights as much. We remember what Harry said, right? Well here’s a refresher course of what he said:

And I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyonce, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is Black.
Remember that? And many thought that a legend like Harry Belafonte was disrespecting Jay Z and Beyonce. Not quite. In the minds of true Jay Z and Beyonce fans probably were saying something like “this old dude gonna dis Jay and Beyonce?! and this Social Responsibility?!! WTF he think he is? He lost his mind!!” Now In response: yes Jay Z did in fact replied on both fronts in his music and the news as usual:
I’m offended by that because first of all, and this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, the hope that he provides for a nation, and outside of America is enough.” He continued, “Just being who he is. You’re the first black president. If he speaks on any issue or anything he should be left alone… Of course we want to challenge him to do better. I felt Belafonte he just went about it wrong. Like the way he did it in the media, and then he big upped Bruce Springsteen or somebody. And it was like, ‘whoa,’ you just sent the wrong message all the way around…Bruce Springsteen is a great guy. You’re this Civil Rights activist and you just big upped the white guy against me in the white media. And I’m not saying that in a racial way. I’m just saying what it is. The fact of what it was. And that was just the wrong way to go about it.”
And a far as the rap: Straight from the Magna Carta Holy Grail, and the song Nickels and Dimes:

“I’m just trying to find common ground/ ‘Fore Mr. Belafonte come and chop a n*gga down/ Mr. Day O, major fail/ Respect these youngins boy, it’s my time now/ Hublot homie two door homie/ You don’t know all the sh*t I do for the homies.”

FLAG ON THE PLAY!!!! WHOA TIME OUT!

Let me just say this. Yes, Jay Z is doing charity work besides The Brooklyn Nets Basketball team, and RocNation Sports. According to the Look to the Stars Website: Jay Z has donated to the following organizations in which are recognizable thus far:

Now this isn’t bad. Yes, Jay does give back. In a charitable sense. But I don’t see any Social Responsibility or Activism causes. And I think this was Harry Belafonte’s call out to Jay Z. In his rap lyric, Jay Z called Harry Belafonte a “boy” and having him to move over and let the young folks run the ship. That is like asking the team to punt the ball to many times and run a play without any experience or guidance. Plus the other team will score and win the game. First: let’s us remember that Harry Belafonte was one of the artists who was on the front lines for social responsibility when Dr. King was ALIVE! I was reading Roland Martin’s Facebook page and his tweets about those who are younger need to respect those who paved the way. Oh yeah there were some defenders on the site, but mostly it was saying that Harry Belefonte had a point in a reason to call him out . Harry Belafonte is in his 80’s. And still doing the activism thing. In other words, he is in the long haul. Not the short term crap that those like to be in it for two weeks or less. And partially again seems to be the problem! Just like I mentioned in my last blog about the short terms vs long terms in this 21st Century era. Now Jay Z talks about his “presence is charity”. With all due respect to Jay but, Guess what? Martin Luther King had a presence. Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Sidney Poitier, and many others who weren’t just entertainers but also Social Activists had or have presence. I was also noted on Roland Martin’s Facebook Time Line about when Harry Belafonte was in a restroom at a urinal,  a cop telling him with a gun to his head “One more drop and you’re dead.” Or cited an event in a Chicago hotel, where he sold old a packed room. Despite of him (Harry Belafonte) not to perform. But a New York Headquarters was notified and Harry Belafonte was the first black performer to enter that front door to the Chicago Hotel. Yes, many artists today sold out Madison Square Garden, and many other venues for Rap or R&B per say, but Harry’s “presence” going in was nothing to be copied! Now that is presence!  Or even having a suitcase full of cash along with Sidney Poitier, to give to the freedom riders in the south, while being chased by the KKK. They did it! And survived! I dare anyone in the music game right now to learn this! Either Locally (Milwaukee) or well known in America or Internationally! And about his rap comment above, is Jay Z really telling Harry Belafonte to step out of the way and let the young cats run the show? I hope he’s not serious! Matter of fact, I’m not surprised. I’ve heard this too many times. If I were to tell my parents to step aside and let me and my older sibling to take over, that is a sign of disrespect!
Many today in the now era, don’t know how to wait for their turn. It’s sad also that Jay Z and Beyonce (with all respect) has a daughter they’re’s raising, and I wouldn’t image if Blue Ivy Carter one day would say to some of us “soon to be old Gen X’ers” to get out of the way and let the new school run the show. Many companies, in the past and presently, have dealt with the exchange of the veterans and rookies commanding the ship. This reminds me of those who graduated this year, and also years past coming out of college. And yes, those coming out of college usually don’t have the experience of a veteran worker of 20+ years. And plus those who are young and up in the work game, must understand that they have to work their way up, not skip those in a disrespectful manner! Long time ago, some of your companies who you are probably working for right now, making the paper, had some issues of letting younger folks and the older folks out in terms of “we got to get younger!” We’ll take out Ole Willie who’s been around for 30 years replace him with Pookie and them, so we can show our groups and customers, that we can attract younger folks. BUT there is a problem. Many don’t have the experience! And they want the older folks get out the pasture? Just like that? Warning to the companies, that might backfire!
I want to address the Generation Y and the Millennial folks right now and only them on this: It takes respect to get respect! You have to learn to wait your turn and be patient. It’s that simple. You’re not going to get ahead in the world per say, with the tales of telling us Gen X’ers or the Baby Boomers, or maybe the Greatest Generation from WWII to get out of the way. That is truly disrespecting them. And also ME! Why I’m putting myself in this? I’ve been told this years ago. Matter of fact, I was just like you wanting my turn now! But it doesn’t work that way. You have to climb that ladder the right way in order to get to the top. And yes, you will be disrespected. But for a reason to get challenged. I got challenged. And still getting challenged by those who want a black guy like me to step up my game to the next level. Not the next level in my craft, but the NEXT LEVEL in an spot that has not been conquered! There was a time, in my old high school (and I mentioned this) that I laughed at subject that had meaning. But after realizing that subject, I would be coming back to the school for visits as an Alum. Real Talk as what is being said now. So technically, you may not like Harry Belafonte, but give the respect where respect where it’s due. In a Civil Rights/Social Activist/Entertainer sense! Respect the game, young thundercats!
If Jamie Foxx had to come to realization that “it’s not all about him”, then can Jay Z do that? He expressed that this year at the NAACP Image Awards.
Now the Wisconsin side of things, currently the state has the National Governors Association meeting underway in progress. And yes Scott Walker is at the helm in this meeting of all of the governors that came near and far. The thing in all of this that he believes he compares himself to FDR, as in Franklin Delano Roosevelt. EXCUSE ME!!!!! FDR, PLEASE! This high school diploma, college dropout Governor of ours IS nowhere near the results or experience of FDR. Many of the policies I think that FDR laid out in his tenure as President, would make most folks want to copy and folks want to take down. Research the New Deal. – The same new deal that included African-Americans in which the acts of Social Security, Civilian Conversation Corps, he also worked with the NAACP in relation to dealing with the cases of police brutality, lynching and voting rights abuses. – Hmmm, And I wonder why America has a problem with this, and don’t get me started on Voting Rights Abuses. The Walker folks as we know had done the redistricting the voting areas in making it harder to get to the polls. And the thing I have realized that these so-called Tea Party Republicans want to undo some of the things that FDR set up years back. For a guy with a High School Diploma and no college degree/being a drop out from Marquette University, is completely clueless of trying to be FDR. GOVERNOR PLEASE! Scott Walker will NEVER BE A Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Period. I’ll bet that he won’t put that in his potential bid for his “run” for 2014 or 2016.  And I’ll bet the Democrats (real democrats) would get after him like white on rice! FDR had real talk. And comprised of real issues and ideas. Scott Walker on the other hand: please. Walker would be schooled big time if FDR would meet him head on. And that schooling would not be taking place in a classroom or a college dorm! Just out of curiosity, if the governors from the other 49 states have a high opinion of Wisconsin, what would they say? I mean they are meeting a guy who already slashed funds for Healthcare, High Speed Rail, let go of Act 10 and most of the Union Collective Bargaining rights. Plus, can someone from the other states remind him of those so-called 250,000 private sector jobs?  As well as forcing women to do ultrasounds? Raise your hands if your sure.
As far as the “Cat Scratch Fever” is concerned: Ted Nugent is a fool! A draft dodger who doesn’t care much about African-Americans. Still on the commentary in regarding Trayvon Martin. And still on the commentary about comparisons between African-Americans, and storm clouds?!!! What the heck is he talking about? STORM CLOUDS?!!! Really?!! This is what he said as reported on the Huffington Post:

“If a Dalmatian has been biting the children in the neighborhood, I think we’re going to look for a black-and-white dog,” he said. “I think that typically when you see the — I don’t even remember the term they use — but the gangs of blacks lately that have been just been going down the downtown streets and breaking windows on cars,” Nugent continued. “Over and over again, I watch the news, and here’s a rape and here’s a burglary and here’s a murder in Chicago. Twenty-nine shot, 29 blacks shot by 29 blacks. At some point, you’ve gotta be afraid of black-and-white dogs if the Dalmatian is doing the biting.”

I find this crazy. And plus he insist that he’s no racist and pay homages to Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. And I’ll bet he’s one of the folks who say, (here it is) “I have a lot of black friends.”

OH STOP IT!  STOP IT! Out of bounds.

That comment/quote or statement will get you out of the club. No ghetto pass. None. Now if Ted Nugent has African-American friends who follow up, they better step to him quick and condemn him for the statements like that. What if his friends were to be profiled like dogs or having this storm cloud effect of being afraid? NOW WHAT? This dude, is like a dangerous animal that needs to be put to sleep. LITERALLY! And speaking of things to be put asleep, Nick Cannon’s interview with Ted Nugent. The comments that came out of Ted Nugent’s mouth, were actually from Nick Cannon’s podcast show. Now for all the Nick Cannon faithful out there, yes, I know he’s married to Mariah Carey, a host of America’s Got Talent, and yes he’s got skills of “Wild N’ Out” Plus a funny man on the “Real Husbands of Hollywood.” I get it. And yes dude got boat loads of cash. BUT……..THIS “podcast” featuring Ted Nugent is way out of his league! Sorry.

Pay attention what Joe Madison (aka the Black Eagle) had to say on this:

If you don’t know who Joe Madison is, you better check him out. And if you have Satellite XM Radio.  Joe Madison had to school him bad. Yeah, I read on his Facebook Page (Madison’s) that Nick is in a different generation and doesn’t see that like the older folks. WELL I have comment on that: This is not Nickelodeon. And it doesn’t matter who he’s married too! That don’t mean squat! I don’t care if you’re married to the decent of Golda Meir and having this respect of humanity, but still some folks will get called out foolishly based on race, creed, class, generation, gender, or preference. In other words, us Gen-Xers and up know this well:  back in school if you’re dressed differently, folks called you out. If you hadn’t the coolest shoes, you get called out. The type of music you like, and get slammed, will be called out by bullies. But those are small things. But against someone (who is African decent), and like Ted Nugent has been ranting for years, and even recent after President Obama came out his commentary of dealing with racism, it still resonates with a dilemma. And that talk about no real racism? – Check again.  And that needs “no generation thing” to get over.

Don’t get me wrong, Nick Cannon has game. But this game, he should have done his homework!

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