Yesha Callahan

Pharrell Seemingly Forgets That Racism Still Exists Because He’s ‘New Black’

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I get it, Pharrell Williams is happy.  He’s happy his “Happy” song eventually topped the charts. He’s happy that people embrace his “singing.” And he’s so happy he cried tears of joy during a recent Oprah Winfrey interview when he saw other people sing his song.

Everyone loved that segment.

Pharrell, Oprah, and tears–ratings gold.

But outside of the clip, Pharrell had some interesting thoughts on what he refers to as the “new Black:”

The “new black” doesn’t blame other races for our issues. The “new black” dreams and realizes that it’s not a pigmentation; it’s a mentality. And it’s either going to work for you, or it’s going to work against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re gonna be on.

Hey Pharrell, let me borrow those rose-colored glasses for a minute.

Last time I checked being Black was more than just a mentality. If that was the case, then I could choose to be just about any other race because, you know, my mentality wants to be White on Friday, so I can use White privilege for just one day.

Frequent Clutch contributor, Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) read Pharrell for filth on a recent Facebook status:

Y’know, I’m tired of these rich, disconnected Black men (this means you, Kanye West) denying the lingering prevalence of racism to the amusement of whites whose attention they so desperately covet. I wish celebrities’ opinions didn’t matter so much, but they do frame the culture & Pharrell’s bulls–t is poison. Structural racism is real, struggle vocals and the mix and matching of refrigerator wisdom over an uplifting beat be damned. In sum, Pharrell, grow up, or at the very least, shut up and “sing.”

And there’s the problem. These artists don’t live in reality. Maybe Pharrell should ask some of the Black guys that are in the Virginia Beach area, just how “new Black” they were when they were being racially profiled.  I’m sure  they”ll be happy to explain it to the cops while they’re on the side of the highway with the contents of their car being searched.

It’s almost like these people become famous and get to walk around with a shield that guards them from racism, or they don’t watch TV and see the victims of racism on the news. Hell, even Oprah should have mentioned the fact that she was recently on the receiving end of racism during a recent high-priced shopping trip.

In response to Pharrell’s comments the hashtag #whatkindofblackareyou was formed.

Not everyone agrees with Pharrell’s description of the “new Black,” but freedom of speech reigns supreme, so he can be whatever kind of Black he wants to be.

I, on the other hand, will be the kind of Black person that calls it all bullshit.

  1. April 17, 2014 - Reply

    IDK who Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) is, but I love his response. Disconnected black men indeed.

  2. April 17, 2014 - Reply

    I don’t understand what Pharell’s quote means but I’m tired of black folks talking about racism. It’s like a bone white folks haven given us to chew on to the exclusion of other issues like building a black economy. Racism isn’t going away but we will manage it a lot better once we have the resources to do so.

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @Ivory

      me too! he coulda talked about the new black & listed a buncha progressive things we’re doing in education & business & entertainment w/o ever saying anything about race & pigmentation & blaming. i can’t stand when folks can’t say one good thing w/o throwing somebody under the bus.

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @Ivory

      We must not only talk about racism, but do something about it. Hiding our head in the sand, like many of us do regarding colorism isn’t going to make it go away.

      However, I do agree in that building our own resources and infrastructure will give us more power. We’ve been talking about that decades. It’s sad because when we do (think Black Wall Street and other communities), we get accused of being “uppity N’s” and get our communities burned down OR gentrification happens.

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @Ivory

      You’re tired of black folks talking about racism. Those folks are tired of racism, period!

      • April 17, 2014 - Reply

        @Riyo.Chiasa

        I think they just want to hear solutions; I remember when the first part of the Black in America series was out, people complained that it showed too much of the plight (and yes, some of the complaints were by black people) and wanted to know what was being done – hence the second part of the series.

        • April 18, 2014 - Reply

          @Child Please

          The number one solution is to change your way of thinking and get to work. We know what needs to be done, but would rather have someone else do what we can and should do for ourselves.

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @Ivory

      Ivory, you say you are tired of Black folks talking about racism? The jews say of the holocaust: “NEVER FORGET!” And, we had better not either.

  3. April 17, 2014 - Reply

    I wonder why we don’t ever hear these types of statements from famous black women? Something to think about.

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @Ask_Me

      Stacey Dash

      • April 17, 2014 - Reply

        @Brad Ray

        She said ‘famous’

        • April 17, 2014 - Reply

          @vintage3000

          Ha, True true 😉

          • April 17, 2014 - Reply

            @Brad Ray

            😉

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @Ask_Me

      Nice try. Tina Turner and tons of famous black women actually marry white and say outright hateful stuff about Black people. Unlike those self haters, Pharrell is actually brilliant and successful and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with what he said. If you want to start “thinking,” maybe you can start there.

      • April 17, 2014 - Reply

        @Red Pill

        Many would disagree, Red Pill. I thought his statement was asinine, and typical of a coon whose puppet strings are held by the master. Hey, but if you buy it, then eat it.

        • April 17, 2014 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          You are wasting your time…you’re arguing with a bitter man. Take my approach…bypass him.

          • April 17, 2014 - Reply

            @Ask_Me

            Great idea, Ask Me! Thanks.

            • April 17, 2014 - Reply

              @noirluv45

              Wow!!! Y’all are off the chain on this site. Better than any boxing match, I always say!!

          • April 17, 2014 - Reply

            @Ask_Me

            Lol. Your “approach” is spouting nonsense all day on here about Black men because for some reason, you can’t seem to get over the fact that you didn’t have the goods and got stuck with leftover.

            Whenever I see your garbage on here, I will expose it. Get used to it lol.

        • April 17, 2014 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          Your insecurities and his business are not one and the same.

          • April 17, 2014 - Reply

            @Red Pill

            Is that all you can bring to the table is talk about “insecurities.” Sweetie, I have nothing to prove to you. I don’t know you, and you really are unimportant to me. You are also very lazy because the “insecure” statements are lame. It’s your inability to read, comprehend and see the bigger picture. When people do they, they tend to call people names.

            I honestly think you are the insecure one. Maybe you should look in the mirror at yourself. You seem a bit angry and bitter.

            • April 17, 2014 - Reply

              @noirluv45

              Lol. I’m lazy? I’m not the one who keeps conflating issues and can can’t seem to make an intelligent argument. If you’re too slow to follow simple logical sequences, why are you bugging me?

              Stick to the facts. Pharrell is not responsible for your self esteem. Stop all the begging and whining and hop off his jock.

      • April 17, 2014 - Reply

        @Red Pill

        Kobe: “why do i need to feel sorry about trayvon”
        Russell Simmons: it’s hilarious to cast Harriet Tubman as a porn actress!
        Kevin Hart: ‘broke black bitches with bad credit–and eff anybody who wants me to apologize’
        Kanye: ‘black men like mutts, my skank is hotter than the First Lady, etc.’ pick any day of the week
        That fat black dude on SNL claiming there are no qualified black comediennes
        that black football player who publicly stated no black women need apply, then he was later arrested for beating the shit out of his Hispanic wife

        vs.
        Tina Turner revealing decades of abuse by a monster. A lot of BM are still butthurt about this.

        Maybe you should think about why these are all the same to you.

        • April 17, 2014 - Reply

          @vintage3000

          What is your point? Someone made an asinine comment. I debunked it. Then you ramble on about irrelevant nothingness. Can you even think?

          When you YouTube and watch?v=bMjyIOnWUlQ or watch?v=f3neG5hnBkE at the 4:00 mark, that isn’t Tina talking about Ike.

          She’s not alone, either. Diana Ross & Donna Summer also: watch?v=W0PV3bx-AyI starting at 1:00.

          I have provided hardcore evidence of self-hating from super famous black females who actually married white dudes. Try again.

          • April 17, 2014 - Reply

            @Red Pill

            The only thing you have disproved is the myth that BM don’t care about Black women dating/marrying interracially.

            No need for you to keep trying, you have already proven yourself an ass.

            • April 17, 2014 - Reply

              @vintage3000

              Lol. Thanks for deflecting like a true clown. The point is that none of those people actually said hateful things against their own race or further corroborate this self loathing by marrying white people. I debunked a comment. Why are you angry?

              Next time, I suggest you stay in your short bus lane.

              • April 17, 2014 - Reply

                @Red Pill

                Next time your dumb black ass is thrown up against a cop car, I suggest you proudly shout “but pharrell said i am new black”-lol

          • April 17, 2014 - Reply

            @Red Pill

            There’s self hating BLACK MEN and WOMEN all over hollywood. Both are sickening if you ask me.

            • April 19, 2014 - Reply

              @evette thompson

              Why are you directing this at me? Did I ever imply the contrary?

        • April 17, 2014 - Reply

          @vintage3000

          Tina turners comments about Africa weren’t her blowing off steam.

    • April 18, 2014 - Reply

      @Ask_Me

      Because nobody is asking them their opinion.

    • April 19, 2014 - Reply

      @Ask_Me

      “I wonder why we don’t ever hear these types of statements from famous black women? Something to think about.”

      Because no one is interviewing them on their opinions.

  4. April 17, 2014 - Reply

    Even though I don’t like Pharrell, I watched the interview. Yes, the tears were very touching, and yes, he’s articulate and intelligent (so what? Many Blacks are), but when he got to that “new Black” nonsense, I wanted to reach through the TV and not only give him a tongue lashing, but Oprah too, who sat there like a bump on a log. Oprah is not shy in speaking her mind. She most certainly did with Toni Braxton, and countless others, but she sat there, and I just…Maybe she agrees with him. However, when he claimed his former girlfriend was “Black” and then recanted and admitted, what we all knew, that she was biracial, why didn’t Oprah bring up colorism. Didn’t she just do a special on that?

    Yes, Pharrell, Kanye, and the rest of these Negroes get good with the White man, and in order to keep their positions, they must “dance, Negro, dance.” Yes, it’s clear they are disconnected. I agree thoroughly with Michael’s assessment.

    Sadly, many young Black men and women bought into this b.s. because they’ve been brainwashed as well. Many like him even more. They say the “controversy” was much ado about nothing, but when White folks discrimination, I wonder if they feel the same way.

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      I honestly, think Oprah is just toooo tired at this point; she’s spoken out against many other race-related issues in her life and it may not be a battle she wants to fight anymore. She’s spoken her views on usage of the n-word and people played her to the left. Is it disappointing she wasn’t more vocal? Yes, but I can’t say I blame her considering that for some reason when anyone (particularly a black woman) speaks up against the misogyny of rap music/rappers or any negative connotation regarding a black rapper, they’re shunned to oblivion. Is it likely that would happen to Oprah? Maybe not, but I can’t help but think people would call her out on her friendship with Jay-Z (though it’s via his wife) or how she only wanted to invite Ludacris on her show when he was showcasing his acting talents in Crash – not the career he was moreso known in – music via rapping. It would be a losing battle as it’s been proven time and time again.

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      “…why didn’t Oprah bring up colorism. Didn’t she just do a special on that?”

      I was wondering the same thing as I watched. But I kind of got the sense that she did not want to be confrontational with him because he seems to be in such a “happy” place in his life right now. Sometimes Oprah catches it no matter what she does, so I’m going to give her a pass on this one.

  5. April 17, 2014 - Reply

    This “new black” term aka black men who are so damned happy to be accepted by the mainstream they have to push false post-racial ideas/ideals upon the masses to keep their “little darling” media spots. I used to really like Pharrell and I still love a lot of his music and what he’s contributed but this continuous out of touch with reality behavior and sugar coating a real issue like colorism has got to stop. I read a post last week this on SBM touting this same ideology claiming black female insecurity is why we are so mad when guys like Pharrell showcase light skin or ambiguous women in their videos over darker skinned women. It’s our issue not black male issues. Ok, taking personal responsibility of your own mental stability and self-worth should be a given but please don’t pretend that consistent and continual uplift of one group of people and the disrespect or the total invisibility of another is all in our heads. It’s asinine. SMH!

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @CAsweetface

      CA, yes, some Black men talk “insecurity” and “bitterness” because they have their heads so far up their backsides, they can’t even see. It’s easy to throw those terms out and not address reality, partly because they have Pharrell’s mentality, and will never address it. THEY are the insecure ones, and they are in denial, and people like that, including racist Whites, love to project because they are too lazy to listen, understand, or even deal with the facts UNLESS it involves them.

      • April 18, 2014 - Reply

        @noirluv45

        No it is militants like you who are part of the problem. You will never see past your victim mentality. People like Pharrell are at peace because they understand they control their destiny. HE is the one who is responsible for his well being and happiness. He doesn’t have to blame everything that happens to him on someone else simply because they are white.

        People like you fail to realize that you are the ones giving racist white people all the power .You id!ots make it seem like they have all this God-like power control over your future and destiny.

        Racist white people WANT us to think like that. They want us to think “there is no way out”. You keep feeding their power without even knowing it

        The more you keep making white people look like they have all the control, the more you boost their big egos. This is not a difficult concept to grasp.

        • April 18, 2014 - Reply

          @AbigailTea

          Abigail, how about you just take a seat. What you have to say means nothing to me. It’s clear you lack understanding, vision, seeing the big picture, and comprehension, but you are not alone. There are a lot of people like you in the world. My goal is to help the younger generation not have your way of thinking.

          Yes, I am a militant. And? If you don’t like my POV, I suggest you keep right on past my name because I speak my mind. If you don’t like it, tuff!

          The end.

          • April 18, 2014 - Reply

            @noirluv45

            And you are too bitter and hateful at heart to realize that YOUR mentality is KEY to YOUR DESTINY. White people do not dictate your future and decisions ignoramus.

            You are a fool to think “white people” (funny how you radicals cannot even specify who exactly) are ALL out to get you and try to force you into being an unproductive citizen.

            It is YOUR responsibility to not be a bum. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you have your sh!t together. Some random white person miles away from you is not responsible for your lack of good choices.

            If you have children, I feel sorry for them. If God forbid your son or daughter comes home with a “C”, “D”, or “F’ , what will you tell your child?

            That the “white man” is stopping them from graduating? And thats it?

            What do you tell your kids? That they are never to be held accountable for their education? Only white people CONTROL THEIR FATE?

          • April 18, 2014 - Reply

            @noirluv45

            Also I do not need your radical and irrational poison in my mind no thank you. Your garbage mentality is not a “help”. It is a disgrace.

            • April 22, 2014 - Reply

              @AbigailTea

              Oh Abigail, what do you say we take a stroll down Grant Street in Gary Indiana? We can see all the poor people who CHOSE to live in food deserts because they CHOSE to be poor bums. Maybe we can go to the South Side of Chicago and meet some folks who CHOSE not to get their shit together.

          • April 23, 2014 - Reply

            @noirluv45

            The “New Black” looks more “white” than ever before. White folks just sit back and have to do very little these days to see their destructive racist agenda take a new turn. The new black is rampant black on black crime and ever increasing murder rates in our urban heated hoods. Dope boys and drug lords run the streets and many they sell to are white folks. The new black wealth is drenched in white trickle down economics which only make black entertainers and athletes wealthy. The new black allowed white folks to elect our 1st Black president and then throw roadblocks on every new idea and Bill he has tried to pass. The new black is sitting quietly by and allowing white racist do very little to remain extremely powerful.

        • April 18, 2014 - Reply

          @AbigailTea

          White people always use the term about blaming White people when White people are not only to blame for their racism and White supremacist attitudes, but how it affects not just Blacks, but people all over the world. That’s why many don’t like White people.

          When you have an infrastructure, money, and power, YOU DO HAVE A LOT OF POWER. What planet do you live on? You are an idiot, Abigail. Not only an idiot, but clearly blind.

          How about you look up White supremacy, think about it (if at all possible), and when you figure out how the real world works, come back and maybe we can have a discussion. Until then, don’t reply to me because I have nothing more to say to people like you.

          • April 18, 2014 - Reply

            @noirluv45

            First of all you need to realize that being white does not automatically make you rich and powerful. You radicals on here act if all white babies born are somehow royalty without needing an education or parental guidance. That is not how reality works. Who exactly are you referring to? All white people are into some “Secret” white supremacist agenda that gives them their privilege????

            You do reliaze poor white people exist right?

            WHO specifically is stopping blacks from being successful? “white people” is vague. WHO EXACTLY? ALL white people? Which white people?

            That is all you radicals complain about. “white people” white people”.You cannot even specify names or companies.

            Who exactly is forcing you to be unsuccessful in life and how?

            • April 18, 2014 - Reply

              @AbigailTea

              1st paragraph: Yes, Yes, Yes – it does, White people, yes, they are. 2nd paragraph: Yes. 3rd paragraph: white people, yes, white people. 4th paragraph: white people; but, not all people who feel that white people are responsible for discrimination are “radicals.” 5th paragraph: white people because black people are not white people. AND, as written in paragraph 3 … “who is stopping “blacks” from being successful? …” (meaning all “blacks”) – it’s the white people.

            • April 19, 2014 - Reply

              @AbigailTea

              “You do reliaze poor white people exist right?”

              Yes, and they are usually the most racist ones.

              • April 20, 2014 - Reply

                @TheTruth

                Wow. I thought I was the only one who knew that one.
                Poor Floridian whites will tell you how racist they can get no matter who you are.

                • April 21, 2014 - Reply

                  @CGEAR

                  let’s not forget about south georgians. heh heh

                • April 27, 2014 - Reply

                  @CGEAR

                  Yes indeed, the poorest of the piss poor whites are the most racist of all and, they are also the ones who are always talking about how more AA receive government assistance, commit more crimes and, anything else that’s that they refuse to claim. Whites have been killing, stealing and raping, from the moment they arrived on these shores. When it comes to welfare benefits, they’ve got that all to themselves also. Why, there was a time when only they even knew that welfare existed. Yes indeed, the poorest and, the most illiterate of whites are the most racist. Not to say, that wealthy whites aren’t racist because some of them are and, this guy is among those. They can tout that this is the best country in the world all they want because, it’s NOT!

                  • April 29, 2014 - Reply

                    @dimepeice55

                    Poor whites arent impacting racists. They hold racist views because they feel entitled to wealth (like most whites). Racist white supremacists are at every financial level.
                    >> Dimepeice55 you are the problem.
                    > The most damage this country has done to black were not from the financial depressed; it was from the racists in power.
                    >Racism is an systematic form of action not a bunch of words. People fear the n-word because black people were KILLED by racist whites. Words are not the problem. The ACTIONS of racism is the problem.
                    >> The problem with racism is the action of discrimination and marginalization. The system of racism was in the form of white supremacy and was always used against black people.
                    > You talk about poor white people holding more racists but you neglect all the racist laws, practices and industries that poor white didn’t make but made sure to reinforce.

            • April 22, 2014 - Reply

              @AbigailTea

              Poor whites don’t run the world but rich whites do

            • April 27, 2014 - Reply

              @AbigailTea

              Being White certainly doesn’t automatically make you rich, but it does automatically give you power and advantage without racial hindrances. It’s an ecosystem really, you’re born into a privileged system that is designed for White survival and social status. You need to wake up or otherwise your wake up call will be devastating, if you’re even Black.

              I can tell you who is COLLECTIVELY stopping COLLECTIVE Black progress: the govt (ran by Whites), companies/managers who don’t hire Blacks. So called educational centers are inadequate due to racism and they typically implement school to prison pipelines, banking systems continue to utilize racist practices to deny Blacks loans, the judicial system intentionally targets Blacks and sentences Blacks more harshly. Do I need to continue? It’s a system sweetheart, that Whites control, benefit and perpetuate. Would someone White trade places with someone Black, you should probably go ask this question to your seemingly nice White friends, who probably talk about you behind your back.

              I can’t do brainwashed Black ppl, stay in your lane and when you get your wake up call, stay there.

          • April 21, 2014 - Reply

            @noirluv45

            Well said!! Keep up the truth telling!!

            • April 21, 2014 - Reply

              @Guest Attorney

              Thank you!

          • April 21, 2014 - Reply

            @noirluv45

            Stop your abuse of Abigail.She is entitled to her opinion as you are to yours.Yours has no more validity than hers except to yourself.

            • April 21, 2014 - Reply

              @MB640

              Ahhhh, isn’t that sweet. The Negro is defending this WW honor. Oh, how Uncle Ruckus of you. I’m sure Abigail resembles your lover so you must defend her honor. If she/you can’t stand the heat, get out this and other’s Black women’s kitchen.

          • April 22, 2014 - Reply

            @noirluv45

            “Not only an idiot, but clearly blind.” LOL

            • April 22, 2014 - Reply

              @Guest Attorney

              LOL!!!! For real, GA!

          • April 23, 2014 - Reply

            @noirluv45

            I’ve been reading through this comment thread & your comments really stood out to me. I’m not sure if this is something you regularly rally for. Maybe you even consider yourself a positive & important voice for action for what you believe in. Whatever the case is, I’ve noticed that when someone’s opinion differs from yours, your response is to personally attack that person (not even their ACTUAL
            argument) & talk down to them. I’ve read Abigail’s comments & then read your replies & you are being way more of a bully than he/she is. The way you structure your responses lacks tact & maturity. I’m sure you’re a smart woman but your comments remind me of a child or teenage girl that gets way too angry & defensive & spews hateful garbage that lacks any reason & logic. Everyone is entitled to voice their opinion. EVERYONE. Including you.

            I think that you should re-evaluate the way you respond to people in this thread who have differing opinions from you. It’s ironic that you are speaking about & are heated about racism, yet you say things that are racist. Oh wait. I was born in India so I’m not “black” OR “white.” Does my opinion even count? Does that mean that I am not affected by
            “white privilege?” Why do you only point out “white people” specifically when there are plenty of people from ALL different ethnicities that hold power in government/law/etc.?

            I’ve experienced racism towards me AND my family from people of different ethnicities & skin tones but I don’t speak this hatefully about any specific group of people! That kind of hateful talk only perpetuates the cycle. Does it really
            make anything better? No, it doesn’t. My husband is white, no that does not automatically make him racist (he’s married to an Indian woman…unless you are saying that “black” people are the only targets of racism by “whites”..you probably aren’t, I hope), & he was not “born privileged.” He’s experienced racism & hate from my family just for being white & I have ZERO tolerance for it. It’s NOT okay. No matter WHAT that person’s skin looks like. Period. Racism is not okay just because someone is “white” or “looks white.”

            You seem to know what the problem is but
            what is the solution? What do YOU feel is the answer to all of this? How does one help?

        • April 18, 2014 - Reply

          @AbigailTea

          Do we live in the same world?? We can’t because the world I live in is controlled, systematically set up and ran by “Whites”. Let’s stop being foolish and keep it real. Until people like you take your head out of your butt and realize that..

          If you want the real truth travel to South Africa. There whites were welcomed with open arms but now segregate themselves from the very people that opened up their lands to them. Not only that, the racism in South Africa (by whites towards the South Africans is rampant).

          Boost their big egos?? We don’t have to “boost their big egos”, the television does that, corporate does that, government does that. Let me… tell you a secrete Abagail, WHITES RUN THIS FREAKING PLANET!! Who runs this internet you run to everyday? Who owns NASA? Who owns the media? Who owns most big corporations? Who owns most of the Universities and Colleges? Who houses most of our ancient artifacts? Who owns most libraries? Who owns most prisons that house mostly black men? Who own the biggest and major militaries? Who ownthe stock market? Who own most major sports teams?

          You are clearly clueless and in need of a reality check.

          • April 18, 2014 - Reply

            @Ahabyah

            Abigail, shut up already, you silly, non-impact-having Bully. Your POV was that of a privileged Racist and everything you said after the 1st sentence just proved this Fact.

            Only Racist White people think their opinion verses are Living Experiences of Racism is more important. You can’t speak on this subject effectively because you’re White. So, sit down in a Stadium in all the damn seats and try and learn something.

            White people are born into a White, Racist Society which therefore makes them a Racist with all the privileges that are afforded to them for having that White skin. If they do not do the work, read the books and unlearn the Institution of Racism they will continue to be garbage minded, sociopathic, overly-aggressive monsters who can’t see that their Opinions must always be Fact Checked for Racism.

            You are a lost cause because you are too busy trying to dispute this woman’s POV and make her a stereotypical ABW when you are the Stereotype in this discussion = An Angry, Lying, Conscienceless, nonsympathetic moron who needs to blame Black people for being in a perceived inferior position that White people have done everything in their power to keep them in instead of trying to be a decent person and getting the hell out of our way.

            Your opinion was not needed or wanted. Shut your pie face and go read Racism 101.

            • April 23, 2014 - Reply

              @Jacque Michelle Golden-Raines

              I’ve been reading through this comment thread & your comments really stood out to me. I’m not sure if this is something you regularly rally for. Maybe you even consider yourself a positive & important voice for action for what you believe in.

              Whatever the case is, I’ve noticed that when someone’s opinion differs from yours, your response is to personally attack that person (not even their ACTUAL argument) & talk down to them. I’ve read Abigail’s comments & then read your replies & you are being way more of a bully than he/she is. The way you structure your responses lacks tact & maturity. I’m sure you’re a smart woman but your comments remind me of a child or teenage girl that gets way too angry & defensive & spews hateful garbage that lacks any reason & logic. Everyone is entitled to voice their opinion. EVERYONE. Including you.

              I think that you should re-evaluate the way you respond to people in this thread who have differing opinions from you. It’s ironic that you are speaking about & are heated about racism, yet you say things that are racist. Oh wait. I was born in India so I’m not “black” OR “white.” Does my opinion even count? Does that mean that I am not affected by “white privilege?” Why do you only point out “white people” specifically when there are plenty of people from ALL different ethnicities that hold power in government/law/etc.?

              I’ve experienced racism towards me AND my family from people of different ethnicities & skin tones but I don’t speak this hatefully about any specific group of people! That kind of hateful talk only perpetuates the cycle. Does it really make anything better? No, it doesn’t. Neither does telling someone to “shut your pie face” and go “read Racism 101.” My husband is white, no that does not automatically make him racist (he’s married to an Indian woman!), & he was not “born privileged.” He’s experienced racism & hate from my family just for being white & I have ZERO tolerance for it. It’s NOT okay. No matter WHAT that person’s skin looks like. Period. Racism is not okay just because someone is “white” or “looks white.”

              • April 23, 2014 - Reply

                @spareohs

                I posted a reply but it disappeared so I’ll try again.

                It
                appears that your entire response came from the POV of a Person of Color
                who is desperately trying to keep their place in the life of their
                Caucasian spouse. Everything you said smelled stinkingly of
                Respectability politics and you can be quiet now. You have earned your
                white card.

                Abby was rude and nasty to the original poster and I
                will respond to that racist and all racist accordingly. Fake-nice people
                like you will always demand that Black People watch their tone and respond
                kindly because you don’t see us as people deserving of the same respect
                afforded to you and whites and you can’t grasp the concept of Righteous
                Anger. Further, my Tone did Not negate my response but your stating the
                race of your husband negated every word you said by proving whose POV
                you are really trying to support (white power is not your friend Indian-Desi
                lady).

                Lastly, I don’t have the time to educate you and I
                suggest that you read Racism 101. But let me say this, my people calling
                out and shouting down Racists has worked for centuries but being silent
                and biting our tongue has worked for no one and has actually gotten us
                murdered.

                You know damn well that Indian-Desi Racism, African
                American Racism, Asian American Racism all have one thing in common =
                White Supremacy and the colonization of indigenous cultures therefore
                your I’m-in-love-with-a white-man-therefore-racism is over POV is just
                horrible and invalid.

                • April 23, 2014 - Reply

                  @Jacque Michelle Golden-Raines

                  White power? White card? What in the world are you talking about? Who is trying to earn a “white card?” What even is a white card? I’m speaking truth & am not “trying to support” anyone here.

                  I’m calling you out on the way you carry yourself on this thread because you are a bully & the things you say are laced with the very thing you are angry about: RACISM. Abby was not rude at all. The things you said to he/she & continue to say to me are way more rude than anything he/she said. He/She spoke her mind, just like you are. There is a way to disagree with someone & voice your opinion without being hateful & attacking someone that you don’t even know. That was my whole point. I wasn’t telling “black people” to “watch their tone.” I was telling you how you are coming across & that it does not help your cause in any way. It makes you look immature, illogical &: discredits what you have to say.

                  Once again, you fail to answer my question. Why is it only whites? There are plenty of people that are racist from all different ethnicities. You don’t have time to educate me? I said that racism is over? Where in my response did I say that? Everything that you said is in response to things that I NEVER said. I think you need to actually READ what I said instead of reading it as what you THINK I’m saying. It’s all there in plain text for you to read, yet you fail to even correctly comprehend what I’m saying. My POV comes as a person who realizes that hate does not help hate. My POV comes from someone who sees above & beyond ranting & raving about what the problem is. My POV comes as a person who is actually LOGICAL & REASONABLE.

                  I DO know DAMN well what “Indian-Desi Racism, African American Racism, Asian American Racism” all have in common but I do not speak the way you do. I choose to not be bitter & act like my anger is righteous. By the way, you don’t need to say “Indian-Desi.” Desi basically means Indian so that’s redundant….case in point.

                  Righteous anger is not what you think it is. Anger that gives birth to hateful speech & racist remarks is not righteous anger by any means. It’s foolishness & it shows.

                  No one told you or “black people” to bite your tongue or be silent. You have every right to voice your opinion, there’s just a way to do it with dignity & tact. I don’t need you to “educate me” & I hope that you spend the time that you would spend “educating” others to educate yourself. It sounds like you could use it.

                  • April 24, 2014 - Reply

                    @spareohs

                    Too long and too ridic. I scanned that mess of a response and not one line stood as adding to this convo. You’re just mad as heck because I pretty much called out your a**-kissing and anti-blackness. Now, get some more education on race relations, have that important discussion with your hubby on race relations and stop coming on forums to express your insecurity and outright racism.

                    • April 24, 2014 - Reply

                      @Jacque Michelle Golden-Raines

                      I had a strong feeling that you weren’t reading anything I was typing & you confirmed that feeling for me. 🙂 It also confirmed to me that you aren’t willing to be open minded enough to have a productive discussion without putting words in my mouth. That’s fine. I’m not angry at all, actually. I didn’t come here to kiss yours or anyone’s ass, please don’t flatter yourself that much.

                      I’m just appalled by your hate & anger & racist comments. It started with me thinking “wow…this person is actually saying these crazy things & believes that they are true.” There’s no changing your mind but that’s not why I responded. It was to give you an outside perspective on how ridiculous you sound.

                      Please stop making this about “black people” when it’s only about YOU. Obviously, you can’t be reasoned with & logic is beyond you. I have every right to come on here & express my opinion on this forum just like you do. Hope that one day you can see past the hate & anger that you carry in your heart. The only racist here is you.

                      • April 24, 2014 - Reply

                        @spareohs

                        Just stop. Your responses are getting more and more ‘poor me’ and ‘I’m colorblind and the exception’ and more ‘I’m going to shut you up Jacque.’ Just stop. You have nothing to prove to me and I have nothing to learn from you.

              • April 24, 2014 - Reply

                @spareohs

                Abigail shut up already u illusionist with your rederic your disposition is out of touch with the realities of blacks unarmed and seeking help being shot muder cover ups and Kendrick lamar cases including murder by cops televised on a weekly basis black women being sterilized in California recently and much more

          • April 21, 2014 - Reply

            @Ahabyah

            Actually Abagail. I am a beautiful, married educated so called “AA” woman. It is also obvious I am not delusional like some. As a woman that grew up in the “ghettos” of America” and managed to transition my life and mind according to how I would like my life to be I am aware of the white ruling class and their power/influence in society. Can you deny that they control most things useful to mankind? I’ll answer that. NO!

            I know many of my people are unfortunate. Some may believe or think they are accomplished and over came the “system” because of their ability to rise above the odds. Until we all have risen, a system design for our failure will do just that. You can’t deny any of what I said.

            There is opportunity for the strong, wise and privileged to overcome the system but most of my people suffer. Unless we win as a “group” we are defeated. Anyways, your very statement proves the point I was trying to make.

        • April 19, 2014 - Reply

          @AbigailTea

          Whites are the most militant. Even tho they they created the situation of white supremacy controlling our food water etc its up to us to take it back. Maat Hotep. Peace out.

        • April 19, 2014 - Reply

          @AbigailTea

          Now that’s a fact, Jack! If it’s going to be, it’s up to me

        • April 20, 2014 - Reply

          @AbigailTea

          Well put.Or otherwise put,does it occur to some of you bloggers that actually,many people of any race,once they have managed to get an education,a profession or a business and become successful through their own abilities,hard work dedication or a combination thereof,that they don’t really give a shit about these generalities of victimization and racism?People at the bottom of society are always going to be treated worse by the system.Not good but this is not a perfect world.There is no merit in encouraging people to wallow in their “victimhood”.Helping people to uplift themselves would be far better than this constant and useless complaining.

          • April 21, 2014 - Reply

            @MB640

            Oh, you sound like a parrot trained by the Jews. Your profile picture represents a “Black man,” but you should like as ignorant as they come. Now, evidently you must not realize that whether a person has a Ph.D or no degree, they are still N’s to the racist society we live in. As a “Black man” you should know it. All that nonsense you are talking about sounds like a fantasy world. OF COURSE there are successful people, but that does not diminish the fact that racism is alive and well. Blacks are being shot and killed left and right. What planet are you living on.

            Even our president has faced it, so please find a seat along with Abagail because you both sound as if you aren’t a part of reality.

            • April 21, 2014 - Reply

              @noirluv45

              Feel free to wallow in your self-pity.Maybe I am living in a fantasy world,which may be quite different from yours because I’m happy and absolutely not interested at all in what your experience is,what you have to say or your personal circumstances.

              • April 21, 2014 - Reply

                @MB640

                Self-pity? Where in my comment did I mention I had self-pity? Where in my comment did I mention I needed pity? You see, the problem with people like you is that you read things that aren’t there because your minds are twisted. My life is fab, boo. I just call a spade a spade. Maybe you should try it sometimes.

                Since you aren’t interested in what I have to say, then bounce. Don’t reply to my comments. I’m sure not giving two *you know what* about you.

                If you are so happy, then why are you whining and complaining about my POV. You do know this website is geared to women of color, right? I’m sure there are sites with people of your ilk that will care what you have to say.

              • April 22, 2014 - Reply

                @MB640

                What if I told you that you still get treated like a nigga even after you gain a multitude of degrees? My uncle drives a CLS Mercedes and gets pulled over by cops several times a year because they think he stole his car.

                Even though he’s a reputable professor teaching at a reputable university. Racism doesn’t go away with merit. You can walk into a convenience store wearing a Zegna suit and you’ll still get followed., if you’re a minority. If you live in a white suburban neighborhood and you’re a POC, God help you if you like bumping music when you wash your car.

                Racism doesn’t take sides. If you like following white stereotypes, you get called an oreo or a coconut. If you don;t, yo’re “ghetto”.

            • April 21, 2014 - Reply

              @noirluv45

              “…a parrot trained by the Jews.”

              I was listening until you started that foolishness. So much of what you say is dead-on true. Why go there?

          • April 27, 2014 - Reply

            @MB640

            racism doesn’t go away because you move up the ladder…smh. I swear you uncle toms need to breed yourselves out of existence.

            • April 27, 2014 - Reply

              @AlwaysBlossom

              Lol.Just don’t really care about your problems.

              • April 27, 2014 - Reply

                @MB640

                Yes, I’m cognizant of this, most sell out brainwashed Blacks don’t, that’s their job, to perpetuate White Supremacy and eagerly lap up their s**t.

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @CAsweetface

      Everything from SBM is straight trash.

      • April 17, 2014 - Reply

        @Riyo.Chiasa

        question, what the hell is SBM ?

        • April 17, 2014 - Reply

          @aguy

          ‘Single Black Male’. The weird thing is that about 99% of their articles aren’t at all about single black males.

      • April 19, 2014 - Reply

        @Riyo.Chiasa

        Many SBM expose the trash in truth format. Trash is cool then bcuz many ppl wanna copy these negus that created math science true hip hop before corruption. Amazing. And their are more single.black women. More black women are killing blacks with abortion birth control shots pills even more than black male thugs… more black women are supporting white supremacy within black fams and interracially combined together. Wasting billions on fake hair nails etc. White race made this happen with making of a slave its up to.blacks to fix it. Peace out.

        • April 19, 2014 - Reply

          @Neteru

          Ok confused and incoherent.

    • April 18, 2014 - Reply

      @CAsweetface

      Just because he does not have a victim mentality does not mean he is sugar coating or out of touch.

      • April 19, 2014 - Reply

        @AbigailTea

        I agree that people shouldn’t have a ‘woe is me’ thought process. But, racism exists. So, the ‘woe’ in question isn’t all a delusion.

    • April 19, 2014 - Reply

      @CAsweetface

      Pharrell is a tool to get black.ppl to get blacks to be docile and let whites get away with the white supremacy attacks on blacks and other indigenous ppl whites invaded. Who gave africans aids hepatitis sickle cell bp oil spills etc? Who acts like our friends and when we ask dem to transport our ppl other other part of africa and stole oir ppl? Who damn near wiped out native americans and wiped out an entire Tasmanian tribe? Who plundered the aboriginals in austrailia? Who. Started fuckin up the ecosystem overall?who puts children under hypnosis to have dem worship a white slave master aka jesis christ? White ppl. They will say and do anything to have them mainttain their dynasty legacy and get away with overall evil.

    • April 24, 2014 - Reply

      @CAsweetface

      So happy to be accepted by the mainstream? You mean had a talent and took advantage if it? Go become talented and you could do the same.

      You thibk white people just wake up every morning, eat breakfest, and wonder about how to hold down the black man.

  6. April 17, 2014 - Reply

    Someone correct me if I’m missing something, but Pharrell is basically saying he goes on about his business without factoring white folk in his priorities. What is wrong with that?

    “The “new black” doesn’t blame other races for our issues. The “new black” dreams and realizes that it’s not a pigmentation; it’s a mentality. And it’s either going to work for you, or it’s going to work against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re gonna be on”

    In other words, he does not have a slave mentality. Again, I ask, what is wrong with that, and why do shiftless Black people who have never done anything with their lives stay begging and complaining? White folks ain’t giving you sh!t. They want you to have nothing, and they abhor equality because they would rather not compete. Why would whites risk empowering the same people that they have robbed and raped? You have 500 years of concrete evidence and you’re still balling on the wrong side of the court.

    Leave this man alone and stop hating on him for getting his. Some of you have not the slightest clue what’s going on with the Voting Rights Act as it relates to Black folks, but you’re catching feelings because there’s a white chick on a damn CD. Pharrell is not responsible for your self esteem. He made a freaking album. Get over it.

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @Red Pill

      Red Pill, we are entitled to “hate” on him if we want. You are entitled to latch onto the doo doo he crapped out if you want. I don’t see it the way you do, so the one who really needs to get over it is YOU.

      HE said the “new Black” whatever the heck that means, doesn’t blame others for our issues AS IF WE DO BLAME OTHERS. Calling out racism isn’t BLAMING, it’s calling out the devil when we see it. What part of that isn’t clear to you or Pharrell. I don’t know one Black person blaming anyone; however, racism exists, pal, in case you don’t recognize it.

      Black people have been walking strong for over 500 years. We are some of the most imitated people on the planet, and what the world sees via the media is not who we are.

      So you, Pharrell, and everyone else with that mantra can take that b.s. and shove it.

      • April 17, 2014 - Reply

        @noirluv45

        Miss, you really haven’t pointed out anything that I’m missing.

        There is nothing to latch onto and nothing for me to get over. You are the one whining about a man that owes you nothing. Pharrell Williams is productive, successful, raising a Black family, and employs plenty Black people. What are you doing with your life besides b!tch and moan because you’re worried that white chicks look better than you?

        Perhaps your problem is with comprehension. Nowhere did Pharrell or myself allude that racism does not exist. And yes, you are actually blaming Pharrell for your self esteem or lack thereof. Sadly, when it comes down to it, that is essentially what you’re doing.

        • April 17, 2014 - Reply

          @Red Pill

          I cosign that positive message focus on what you can control be positive work hard but this is not “New” and did not start with Pharrell. Crap like this feeds into the right wing propaganda that the results that AA have has over the years is SOLELY based on their efforts or (lack thereof ) and that institutionalized racism does not exist.

          The problem is people don’t let black people be the “new black'”! Innocent black people still die and innocent children are still undereducated and black people face hard time on the job market because of their skin color….ect. I guess we should ignore these problems and claim “the new Black”. The truth is Racism and capitalism have trampled the potential of black people in this country and thwarted their self-determination.

          In our quest to prove how self aware evolved and post racial we are, many of us have no problem throwing our ancestors and the black community under the bus. Basically according to Pharells definition of the”new black” before his success there was was an “old black” that just sat down did nothing and blamed other races for their issues. Guess All these years No one had a positive outlook, dreamed, worked hard and was determined to make it despite the odds before Him Jay Z and em ??? This is one of the worst combinations of arrogance ignorance and being ahistorical ever.

          Do you see the problem now ?

          • April 17, 2014 - Reply

            @That guy

            Exactly. A few short decades ago the GOVERNMENT was allowed to sic dogs on Black people who were merely standing in line to vote. For these clowns to totally dismiss all the Black people (and many Whites as well) who risked or lost their lives fighting for our rights is beyond ignorant.

          • April 17, 2014 - Reply

            @That guy

            @That Guy,

            I get your gripe, but I believe that Pharrell is contrasting a new Black ideology against an old one that has never worked. With all due respect, the civil rights movement culminated in a nation of able-bodied people begging for crumbs in a rigged system. That is just dumb.

            People have a choice on how to approach adversity. I find that Blacks approach it in a defective way, while Jews approach it in a healthy way. The former is defeatist, while the latter is proactive. As a result, Jews are truly nationalistic and Blacks perpetually dependent.

            Pharrell is infinitely more powerful than all the these “activists” sitting on their behinds whining. Because he is empowered, his goodwill actually means something. Theirs mean nothing, and will remain so.

            I already established why Black folks should expect nothing from whites, so the rest of your argument is moot. I don’t care what the right wing propaganda machine is cranking. I care that Black children have responsible parents.

            • April 21, 2014 - Reply

              @Red Pill

              Yep.Pharrell is fine and the whining “activists” are in fact whining only and contribute nothing to the upliftment of themselves or anybody else by their incessant complaining.Maybe if they redirected their emphases and energies they would actually be doing some good.

          • April 17, 2014 - Reply

            @That guy

            So you really are ” that guy’

        • April 17, 2014 - Reply

          @Red Pill

          Red Pill, you are the typical a-hole that talks a whole lotta nothing because you don’t listen. You are too busy sucking Pharrell private parts to hear what’s being said. Now, let me reiterate what I said so you clearly understand.

          I don’t know this Negro, thus he doesn’t owe me anything, and if you can find where I said he did, then show me. Until you do, STFU. Yes, there’s a whole lot for you to get over. Get over your arrogant stank attitude.

          Also, nowhere did I said it had anything to do with White women looking better than me. Where did you read that? You didn’t, so apparently, you are seeing things. Before you start attributing comments to me that aren’t made, I suggest you sit down and again, STFU. There is no woman on this earth I envy, and I surely don’t envy White women. You wanted to know what I do with my life? Well, clown, here it is: I have a strong Black man in my life, have raised kids and have grandkids. I’m doing fine, thank you very much? What about you? You have nothing better to do than to show up here and run your mouth about nothing. I’m very active in my community. What about you?

          Perhaps your problem is comprehension. It’s clear you lack it. I’m not blaming Pharrell for my self-esteem because I have that, sweetheart. I’m just calling him on his color struck, behind. He should just admit it instead of spouting foolishness.

          As far you, you and your ilk CLEARLY have self-esteem issues or you wouldn’t be on here talking all this nonsense about something you know nothing about – that something is ME. Now, you can bow out.

          • April 17, 2014 - Reply

            @noirluv45

            I’m not reading your hood rat ramblings. You’re officially too stupid and angry to engage.

            Pharrell is not your daddy. Pharrell is not responsible for your self esteem. It’s called Self Esteem. The Esteem of your Self.

            • April 18, 2014 - Reply

              @Red Pill

              And you are the reason why so few people care about the Black male. You are the typical little boy that needs to denigrate other Black folk to make yourself feel important. You are no different than the young men who spray bullets that kill innocent bystanders. You have the same sick mentality. You are the reason why the George Zimmerman’s of the world walk away scott free. No one respects you and others pay the price.

              • April 18, 2014 - Reply

                @jmjg

                And you clearly have a low IQ, a low self-esteem and nothing to offer to the discourse. I am not your daddy. Go seek attention somewhere else.

                • April 18, 2014 - Reply

                  @Red Pill

                  Nirvana? Is it you?

                  off topic: why do some people think saying to others that they have low IQs makes them look intelligent? Don’t you have anything else to prove your point?

                  You’re on a site geared towards black women and every one of them has the right to express her opinions. I am getting tired to read your useless rants about others IQs or self esteem. Show us the results of your IQ test or shut the fuck up and grow up.

                  And please do not attack my IQ it might prevent me from sleeping at night hehehe

                  • April 18, 2014 - Reply

                    @eve-audrey

                    Don’t forget his pathetic rants about black women/white men couplings and self-hatred under all his other names: SMH, Nirvana, Red Pill, etc. This man is damaged. I’m convinced his black girlfriend left his ass for a white man and I say good for her.

                    • April 18, 2014 - Reply

                      @Ask_Me

                      Sooo you confirm nirvana/redpill/whatever is a man? We got in an epic argument last month about colorism and nirvana strangely did not tell me he was a man, but did not miss to call me stupid lol. Now i understand better his verbal attacks on black women who dare thinking outside the box.

                      What i do not understand is why does this kind of individual keep visiting blogs geared towards black women?

                      • April 18, 2014 - Reply

                        @eve-audrey

                        Girl…I confirmed it MONTHS ago. The guy calls himself stalking me on here…LOL. I messed up his whole world when he found out I married a white man.

                        HE goes by several different names on here. One of the writers even called him out on it when he called her “stupid” or something like that.

                        He tends to switch his gender when it suits him. For example, I clearly remember “him” referring to himself as a woman when he was operating under the name “Red Pill” on another post.

                        The only problem here is HE tends to say the SAME ridiculous bullshit under every name. So, it’s obvious to see it’s him operating under a different name.

                        I will start pointing this out when I see him under different names on various post. I’m convinced he is one of the people here who replies to himself and high-fives his own comments under different names.

                        The bottom line is this individual is a TROLL. Why does he visit a blog catered to black women? Because he is lonely as hell. Poor thing probably doesn’t have much luck with black women in real life. One thing is for sure, he is bitter and angry.

                      • April 19, 2014 - Reply

                        @eve-audrey

                        We didn’t get into anything. I never called you stupid, but I certainly did expose exactly what you are. And I have since been subjected to your relentless fanaticism lol. See my comment on your IQ above and find something productive to do.

                        • April 19, 2014 - Reply

                          @Red Pill

                          Expose what i am? I missed that part lol and i am doing something productive, paving my way to sucess in my professionnal life and doing everything i can to avoid the likes of you in real life.

                          Soooo where’s the result of that IQ test you took? I’m still waiting

                    • April 19, 2014 - Reply

                      @Ask_Me

                      Lol. You’re still begging for attention, huh?

                      Facts:

                      – You claim to be happily married to a white guy.

                      – You are constantly on here b!tching, moaning and generalizing rabid nonsense about Black men.

                      In other words, you have got to be certified crazy.

                      I don’t understand why you are so angry, when all I do is call out your usual BS when I see it. You are starkly simple, and we are not on the same plane. You pretty much give me jokes, and I actually think you’re cute in a slow chihuahua kind of way.

                      You’re not the only one who has ever faced rejection. You’re entirely too old to be acting out like this. Let it go. You’ve got the wrong person. I’m not into bitter mammies that only have a “gated white community” and an HBCU education to brag about.

                  • April 19, 2014 - Reply

                    @eve-audrey

                    Lol. When I say that someone’s IQ is low, it is because it indeed is. The statement stands on itself first as my deduction of their mental capacity, backed by emotional rambling. It’s essentially dismissive, because it usually is directed at wild hounds that decide to deviate from topic to pounce on me with meaningless ad hominem. It’s not about how I “feel” about people begging for my attention, It couldn’t be. It’s about saving my time. Engaging people of lower intelligence is worthless to me. Have I answered your question? I ask because your IQ isn’t high either; just not as low as theirs lol.

                    • April 19, 2014 - Reply

                      @Red Pill

                      Blablablablabla IQ is scientific you obviously aren’t a scientific so no one cares about your standards. And frankly i’d say a black woman who avoids the likes of you in real life is smart. Very smart but… to each his own.

                      You are the one who’s begging for people attention stalking and harrassing people on a site geared towards them and where you are obviously not welcome.

                      You behave like a white troll who hates black people but keeps trolling them on their spaces. Except you stalk black women. You’d rather staying on here and insulting us than taking yourself elsewhere isn’t that cute?

                      And all that because you are butt hurt when are you going to be honest?

                      Clown.

                      • April 19, 2014 - Reply

                        @eve-audrey

                        You’re clearly an emotional id!ot and I can’t help you, sorry. You can remain a fan from a distance.

                        • April 19, 2014 - Reply

                          @Red Pill

                          Hahaha
                          Rabid monkeys? It’s getting serious. Still did not answer my two questions why are you still here and where’s that test which proves you have a high IQ? And if IQ is not scientific nor reliable why do you keep bringing it up in arguments?

                          You actually make me laugh keep answering to me i love you nirvana. But i can’t help but feeling sorry for the (black)women around you in real life. If there’s any. Having your IQ questionned every time you disagree with an angry clown must be tiresome. But hey better them than me.

                        • April 20, 2014 - Reply

                          @Red Pill

                          Hahahaha editing your comments?
                          That was your last joke.

                          Clown.

                          There were not many black guys in my school and i frankly do not give a damn about who they date. Quit thinking that every woman wants your d!cks.

                          Clown.

                • April 19, 2014 - Reply

                  @Red Pill

                  My IQ is high enough to be a doctor and a lawyer, call up the North Country in NY and ask around for that Black OBGYN: lawyer. They will let you know I am here.

                  • April 20, 2014 - Reply

                    @jmjg

                    Isn’t he funny? Please do not take his attacks seriously he only has two insults: your IQ and your self esteem. Probably because both are very low in himself.

                  • April 21, 2014 - Reply

                    @jmjg

                    You’re still another irrelevant dumb and angry mammy, and I don’t care.

              • April 18, 2014 - Reply

                @jmjg

                Thank you!!!!!!

          • April 21, 2014 - Reply

            @noirluv45

            Bow out,Red Pill.You are really getting under this person’s skin.The abuse is escalating!Haha!

            • April 21, 2014 - Reply

              @MB640

              Lol. It’s okay; they’re all fans and I do appreciate them. Even the hurt and retarded ones.

      • April 18, 2014 - Reply

        @noirluv45

        No one has to latch onto anything, but thinking for yourself changes everything. We know racism exists, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t work to dismantle it by creating our own opportunities that will greatly empower our people. We are not who the media says we are, but we need create our own media that can show the world otherwise, other than that, it’s all talk.

        How can we talk about so called unity when we don’t even respect each other? We can all have different opinions and you don’t have to agree with an individual, but show respect to them. I make no apologies about how I think, because I reject any ideology that tells me I’m less than, regardless of who it comes from.

        • April 18, 2014 - Reply

          @Von

          You are right, Von! Point taken.

        • April 18, 2014 - Reply

          @Von

          Liked

      • April 21, 2014 - Reply

        @noirluv45

        Of course you are blaming racism for your lack of everything.And yes ,you do need to get over it.

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @Red Pill

      I agree it’s not at all similar to what Kevin Hart said which was that racism doesn’t exist. I am guessing many focused on the first part of his statement which can be interpreted as giving white people a break by not acknowleding the effect systemic racism has had on our collective success. However, you make an excellent point they have proved they are not going to help us get ANYTHING in this country so it’s we should continue to make our own way which is possible!

      • April 19, 2014 - Reply

        @Aishley

        They are all crazy and insecure, and obviously can’t read. The bottom-line is that this thread has more than 100 angry comments because there’s a white chick on a CD.

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @Red Pill

      What a laugh coming from you, mr I hate whitey but secretly covet their validation smh

      • April 17, 2014 - Reply

        @Tonididitonem

        Okay, bush broad. It’s obvious you can barely read or put a coherent thought together. You continue to embarrass yourself. All that confusion and self hatred must be daunting. Good for you lol.

        • April 17, 2014 - Reply

          @Red Pill

          Yawwwwwwwwwn typical black people go to phrase “self hate”. I’m nigerian sorry I don’t share in your racial history hence why I harbor no resentment. You’re an embarrassment and an angry black man. I’m scared of you.

          • April 18, 2014 - Reply

            @Tonididitonem

            Thank you.

          • April 18, 2014 - Reply

            @Tonididitonem

            Yawwwwwwn your kind always resorts to insults or violence. No other options.

  7. April 17, 2014 - Reply

    The main reason why I have no respect for the Pharrells, Kobes, Jay Z’s, usual suspects etc. is that I can only compare them with Black MEN like Harry Belafonte, James Baldwin, etc. These men not only didn’t shuck and jive and tell Black folks to stop complaining: they raised hell during an era when Black people were shot and killed for sport.

    Actually, Black folks are still killed for sport in this country, and these nouveau negroes aren’t half the men their elders are/were. They should be ashamed.

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @vintage3000

      Perfectly said, it just seems like a generational thing with many of these black male celebrities.

      They are so fearful that someone is going to come and take away all there goodies.

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @vintage3000

      Well said Vintage! This is so simple to me but clearly from reading some folks above it’s a hard PILL to swallow. *side eye.* Looking in the mirror isn’t easy for some but behaving like a sheep is.

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @vintage3000

      This is so true! And there seems to be an overall problem with this whole generation of men (not just the celebrities)…not just when it comes to racial issues but responsability in general. It feels like somewhere between Belafonte and Jay-Z, the education changed. Or should i say lack thereof.

    • April 18, 2014 - Reply

      @vintage3000

      They raised hell during that era because they had an agenda, what agenda do we have now? Not one. We talk about these so called successful blacks and how how they’re disconnected from the realities of some of us, but forget that we’re the ones who are still some of their main financial supporters just because they’re simply black.

      Most of you tend to ignore the fact that classism also exists among our people and like individuals are going to support each other, all the while we finance their economical endeavors thinking that it’s helping us as a collective. They don’t and never have because it’s all about self-interest and nothing else.

      Don’t get mad at his message, he’s just taking the courage and seeing his opportunities available to him in a different light. None of us are half the men and women our elders were, because all we are now are digital gangsters talking smack from behind our keyboards.

      The real action is on the streets of America, that’s the “New Black” and taking charge without worrying about what white folks think or say. It takes courage to think for yourself without following the same thought process of other’s and Pharrell is defining that for himself without our approval. Just imagine if we all had the courage and thought like him without worrying about the vitriol and marginalization from other black folk.

      We’re not building any empowering movements on Twitter as many of you seem to think. All I see is nothing but posturing, bullying and name-calling. Mocking Pharrell is not nation building, it’s simply high school crap to me and what does he have to be ashamed about? Nothing..

      • April 18, 2014 - Reply

        @Von

        Unless you have cyberspace ESP, you have no idea what folks on the Internet are working on when not commenting on message boards. In my personal community, I have been working with a food justice group to advocate for fresher food options in our Brooklyn district. Pharrell’s coining new racial phrases for himself doesn’t mean ish to me, and has no bearing on any of the realities of my daily life.

        But you can use this opportunity to define what you are doing, besides adamantly defending wealthy celebs who create new racial census boxes for themselves in their attempts to distance themselves from regular Black folks? While you are thinking about that, ask yourself if you hear any other POC referring to themselves as New Asian, New Hispanic, etc. It’s only Black celebs who broadcast this ignorant ish from the rooftops, and anyone who does not fall in line with this is termed a hater.

        ” what agenda do we have now? Not one”

        If you don’t think there are any pressing social agendas in this country being addressed by Black folks en masse, maybe you should log off the entertainment boards and join the real world. How do you think we got a Black president voted in 2x? If you want to talk about AUTHENTIC New Black, many of the coalitions in NYC that worked to support Pres. Obama have helped strengthen Brooklyn as NYC’s newest center of Black political power (replacing Harlem). How did many of those coalitions start? -by folks having discussing their AGENDAS from their Facebook groups, blog posts, etc. Plus, it seems you also don’t grasp the importance of Internet advocacy. It was a changedotorg petition that got George Zimmerman arrested after months of people of all races having discussions online about the tragedy of this case, and everyone knows by now (except you, apparently since you want to disparage twitter) that Black twitter is helping to address how media refers to Black American pop culture. And when I say address, I don’t mean it’s just Black folks sitting around complaining. Many of the people black twitter have put on blast have apologized or clarified their inflammatory comments.

        All that to say, if you had actually defined how Pharrell is revolutionary and new, everything you typed might have provided some food for thought in this discussion. Instead you are merely riding his coattails and being his mouthpiece.

        • December 13, 2014 - Reply

          @vintage3000

          Thank you fellow Brooklynite. 🙂

    • April 18, 2014 - Reply

      @vintage3000

      White people at the end of the day do not dictate our future. You have the power to be a productive citizen regardless of all the garbage that racist white people throw.

      • April 18, 2014 - Reply

        @AbigailTea

        No one SAID White people dictate our future, Abigail! However, White supremacy (look up the definition) creates a power structure that affects everyone. You need to wise up before you speak.

        • April 18, 2014 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          White supremacy? WHERE specifically? At Washington D.C. or under the table?

          ALL white people are in the agenda? WHO specifically?
          How is that stopping blacks form being successful? That is apesh!t. You STILL are finding every little excuse to ignore lack of accountability.
          You cannot end racism. It will always be here!

          • April 18, 2014 - Reply

            @AbigailTea

            Since you are working overtime to discredit the role institutionalized racism has in this country, and how it affects us: maybe you can explain why Marissa Alexander is sitting in a jail cell for shooting AT her husband, and it took months for Zimmerman to simply be arrested for murder? Since we are all in charge of our own destiny, can you explain why the law does not seem to work the same for us? Why it was allowed for the Zimmerman trial to PROHIBIT THE DISCUSSION OF RACE OR RACISM during the trial, when everybody, even folks overseas, were crying about what a racist travesty this whole thing was? What if Trayvon or Jordan Davis were in your family; would you still be blathering on about ‘my nephew/son/brother/etc. was new Black, and we create our own destiny in this country, etc. so stop blaming white folks for everything?’ There is still an element of White people in this country who do not regard as human beings, and unfortunately they still have the power to affect many of us who are doing either the right thing, or in Marissa Alexander’s case–the same thing many terrified, abused White women have done. Yet they get to go home to their kids.

            There are plenty of places for you to preach to slackers asking for handouts. There is no one like that here, so you need to find your audience.

          • April 18, 2014 - Reply

            @AbigailTea

            You. Your name. You specifically. And, I agree racism will always be here because of racists like you who will make sure that it is because you need to keep that white supremacy in place and keep those perks and benefits.

            As for personal accountability, when you White people own up to the devastation you have caused around the world and to my Black people we will then agree with you.

          • April 21, 2014 - Reply

            @AbigailTea

            i kinda disagree with that. i believe racism is a concept that is taught, and that therefore, so long as it is taught it will remain. but when it ceases to be propagated by parents/adults/society at large, it will go away.

        • April 21, 2014 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          Poor noirluv45.Go and find something productive to do and maybe you can get out from under the control of the all-white power system which is oppressing you or maybe you need to stay where you are and be oppressed.Enjoy!

          • April 21, 2014 - Reply

            @MB640

            Would you shut up, troll. I’m here because this site is geared to BLACK WOMEN. A bit dog hollers the loudest. If you want to dispute racism, then why not join them over at Stormfront.org or another White supremacist site. They loved colored people like you.

            Don’t blame me because you are White washed and pathetic. Not only that, you are mental. I never said I was oppressed. So not only can you not read, but you can’t comprehend. At least I’m real about life. You probably would like your master’s boots. I know your type.

            • April 21, 2014 - Reply

              @noirluv45

              Have no clue what this site is about or geared to.Just came upon some blogs by chance.Don’t care.Enjoy.Over and out.

      • April 18, 2014 - Reply

        @AbigailTea

        Who the hell is talking about White people?!

    • April 18, 2014 - Reply

      @vintage3000

      Preach . . . tell it like it is!

      Then these same Black Men have insulted Belafonte. Would they be where the are if Harry hadn’t taken a stand?

      As in the words of the great Fannie Lou Hahmer (sp on her name forgive me)”I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired!”

      But you know what you can do BOYCOTT their music and whatever products they endores!

      BOYCOTT!

      • April 18, 2014 - Reply

        @G

        Yup! I think too many Black people under a certain age place too much emphasis on hip hop culture’s relevance in our status in this country. I grew up in the seventies, but I still had an awareness of the prior generations work during the civil rights movement. I truly don’t know how Jay Z could publicly fix his lips to refer to Harry Belafonte as “boy”, considering how many times that man has been arrested, called the n-word, etc. And remember when Jay Z was upset a few years ago because a luxury alcohol brand (can’t remember the name) stated they did not want to be associated with hip hop after they overheard Jay bragging about how much he loved him some whatever their drink was. Well Jay Z’s feelings got hurt, and he complained to the press that these white folks were racist, they hated Black people, blah. Maybe they are, or perhaps they just didn’t want their old money European brand being touted by a bunch of loud, ignorant ninjas in their rap videos. I only brought that up to say, now we see how much Jay has changed his tune with that Barneys controversy. He and the Pharrells of the world want to tell Black folks to be all philosophical about any perceived racism as long as it doesn’t affect them personally. I think this mindset is corresponds with how many 000’s are in these negroes’ bank accounts.

        And G you are 100x correct: BOYCOTT! Pharrell doesn’t need my little coins but that sure doesn’t mean I’m not going to be mindful of who I support financially.

        • April 21, 2014 - Reply

          @vintage3000

          exactly! i’m sure all the guccis and dolce and gabanas and armanis and their brands would deign to even hire a black person, and yet foolish black entertainers love nothing more than to rep these companies for free in their lyrics and videos. stupidity, all of it

        • April 22, 2014 - Reply

          @vintage3000

          When that arrogant SOB referred to a music icon, legendary in not only music bringing African American beat to the forefront/mainstream but an icon in the civil rights movement as a boy, it literally broke me.

          I was sad and embarrassed . Never mind all this here is an elder the lack of respect, is overwhelming.

        • December 13, 2014 - Reply

          @vintage3000

          This this this this!!!!

    • April 20, 2014 - Reply

      @vintage3000

      Actually Pharrell,Kobe,Jayzee,Tiger,Michael Jordan,Barack and thousand of others maybe millions,all in their own ways, are doing a hell of a lot for black people.They are becoming rich,powerful and successful,all the things the white “oppressors”,according to you,are.You do see why your position makes no sense,don’t you?If what black people lack,as you imply,is economic power and white people have used economic power to control the world and oppress black people,how can you attack successful blacks for achieving same?Illogical and basically just pure nonsense.

      • April 22, 2014 - Reply

        @MB640

        Shut up.

        • April 22, 2014 - Reply

          @vintage3000

          Why? You people are so funny.I’m getting a good laugh.

  8. April 17, 2014 - Reply

    I actually think this article reinforces why Pharell feels that way; he didn’t say he wasn’t new black b/c of the things mention, but rather it seems that’s a subconscious of how he feels. I will say I’m shocked people are shocked by his comments; NERD let me know who he was before he went mainstream.

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @Child Please

      What?

      • April 17, 2014 - Reply

        @jmjg

        I’ll repeat myself: I actually think this article reinforces why Pharell feels that way; he didn’t say he wasn’t new black b/c of the things mention, but rather it seems that’s a subconscious of how he feels. I will say I’m shocked people are shocked by his comments; NERD let me know who he was before he went mainstream.
        —-
        The article gives reasons why Pharell feels that way, which he inadvertently states anyway. He thinks b/c he’s made it he monetarily, he doesn’t have to prove anything with regards to being black. I thought that much was obvious…

  9. April 17, 2014 - Reply

    He is coming up with all this BS rationalization and justifications because he doesn’t want to answer the real question, that is; If all the women around you are black, then why are they not good enough to be on your album covers!? If you have multiple women on you album, why can’t ONE of them look black!? And do you see any white male artistes putting blacks women exclusively on their cover ? I will never put my cape on for this ish! And Pharell using his wife to prove that he loves black women is the same as using robin thick son to represent blacks….

    Hood clowns get money and become the authority on all kinds if issues. But here’s the thing, this guy is trying to sell records an appeal to a certain audience and u can clearly see its not the black audience. Now, if he tell the truth and say he is cooning for white hipsters and money, I would be much more forgiving and all this new age crap rationalization wouldn’t be necessary.

    But, Please be patient and understanding with him. Pharrell has “made it” so to speak. He is wealthy and famous. However he has contracted OJ Simpson/Clarence Thomas disease. It is a disease that affects the reasoning centers of the brain as well as the vision centers of the brain.( Vision Centers;- You no longer see injustice, racism, and hatred towards blacks and other minorities, Your vision becomes a lovely rosy shade)…. [Reasoning Centers;- Your logical thought process become clouded and confused. You see yourself as accepted and separated/better than those who share your same hue.}

    Sorry, Pharrell. At the end of the day, you’re still just a New Negro with money and no sense of identity or integrity.

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @That guy

      I like this. 🙂

  10. April 17, 2014 - Reply

    Chile, sit down with the “New Black” talk. At the end of the day, no one cares.

  11. April 17, 2014 - Reply

    somebody needs a “nigga wake-up call”

  12. April 17, 2014 - Reply

    Daaaaaaaaang! I wasn’t even mad (or even cared) about the album cover and ignored all those articles, but THIS?!!!!!…Doesn’t the new black realize that only white men are signing his checks and not b/c no one else is applying for those jobs? I…just…cannot.

  13. April 17, 2014 - Reply

    Watching Pharrell’s discuss his theory of ‪#‎TheNewBlack‬ on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network was disappointing but not surprising.

    Pharrell, are #TheNewBlack exempt from getting arrested on the front porches of their own homes even though they work at Harvard University and summer in Martha’s Vineyard? Are #TheNewBlack exempt from racial profiling and driving while black? Are #TheNewBlack exempt from disparate health outcomes? Are #TheNewBlack exempt from increased infertility rates and infant mortality rates? Are #TheNewBlack exempt from microaggressions? Are #TheNewBlack exempt from communities that have restrictive covenants? Are #TheNewBlack exempt from having family members unjustly deported? Are #TheNewBlack exempt from being marginalized and demonized by centuries old stereotypes that eventually become policies? Are #TheNewBlack exempt from the impact of Black women rendered invisible when they are assaulted, raped and murdered?

    RACISM is a STRUCTURAL force that is alive and active. We can no longer afford to conflate interpersonal bigotry with structural racism. They are not the same. THE STAKES ARE TOO HIGH. ‪#‎CallMePharrell‬

  14. April 17, 2014 - Reply

    If people don’t get out and vote during these mid-terms, he’s going to be the “new and restored” Negro. Living in VA where we voted like crazy to keep those two nuts out of office, when’s the last time he’s been home or talked to his parents?

  15. April 17, 2014 - Reply

    Well actually Pharrell’s new black isn’t new after all–it is actually pretty old–as old as Uncle Tom; perhaps he should rename himself the “new” Uncle Tom. That would be more accurate.

  16. April 17, 2014 - Reply

    I don’t know what to think of Pharrell.

  17. April 17, 2014 - Reply

    Pharrell seems out of touch to me. He might need a wake up call to be brought back to reality.

    • April 18, 2014 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      It’s his reality that he created and lives in and it seems to be working for him. Our realities are what we create in spite of what’s out there. Some folks are delusional, while his is actual.

  18. April 18, 2014 - Reply

  19. April 18, 2014 - Reply

    The fact that you radicals hate this peaceful level headed man says a lot about you in the first place.

    • April 18, 2014 - Reply

      @AbigailTea

      Radicals?

      I am sooooo glad peaceful coloreds like you did not hold us back during the civil rights movement.

  20. April 18, 2014 - Reply

    Not all black people have to agree with you. This is what some of you extremists on here do not understand. You don’t have ownership on pharrel’s mind. He is a reasonable/rational person and that upsets you. He is an intellectual individual not a piece on a monolithic group.

    It is you militants who are holding our community back. You blame all of your personal downfalls on someone else and when every-time someone like Pharrell tells us to be positive and fight against the obstacles, you try to falsely claim that as something negative.

    If you think the solution to your problems in life will be to end racism you are mistaken. How can you end that? How hard is it to be a productive citizen, regardless of the garbage racist people throw at you? The last time I checked white people did not stop me from graduating suma cum lade, nor did they stop me from receiving an internship. Racism will ALWAYS exist, it is up to YOU to decide how you will handle it and what pathway you will take to be the best person that you can be.

    • April 18, 2014 - Reply

      @AbigailTea

      Exactly. There will always be an idiot in the world who thinks I’m worthless based on the color of my skin, how I talk, or where I come from but none of that has or will stop me from succeeding. So for that I’d much rather focus on being positive and doing my part in uplifting others not structures that are holding me back. I don’t have to agree with Pharrell’s ideas or anyone’s for that matter to do so.

  21. April 18, 2014 - Reply

    I’m sorry but I can’t agree with this article. Pharrell didn’t forget racism exists because he was not asked if it still exists. He was asked about the shenanigans that Twitter drummed up when his cover was released. He then responded with his thoughts on the situation which led into the one tidbit the author decided to take out of context and apply it to something so huge such as racism. Pharrell doesn’t have the answers to the black community’s woes and he has no control over who gets profiled. Oprah doesn’t even have control. Yet when she got profiled she didn’t go into a rant about how racism holds us down or white people are this and that. Pharrell’s views are valid and they are HIS. Some people are of the belief that what you focus on perpetuates or manifests (Oprah). So some choose not to focus on racism and that’s completely fine. Just because you don’t focus on the woes of the world doesn’t necessarily mean you’re blind to it or that it doesn’t exist. Once again I feel like all of the problems of black america are being heaped onto a celebrity to be accountable for. Your album cover must be a perfect representation of black women or your against us and your personal experiences and thoughts on life must be in line with what real “blackness” is, if not you are blind.

    What’s even more crazy folks took it upon themselves on twitter to call a light skin woman they don’t even know racially ambiguous or not black or not dark enough in the name of supporting dark skin women (which is racist) but Pharrell’s mindset is out of touch. That don’t add up to me.

    Maybe Oprah didn’t mention her incident because she doesn’t want to give it anymore power or significance in her life, plus that’s not what they were there for. The interview was about Pharrell not the state of race relations in America. Pharrell’s idea of new black is not the end all be all it’s just a thought and he’s allowed to have HIS thought. No one should be judged or deemed “wrong” because their thought processes aren’t what the majority wants to hear or are what a black person shouldn’t think about racism or blackness as whole… whatever that is. Because at the end of the day black is a lot of things than just those 3 tweets that got picked. Just like Pharrell isn’t here to make sure black women are represented he’s not here to say racism still exists either.

  22. April 18, 2014 - Reply

    I really wish that Pharrell would sit down and hush.

  23. April 18, 2014 - Reply

    […] After his recent interview with Oprah, Pharrell Williams dragged over the coals by Black Twitter for the following statement (ht Clutch Magazine): […]

  24. April 18, 2014 - Reply

    So I guess Shanesha Taylor of Arizona didn’t get the “New Black” memo? Wait a minute, neither did I!

    You know what? I like Pharrell, but I am damn tired of his attention seeking antics!

  25. April 18, 2014 - Reply

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  26. April 19, 2014 - Reply

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  27. April 19, 2014 - Reply

    I’m confused, is he saying racism doesn’t exist or that fornthe “new Blacks” it’s not an excuse? I agree with the latter. Yes racism exists, it has always existed, but it is not our biggest issue. Our issue now IS mental. Only we can fix it. Yes the damage was done buy the powers that be, but we have the power to transform and heal. Stop the blame game and start taking responsibility for your present and future.

  28. April 19, 2014 - Reply

    didn’t that nigga just make a song about moving dope?

  29. April 19, 2014 - Reply

    Poor comprehension? What he meant was that we can’t continue to use being Black as an excuse to not try new things and free ourselves of the limitations of the past. So many Blacks are soaring to NEW heights because they didn’t focus on their color and thus expanded their thinking and creativity. The crabs are always waiting to haul you back into the race bucket and play the same old song about being black and incapacitated. Can we just be whatever we see ourselves being? Do we have to fit the racial stereotypes and swim in the hatred pool? We over worry race. Time to clear our minds of that ol’ impediment and rise to the occasion because ain’t nothing holding us back but us and our hatred and jealousy of each other. If we could just let go of that… well, we’d be soaring above the haters not walking with them.

  30. April 19, 2014 - Reply

    Yep, it’s a definitely a mentality that makes African Americans the prime targets of hate crimes, unbalanced sentencing rates, and police brutality.

    Yep, definitely no outside factors there.

  31. April 19, 2014 - Reply

    SMH, our black nation is so screwed up, we’re putting labels on our color now. #FarBehind

  32. April 19, 2014 - Reply

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  33. April 19, 2014 - Reply

    Maybe that Pharrell has actually experienced, and is not understanding, is that the real discrimination in this country is not whether you are black or white, but whether you are rich or poor.

  34. April 19, 2014 - Reply

    The black bourgeois do this all the time. No surprise here by his comments despite the fact that they are wrong.

  35. April 19, 2014 - Reply

    It is said that mentality is the assistant to will and with the proper amount of will as well as determination one can do anything, but what I think many don’t understand is the fact that each person is different and as such each person’s life is different. The right amount of “will” will always get you where you need to go but the level needed is always different for each person. This man’s mentality bolstered his will to get him to this level. He merely wishes to display that a positive attitude can carry you pretty far being people like being around positive people be them wishing that person best wishes or worst. The new black the old black these are just words to help with taglines. Be happy and determined so that your “will” will get you where you need to be and don’t ever blame someone else for you failures unless you are also going to blame them for your victory because either way if this is how you think you are telling the world that you are only as good or bad as other people make you, which shows that you will is commanded by someone else instead of you. That you are a follower in your own life and not a leader

  36. April 20, 2014 - Reply

    At the end of the day, Pharrell is a professional who is on this earth to share his gift. The comments that I read through on here were far more worse than the comment Pharrell initially made, which is what got this whole dialogue started in the first place. You don’t have to agree with anything he said, but I am shaking my head at how grown men and women are going back and forth, tearing each other apart over each other’s OPINIONS because of somebody else’s opinion. People are hot and bothered over a comment that came from a black man who wakes up every morning, goes to work, and earns money to provide for himself and his family. Calling “foul” because his comment was out of touch with reality, but can’t even show respect to each other and agree to disagree. Is this a fair representation of the black experience? Where is the resolution in all of this? Racism has existed for long time, but it didn’t stop Pharrell from becoming successful. And it clearly didn’t stop any one of us becoming what we have become because we all can afford to sit at our keyboard or smartphone and type bodacious comments on sites such as this one.

  37. April 20, 2014 - Reply

    Yo,
    Black folk don’t know/understand their history.
    And so, they don’t know/understand their present.
    And so, they play themselves.

  38. April 20, 2014 - Reply

    It’s as if he’s some type of unreal Disney character. He’s fun to listen to and see once in a while but ultimately, he’s hollow and fake.

  39. April 20, 2014 - Reply

    I can cherrypick too Clutch. From the exact same convo:

    “I recognize that there are issues. We get judged on our skin. I just
    stated that there hadn’t been an African-American like…so we look at
    things like that. I don’t allow that to run my life. I don’t live my
    life trying to be black. What I do is, I nurture my curiosity and use it. I’m proud to be what I am.

    “So my thing is, the new black is a mentality. You don’t do things because
    you’re black. You do things because you’re genuinely interested in
    something. Is there a lot of black inequality? Absolutely! But I’m the
    main one waving the flag. What do you mean? Don’t find your confidence
    in a cover. Find your confidence in the mirror.”

    In other words, “Don’t allow the discrimination and racism you experience to prevent you from finding confidence in yourself.” Didn’t need a degree to get that. While he is speaking from privilege, he clearly isn’t denying oppression, etc. exists and it’s disingenuous to imply so.

  40. April 21, 2014 - Reply

    What’s the matter? Blacks who haven’t been successful are having their race card taken away? No more easy excuses? I applaud Pharrell for recognizing that if you work hard and follow your dreams anything is possible regardless of color.

  41. April 21, 2014 - Reply

    Hey Clutchettes, I have been quiiite for a long time! Although I’ve been watching Heh, But this damn fool has broken my silence ’cause he is so damn ridiculous.

    I really just want Pharrell to shut up. It’s a shame since I’ve been a fan of his music (N.E.R.D and Neptunes) since I was 11. But I just can’t stand him now. The icing on the cake was his condescending response to how Black women/we reacted to the his album cover.

    He really is spouting some real poisonous shit here. Black is a mentality? That is so offensive. So, he’s adding more fuel to the fire when it comes to cultural appropriation, racism and people being down with us when it suits them. This ‘New Black’ is just his bullshit is just about Black people who accept being subservient and accepting racism and white supremacy. Black is Black, ain’t no New about it, please stop making our culture and race a trend. It shouldn’t be of any surprise really,he did co-sign one of the biggest culture vultures: Justin Timberlake!

    Black is more than a mentality Pharrell. I am Black by design and anyone that ain’t Black can’t join the clan!

    Fuck Pharrell. If Chappelle’s racial draft was real, I would get rid of him haha.

  42. April 21, 2014 - Reply

    i think they get that way because once you get into a place where white people are essentially sharing their wealth with you, as in the case of high profile black people, you have to cater to white people’s self interest. part of what that entails is turning a blind eye to racism. acting as if it doesn’t exist or that if other people are victims of it, it’s due to their own personal failings and not systemic oppression. they have to play by white people’s rules, even if it means pretending to be “color blind”.

  43. April 22, 2014 - Reply

    Does this dude have any knowledge of African American history in the United States? The new black? Huh? Pharell is clueless, but he’s Happy$$

  44. April 22, 2014 - Reply

    I believe racism comes from A. ignorance of people who are different from you, B. bad experiences, and C. parents. As white person growing up in a majority black area, I experienced racism towards me. I had no idea why as an 11-year-old that other kids were making fun of me for how I talked, or why kids stared at me sometimes. I figured their parents taught them that. My mother taught me that it didn’t matter what color people were. I was never racist, having experienced people different from myself. As an adult, I can see where some stereotypes can come into play however. I am a teacher. Nearly 100% of my students are black. They have stolen countless items from me. I lock my valuables, but they have stolen library books, markers, crayons, scissors, dry erase markers, candy, my flash drive, paper clips, and today, a plain cough drop of all things. They are extremely disrespectful as well. I hate to think of it that way. I’d like to think it’s just because they are middle schoolers. It probably has more to do with parenting and culture. If I had not grown up around diversity I may have more negative views.

  45. April 22, 2014 - Reply

    As a former racist (due to horrible experiences with white people), Pharrell’s definition of “new black” and Abigail’s comments have helped me come to a huge realization. It is true that we must not blame other people for our issues. Even if they are the very root of our issues. If we believe that white people are the cause of our misfortune, then they are. We will forever be the angry black people blaming the white people for just about everything, and for good reasons; we deal with BS from cops, we are killed for sport, stereotyped, wrongly accused, etc. But that does not and probably will not go away, so why dwell on it? WE CANNOT CHANGE the way others perceive us, but we can choose how we react to our circumstances, and we can either react in a negative way (moping and victimizing ourselves) or in a positive way, in which we do not allow it to hold us back. I think that is what Pharrell is trying to say.
    It is 100% true that white people have all the power and privileges of this world and blacks do not, but it is completely false that it is the reason why we cannot succeed. Even when they do everything in their power to kill our success, they just can’t. Obama didn’t step down when he received racist threats. Oprah continued to build her empire despite racist remarks from both “nobodies” and well-known people. A man once got up on HER stage on HER show and made a blatantly racist comment. That did not deter her. Even smaller black celebrities …Phaedra is revered in Georgia’s law community and sits on several boards. I think the difference between these black leaders and black non-leaders is that they never looked at the pigmentation of their skin as a reason why they couldn’t attain what they wanted in life. Or even if they did, they chose to go for it anyway. Because all you can do is do what you do best. And when you are the best at what you do, people notice and people like you. Simple. When you are the best, no matter what color you are, you are a force to be reckoned with.
    They can put is in shackles or handcuffs, but they absolutely cannot imprison our minds, intelligence, potential, gifts, and talent. That’s something you can’t mess with! Racism will probably always be here forever. Little black boys will probably still be gunned down by the time I have kids. But I won’t let that be my excuse of why I can’t have happiness and success or feel like it is unattainable just because I’m black. We have to rid ourselves of that mentality, because clearly it is working against us, and that is what “new black” is all about. Every black leader before me has fought too hard for me to take on a mentality that I’m inferior. It is one way to be treated as inferior, but is ridiculous to believe you are. *drops mic*

  46. April 23, 2014 - Reply

    Pharrell needs to quit

  47. April 24, 2014 - Reply

    Pharrell has an agreeable personality in general. And he’s talented. And he was granted opportunity and maximized the hell out of it each time.

    So Pharrell is “happy.”

    Kanye is not “happy” because he does not have an agreeable personality and thinks everyone is against him and lacks self-awareness.

    Jay Z is happy for the same reasons Pharrell is happy.

    So from what I gather, if you make it economically and you have an even-keeled personality, you will not be that affected by “racism.” And even if you are perchance called a “nigger” by a random Twitterer, you’re so satisfied with your life and so far removed from structural oppression, you will literally give zero fucks.

    That’s “new black.”

    Racism exists. Jews are still called “kikes” by the ignorant, etc… The goal is to focus on you and achieving your goals so you can’t be bothered.

  48. April 24, 2014 - Reply

    As a poor white male, where can I sign up to be apart of this “new black”? Looks like they do way better than anything I will ever achieve. Plus I wont constantly have to be called a racist wealthy scumbag.

    A black man says that he doesnt blame other races for his problems, and you all attack him. Why should he? What problems does he face that he should be blaming other races? He looks extremely well off, and happy. Looks like a man if color can achieve in this country. Hes doing better than 99% of white america. Good for him.
    Yet you all jow see he doesnt follow the black agenda, so you must strike him down, boycott his music and business, trash his name, name call and act out with hate. All that and you wonder why you have problems in life.

  49. April 25, 2014 - Reply

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  50. April 28, 2014 - Reply

    […] is gewoon omdat hij enorme mazzel heeft gehad'. Nee erger nog… Pharrell is één van die ''disconnected Blacks not recognising that they are Black too''. En 'Pharrell's public persona suggests he does not live in a world where he encounters many "isms" […]

  51. April 29, 2014 - Reply

    […] Pharrell Seemingly Forgets That Racism Still Exists Because He’s ‘New Black’ […]

  52. May 1, 2014 - Reply

    Pharrell is a “new black” because white people FINALLY recognized his music, even though he’s been on the scene for over 10 years. He’s finally made it, so now he denounces his black audience. Cool.

  53. May 2, 2014 - Reply

    […] Looks like singer The Dream wants to crew up and join Pharrell and the ranks of “the new Black.” […]

  54. May 6, 2014 - Reply

    I’m so tired of all this bull**** racism talk. ANYONE who continues to complain about inequality and racism in the world today is either blind or over 50.

    It’s ridiculous how much you older people talk about it. Listen, I’m half black/white and grew up in a diverse area. Us younger generations (I’m 20) never experience it. Never.

    Growing up, we were taught to judge people by their personalities not their color, unlike you.

    We were taught to not make assumptions about the world based on what we’ve experienced in our lives. However, people like you continue to play this damn “Racism still exists! Black people are mistreated,” card.

    All I have to say to that is BULL SHIT. Maybe you old people need to get your head out of your asses and realize that 99.9% of the racist people in this world left are all your age and older.

    It’s our generation that sees people for what their personality is. It’s our generation that’s embrassing same-sex marriage and relationships. It’s our generation that doesn’t hold grudges and rant on things in the past.

    Double standards blind you and others in this country. Sure, due to stereotypes black people are going to be perceived as less intelligent as white people. Sure, more actors in Hollywood are white. Sure, the news is more likely to show a story of a little white girl rather than black girl going missing.

    HOWEVER, what biggots like you overlook are facts like this. We have a black president. If two white guys beat up a black guy, it’s a hate crime and a HUGE racist news story, however if two black guys beat up a white guy, it’s nothing special. If a company doesn’t have any black employees, they are considered racist. Black people can’t be called racist. Just look at Al Sharpton. Like I said, I’m half black, from my dad’s side, and he also despises Al Sharpton for the racist pig he is. Here is a PERFECT example. The NBA team, the Minnesota Timberwolves a couple years ago, had a team with around 8 white players and only 4 black players. Average teams have maybe 1, 2, or 3 white players per team. During this season, people actually dared call the Timberwolves management racist…

    My point being, the MEDIA is to blame for this perceived prevalence of racism in the world that you seem so sure exists. The REAL minorities are all other ethnicities in America.

    Back to my original point. Racism is still discussed in today’s world because of people like you who refuse to let it die. I guarantee within 20 to 30 years, the majority of racists will die out. Why? Because like I said, us younger generations don’t see colors.

    Pharrell was right in the sense that there is a new school of people. But not just black people. It’s all people, us younger generations that are going to make the world a better place and who will learn from our elders mistakes and remember how annoying it was to hear people like you ranting about how racism still exists today.

    I honestly don’t mean to come off as mean, I really don’t, as it’s not in my nature, however, I’ve gotten so tired of things like this. Like when Michael Vick got in the dog fighting incident and ESPN actually had the audacity to say that any white person saying they “Hated,” Michael Vick was racist…really? How about people hating him for his crime? And again, it’s the media that puts things like this in the public to draw out the people like you who are so convinced that racism is alive and well in today’s world. And by alive and well I mean flooding our society. And it’s not.

    Stop basing your opinions on racism in today’s world on what you experienced in your life or growing up

    • October 14, 2014 - Reply

      @Some Person

      Your statements are extremely juvenile and simple minded ( if you are not white you are definitely young and out of touch with reality lil nigga) you understand that white cops are killing young black men for no reason other than the fact that they are bigots, and we have a system that allows them no retribution for their crimes. Justin Bieber is around your age, did you see that little racist song he made for you, I know your little coon ass still wants to be his friend. If your gonna say some shit as dumb as you just said, PLEASE dont speak for every young brother out there because I am one of them and I damn sure dont agree with ANYTHING you said. Black people like you only help the white folks to hide their racism, quest for power and obvious bloodlust for black men especially our young men, all they have to do is give a lil dumb nigga like you a wink and a banana and all is forgiven/forgotten. Wake up and realize that whether you want to be in this battle or not YOU WERE THRUST INTO LONG BEFORE YOU WERE BORN AND IT WILL NOT STOP BECAUSE YOU REPRESS IT OR WISH IT AWAY OR INEFFECTIVELY WRITE A LOVE LETTER TO THE WHITE PEOPLE AND A SELF HATE MESSAGE TO US BLACK FOLK. GOOD JOB DIPSHIT

    • October 28, 2014 - Reply

      @Some Person

      It’s easy to say, “our generation” when you don’t pay attention to life around you. People “your age” are on Twitter daily spouting racist views. My cousin had a CHILD in his class tell him she hated black people, so go ahead and wake up. Racism is still alive and well and being taught to people even younger than you.

  55. May 21, 2014 - Reply

    I don’t see anyone as any color in this universe. People gotta learn we’re all the same as everybody else from the inside out. Your color doesn’t mean your better than the whole world, what matters is you and your mentality.

  56. May 27, 2014 - Reply

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  57. June 4, 2014 - Reply

    “New Black” is WHACK!

    • June 4, 2014 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      LOL. It is.

      There is nothing wrong with being black period. I disagree with Pharell since black people are demanding justice. We don’t have justice at the current moment. A materialistic system still is present in our world and human beings have the right to advocate the eradication of the institutions of racism & oppression.

      • June 4, 2014 - Reply

        @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

        @truthseeker2436577: Excellent points.

        • June 4, 2014 - Reply

          @Mary Burrell

          Thank you Sister Mary Burrell. Pharrell is from Virginia Beach, so he knows what the deal is. Have a Great Day Sister.

  58. June 4, 2014 - Reply

    Who? The Tea Party guys? The guys with the nigger jokes in 2014? They’re all trying to learn how to do the Dougie. Please. While their daughters are all twerking. Trust me: Miley tells me all the time. Not saying that about Billy Ray, but I’m saying Miley tells me all the time: All those little girls, all those girls with their Republican daddies, they’re twerkin’ somewhere listening to Jay Z and Beyoncé and doin’ the “Happy” dance. And that’s black.” WHY THE FUCK does he get to say nigger and no one else can without getting ripped? I say that Pharrell is racist and only uses white people when he needs something.

  59. June 17, 2014 - Reply

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  60. August 1, 2014 - Reply

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