Over 20 Years ago Robert Towsend wrote and starred in a film called
“Holly Wood Shuffle”, satirizing the black actors of Hollywood
and how they all play a role in the denigrating black culture. This used to be a problem you could
not avoid if you wanted to be a working –black actor. There is even a name for the genre of
film created back then, which is commonly referred to as black sploitation.Through the 80’s, many black moguls (Spike Lee) were able to shift
their positions of power, giving them the authority to write, produce and even distribute their own product
on certain platforms. Since then the entertainment industry had a superfluous
of actors and rappers, such as Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, and Snoop DOG, who
have cleaned their style up in real life by either progressing
in careers that are un commonly successful for blacks in entertainment, Or just revamping how they
live all together- in order to influence the youth . Well it would seem T.I.
is participating in a little bit of both. On the business front he is bringing
in a healthy check from VH-1 with his hit reality television show “T.I and the family Hustle”;
displaying his life as a hard working father. Supposedly, He is merging his obligation with
the fundamental elements of living that life honest. In the show he teaches
his sons (and daughter) about how a woman should be treated, and how to respect others.
He even teaches them the value of money, respect, setting boundaries, telling lies and being humble. But as of
recent he is back to his old “trapping” ways releasing an album(2013)
called “Trouble man: Heavy is the head” where in the first few
sentences of one of his songs he began glorifying crack sales and popping “niggas” in the eye.
When the VH1 show was in its infancy, he was interviewed on the Wendy Williams show, telling
the world how positive his life was going to be, shortly after he was released
from prison, for having military weapons with silencers in his possession-
which he only got 2 years for, but swears he never snitched on an inside agent who was selling him weapons of mass destruction,
during the countries alleged war on terror. (Yes, that’s something to
digest), often evading questions when Wendy entertained his criminally intense
saga. He just wanted to promote his happy family life and new TV show. And everything seemed like it
was taking a turn for the best when the show got a second season and he stayed out of jail for a
while. But he had no problem sharing his true feelings with a local NYC radio
station that insinuated he was a snitch and a hypocrite when it came to the
topic of gun laws. [see video below] Does the self-proclaimed, King of the south, deserve the royal gauntlet that he demands
credit for? Or is he asking for way too much respect he didn’t earn?
Don’t be like him, you pick a side and tell us what you think.