Photo Credit: Instagram - @ijessewilliams

Photo Credit: Instagram – @ijessewilliams

In the summer of 2016, Jesse Williams accepted the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards and gave a speech that floored the entire audience. Williams spoke about the importance of Black men being supportive of Black women. “This is also in particular for the Black women in particular who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you,” Williams said.

However, Williams is now catching backlash on social media for leaving his Black wife of 13 years to date actress Minka Kelly. Williams was spotted with Kelly one day after Jay-Z released his “Footnotes” short film. In the film, several prominent men such as Jay-Z, Chris Rock, and Williams discuss their relationship issues.

In the short film, Williams said, “I was in a relationship 13 years ― 13 real years, not five years, not seven years, 13 years ― and all of a sudden mother f—s are writing think-pieces that I somehow threw a 13-year relationship, like the most painful experience I’ve had in my life like with a person I’ve loved with all of my heart, that I threw a person and my family in the trash because a girl I work with is cute.”

But after Williams was spotted with Kelly following the film’s release, he was blasted on social media because of his new relationship. Kelly, who has dated John Mayer, Derek Jeter, Chris Evans and other celebrities, isn’t known for being vocal about Black Lives Matter or issues affecting the Black community. To many, Kelly represents the opposite of what Williams spoke about during his speech at the BET Awards.

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  • Mary Peele

    Mama Pope Scandal…….“Damn shame. I tell you… being a black woman. Be strong, they say. Support your man, raise your man, think like a man. Well damn, I gotta do all that? Who’s out here working for me, carrying my burden, building me up when I get down? Nobody. Black women out here trying to save everybody and what do we get? Swagger jacked by white girls wearing cornrows and bamboo earrings. Ain’t that a bitch? But we still try. Try to help all y’all. Even when we get nothing. Is that admirable or ridiculous? I don’t know.”

    • Cruddy

      Admirable. However you got two things working against you. Just cause you Black dont make you marriage material. Too many beautiful sisters out there think their looks is what is going to keep a guy. The other thing is too many of our men dont want to do any work to grow together with the Black woman with so many women of other races huntin us down.

      • Guest414

        ROTFLMAO key word “hunting” guess your head will be put above the fireplace to show off to all of their friends too. Honestly, THEY CAN HAVE YA… a lot of black men these days are tragic excuses for men and with the mentality you just stated contributes to the statement… I know there are some good ones who want quality good black women …so we will just focus on uplifting those black men….and gloss over the ones that don’t fit in that category…

        • Cruddy

          Dont be salty. Its not a static situation. People have to grow mentally on both sides of the issue. I always loved Black women but they were hell to get into bed. Beckys were the total opposite. As I grew chronologically and mentally I begin to prefer quality over quantity and eventually left other races of women alone and concentrated on Black women.

          • Brother Ahkbar Najeed Jenkins

            @cruddy There’s nothing wrong with dating a white sister who believes in your African heritage. The white sister will be obedient and listen because she is taught to be submissive. I’m down for the cause of black people and will fight for all rights. But just because I date or marry a white sister, that does not make me traitor. I’m a strong black man who prefers a submissive whiter sister who listens to me and serves.

          • Cruddy

            It’s wrong for me. I dont like to judge people on who they marry or their religion. Those are really personal choices However, I don’t get the rationale that you are pro Black yet but you are dating a white woman? That is a conscious choice a person makes. It tells me you haven’t matured in your knowledge of who you are and you dont realize the harm you are doing to the Black race by having a white woman on your arm. The foundation of our race is and always has been the Black woman. IMO you are alienating the foundation of our race by displaying your preference for a white woman. How can you be pro Black without supporting the very foundation you come from?

          • Brother Akbar Najeed Jenkins

            @cruddy Brother my decision to date or marry a white sister does not affect my ability to be pro-black and down for the cause. You think because you choose to date a black woman that you are more affiliated with the movement to help black people? You have lost your ability to think rational. White sisters have treated me like a king because they want to feel the power of black melanin. We are the originators from Africa and white sisters want to make sure that they give birth to a black child. They are tired of the pollution that comes with being pale. White women want to return to their natural state cause everyone comes from Africa brother! If my seed enters a white woman, she will give birth to a black child. This helps to increase the black population in this wicked country.

          • Cruddy

            “..and white sisters want to make sure that they give birth to a black child. They are tired of the pollution that comes with being pale. White women want to return to their natural state cause everyone comes from Africa brother! If my seed enters a white woman, she will give birth to a black child.”

            Sounds more like you are a lot more pro white woman than pro Black. You can make a Black child with a Black woman instead of helping out white women. Just sayin.

            I dont think being with a Black woman automatically makes you “down for the struggle”. There are plenty of brainwashed Blacks married to equally brainwashed Black women. However “pro Black” means just that. You are about Black people and uplifting their experience. That can only start with healing the divide between Black men and Black women. How can you participate in that married to or in a serious relationship with a white woman? Just a thought from someone that has been with white women and now has realized the error of my ways.

          • Brother Akbar Najeed Jenkins

            @cruddy11:disqus Brother do you know that the black male seed is the most powerful seed on this earth? The reason white males fear us is because our DNA is so strong. If we procreated with all of their women, white males would be extinct because of the power that comes from our DNA. Me sleeping with and procreating with a white sister is the most pro-black thing that can be done. Because when she gives birth to my seed, that seed will be a black child. Your only error is that you don’t know your own power and why we must spread our DNA.

          • naughtycorner

            BWA HAH HAH that is a whole lot of hotepry just to justify your thirst for white women
            First of all a white woman cannot give birth to a black child , she can give birth to a biracial child. Also unlike years gone by , more and more studies are showing that biracial children tend to lean toward thier white side ( and why wouldn’t they that’s where the privilege is )

            Eartha Kitt, Diana Ross, Sydney Poiter and Harry Belafones half white children all married white and ALL thier grand children are white presenting no trade of obvious black In them unless you were told and these gGrandchildren will likely also marry white taking thier wealth back to the white community. So in two generations thier blackness has been erased . For instance any child blue eyed Jesse and Minka have will more than likely be seen as white.

            Whem I listen to the delusions of black men such as yourself I realize why the powerful Moors who conjured much of Europe are no more, White men are invested in self preservation , group economics and generational wealth whilst black men are invested in self erasure and perceived acceptance through the white woman’s [email protected]
            MArry who you want but by all means spare us the bull chit

          • Cruddy

            I dont understand your logic to be honest. You know what happens when you pour milk in Black coffee right? It dilutes the coffee. It doesnt make the coffee Blacker. Another logical fallacy in your argument is that we are going to procreate with all their women. It aint happening. Some of them hate us just as much as the men do. The most pro Black thing you can do is not having a child with a white woman, its creating a Black family with a Black woman.

          • Likewaterforchoc

            “Programming”. Agent.

          • Margo Mays

            it’s a differences from black African an black American women don’t get it twisted brother

          • Likewaterforchoc

            You are not pro black any more than you are pro white woman (typical hoetep ish). Being with a white woman makes Black men feel closer to whiteness not blackness. Black children do not come from between the thighs of white women. Mixed children with a whole white family that comes with their mother. Your children are half white oppressor. Your son will take your teachings and marry a white woman and so will his son and so on and so forth until any trace of your existence as a black man is gone. You have dedicated yourself to self extinction. “White sisters”. Smh

          • Hayley Maree

            We aren’t submissive. I’d never bow to you. You’d be bowing to me. Black genes aren’t strong anyway. White blood conquors it when a biracial child is born. The child comes out almost white with a few black features in most cases. lol You’re digging your race a grave

          • Brother Akbar Najeed Jenkins

            @disqus_2QICwYJnUD:disqus it’s a proven fact that the black gene is the most dominant gene on earth. Your ancestors were Africans before they decided to migrate to the caucasoid mountains. The climate turned their skin pale. Know your history! Lucy, an African, was the first person on earth. So we all come from the bloodline of an African. Sexually, the black male is more potent than the white male. As a result, he’s always in fear of losing his woman to a black man. If you ever dated a black man you would know this. When I date a white sister she knows that I’m the king and treats me with respect. I’ve never had a white sister get out of line. If I met you, you would follow my lead too!

          • Margo Mays

            You can shut up ask emitt till what happened to him for a white woman

          • Hayley Maree

            Let this be known I’d never follow any black mans lead. Lol you’re dreaming. I do as I like when i like.

          • Brother Akbar Najeed Jenkins

            @disqus_2QICwYJnUD:disqus You say that you won’t follow only because you have never been penetrated by black mandingo power. Any white sister who sleeps with a black man will never go back to a white man because that white man can never please her the same. She will be sexually repressed if she goes back. I have experienced this first hand by white sisters who came back because they could never be satisfied the same. Our sexual powers are strong because Africa is the cradle of civilization and it’s up to the black man to procreate to ensure the survival of the human species.

          • Margo Mays

            Is that why they beat his ass in slavery looking at a white woman give me a break

          • JB

            Cruddy, you said more than a mouthful. Good “conscious” Black women, have always been difficult to “get into bed”!
            My experience with “Beckys” came about after I joined the Army. That was always an experience with some rather interesting results, experimentally! I’ve done some things with “Becky’s” that some of the “conscious Black women” would never even consider! Now, having posted this, I have met my share of “black” women who I was surprised existed, but these were not the “Conscious Black Women” I would ever introduce to my family or be seen in public in my area of Philly! With 142.71 consolidated city county sq. miles (According to Wikipedia), I would never have to be concerned about running into any of the other guys who had already “ran” up into them.

          • Cruddy

            My experience was slightly different. I was a 16 yr old that just happened to start basketball late. I was really good for my first year and played summer league. The guys on the team knew I was a virgin so they hooked me up with a white cheerleader in the locker room of the school I was playing. After that I thought white women were nasty so I stayed away from them until I was in the military.

      • Margo Mays

        Shut up

  • Guest414

    Show me the most “conscious black man” and I guarantee he will have a white woman or other on his arm. Sidney Poitier, Harry Belfonte, Dave Chappelle, Van Jones, Paul Mooney, I can really go on… but these men make me chuckle

    • Guest

      Look to the men in your community not to Hollyweird celebs. I see them everyday in my neighborhood, they are coaching sports teams, mentoring youth at after school programs, volunteering as Big Brothers. We make the mistake of worshipping and thinking these celebs are like us, have our best intention at heart, they do not, they live in a different world.

      • naughtycorner

        Manyblack men in the community are also worshipping things white and white adjacent it is just more prevalent and visible with celebrities

  • cutitout

    Did he leave his wife to date her or did they just break up and he moved on? Big difference. Either way why are women still mad when men date outside their race? And in this case, he may or may not be dating a woman who is white like his mother….. He is just as black as he is white. Does this even count?

    What does it matter if she has been “vocal” on BLM issues? Her Instagram is pretty conscious and woke….. And his black wife never said a peep. For all we know this girl may be more with it than the woman he was married to.

  • britishrose

    that slave owner blue eyed mitto is realizing his white will get him any white chick , with out the drama a non mixed black would get .. whites respect him a lot , he is good looking but he is black not white he want to be fullhit but know he is not poor guy

    • Hayley Maree

      You’re the most racist pos people I’ve ever seen. I’m trending this whole thread. Its no wonder your men leave you for white women.

      • Likewaterforchoc

        Lol. She’s a troll and white. Lol. I’m black and you can have em. Fyi: she’s been here in many different incarnations

  • Dawn Troxler

    Trolls trying to sound black and educated now. I’ve read so much bullshit on this thread.

    • Guest

      They must be loving the division.

      • Dawn Troxler

        Oh, I’m sure they’re reveling in it, although I doubt most of them can comprehend the complications of this entire issue (or even care to). Bottom line, this is a serious and chronic issue that has got to be eradicated by us (black men and black women). Without that happening, we are going absolutely no where.

  • Margo Mays

    Hey look at him he has blue eyes he’s half black an white so that’s why the man is black his wife might not have money but! What he trying to say minka do ain’t that so s**t