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Celebrity illusions of success for a hip-hop generation

In the wake of the one-year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death, we must encourage our icons to promote movements that support and champion social and economic change, and not just celebrate themselves.

The social reach and gravitas of our celebrities will be the deciding factor of how the next generation sees itself. Beyoncé’s conversation about economics must be a conscious discussion to ensure that the beneficiaries of her success are actually members of her community. The conversation could mirror Mary McLeod Bethune’s “Last Will and Testament,” which shares her vision for our community’s progress. It reads in part, “I leave you love. I leave you a thirst for education. I leave you a final responsibility to our young people …”

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5 Comments

  1. Dawn Blakely on March 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    As to Kenya Moore, the author of this article has committed a faux pas that would have “Miss Gone With The Wind Fabulous” checking you! You wrote that she was Miss America, when she was actually Miss USA.

  2. prynciss on March 21, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    What’s hilarious is that’s her biggest gripe and this article, even in trying to pay homage to her, screws it up. LOL. The irony!

  3. Ty on March 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Uh, there needs to be a section under nene, “Why We Can’t Stand Her:” She’s LOUD, VULGAR, IIRITATING, CLASSLESS, and has absolutely NO COUTH!

  4. todd on March 22, 2013 at 10:48 am

    For Kenya, all it needed to say is “Why We Love Her:” WE DON’T!

  5. diamondgurl on March 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Nene is now smellin her ass. Thinkin that she is ABOVE the rest of the HW. She really needs to humble herself. The same way she went up is the same way she can come tumbling down. God got u to where u need to be boo….not Bravo!