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gildedsages
Nov 30, 2021
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“We black out here we gotta flex a lil differently” bellowed Steve Harvey to Monique as she struggled to speak during the exchange. Steve Harvey said in a statement quote “This aint the white man's game this aint the black man's game this is the money game” and Monique replied “Before the Money game there was the Integrity game and we lost the Integrity game worrying about the money”. That statement Monique made sent people on a frenzy where they compared her to Muhammad Ali and compared Steve Harvey to Uncle Ruckus from the Boondocks. Though, I see and agree with both parties (WITHIN the context of their profession) I side with Steve Harvey. People forget that there is a difference between Integrity and Pride. The key component in integrity is consistency which says “In all situations I will act and react in ways which show moral uprightness”. Pride is a feeling of pleasure that one usually gets from accomplishments or success. Integrity says “Producer A wants me (a black man) to wear a dress but my integrity says no” where as Pride says “Producer A paid Actress B, x dollars and I am worth more because of my past success”. I myself am not the moral authority of who has integrity and who doesn’t because Integrity is very subjective and nuanced. I'm constantly reminded of the clash in the Ideologies of W.E.B Dubois and Booker T. Washington when examining Steve Harvey vs. Monique. Booker T. Washington wanted African American to start from the very bottom and build communities while accepting segregation and disenfranchisement in exchange for educational and economic progress. W.E.B Dubois believed in a talented tenth (a concept that involves the top ten percent of our race directly impacting social change) and fight vigorously for equal rights. From the outside looking in Booker T Washington could be characterized as a sellout by social media standards. There needs to be a distinction made between what we define as sacrificing and selling out. What Booker T. Washington was trying to do at the time was build strong black communities by partnering with politicians for economic advancement. Sacrifice and Selling out should be defined by its outcome. Selling out usually involves altering yourself or beliefs for the sole intent of profit. Sacrifice is a process of giving something up for a greater cause. Personally in 2019 I am not going to play god and label someone (I don’t know) a Saint or a sellout. I do not know Monique or Steve Harvey personally so I will not judge their character. This all gives us the opportunity to examine the W.E.B Dubois and Booker T. Washington debate and make those parallels. Ultimately it is not our job to pick sides, neither of them are wrong, rather we should use both ideologies in our effort to move forward.
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gildedsages
Nov 18, 2021
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By: Daquan Johnson Kobe Bryant was a man. That sentence is not extraordinary, it's not mind blowing but in a world of privilege and power that short sentence is the greatest compliment I could give the late great Kobe Bryant. Our History is full of people who defined manhood through various acts. Men like Alexander the Great, Julius Ceaser and Napoleon Bonaparte expressed manhood through violent conquest of land and people. Men like John .D Rockerfeller, William Vanderbilt and Jeff Bezozs express manhood through their business prowess and connections. Black Men throughout history have always express our manhood through our bodies and lives and Kobe Bryant is yet another example of this. Every other people in society has the privilege to toute American Values but black people always pay the cost of upholding those values. The American Revolution did not begin until Crispus Attucks was killed. Segregation in America did not end until Martin Luther King was assassinated and now yet another black man was taken from us before he could revolutionize sports for women. Black death is the gasoline society uses to fuel the world. Black death currently fuels the music industry and the prison industrial complex and it makes it impossible to function in a world that requires bodily sacrifice from us and privilege and power from the other. Kobe was the gold standard of manhood which is a lived experience. We all watched kobe practice everyday of the year, focus and attack Basketball defenses every year, he took care of his body, He was highly intelligent, spoke multiple languages, played through broken bones, repaired his marriage, loved his kids, and after retirement became an ambassador for female sports and mentoring. The aforementioned men above have only amassed large sums of money and built buildings in there names. Kobe Bryant maximized every minute of every day because as a black man this is what Society is for us. Any black man that has attempted to impose their manhood through the actions of Julius Caesar was met with death and the black men who attempt to use business prowess like John D. Rockerfeller become maligned hollow black men who reach success but have no influence on their community. Unfortunately for us, Manhood was expressed through the lights of men like Crispus Attucks, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Tupac Shakur, Nipsey Hussle and now Kobe Bryant. They could not conquer land and exploit resources to express manhood, they could not exploit businesses practices and government to express manhood, they were forced to become the living testament of what manhood is. They could never rest, they could never show weakness, and they all died before they could begin to show more than just a portrayal of manhood. Kobe Bryant was a man. He loved his family, he loved basketball and he loved his life. He never took anything away from anybody and he earned every drop of respect he was given by outworking everyone at everything. For us there is no inheritance, there is no land, just hard work and bloodshed. R.I.P KOBE BRYANT
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gildedsages
May 05, 2021
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gildedsages
Dec 02, 2020
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gildedsages
Dec 02, 2020
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