Helping Kids in Africa...the New Black?
With every fashion season, there is always a color--pink, grey, green, brown--that becomes "the new black", meaning it should be a staple in everyone's wardrobe. Well, with celebrities trying to do a little good and become politically active, it seem as though white celebrities in Africa is this season's new black.
I'm not really sure how I feel about it all. While I am happy for ANY amount of attention being paid to the issues in Sudan and the AIDS pandemic in Africa, I am a bit weary that the only face presented to the masses is that of George, Angelina or ___________ (insert popular white celebrity here).
Whenever I see white celebrities championing the rights of the poor and defenseless dark continent, I get a little uneasy and I start wondering, where are the black people? Are we too busy partying , or is it yet another case of media-bias? I find it ironic that BET can follow around musicians that talk about nothing, but can't report what's going on in Africa. Sure, there are a few who are actucally doing something (Alicia, Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte). But what's really going on with Black Hollywood and their response or lack their of to the many issues in Africa?
I am so curious to know your thoughts. Am I the only one who feels...conflicted?
Talk to me y'all.
*shout out to Racial Realist for getting me thinking about this whole thing.
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