Motown icon Smokey Robinson was rightfully honored at the BET awards that aired last night with a Lifetime Achievement award. There weren’t many moments from the show that I would want on my site, but his speech really spoke to me.
Robinson sincerely thanked God, his best friend Barry Gordy, and his wife with grace and humility. Then he stepped into his role as ann elder and addressed the character of some of the present entertainers.
He compared fame to a bittersweet wine with millions of people standing in line to get a taste. That many of those fortunate enough to get a taste get drunk on themselves. “There are so many who feel like they don’t have one person in this world who loved them” he said as he pointed out that on the flip side there were so many in this room who were haughty and unappreciative of the attention and support they have.
You didn’t start this. You weren’t the first in line nor the end of the line, so don’t be so full of yourselves.
But the it panned to the audience and I saw Ray J sitting there nodding in agreement like the whore in church thinking passa is talking about everyone else but her.
All jokes aside, I really hope members of the crowd heard what he was saying (Doubt it). The arrogance and self-indulgence in Black Entertainment has reached a vulgar high. We’re tired of the Chris Browns, Nicki Minajes, and Floyd Mayweathers. Vain, rich, entitled, out of touch celebrities who spend their free time obsessed with their looks, sex lives, and building their wardrobe. We’re tired of hearing about their problems that aren’t really problems and we’re all wondering why we even bother supporting Black Entertainment when they never..ever….ever…ever..ever talk about issues relevant to the black community.
I’m not even saying they have to turn into clergymen or activists, but show us some depth of emotion that isn’t attached to your love of a fat ass. Show us you care about more than your Instagram following, and give us some signal or hint that you have a real soul under all those tattoos and plastic surgery. We desperately need to see it.
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