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Saturday, August 15, 2015


It's reported that the movie "Straight Outta Compton" glossed over some stuff. And it sounds like the job done on the movie was even shinier than the gloss job done on the James Brown. That is, at least they showed a smidgen of something about his beating on black women.  

It sounds like "Straight Outta Compton" didn't do that much.  But more to the point, in 1991 Dr. Dre bragged about beating up one woman

Last year, hip hop blogger Byron Crawford listed three women Dr. Dre assaulted over the years in the damning piece, “Beatings By Dre.” Among Dre’s victims were his ex-wife Michel’le, who admitted the legendary producer beat her so badly she had to have plastic surgery.
Dre said back then, “I just did it, you know. Ain’t nothing you can do now by talking about it. Besides, it ain’t no big thing—I just threw her through a door."                               
                                                                                       Rollingstone, 1991 

All Dre has to say today is about how he was "young" and stupid and how he's "paid for those mistakes."

Hmmm, I'm pretty sure that would  NOT be enough if a white man was talking about beating a black person and especially not enough if that same white man was talking about beating a black man. Instead of size and strength, like a man has over a woman, maybe the white man would have authoritative power --like in a prison.

I'm pretty sure...

1) Young.
2) Stupid.
3) I've paid

...would not cut it.  And we, as black people, would not come close to believing a white man who said that on the heals of a movie about himself that GLOSSES OVER this point AS IF IT DIDN'T MATTER.




I hope Dr. Dre comes correct at some point in the future. Some how I have a little more hope for him than I do

RAY StandBehindJanaeTakingBlame RICE,

BILL drug-em-and-rape-em COSBY, or

CHRIS explosively-childish-and-angry-needs-ass-kicked-bad BROWN

Then again, maybe I shouldn't. The black community is notoriously slack when it come to holding rich black men accountable for anything. It's like a black man's becoming rich is empowering for someone besides the man himself.

Maybe once upon a time every black breakthrough into wealth was something to marvel. But it's 2015. I'm completely over it.  The three mentioned plus Whoopi Goldberg, "Happy" singer, Don Lemon, and Raven Symone --the last four a mixture of respectability politicians and "new blacks" -- are proving they are over it too. They may donate money here and there, but their attitudes are about me, myself, and I.

It's time to stop holding the black rich up on pedestals so we can start pulling them down and putting them under the microscope. We don't need perfection in the black successful. But we need to be a lot more discerning about some of these folk than we have been. We need to look for our imperfect heroes somewhere other than Hollywood. (Jesse Williams being the exception that proves the rule)