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Hip-hop artists have a responsibility to youth

Jineea Butler | 8/5/2013, 1:50 p.m.

Time out. I am tired of the mum is the word mentality in our African American community. We stay quiet or politically correct out of fear of not being invited to the next party or invited to the table to break bread with the few celebrities who are making money but are inadvertently killing us.

Since advertisers and the corporations are paying for the loaded messages, we feel forced to go along with the nonsense even though we know it’s wrong. As a result, we are enslaving ourselves. No it’s not the White man’s problem that our children are not prepared to compete in this society. We know the rules, we know the game. It’s our responsibility to get these kids ready to play.

For some reason it seems as if we are waiting for the White man to care about us more than we care about ourselves. Our only way out is the people and the celebrities who break through to open more opportunities for the next great thinker, the next great artist. Instead you walk around like someone owes you something because your ego is too big to share the stage and your self-esteem is too low to give someone else a chance.

Actually, Belafonte went easy on some of our artists.

Jineea Butler, founder of the Social Services of Hip Hop and the Hip Hop Union, can be reached at jineea@gmail.com or Tweet her at @flygirlladyjay.