By Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press Music Writer
The BET Awards — or "The Prince Tribute Show" — featured emotional and energetic performances from Sheila E., Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson honoring the Purple One, along with political statements on issues ranging from racial injustice to the U.S. presidential election.
Sheila E., jamming on the drums and guitar, singing and dancing without shoes, closed the three-hour-plus show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with "Let's Work," ''A Love Bizarre," ''The Glamorous Life," ''America" and more. She was joined by "Purple Rain" actor Jerome Benton and Prince's ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, who danced alongside the background dancers throughout the set. They ended by raising a purple guitar in the air as the audience cheered them on.
Commentary by: Lynn Cheramie, Founder, Freedom Fighters of America
Isn't it amazing how a racist, on a racist award show, on a racist Black Entertainment Television can call only White People racists? What about Hispanics, Asians or Persians. Persians who've held Blacks as slaves a lot longer than Whites!
Why is a small minority of the Black Culture so mad about something that never happened directly to them. They know nothing of the struggle of their ancestors, yet want to use that struggle to yell racism at the top of their lungs and to further an agenda of complete hate against Whites. I can only assume to give themselves a sense of self worth otherwise they are nothing without that hate.
When did Jesse Williams become the spokesman for all Black People? Who invented Whiteness? God. Who invented Blackness, God? How do Whites extract your money without effecting all other races and how do Blacks do that same thing to Whites without hurting them in the same way? What culture are you speaking of and when did culture become exclusive to a race of people much less Black People? If White's were worried about culture stealing look at most Black Women's hair. I don't want to say this but they're using horse hair to look White. That speaks volumes about stealing of this so called culture. If culture is wearing your pants at your knees, shooting your own race to death or fathering children that you don't support then I would think White's don't want that culture and if they do they're just as wrong as Blacks who do! What about Affirmative Action? That's for minorities, NOT Whites. Isn't that reverse racism? Why would Blacks think that scoring lower on tests than White People and receiving the same reward would be good for them? The reward only goes as far as the ceremony itself. If you don't have it you never will. All of my statements are supported by facts. More Black homes without a Father, more Blacks kill Blacks and Blacks invented wearing your pants around your knees. I for one don't see the point of buying a good set of pants and wearing them like shorts. Why not just buy shorts? You can save half the price.
Blacks have invented a lot of great things, carbon filaments for light bulbs, the first console gaming system, heart pacemaker and Cataract Laserphaco Probe. Blacks also invented drinking 40's, purple drank, crips, bloods, blunts, endo, sippin on Gin and Juice, smacking it up, flipping it and rubbing it down and yes they did let the dogs out! Every race has made tremendous contributions to and also adversely affected the World. That's called life!
I would ask that Black minority who find it necessary to spew hate to find a place in your heart for love to grow. Love for your fellow man regardless of color, love for God and most importantly love for yourself because without it you can never love anything else. I ask the these things of the same White minority. I will admit it took me a long time to find Love in my heart. It took me forever to find God and I'm only now learning how to love myself. You see I'm just like the Black minority in some respects which makes us all human!
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