Tuesday, March 03, 2009

"I'm from Roosevelt, Long Island. It's not the projects."

Ha ha! Oh dear. It's sad when even black people don't realize that not every black person is from "the projects", or from "Blackville". I'm sure Chuck D gained his street cred while he was studying graphic design at Adelphi University. It looks like a rough campus.

I can see how one could get confused if you got all of your information about black people by watching TV. For instance, if you turned to CNBC to enjoy a show like Newbos: The Rise of America’s New Black Overclass, hosted by Lee Hawkins, you would leave with the impression that the only wealthy black people of note (except for Oprah) are all men who are involved with the entertainment industry in some way and/or have jewelry for teeth. Yes, it was that bad.

The documentary offers behind-the-marquee stories on several high-profile Newbos, including NBA superstar LeBron James, Major League All-Star Torii Hunter, The Williams brothers of Cash Money Records, Dallas Cowboy star Terrell Owens, billionaire entrepreneur and Newbo pioneer Bob Johnson and musician, Multiplatinum gospel star Kirk Franklin, and television network owner Wyclef Jean.

Terrell Owens? Really? You couldn't find anyone else a little less controversial, Mr. Hawkins? As Black Enterprise's Alfred Edmond, Jr., put it:

When did CNBC start airing MTV Cribs?

I can only look forward to this summer's Black in America 2: Electric Boogaloo. Because the first installment was so good.


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