So, apparently, 2013 saw no African American recording artists have a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, the first time this has happened in the chart’s 55-year existence.
According to Time Magazine, the reason for this phenomenon – to put it simply – is the proliferation of white artists in a space that once belonged almost exclusively to African Americans.
I think it’s more accurate to say white audiences seem to prefer buying Black music, long as it’s packaged in white faces.
And, if that’s the case, whining and complaining about it isn’t going to change much.
Personally, I couldn’t give less of a damn, if I tried.
I’m only bringing this up because for the life of me, a part of me is still dumbfounded by the fact the absence of Negro chart-toppers seems to have so many of my People up in arms.
Given the impact White Supremacy has had on us, I realize I should know better than to expect anything else, but sometimes, Our Collective Ignorance is a very large and extremely bitter pill for me to swallow.
But this bullshit showed up at least four times in several of my African American-related Google Alerts, which is the only reason I’m even bringing it up. Though I expect mainstream media outlets to blow this kinda thing out of proportion – as making mountains out of vapor is a specialty of theirs – when I saw a few Black-owned media outlets jump on the Nonsense Bandwagon, I was pissed.
We have plenty of actual issues that take precedence: Take “Operation Ghetto Storm”, for example.
Operation Ghetto Storm is a report released by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement revealing a DISGUSTING Truth: ONE AFRICAN AMERICAN IS KILLED IN AN EXTRAJUDICIAL SHOOTING (at least) EVERY 28 HOURS “by police, security guards, and vigilantes.”
This report, interestingly enough, also showed up in the same Google Alerts as “Negro Billboardgate” did, but ONLY once.
But, I digress…
According to the report, in 2012, the number of so-called justifiable homicides of African Americans was 313.
Three hundred thirteen members of our community were shot and killed, JUST FOR BEING BLACK.
And those were just the legally sanctioned murders the report was able to verify; the actual number is believed to be much higher.
Forty-seven percent of those murders happened because the shooter claimed he “felt threatened”.
Threatened by Skittles and Arizona Tea.
Threatened by a Black Man minding his own damn business.
Oh, I forgot: Black folks don’t have the luxury of being able to buy candy and soft drinks, nor do we have the luxury of minding our own damn business, because that speaks to all kinds of nefarious intent.
ON OUR PART.
It would be laughable, if it weren’t so DEMONIC.
I guess sometime between the production of this report (2013) and today (like, now), we must have FINALLY won our struggle for HUMAN rights.
Apparently, the Revolution is over.
And it wasn’t even televised.