I used to think Nick Cannon was wack too. I say “too” cause I know you did too. Still might. It’s okay to admit it, because he accepts it. It’s part of being Nick Cannon, to accept that millions of people do see you as wack sauce. BUT Nick Cannon is NOT wack, and I’ma tell you why.
What does it mean to have an African-centered worldview? For those who understand themselves as descendants of African ancestors, it means looking at history and the world through our own eyes, those of our own and those of our ancestors who preceded us. We must imagine the world as they did, and think about things from their perspective, as we are the direct beneficiaries of all they did and became.
I’m an 80s baby. I grew up in Hip Hop’s classic era but I came of age listening to Cam’Ron, Jim Jones, and the rest of the Dipset conglomerate – or whatever they were. Now, the story is all about whatever they didn’t become – a group with a multimillion dollar deal and an album – and how everyone who was involved now feels about it. This is Black history, family. Why? Because the Diplomats damn near raised some of us. Some of those songs spoke deeply to our struggles, and our triumphs, and we resonate with these men. Watching Jim Jones cry like an abused wife was tough for a lot of us.
When I watch white folks getting crazy and going nuts about gay rights, animal rights, and environmental rights, I can’t help but notice how they SKIP and HOP right over human rights for Black people. Black people are being murdered in the streets or left to die, not just in America, but around the globe. In most places, Black and brown together are under attack.