Month: February 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 06:  Rapper Lil' Wayne waits to perform at Foxtail Pool at SLS Las Vegas on September 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Lil Wayne: Uncle Tom

By Hopewell

I cannot imagine a Jewish artist using similes, making positive comparisons or parallels to Adolf Hitler; for that matter anything associated with the Nazi Party Why? They carry a deep understanding that they are connected to the suffering of their people and their horrifying experiences in Nazi Germany. Further, I’d be hard pressed to imagine that they would allow non-Jews to use such “creative” expression without a fight.


I have a dear loved one who is very deep into their faith and unfortunately, wrestling with challenges in the area of mental illness. Certainly mental illness is complex and still taboo, particularly for black folks. It’s not something we discuss and more importantly, this means we often don’t seek help. In that the black experience is, historically speaking, deeply┬áreligious, it’s fair to ask whether or not religious devotion helps or enhances the risk of mental illness.


As NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell presented the Lombardi Trophy to the Ravens owner, I paid no attention. As Goodell turned his attention to their coach, I barely noticed. Even as Ray Lewis gave his heartfelt speech, there was only one gentleman I was focused on and Lewis was not that man. Who is this man?