Charing Ball: Dr. Boyce Watkins is Unfair in His Characterization of Lil Wayne and BET

Last night, I watched Madea Goes to Jail on Netflix. The movie, which I’m pretty sure is based on the play I saw years ago, was long, sappy, boring and roll my eyes worthy.  However, whenever Madea or Uncle Brown were on the screen, I was dying laughing.  I’m not sure of what that means in the overall meme of TP good/bad for the black community.  But I began thinking, perhaps that’s not the discussion we should be having…

Which brings me for my topic of today: Last week, Dr. Watkins authored a post on his Your Black World blog entitled, “Why I’m Ditching Lil’ Wayne Completely“, in which he called Lil’ Wayne “an enemy of the Black community” and declared his intentions to boycott his music.  According to Dr. Watkins, as a lover of hip-hop, his decision wasn’t reached lightly nor without deep contemplation of Wayne’s lyrics.  His final straw moment came after listening to Wayne’s two year old track, “We Be Steady Mobbin”, in which the New Orleans rapper discussed – metaphorically – killing women and children.

But Dr. Watkins is not ready to stop at just Lil’ Wayne.  No, he is ready to take his fight to the machine itself, particularly BET, for giving Lil’ Wayne a platform to exact his reign of terror on the black community.  In the day after his public denouncement, he penned another piece comparing BET to the Klu Klux Klan.   He writes,  “Charles Manson is considered one of the most vicious killers in history, yet he never actually murdered a soul. He has been in prison for 40 years because he convinced others to commit murder, controlling their minds through comfortable words and charisma. If Manson had been given the platform supplied by BET and the rest of corporate America and a license to share his rhetoric without restraint, he could have caused the deaths of millions more…”

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  • Tamtam05

    We don’t want to look at the reality that most of us don’t understand the real
    Black Experience in America. It’s not about being militant or radical, who some
    of us think. Education is important, but if you don’t know the politics of
    America, it’s easy to get caught up. We are easily divded and conquered. Will
    sell each other out for a dollar.
    When rap first appeared on the scene, it was postive music. The New York
    rappers had a message, some of it was just fun music. The powers that be didn’t
    like that, so what did they do? Divde and Conquer! They found some brothers that
    were willing to sell their soul to the devil. Money! That almighty evil dollar!

    The 60’s were very turbulent times. You didn’t hear Marvin, Curtis or any
    other entertainers disrepecting their communities and they had it far worst than
    this current generation. As a matter of fact, the current generation has no clue
    about any struggle. It was done for you and you don’t appreciate it!

  • Tamtam05

    People try to justify and excuse the actions of some of our brothers and
    sisters. You’re falling on deaf ears here and I will tell you why.

    The brothers and sisters of the civil rights movement did not march, bleed
    and die for Black people for Black people 50yrs later to disrepect ourselves and
    communities. C Delores Tucker warned us of the effects of what was happening in
    the mid 80’s when gangsta rap came on the scene.

    The problem with Black people is we are WILLIE LYNCHED! Yeah, I said it! We
    are so busy trying live and be like Europeans, because that’s what we have been
    taught. It’s been passed on from generation to generation. It’s our mentality.
    We have been fed so much European propaganda that we don’t want to look to our
    history and see the courage that it took for those that came before us to
    survive in America.

  • Omarali81

    say luv, when are you going to wakeup!

  • Anonymous

    I know that many of our youth (and many adults, too) like Lil Wayne’s music, but I just can’t…..his appearance is unsightly and his manerisms vulgar and his lyrics just unacceptable.  Years from now, no one will be bobbing their heads to his music, like we do when we hear Eric B and Rakim or the Sugar Hill Gang, as it has no soul and therefore no old school appeal.  Sorry, Charing.