February 23, 2014
I have been binge watching House of Cards this weekend and I must say it is one of the best TV shows I have seen in a long time. Some of my other past/current favorite TV shows are Scandal, 24, and Political Animals, etc. And let’s talk about movies, Scarface, Boyz N The Hood, Wolf of Wallstreet, and so many more! Then there is my love of Hip-Hop music from Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, Notorius B.I.G., Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Run DMC, Tribe Called Quest and so on and so on. The trick is with alot of these TV shows, movies, music, etc…we shouldn’t get caught up in the hype where you let life imitate art. It’s art and entertainment so take it for that! I was taught early on in life from my mom not to repeat the explicit lyrics in the songs and not to act like the characters in the movies. Yes I do think that the creative community has some sort of responsibility to present positive images. But I also believe that our parents and extended village HAVE to do a better job in 2014 to teach their children about what’s right and wrong and to help establish good morals and values their respective households. Granted we were not exposed to as much when we were children unlike kids today, but it is still the job of the parent to lay the foundation in the beginning.
As a former music executive, I am constantly trying to help shape the images that are put into the marketplace. But it would be hypocritical of me to say that I don’t indulge in some of these guilty pleasures of entertainment. BALANCE is key. Actors, musicians and the like should continue to give back to the community. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, friends and more should continue to provide positive role models as well so that children do not have to worship these hollywood actors, athletes or musicians. We need to bring back pride in the family, on the block, in the neighborhood. When we were growing up, we held the neighborhood doctors, our school teachers, music teachers, and coaches in high regard. We can get back to that but it takes a village.
The reason why I was able to work around so many celebrities and not get caught up is because I took them as just entertainers, people that get up everyday JUST like me and brush their teeth, wash their faces, put their clothes and go to their jobs…except that their jobs were more high profile, flashy and luxurious than mine. We have GOT to learn that and stop placing so much value and hype on entertainers. Just watch what they do, enjoy it and go back to YOUR lifestyle and stop trying to imitate what you see on TV, YouTube, the movies or what you hear on the radio. Everyone is obsessed with being rich and famous and that is so corny. Take pride in your job, your trade our your career. It is nothing wrong with looking up to people in entertainment but things aren’t always what they seem. Look at what they constantly have to deal with from the annoying paparazzi with their private lives and the harassment of their children. Celebrities are always being watched and talked about on the blogs (and so much of what you read is not event true!). Do you really want that?? Yes money talks but baby money is not everything. Just enjoy what they do and take it all with a grain of salt.
I don’t agree with the majority of the tactics in the TV/movie storylines, some of the lyrics, values or lack there of in it, but some of it does makes for a great escape from MY reality and good entertainment. So leave it as just that…on the tube, on the radio or on your phone and get back to YOUR life once done enjoying it on the screen!
The show must go on BUT so does YOUR REAL life,
The Hip-Hop Professional