Challenge: Just ask your friends that did not see the Grammys, “Guess who the Grammys got to pay tribute to Motown?” and wait for the confusion when you give the answer. Blatant as Virgina’s governor blackface/KKK issue to the California’s Recording Academy Grammy’s Motown 60th tribute, racism doesn’t stop in America. Entertainment is where Black people flourished in this county as we came up from Slavery. Yet, the 61st Grammys pays “tribute” to Motown’s finest by showcasing no, not Chaka Khan, not Beyonce, not Kelly Rowland, not Rhianna, not Janet Jackson, not Mariah Carey, not Jazmine Sullivan, not Fantasia, not Mary J. Blidge, not Toni Braxton, not Tina Turner, not Yolanda Adams, not J-Hud, but J-Lo; when all white women payed tribute to Dolly Parton (Whitney Houston made Dolly parton “rich” in her own words for “I Will Always Love You”) in the show. Classless. Will the real Motown please stand up?
When “black women” hold the etymological definition of the state name of California, the Grammy’s say to Black people, “We’ll do a tribute to the soul of Detroit’s own Motown by having no black lead female singers to represent The Supremes.” At the height of injustice, Motown provided a salve for its people. Last night, that injustice was repaid when the Academy made a mockery of Motown and its people. It is apparent some really don’t want to see Queen Calafia re-crowned. What a way to honor the groundbreaking brilliance of a group people. Simply substitute #BlackBrilliance with hatred and dilution, when The Supremes, Tammi Terrel, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, and Stevie Wonder contributed so much to California and America.
I’m singing Cherish’s “Unappreciated”. Diversity does not mean exclusion. This display is swingtime’s Fred Astaire all over again with a twist. Just like Miley Cyrus belted out "Jolene, Jolene" and proudfully paid tribute to Dolly Parton, any laundry list of black women singers could have paid tribute to Motown. Newsflash: Black women are not equivalent to Latinas. Often imitated never duplicated. A lie does not become the truth just because a majority believes it. Thanks Booker T. Washington. Sign the petition at (caliisme.com) if the display of black, dark faces in the flashing backdrop contrasted with lightened-up front stage “Motown” dancers and singer made you confused or LOL. Just as Virginia’s Governor Northam refuses to step down, the Academy refuses to glorify the best period of Black classic music. Proof positive of racism.
Thank you, Fantasia for representing Queen Aretha right. Guess the non-mentionables above were all “busy” or Toni or Jazmine could not have sashayed up to the stage. Thank you NAACP awards. Still singing R.E.S.P.E.C.T. I guess Chris Brown will perform Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” next year. Divide and conquer. To all the Black women whom tried to emulate “Stop in the Name of Love” with hairbrushes and coordinate steps, we know what that meant and still means. The Grammys display of misrepresented Motown prevented Black children in that moment to learn visually of the brilliance of their race while others were able to.
Black women still wear California’s crown, despite intentional efforts to whitewash or discredit our name and legacy from California heritage. A diamond still shines. Period. #OscarsSoWhite to #GrammysMotownSoRacist #Justice4QueenCalafia #grammys #MotownTribute #Motown
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Revisit the ancient history of mother Africa in the Ancient Kingdom of Kush for example. Please visit the Smithsonian’s National African American History and Culture Museum, Washington, D.C. also.