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.