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17/10/16 Black News , ybw #

A Black Person Doesn’t Even Show Up on Billboard’s List of Top Moneymakers Until No. 27……at a Paltry $8.8 Million

A Black Person Doesn’t Even Show Up on Billboard’s List of Top Moneymakers Until No. 27……at a Paltry $8.8 Million

Seeing black celebrity through the lens of Beyonce leads African-Americans to believe that black celebrities have money just like white celebrities. The numbers, however, tell a different story. Beyonce and Yeezy are top earners, for sure, but they are not an accurate representation of black entertainers.

In Billboard’s list of top moneymakers for 2015, Taylor Swift tops the list at $73.5 million, followed by Kenny Chesny at $39.8 million, the Rolling Stones at $39.6 million and Billy Joel at $31.7 million.

Both the Rolling Stones and Bill Joel are older acts who produce infrequent albums, yet they’re still raking in the dough. Meanwhile, J Cole, the hottest act in hip-hop right now, doesn’t appear on the list until number 27 with $8.8 million. Even with crossover appeal, the Weeknd followed J. Cole at $8.6 million in total revenue for 2015.


To put this in context, Britney Spears, a throwback to the 90’s, beat out both J. Cole and The Weeknd with $10.6 million in revenue.  Tweet this!


This is instructive in understanding the limits of black celebrity and the money earned from it. Some people frequently tout the supposed trillion dollars in buying power in the ‘black community’, but if blacks truly had that level of consumption power, black celebrities would be higher earners. Furthermore, the key to the success of any community is not consumption, but production. Tweet this!


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05/10/16 Black News , ybw #

Bill Clinton Tries to Clear Up Calling Obamacare “The Craziest Thing”

Bill Clinton Tries to Clear Up Calling Obamacare “The Craziest Thing”

President Obama has been campaigning hard for Hillary Clinton, so many Democrats were aghast when Bill Clinton slammed Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

Here’s what Mr. Clinton said, according to CNN:

Speaking Monday at a Democratic rally in Flint, Michigan, the former president ripped into the Affordable Care Act for flooding the health care insurance market and causing premiums to rise for middle-class Americans who do not qualify for subsidies. “So you’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people who are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half. It’s the craziest thing in the world,” Clinton said… “On the other hand, the current system works fine if you’re eligible for Medicaid, if you’re a lower-income working person; if you’re already on Medicare, or if you get enough subsidies on a modest income that you can afford your health care,” Clinton said. “But the people that are getting killed in this deal are small business people and individuals who make just a little too much to get any of these subsidies.”

This comment is particularly incendiary when one considers that the cost savings baked into Obamacare were largely based on the expansion of Medicaid, which was blocked by Republican governors.


Bill Clinton tried to walk back his comments on Tuesday, offering praise for Obamacare during a speech:

“Look, the Affordable Health Care Act did a world of good, and the 50-something efforts to repeal it that the Republicans have staged were a terrible mistake,” Clinton said at a rally in Athens, Ohio. “We, for the first time in our history, at least are providing insurance to more than 90% of our people.”

“But there is a group of people — mostly small business owners and employees — who make just a little too much money to qualify for Medicaid expansion or for the tax incentives who can’t get affordable health insurance premiums in a lot of places. And the reason is they’re not in big pools,” Clinton said. “So they have no bargaining power.”

This slight against Obama comes only a week or so after the former president kept the current commander-in-chief waiting on the tarmac. 

Bill Clinton doesn’t need to measure the White House drapes. He’s been there before and seems pretty secure in the fact that he’ll be there again.

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29/08/16 Black Culture , Black News , ybw #

So Are We Just Not Going to Talk About Colin Kaepernick Believing Hillary Clinton Belongs in Prison?

So Are We Just Not Going to Talk About Colin Kaepernick Believing Hillary Clinton Belongs in Prison?

Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick is receiving praise from the black community this week for remaining seated during the national anthem in a protest against racism and police brutality. What’s not being discussed, however, are his comments on Hillary Clinton.

Kaepernick seems to believe that Clinton belongs in jail, according to a transcript provided by ESPN:

You have Hillary [Clinton], who has called black teens or black kids super predators. You have Donald Trump, who is openly racist. We have a presidential candidate (Clinton) who has deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me. If that was any other person, you’d be in prison. So what is this country really standing for?

Are black Clinton supporters going to just ignore this admission?

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26/08/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

Hillary Clinton Started the Birther Movement, Not Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton Started the Birther Movement, Not Donald Trump

In decrying Donald Trump’s racism, many black people are quick to point out Trump’s conspiratorial birther movement as evidence. The only problem is that Hillary Clinton–not Donald Trump–started the birther movement, even though some black pundits are desperately trying to rewrite history.

As evidence, heere’s an exchange between MSNBC’s Joy Reid and Trump supporter and pastor Darrell Scott:

But he went a step too far when he denied Trump had anything to do with encouraging the birther movement over President Barack Obama’s citizenship.


“Don’t tell me you agree with the birtherism, sir,” Reid said as she cut him off. “Don’t tell me you agree with that.”


“The birtherism issue came out of Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2008,” Scott replied.


“No it didn’t,” Reid shot back, with Scott replying, “Yes it did.”


“That’s wrong,” Reid said as she stopped him once again.


“Even a pastor cannot make things up on this show,” she cautioned.

Notice that Reid offered no evidence for why she believed Scott was wrong, as though shouting Scott down and attempting to shame him was enough. But there is ample reason to believe that birtherism originated with the Clinton campaign.


As The Atlantic noted, Clinton consultant Mark Penn floated the idea of challenging Obama’s roots in a memo:

More than anything else, this memo captures the full essence of Mark Penn’s campaign strategy–its brilliance and its breathtaking attacks. Penn identified with impressive specificity the very coalition of women and blue-collar workers that Clinton ended up winning a year later. But he also called Obama “unelectable except perhaps against Attila the Hun,” and wrote, “I cannot imagine America electing a president during a time of war who is not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values.” Penn proposed targeting Obama’s “lack of American roots.”

And there’s more:

In February 2008, the Drudge Report posted a picture of Obama in traditional Kenyan/Somali clothes (including a turban, which helped reinforce the “secret Muslim” smear). Drudge said the picture was circulated by the Clinton campaign. David Plouffe, Obama’s campaign manager called it “the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election.”Initially, the Clinton campaign did not deny having sent the photo, instead playing dumb about the possible impact of the photo and attacking Obama over it: “If Barack Obama’s campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely.”


Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a member of Congress and Clinton surrogate, when asked about the circulation of the photo, implied that Barack Obama is native to Kenya: “I have no shame, or no problem, with people looking at Barack Obama in his native clothing, the clothing of his country … if we’re supporting a woman or an African American for president, we ought to be able to support their ability to wearthe clothing of their nation.”

 Hillary Clinton supporters have attempted to defend her by saying that she wasn’t a birther in the same way as Trump, since she never demanded to see Obama’s birth certificate, but Clinton opened the door that Trump eventually walked through. She’s bears much of the responsibility here.

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23/08/16 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Charles Blow’s Meltdown on CNN Reflects the Black Community’s Political Immaturity

Charles Blow’s Meltdown on CNN Reflects the Black Community’s Political Immaturity

by Yvette Carnell

Late last week Donald Trump told the truth about the worsening condition of the black community and something weird happened.

“Look at how much African American communities are suffering from Democratic control. To those I say the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump? What do you have to lose?” Trump asked during a campaign rally. “You live in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”

This was all it took for the Chattering Class of mainstream black pundits to lose their entire sh-t.

Watch New York Times columnist Charles Blow lose his mind and transform into a trollish hobglobin before our very eyes:

This one hyper-emotional response to Trump’s “what do you have to lose” comment accurately condenses the reaction of most black pundits, and far too many black voters.

Blow, an alleged serious writer at the Times, quoted The Color Purple in defense of his on-air unraveling:

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The exaggeratedly offended overreaction coming from the black community seems especially curious after the Black Lives Matter protests we’ve witnessed in recent years. Put in context, here’s what it sounds like to me:

Black people to America: “You don’t understand what we go through! My black life doesn’t matter to you! My black body doesn’t matter to you!”


Trump: “You’re right! You don’t have money or jobs!”


Black people: “Racist!”

You don’t have to be a Trump supporter to understand how schizophrenic that sounds.

In comparison, here’s how we should’ve followed up Trump’s comments:  “Yes, you’re right, candidate Trump. Now tell me how your POLICY prescriptions will help the black community dig our way out of this hole.”

Trump likely would’ve failed the challenge, then we could’ve damned him for falling short on the SERIOUS question of policy rather than the EMOTIONAL overreaction at having been offended by the truth.

In a Facebook exchange, someone said, and I’m paraphrasing, “we already know Trump doesn’t have policy, so what’s the point?”

Even if you think you know what Trump is up to, make it play out politically how you NEED it to play out. What we need is a discussion about which policies are most beneficial for the black community and who, if anyone, will champion them. You don’t get to that point by overreacting at the mention of poverty in the black community. That’s an amateur move that we’ve been perfecting election after election. Isn’t it about time to bring in the clowns and get serious about our politics and our future?

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