Saturday, August 30, 2008

Vibe Mag, Racist?

In a recent interview with Billboard Mag, blue-eyed soul singer Robin Thicke claimed that he couldn't get the cover of Vibe Magazine because he is white.

"When I did a recent interview with Vibe magazine I asked, “Why can’t I get the cover? This is a magazine I love. If there’s one magazine that I’d want to be on the cover of, it’s Vibe.” Their response was they don’t have white artists on the cover; that the only white artist they’ve had on the cover was Eminem. I guess if that’s what it is, it is what it is. And I respect that because I live in a house with a black woman.
I won’t use the word “racism.” I will say it’s a tough — but rewarding — fight. I look at Mary J. Blige, somebody who has had only a few pop hits and yet has changed culture, generated new sounds and inspired leagues of artists. She’s now a worldwide phenomenon. And it’s because of what she stood for; she never gave up. She kept making great music, pouring her heart out to people.
You can’t always expect people to be as color-blind or open-minded as you want. What you can do is keep giving your heart and soul, like Bob Marley did. His music became so overwhelmingly loving; it was a relentless love in a sense. Keep beating them down with love and they can’t stop you."

Hmmm..... I think I'm gonna have to call bullsh*t on the part of Vibe Magazine. Really, what would it look like if another publication refused to give an artist the cover because they were Black or Latino? It would look like racism!


So, Yung Berg was a no show last night at the Savannah State 2008 Yard Show. Like we here didn't see that coming. After feeling the backlash from making those negative comments about dark skinned chicks AND getting your chain snatched in the same week, I'd bee too embarrassed to show up to an HBCU [historically black college or university] too! I mean really, how does it feel to see another dude posting pics on MySpace wearing your sh*t????