Snoop, Oprah, and the Hypocrisy of Hip Hop

Rap’s ride-or-die ethic shouldn’t benefit only straight black men.

Barack Obama presents Oprah Winfrey with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013 (Official White House photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Does black solidarity work only in favor of black men? We see this all the time in the black celebrity community: Black male stars stand by their own, no questions asked and none tolerated.

Black women often get treated like second-class citizens within their own ranks. Did the hip hop community demand justice for Gabrielle Union after she was dumped from America’s Got Talent, allegedly for calling out racism and sexism behind the scenes and possibly even for looking “too black”?

Brother Son Husband Friend Loner Minimalist World Traveler. Author of “Is It True What They Say About Black Men?” and “Storms in Africa”

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