Thursday, May 9, 2013

Follow The Money And Resources Trail, Part 2 – Generations of BM Entertainers Transferring Wealth To Nonblack Women (Reason # 457 Why 21st Century African-American Artists Still Have Nothing Of Their Own)

I’m writing this as a follow-up to this post. And as a partial reaction to the discussion in the comments section to this excellent blog pot. During that conversation, the first commenter reader asked,

… But even while irritated by this, I started to ask myself if BM are as irritated by the invisibility of BW in mainstream media or the ways that BW are stereotyped in media. Or if WW care at all about BW’s image.

That reader correctly concludes that the answer “is a big fat NO…” That’s right. Negro males both inside and outside showbiz have never cared about BW being made invisible or denigrated in the media. I’ll note that, as far as I’m concerned, WW have no inherent reason to care about other women’s image. Unlike so many confused African-American (AA) women, WW understand that women from other groups are rivals for the benefit of quality males’ attention.

I feel that African-American women need to reframe their conversations about the plight of African-American women entertainers. Following the money and resource trail makes many things crystal-clear.

When most AA women talk about: (1) the general lack of opportunity for AA women in modern day showbiz, and/or (2) the demeaning portrayals of AA women in modern day showbiz, AA women are urged to direct those grievances solely toward Whites in the entertainment biz. However, Whites in showbiz are not the AA woman artist’s greatest enemy: negro male entertainers are at the root of this persistent problem. Let’s be clear about this:

Negro male entertainers have had access to Hollywood-levels of money for at least the past 45-50 years. The door has been open for BM in showbiz for the past fifty years. But unlike WM in showbiz, negro male entertainers refuse to lift up women from their own race. Once the typical negro male entertainer gets access to Hollywood-level resources, he shuts the door behind himself and “makes it rain” for nonblack women. The typical negro male entertainer does not care - at all - about BW being made invisible or being denigrated in showbiz. Negro male entertainers have never cared about anything that affects BW.

Judging from their collective actions, negro male entertainers have NO real interest in building an entertainment industry of their own. The vast majority of negro male entertainers also have no real interest in asserting control over any particular niche in showbiz. Whatever AA-created crumbs exist, such as Tyler Perry’s mess, is built from the money spent by AA women consumers. Meanwhile, none of AA women’s money ever works its way back into BW’s pockets. To put it mildly, Tyler Perry is not a family man. The odds are that his Hollywood money won’t be funneled back toward any BW.

Take a look at Greg Morris. Greg Morris was a negro male actor. FORTY-SEVEN YEARS AGO, "in 1966, he was cast in his most recognizable role as the electronics expert Barney Collier in the TV series Mission: Impossible. Morris, Peter Lupus and Bob Johnson were the only actors to remain with the series throughout its entire run.” (quoted from Wikipedia) Please note that Mission Impossible was on for SEVEN seasons. That’s SEVEN seasons of Hollywood-level  TV money from one show.

Take a look at Greg Morris’ son, Phil Morris.

I don’t know the racial background of Phil Morris’ mother. Nevertheless, you can still see where the benefits of Mission: Impossible TV money from 1966 ultimately ended up. Take a look at Phil Morris, his wife, and kids.

Take a look at Michael Warren (bottom left corner of the photo below). Michael Warren is a negro male actor. THIRTY-TWO YEARS AGO, in 1981, Michael Warren was cast in a starring role on the TV series Hill Street Blues. From Wikipedia:

"In addition to his starring role on Hill Street Blues, he had an earlier role on The White Shadow, and a co-starring role on the CBS television series City of Angels, and a recurring role on the Showtime television series Soul Food. Guest Star as Jason on Marcus Welby, M.D. Before Hill Street Blues, in 1974, he played the role of park ranger P. J. Lewis on the NBC adventure series Sierra, and in 1979, he starred as police officer Willie Miller on the CBS crime drama Paris, which was the first effort by Hill Street Blues executive producer Steven Bochco. He guest starred in "In the House" opposite LL Cool J as Debbie Allen's ex-husband. He also guest starred on the Fox sitcom Living Single as Khadijah's father, and later portrayed Joan's father on the UPN/CW sitcom Girlfriends. Warren played Darrin Dewitt Henson's boss on the Showtime show, Soul Food, in which he played hustler-turned-entreprenuer, Baron Marks. Warren had a recurring role on the ABC Family series, Lincoln Heights, as Spencer Sutton, Eddie's father."

Please note that Hill Street Blues was on for SEVEN seasons. That’s SEVEN seasons of Hollywood-level  TV money. Michael Warren got paid SEVEN seasons of Hollywood-level TV money for just that one TV show. As you see from the above, Michael Warren has gotten paid for many, many TV roles over the decades.

Here’s a photo of Michael Warren (insert in the bottom left corner), his son Cash Warren, and Cash Warren’s wife Jessica Alba.

Here’s a photo of Cash Warren and his daughter (Michael Warren's granddaughter):

I chose Greg Morris, Michael Warren and their descendants as examples because Morris and Warren have never been A-level stars during their careers, unlike some other negro male performers such as Lionel Richie or Michael Jackson. I wanted you to see the GENERATIONAL EFFECTS created by two small-time negro male entertainers’ money.

I want more AA women to get clarity about how where the typical negro male entertainer’s money goes. And who ultimately benefits from the various resources (money, connections, inside info) that negro male entertainers get their hands on.

Ladies, the money you spend creates GENERATIONAL EFFECTS. Your money has been creating heaven and hell for different groups of women. Right now, most AA women are spending their money to create hell for themselves and heaven for generations of nonblack women. When you support people (including most negro male entertainers) who never give reciprocity to you, you’re creating generations of hell for yourself and the BW who come behind you. Meanwhile, you spend your money to create Heaven On Earth for the nonblack women that negro male entertainers lift up.

This pattern has been going on for a very long time. If you still haven’t caught the hint or noticed this pattern, that’s on you. Choose to support SELF. First and foremost.