We called James Brown, and Sammy Davis Jr. sell outs when they stood up and out supporting presidents who did not support the causes Black folks needed. They were called Toms, and took a lot of grief, but the depth of the substance they embodied was based upon the way they served Black communities and ideals during their careers. They took professional risks to take risks for their people despite white opinions of the 'Negro problem'!
These lens provides a way of looking at today with wider lens. Without a proper historical perspective movements like Kanye West's rush to be photographed with President Trump bring attention to his crazy outbursts. But, politically and as a social advocate for his people what does this young man produce that makes him as compelling as James Brown, or Sammy Davis Jr., and important to his people? - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 2/12/18
|Kanye West posing with president Donald Trump and his daughter January 2018.|