Presley, Pat Boone, Vanilla Ice, Margaret Seltzer (AKA- The Notorious B. Jones)... The last name(s) on the exploitation roster is just the latest lame attempt at appropriating and repackaging black life and culture in the US of A through that ever prescient white filter of success!
The truly sad thing in all this, of course, is that there are people of color born and raised in every hood throughout the country who could tell the real story, describe the real problems, and yes, offer up real solutions. People who work minor miracles each and every working day as teachers, counselors, community activists... But their book deals, bonuses and other assorted media perks are not quite so forthcoming.
(photo: Susan Seubert)