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Dear Jay Z

Jay Z

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as a Black man who knows his history, you should know better than to refer to an elderly Black man who paved the way for you and your wife as a “boy." 

I invite you to watch a roundtable featuring that “boy” along with Marlon Brando, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Charlton Heston, Joseph Minklelwitz, and Sidney Poitier, discussing the Civil Rights Movement of 1963. It’s amazing to see us face so many of the same issues mentioned in their discussion, only we’d be hard pressed to find contemporary stars of equal footing do the same on national television.

Belafonte was right to say that it sad “to see the collective of the celebrity power has not been applied to bringing consciousness to the inequities that we face.” But again, that’s not your problem. I applaud you for the money you have given to those in need and appreciate you speaking out on issues like the murder of Trayvon. Even so, while you don’t have to be a Harry Belafonte, don’t be confused. Your success and the Samsung data-mining deals they spawn don’t make you a bastion of charity either.

Michael Arceneaux is the author of the “The Weekly Read,” where tough love is served with just a touch of shade. Tweet him at @youngsinick.