Racism of any kind is a disease. It blinds us to see the humanity of others, forcing us to judge someone solely on one aspect of their character or identity.
Over the last week or so, there have been headlines that state that certain African-American celebrities using their platform to spout antisemitic lies. One of these celebrities in Nick Cannon.
I have two very specific thoughts about this topic, which is making my stomach turn.
The first is that the people who are spouting these lies are ignorant. They aren’t stupid, but they are ignorant. One does not have the career longevity in Hollywood that Cannon has by being stupid.
What is sadly sometimes forgotten is that American Jews worked hand in hand with African-Americans in the fight for equality during the Civil Rights era. I wish Cannon and those who think like him would have done their research before opening their mouths or going to their keyboards.
The second is that we have a common enemy. They are called the alt-right. In their ideal world, America is a Christian, Caucasian, and Heterosexual nation. Anyone who does not fit into those categories is therefore, not allowed to be an American.
If America is to become the ideals written down in our founding documents, we have to put our differences aside and remember what we have in common. If we don’t, then we will never become what we say we are.
Talent is a wonderful thing. It is an innate skill that gives us the initial momentum go for whatever or whomever we want to be. But talent will only get us so far. It takes hard work and drive to succeed.
In the 2002 film, Drumline, Devon (Nick Cannon) is a street drummer from New York City who has talent to burn. He is recruited by Dr. Lee (Orlando Jones) to enroll in a Southern university and join the drumline of the school’s marching band.
Devon thinks that his talent is enough to get him to the top. As we all learn sooner or later, talent will only get you so far. But he has enough charisma and charm to form a relationship with Laila (Zoe Saldana), the dance captain of the marching band.
Movies in this genre usually fall into one of two categories: preachy and predictable or fun and entertaining. Though the message of the film is that hard work plus talent equals success, it’s nice to watch the message packed into an entertaining film.
When music and comedy come together, it is often the perfect way to entertain.
In 2005, Wild ‘n Out (2005-present) premiered on MTV. Hosted by Nick Cannon, the show combined comedy and music into one package. Two teams of comedians (with a celebrity guest star) are pitted against each other in improvisational comedy battles. At the end of each episode, after a musical performance, one team is chosen as the winner.
Wild ‘n Out is one of those MTV shows that I enjoyed. It was funny, slightly raunchy, not exactly politically correct at moments, but all together, not a bad way to relax after a long day.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that love is not something that can normally be found by using a credit card.
The Beatles 1964 song, Can’t Buy Me Love is also the name of a 1987 high school comedy starring Patrick Dempsey and Cindy Mancini.
Ronald Miller (Dempsey) is your average high school nerd. Awkward and unpopular, he is at the very bottom of the high school social strata. To achieve popularity, he pays Amanda Peterson (Mancini) to go out with him for one month to appear that he is no longer the uncool nerd that his classmates assumed him to be. He becomes popular, but as the saying goes, not all that glitters is gold.
The movie is full on 1980’s. But there is a truth to the underlying message that being yourself is more important than appealing to those who look down on you.
In 2003, the movie was remade into Love Don’t Cost A Thing. The title again borrows from another popular song, Jennifer Lopez’s Love Don’t Cost A Thing.
Stepping into the shoes of Patrick Dempsey and Cindy Mancini are Nick Cannon and Christina Milian.
The only difference between this film and it’s predecessor is the racially diverse cast and the then updated references. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same film.