Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:12
Yesterday I finally got it!
And I now understand why young people don’t put their time to watching television but engage in social media.
This might be the reason.
With all the talented and intelligent young people working their behinds off to break-into the entertainment industry, why is the entertainment and media industry continually hiring the same black entertainers?
And why are these same entertainers and personalities hoarding three and four great spots on television?
Why am I bringing up this matter?
Well, yesterday, there was this big announcement that Oprah Winfrey would now be one of the hosts of 60 Minutes.
I sat back and said to myself. Why? Doesn’t she already have a number of things going on for herself?
Does she believe that she is the only black woman who has a charming personality that makes white folks feel comfortable with having her talk to them?
But here is the answer to my question.
Because she is Oprah and we all know that everyone presumably loves Oprah.
But, as fortunate and wealthy as she is with all her businesses (OWN channel, magazine, Weight Watchers, etc.) has she not thought how selfish she is with pushing aside someone younger who might have their own great personality and the ability to tell stories, even better than she?
Even Steve Harvey has been promoted to be the only talented black man who can host a talk and game show, in addition to beauty pageants.
I even read somewhere online that they were labeling Steve as the black male Oprah Winfrey.
Unfortunately, the old saying that black folks only get one is being proven true.
Truly, this saying has become a fact in our community and it will continue to be so when those in the entertainment and media industry stop trying to group black folks based on what makes them feel comfortable.
I wonder has Oprah or Steve ever stop and think about the opportunities they are hoarding from the young, gifted and talented blacks who are looking to break-into the business but are turned down because of the “we only get one” mentality.
It is time for us older folks to make way for the young. Sacrificing a job to someone who is not a billionaire or millionaire can be a blessing.
So, come on Oprah and Steve, how about sharing and just say “no” and refer a few gigs to our young ones.
With the start of Black History Month (which is twelve months for me) we need to pay more attention to changing the status quo.
How do we do that?
By declaring, ‘we only get one,” is a thing of the past.
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