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8 Reason’s Why Tyrese’s Comment about President Obama and Oprah Are Unjust

Singer and actor Tyrese Gibson has been boldly making a name for himself for years. He started his career years ago running late for an audition for a Coca-Cola commercial that he actually won and his career has skyrocketed since. He’s recorded many great hit songs on RCA Records and he’s become an impressive actor appearing in a couple of major franchise blockbuster movies. It also appears that Tyrese may be headed towards an eventual political career or at best a leadership position within the black community as he has authored a New York Times Bestseller “How to Get out of YourOwn Way” and the new book Manology. Tyrese is targeting young black men with his book to step up to the plate, you won’t find many people in the black community to argue with that. Great job Tyrese.
Recently on WGCI’s morning show in Chicago, Tyrese noted that the massive homicide rate in Chicago was a major issue being ignored specifically by a two very big public figures who he deems should be representing the situation better than they are. President Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Tyrese alluded neither is doing enough to combat the problem.
We posted the story last week and MANY people agree with him but we’re not so sure… but we wanted to wait for a while to see if any opposing comments came in and many did but they were via private email from industry people who did not want to be identified. Many industry people are under the impression that they are stars outside of the industry (lol). Not so, nevertheless, these are the reasons we beg to differ with Mr. Gibson: (click “Next” above or below)

1. We are Responsible for Our OWN Children

It’s the plain and simple truth. When our kids misbehave in school, the school doesn’t contact another child’s parent(s). While we are responsible for our own children we can’t always be there when they make the wrong decisions and sometimes they will. The black family is still in crisis and black women are heading too many families on their own, kids need love, guidance, protection, security, discipline, hugs and much more that help him or her to develop self esteem and self worth, when they can’t find it at home, they don’t usually turn to the President or Oprah, there’s a good chance they will get it from where it’s most accessible.. the streets.

2. We Have to Teach our Children to be Responsible for THEMSELVES

Kids watch parents in the first few years like hawks. When there is only a mother in the household they see what men are coming around, whether or not she is working, if she is neglecting them for him, if she is making excuses, so and and so forth. Parents don’t have to say a word, their actions are carefully gleaned over the years to help the child formulate not only who their mother is but who women are. Many children of addicts grow up to be addicts themselves because it’s all they know, what goes on in that apartment or house is that child’s world and the best way to teach our kids is by biting the bullet, sucking it up, taking the bull by the horns, stepping on selfishness and setting a damn great example and when you can’t… explain it don’t let the child come up with his or her own conclusions because they will probably be wrong and somehow center it on them as the problem.

3. There are still way too few black fathers in the home

This crisis probably dates back in all fairness to slavery, when black men and women were ripped apart, beaten, murdered raped and sold, then again during segregation, the Great Depression and Civil Rights when black men couldn’t find work. Many black boys and girls from the 60s through the mid 80s grew up without fathers or financial support, burdening the welfare system to a point where the government finally stepped in and demanded black men be at least financially responsible for their children, unfortunately, so much damage has been done to the black family at this point, financial support is STILL not enough. There was a time that people gawked if a black man had 5 kids that he didn’t care about now that number is as high as 25 kids. What do Oprah and President Obama have to do with that?

4. President Obama is Busy

In all fairness, rebuilding a disastrous economy, ending a war, running an election, changing our insurance system so that the poor can finally have proper health care, traveling worldwide meeting with world leaders, working with congress, running a country and raising his OWN two daughters seems to be more than a full time job. Could he fund or donate money and resources to Chicago? Probably but donating money to cancer research doesn’t generate an instant cure. The ROOT must be addressed and that doesn’t always involve money… the link is in what’s CAUSING the cancer.

5. Oprah Winfrey is Busy

Running a TV Network and leaping hurdles that many PEOPLE have yet to accomplish in entertainment over the past 25 years Oprah Winfrey has put over 500 black men through college. While it may not be time for her to clock out she can certainly go home for the day. Job done.

6. Tyrese is closer to the Generation

While many of the kids in Chicago know who Oprah, President Obama and Tyrese are … Tyrese has two great advantages over the both of them, he’s in the music industry and he’s closer to their age. These kids often aspire to be in the music industry or sports and they RESPECT and admire Tyrese and his influence.

7. Should we Point Fingers or Address the Problem

Is it fair to point the finger at President Obama and Oprah Winfrey to step in and assist with the homicide problem in Chicago?

8. WE have failed our OWN children

This is certainly a general statement and does not apply to the many great black parents out there who have done a stellar job of raising their children but as far as the rest of the community goes… We do NOT have the luxury of sitting back and pointing the finger at other black people who have money, power and influence for not doing enough to address what’s going on in our own community while we do absolutely NOTHING.
This is the sad truth. Tyrese is too young to understand or remember like those of us over 40 how the early 80s changed the black community forever. Crack, AIDS and massive homicides (at times intertwined) EXPLODED and had people shut their otherwise open front doors with music blasting for the whole neighborhood to hear…We remember the smell of fried chicken, Kool cigarettes and Colt 45 cans popping everywhere. Then the 80s hit and we laughed when we heard stories of grandmothers having to buy guns to keep her crack addicted grand-kids from beatin’ her ass and taking her rent money. We laughed at AIDS and made jokes about it. It’s ironic that SEVERAL black singers and rappers in today’s industry lost one or both of their parents or grandparents to AIDS. We shrugged our shoulders when we heard about another one of the black girls in the neighborhood ho’in on the streets or the brother who got years in prison for murder over a drug deal gone awry. Who was watching all of this… OUR CHILDREN, who had CHILDREN who had CHILDREN. Oprah Winfrey and President Obama have NOTHING to do with that. The onus is on US the black community to address our OWN issues FIRST. Nevertheless, we’d like to still give credit to Mr. Gibson for bringing the issue up in the first place, how many other black rappers or singers have done the same?

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DangerMan Urbansuperhero February 6, 2013 at 10:21 am

I agree, I support President Barack Obama and I like Oprah Winfrey but I really believe more needs to be done The blood of Black Children runs through the streets of our urban cities. My heart goes out to the victims of Sandy Hook, my heart goes out to Congresswoman Gabby Gifford, my heart goes out to the Aurora Theater murders but black kids have been dying everyday in our cities and no one has been jumping up and down. Sometimes I think that white life is valued more than black life. I have been doing videos and speaking out on my Youtube Channel for four years about gun control and how we must ban the NRA to begin the process of stopping Gun Violence in America. My channel is “Urbansuperhero” I record a DangerMan Moment everyday. Our babies are dying we must do something now!!!

brandi February 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm

How come with this President, people are afraid to say, “what they need to say?” If this President was really concerned about innocent children being gunned down in the streets of Chicago or anywhere he would have done something about it long time ago. And don’t give me he’s got other things more pressing, really??? Children shot up in a classroom got his attention real quick and he still had those pressing problems he needed to take care of. Those killed in Chicago on the streets are still human beings that should deserve the same attention as those killled in a an area where you hear people say, “I can’t believe this happened in our neighborhood!”

Hawk February 12, 2013 at 6:30 am

We keep waiting for someone to come and help us. We have to start with helping ourselves with small steps. What can a President or Oprah due to stop the violence in Chicago streets? I am listening. Parents and community is where they learn and grown; and they show you want they know.

Shirley Quinn February 12, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Please – you ” I Want Attention Actors ” need a Script that reads, You have not done your Political Homework, and that the words on your page does not describe your ability to get the Part – Please, research before you Open your feeble mouth to Call Time on the President or the Oprah… Where was your big mouth, when the White Presidents had the Seat??? Have Respect, You are not receiving any White House Memo’s at Alll…. Call Out the PARENTS!!!!!! The World Nor the President Obama, is not the low-life, non-raised trash that kill, kill and then go home to the theses people called Mother and Father… Call On Them Tyrese.;; You No Nothing; Write and Talk on what you know, UpFront & Personal.

Parents First February 19, 2013 at 8:35 am

Why are we FIRST not holding parents responsible for their children actions. STOP looking for other people to help “us” …and as parents get into gear and parent your children.
Oh, by the way…why are we listening to Tyrese!

Herb February 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I think that we as Black People should first look at your house and get it in order than every black person should make better choices and stop looking for someone to save or lead us Lead your family and yourself .
Children having children and not knowing anything about life is a bad combination.
There are a lot of kids who are doing the right thing and then you have those who are lazy and ignorant who dont want a job or education but just want to live by that stupid code of the street which is fake and a fairy tale. Twent years in prison and then they become a burden to the stat.

JC March 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Tyrese is right, they should be doing more. The military should have been on the streets in Chicago regardless of what these parents say. I heard that parents did not want the military there. Get your kids in order then! I don’t live far from the city and afraid to go in fear of a stray bullet but I have placed my trust in God that he will shield me and my family from this wickedness. Obama didn’t have a problem stepping up and speaking for 20 million illegals in this country while black children are being killed by the hour almost. Oprah is busy doing other stuff in other countries, how about right in your backyard? I say continue to put the pressure on these so called black leaders and hold them accountable. Black people paved the way with the help of God, so that they could be where they are so never let them forget.

ShanFordJeff March 11, 2013 at 11:05 am

I see both sides of this thought, but it boggles my mind that we broadcast school shootings with reverence and our President makes a statement and what not, but the same is not afforded to a community like Chicago where these wars on the streets are commonplace to kids who shouldn’t have to live in such conditions. I support Obama and he has a million other things to do, but I can see why Tyrese mentioned those two specifically, they both have ties to the state! however, parents have to be parents, communities and resources also should be available to aid in that process. the community village mentally was lost log ago and instead of the village raising the generation, they are are corrupted and robbed of a dream deferred! we the people have failed the children, and that includes Oprah, Obama, Tyrese alike. we can all stand up for what is right or die trying! My ancestors did that for me, and I’m in child welfare doing the same… by any means necessary!!!

linda rose williams March 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm

black folks needs to stop complaining, immigrants are taking over and doing a great job, we don’t need another march, another foucus group what we need is to remember what brought us this far. blacks are still singing we shall overcome, and christains still have Jesus on the cross. Enlighten yourself and move forward.

Rosa Scott August 12, 2013 at 5:34 pm

When did it become the president of the US or Oprah’s responsibility to come into our homes and communities and raise our children. The community is made up of the people that live within it. The seed for the fruit is sown within the environment created by the parents.
They create the environment that nurtures this foolishness that we see on the news.

TheRealTruth August 29, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Obama is helping illegals to sell out blacks.
Remember, it’s all about CHANGE. Blacks are still too American. The easiest way to “change” them is to change America first. Blacks are waking up every day and realizing they’re foreigners in their own country.
How many times do you go into a store and you’re the only one who speaks English?
How is this helping you?


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