Raven-Symoné's "Cosby Show" Co-Star Speaks Up Over JAY-Z, Diddy & T.I. Pic Bashing: "Just Imagine Ho
Former "The Cosby Show" actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner has come forward to defend co-star Raven-Symoné after getting demolished for criticizing some of hip-hop's biggest entertainers. The 47-year-old has provided his own take on the now-infamous situation.
Warner took to Instagram to not only ride behind Raven's strong stance but also explain why people should consider the full context of her remarks.
I really spent some time deliberating on whether to repost this or not. Brother @speech__ went out on a limb to post this. I support him. At first glance many will see this post as hating, but real is real. Facts are facts. Taking all judgment, justifications and shade out of the equation, we're still left with the facts. One can say these cats successfully pimped the system. One could say it's better they rapped (or produced music) about it than going out and actually doing what they rap about. One can come up w many valid justifications. But there are many impressionable and un- or mis-guided young people in our communities who don't have people in their lives to point out the difference between entertainment and reality, who don't have the means, no matter how talented, to "escape" their circumstances via sports or entertainment. And as a result, are programmed through the music they listen to most. Music that perpetuates the very stereotypes and conditions that have been intentionally placed upon us to keep us stuck at a low level of awareness and knowledge of self. Many of us who've GROWN UP on these brothers have evolved, but I don't necessarily hear the same evolution in the music. Niggas are still niggas, as are bitches and ho's. And flippin' bricks and tricks is still the way to get that dough...until you make enough to live like they do. And if you think these Black men got rich off of what they've sold us in hip hop, just imagine how much money the white men made off of them. Repost via @instarepost20 from @speech__ #KEEPPERSPECTIVE I listen to many of these brothers art and I respect certain things about them. But it is imperative that we don’t lose sight of the simple truth - these men were CONGRATULATED by a white supremacist culture for degrading black men and women, portraying us as disposable as a cockroach within their lyrics. They taught and glorified the drug, pimp, prostitution, stripper and gang game, and led many impressionable people down a path that they have paid heavily for, while these “successful dudes got paid! This is not a Diss, it’s a reminder, that all that glitters ain’t gold! True black power is not this, its despite this!
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Last weekend, music stars T.I. and Trey Songz both responded to Raven's controversial commentary.
@ravensymone Our sins ain’t no greater than yours ma’am. The air must be thin as hell up there on that high horse you sittin on. Somebody please let me know...WTF up wit shawty?
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Ballerific Comment Creepin 🌾👀🌾 #treysongz #commentcreepin
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Earlier the same weekend, Symone appeared to show off her disgust with some high-profile shots of black music moguls like T.I., JAY-Z and Diddy.
#RavenSymone shared this post on her page and some folks in her comments are going innnn 👀👀Thoughts, #Roommates? 🤔
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Raven has since stepped forward to address the situation and defend the original post despite deleting it from her page.
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