Cash Money Records artist, B.G. released a song called “Bling Bling” in 1999. Twenty-one years later, the logic that Hot Boys rapper, Lil’ Wayne applied to that infamous chorus has been transferred to politics.
Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. met with and co-signed President Donald Trump on Thursday for his appropriately named Platinum Plan.
Trump, playing the eager to please Black populist salesman, knows how to attract his kind, celebrities, by appealing to their innermost desires. He always stirs a certain kind of magic that hits the subject deeper than a David Blaine coin trick.
Suddenly, seemingly revolutionary artists like Ice Cube and syrup sippin’ introverts like Lil’ Wayne, POOF, and become inadvertent Trump apologists.
So it is no wonder that Lil’ Wayne pops up in Trumpism when he knows that “platinum” will be discussed.
After all, “Every time I come around yo city, bling-bling” is the motto that pays.
“Just had a great meeting with @[email protected] besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done,” said Lil Wayne.
As usual, Trump didn’t have to go far to seek out more Black faces to bolster his petition for re-election. Wayne was a contestant on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2013.
Seems that we have a new definition for one of his collaborative mixtapes titled “T-Wayne”.
The Mis-Education of Your Hero
It is symptomatic of what the great Dr. Carter G. Woodson warned us of back in 1933 with his book, The Mis-Education of the Negro.
The book was Woodson’s opus.
He saw Black people of his day being culturally indoctrinated, rather than taught, in American schools. Still the case, by the way. This conditioning, according to Woodson, causes Black people to become dependent and to seek out inferior places in the greater society of which they are apart.
The quintessential real-life Get Out moment.
Woodson was the talk of his day as a scholar, educator, historian, and servant of his people. He dedicated his life to correcting the historical recording regarding Blacks in the United States. It led to the creation of Black History Month.
Woodson’s conviction was that this correction would change both how Whites saw and treated Blacks and how
Blacks saw and treated themselves. His firm belief in the power of education to uplift is weaved through every chapter of the book.
“The mere imparting of information is not education,” he wrote. “ Above all things, the effort must result in
making a man think and do for himself…”
If Dwayne Carter wants to make a change he should have started with losing his addiction to codeine. Then he should apologize for the false image he promulgated for years that materialism is the route to success.
Finally, he should align himself with grassroots movements and work on restoring Afrikan communities from within not from above.
Move past personal branding opportunities with stars more famous than you and the elitism you secretly aspire to.
Donald Trump will utilize every Black celebrity with a healthy social media following he can to push his final appeal across the finish line.
Like Ice Cube, 50 Cent, and others, Lil’ Wayne was effectually used to his detriment.
A Bling Bling slinger endorsing a Bling Bling plan. The seduction of fame and power strikes again.
Now somebody tell Lil’ Wayne that at the end of New Jack City, Nino Brown died just like our love for his audio dope house album, The Carter.
Insert Common’s classic single, “I Used To Love H.E.R.”
Now change the gender.