BULLYING HURTS, NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE
Grammy nominated Keri Hilson appeared on Steve Harvey TV with Medium Reginald Lewis revealing she’d hit rock bottom a few times. 2010 was the last time we’ve heard from Keri Hilson in music with “No Boys Allowed” the album, which spawned the hit single “Pretty Girl Rock”. Since, we’ve seen Keri as an actress, and in a few interviews, but music is where she shines. Why is it that we (some ob.) culturally believe gossip and rumors and cast out our own?
Keri Hilson admitted during her reading that she hit rock bottom, which many feel happened after her first album, and the controversy around writing for Ciara, and (unconfirmed) shading Beyonce. Since, Keri has been bullied, mocked, threatened, and ostracized by many of her own community for gossip, rumors, and unconfirmed shade. Why do we do this to our own? Why can’t we forgive and move on? (obviously not all but the millions who do).
While no one is perfect, it makes you wonder if our consistently unforgiving hearts (when it comes to our celebrities) is a manifestation of the after (and current) effects of slavery. If you think about it, Afrikan slaves were taught to hate themselves, cut to over 100 years later, magazines, images, video, etc depicting self hate, and recent mishaps, often lead to online, and in person savagery.
Is it that we relish in that, use that self hate, and an obvious cry for help to release our own issues on those we feel may be doing something we dislike? Is it right? Does Keri deserve another chance? I mean she hasn’t killed anyone, stolen, beat up, all she ever did was be herself, make great music, and give back to her community. We shouldn’t throw our celebrities away because they are the chosen few who get a chance to show the world what we are made of. The good, the bad, and the triumph, it all matters. Does she really deserve this?
And while Keri Hilson is the topic of discussion, the ideology extends beyond her. Many of us claim to be Woke, but we “thrash”, shade, put down, and dismiss our own so quickly, and for years, over things so simple and arbitrary is makes you wonder what is happening to us in real time. What programs are in place that make us do this to Chrisette Michelle, Tyrese, Raven Symone, and many more? Are we really woke? Or is that just another trend? If someone admits to hitting rock bottom, disappears for almost 10 years, and returns to music, do we still demean them? Or do we uplift them and give them the chance they are deserving of?
Keri Hilson On Steve Harvey TV:
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