Cardi B, Bruno Mars

Pop singer Bruno Mars is still catching heat for profiting off of black music. A video posted on social media on March 8th criticizing Mars has garnered under just 3 million views.

“This is why I hate Bruno Mars,” tweeted activist Seren Sensei.

“Bruno Mars 100% is a cultural appropriator. He is not black, at all, and he plays up his racial ambiguity to cross genres… people have realized that they prefer their black music and their black culture from a non-black face. We have artists now that are much more willing to step into black genres.”

Sensei continues:

“He’s a karaoke singer, he’s a wedding singer, he’s the person you hire to do Michael Jackson and Prince covers. Yet Bruno Mars has an Album of the Year Grammy and Prince never won an Album of the Year Grammy.”

Several celebrities have come to Mars’ defense on Twitter, including rap producer 9th Wonder and OG singer Charlie Wilson.

 

 

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images



  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Holy ish people are so STUPID!! ? why should race or ethnicity matter at all? Seriously? I also thought only whites are racist and culture appropriate, I thought minorities can’t or do ppl get to pick and choose who does it? Ppl nowadays are soooo focused on race, it’s truly sad. This is seriously a non issue.

  • angrysolo

    I love love that they finally put a phrase to what I had felt about him KARAOKE SINGER, with karaoke tunes.. none of it feels authentic and fuzz bucket bruno aint near nobodies Babyface or Teddy Riley

    For me its not even about whatever his race is.. its the fact that
    you know what I dropped the last dam I had to give, mid-comment.

  • Phillybruh

    Bruno’s concert tickets are expensive as hell. Cultural Appropriation is a stretch. He makes fun music, black artist don’t do that any more, its about sex or drugs.

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    24 karat magic in the aiiiiiiiiiiir

  • Noirluv45

    There are Black artists who attempt to do it but they don’t get the play from many of us. Many of us rather swing from Bruno or some other non-Black artists’ trees.

  • You Could Never

    9th Wonder better stand UP. 9-1-9 FOREVER. Love you bro

  • Phillybruh

    Nah wrong one here, I support a wide variety of artist. But the typical fun music you can dance too we simply don’t do it anymore.

  • Noirluv45

    In the words of Earth Wind and Fire, “That’s the way of the world.” Race has and always will be focused on, and NOT by us, but by those who have a tight system that protects them. It’s called White supremacy. It’s so obvious to me that the White-owned (and I’m sure, if there are, Black-owned) record companies put a “other” face to EVERYTHING we do. They’ve been doing it since Elvis. Yes, it’s about race, but blame that on the European.

  • Floriduhh Evans

    100% agree can we throw Adele into the mix since we talking??

  • Noirluv45

    Oh, no. I wasn’t talking specifically about you, bruh. I was speaking of many other Black people because, I hate to say it, a lot of us love some non-Black folks and when they imitate us, many of us have a sense of pride.

  • No Love Lost

    The stupidity of some people. So exhausting.

    Anyway, my husband and I along with a couple of friends are going to see him in concert. I absolutely love Bruno.

    https://youtu.be/Wd1Iz6j4WC0

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    How is Adele a cultural appropriator? Which is a made up thing, just like Santa Claus…

  • You Could Never

    9th Wonder: “SHIT. Black Panther was a comic book, a series on BET..etc…before half of y’all Now wanna pack all of your shit, cross your arms, and head to Wakanda all of Of a sudden”

    AND…

    “So…the most powerful cultural element in the world….black culture….some of y’all want it to be mainstreamed but not to influence….you want it to be RECOGNIZED and BLASTED for everyone to see, but not thinking about its casualties?”

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    He puts on a great show. You will not be dissappointed ?

  • No Love Lost

    He definitely does. I adore him.

  • Chuck

    I enjoy Bruno Mars’ music, and hope he continues in the industry. Black folks only want to sing around sex, drugs, cars, guns, cheating, etc.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I don’t believe that it’s that deep for most people.

  • Vonn

    Bruno is a multi-talented artist. He does it all. He loves music. He is clearly influenced by “black” music, but there’s a big difference between appropriation & influence.

  • Noirluv45

    One thing I will say about Bruno is that he does give credit where credit is due. He doesn’t pretend that he “came up with” the genre.

    Bruno took from James Brown, The Time, and others. He’s not doing anything new. He’s catchy even though I’m not a fan.

    I think what bothers people is that they put non-White faces up front. They copy us, and then they get all the credit.

  • Noirluv45

    Cultural appropriation is not made up. It’s real. White folks hate being told they they copy everything, so they get defensive.

  • MissHarlem

    Never been a fan. Always been annoyed at him. However get your coin Bruno and take advantage ??

  • Quitedeliteful

    Why all the hate for Bruno Mars? Bruno’s music has a funky sound of pop, rock, reggae, R&B, soul, and hip hop but he doesn’t claim to be the originator of these musical genres. Nobody seems to dig in Khalid’s arse for cultural appropriation…

  • Noirluv45

    I do, Roderick…for those in MY generation. The younger generation goes with the flow because many of them don’t remember when Black music had to take a back seat to Pat Boone, Elvis and the rest of those artists who stole our music. Many Black artists lost money because they were not allowed to be on their own album covers. So, yes, for many of us, it’s a thing.

  • U gon learn today

    I feel the same way and I don’t even care enough about Bruno to give energy to like or dislike him. But even before this debate about cultural appropriation, I find that I just don’t connect to his sound. It doesn’t move me like at all, like you said it’s inauthentic and karaoke singer is a befitting description in my opinion. At the same time, I feel like if any artist should be able to make any kind of music that they want as long as they acknowledge the influence and Bruno does that. So I don’t view him as a culture appropriater, but I still don’t care for his sound.

  • Noirluv45

    May I introduce you to the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s R&B. They didn’t start that other mess until the White man took over record companies.

  • http://ebonynsweet.com Ebony N’ Sweet

    I definitely believe Bruno Mars shouldn’t have won the R&B Grammys, there were more deserving artists.

  • http://ebonynsweet.com Ebony N’ Sweet

    Girl, shut up lol… Khalid is black. How can someone appropriate their own culture? lol

  • You Could Never

    we are not the onliest ones caught up on race and it goes all the way back to ancient India and their caste system. Keyword…ancient.

    And we arent the onliest ones that are so called appropriated. And really appropation on this here soil… the first ones were not us…that distinction goes to the Native Americans. Long before WE even got dropped off here.

  • Noirluv45

    Could it be “we don’t do it anymore” is because they don’t want us to do it? Let’s not forget the countless groups who did, but didn’t get radio play. This isn’t about what we are doing, but what the industry higher ups are doing. They want to put a non-Black face to our music so THEY can make money.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Exactly. America is so diverse it’s about experiencing other cultures. If ppl don’t like it they should prolly go somewhere where there is only 1 kind of culture.

  • Phillybruh

    When did Khalid become black…lol

  • Malcom Flex

    Of course he’s a culture vulture I never rode for his azz. Yall be happy to get erased.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Obviously she has no idea who I am talking about…

  • http://ebonynsweet.com Ebony N’ Sweet
  • Quitedeliteful

    That’s is not who I am talking about. He is not the only Khalid in the music industry… Even Stevie Wonder can see that this man is Black…

  • You Could Never

    and what should he have done? the music he listened to and identified with…he was supposed to say awe Im not black (he has NEVER claimed black EVER btw) so I shouldnt do that music…and call his record company and say make my music WHITER? He gotta hold back HIS talent etc to please one group of hurt ass folks? Really?

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    There are plenty of culture vultures: Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Adele, Christina Aguilar, IGGY, the list goes on.

    Just because one person is discussed doesn’t mean the others get a clean pass.

  • You Could Never

    She meant DJ Khaled

  • Yoni7

    I’m like what is she in here fussing about? LOL *goes back out* LOL

  • Phillybruh

    I can agree with that. I just think that Bruno being a cultural appropriator is a stretch. He makes pop music with an cross over appeal. Only a few black artist have been able to accomplish that on a consistent basis.

  • You Could Never

    Stupidest mess ever. When you can just change the radio station

  • Phillybruh

    Nah she knows who your talking about. But after her google search this is who she wants us to believe she was talking about…lol

  • Noirluv45

    One thing about many of us is we are willing to hand everything over to others all the while we are getting more broke and they are getting richer.

    Imagine taking something White folks are known for creating like country music and Black people rising among the ranks. Supposed Black folks started getting country album of the year…White folks would lose their minds. Every other culture protects their innovations, but Black folks. We get man when someone dare suggest someone like Bruno is getting rich from copying artists before him. I think it’s a psychological issue with some of us.

  • Phillybruh

    Pink did R&B when she came out and she was on a black run label at the time and after her first album stepped away from it because it wasn’t who she was.

  • Yoni7

    LOL I didn’t even read the write-up so I had no idea (or interest) of what’s actually going on in here. LOL

  • You Could Never

    Perfect example. LaFace records 1999

  • Noirluv45

    OK, I hear ya. But let me add this… could it be Black artists aren’t allowed to accomplish that on a consistent basis. They did before; why not now?

  • Harley

    It’s not his fault that he was influenced by them but let’s not act like the industry doesn’t give non black artists more of a push

  • Harley

    Black folks CREATED country music tho! They took that from us too

  • Coco17

    I agree with 9th wonder. I’m so tired of people making everything about race or color. I love his music. Think they are reaching on this topic. Good music is good music , doesn’t matter the race or color. Just my opinion.

  • Harley

    It’s easy to say that when it doesn’t affect you. Elvis was s while vulture who profited while black artists he mimicked struggled

  • morenYAHdelsur

    I’m not mad at him. Recently he commented on all great American music coming from black culture. ‘Long as he recognize, I’m goodt!

  • Quitedeliteful

    This is true.. I’m just shocked that, according to the article there were like 3 million views regarding this tweet — especially since Bruno is born to Boricua and Filipina parents and is not ‘lily white’…

  • Noirluv45

    You are absolutely right, Harley! We know that, but they don’t know that…or maybe they do, but they aren’t giving it up. They take EVERYTHING from us.

  • Harley

    Some of y’all just don’t get it. It’s not Bruno Mars specifically! It’s the fact that non black artists get more praise and a bigger push than black artist. Vultures like Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake dip into our culture when it’s convenient and make coins yet have no respect or even give a voice on black issues. I like Bruno but it doesn’t take away from the fact that he is doing black music and getting a bigger push than black artist because of his ethnicity

  • You Could Never

    The IRONIC ass part of this is 9th is a HUGE ambasador for BLACK music. So for him of all folks (Im a huge fan of 9th) to be like yall leave Bruno alone with this here shit is profound to me.

    “9th believes in the preservation of Black Music throughout all its divisions (jazz, gospel, funk, soul, afrobeat, hip-hop), and its connections to music enthnocology and the African diaspora.”

  • Noirluv45

    I get it loud and clear. I think it’s very hard for some to get it because they don’t understand the history and many of them don’t care. I also think it’s the, “I don’t see color” mindset too. They miss the bottom line.

    I love all kinds of genres regardless of the artist, but like you said, that’s not what this is about. It’s about them making money of us.

  • Phillybruh

    For that I would have to blame us. I mean we allowed one female performer to body the lane and the rest who make better music get sidelined. It wasn’t always the case when there was a lane for everyone to go platinum. Its not all white folks that have left black music to die.

  • You Could Never

    Bruno also grew up impersonating Elvis. Nobody white cares tho.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdxr0z3SZ74

  • Noirluv45

    That one female performer has a marketing team like no tomorrow.

  • Phillybruh

    I get that, but we do not support our artists the way they should be. Madonna out her selling out arenas but we say Janet should retire. We do it to our own artist we would bootleg their work before we purchased it. The reason why white artist who do our type of music on occasion is because white people support we don’t. Not like we used too.

  • shun king

    ITS the same folks who say Whites with Dreadlocks are cultural appropriation

  • Phillybruh

    But we allowed her to body the lane to the detriment of other female artist.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Where the money to fund (positive) black culture at though? We need more than a recognition!

  • Youngblood

    Your opinion is cool but fact still remains the same, they make more off of black music than black people.

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    Black people are really obsessed with Wakanda! I loved the movie but I realize it’s is just a film and it helps that I have seen a lot of comic book/marvel movies!?????

  • sunni_daze

    Just another angry Hotep woman….nothing to see here.

  • Junkanoo

    His talents speak for themselves he makes good music. If we listened to these dimwits black folks couldn’t preform classical music or opera but some do .

  • Sircaput

    No they were right for who they picked, that album was fire from start to finish and I’m not even a Bruno fan but I love the music and how good he is at entertaining, there was not one R and B album that could top that not even SZA.

  • Noirluv45

    The proof is there is money in Black! Many of us don’t take advantage. For example, there’s a site called Udemy. I don’t know if you’ve heard of it before, but it’s an online school. Guess who is teaching rap/hip hop? White folks, but guess whose faces they put on their course? Black. Go to Youtube. There will be Black people singing an R&B song and they won’t get that many views, but let a White person do the same song…millions. They make sure their whiteness rises to the top.

  • Sircaput

    And I appreciate every last one of them if they are bringing good music.

  • Noirluv45

    With all the Black talent out there, doesn’t that seem funny that there wasn’t one to top Bruno who copies of those who were top artists?

  • KarmaBackAround

    Y’all do too much…i love bruno..we don’t exactly live n times where great music is spilling out of everywhere..he gives great music and BABYYY if u have not been to a Bruno concert, u haven’t experienced musicianship at its finest!

  • Noirluv45

    People say they are sick of race being an issue. I refuse to watch shows like The Voice, American Idol and the rest of them that make sure White folks win. There are some amazing Black talents out there, but they will be squashed in order that White/other make it big.

  • Phillybruh

    The voice is just for the judges I can’t remember any of the winners white or black.

  • Phillybruh

    No reason Fantasia is on the chitlin circuit every summer. No reason at all she’s not platinum every time she drops.

  • RudyHuxtable

    Ummm……Teena Marie, Rick Astley, Jon B., Lisa Stansfield, Robin Thicke
    Elliot Yamin, Sam Smith, Adele, Daley, Pink and the list goes on. Heck, Elvis. Do they define as cultural appropriation as well? Where is the uproar with these list of artist? What is the problem with other races being influenced with rhythm & blues? They are talented & love music. SOME black people have nothing better to do with themselves. GET A LIFE!!

  • Noirluv45

    Yeah, but to me, what he’s doing has been done. That’s the problem with music today. Back in the day, groups like EWF, The Commodores, The Jacksons, Rufus and Chaka Khan, The Time, Prince, etc. all had their distinctive sound. You could hear one note from those artists and you knew who it was. Today, that doesn’t seem to exist. They are cookie-cutter artists. I don’t blame this generation for getting excited over Bruno. I, personally, don’t see what’s big about him simply from my stand of point.

  • You Could Never

    I remma one. And folks ripped HER to shreds bc she is Jamaican Chinese. Tessane Chin. Folks cannot win. Period.

  • Phillybruh

    After her performance on Janet Jackson ICONS and the fact that she hasn’t done R&B since her first label directed album we can take Pink off that list.

  • You Could Never

    I know for a FACT I am the biggest Teena fan here.

    *unless my boo @MissHarlem:disqus is still in here on this post.

  • Noirluv45

    It was different for many of the artists on your list because Black artists were still making money. They were not pushed out of their own genre. I grew up listening to what they called, “Blue-eyed soul,” (Teena, Rick, Lisa, Average White Band, Gino Vannelli, etc. and no one had an issue (at least that I know of). The playing field was different. Not so much today. That’s why so many people are upset.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I work at a music conglomerate. I don’t talk much about it because my picture is up but you are absolutely right. If you ‘sound black’ and have a white face they love love love you: Post Malone, Iggy, Taylor Dane, Tina Marie, etc…

  • Noirluv45

    OK. Thanks. You can tell I don’t watch any of those shows. Lol.

  • Noirluv45

    Thank you, sister, for your confirmation!

  • You Could Never

    But you just said yourself this is not the case with Bruno bc he is NOT “lily white”

  • Rayne

    Ain’t that the fawking truth. She outsings half of these famous put together, alone.

  • You Could Never

    Hasnt been a time I havent gone to see Fanny when she is here. Its an awesome show each time bc this is like her second hometown. She shows OUT. I will always rock with her musically.

  • Ice Lee

    Leave my boy Bruno alone! ??
    Prince didn’t get a Grammy because talent was HUGE in the 80s. Did he deserve one? Absolutely, but so did Michael Jackson.

  • Noirluv45

    Yes, ma’am, that girl can sang her lungs out!

  • Sid

    Well since we going there. As a member of the black delegation, I would like to call out DJ Khaled. He has made profit of our music for years. He is the biggest culture vulture besides Miley Circus

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Well if we are being technical are DJ Khaled, Nicki Minaj, Rhianna and Cardi B considered black? Asking for a friend.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I guess I never thought of him in a negative light because when I look at him and watch him perform I don’t see a ‘lily white’ guy and also because he has black folks performing with him… I get angrier at folks who appropriate the culture, don’t give credit where credit is due and then up and do pop or rock after they’ve made a name for themselves like Pink…

  • KarmaBackAround

    I think what he does IS more of an ode to the greats before us..but because the greats can’t perform or record like they use to anymore, I do love n appreciate the music that he distributes..it.gives u that feeling of the good ol days..i guess if it ain’t mumble rap the newer generation can’t appreciate it for what it is..u kno?!

  • Kayke

    Bruno gets to dabble across genres because he isn’t black. If Bruno was a black man he would be forced to stay within certain lines, certain expectations.
    I also believe if Bruno was black he’d be considered corny or antiquated. It has always been the case that black music, black fashion, black culture, is celebrated when its not a black person featured with it…he is the face while his entire supporting cast is black. Its nothing new. The problem wouldn’t stop if Bruno didn’t exist. With that said, I do enjoy some of his music.

  • Kayke

    Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Cardi B are genetically black, but they came from a different culture. Khaled is not black

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    What??? Nicki, Cardi, and Rhianna are blacks of carribean descent. Do you not know the difference between color, and ethnicity???

  • Floriduhh Evans

    She is profiting from soul/r&b sounds without giving credit/appreciation to the people who built that genre. When has Adele given back to the black community or spoke out about black issues?? Let’s add JT to that list too.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Racial ambiguity at its finest.

  • Floriduhh Evans

    You can barely find black r&b singers because the genre has been stolen right from under us

  • kekeb

    EXACTLY!!!!! And still is taking it in. TOP OFF bought to be the biggest record of the season!!!

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Isn’t there a black man who sings country? Who’s complaining about that? No one. And isn’t the majority of rap music black dudes?And isn’t rap highly popular in the black community and beyond?

  • You Could Never

    The problem wouldn’t stop if Bruno didn’t exist.
    The problem wouldn’t stop if Bruno didn’t exist.
    The problem wouldn’t stop if Bruno didn’t exist.
    The problem wouldn’t stop if Bruno didn’t exist.

    TOTAL Help me SING. THIS right here!

  • You Could Never

    Its been a few. Charley Pride and Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) and a few others. Nobody bothers them ever much far as I know.

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Honestly I’m bored at work and knew that this comment would get the people going LOLOLOL

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    I know LOLOLOL! Im just talking ish today!!

  • Trace da Ace

    sooooo……why are they saying something about Bruno….when Justin Timberlake has done it for YEARS…..yet nobody says nothing…..what about Robin Thicke??? Honey I can go on and on…..leave Bruno alone….he is a talented artist…..that is all I got…

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Right? Even tho I said earlier cultural appropriation is a made up thing why is nobody saying blacks in country are culture appropriating?

  • Kayke

    The question is, is there a black man winning country music Grammys? No. The majority of rappers are black dudes, yet the sprinkling of white rappers win the Grammy’s.
    So you can do country musis all you want , but you won’t let you take home that trophy. They will not allow that shift to take place…..but with our music somehow, the outsiders do it better than we do.???? Are you still not seeing the problem?

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    But, who cares? How many black artists give back to the black community. You’re coming at whites for not doing it but which blacks have done it? Talent is talent regardless of race.

  • You Could Never

    Bc country music originally was for us by us. So they belong there rightfully. As long as folks leave them alone, Im cool. I would ride just as hard for them as I am Bruno in that case. I aint mad at them for doing country either. Country is the top selling music genere and sells more than rap and R & B combined.

  • SpiceGirl

    yes…Darrius Rucker

  • You Could Never

    Yes. Darius Rucker has won a Grammy for Country music

    *Edit: Charley Pride too

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    So then blame the fans, not the artist. I don’t see it cuz this isn’t a problem. Culture Appropriation is a made up thing.

  • You Could Never

    Grammy Awards

    Best Country Solo Performance

    2013

  • Sircaput

    I do not doubt that there is black talent, but who was out at the time that you felt should have topped Bruno album at that time. When it comes to the Grammys they are about popular music and no one that was in the category was better than that album. Daniel Caesar, Ledisi, Pj Morton or Music Soulchild had an album that made you want to listen to it. Bruno had 4 or 5 singles on the chart from that album. As I said before I’m not really a Bruno fan you have to give him credit that he loves his craft and he does well at it.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    So you agree this is a non issue? Lol.

  • You Could Never

    Girl I been agreed.

  • You Could Never

    I dont think made up. I dont agree with THAT. But this is not a case of it by far.

  • TMW

    Charlie Pride – I don’t know if he’s still alive

  • MzKeriBabee

    Aren’t we trying to remove color as a barrier, yet aren’t be putting a barricade up? Help me out here…

  • The WholeTruth

    This dude self produced his entire album…Bruno is very talented and smart and embraces the 90s R&B sound. What’s the big deal? Tell these RnB cats (Chris Brown, Usher, Tank, Trey Songz, etc) to step their game up instead of always following this modern day TRAP/RNB/Drake mumbling singing style..Every damn RnB artist is doing this singing style in their lyrics. Sing and give us your DAMN emotions with heartfelt music for a change! RNB IS DEAD. Missed the 90s sound (Jodeci, Troop, NE, Boyz II Men). Them boys sung from their heart with great sounding music. Thanks BRUNO for bringing back the 90s sound! Time for change,

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Ppl don’t know what they want. Ppl are confused.

  • You Could Never

    He still with us. Just looked. 83 years young

  • TMW

    He won 3 Grammys, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, nominated 13 times. And apparently he’s still alive.

  • Guest©

    Look at Xscapes EP sales. They are terrible. We need to support (actually buy music, not just listen on YouTube) the artists we love. Bruno always gives credit to black artistry. Plus Bruno is not white. Art is art. Soul is something you have. Look at all the blue eyed soul artists before him, e.g. Tina Marie, Robin Thicke…. Seems ppl just want to be angry at something these days. #Fakeoutrage

  • Kayke

    I never said never.
    Perspective:
    In the last 15 yrs, 6 of the rap albums of the year were to white rappers.
    In the last 15 yrs, 0 of the country music albums of the year were black musicians.

  • Noirluv45

    No, we aren’t doing no such thing.

  • Guest©

    So glad the internet wasn’t poppin when Tina Marie was out. They would’ve crucified her, smh.

  • Kayke

    I agree that Bruno isn’t the issue.

  • Noirluv45

    Yes, there Blacks who do country (we created it), but they do not usurp the White artists. That’s the issue.

  • Kayke

    They won’t complain, they have the resources to make sure he isn’t a front runner of the genre. People with the power never complain, they just use their power.

  • Noirluv45

    Because we created country music. We aren’t taking it by storm. Why is that so hard to understand? CA is not made up.

  • You Could Never

    They crucified her pre-internet and post. It was so bad PRE they couldnt even put her picture on her first album cover for fear it would not sell. In modern times so much shit was talked about her getting one of the original Unsung episodes it wasnt even funny.

  • Floriduhh Evans

    But I do feel black are obligated to know where the music they perform come from ( hence why I don’t support most new rappers like Yachty who talk down on older rappers) and I believe they she help support black issues and our community as we make them hot but maybe that’s just me. Either way they are still appropriating our culture. When they start letting more blacks in genres like rock and country then you can say cultural appropriation doesn’t exist. Look at where Jazz is now.

  • TMW

    The African American culture – whether fashion, hair, attitude, language, etc. – influences everyone, whether people will admit it or not. And the African American culture is influenced by other cultures – whether we admit it or not.

    I don’t see Bruno as a culture vulture, because I believe music is universal and should not be classified as a “color” because of the artist who sings it. Why didn’t anyone call Robin Thicke or Jon B culture vultures? Or old school singers like Teena Marie? Artists can have soulful voices, not be black and make R & B and hip hop music. Just like black artists can have “crossover appeal.” These keyboard gangsters with nothing to do but start unnecessary drama slay me. ?

  • MzKeriBabee

    Well let me just put this out there, Bruno isn’t WHITE… and I am sure he has experienced racism in his life for the color of his skin, but yet here we are technically being racist, not accepting and criticizing him and his talent because he isn’t black and the music he creates is inspired by great black artists… I just don’t get it… what do we want?

  • Soda

    And the reason the groups you named had their own distinct sound? They were bands, playing instruments not tracks or whatever they use now. Even Chaka’s voice was instrumental. ?

  • mona q

    Jeesh…thank you…big difference. People need to learn the difference instead of just trying to fight a fight for the sake of it…it’s rubbish.

  • MzKeriBabee

    Thank you!!!!!!!!

  • You Could Never

    Damn man plays in his performances live 3-4 instruments and its still not good enough. And 3 of the nominees for Album of the Year are FULL black and it was historic based on that alone but again its not enough. If Jay or Kendrick would have won it would be a problem with it being rap. If Childish Gambino would have won it would be well he is wit/has a white woman. Like…????

  • Guest©

    Wow, I was too young to appreciate Tina but my dad played her music and he had soul though he was white, lol. You can’t fake soul imho, either you have it or you don’t. This is tew much.

  • Noirluv45

    Agreed!

  • Kayke

    I don’t have a problem with Bruno, I just don’t see how he’s become the epitome of our music. No matter how many Bollywood films I make, I won’t beat out any Indian for the title. No matter how good I am at Wing Chun, the Chinese will not make me the face of it. Our culture is just willingly given up…..we don’t protect anything of ours. That makes me sad.
    Our equality is only on the giving end. We don’t equally receive.

  • You Could Never

    Sorry. You didnt say of the year. You just said Grammy.

    “The question is, is there a black man winning country music Grammys? No. ”

    My bad. Truly.

  • TMW

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Teena Marie! I think it was Motown’s color struck issues that made them not want to market her. In the end it didn’t matter what color she was because SHE COULD SANG!!! And she got plenty of play on the urban radio stations, even after everybody figured out she was white LOL! Her greatest hits are still in heavy rotation in my play list.

  • Noirluv45

    I disagree that we are being racist. Racism is about power and control. Not accepting and criticizing him, to me, isn’t being racist. Did you happen to read what people wrote? Are we entitled to our opinions like you are? Do we all have to like him? Actually, I don’t have anything against Bruno. People like who they like.

  • Kayke

    Sorry I wasnt clear.

  • Gloria

    Agreed.

  • The WholeTruth

    Yeah bro.. Our people always complaining and playing that darn RACE CARD game.

  • You Could Never

    Im iz AH lady lol. But I dont understand why his musicianship has to have bounds on it. Im just so confused by it.

  • Noirluv45

    I agree with you regarding supporting artists and not just listening to Youtube. Yes, Bruno does honor Black artists. Whether or not you agree with people, I will not dismiss their points of view. I don’t think it’s fake outrage. Like I stated before, during the time of Teena Marie and the rest of the Blue Eyed soul, they did not shove Black artists out the way. That’s the issue. Today is another story. I don’t understand why Black people get so bend out of shape over this. To each his/her own.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Absolutely!

  • MzKeriBabee

    Whether you like him or dislike him is irrelevant… and yes, everyone is entitled to their opinions… but he is being criticized for his music being influenced by black culture and that he is not black… but he ain’t white either… but racism its much more than just power and control…

  • davine puddin

    I guess we wouldnt have a lot of hits if the skinny white dude from heat wave didnt right most of michael jackson hits. Bruno earned it. Been performing since 3. Hes darker than the debarge family. Prince. Shoot even mj after recorrective bleaching to fix his skin disease. Anytime i see 80 year old ladies dancing off your music im happy for you. Bruno was 5 when he performedbon arseno hall show trying to move like elvis! Leave him be.

  • Vonn

    Truly.

  • Noirluv45

    You see, that’s the problem to me. There is a lot of talent, but I think the radio stations squash it. Why hasn’t Fantasia, who can sing her behind off, not as popular? I think the music industry changed the sound of pop music to reflect mediocrity. Maybe I’m not the one to speak on it because I’m coming from a place where I grew up with 60’s – 80’s music. Times have changed and so has the generation. Bruno’s doing what makes him money.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    I don’t have a problem with artists as much as I do with the record labels. Because the money is in the distribution which is practically entirely owned by whites and Jews.

  • Guest©

    Personally, I feel there are more important issues at hand. Just yesterday Gov. Cuomo went to some housing projects in NY and saw deplorable conditions ppl (mostly minorities) live in. I applaud Ja Rule for coming out a few weeks ago to spread aweness regarding this issue. I advocate for the less fortunate and the housing issue around the country must be addressed. I guess that’s why I said “fake outrage”.

  • Blak

    He IS profiting from cultural appropriation but because y’all like how he does it he gets a pass.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Just my observation….I don’t believe Bruno tries to be anything other than himself musically. He isn’t stealing anything or putting on a show…it’s not a gimmick.

    If that’s the case: Sam Smith, JT, Adele, Dale, Emily King, Nelly Furtado, George Michael, Michael McDonald, Hall and Oates Nem….etc

  • Tammie Reed

    Everytime I see Cardi B in that horrendous outfit, geesh!

  • Noirluv45

    They don’t get it. It’s like you can explain over and over again, but they’ll keep coming back to the same thing.

  • The WholeTruth

    Oops. My apologies beautiful Queen (Wakanda Style). The guy is a very talented that happens to enjoy producing and playing RnB. Was there an RnB music race criteria handbook written (No whites, hispanics, allowed etc)? LOL. Remember Jon B, George Micheal, Teena Maria, Robin Thicke, Bobby Caldwell, The Jets (80s group). They all enjoyed making RnB music. Bruno is no different.

  • You Could Never

    I don’t have a problem with artists as much as I do with the record labels.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    well Bruno’s original record label was black founded. they dropped him. Motown

  • Noirluv45

    Those artists did not have to compete with Black artists because there were still Black artist who were at the top of their game. Today, is another story. It’s so hard to get some of us to understand that.

  • MzKeriBabee

    To be truthful with you, I don’t think he is the epitome of our music, he is becoming the epitome of POP music…

  • Vonn

    Now…Vanilla Ice is the perfect example of an appropriator.

  • Phillybruh

    Emily King not so much.

  • Noirluv45

    This isn’t about who can love and appreciate music. I love all kinds of music, but that isn’t the issue. The issue is the music industry loves to take our innovations to make others rich. That’s the issue. They’ve always done that, so it’s not about who likes what, but who makes money off of what, and others have always made money off our innovations, and yes, we own them. Every other group protects their brand, but us. We have been pushed out. Yes, we own R&B and others borrow it.

    Did you know Time Warner bought the rights to Soul Train? They are making money off our brand. I blame us for not doing the same. That’s my issue.

  • Kayke

    Funny thing is he won RnB album of the year, not Pop…..Ed Sheeran did.

  • You Could Never

    He is getting a pass from 9th Wonder? Who doesnt even have a dog in this fight bc 9th is 100% hip hop. So he getting a pass from 9th Wonder too? Asking for a blog fulla folks minus 3-4

  • Bonita Johnson

    I love 9th wonder he is a music producer genius so
    Much love and respect for him! I adore Bruno too he’s such a cutie and his music fun and enlightening and I do not believe he is robbing black music!! So petty! What is black music?? Why must we place a color on everything as if one race or color owns the right to something?? So stupid and predjudice and just ignorant to feel that way! How can we want and strive for equality when people are constantly putting up border lines and restrictions based off race??? Music is like a living singing rainbow there is no one color to it!! You have blacks that are in to rock music blacks that’s are into country whites that loves the blues Asians that’s Love hip hop etc music just brings life together, thats the only thing we should respect about music! Please don’t try to turn music into a racial issue and ruin its purity!!!

  • You Could Never

    Blacks had the chance to make money off of Bruno at Motown. At the time it was headed by Sylvia Rhone. They dropped him. So now what is the argument on that?

  • The WholeTruth

    Good point…I think the current state (majority not all) of RnB has adopted this TRAP/RNB/Drake sound which totally change the landscape on how RnB was once perceived. This sorely disconnects the artist creativity and talents..Bruno stayed true to the old 90s RnB sound (always with a dash of POP)..but Black people are mad about it because there’s nobody on his creativity level right now to match it. My thoughts.

  • You Could Never

    He reminds me of ALL OF THE SIBS in The Jets. He looks like them. I LOVED them

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I am so glad that Grapevine is getting this national exposure.

  • Noirluv45

    More important issue to who? We are multitaskers. We can address this issue (especially since it’s one of the topics on this blog today) and others like the deplorable housing issues in NY. We have always fought more than one battle. I agree with you 100%. Deplorable housing issues should be dealt with. Slumlords need to be dealt with by being fined and being forced to live in the conditions their tenants live in. It’s pathetic!

  • Noirluv45

    Racism is about power and control. It’s about White supremacy. Some of us have no idea the infrastructures Whites have available to them. That’s what racism is. They control education, law, housing, the media, etc. It’s not just about not liking a certain race.

  • Noirluv45

    If my liking him/not liking him is not an issue, then why are you upset that he is being criticized?

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy??

    Bruno Mars is profiting off of negro culture. His music tickles the ears so most people have no issue with him.

    He’s nothing more than the lead singer of a really good cover band. A professional karaoke singer. Makes sense since he started out as an Elvis impersonator. He’s good at mimicking , and has a natural musical talent. He always looks as if he’s acting and or in costume when he’s performing. His music lacks SOUL! The key ingredient to black music. His music has no depth. He’s a glorified wedding singer, making watered down new jack swing music.

    Bruno always had a fan base, but he really took off when he started making negro music. He went from wanting to be a millionaire and Catching grenades to singing doo wop and paying “homage” to inliving color. ?

  • Noirluv45

    Blacks created rock music, country music, blue grass, etc. See, when we don’t know history, we dismiss it. This topic is not about who loves what.

  • Noirluv45

    What is Black music? Black music comes from the heart and soul of a people who went through slavery, came through the civil right’s movement and spoke from their hearts and souls. These are our traditions and our heritage. That’s what Black music is. It doesn’t mean others can’t enjoy it, play it, or listen to it, but Black people are always chastised for holding our culture near and dear and this younger generation doesn’t have one bit of clue about the history of music and the arts that originated in Africa. Trust me, others make more of an issue about race than we ever will.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    You sound like Seren.

  • MzKeriBabee

    I understand, and that’s why I said its much more than just power and control… never said it wasn’t power and control… :)

  • Cannelle

    I agree with you. I think I already said on here that where I live, people will fight you over cultural recipes they claim their ancestors developed. I am not kidding, RECIPES. lmaoo. I’ve brought this up with people in person or on other sites, and I’ve been shut down. So this conversation about Bruno tires me. Totally not worth it, lol.

  • The WholeTruth

    Profiting? Because he’s a damn artist that like RnB music? Lol…Do your research(you tube it)..Bruno has been in the music game for a very long time..He was rejected by many record labels because he wanted to do RnB (singer)but was just alloted to write lyrics for BLACK artist (wasn’t black enough)…He paid his dues..AND earned it.

  • Yes, I Said That

    Instead of screaming cultural appropriation, we black people need to scream “where are our black singers”. There are hardly any black men/boys singing r&b music in the mainstream music scene. No longer do we have black boy bands. The traditional r&b sound has been replaced with trap soul, overt sexual references instead of love, and no longer do we have black men that sound like men such as Keith Washington, Luther Vandross, Carl Thomas, or any member of the OJays.

    Our traditional R&B sound has been watered down to suit the ears of young white kids and music executives. I knew the era of black singers dominating the charts was over when Ed Sherran was listed among the best R&B singers in XXL magazine and the BBC crowned him the most important R&B singer of out times. After that, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Zayn Malik, and Shawn Mendes has surfaced as mainstream R&B ambassadors. Khalid and The Weekend are now what all black men must sound like in order to perform on mainstream music’s stages. Bryson Tiller’s trap soul is the dominant sound that black men must have in order to survive on black radio. Just ask Tank how he had to switch to Trap Soul just to survive. Black music producers, and black music executives aren’t investing in or elevating black male r&b singers or black female r&b singers. They are too busy looking for a white kid that sounds black. Where are RocNation or MayBach music labels R&B singers male or female? There are very few and Jay & Rich Ross are too busy promoting themselves instead of elevating others.

  • free

    charlie wilson (gap band) spoke on this, as well, in defense of bruno. hell, i’m still bumping carl thomas, jodeci, sisqo (i forgot their name), and case right now.

  • You Could Never

    All of it. But its easier to just paint Bruno as the bad guy, who is ripping off our culture… when there is a much bigger picture here.

  • You Could Never

    They about to dismiss Charlie in a smooth minute bc he is married to a white woman. Wait for it.

    *Dru Hill

  • MzKeriBabee

    truthfully, I am not upset, just don’t understand why people are mad about his talent… there are plenty of other things to be concerned about than a non white male playing RnB/Pop music inspired off of a generation of RnB that was the EPITOME of music back in the days and everybody calling it Cultural Appropriation… why can’t it be cultural appreciation..i just wish that color wasn’t an issue in regards to ANYTHING…

  • Blaque Mahogany

    This really boils down to ownership. Trying to get an entire race of people (AA’s) to take ownership over something like music, when most have been conditioned to believe they don’t even have ownership over their OWN bodies is like trying to teach an animal to talk.

    AA’s are myopic to our detriment. We routinely fail to see the relevance and future impact of our actions/in-actions. Cultural appropriation is real and is a cousin to representation. When we promote this fallacy that their is no such thing as “black” music,art, etc., we in effect remove ourselves and our contributions from history. 30 yrs from now when the faces of “black” music (Hip Hop/ R&B, etc.) are Iggy Azalea, Adele, Sam Smith and Bruno Mars, blacks will be running around talking about how our music was stolen from us. No, we GAVE our music away…along with invites to the cookout. Smh

  • MzKeriBabee

    You got a point, but I feel that he is POP music… thru and thru… but POP music is inspired by RnB…

  • free

    yeah but they got to know she met him while he was on crackhead status. she got him to where he is, not a sista.

  • Owww76

    Fantasia is gonna be around wayyyyy longer after all these add water and stir artists dries up! fanny got that old school blood in her Patti Labelle and Tina Turner, she is a sanger and there will always be an audience for that.

  • Noirluv45

    Hey I wish that color wasn’t an issue with anything either, Mz. Keri. Unfortunately , it is. We didn’t make it that way…Europeans did. I don’t have anything against Bruno except to say he’s an imitation. He does appreciate Black music and has given credit where credit is due.

  • J2PC

    If so, then why did he clean house at the awards, have the majority of the audience rise up out of the seats unlike all the other performers and is the most requested entertainer who can sell out Superbowl half-time shows along with selling out concert tickets and staying at the top of the charts??

    -your opinion vs the opinion of the majority speaks volume. Folks are sick & tired of the talentless junk, fads & gimmicks that are out nowadays parading wasting folks time.

    Whatever he is…it is what most folks obviously long for & prefer: good music from yesteryear via a multi-talented individual. Unlike so many others, he has the “it” factor.

  • Liah

    This is CRAZY!!!…So you mad @ someone making music??!!!…He is a artist!…This is the music he loves!…I like Bruno Mars…Yall too damn deep for the Queen!

    Next yall going to be spray painting snow black!##STOPIT

  • The WholeTruth

    Lol….NICE!!!!!

  • Noirluv45

    Maybe I suggest you take your anger out on the one who put the cards in the deck. Maybe I point to history and the president. We weren’t the ones who swung Black people from trees. We weren’t the ones who tortured and terrorized Whites and others like they do. We weren’t the ones that fed Black babies to alligators. We aren’t the ones getting light jail sentences, if they get one at all, for drug usage and other minor crimes. I can go on and on. We aren’t the ones getting probation. Now, who plays the race card again?

  • Yes, I Said That

    The bigger picture is “mainstream music doesn’t want black faces singing R&B”. They don’t want the traditional black sound. It must come from someone like Adele and Sam Smith. If you noticed, many white singers that the industry wants to be seen as R&B singers or rappers, always have all black background singers and dancers. They also are given mass promotion on black radio but real R&B singers like Jill Scott will not be played on their radio stations. Where were the black female or male R&B singers’ performances at the iHeart Awards? There were none!

  • J2PC

    If all Blacks turned off or muted his music, sat down at awards shows, etc., the man would still be at the top of the charts & selling tickets because millions of people around the world supporting him are way more than the number of Black folks.

    A talent truly has the “it” factor when he/she can cross all genre of music and nationalities and naysayers are just a non-factor. -do your thing Bruno!

  • Liah

    LMAO!!!!….They out here doing the MOOOST!….UGGH!

  • Noirluv45

    I believe it, Cannelle! People hold their innovations and traditions near and dear, but God forbid when Black folks do because we are the universal race who’s supposed to have our arms opened to everyone! They don’t want to hear it that’s why they shut you down. They have to protect their brand, if you know what I mean. It’s so typical. I hear you all the way. Lol!

  • Noirluv45

    I gotcha! Sorry, Mz. Keri. ???

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy??

    You and the rest bring up color and blaming blacks for everything. Are misinformation agents. When ever black people have a grievance we’re always told to shut up and stop complaning! GTFOH! YOU AND THE REST OF THE COON SQUAD CAN GO TO HELL! This have everything to do with color! Black people are not allowed to profit off of their own blackness! Yet OUTSIDERS are allowed to dawn our likeness as a got damn costume and make billions! In case you haven’t realized black artist are dumbed down on purpose! We’re made to perform garbage for money, or else no airplay! Black people are POWERFULL! Music is used as a means to control people and make money. When you have blacks using the power they have within themselves to make shitty music. It creates negative energy. Why else would they purposely and forcefully dumb down BLACK music, while uplifting the frauds! The faux black music carries the same negativity since its not coming from a place of respect or the soul!

  • Noirluv45

    They support him because they love his sound. People all over the world love Black music.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy??

    I’m not her though. I guess me not following the crowd makes me crazy. Ok.

  • Noirluv45

    Some aren’t trying to hear that, Blaque. They just keep regurgitation the same ole same ole because they like him. You’ll never get through.

    Black people are the only group expected to have our arms wide open to the world. Oh, yeah. We love to share our innovations while others hold theirs near and dear. It’s mental slavery and conditioning.

  • The WholeTruth

    Rnb/Soul-70s,80s, 90s, early 2000s (Faded and Died) – Hip Hop(NYC rappers mostly)-late 70s,80s,90s, 2000-2011 (Faded and Died)- Trap/R&B (New Sound)-2012-Today………AA’s created this crap…No excuses. What’s next?

  • Noirluv45

    Because he’s the best we’ve got today. Trust and believe 15-20 (if not less) years from now, he probably won’t be remembered unlike The Temps, Blue Magic, Aretha, Gladys, Chaka, Janet, Stevie, Michael, Prince, and the list goes on and on. Those artists have generational fans.

  • Noirluv45

    Of course.

  • Noirluv45

    Thank you!!!!!

  • Shira Harding-James

    I understand it perfectly. The music made today compared to back then is different though…real music. Most of the music today is junk . That’s what the people I mentioned above have to compete with today. So it really isn’t that hard for Bruno.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy??

    He provided something that’s been missing. That’s why he cleaned up. He has no competition in what he’s doing. NONE! If a black person tried what he’s doing they’d get shut all the way down. With your stupid logic Nicki Minaj is the best rapper ever. She too filled a void and had no competition for almost a decade.

    Why did he switch up his genre of music? He wasn’t always a faux teddy riley. He became one in recent years. I’ve been following Bruno for years. He wasn’t always Mr. Black music.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Why not her?

  • Noirluv45

    Exactly!

  • Noirluv45

    What crap did we create?

  • EMILY POST

    I don’t understand the bruno mars backlash… black people don’t even support dark skinned women in music. Bruno Mars has a nice pen..
    Bruno Mars looks like the majority of the black males in the music industry kids. ?????
    It’s funny that there wasn’t a problem when the music industry stole black womens image from them and pulled them off the radio….
    No issue replacing Toni with J Lo… Brandy with Britney, Destiney Child with the Pussycat dolls, Kelis with Gwen stefani NIcki with Iggy, Beyoncé with Katy or Rihanna with Gaga or Miley or Taylor no one had a issue. Bleaching and lightening black women for decades….Now that black men are getting moved out the way in rap and R&B it’s a problem.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Yeah these coons are something else. They are part of the problem and part of the reason why blacks collectively can’t move forward. They are modern day house negros. Complacent and meek. They are comfortable making the pie as long as they get 1/16th of it. Just keep them comfortable and they are more loyal than a dog.

  • Yes, I Said That

    They love black music but not black people. Racism has peoples entire being all messed up. Just watch those singing competition shows and notice that the black talent would be out of this world amazing but at the end of the show the outstanding black singers are voted off. The winner is almost always a white country singer or a mediocre white pop/R&B singer. Go to the Twitter and Facebook pages of those singing shows and read the comments from the voters which are mostly white. They say things like, “she’s screaming”, “don’t pick her because you can find that at any black church”, “She looks mean and her hair is awful”. It’s really said and what makes it worst is there are black judges on those shows that shun black talent either afraid that the black talent would be their competition or they need to play the white man’s game in order to keep their judging check. Black people singing black music or any music is dead.

  • Being bad is way more fun

    Slow news day huh ?????????????????????/

  • Phillybruh

    She doesn’t do black music solely. She’s very eclectic with her sound. Still wondering why Clive couldn’t do anything with her, her first album was good.

  • Guess Who

    Where’s the lie though?

  • You Could Never

    I agree wit this too

  • The WholeTruth

    Musical style and creativity level by black artist. Record labels ( white owned) are forcing black artist to keep up with Jones (current sound, what sells now, etc) instead of letting them have their own creativity in their music. Prince explained this and went independent(his own label)and a host of other artist did the same. Unfortunately most of the current RnB artist accept this for the money only!

  • Toni Toni Toni

    Boy I tell ya! Folks are too hypocritical these days. Complain about something FOR EFFS SAKE!
    Hell, you may as well call him black anyways. We all know Philippinons have some black in them. Stop Playin. Why do u think they got so much soul!!

    hes dope! POINT BLANK PERIOD!

  • http://suzar.com/BOTW/BOTW-ch1d-pages7-8.html Staci Elle

    Love 9th wonder, that’s all I got to say about this story ?????

  • Yes, I Said That

    You said “He provided something that’s been missing….He has no competition”. Why is that? There is something sinister going on in the music industry, especially in the black music scene. There are hardly any black singers or groups be it male or female that operate in the mainstream. We prop up RocNation but what is Jay and company doing to further competition or elevate a variety of black singers. No one, not even black producers/executives/A&R, are bringing forth black talent to the mainstream.

    Everyday, there seems to be a new white chick/dude on the scene but no new black ones. There’s talk about the industry doing a new latin explosion again. Where is our black explosion. We need more singers than just Beyonce and Rihanna in the mainstream. The hip hop field is crowded but the R&B, Soul and singing group fields are dead. Diddy was crocked but why is his record label not producing any acts? TDE didn’t even want to promote SZA in the beginning, she quit singing then out of the blue TDE put together an album for her. Has black industry players been told to stand down; to not promote new black talent until the powers that be tell them too?

  • Shira Harding-James

    I see what you’re saying…I love her music!

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
  • J2PC

    Exactly! That’s the point. Many Blacks in the industry today will fall for anything that will give them a bit of fame with some crumbs to keep them pacified & asleep as long as they allow themselves to be portrayed or used as talentless mumbling muppets which allows or make room for non-Black talent to rise & steal their thunder.

    -now folks around the world are turned off & snubbing their nose at the sorry street junk often led by Blacks and think that is all that today’s Blacks have to offer.

    Meanwhile, a prettier picture is painted for non-Black talent that is more appealing to the eyes & ears of listeners. -Blame those who are allow themselves to sold for a price of making themselves & their Black people look bad to elevate the image & sound of non-Blacks.

  • Shira Harding-James

    I believe we as a people should really start to consider when to pick a battle. Everything does not deserve the energy.

  • Dem Moore

    I’ve been black since birth, my mother is black my father is black, actually my dad recently cried when he found out he was 28 percent white, after our family took a DNA test, he said I just want to cut it out lol. I’m so tried of these Asians and Latinos, who up until recently would Brag about being slapped or disowned by family and friends for association with none wealthy blacks, they perfer the blacks who hate black lol. it’s almost like a status thing. Black people do them how they did you, stop being so nice.

  • Applebootay

    The only thing I have issue with is that we GAVE our music away……Now I know you know full and well it was STOLEN BEfore we GAVE anything away….The influence of African Americans on mainstream American music began in the 19th century , with the advent of blackface minstrelsy you know the show that consisted of comic skits, variety
    acts, dancing, and music performances that mocked us. They stole rock and roll, R and B, Soul, Pop, everything….

  • You Could Never

    WTH going on with Nick Gordan’s eyebrows?

    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    Would have to ask his waxer this sis.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I think you missed my point.

  • Jygalo

    Please spare me from those blk folks who have nothing better to do than “protest” nothing. Geesh go to Flint or something smdh

  • Blaque Mahogany

    We love to share our innovations while others hold theirs near and dear
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    That part. Ownership. We don’t have it. It’s sad. Nothing we do is going to make them actually like or respect us.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I didn’t say you were crazy. It was actually a compliment. I liked your comment.

  • Noirluv45

    Those who allowed themselves to be sold were given a bill of goods to suck them in. They were poor and the smell of money, fame and fortune could not be dismissed.

  • Noirluv45

    Amen!

  • Noirluv45

    All of this!!!

  • KISSmyENTIREass

    Karaoke singer ????? Why did they put that title in Sandra head. He going to be known for that forever! But the way he shut out other deserving people at the Grammys im ever major category had me side eyeing him really. Not his fault its just what the media is pushing instead of blacks.

  • Noirluv45

    Sadly, we don’t. I don’t understand why we just give our stuff away. It’s very frustrating!

  • Yes, I Said That

    You are so right! Black artists do not have creative freedom; therefore, they continue to hop on what’s current and selling, which doesn’t always translate into extending them an additional 15 minutes of fame and fortune. Just listen to a white rapper or white pop singer’s lyrics which are totally different from black mainstream artists. They are rarely cussing out women and they express love without a lot of explicit sexual innuendos. All of our mainstream black music is just filthy and sad. Black female singers and rappers have to be naked on stage and singing about their man’s eggplant size. Where are our modern mainstream versions of Tori Amos, Vanessa Carlton, Reba McIntyre, or Joan Jet, The Chainsmokers, or Imagine Dragons. There will never be any because white record labels want to keep us in the box and elevate black stereotypes. It’s just going to get worst in the era of Trump. Black artists that don’t go with the trend will never get a record deal. They have to be independent. Not even our black record labels or TV networks will invest or promote them.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    They screwed his eyebrows up.

  • Noirluv45

    Girl, we as a people are so diverse. This is serious to many of us.

  • You Could Never

    BEYOND repair. He needs to shave them off and start over but I think he likes them. *cries*

  • Noirluv45

    THIS!!!

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    Bruno is going to have more defenders than he will have critics. And the woman who started this argument — she’s looking for her 5 minutes of fame….maybe in hopes of getting a TV show, or a web series, or who knows what? But it’s a moot point, because Mars has sold millions of dollars, writes a lot of his songs, has money to last a lifetime, and fans all over the world. He don’t give shy%T!

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    The woman is looking for her 5 minutes of fame.

  • Shira Harding-James

    I’m sure it is

  • EMILY POST

    People assimilated their soul then got mad at Bruno cause he is doing it…

  • EMILY POST

    We are seeing the effects of all of the art and music programs in being cancelled in school.. extremely bad art is the result

  • Drea982

    I’m sorry but he’s talented as hell and I don’t remember him saying he was Black. Umm, if you want to criticize something how about all the NON TALENTED, NON SINGING, MUMBLE RAPPING clowns. Damn at least he sounds good. Good day, ma’am. He actually has his own style and I like it. What’s his race anyway?

  • Guest©

    True, in this case the slumlord is NYC, smh. Bruno’s music makes me smile and wanna dance so I personally have no issue with his cultural appreciation of “black” music but to each his/her own.?

  • Just here4 the comments

    every time i see this picture I laugh at Cardi B. LOL

  • Cannelle

    If I remember, it wasn’t him saying that he was black, it was some black folks trying to claim him because they claim everyone. For what, I have no idea.

  • Jygalo

    None of that happened to you. And just how are you honoring that legacy anyway? And who the heck is “they”? It’s 2018. Do better. There are plenty of current valid sources for your hate.

    Best believe if your ancestors you decry so much had even 10% of your opportunities it wouldn’t be wasted complaining about the past.

  • Cannelle

    That outfit was extremely ill-conceived. She looks like a pack of Uno cards.

  • Jygalo

    So to be black is to have a single concise mindset? Seriously?

  • Renee26

    So Latinos can only make Latin music now?? I don’t get it…. The only issue i had with him is the latest album didn’t have enough songs on it…. I’ve been listening to him for a long time and like many genres of music

  • Yes, I Said That

    It’s serious because right now there are hardly any black men and black women in mainstream music singing R&B, pop and any music genre. However, currently there are a multitude of black male rappers. The industry want us to be content and happy to see all these amazing mumble male rappers and to have just Beyonce , Rihanna and Nicki add SZA to represent black women. They are not enough.

    The iHeart awards show that aired Sunday had no black female singers/rappers or black male singers perform on the stage (Cardi I guess was there to represent us). Many awards shows like Billboard and American Music Awards or late night talk shows had very few to no black solo women and black solo men singers on their stages this year and last year. If we don’t speak up, it’s just going to get worst. We will become extinct in our own music genres. Why is it that Tiffany Haddish is the first black female to host the MTV Movie Awards…..we still have a long way to go in mainstream music and acting. We must speak up to continue to break those glass ceilings.

  • Luvn_it

    Bruno has never taken credit for the music he makes. He has always given credit where it was due I personally don’t believe he deserved some of those Grammys he won. But why aren’t they calling out other nonblack artists like Justin Timberlake,Robin Thicke,Eminem,Adele,Sam Smith,Justin Bieber,and I can go on. If you’re going to call out 1 don’t stop there call out all especially when 95% don’t give credit.js https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bfeb35cf471238e1751da65dcef8fec1352152d29830ae919eb567b8881c794c.jpg

  • Wayup!

    Always….I had to learn to watch just to see new talent..
    I already know that the few blacks who do make it thru..r not gonna win
    Although Diddy 4 competition left me shocked..
    The BLK Beyonce lookalike won!!!
    And by the way ..she’s fabulous.. Can sang circles round the real B!!

  • TMW

    I understand your point, but I don’t agree with the collective “our” when African Americans do each other so dirty. I absolutely take no ownership in how Barry Gordy did “his” artists on Motown, or how Puff did “his” artists on Bad Boy. I thought the conversation was about whether Bruno Mars was culture appropriating to make “black” music when he’s not black. I don’t think there is such a thing as “black music” or otherwise. R & B, hip hop, pop, jazz and country are music genres that have nothing to do with the race of the people who make them, but to whom the music appeals. Just because most black people like R & B and hip hop doesn’t mean it’s the only music they like. I like some artists and music in all genres, including hard rock and heavy metal. Doesn’t make me any less black.

  • Coffee1st

    Man…. These folks couldn’t appropriate nothing without our validation and support. Think about it. If black folks – listeners, producers, etc. paid these imitators dust they would be and remain irrelevant. We stay cosigning our own diminishing (if you will) in so many ways.

  • ebonics

    Get off Brunos nuts, hes talented and makes good music .. Period. I appreciate quality music no matter the skin color. Bruno is alllright in my book.

  • TMW

    LAWD!!!

  • millz

    Jon Bs unsung was really good!

  • Yes, I Said That

    Diddy’s show The 4: Battle for Stardom was a real sociology course for me. The white girl with the dreads, Zhavia, that is a mediocre R&B singer, was the one that the white kids and the judges wanted to win. She was arrogant and mean but no one objected to her behavior or bad singing imitation of a black female singer. The comments on Twitter and YouTube from white people and a lot of black people were astounding. They preferred her instead of real deal soul & R&B singers. I was as shocked as you to see that the final was between two black singers (Candice Boyd and Evvie McKinney). The winner, Evvie, is outstanding but I don’t have much hope for her success because the mainstream is hell bent on there only being Beyonce and Rihanna to represent black women in music. Evvie will need all of her prayers to make it in mainstream music. We’ll probably see Zhavia with a RocNation music contract and mass promotion with a Billboard hit song instead of Evvie.

  • TMW

    I guess black people are only supposed to like black artists that make black music. ?

    I like J. Lo’s music with the right producer, even though she is a way better actress than singer. Is she considered a pop or R & B artist? Cardi B makes trash music – she’s Latina, and talks bad about black women, right? But black people LOVE her! Is she a culture vulture? Enquiring minds want to know.

  • The WholeTruth

    @noirluv45:disqus @….Lol..Your way off track and on to the left field. We’re talking about the black music industry..please stay on track. Your point? Blacks still killing Blacks..In your hood or city. Who are we to blame on this issue? White people alone? I’m not talking about racial injustice right now(We KNOWTHIS). The is about Bruno and RnB music (current state)….on why he can’t perform RnB music if he prefers it.

  • Yes, I Said That

    Black people can like any non-black singer or genre but blacks cannot sing any genre they want to and get major mainstream success. That’s the real problem. It’s strongly encouraged for black people to listen to anything. Just listen to black iHeart radio stations and you’ll hear Sam Smith, Adele, Ed Sherran but you will not here black singers like Jazmine Sullivan, K Michelle, Tank, and Jill Scott on white or so called diverse iHeart radio stations.

    Black singers and rappers are put in a box and told to not deviate from it/ the negative stereotypes. We do not have a black JLo although there are black Latinas (see Amara La Negra’s struggle). We don’t have a mainstream black rock group like Imagine Dragons (you’ll have to go to Afro Punk to hear them). There are several black singers that make Vanessa Carlton type music but they are never promoted and elevated in the mainstream. Look at black female mainstream rap. It has no balance. The handful of black female rappers with mainstream promotion are basically strippers with violent lyrics. There is a black Bruno Mars but the mainstream music industry doesn’t want to sign him or her to a record deal. One of Bruno Mars Hooligans could be a black Bruno Mars.

  • The WholeTruth

    LOL…Nice!!!

  • The WholeTruth

    Yes indeed!

  • TMW

    Michael Jackson was the “King of Pop,” Beyonce, in my opinion, is more pop than R & B. Her most R & B sounding album IV is her worst selling album (and just happened to be my favorite). Why does there need to be a “black” Bruno Mars??! Why can’t Bruno be Bruno??? And why can’t we like him, just because he makes music we like???

    When artists allow themselves to be put in boxes, it’s because they want to sell records and make money. The record industry is a business – you do what makes the most business sense and if it makes money it makes sense.

    I think artists like Bruno Mars, and Iggy, and Justin Timberlake (before this last album) are brave for doing what they love despite what the labels tell them to do. Iggy is as white as white can be, and she loves hip hop – good for her! 24K Magic was made because that’s what Bruno wanted to do – all the rest of his music has not been cross over – it has been top 40 pop music. I don’t think the label came around to 24K Magic easily, when the other formula was tried and true.

  • Waya Hedia

    the only scorn he deserves is for being on stage with the fat girl.

  • Wayup!

    Yes.. Because if you don’t look ambiguous then No record label wants you..
    I support underground artist.. If they r lucky enough to go mainstream.. I dump em…

  • Yes, I Said That

    Bruno can be Bruno but he is existing in a musical time were black male and black female singers of pop and R&B mainstream are scarce/dwindled down to basically 5 people. It’s been this way for a decade or more. When Beyonce first went solo she was among many R&B divas, fast forward to the last 7 years and she only has Rihanna as a fellow black R&B diva in the mainstream with her. The same can be said about Michael Jackson. The Weekend and Khalid are the only black male singers with mainstream push. How did black music representation in the mainstream go from thousands to just a handful? If you turn on top 40 radio, you’ll hear traditional R&B coming from non-blacks but you don’t hear blacks singing R&B, rock or country. You’ll only hear the same 5 black singers that the mainstream has picked to represent black R&B/pop. All I am asking for is more black singers to exist in the mainstream. There needs to be a balance. Without balance, it’s easy to erase blacks from the mainstream music scene all together. I like Bruno but give me more black faces with quality music in R&B, pop and all genres.

  • i troll it like i see it

    I don’t care for Bruno Mars music, but as long as an artist is giving credit where credit is due, paying homage and acknowledges where his or her sound is influenced from I can’t see it being disrespectful or evil, not this picture they are trying to paint at least, and I love Seren Sensei, I follow her work and listen to her YouTube channel all he time. She’s brilliant, but I don’t agree with the attack on Bruno Mars.

  • Harley

    Not true. If an artist is getting a bigger push and has a bigger budget then of course their numbers are going to be better. Also historically white folks have had the means to support their own. The artist out now aren’t half way worth supporting but I believe our people do support our own! Look at the black panther numbers

  • Harley

    Well Elvis profited by copying black artist at the time so…. he’s culture vulture number 1

  • Harley

    Thank you!

  • i troll it like i see it

    It’s hard to even “call out” the artists listed because it’s like saying they are guilty of singing R&B and pop/R&B, while white. Where’s the crime in that? I’ve never heard of any of them disrespecting black music or taking credit for their sound unilaterally. I don’t know much about Bieber (I always considered him pop) but the others have certainly acknowledged where their sound and influenced come from. I’ve never believed that blacks must only fit into a certain genre of music so why do it with anyone else as long as they are respectful. The only unfortunate issue I can think of that truly is sad, is that these white artists are being elevated while a lot of great black artists are not.

  • i troll it like i see it

    I thought he was mixed with black up until this incident. I could have sworn one of his parents was black but I guess I was mistaken.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    I like Bruno’s refurbished tracks? they’re new to this generation

  • i troll it like i see it

    Somebody went too far. Maybe he needed a little clean up but this high arch is awful.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Prince please COME BACK and show us who the REAL KING of RNB,funk,rock,pop, and soul is. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/47a1e05cdc561dc7d08a7bdb3ab6e5b7ba48126803c7b215198683ae820815ac.gif .

  • TMW

    Ahh! I understand. I think at the heart of that is music streaming, and extreme music programming now geared towards specific demographics of people. So top 40 caters to a certain demographic (not race), usually 18-34. To me all that music is homogenous and sounds the same. I listen with my daughter sometimes and seem to always be asking if someone is Usher – it never is but there are about 5 different singers that sound like Usher to me. I think the Weekend is one of them LOL!

    Other than that I mainly listen to Apple Music or only specific Sirius XM stations, so I get to listen to a lot of artists that may not be “mainstream,” like Yuna, Ella Mai and George Tandy.

    There is probably a “black Bruno” somewhere but he’s on SoundCloud undiscovered. We determine what becomes mainstream by what we support. If people want more balance, they need to get behind artists they support by buying or streaming or requesting their music.

  • i troll it like i see it

    I was with you until the Kelis with Gwen Stefani part… No Doubt been doing their thing long before Kelis, (technically they started in the late 80s) and a solo career was inevitable for Gwen. If anything Kelis may have drawn influence from her not the other way around.

  • J2PC

    Wrong! I don’t listen to the Nicki types or most rap. It is an exaggeration to say that a black will not get shut down all the way because some Black people will never mean ALL Black people or a world of people in general.

    -Chris Brown was very close in similarity to the likes of MJ. However, his talent was short-lived by getting hooked on drugs which affected his mind & talent like so many others. Until more Blacks wake up & stay close to those who are sober and really love & care for them to provide a wall of protection against the wolves, then they can keep expecting to be set up, played & hooked on drugs as a way to control them.

    No one hate or kill Blacks more than their own Black people. Talentless fads that make the Blacks community look bad & muppets getting used are promoted to keep real talent out. Whereas, real Black talent who dare to be different are usually emasculated & hated on as a way to tear them them while making room for the next short-lived fad or non-Black talent cleaning up the charts. ijs

  • abby500

    Thank you!!?

  • ebonics

    Yes! All of this!

  • Coco17

    I agree, and he’s also a man of color..you just can’t make everyone happy

  • Yes, I Said That

    Unfortunately, we do not determine what is mainstream anymore. We are force feed music executives’ hand-picked singers and rappers. The music industry is losing money badly due to streaming music services; therefore, music executives’ quest for quick funds are ditching artist development and signing uncouth rappers that will say and do anything for fame; black rappers/singers that further their agenda of promoting horrible stereotypes. The music industry is no longer in the business of highlighting all aspects of a black artist. They are only interested in signing to a record deal and promoting black strippers, drug dealers and established black singers/rappers family members.

    There are countless articles about bots and computer algorithms used to increase an artists YouTube streams and Facebook followers. iHeart brought just about every radio station and proceeds to push their music agenda all day long. Singers/rappers can’t sell records anymore so they have to tour in order to make money. Concert tickets cost hundreds of dollars and as a result most mainstream black artists concerts are filled with white people. Many times when independent black artists are signed to a record deal their music gets watered down and they turn into everything we don’t want, for example Niki Minaj & Tinashe music/mixtapes before the fame were so different/better. Same situation with SZA. She said TDE stole her hard drive and created her album. She said the album would have been different if she was involved. The music industry has always been dirty and filled with smoke and mirrors but now it’s trying to erase and degrade the people that created its many genres.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    I don’t care for Bruno, he’ll always be a crackhead to me.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy??

    Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair? Who taught you to hate the color of your skin? To such extent you bleach, to get like the white man. Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet? Who taught you to hate your own kind? Who taught you to hate the race that you belong to so much so that you don’t want to be around each other? No… Before you come asking Mr. Muhammad does he teach hate, you should ask yourself who taught you to hate being what God made you.

    We don’t steal, we don’t gamble, we don’t lie and we don’t cheat.
    You can’t get into a whiskey bottle without getting past a government seal. You can’t buy a deck of cards without getting past a government seal. Here the white man makes the whiskey then puts you in jail for getting drunk. He sells you the cards and the dice and puts you in jail when he catches you using them.

    Malcolm X

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Well he is. I’ve said this many a times. I even asked Damon Dash his opinion, but of course he ignored me. I guess he’s not mad at Bruno so he won’t give an opinion.

    I say it’s true because Lloyd, Neyo, or any black guy could never sing and perform the exact same Bruno songs and get the same following. Never. These folks get to play black, make millions doing it, and would not dare be caught in any majority black area to even pump gas. Sure, one thing has nothing to do with the other, but ijs.

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    The same ppl saying this are 2 stepping to the Finesse remix though. Beyodel sings pop music and walks around with a raggedy blond wig. Where’s the outrage there?

  • TMW

    I understand why it feels like that, but I don’t agree. I think the consumer still has power – it’s just not as simple as it used to be, but it’s still in the dollar. If don’t like what is being played on your favorite radio station, stop buying its advertiser’s products. You don’t like a certain artist, don’t comment on blog posts about that artist or give hits to their social media pages. Whether posting positive or negative, it’s still a like or a hit on their page. You like an artist, stream their stuff, follow their IG, etc. So many of these new artists are popular because of the # of followers they have on their Instagram and you tube channels.

    Nobody in the industry is making money off of record sales anymore, that’s why people get so excited about a million streams, and not a million records sold. Artists don’t have to talented, they just have to have a good PR team. It’s unfortunate, but true.

  • Cali

    Because Black people are confused, full of $hit and have ADHD as usual. I guess they’re bored with pretending to care about the lives of black men and need a new fake cause to pass the time.

  • Hmmm~?

    This whole discussion is moot. Their whole argument is people want black content from non-black people, yet the very people who would intentionally seek that type of content are the main ones that would have no idea Bruno Mars is not black. I didn’t even know he wasn’t black my damn self.

  • Yes, I Said That

    The outrage is there but be ready to be called everything but a child of God. You’ll be stung by a thousand BeyHiv members, blacklisted, and blocked from websites. Constructive criticism and an opinion will give you a hater sticker. Unfortunately, representation of black artists and the path to success for black artists has been severely narrowed. We are just happy to see someone black winning be it that someone is problematic. We don’t want to rock the boat for fear we will not have anymore blacks representing us in the mainstream. But we fail to realize the purge of blacks, especially black females in mainstream music has already begun. As long as we stay silent, we’ll only have what the racist white music executives and coon music executives give us to listen too in the mainstream, which lacks variety and reeks of vulgarity, colorism, and the end of black music as we knew it and saw its positive bright future to be. Most of us are content with avoiding mainstream black music, we are loyal to independent and underground artists but eventually a black music revolution has to happen.

  • ZZZ
  • Han Han

    Didn’t you know? White media aren’t in the business of showcasing Black talents. Do you remember who they Grammys gave the 1st Rap grammy to?

    Secondly, the music biz isn’t about the music anymore. Since people don’t buy CDs and most artists are signed to 360 deals;.https://www.thebalance.com/how-360-deals-in-the-music-industry-work-2460343.

    With 360 deals, the music companies make more money with Rihanna selling makeup than her latest single. Since this is the current reality of the business of music, you don’t need great singers to make money anymore. You just need a puppet.

    Personally, I think White media has poor taste. The only way we can break those “glass ceilings” is to lower ourselves to their level. I’d rather build up our own award shows as the arbiters of style than have more inclusion in stale White Award shows. Again, Whites have poor taste and are slow adapters to new music trends. Why do we need their validation to say our music is good? Don’t we set the tone for what’s next in American pop music? Aren’t we the best qualified to anoint the next Pop King and Queen?

    Anyhow, the only reason Bruno Mars is successful is due to the willful ignorance of Whites. If they didn’t wait to listen to black music until it is being sung by non-black face, Bruno wouldn’t get paid. Since that’s the case, don’t hate the player, hate the game.

    For me, Bruno Mars success is a win-win for all involved. Bruno is the face mugging for the camera luring in White buyers, whilst unsung Black artists rank up on royalty payments from the producing and songwriting credits on his songs. It’s like a 21st century Milli Vanilli. I can’t be mad when a guy like Trindad James gets 8% and the Gap Band (rightfully sued to get) gets 12% of Uptown Funk royalties.

    People make a big deal about the person in front of the camera but its those behind the camera who really get paid. If you can make a hit song, producing and songwriting credits is where the real money is at.

    Another example, Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” was the biggest selling single of 2017. Tameka Cottle, Kandi Burruss, and Kevin Briggs got song writing credits and a percentage of sales from him sampling “No Scrubs” beat. Justin Timberlake in his prime and made loads of money for Timberland and Pharrell. Robin Thicke made money for Pharrell. Justin Bieber made money for Jason Boyd,

  • Yes, I Said That

    Many people are seeing a pattern emerging in the mainstream music scene. White people dominating traditional black genres with significant push from the music industry, while there are too few black male & female singers existing in modern mainstream music. We are longing for more representation but don’t know how to ask for it. That’s why there is a cultural appropriation argument about Bruno. The argument wouldn’t exist if we had modern black R&B men in the game competing with Bruno on mainstream stages. Go back to the 1980s music scene when Hall & Oats, Michael McDonald and George Michael were in R&B. Blacks were cool with them because there was a healthy balance of black male R&B representation. Bruno has no black male competition. The Weekend is too high and singing about getting high and chasing white girls. No one knows where Khalid came from and the white kids haven’t warmed up to Bryson Tiller (he’s probably too black).

    Go back to music history, white people have always loved the black sound but didn’t want the image of a black person on their record covers. They want a certain look from their black artists that makes them comfortable with the exception of hip hop (you must be scary looking). For all the progress that we have made over the decades in music’s race relations, we have taking significant steps backwards in the last decade. Every black female artist in the mainstream for the last 10 years only consisted of Beyonce, Nicki and Rihanna. All are light skinned. Sza just got into the mainstream due to people pointing out the industry’s colorism issues. However, there is a new white girl introduced to the mainstream music scene everyday and many of them are propped up by black producers and their music is played on black radio stations; however you won’t hear Jazmine Sullivan, Tamar Braxton and Tank on their so called diverse radio stations or see them performing on their award shows; they are forever doomed to the so called chitlin circuit and BET award shows.

  • Anji

    What belongs to you is yours. My art cannot be “stolen”. It’s art as profit where there is a problem perceived. We do.not support genres we birth. We exist in genres beyond our creation. We are amazing.

  • Hmmm~?

    Bro who cares what white people like lmao. There are dozens and dozens of great black male R&B artists… just because they’re not totally mainstream doesn’t mean they’re not there. Representation is important but we can’t have that in all aspects of black culture. (Folks out here giving Black Panther negative reviews because it had “too many black people.”) If white people are really letting their colorism/racism dictate their music taste, then they’re the ones taking an L. Light and bright will always be embraced before dark. But instead of spinning our wheels over something that isn’t going to change, we should instead just focus on supporting and building up our lesser known, independent black artists (like we did with SZA).

  • Anji

    No. Al Jolson

  • Choppituph

    I am loving your rebutts!!! everything is nicely said and wisely thought out. Are you in the music industry?

  • Anji

    I witnessed the great British Invasion and felt some type of way when younger. I checked Myself immersed myself in my history (as they did) and polished my craft to a point of no competition. I also removed myself from YT awards/appreciative methods. Once I honored my own dang ancestors and stopped chasing da money god it worked.

  • Yes, I Said That

    Unfortunately, black media isn’t doing anything to elevate our own. Black TV networks don’t have a daily show that plays music videos or interviews emerging artists anymore. Black popular websites aren’t posting stories on new artists achievements or their songs like they used too. Now blogs only post new/established artists’ gossip. You’ll have to go to websites like Singers Room, Soul Bounce and This Is R&B to get a glimpse of new R&B acts.

    So called black owned record labels like RocNation are not signing and promoting a variety of black singers. Too many RocNation black female singers walk away (Melanie Fiona) for lack of promotion or you never hear from them (Santigold). Its like the black artists with their own record labels are only using the labels to elevate their own status instead of bringing forth the next generation of black talent. Black producers are seeking white artists more than black artists for profits, especially after Akon, Timberland, and Pharrell made mad funds off of white kids like Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake.

    Today, black artists are truly alone and they have to be independent. Its so sad. Too many black and white producers and artists are stealing from our veteran singers. Look at Pharrell’s case with Marvin Gaye. Ed Sherran only paid Kandi after fans noticed the songs similarities. Jay Z and Kanye have been sued many times for cheating older black musicians out of royalties. There are so many hurdles for any artist but there are way too many hurdles and burdens for black artists. I’m afraid that there will come a time, if things don’t change, that black singers will not have any place to go or showcase their music. The music sung by black people will eventually die. Black singers will have to abandon their dream due to lack of opportunities.

  • Yes, I Said That

    No, I just love music and I see a scary pattern in black music that may not turn out well if things don’t change.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    I like Bruno Mars, and he brought R&B from the brink of no return, and now more people are appreciating this art form. He is a minority, just not black. This young man, has been performing since he was 4 years old. Teddy Riley had nothing but praise for Bruno Mars, and I agree with him. He appreciates R&B, not like some of these other artist. Bruno Mars keep bringing us great music, and let your haters be your motivators!

  • Enoughsaid2020

    They sure are hyping that devil worshipper looking rapper, and his music sucks! I listen to real artist, not just what the propaganda is feeding us.

  • Malcom Flex

    Look at all these negroes below. I bet they don’t get so passionate defending their own kids. #SunkenPlace

  • Anji

    Always been Ethel Waters..Race music. Thus invention of Pop. Nothin like that real thang though.

  • Delilah Lee

    What about dj khaled, What is he doing to help our community? He is getting rich off us and sending money back to his country???????

  • i troll it like i see it

    I’m secretly wishing Bruno would address everyone directly and ask “what do you want me to do, exactly? Do you want me to quit singing to satisfy you?” And I’m gonna say this and it may get slammed but what is so “black” about his music to begin with? He doesn’t even sound like any black artists I’ve loved over the years. I never even thought he was doing “black” music to begin with! The shit sucks!

  • J2PC

    Huh? Perhaps, the ancestry learned it from white folks. However, at some point a generation of family members come along and have a different outlook to stop all of that self-hating and begin praising & uplifting each other and encouraging the positives and accomplishments in each other rather than allow outsiders to foolishly tear us down. There are plenty of Black folks who love & do not hate ourselves or have all that negative weight to drag around. -can’t blame the white man for everythang. lol

  • GIJoeJones

    The truth is, if everyone else embraces Bruno because he mimics older black music very well, while not embracing black artists who do the same thing… then that is a problem with the larger audience and not with the artist. Similarly, when Elvis stole all of that black music and dance, he was partially at fault, but it was the fact that White America had a strong distaste for Negroes while enjoying their music that allowed him to profit. The problem was with the audience. In that same line of reasoning, I believe that Eminem is an absolutely outstanding lyricist, rapper and performer. But the fact that he is the best selling rap artist of all time has more to do with him being white and being strongly embraced by white audiences more than anything else. Again, the problem is with the audience and how they react to white musician versus a black one. This same dynamic can be seen in the women who are given the chance to succeed in the industry. If you are not light skinned with long hair you are going to have a hard time competing in the music industry. Even if you have the purest, and most powerful voice, your appearance is going to do more for you than your talent.

  • Crazy tee

    Karaoke my as-…Bruno can sing…

  • The WholeTruth

    I totally agree with you; however, I would partially hold all these current black artist accountable for allowing these major record label (white owned) to dictate how to sell and promote their album for the mainstream (money,sex appeal, fair skinned,what’s styles/sound is hot right now) instead of letting these artist be free on their true musical and creativity styles. Prince was a smart man!

  • Ghost

    STOP Hating on Bruno! I love him….

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Sensei called him that. ?

  • garrisonville

    Karaoke? chile pleas you must be crazy. That’s real talent he has..can dance and SANG.

  • TOO REAL

    He’s attitude is what’s making people finally come after him. Alright – he’s talented but he’s just a man with talent and not a god.

  • EMILY POST

    Yes you said “no doubt “ like “Spiderwebs”. I agree With you ….. I said Gwen stefani like Ain’t no Hollarback girl lol sounds like it could have been a Kelis song to me.. and

  • EMILY POST

    No doubt ( Gwen in rock group ) agree with you not no doubt Vs (solo) Gwen stefani “Hollarback girl” had the same sound as Kelis but they gave Gwen waaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy. more radio play. Sorry ?Gwen was not A Hollarback girl in No Doubt :(. I like Gwen but call it fair. Ohhh I just looked it up ? Gwen was using the same producers as Kelis… like i said Kelis with Gwen. Entertainment industry is the real racists but everyone goes with everything the fake media says.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Bruno is a smart man. He found a lane between new and old school and both are digging it! He allows us old head to say I remember when and the new ones think oh thats what that hype was about the 90s! Smart..

  • Liah

    INDEED!

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I never liked dj Khaled.

  • i troll it like i see it

    Yes you did clarify but to me there is still zero comparison between those two artists. Not everything is racist. They are not on the same level. Kelis is aight….that’s it. But this is a matter of opinion of course.

  • Renee26

    Could it be the way the labels market their talent? There’s no shortage on all black talent but many don’t sell big or bring in the numbers that those big names do. I think the artists should be the ones complaining about the discrepancies. The public can’t win the battle for them.

  • EMILY POST

    I didnt say everything was racist… But it is very prejudice and in entertainment nothing is done by accident.

  • i troll it like i see it

    Sure there is prejudice in the industry but not in this case. There is a huge difference between the talent and imagination of these two women, but again this won’t get anywhere because we just have a difference of opinion. I think Gwen Stefani is talented and imaginative and she’s got a unique voice. Kelis can sing too but she mostly collects exorbant amounts of child support which is why she doesn’t have to actually be an artist anymore, haven’t seen her in any major projects in a while. I do still like her hook in ODB “Baby I Got Your Money” when it comes on the radio occasionally.

  • i troll it like i see it

    Are you trying to say Kelis was not “allowed” to get on Gwen Stefani’s level because I’m just not sure if she was even capable, even if she did have the same opportunity.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Y’all better leave Bruno alone.

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Yeah but Chris Brown could have been where Bruno is, but his alleged drug use and his uncontrollable temper did him in.

  • EMILY POST

    Not allowed?? Idk not promoted … I am saying that Kelis did not receive the same type of radio play as other individuals that made the same type of music at the time. Yes I am.
    I like Gwen but no doubt fans noticed the change… on her level ?? Idk to me creativity wise Kelis is way more creative than Gwen. I like both but they treat black women different and they limit the moves they make .

  • InsideTrax

    100

  • InsideTrax

    Lorenzo,

    What is your take on our black people jiving and shucking for Bruno, but would do the same for their own people?

  • InsideTrax

    She is where she needs to be…

  • Yes, I Said That

    The labels are definitely not marketing black talent correctly or effectively. If the black artists sign a 360 record deal, they already have little to no say in how they are promoted. Record companies are strapped for cash due to streaming so they aren’t giving traditional contracts or going to take the time to enact artist development. Record companies are dropping artists sometimes before they can make an album. I read once about how record companies sign great new talent with the intention of the new talent never putting out an album. They hold the talent in limbo to ensure the record companies’ cash cows have no competition. The new artists end up being writers for established acts. Great new talent with mainstream crossover appeal like Tink, Ell Varner, Seven Streeter and Tineshe have all had their albums pushed back so many times, for reasons they can’t explain, that it’s beyond sad for their careers and for diverse black representation/balance in the mainstream. SZA had to write for Beyonce and Rihanna before her rise to mainstream fame.

    Artists do complain but it falls on deaf ears so we are in a no win situation. Artists like K. Michelle (some people call her problematic but at least she’s speaking out) stated how her record label always puts her in a box as far as singing different genres and promoting her in diverse music industry situations. She can play piano and sing country (won a yodeling competition/scholarship but still not allowed to grace country stages). Tyrese also boldly took on iHeart Radio when they refused to play his hit song Shame along with other hit R&B songs on iHeart Radio’s Top 40/diverse radio stations. He even called out Ryan Seacrest for not doing enough on iHeart Radio to promote black singers (Ryan Seacrest the same host that once lobbied to buy VH1 Soul TV station now BET Soul to promote more white mainstream music). Forgive me if I’m wrong, but 22+ Grammy winner Beyonce complains only when she losses a coveted award but not when artists like Ledisi, that has 16 nominations for the Grammy’s but, has never won one Grammy. There’s too much selfishness and fear among our black artists which prevents them from speaking out. Tyrese hasn’t been the same since his iHeart Radio protest and K. Michelle has just proceeded to do reality TV, her songs aren’t played on crossover radio stations despite having the #1 R&B album, and she’s became an entrepreneur. However, she now has her own record company but the first chick she signed was light bright and a traditional crossover artist…if you know what I mean.

    Lately, I have to watch commercials to hear amazing new black talent, conduct local club hops, scroll SoundCloud, and YouTube plus you have to hope YouTube shows you more new acts instead of filling your video feeds with Rihanna and Beyonce’s old videos. As a night owl, I rarely see new black talent showcased on the late night talk shows (instead of highlighting new black talent they get indie white bands to perform and make sure the late night talk show has a majority black house band like The Roots to pacify black audiences). A black artist without funds to promote themselves and with strong convictions might as well make singing a hobby.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    I find it interesting that we give passes to anyone. I rarely let a Bruno song play all the way out cuz I feel strongly that AA artists like Lloyd, Neyo, etc, could never get this kind of support from the masses. Typical of black folks, all cuz he can moonwalk and got a curly fro, to not see anything wrong. Bruno’s making a killing with this gimmick…milking it.

  • EMILY POST

    Did she have the same opportunity is the question?

  • Wayup!

    ^^^^^^^… And what was that thing in her throat… that noise she would make in the back of her throat when she was trying to hit the high notes?..??? I couldn’t believe Diddy was trying to make it seem like she was hot…
    The fake dreads was a dead giveaway her roots were straight and her ends were kinky…
    She was so faux…
    But remember white people love faux…
    The black contestants with truly astounding though I have to mention..
    The winner Evvie as you mentioned we don’t know how far she will go… I was just impressed with the fact that they went not only with a black woman who could actually sing but it was a acknowledged by everybody on that panel even monotone singing Meghan Trainor had to bow down to this woman cuz she is awesome!!!