TTBoy Says:


TTBoy Says:  Shouldn’t Marvin Gaye’s family sue Robin Thicke over similarities to Marvin Gaye’s own sound?

TTBoy Says:  Why would a celebrity go without make-up when they have an endorsement deal with a Cosmetics company?  Shouldn’t the celebrity be sued for violating that agreement?

TTBoy Says:  Why are Black actors so scarce in Hollywood?

TTBoy Says:  Haven’t conditions gotten worse for Blacks since Obama’s second term?

TTBoy Says:  Why are apologies accepted when people first knew their comments would hurt?

TTBoy Says:  Is DIP Publishing a reputable publishing establishment?

TTBoy Says:  Will P Diddy ever direct or produce a film that doesn’t include the typical Hollywood Illuminati?

TTBoy Says:  Whatever happened to “American Idol” winner Candace Glover?

TTBoy Says:  Does “American Idol” really think Jennifer Lopez will revive sinking ratings for the show that she helped tank?

TTBoy Says:  Will there ever be a sequel to “Wonder Boys?”

TTBoy Says:  Who is helping President Obama with his seat nominations?

TTBoy Says:  Is Robert Pattinson whipped or can he just not find anyone other than Kristen Stewart?

TTBoy Says:  Did Dr. Gupta change his opinion of medical marijuana because someone directly related to him made him see the light?

TTBoy Says:  Does Jennifer Aniston ever read scripts or screenplays by unknown artists?

TTBoy Says:  Why is there such disparity in endorsements in the world of Women’s Tennis?

TTBoy Says:  Is Kim K’s baby more important than Kate Middleton’s and Beyonce’s?

TTBoy Says:  Is Facebook’s “Poke” a subliminal gesture for a Hook-Up?

TTBoy Says:  Why are Black models only shot from the side?

TTBoy Says:  What’s the better screen-couple, Richard Gere and Diane Lane or Richard Gere and Julia Roberts?

TTBoy Says:  Has Joan Cusack been hurt in Hollywood because of her treatment of Gabby Sidibe?

TTBoy Says:  Isn’t Jenny McCarthy more hurtful than Elisabeth Hasselback?

TTBoy Says:  Why does Hollywood not favor the displaying full-frontal nudity of ethnic men?

TTBoy Says:  Whatever happened to Grace Jones?

TTBoy Says:  Why do non-Whites try and explain the use of the N-word?

TTBoy Says:  Is Prince really richer than Madonna?

TTBoy Says:  Will Courteney Cox ever revive “Dirt?”

TTBoy Says:  Is NBC failing because of the cancellation of a show like “The Book of Daniel?”

TTBoy Says:  Why does the GOP incite religious values on the public, yet they rally against such TV  shows?

TTBoy Says:  Why won’t George Clooney ever portray a homeless man or sex predator?

TTBoy Says:  Are Speedos thoroughly banned or is it just because most men can’t fill them out properly?

TTBoy Says:  Who’s a better character actor, Robert Downey, Jr. or Daniel-Day Lewis?

TTBoy Says:  Is Sarah Jessica Parker happy every day?

TTBoy Says:  Are there names of dead celebrities that should never be used again on children, like:  GIA?

TTBoy Says:  Whatever happened to Keira Knightley?

TTBoy Says:  Why is Aidan Quinn such an underrated actor?

TTBoy Says:  Why doesn’t Anthony Mackie get more acting roles?

TTBoy Says:  Is Dwayne Johnson a better actor than Vin Diesel?

TTBoy Says:  Is Cate Blanchett a better actress than Nicole Kidman?

TTBoy Says:  Is there anyone taking the reigns of the fight against AIDS that Elizabeth Taylor once held?

TTBoy Says:  Why is Piers Morgan still on television?

TTBoy Says:  Will David Letterman ever stop wearing suits on set and don regular   casual clothes?

TTBoy Says:  Will Angela Bassett ever win an Academy Award?

TTBoy Says:  Why hasn’t Roma Downey or Martha Williamson fought to resurrect “Touched by an Angel?”

TTBoy Says:  Why wasn’t Olivier Martinez recognized in “Before Night Falls?”

TTBoy Says:  Whatever happened to Queen Latifah?

TTBoy Says:  Should “Friends” be kept in syndication or should there really be a revival of the hit show?

TTBoy Says:  Is Robert Dinero ready for a weekly television show?

TTBoy Says:  Is Serena Williams the greatest tennis player alive?

TTBoy Says:  Why hasn’t Rolex endorsed a Black athlete?  And, Tiger Woods doesn’t consider himself as Black.

TTBoy Says:  Did Michael Jackson simply adopt Debbie Rowe’s children?

TTBoy Says:  With his commanding stature, why doesn’t John Isner win more tennis matches?

TTBoy Says:  Has everybody forgotten Daniel Craig’s first film, “Love is the Devil?”

TTBoy Says:  Is Kevin M. Richardson done with on-screen acting?

TTBoy Says:  Florida more volatile than Mexico.

TTBoy Says:  Can anyone really trust Lindsay Lohan?

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Justin Timberlake, is there disparity in treatment on the Radio?


 

Is there cause for a Civil Rights Movement in Radio?

 

    

     I’m really confused.  I first heard this really incredible ditty that mixed a lot of Old School flavor with a touch of Robin Thicke minus the rap.  The song was actually sung by Justin Timberlake!  For the life of me, when I realized that, I could not believe a song like that could even get airplay.  It just sounded too Black…not Hip-Hop, but Black.  While many Black Americans, and even those who grooved to the Soulden Oldies with their Newport cigarettes and Bartles and Jaymes wine coolers, remember the somewhat carefree time period of the late 70’s and early eighties, Justin tries to bring back that emotion with a song that would only survive on the radio because of his back-up feature.  Had rap and business mogul Jay-Z not offered his pedigree to “Suit & Tie,” radio stations would not have helped the record debut first on the R&B Chart at number 9.  In lieu of that, not even His Royal Spoiledness, Kanye West, would have had such a chance to even hit the airways with a song of such tempo as J.T. has bestowed upon us. 

 

     In other words, remove Justin Timberlake from “Suit & Tie” and what have you got?  That would be a B-side to a 45. 

 

     Is Justin Timberlake an R&B singer/performer, or is he right-at-the-line Pop?  Not even the ever-effervescent Bruno Mars could have payola’d his way between the white noise.  Yet, Justin has yet to debut on the Pop Chart with the song.  Remembering a time when Hennifer Hopez entered the music world with her “Waiting for the Night,” her affiliation to make a mark on any chart was to use and nearly abuse Black artists with sheer prowess, coyness, and manipulation.  Since she split with the kind of artists and producers that fill dancehalls and occupy the charts – because of true talent, repeat performances have yet to appear in Miss Hopez’s life.  Along with that now lack of lyrical camaraderie, Hennifer is now allowing her nude body to be displayed with pleasure in films that try to show her softer-side after children.  It seems that the group Hennifer abandoned has now abandoned her.  No longer is she considered elegant, demure, or graceful.  Hennifer Hopez is desperate.  But why is Justin so desperate?

 

     Although “Suit & Tie” is a quality-song, just imagine it as Justin only featuring and Jay-Z taking the lead.  Would it make it to the airways?  Not on the Pop charts without another Black artist.  Well, Justin brought “sexy” back in his own way and wants to infect the world with a false sense of security.  “Suit & Tie” is in no way a typical Pop Song.  For the most part, the record does have meat.  It’s just a shame that a Black male artist couldn’t and wouldn’t be given the same opportunity to do the same thing.  A true feel-good period lyric, (minus the social message) has no mainstream radio play for a Black artist…mainstream meaning Pop.   Though that artist may sell millions of a cd, not even Robin Thicke could expect to be so lucky to be heard by those who wouldn’t give R&B music the time of day.

 

     Singer Maxwell most definitely could sing “Suit & Tie” without the help of grandmaster Jay-Z or anyone for that matter.  Commercially, the choice to release the record mainstream would be disastrous for his record label.  Maxwell is considered an R&B singer.   Compare Maxwell’s “Sumthin’ Sumthin’” from his ‘Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite’ with J.T.’s new single.  Funky, groovy, chillin’…only to go on deaf ears to the world outside of Soul/R&B.  Congratulations, Justin!  There is favoritism on the radio, so you are NOT the Biggest Loser!  It’s just that there are numerous artists of color who are saying, “Hey, that sounds like…!”  Then again, even Hall and Oates hit the Soul/Rhythm and Blues charts, just as George Michael did with the album that held such soulful songs like “Father Figure” and “Faith.”  I guess there was just no need to incorporate somebody else’s rap into their music…with so few of them out at the time.  Still, radio stations only make it dark when they want to.  Ole School just doesn’t seem the same without a true trooper. 

 

     Just when we thought we had lost J.T. to Hollywood’s big screen, he shows us that all men are not created equal.  They may have been created “equally.”  Just not equal.  Not everybody can afford a “Suit and Tie.”  I guess a really good actor can make you feel something from nothing.  You would never see any person of color in any of the roles J.T. has had in Hollywood.  It’s no surprise.