*Attorney Antonio Moore discusses how recent actions by Oprah, Beyonce, Diddy, Magic Johnson and Jay Z signal the struggles of Black celebrity. Moore makes the critique using wealth, and current news in context of the 2020 presidential election.
Decadent Veil Excerpt by Antonio Moore
As black celebrity invited us into their homes through shows like MTV cribs, we forgot the condition of overall African American financial affairs. Despite a large section of the 20 million black households drowning in poverty and debt the stories of a few are told as if they represent those of millions, not thousands. It is this new veil of economics that has allowed for a broad swath of America to become not just desensitized to black poverty, but also hypnotized by black celebrity. How could we not? Our channels from ESPN to VH1 are filled with presentations of black Americans being paid a king’s ransom to entertain. As black celebrity has been shown to millions of people, millions of times, the story of real lives has also been lost, and with it the engine that thrust forward the demand for social justice by the masses.