Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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Black History Month Respects The Black American Experience (Despite Naomi Campbell’s Post)

*On “The Real” the crew discussed supermodel Naomi Campbell’s recent Instagram post in which she declared that Black History Month should be celebrated by all people of color all over the world.

However, co-host Amanda Seales believes that the black American experience is a very specific experience and thus deserves its due respect.

Amanda Seales: I think that black folks in America have contributed innumerably to this country, just even in the reality that it was built on the backs of our ancestors.

[The Real audience applauds]

Amanda: However, the reality is, is that this country has often for centuries not shown love, and not shown honor, and not shown respect to that. And so, if even for just a month out of the year, we are giving respect to that, then we need to give respect to specifically the black American experience.

[The Real audience applauds]

Amanda: Because I am somebody whose mother is from Grenada, my father is a black man from America, so I respect that we are black across the diaspora. But black people in America –

Loni Love: “Diaspora.”

Amanda: “Diaspora.” That’s a college word! But! Black people in America – it is a very specific experience being black in this country.

Loni: Right.

Amanda: It has been a very specific experience living your blackety-black life to the best of your blackety-black ability…

[The Real audience applauds]

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Amanda Seales (screenshot)

Loni: So why do you think she is doing this?

Amanda: So I don’t know – I don’t know why she’s doing this, but I will tell you that I don’t think it is necessary. I think we need to acknowledge that there are many black folks across the diaspora. But for the month of February in America, we need to show love to the reality of the black American experience and the way that it has contributed to the greatness of this country.

[EDIT]

Loni: That’s why we have this show so that we can explain when somebody like her makes this type of comment, why we are saying, “Ok, this is why we celebrate it in this type of manner.” I don’t think she understands.

Tamera Mowry-Housley: So hopefully this is a teachable moment.

Loni: Yeah.

Tamera: And she’s educated. About this.

Loni: Yeah, we’re not dogging her or anything.

Amanda: No!

Loni: First of all, Quincy Jones is an African-American, so yeah, we celebrate Quincy.

[The Real audience applauds]

Tamera: He even commented on her post.

Loni: What’d he say?

Tamera: “Oh, thank you so much! I think that’s very sweet of you!”

 

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