T.I. Claps Back At Raven-Symone For Her Comments About Rappers Perpetuating Negative Stereotypes

Raven-Symone and T.I. are beefing over emojis.

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| February 05 2018,

6:31 pm

A set of emojis has landed Raven-Symone in trouble with T.I. and Trey Songz.

Last week, Arrested Development rapper Speech posted a group picture on his Instagram that included several famous rappers. In the photo's caption, Speech criticized them for making their money by "degrading black men and women."


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“I listen to many of these brothers [sic] art and I respect certain things about them. But it is imperative that we don’t lose sight of the simple truth,” said the caption. “These men were CONGRATULATED by a white supremacist culture for degrading black men and women, portraying us as disposable as a cockroach within their lyrics.”

Raven-Symone reposted Speech's post, and captioned her post with a heart, smiley with a monocle and a mouthless smiley.


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Although he did not respond to Speech publicly, T.I. did clap back at the actress with an Instagram post of his own:


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“Our sins ain’t no greater than yours ma’am,” T.I. wrote. “The air must be thin as hell up there on that high horse you sittin’ on. Somebody, please let me know … WTF up wit shawty?”

Trey Songz echoed T.I.'s sentiments in the post's comments section, calling Raven-Symone “a clown.”

Following this criticism, Raven-Symone deleted her repost, sending out a note that explained she stood by Speech's words, but that "the comments were not something I want my underage followers looking at."



SMH

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Interestingly enough, Raven's former Cosby Show co-star Malcolm-Jamal Warner also publicly agreed with Speech on social media; however, there has yet to be any criticism of him from mainstream rappers. 

“Many of us who’ve GROWN UP on these brothers have evolved, but I don’t necessarily hear the same evolution in the music,” Warner wrote. “N—– are still n—–, as are b——and ho’s [sic]. And flippin’ bricks and tricks is still the way to get that dough … until you make enough to live like they do. And if you think these black men got rich off of what they’ve sold us in hip hop, just imagine how much money the white men made off of them.”



I really spent some time deliberating on whether to repost this or not. Brother @speech__ went out on a limb to post this. I support him. At first glance many will see this post as hating, but real is real. Facts are facts. Taking all judgment, justifications and shade out of the equation, we're still left with the facts. One can say these cats successfully pimped the system. One could say it's better they rapped (or produced music) about it than going out and actually doing what they rap about. One can come up w many valid justifications. But there are many impressionable and un- or mis-guided young people in our communities who don't have people in their lives to point out the difference between entertainment and reality, who don't have the means, no matter how talented, to "escape" their circumstances via sports or entertainment. And as a result, are programmed through the music they listen to most. Music that perpetuates the very stereotypes and conditions that have been intentionally placed upon us to keep us stuck at a low level of awareness and knowledge of self. Many of us who've GROWN UP on these brothers have evolved, but I don't necessarily hear the same evolution in the music. Niggas are still niggas, as are bitches and ho's. And flippin' bricks and tricks is still the way to get that dough...until you make enough to live like they do. And if you think these Black men got rich off of what they've sold us in hip hop, just imagine how much money the white men made off of them. Repost via @instarepost20 from @speech__ #KEEPPERSPECTIVE I listen to many of these brothers art and I respect certain things about them. But it is imperative that we don’t lose sight of the simple truth - these men were CONGRATULATED by a white supremacist culture for degrading black men and women, portraying us as disposable as a cockroach within their lyrics. They taught and glorified the drug, pimp, prostitution, stripper and gang game, and led many impressionable people down a path that they have paid heavily for, while these “successful dudes got paid! This is not a Diss, it’s a reminder, that all that glitters ain’t gold! True black power is not this, its despite this!

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