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9 Black Celebrities Who Discovered Race Trumps Money

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Multimillionaire rapper/mogul Jay-Z talked to BBC radio about the racism he experienced when he tried to buy a home in 2009 in the Tribeca area of New York City.

“My neighbors didn’t want me in the building. It was a whole big thing; it was really racist. They didn’t want me in, so I bought the biggest place there.”

He continued, “I guess they think I’m having parties and there’s shootings going on, but I have normal breakfasts and lunches. My friends come over – accountants and bankers.”

Billionaire Oprah Winfrey, may be one of the world’s richest women, but she said she was a victim of racial profiling this summer at the Trois Pommes boutique in Zurich, Switzerland, when a store clerk refused to show her an expensive handbag.

After Winfrey asked the clerk to see the $38,000 purse, she told the media mogul that the handbag was “too expensive” for her.

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80 thoughts on “9 Black Celebrities Who Discovered Race Trumps Money

  1. Dime Wars says:

    Sometimes it takes a while for people to get real obvious things.

  2. Dawn Richardson says:

    I love being called chocolate! Can see all but that one. The bunny part maybe but not the chocolate part. Even our make up companies use types of chocolate to describe our complexions. Some thing is going on here.

  3. John Wadson says:

    Do any of these people know how to viciously deal with racists? The most obvious thing for Oprah would be to buy the store, than fire the cracker who was mean to her and make sure she never got a job in that town. Go see the movie " Pretty Woman". Racism does exist , but in the words of the Terminator, "anger is more useful than despair" I never hesitate to put a cracker in their place!

  4. Earl Nixon says:

    I'm glad I am who and what I am. And the sooner all black people realize with real eyes that we are truly blessed to be black, and cut out that light skin, dark skin B.S. and stop trying to be white we as a people will do much better. And drop that black & brown B. S. also! Think! Love you!

  5. Trevor Lee Hardin says:

    Thank God people are beginning to see it doesn't matter how rich you are, discrimination against blacks is a problem for all black people! We are viewed as the bad guys "prima facie" before you even attempt to get to know me you judge me by what you see on the tv shows and music videos! This is appalling to me yet its accepted among us! Next thing you know they will blame the blacks for all of America's problems and try to justify out extermination like Hitler did the Jews!

  6. Valerie D. Lewis-Mosley says:

    I am not diminishing anyones feelings or experience …yet tbese experiences are surface tbe real life a death experiences should be noted .Jay Z is in the capacity of buying the place he wants to buy other folks face racism a living on the street.Halle Berry's experience is with the relationship that she chose to be had there are other women who are placed in a situation and have no way around it because it wasn't an invitation at the invited themselves into.oppa circumstances over poca book that she could use in not have to ever pick up again what about the circumstances of people who don't even have money to buy bags of groceries to feed themselves or others.as far is now you owe me well that's a moot point she has an issue with someone refer to her as chocolate which I don't really find to be that offensive but again that's my personal perspective but yet she's less inclined to be concerned about her agency her actions of physically oppressing folk who work for her or who was underneath her in her perception in reference to being her employees her made her attendance she needs to be more concerned about her social injustice to other.

  7. Joann Wilson says:

    if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem.. and I think jay z is part of the problem affecting blacks. when all that come out his mouth is filt while propagating the gangaster /thug lifestyle as these rapper do, then w hat do yo expect? people view you as you see yourself and we blacks have other race hating us because of our skin colour without these unlearn rappers mocking the struggle, disrespecting the women and praising money like they're retards, frankly showcasing their shallowness, ignorance, and greed. thus paint a further negative conception of the black race,. what have they done to help with the problem with the urban youths?>. so he thinks because he got money he automatically get accepted by whites. no wonder he thumb down his very big nose at the poorer class w hen he move up into the echelon of society, newsflash: they still hate his black a$$ and that incident was a reminder!

  8. Joann Wilson says:

    as for miss halle berry , not very symapthetic either, know she had bad marriage with black men so she thought that white are better , so she up her game and now date or marry white men and you what? the shit is worst. not because you marry them mean they forget waht race you are, they may tolerate you becasue of the perks they get, that why I don't believe in terracial marriage, call me racist , really don't care, I would never understand this slavery mentallity in think "oh I am famous ball player so I have to have a white woman.', and vice versa saying cause I guess, they like the look of cross breed children, thus dissing their own, so miss berry , no sympathy here, my sister was married to a white guy, saying she going raise her sking colour and bo that was drama, white wil never thrust black he was suspicious of everything she did, he slam door in a little black child face , so I don't get what black really giving up their own for, kudos and hat off to the brother who love the choclate sista, and vise versa, to each his own. there are wonderful brothers out there and s o are creeps just like other race, but she trying another one again , poor soul.

  9. I’m not feeling sorry for millionaires and billionaires. 99.99999% of the time these people are treated very well. These examples are very poor because they are small exceptions and not the rule. Oprah Winfrey was at the wedding (for Tina Turner) with the shop owner and knew the owner personally. I smell a rat in that one. You don’t need race to not want loud Jay-Z (and his crew) living in the condo next door to you. All (and I mean ALL) of Halle Berry’s relationships end up in World War III. Danny Glover can’t get funding, well lots of people can’t get funding in Hollywood, so what. Crack head Todd Bridges shot up a crack house and had to call Johnnie Cochran to get him out of jail. These examples aren’t an everyday way of life like what older black folks went through in the 1940’s, but rather examples of one time someone treated me like crap. We all get treated like crap once in a while. I’m surprised Whitney Houston isn’t on this list.

  10. Agreed. 99.99999% of the time these people are treated very well and better than everyone else.

  11. Every relationship Halle Berry has, no matter what the race, ends up in World War III.

  12. Gibson Ampaw says:

    I suggest they pick on the WASP and the Global Capitalist.

  13. Gibson Ampaw says:

    You mean accepted by Rich Whites, but never by poor Whites. Whiles the non rich fight amongs themselves, the rich are laughing all the way to the bank.Todays America for you

  14. You gave the Best rebuttal given

  15. Can someone please post a reply listing Jay Z's humanitarian work and financial contributions to those less fortunate than him. Thank you.

  16. All relationship has drama regardless, wheter she is with a white man or black woman, Why does it bother you so much? There isn't a white and black area in the kingdom of God. You sound like a damn idiot. Why dont you go and worry about your own life and stop minding celebrities business. Damn Ignorant, small minded fool, your mentality and hatred has ppl blike you enslaved. Thats all you can do rant and rave and you really dont ever get things done. When you were thinking abt divorcing your husband few years ago. Thank God for your kids. Was it because he was black? It all boils down to whether you guys are compatible and could get a long. Like go crawl up in the damn bushes and live… How does uncivilize ppl likie you get on the face book.

  17. All relationship has drama regardless, wheter she is with a white man or black woman, Why does it bother you so much? There isn't a white and black area in the kingdom of God. You sound like a damn idiot. Why dont you go and worry about your own life and stop minding celebrities business. Damn Ignorant, small minded fool, your mentality and hatred has ppl blike you enslaved. Thats all you can do rant and rave and you really dont ever get things done. When you were thinking abt divorcing your husband few years ago. Thank God for your kids – thats wyy u didn't. Was it because he was black? It all boils down to whether you guys are compatible and could get a long. Like go crawl up in the damn bushes and live… How does uncivilize ppl likie you get on face book?

  18. All relationship has drama regardless, wheter she is with a white man or black woman, Why does it bother you so much? There isn't a white and black area in the kingdom of God. You sound like a idiot. Why dont you go and worry about your own life and stop minding celebrities business. Damn Ignorant, small minded fool, your mentality and hatred has ppl blike you enslaved. Thats all you can do rant and rave and you really dont ever get things done. When you were thinking abt divorcing your husband few years ago. Thank God for your kids – thats why u didn't. Was it because he was black? It all boils down to whether you guys are compatible and could get a long. Like go crawl up in the damn bushes and live… How does uncivilize ppl like you get on face book?

  19. Dex Sims says:

    Despite all the money and fame, they're still black

  20. Travis Mays says:

    no that's goofy I wouldn't give dem bitches a dime.

  21. I don't care how well off these people are; they are all aware and have been aware that being black means that you are going to be treated as less than you are. Why do we need an example beyond the President–who, as far as I know, doesn't make music to which people object, isn't married interracially, has a relatively quiet posse (known as the Secret Service) and though he can afford the house he lives in (purchased with the votes of the American people) there are still racist whites who want to kick him out of it and attempt to humiliate him. Money can give you more insulation against racial insults both large and small, but nothing can protect you completely.

  22. Graceful Hopeful says:

    Amen

  23. Well Halle Berry is w/b so was a couple of her x Husbands Eric Benett and David Justice so that was a bad Point

  24. Latasha Kinnard says:

    How people treat you is a reflection of their character. But how you respond is a reflection of yours.

  25. Vincent Cook says:

    They keep the races divided fighting each other to keep us out of the race to wealth and power. If you always got to check people on how they deal then one day you going to slap the taste out of somebody mouth and end up in the Jail or prison. But it does exist

  26. Jen Hare says:

    This article is stupid.The only one I find to be accurate is Todd Bridges, because the LAPD is a bunch of racist aholes. First of all Jay Z said he wasn't wanted in the building in which he moved into. Who says that has to do with race? It could mean that they are stereotyping him because he is an entertainer and maybe they are assuming he is going to be playing loud music and having wild parties. White folks do that! As for Oprah the sales lady had to be out of her mind not to show a $38,000 purse to someone. I'm sure she had her commission on her mind and not race. As for Gabby Douglas, I guess y'all forgot how BLACK people criticized her hair all over twitter, because she wasn't sporting a $5000 weave. Halle Berry is a complete trainwreck and ALL her relationships have been a disaster the White and the Black. Plus she is Biracial (so is Leona Lewis) so I don't know why ya'll are one dropping her using the White man's racist rule. As for Danny Glover his potential investors were just being honest, not racist. How many Black films have been both highly successful at the box office AND critically acclaimed? The most recent ones was what "Ray" and "Dreamgirls" and that was what ….2006? As for Miss Naomi Campbell what's wrong with being called Chocolate? Its a beautiful color, and an awesome flavor. I don't see what is offensive about that. This is the same woman who has thrown constant public tantrums before. And as for Mary J. Blige, who told her to do the damn commercial in the first place? No one forced her to do it, she is a grown woman with her own will. And I don't see anything wrong about singing about chicken. The Fat Boys use to rap about food, and no one said anything, and they were Black.

  27. Vazar Raabe says:

    Nadia Benette Since when? When your god is white. I guess you are negropean enough to work in the kitchen when you get to heaven.

  28. Vazar Raabe says:

    Arthur Lewis III She has a thing about not using a condom and that is for sure.

  29. King Piye Piankhi says:

    These are very selfish and narcissistic people. Everything they do is just for them self and for nobody else.

  30. um …. so many curses and spells on people – calling themselves black when they ain't black – calling themselves white and ain't white – then using it to divide each other – most claiming to be about THE GOD of THE HOLY BIBLE – just lying through their teeth – because they play one part on Sunday Morning and another part the rest of the week – …….

    folks calling themselves black – bragging about how they are and were the first on the planet – but yet they are the last now – and headed more towards self destructions and self hatred.

    killing 1400+ of their own babies every day through abortion
    over 70% of their babies born to a single parent home
    having the highest crime rate of killing each other

    yet … THE HOLY BIBLE says …….
    Luke 13:30
    And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
    Matthew 20:16
    So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

    on the other side – you have a bunch of right wingers – who claim christianity – yet are heartless and hateful like devils from satan's buttcrack

    complaining, crying and whining about the poor – hating them with passion – yet THE HOLY BIBLE SAYS …..

    Proverbs 19:17
    He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

    When people start dealing with what is on the inside:
    clinging close to those who are good – and cutting loose those who are evil
    forget about what they look like on the inside – everyone will be better off ….

    but the majority are trying to be too black and / or too white
    when there is no such things are black or white.

  31. Why didn't these black celebs go back to the black communities of the world to help their people? How are they complaining when they have all S.O.U.L.E.D O.U.T. ? Most of them are married to caucasians, yet they want to complain about the racism, how hypocritically, fake and phoney of them.

  32. Jay Z s.o.u.l.e.d. much drugs in the black communities to get where he is, how inspiring? Where is he in the hood helping his people, the damn sell out, coon begging for massas acceptance. It is obvious that the caucasians don't like you, so why continue the pretense? build up with others who have money amongst your people; to help your young people, not to be a like you. Rather than buying expensive carnal things, give to the poor children of Israel as INSTRUCTED BY THE MESSIAH NEGRO CHRIST, by not laying up treasures on earth where moth and rust doth corrupt

  33. Oprah, Naomi, Mary J, and many others are guilty of destroying the black community, teaching the black youths to hate their natural negroid features, perming their damn hair or wearing those straight-haired wigs amongst many other things.

  34. This has nothing to do with money. Racism does exist. And, whether it happens once or many times, it is wrong. I understand where each and everyone are coming from. I had not been discriminated against til I moved to Oregon. I was called "Nigger" for the first time in my life(several times). Been discriminated against while applying for job(told I didn't have the experience to be a beginner customer service rep. been in the game for 20 odd years). Little slight innuendos are made about my race, the way I speak and act. I have never been a Bonquisha but I am not a Nancy Jane either. I know how to act in mixed company, I was raised better. When you experience racism you wonder how much this country has learned from all of the hate. NO MAN OR RACE IS ANY BETTER THAN ANOTHER. WE ARE ALL GODS CHILDREN AND IN THE END WE WILL ANSWER TO HIM.

  35. You don't know all of the celebrities in the world and would be surprised about how many african american celebrities are married to african americans. There is nothing hypocritical about racism. It is BLATANT. And being married to a caucasian doen't mean you should be called out of your name because they tolerate us. People are so quick to judge until racism happens to them. It comes in many forms and sometimes you may not realize you are being discriminated against. It is not okay to judge a book by it's cover. If you read the book, you may learn a thing or two about respect.

  36. Latasha Kinnard True, but arent we tired of being sacrifice and saviour of humanity?

  37. Jenny Muyia says:

    I remember Oprah using that story to promote that movie during her press tour lol

  38. Please accept me Massa. I knows ize only a __. Why do so many blacks have this obsession with being accepted by white people? It's so pathetic and nauseating! Why don't set your own standards and have a little pride in who you are? Wow!

  39. Scrapp Smith says:

    … WELL SAID ……

  40. Scrapp Smith says:

    … ON POINT ….

  41. Jesse James says:

    AMEN

  42. Mikel Honore says:

    so what do I call it when another BlackAmerican treats me like sh*t?

  43. AJ Croom says:

    The problem is we still call ourselves black, clearly we different shades of brown. We'll never get any respect if we continue to classify ourselves by the name our slave masters gave us. Secondly the American system these people try to fit into so much still classifies them as 3/5ths human, when the word human means man of color. Then they have all this power and influence but never step up and make sacrifices to lead our people in a self sustaining direction. Every nation on earth but ours has their own land, corporations, government, and laws. Now if you wake up and realize that we are the people of the bible and read, you would know that everything is a meticulous plan to keep up in this predicament. They say we live in a free land but they force us to keep their customs in order to eat. Then lock us up every chance they get. Why is it that all our women straighten their hair and all our men have to cut their beards in order to live comfortably. But their women have curls and men have long hair and beards. Makes no damn sense. Sadly we are destroyed for a lack of knowledge because as a majority our people don't read and still posses a slave mentality. Think about it for a minute. They put us up as entertainers, workers, and free slave. Then turn around and say we give you everything. We all know that's a damn lie because our people still think their black nigers, don't know their history, want to be mixed when it's no such thing, and want to fit in instead of making there own. Never forget your history or you are doomed to repeat it. If you're scared to die you can't lead a people.

  44. The Jay-Z, Leona Lewis, Oprah Winfrey and Todd Bridges situations are the only valid points made here. You undermine the experiences we all have with experiencing racism with the other trivial episodes. They aren't racist, they just involve people of color, not the same thing.

  45. Celebrities have an opportunity to raise awareness and be heard or noticed! I feel a reset button should be pushed to enforce the respect we deserve but at the same time, we have to take responsibility of how we are raising our children. Although white people can cause conflict, that should not ever be the excuse for us act in a despicable manner. We can be the better example like the way we were thousands of years ago up until the Civil Rights era. It will take lots of effort on our part but even then we are still not safe from racism! The only hope I can suggest is to prepare our children about their rich heritage and the evils of the world! Pray but also be proactive! Bless

  46. Ladarna Bent says:

    You know what I will have manners to people even when they are being rude and think they are being subtle, but let me tell you I will tell you if your think you shit can make patty then you better eat in. I am happy who I am, they could never be me for a day but believe me when I am finished you will have manners to me in the future. I don't do furry tongue.

  47. Bam A Jack says:

    racism is still in effect among the rich, education and the famous people of color . nothing go to change thing until this country deal with the elephant in the room

  48. Farntella Graham says:

    exactly. I believe this is the plan. Black people need to get out of america and the whole of europe and white people need to be expelled from africa. they are trying to kill us off over there thru disease, famine, drought causation, weather manipulation, vaccines, GMO, tribal war instigation and economic hitmen.

  49. Farntella Graham says:

    exactly. I believe this is the plan. Black people need to get out of america and the whole of europe and white people need to be expelled from africa. they are trying to kill us off over there thru disease, famine, drought causation, weather manipulation, vaccines, GMO, tribal war instigation and economic hitmen.

  50. I need a job , I work for the koch Brothers in Kansas if I dont vote Republican , they promise to shut down the plant down , is there any black company in the drilling business that will give me a job.

  51. I need a job , I work for the koch Brothers in Kansas if I dont vote Republican , they promise to shut down the plant down , is there any black company in the drilling business that will give me a job.

  52. How can we cure all the Racist people in the world, is it possible, sterling say the team is not for sale , what should the black coach and the black players do

  53. What is the future for black folks, do they continue on white folks to feed them and supply them with jobs.

  54. Is and the rest of the black folks is not the problem, my boss is the problem the Koch Brothers is the problem they are buying all the elections, black folks is not the problem live j.z alone.

  55. Leave the black folks alone go after my boos he is the criminal I am not paid enough.

  56. Why dont you ask my boss to give more leave j.z alone

  57. Earl, what exactly is "trying to be white?"

  58. Please try to prosecute them. Plus, they don't know how you vote.

  59. Farntella Graham says:

    imagine that now: the americans and british would not finance a black movie made by danny but they stay telling our story. all them black movies: the help, the slave, james brown, you name it, the stealing ass british are making those movies about us. the mofos think they can tell our story better than we can. they too damn arrogant.

  60. What is your qualification ?You can contact SONANGOL in Angola.

  61. Farntella Graham says:

    what do you mean? are these Black people denying you education, housing, health care and jobs?

  62. Farntella Graham says:

    yes, I guess it would if the thought process is different. what is obvious to white people is not obvious to us and visa versa.

  63. Also remember one thing brother and sisters, do your research and you will find out. Black people lived in China before the chinese of today tens of thousands of years ago. Black people where in South America (Olmecs), In Japan, in Australia, in North America (Folsom people) the indians started to get lighter closer to our time. Why I say this, because our history (both white and black) have been white washed to hide something. The only people that existed on this planet that where homosapiens at the time 100,000 years ago and even 50,000 years ago where black people. Start from there and do your research on how blacks spawned white people.

  64. Jay Z is a drug dealer, sorry no matter how much money he has I wouldn't want him living in my building. Some things you cannot shed IMO and selling poison to your own people is one of them. In his case it may not have been about his race but his "business" before becoming legitimately.

  65. Mark Calland says:

    You don't have to worry about him being your neighbor, you're priced out. And all those wealty people there what kind of shit are on their hands? Halliburton is all I need to say!

  66. Yes, because rich older whites in suburbs knew exactly what Jay Z did 20 something years ago.

  67. It's not that they feel they can tell our story better than us, it's just that they do it themselves so they can white wash it and conceal true history. Look at the movie Exodus for a recent example.

    If that movie was made by blacks, it would be more historically accurate and we can't have that in America. Empowering blacks in the country is a huge no no.

  68. It's not that they feel they can tell our story better than us, it's just that they do it themselves so they can white wash it and conceal true history. Look at the movie Exodus for a recent example.

    If that movie was made by blacks, it would be more historically accurate and we can't have that in America. Empowering blacks in the country is a huge no no.

  69. We'll be ready when we get our minds right. Too many black people out here are ashamed to be black because of their lack of understanding of our true history.

  70. Kyle McCarter Actually they do, he sings and Brags about his drug dealing days, it's their children (and many of them ) who purchase his CD's and attend his concerts. They also use the Internet like you and I do. Would you want a drug dealer, former or not as your neighbor.

  71. Farntella Graham Nah, at this time, I will disagree about American Blacks leaving America. We built America, we contribute to America like no one else. America is our (black americans) home. Some Africans look down on American Blacks — they, unfortunately, look at us through the same eye white supremacists do. If we all went back to Africa now, they would not, as a whole, welcome us with open arms. It would be a difficult move, no doubt.

  72. The future for all black folks in America is to build our own economic bases and put ourselves FIRST, just like every other race on the planet does. We're too concerned with white jesus, religion and begging for jobs/sustenance instead of pooling our money together (we spend trillions a year on BS) and creating opportunities for ourselves.

  73. Mykl Teya says:

    T
    he examples chosen trivialise this rancid topic.Naomi Campbell, Hallie Berry , seriuosly? I subscribed to this page , hoping to engage in intellectual discourse. Instead I am being bombarded with tabloid-like stories of injustice. Provide a platform of solutions, not stories about marital sparts (hallie). The simple fact is , as a people we need to own the Factors of Production. When we do , we can dictate , cajole and shape our future.

  74. Joann Wilson, Are you a listener of Jay-Z's music or do you just skim through it? Sure, in the past, he's had some lyrics that can be interpreted as negative, but he's also had dozens of songs full of lyrics that can be inspirational. Lyrics telling blacks to be progressive, to stop being complacent and conforming. Lyrics speaking on the importance of owning your own businesses.

    Jay Z hasn't made a "thug" album in over ten years.

    Furthermore, when it comes to white supremacy, there is no "okay blacks." There is no "they view you like you view yourself." You're black, you have a strike already against you in their eyes. Jay could have rapped about sunshine, rainbows and peaceful unity and they still would have treated him the same.

    Look at Henry Louis Gates and Cornel West. Treated like filth by whites. Oprah herself, a safe black woman that entertained whites for years, still experiences racism. Don't point the finger at Jay Z. Point the finger at the system that does everything in it's power to stay.. well, in power.

    The system of white supremacy destroys the "black youth" a zillion times more than a dozen albums by Jay-Z. We have to be real honest about that.

  75. Arthur Lewis III That's because Halle Berry is insaneeee.

  76. Because they don't know their history. They don't know their self worth. We're the only race on this planet that praise a white god in our churches. Look around, the majority of businesses you go into are raised by whites. You break the law? You deal with whites. You want a job? You deal with whites. You want to go to school? You deal with whites.

    Fighting agaisnt all that requires a level of mental strength a lot of blacks do not want to develop. They don't want to ruffle any white feathers. They feel it's easier to just fall in line. Mentally, they're still on the plantation and can't see anyway out.

  77. Carol Dixon says:

    I am so glad you spoke to my views about him being a former drug dealer, but yet he turned his life around and has become who he is. Obviously some need a history lesson, hell, Washington grew hemp aka pot. Of course you mentioned Haliburton, and there are so many in the mix. People are always ready to judge someone by what happen in the past, which is why when our brothers get out of jail they can't even get a job because someone says he been in jail don't do anything for him. Australia was a penal colony and now it is a country being ran by the descendents of crooks, murderers and prostitutes. So again, thank you for your input.

  78. Cecil Inglis says:

    Hallie got just what she deserved, you lay with dogs you catch fleas !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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