May 28

jay-and-dre

Recently friend of the site and fellow “Man of Honor” Darryl Frierson of Ashy2Classy.net penned an article on the losers (my word) who had something to say about the charitable contributions of Andre “Dr. Dre” Young and Kevin Durant.

People were upset at Dr. Dre for donating 35 Million dollars to the University of Southern California (USC) instead of (insert random HBCU here) and mad at Kevin Durant for “not giving enough” to Oklahoma City for the tornado disaster. In my school (and obviously the same school that Darryl was raised in) you stay out of another man’s pockets unless you yourself are doing something. Too often in our Twitter age do we take on this guise that Celebrities are non-people who must bend to the demands of the hive. It becomes frustrating for everyone involved and it becomes especially disgusting when it’s a charity that is being questioned by those who probably never contribute in their daily lives.

From Diggame on Ashy2Classy: One of the things I have tried to live by consistently is that “you should never worry about or count another man’s money.” I don’t question any man’s idea of what he wants to do with his money because it is his. I may not understand what that man does with his money but I will never question what he does with it. Some call it “meat peepin” and others like me call it “watching another man’s piss”.  People need to in paraphrasing Snoop Dogg “keep their mind on THEIR MONEY”. This past week two incidents have brought this  idea full circle in people wanting to clock, attribute, and disperse how much Kevin Durant and Dr. Dre donates. (Continue reading here)

Every time I take someone to task about complaining about what a man with money does with his money it normally turns into an argument where the accuser projects their broke state of affairs unto the situation. Dre and Durant can spend money on whatever the hell they want, as long as it isn’t to the detriment of other human beings.

“Get your hand out my pocket!”

Who are these people levying concern on what rich people spend on? What do they aim to gain out of writing articles, blowing up Twitter, and making noise about it? A pity donation to keep them quiet? Folks, we must rise above and beyond the jealousy, hate, and loser antics of the expected. Mind your business, pursue your ambitions, and handle your money; what John, Peter, and Mike are doing on the other side of town is their business and the last thing they want to hear is your opinion on it.

Stay classy and rise above the need to whine for what you don’t have, or whine as a sideways diss to those who do. From over on this side it all seems like projecting and you end up looking every bit the loser for saying something about it.

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  • Antonio M. Daniels

    The way in which people are complaining you would think that he gave it to a horrible cause. What would have been better for those who think he should have given the money to their causes/organizations/institutions is engaged him in a serious discourse about how his money would have been put to better use by giving it to them. My undergraduate degree is from Albany State University in Albany, Georgia, a historically Black university. I am a proud graduate of an HBCU.

    I also have graduated from the University of Arkansas and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, two predominantly White universities. I have great pride in all three universities. Just because the University of Arkansas and University of Wisconsin-Madison are predominantly White does not mean that I would not be happy with him giving his money to either of the two predominantly White universities instead of the HBCU.

    People are not thinking about how he comprehensively thought about how well-served his interests would be by giving it to USC, considering he was partnering with an individual who would match his money. If HBCUs want this type of money from Dre, then they need to show a strategic plan for how their institutions will serve his interests well. They should not be simply arguing that he is Black and came to success because of Black consumers purchasing his music. This overlooks the significant percentage of Whites and other racial groups that have and do purchase his music that would make him successful, even if not one Black person bought a single thing he created.

    The attacks on Durant’s generosity are simply foolish.

    • This one hit close to home because I hear the same sentiment being tossed at local friends who have tried to help financially on different fronts. I have always said that people’s ignorance towards money is the root of all the opinions they like to throw at celebrities, athletes and the local Lottery Winner. They hear that someone earns millions so they automatically assume that person has millions in liquid cash, ready at hand to give away to everyone else. They don’t factor in the taxes, the family members being looked after, the agent fees, house payment, possible plans for the future… etc. etc. that a Durant may have going on. Nah, they see Celebrity = rich = all the money in the world, so they take to Twitter and vomit nonsense on their names as if what they say makes sense or is fact. The race items just seems like a general diss without foundation for Dr. Dre. If he gave my beloved FAMU 30 Million they would probably ask why he didn’t give 100…