Jamie Foxx Represents for Trayvon Martin Everywhere He Goes

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Jamie Foxx is apparently more than just an actor, singer, comedian and concert pianist.   He is also a righteous activist who cares about the black community.  Jamie sat as a star among stars at the BET Awards, and could have worn anything.   He could have went out and bought some expensive and worthless outfit from some random Italian designer who hates black people.  He also could have dressed in a manner befitting the image of the typical black male Hollywood buffoon.  But instead, he turned himself into a public figure that actually means something to the world around him.

Jamie was seen at the BET Awards (a controversial gathering spot when it comes to value added to black America) wearing a t-shirt sporting the face of the late Trayvon Martin.  This isn’t the first time Jamie has appeared in public with Trayvon’s image in tow, he also did it at the Oscars.  I’m sure that, every time Jamie takes a stand for something positive, there’s someone in his ear whispering about how much money he might lose by appearing to be a “controversial negro.”  This unfortunately fills our black entertainment space with a pile of millionaire slave puppets who are afraid of their own shadow.

But when you stop and let your brain breathe for a second, you might notice something:  When you’ve got as much money as Jamie Foxx, you really don’t have to fold for anybody.  Even if Jamie never made another film or album for the rest of his life, he would still have enough wealth to give to his grandchildren’s grandchildren.  So, the point is that it doesn’t make sense for wealthy celebrities to be afraid to do what they know is right.  As a finance professor, I can tell you that money can either liberate or enslave you:  For some, gaining access to wealth only makes them that much more afraid of losing it.

God bless Jamie Foxx.  He stands as a beacon of hope in a world where too many black celebrities define themselves by the value of their car, their clothes and the house that belongs to the bank.  We’ve gotten to the point where we falsely believe that greed is good, and standing up for what is right makes you look stupid, old-fashioned and uninteresting.  But Jamie is smart enough to get it, and it seems that Kanye West is starting to understand this too.

I was also happy to see that Jamie was one of the first to sign the open letter asking the White House to stand up against the mass incarceration epidemic written by myself and Russell Simmons.  This initiative led me to gain a tremendous amount of respect for Russell, who actually does care about the fact that so many of our doctors, lawyers and professors are rotting away in prison, some for non-violent, first-time offenses (see the case of Sharanda Jones as an example).  The power of the black celebrity is so awesomely intimidating that there are forces which seek to control it at any cost.  We must let this beast out of the proverbial cage.

Maybe other celebs will take a note from Jamie and realize that power of this magnitude is not meant to be wasted.  It’s not meant to be used for selfish purposes, and true liberation only comes with the willingness to engage in meaningful struggle.  Ultimately, celebrity power is a gift from God for you to share with the world to uplift those who’ve carried you, both past and present.  In other words, it’s not about clockin dollars and being famous.  It’s about putting in that work for the community.   The greatest celebrity of all-time was Muhammad Ali, and it wasn’t just because he happened to be a great boxer….instead, it was because he was a great FIGHTER.

Good job Jamie, I’m proud of you.  You’re on your way to becoming a legend.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is the author of the lecture series, “The 8 Principles of Black Male Empowerment.”  To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.






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  6. Still waiting on Black Knowledge to respond to my offer to edit for them. My comment having to do with the phrase, Jamie fox “should have went out and bought some expensive worthless outfit…”, being the 2nd such glaring faux pas this week. It looks like, Your Black World.net, is as guilty, if not the authoring culprit. It’s a common error that I have to UN-teach to my English students when the media abuses and misuses the “to be” verb participle. What Jamie Fox should have done is “GONE out and bought some expensive…outfit.” Don’t exactly, necessarily need the work. I just need to read for content without having to edit.

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  8. Jamie you should contact me so we can speak to the family about your shirt and participation. They want to hear from you. I teach at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and my students are doing a documentary on Trayvon. Sanford is only about 15 miles north of Orlando and there is a history there. I was also manager and VP of the REDD FOXX corporation. Check out my UCF Zora website.

  9. Now, if he would just take that same stand and start dating black women, he would be cool in my books. Both of his baby mamas and all of his dates are white…..

  10. Thanks to the brothers and sisters who are making it known that Jamie Fox is a good brother and what ever he does we need to patronize him.It was nice to see him at the end of Django rescuing his wife this is never done like that in any movie.He was telling an interesting story of his experience in a European’s house in Texas on Opra Winfrey.When you call someone Devil it is because you feel that they are always doing the work of the Devil. Always.

  11. Wonderful Jamie for stepping up to the plate…

  12. ANC, I commend you for your candor and critical thinking. As Africna Americans, we take everything at face-value, without having contemplated the meaning behind the story or the essence, for that matter. It’s not to say that people don’t make important literary contributions, but we need to get in the habit of weighing matters and not just jumping on the bandwagon because a so-called influential Black said it. I’m all for giving folk their props, but we should do so conscientiously, not because it’s the popular thing to do.

  13. I have so much respect for Jamie Foxx. Not only is he an incredible actor but he has a conscience and cares more about justice than his fame or fortune. I’m a huge fan.

  14. How do you know other Black celebrities are not lending their support to the Martin family? Did you ask them? Maybe they donated money or made a phone call, something not done in the public eye for the world to see and praise them. Who is to say Foxx is not just wearing the shirt as “the thing to do”, like Trayvon is the new black? Maybe he really does care…or maybe its just like when Jay-Z tried to hop on the Occupy Wall Street movement with those Overpriced T-shirts that he would NOT share any of the proceeds with the rest us regular folk. Call me cynical…I’m just saying that you can’t make all of these grandiose assumptions just by looking at what he wears. That’s no better than you assuming other celebrities don’t care at all because they chose to wear something designer, etc. to the awards. Who cares about what’s on BET anyway? Is it not the ultimate Black brain drain? They were dismissed a long time ago in my book. “We got you”….sure you do.

  15. Do u know where I can order a t.shirt.like th one Jamie Fox had on at the BET awards???

  16. Jamie Foxx appears to be an sincere guy. He’s stands for things that are important to him… Being a celebrity and so many eyes watching. Thanks Jamie Foxx.

  17. Jamie Fox also wear the Trayvon Martin tee shirt on the Image Awards.