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    OSCAR hopeful Terrence Howard has refused to sing at the Academy Awards after other black Hollywood stars urged him not to.

    Howard, up for Best Actor for his role as a drug dealer in Hustle And Flow, was invited to sing "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" at the ceremony.

    But he pulled out after Sidney Poitier, Will Smith and Denzel Washington warned him it could be harmful to black actors.

    Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria, a friend of Terrence, said he wanted to but revealed: "Sidney Poitier said: 'Do not go up there and represent the African American community singing about a pimp'."

    Howard, Poitier, Smith and Washington refused to comment.

    Rappers Three 6 Mafia will perform a toned down version of the song on Sunday.


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Originally posted by Yemaya:
He took the role in the film..... Confused It shows that black actors should be careful in choosing the roles that they accept.


bs What??? Just because Jamie Foxx played Ray Charles and won doesn't mean... bang

I'm glad Terrence didn't do it either. He's under no obligation to do so. That's like asking Richard Roundtree to sing the "Theme from 'Shaft'".
How many times did Jamie Foxx sing "Georgia" outside of the film role he played??

I'm not saying he should sing the song, I'm saying if you play the role of a pimp, you can expect BS like that to come your way. And frankly I'm tired of roles like this being nominated as outstanding by the Academy. I recall Denzel, after many playing outstanding roles, getting an Oscar for "Training Day" where he plays a crooked cop who commits all sorts of crimes.

I'll just say we'll agree to disagree on this issue.
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Originally posted by Yemaya:
He took the role in the film..... Confused It shows that black actors should be careful in choosing the roles that they accept.


It was a role after all ... I think he played it well... it was very nuanced... But he's not obligated to continue this role at the Oscars... The movie was so good that there is a danger it will contribute to normalizing the pimp "lifestyle" (i.e., making it appear acceptable)...

So I think the decision not to perform this song at the Oscars is a way to say "No ... it was enough to play this role in a movie - as art - but I'm not going to live it beyond the screen or promote the idea that this is a viable or attractive lifestyle. I want that reality to stay right where it is - on the screen... AND I'm not going to degrade myself as a human being, a black man, or as an actor by identifying too closely with this character I portrayed."
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Originally posted by Yemaya:
And frankly I'm tired of roles like this being nominated as outstanding by the Academy. I recall Denzel, after many playing outstanding roles, getting an Oscar for "Training Day" where he plays a crooked cop who commits all sorts of crimes.

I personally don't believe it's the roles themselves that win awards. Denzel had many stunning preformances, but Training Day was definately one of his best, IMO, because he absolutely nailed it. It also has to do with how broad an audience the film reaches. Denzel's preformance in Malcolm X was also one of his best, but how many people saw it outside of the Black community?
Lyrics to the song..

[Chorus]
You know it's hard out here for a pimp (you ain't knowin)
When he tryin to get this money for the rent (you ain't knowin)
For the Cadillacs and gas money spent (you ain't knowin)
Because a whole lot of bitches talkin shit (you ain't knowin)
Will have a whole lot of bitches talkin shit (you ain't knowin)

In my eyes I done seen some crazy thangs in the streets
Gotta couple hoes workin on the changes for me
But I gotta keep my game tight like Kobe on game night
Like takin from a ho don't know no better, I know that ain't right
Done seen people killed, done seen people deal
Done seen people live in poverty with no meals
It's fucked up where I live, but that's just how it is
It might be new to you, but it's been like this for years
It's blood sweat and tears when it come down to this shit
I'm tryin to get rich 'fore I leave up out this bitch
I'm tryin to have thangs but it's hard fo' a pimp
But I'm prayin and I'm hopin to God I don't slip, yeah

[Chorus]
Man it seems like I'm duckin dodgin bullets everyday
Niggaz hatin on me cause I got, hoes on the tray
But I gotta stay paid, gotta stay above water
Couldn't keep up with my hoes, that's when shit got harder
North Memphis where I'm from, I'm 7th Street bound
Where niggaz all the time end up lost and never found
Man these girls think we prove thangs, leave a big head
They come hopin every night, they don't end up bein dead
Wait I got a snow bunny, and a black girl too
You pay the right price and they'll both do you
That's the way the game goes, gotta keep it strictly pimpin
Gotta have my hustle tight, makin change off these women, yeah

[Chorus]
i think many need to devalue the importance of entertainment and not give a schit what they sing.....they are not going to refuse to get paid just to make the morality police feel better...the first step is to condemn this chit as culture like the blkCONS swear it is....and to teach kids that it is all a bunch of dumb entertaining schit to hum and not much more.....
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Originally posted by Kevin41:
i think many need to devalue the importance of entertainment and not give a schit what they sing.....they are not going to refuse to get paid just to make the morality police feel better...the first step is to condemn this chit as culture like the blkCONS swear it is....and to teach kids that it is all a bunch of dumb entertaining schit to hum and not much more.....


But they use it as propoganda word wide so how can we just ignore it?

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