It’s an interesting thing to be thrown into the “real world”. You take on responsibilities. You allow people to hold you accountable. You work your ass off and expect a benefit. Whether that benefit is of monetary value or simply feeling good, you strive for something that is better than what you…
I was privileged to have the opportunity to be featured on Steve Stoute’s new website, TanningOfAmerica.com.
I took part in a very but extremely entertaining interviewing answering questions on “My Take on Tanning”.
"One of the most influential voices in pop culture examines how hip-hop transformed a new generation, conquered the global marketplace, and rewrote the rules of the new economy."
MIM EICHLER RIVAS on Steve Stoute’s book Tanning of America
Below is a short excerpt of the interview:
How important is race to you when it comes to dating or marriage and do you have a preference when it comes to dating or marriage based on race? All women have something unique about them that I’m attracted to so I don’t have a true preference in regards to dating, but it’s nothing on this planet like a black woman, which is why I’m most likely going to marry one.
Do your parents care if you date or marry outside your race and do they have a preference in terms of race when it comes to who you date or marry? I think they are more curious than anything. Why would I have chosen to date a woman of that background? They understand that I hang around people from all corners of the globe. I think they just feel that it would be easier if I married within my race, which is why they may lean towards me marrying a black woman over anything.
How do you feel about others who date outside their race? More power to them. Diversity makes the world go round.
Does it bother you when people of a certain ethnicity prefer not to date within their own race (i.e. African-American guy preferring white girls, Asian-American girl who doesn’t date Asian guys, etc.)? Yes and no. Some people were raised around a certain race all of their life, thus they are just more familiar, comfortable, and in turn more attracted to that race than maybe their own and I can’t be mad at that. Now, what I’m not cool with is discriminating against your own kind, seems kind of backwards to me.
Do you think that the trends of minorities becoming the majority and whites becoming the minority in this country will have a positive or negative impact on race relations? Not if Martin Luther King’s dream of equity continues to come to fruition. The problem is that power is the most dangerous drug in the world, and people will do things they thought they were never capable of doing to keep that power in their hands. Understanding is the basis of human knowing in general, which in turn discovers truths and in turn creates freedoms. Let freedom ring people.
Joey Bishop (Member of The Rat Pack) speaks on one woman who wasn't initially impressed with Frank Sinatra
"He said which one is it, I said its the red head. He walked over to her, didn’t say a word to her. Extended his hand. She took his hand. They left. She came back an hour later, he came back an hour later. He said, I think she knows now what I am."