Although anyone with any intelligence knows that skin color is a perfectly arbitrary aspect of any human being, most people, including a remarkable number of educated people, seem to speak and act as if skin color was important.
For that reason, I am always glad to see civilized examples of black people, especially black men, that I can respect. In the world of black male musicians, Jason Derulo stands out not only for being a great singer and musician, but also for combining sexual cool with grace, elegance, and dignity.
His music video of “Watcha Say” is a great example of this. The setting is casual and middle class, rather than snooty or elitist, and yet at the same time everything about Jason and the setting is clean, almost preppie. The dancing is at once sexy and respectful, no “booty-dancing” crap, his jewelry is appealing but not ostentatious. No bling-bling. And I love his watch and “bracelet”! He has none of the ghetto language that most black male musicians use (no N word, no cursing…), and yet his musical style is as cool and contemporary as is that of the hottest hip hop artists.
The best way to transform perceptions of black men is not to shout about racism; it is for talented men like Jason Derulo to show how they can combine being manly and desirable with being caring, decent to women, and elegant.
Ladies, this is a guy to go for!!! I am already off the market :) !