I have said on numerous occasions that for some strange reason British actor Adam Deacon seems to have become the ‘go to person’ when mainstream media outlets want to venture in to topics relating to all things “URBAN”. He recently appeared on the Eddie Nestor radio talk show to discuss the Stephen Lawrence trial/verdict which for various reasons raised an eyebrow.
Anyway now in a recent interview featured on US entertainment mogul Steve Stoute’s The Tanning Of America website he talks about Race in the UK.
Check out excerpts from the interview below,
What box do you check on the Census?
Normally just White British.
A recent Gallup/USA Today poll found that many Americans feel that Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial equity has been achieved. What do you think?
I’m not sure how it is in America, but I think we are a long way off in Britain from what Martin Luther King dreamed of. Only recently in the UK we just witnessed the trial of Stephen Lawrence. It was a racial attack but it took 18 years to put these guys to justice for a racial crime which everyone knew they were guilty of. So no, I still think we have a long way to go. Racism is still there but I just think it’s a lot more undercover these days.
What do you think of Jay-Z’s statement that “Hip-hop has done more than any leader, politician, or anyone to improve race relations”?
He might have a good point there. Everyone does listen to hip-hop, so I guess it does bring people together in a way. I don’t think people watch color when it comes to music anymore we have got past that now. If I’m honest, politicians don’t do a lot so I’m sure hip-hop must have had a bigger impact than any politician has. That and Sesame Street!
How important is race when it comes to dating or marriage and do you have a preference when it comes to dating or marriage based on race?
I used to have a massive crush on mixed race girls; I had a massive stage of that. Everyone said I would grow out of it and I did eventually. Still love them, but now I like all types of girls. I’m like the United Colours of Benneton out here! I love blonde girls too. I would love to find myself a nice English rose one day maybe. But on a serious note, I think that it matters a lot less these days. I guess it all depends on the individual’s family or beliefs. Everyone is different.
In what aspects of your life is race still a factor?
I guess being an actor, my race counts a lot ’cause it’s probably one of the first thing a casting director would want to know. I find with myself its not so much a race thing that is a factor in my life but my class. I think that’s more of an issue for people in the UK for me.
Do you have a problem with non-African-American people who grew up on hip-hop using the n-word?
Everyone has their own opinion innit and ’cause I’m not Black I wouldn’t wanna say if it’s right or wrong but I know it can be used as just banter and it don’t have to be said in a harmful way. But generally, it’s just not a great word.
What is your tanning moment?
When I directed my own movie Anuvahood, people tried to say it would probably just be Black people that went to the cinema to watch it but I knew that wouldn’t be the case. All young people would relate to the comedy and they did. They all went out to watch it and they understood it too. Its not a Black and white thing anymore, it’s a culture
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“Everyone has their own opinion innit and ’cause I’m not Black I wouldn’t wanna say if it’s right or wrong but I know it can be used as just banter and it don’t have to be said in a harmful way.”
What the hell? The word “Nigger/Nigga” is wrong. END OF!
Your thoughts please…
Categories: UK News
Like he said, class is his major issue, not so much race.
people dont watch colour when it comes to music……………….. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAAHAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH THIS SHOWS everything i need to know about mr deacon…. he has little to no idea whats happening around him musically!!
its a shame!!
he sounds totally clueless
I thought the interview was honest and as a white male wouldn’t have expected anything different from his responses. I would say that the majority of people that listen to music don’t watch colour but the industry itself definitely does. Stop hating on Mr Deacon man….
I thought deacon was mixed raced. He gets away with a lot for a white guy. Just saying.
I thought he was part English part Middle Eastern or Moroccan.
Nobody is hating on Adam just pointing out a few things….
He owes his entire life & career to black culture, no English Rose was giving him a job! Thats real talk.
he cant be a spokesman for all urban culture surely!! where is our representation?
All I’m saying is keep watching…..it’s already started.
Man this been happening for too long. England is the new Brazil anything black people do that is good will be pushed to the front but with a white face. It’s happened in so many countries mainly latin and now it’s happening in the UK. I just wonder how many black film directors there are who were never funded because of the colour of their skin. I’m not hating on Deacon the guy not really that revelant to me.
These JewISH controllers always watch for and always pick somebody who they know cannot answer questions articulately and in a thought provoking manner. Remember when Obama won the presidency in 2008, who did Jeremy Paxman choose to interview in relation to the victory, Dizzee Rascal. Allow me to refresh your memory of the embarrassment:
This is what white people do, the facade of “superiority” has to be upheld at all costs when it comes to interacting and dealing with black people, even though this whole idea of being superior has always only ever been in their heads.
Well I thought he was mixed so I guess I can look upon him now as a wannabe. No need to sugar coat it when it comes to the n-word, its just wrong point blank period.
race matters and always has in england in music in business in government etc. But as he is of the race with all the power it is not for him to know. His underlings probably just want shine time and will never say well actually xyz is whats real.
2012 please bury Urban.
I agree with you
His mum is English and his dad is Turkish / North African descent I think… I don’t think he’s the spokesperson for black / urban culture but in fact youth culture which as we all know is a melee of races and cultures. I think because there is a cross over of youth, urban and black culture his ‘role’ can get a bit confusing….
When will we learn that RACE MATTERS? I thought that he was at least mixed…but now that I know…not interested. Just that simple for me…I don’t pretend to be that interested in others. I say that only from a survival stand point. Not hating on this guy… But he is not Black and he is the one they choose to represent Ubran!!! Please! He is just as clueless as many other white people. I just listened to his remarks again..and he just don’t get it. He said he was white and he use to dig mixed chicks….but…. People see color in everything they do. When you walk thru the door of a store…they see a Black man/woman… Let’s just keep this real here… It would be so nice if skin color didn’t matter but it has always and will continue. People see color in music hell I do! Not going to lie and for me it determines if I will buy that artist music. Only because I believe in supporting our own! And what has this guy done really?? Other than rip off Black ideas and concepts…. But that is what most of them do anyway and we fall for it. They don’t have an Idea of their own so they take what we come up with. And they become more successful than US! Something is wrong with this picture am I the only one seeing this? What about those Black actors and singer that have done so much more than he has?? Chico-Rei said it in Latin America everything Blacks has done now has a white face on it. Puerto Rico is mad dumb when it comes to this. Just up until the 80’s did they allow Black in their clubs? Now they are descendents of African slaves but don’t want to admit it. I won’t even start on Puerto Rico…
When you grow up in areas like Hackney your exposed to people from various cultural backgrounds and your friendship groups are usually like the united nations so its not a ‘black’ thing. You grow up speaking the same, dressing the same and learn alot about people and different cultures. I don’t know why there asking him all these questions about race but I think he answered well and I like the realness. He’s not claiming to be the authority but he’s not gonna shy away just cos it’s a question about race. Rep your endz Adam!
Of course! But he’ll NEVER admit that.