After calling Barack Obama “Our Lord and Savior” at last November’s Soul Train Awards, [actor Jamie] Foxx, during his acceptance speech as Entertainer of the Year at last Friday’s NAACP Image Awards, said, “Black people are the most talented people in the world” (video follows with transcript and commentary):
JAMIE FOXX: All I can say is I’m so humbled tonight. I was thinking about all the stuff that I was going to say personally about myself, and I was gonna be all about me and how I did it, and how me and me and I and I, and then you watch Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier come out, and you say to yourself it’s really not big of a deal of what you are doing just yet.
I have so many things I wanted to say, but after watching and listening to Harry Belafonte speak, sometimes I feel like somehow I failed a little bit in being caught up in what I do, or maybe that’s the young generation, and that’s what it is. But I guarantee you that I’m going to work a whole lot harder man.
Black people are the most talented people in the world. I, it’s, I can’t explain it. You can’t sit in this room and not watch Gladys Knight sing and go like, “Golly, what in the world?”
Now, I realize this was the NAACP Image Awards.
However, can you imagine the heat a white actor would get if he said at a nationally televised awards ceremony, “White people are the most talented people in the world?”
But a week has past since this occurred, and I bet this is the first you’re hearing about.