So, like I always say, I’m going to try and keep this post short today. The fact is, we can all learn something from Nick Cannon‘s situation. All in all, I’m not here to discuss the comments that initially got Cannon put on ice by ViacomCBS. Frankly, I’m not well-versed enough to make an educated statement. Instead, I’m here to talk about ownership, or rather, the consequences that arise from a lack of ownership. All I know is, as successful as Cannon is, he’s beholden to the company that signs his checks. The truth is, I don’t like it, son.
Ok, before I continue, let me keep it a buck. Now, I’m not going to sit here and front like I don’t understand what it means to be at a company’s mercy. Shit, I’ve had a job in Corporate America since I was 17 years old, man. With that being said, I’m fully cognizant of the fact that if we don’t own the company, then the company owns us. No matter how we cut it or slice it, if we can’t dictate our position, then our position can be dictated for us. So, I don’t judge Cannon for having a (very well-paying) job. Hell, he’s been killing it in Hollywood for a long time, fam.
In any case, despite his accolades and accomplishments, despite creating a show as ubiquitous as Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out, Cannon was easily discarded. I mean, even the name of the show is not an accurate representation of the situation. Like, he literally created the program, gave it his name and he was STILL fired from hosting it. Not only that, he was banned from contributing to ANY show in the ViacomCBS atmosphere. In my eyes, this entire scenario is an illusion of ownership. From the outside, it looked like Cannon was the boss. However, he was only the public face of his own creation.
Now, I don’t want people to get what I’m saying misconstrued. On the real, I am in no way disparaging Nick Cannon. If anything, for a man, a Black man, who isn’t that much older than me, he’s done exceedingly well for himself. But, it would’ve been so much better if he were able to own the content that he was responsible for. That way, he couldn’t be put down and then picked back up by a corporation that doesn’t care about its talent. Real talk, my dream is for more of our community to own our destiny. Keeping it a buck, these predominantly White institutions love what we can do for their bottom line, but they don’t love us. It just is what it is, bruh.
In the end, I don’t have anything else to say, son. Ultimately, I’m happy that Nick Cannon has been able to return to work. However, I don’t like the fact that he was so easily-sidelined in the first place. By and by, the power is in the ownership, man. At the end of the day, it’s the only real road to freedom and liberation, fam. That is all. LC out.