Thursday, March 17, 2022

Zendaya's Father Feels Shunned


Actress Zendaya's father is in solidarity with other Black fathers who have been pushed out of their successful children's lives...

Kazembe Ajamu shared his feelings on Instagram lumping himself in with Mathew Knowles and Richard Williams. 

18 comments:

Unknown said...

Personal problems, dc.

Gg57 said...

Ummmm Matthew is a thief who was fired individually by Kelly Beyonce Michelle and Solange. He doesnt even visit his side kids Nixon and Koi.

Richard is a fraud and a deadbeat who walked out on 5 children and currently he cant even wipe his own ass. Karma?

#trash

Anonymous said...

I thought he was close to his daughter so I'm confused.

Anonymous said...

Sir, what are you talking about? Everybody knows he is her daddy because he was right there from the start. Perhaps he should explain himself better because I don't understand the point he is attempting to make.

Anonymous said...

Could he define shunned?? What does he mean by that?

Is he upset because he isnt being invited to party with White women at the Playboy Mansion?

Anonymous said...

He's talkin about the "industry" aka Hollywood...Them leeches do that to all the helicopter parents(especially black) that stand in the way of them turning out the kid & ripping them off. That's just what they do..not only to black men but women too..Joe Jackson, Lavar Ball, Sonia(brandy) and so on...

Zendaya doing the damn thing! She's intelligent & grounded...Just let her get hey check & props...and fuck them devils...Protect the kids!

ms mac said...

Narcissistic much? I don't understand why her becoming successful, accepted and gainfully employed wouldn't be enough for him ... unless he wants some of that spotlight too. Who does he think he is? Better yet, who does he want to be? Pimp Mama Kris?

Anonymous said...

I agree with all said. It sounds like he wants some of the spotlight. TPerry might have a role for you. He should be more concerned about losing some weight. An ole man with a receding hair line and a knot on top is not cute. She can fit 3 of him just from his side profile alone. Hit the gym and lose the knot. Look and act your age. Stay in the back like a proud father should. You're not the actor in the family.

Loved 10:20 comment. Summed that up nicely.

TRACI404 said...

Another person putting their FAMILY BUSINESS out in the streets!
Call your people, we dont want to know this

Anonymous said...

Okay, you guys explained his situation better than he did. Zendaya is a whole ass grown woman, he now looks like a fool complaining about being shunned? Since he helped guide her career, maybe he should start a management consulting business, then get 2 or 3 clients and do for them what he did for Zendaya. But for goodness sakes, get off the internet complaining about a grown ass woman who happens to be his daughter.

R in NYC said...

If living vicariously through your kid was a person.

Anonymous said...

At first, I was confused by his post. Then, when I thought about it, I think he may have a point; in Hollywood, and black communities, folks love the "strong black mother" archetype. Especially when it comes to young, successful, black celebrities, whose driving success was at the helm of a single black mother. Whereas, single black fathers don't receive the same recognition or archetypes as single black mothers. Culturally, single black mothers are revered for rearing black children to success. Whereas, black fathers, culturally, aren't given the same trope for singlehandedly rearing black children to success and fame. It's almost as if, by acknowledging successful parenting, done by a single (or, primarily by) black father, is a threat to the "strong black woman" archetype held by single black mothers. It's actually really interesting....and a perspective I hadn't fully considered.

Anonymous said...

Hollywierd does not want to give black folks credit for achieving anything of prominence. It appears to attempt to give the impression that black folks alone cannot achieve success without a YT financial and power structure.

Anonymous said...

Confused here.....he should be grateful that he and mom laid out the foundation for their amazing daughter....are you feeling shunned or lowkey envious of your daughter??? Sir, sit the fauck down somewhere and enjoy the fruits of your and your daughters labor....ingrate..smh

ms mac said...

@1:13PM, I'd go along with that argument. It has merit. However, it doesn't seem applicable in this case because this Black man chose to mate with a white woman. There's no Black woman archetype for him to be pitted against. His only rival is himself and his choices. While grooming Zendaya he had every opportunity to fashion himself as the protective, reserved and watchful driver of her success train. No barriers and nothing stood in his way of branding himself as such. He has a successful mixed kid who, although visually ambiguous, is well embraced by white Hollywood and hasn't faced any outward rejection from the Black community. And instead of reveling in that fact, he compares himself to two Black male celebrity fathers with a sketchy past, were married to Black women and didn't get any of his privilege through white alignment. I still can't figure out what his beef is.

Anonymous said...

@ms mac

In his post he uses the word "shunned", so I'm thinking he's speaking to the silence that pervades the achievements of black fathers. Not necessarily about "black parenting" (re: to his yt partner - Z's mother). Just like most black folks still support and acknowledge black single mothers raising biracial children alone. It's less about the partners they choose, but the degree of parenting accolades that they received - as a single (black), or the primary, parent. I guess black men are upset that the culture doesn't support single fathers - or fathers who help their children become successful. But, in my opinion, black men set that standard - not us. Chris Rock said it best: (to black men) you're supposed to take care of your kids! Low expectation-having-muthafucker! Lmao smh ...but it is an interesting conversation though. It almost makes you wonder if there is a cognizant push to revere black single mothers - specifically - to the detriment of black men (in all aspects). Otherwise, why make it seem like (culturally) that there's competition between the two? Or, that one parenting scenario (single black mother vs black father) is more deserving of admiration and respect than the other.

ms mac said...

@ Anonymous, well we both know for sure there always been a push to erase, create division and ostracize Black man from the family unit. Welfare, the prison industrial complex and the so-called war on drugs saw to that. And I definitely agree that some Black fathers don't get the respect they deserve for raising successful Black kids. But the fact is parenting can be a thankless job regardless. If this man wants accolades I hope he isn't naive enough to think he'd get it from this society. And I do hope he's at least grateful for having helped raised what appears to be a pretty decent young woman. That alone should be his best reward.

Anonymous said...

I thought Master P was her father.

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