Unlike yesterday’s post where I explained where this came from, I will try not put myself in front of these images and just let their words have their impact. Mia McKenzie is an up and coming writer. Like Imani Gandy, she is a part of this new black conglomerate of black feminist writers and has helped create a new space for these feminists. Unlike those who follow, she is the person who seems to have potential to be the activist that people will be talking about for generations to come. She has the potential of being this generation’s Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, or Zora Neale Hurston. I could be premature heaping this praise on her, however, only time will tell. I chose this quote to follow Miss Gandi’s image because it helps humanize what being a black woman is, a whole human being with a whole self. Share if you agree.
Tomorrow is Imani Gandy’s birthday, and I want her to get all of the birthday wishes by posting this now (All of the birthday!) (If you don’t know what that’s about, you don’t know her work.) As a birthday present to her, I am turning the week of her birthday into a celebration of Black Feminism. Imani Gandy went on This Week in Blackness when Jamilah Lemieux was harassed because she didn’t want to know more about something she couldn’t care less about. Conservatives and white men were outraged that a black woman wouldn’t want to listen to what they had to say. Imani was on TWiB and was understandably upset and exhausted on how black feminists constantly are attacked and ignored. (This has continued as the rape culture-pick-up artist community started up creating fake black feminist hashtags to derail and discredit the movement by making black feminists look ridiculous.) Imani asked (and I don’t remember her exact words) “When will someone stand up for us? Because it is exhausting standing up all the time for ourselves.” I don’t want to be the “White Savior.” However, I will amplify voices this week on just some of the issues black feminists deal with. I will be doing this with less verbiage, too. Thank you, Imani, for all the hard work you do for standing up, and although you don’t know me, just know, I have your back. Happy Birthday, too. Share if you agree.
Steven Salaita initiated an important discussion on Facebook about the discourse around anti-Blackness on social media, specifically Twitter. I tweeted out a link to his post earlier but since not everyone has Facebook, Steve gave me permission to share his…
Read the opinion here: http://1.usa.gov/1pE5wDK
Check out some of the practical implications of the McCullen decision here: http://ow.ly/ytVAO
next time someone demands your digits and you want to get out of the situation, you can give them this number: (669) 221-6251.
when the person calls or texts, an automatically-generated quotation from feminist writer bell hooks will respond for you.
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"It seems grotesque that a woman’s lifeless body can be commandeered by a state and used as a petri dish in which to grow a baby. But that’s exactly what happened to Munoz, and that is what is going to happen to women in Louisiana should Gov. Bobby Jindal sign HB 1274 into law."
i’m so sick of the white savior complex Blacks who want to pretend race doesn’t ever matter, so they can be good negro #35, seem to have.
Macklemore is not now, nor has he ever been, a real supporter of the lgbt community. He is a man who saw an opportunity to capitalize on a movement. The fact that the role of the ONLY actual member of the lgbt community on the song was minimized if not completely sidestepped for most performances and award acceptances really should be the only evidence you need considering the number of opportunities they had to really allow Mary Lambert to use the platform she helped them secure.
Macklemore is not now, nor has he ever been, the ONLY or even the FIRST rapper to speak out against homophobia… and all of that you’re spewing about rap being homophobic is just you regurgitating what outsiders to the culture have been telling you and truly only pertains to mainstream and gangsta rap… which are what is promoted by an industry determined to present a certain image for consumption. But even considering that incredibly biased promotion of rap, your assessment is so incorrect I have to assume you don’t really know anything about rap music or haven’t paid attention to anything that isn’t sanctioned by pop audiences for AT LEAST the past 10 years or so.
Would you like a quick, short list?
- Kanye West
- Fat Joe
- The Game
- Lil B
- Nicki Minaj
- ASAP Rocky
- 50 Cent
- Queen Latifah
- TLC (all of them, but Left Eye was the rapper)
- Odd Future (hell, Frank Ocean has had at least one relationship with a man and Syd the Kid is lesbian)
ALL of this is before Macklemore was even a blip on our collective radar.
you probably would like sources: 1 2 . The latter is fulled with enough “shame shame shame on rap” to make you feel good about reading it even as they tell you rappers have been standing up against homophobia since before Macklemore.
I’m sorry… are you implying Kendrick changing his voice to be deeper or more robotic is the same thing as Iggy changing her voice to sound like a Black southern rapper? Why doesn’t she sound like Yelawolf or Asher Roth if it was just about sounding American? ALSO, she is NOT signed to Grand Hustle. She never signed any paperwork with them… they weren’t good enough for her to develop an actual professional relationship i guess. She claims to have a “family” relationship with them… which roughly means she doesn’t have to pay them.
Rappers who are female getting a real chance in the industry has been a problem for years at this point. Iggy Azealia knows all about it since she’s been trying to put out an album for a number of years herself… Generally, they don’t sell unless they go pop… hence, Nicki Minaj’s business decisions. HOWEVER, race has ALWAYS been a factor in music sales. It’s why Eminem can release mediocre albums that he himself admits are terrible and automatically go platinum while others who make better albums can’t even go Gold. It’s why Adele can release an album that sounds like Jazmine Sullivan-lite and have one of the biggest selling albums in years while Jazmine struggles for Gold. It’s why a manager can look at his sales for his Black boy band, model a white boy band after it completely, and sell a lot more records (look up New Edition and New Kids On The Block… this is not a new issue). It’s why ELVIS is considered an icon. It’s why Iggy Azealia can release a largely forgettable album, land on top of the charts, and quickly be named the queen of rap by a bunch of white dudes who know NOTHING about the genre but Macklemore, Eminem, and Asher Roth… or what has been marketed to them (the big scary Black dudes talking about killing everybody and how much they hate gays and women) regardless of how inaccurate that representation of rap has been.
If we buy what we want to hear, why the hell is it so hard for people to admit maybe the masses don’t want to hear Black men being introspective/political and speaking out against homophobia or Black women being political as well as vulnerable and not *just* sexy because it would absolutely ruin the worldview they’ve been conditioned to have? The people Iggy and Macklemore “touch base” with so well, the people who swear what they’re doing is innovative when facts say it isn’t, don’t want to hear a Black person making that music.