"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.
Would you have had the courage to do this?
An African American student eating lunch alone after being newly integrated into a high school.
Location: Norfolk, VA, US
Date taken: 1959
Photographer: Ed Clark
I’ve been groaning a lot by what I’ve been reading in articles and on social media about Nigeria, Boko Haram and the kidnapped girls. I’d say half of what I’m reading is nonsense. Yes, literally half of it is nonsense. Everyone is an expert on Nigeria now, so much so that they are actually…
Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) gave a speech at this year’s Abortion Care Network conference. She spoke on many important issues, including how Black women’s reproductive lives are portrayed by the media, the place of Black women and women of color in the movement, and the difference between pro-choice/reproductive rights and reproductive justice.
I had to restrain myself from screencapping the whole Storify, so click through and read the whole thing!
Thanks to RH Reality Check Senior Washington Correspondent Adele Stan for taking this pic at the rally outside the SCOTUS building Tuesday, March 25 as the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases took place inside.
Which of these #RuinAChildrensBook tweets is destined to become a time-honored classic? Find out on a new @midnight, tonight after Colbert.
Hey! My tweet is in here. Sweet.
Lisa Maatz, Use of Contraception is Not Your Boss’ Business
Call for participation! We will be co-hosting a Tweetchat with the Center for Reproductive Rights at 2PM E.T. TODAY to discuss what’s at stake as the contraceptive mandate heads to #SCOTUS. Join in by tweeting at us using the hashtag #Reprochat and #NotMyBossBusiness.
"RAND PAUL: FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT SHOULD BE MORE WARY OF NSA SPYING ON CITIZENS."