Black Music Month (BMM) #4

I always get my laugh on whenever I hear Iggy Azalea rapping. The promotion of Azalea continues the culture vulture antics of the music industry.

“Culture vulture is someone who steals traits, language and/or fashion from another ethnic or social group in order to create their own identity.”  http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=culture+vulture

While actual black artists are struggling, especially black female singers/rappers, white artists are being pushed as the new faces of black music.

It started with the crowning of Justin Timberlake  as the new  Michael Jackson (ha, ha!), Robin Thicke as the new Marvin Gaye (ha, ha!), and Adele as Aretha (ha, ha!).

There is also an agenda to take over hip hop. Well, actually it’s been going on for a while now.  Eminem has basically been deemed the greatest rapper of all time. They are now looking for their white female hope. Nicki Minaj degraded Malcolm X for nothing.

Unfortunately, the new blacks are helping to tide in this wave of 21st century blackface. Their obsession with fame and money and white acceptance, is making them sell out black music. Things are probably only going to get worse. I mean, I never would’ve thunk Usher would stick up for racist Justin Biebier, who was dead serious when he made those racist “jokes.”  I guess anything goes with the new blacks.  It’s up to us old blacks to keep an eye on these celebrities.

I’m getting agitated writing this, so let me just wrap up this week dedicated to Black Music Month (BMM). I want to give a shout out to my favorite old school female rapper, MC Lyte. I love her voice! Have a good weekend 🙂

“you can cha-cha cha to this marde grais, I’m the dopest female that you’ve heard thus far.”

 

 

 

 

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Anti-Black Racism/Anti-Blackness Part.1

Wow, I can’t believe this month is almost over. The new year is going by fast! Soon it will be summer. Yesss! I hate the cold 🙂 Since this is the last week of Black History Month, I want to discuss anti-black racism/anti-blackness. Ironically,  there have been several anti-black incidents that have happened this month. One of the more offensive ones was rapper Nicki Minaj  degrading the image of Malcolm X to promote a new song:

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Of course, an insincere apology was later issued by Minaj and the cover art removed. But Black folks should never forget. The usage of X’s image with the word “Nigga” next to his face, is the continuation of anti-blackness that has been running rampant in the music industry. Besides Black women celebrities being pressured to bleach their skin, wear blonde weaves, straighten their noses, etc., black celebrities are being rewarded if they degraded/insult the black community or our icons.

There has been some rumblings that Minaj is being unfairly picked on because she is a woman. Maybe. I do think that black women are more harshly criticized when they do something wrong. However, rapper Lil Wayne was clowned (and rightfully so) when he also insulted another beloved son in the black community, Emmett TillI think a lot of the outrage is because many black folks are simply fed up with the disrespect and offensive behavior of many black celebrities today.

Also, it’s shameful when you think about the tragedies that have befallen the X family. The shocking death of Mrs.  Betty Shabazz. The grandson, Malcolm Shabazz (named after his grandfather), who later went on to repent for the accidental fire that contributed to the death of his grandmother, was trying to get his life together. Last year, he was found dead in Mexico under suspicious circumstances.

While there are a few black celebrities I enjoy,  I am always waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop.  The majority of black celebrities today are so obsessed with fame/money and white acceptance (because to them that means they have arrived) they will do anything to keep it. Even if it means throwing other black folks under the bus. Minaj isn’t the first black celebrity to degrade a black image, and won’t be the last.

Engaging in anti-blackness seems to be the way many black celebrities will keep themselves afloat these days. It’s important we don’t support these actions by not buying their products/resisting their agenda.

I guess when you are young, you don’t think much about it. But I wonder how these folks are going to feel when they are in their 50’s/60’s and reflect back on their lives.  I’d imagine it’s not going to be a restful sleep for many of  them.

Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965…

Nicki Minaj on Marie Clarie

Interestingly, it’s the first time a female rapper has been on the cover of the magazine. Great for her.  I’m sure it helps to have a non  threatening look/sound. Minaj has changed so much from a beautiful brown/underground lyricist, to a commercial looking pop star. Sigh. But I will give her credit, reading excerpts from the article and other interviews, Minaj is a smart woman. Hopefully, she can parlay  her success into something that allows her to represent her talents/womanhood on a deeper level.

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The Whitening of Black Women Celebrities

Yesterday, on my favorite entertainment blog, images popped up of celebrities at the  MET Costume Gala 2013. Most were jokes about how terrible everyone looked. I mean the point is they are supposed to look outrageous, not a hot mess :)…But, what really caught my eye, was this photo of Nicki Minaj:

Nicki Minaji @ MET Costume Gala 2013
Nicki Minaji @ MET Costume Gala 2013

I was shocked at how pale she looked. It’s obvious she has been lightening her skin. It seems par for the course these days, that black women can no longer look black in the media. I wrote a bit about this in my latest zine issue. In the piece “the destruction of the brown skin diva,” I looked at the marginalization of the  black female soul singer, in favor of white ones (e.g. Adele).  Besides their music, black women are being white washed in other ways, and that’s how they look. They now have to be the white standard of beauty.  I have nothing against black women wearing blonde, changing hairstyles/colors, because some black women can rock the style. But, it’s a bit disconcerting when the majority of our black women celebrities, are blonde. It’s also disturbing so many are whitening their skin.

Nicki Minaji just a few years ago:

Nicki Minaji 2008-2009
Nicki Minaj 2008-2009
Nicki Minaj 2008-2009
Nicki Minaj 2008-2009
Nicki Minaj 2008-2009
Nicki Minaj 2008-2009

Nicki now:

Nicki Minaj 2013
Nicki Minaj 2013
Nicki Minaji 2013
Nicki Minaj 2013
Nicki Minaj 2013
Nicki Minaj 2013

As an almost forty-year old woman, sometimes it’s hard for me not to get suckered into this white supremacist imagery. So, I can only imagine the impact it’s having on young black women/girls. Our Lauryn Hills, are far and few these days. As a 90’s high schooler/young adult, I remember all the popular dark/brown women singers, at the time. Brandy, Monica, Tanya Blount, Brownstone, Jade, Total, etc. I remember when Lil Kim, was a cute brown girl. Their style was attainable to me, because they looked like me.  Because of the whitewashing of black women celebrities, black women must work even harder to provide alternative images for our young women.

UPDATE: just saw this new single cover for Tamar Braxton…sigh

Tamar Braxton
Tamar Braxton