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the only thing i’ll say about jay z and solange

the only comment i’ll make about the jay z and solange elevator ufc match was captured on saturday night live over the weekend.  maya rudolph as beyonce at the end was genius.

after much scrutiny, props to the show’s black cast for knocking this one out of the park.

a little link love 2.20.14

1. i’m flabergasted that a florida jury allowed yet another man to murder a black teenager without a murder conviction.  i’m sickened by the constant reminder that the lives of black children are less important than those of their white counterparts.  watch as jessica williams of the daily show does a tongue and cheek run-down of white america’s omnipresent “fear goggles” that can make “four black teenagers taking a calculus test look like a scene from the wire.”

2.  yayadon’t you just love yaya alafia (nee dacosta)? i remember her season of america’s next top model and the way she schooled tyra banks on the origins of kente cloth.  the ivy league grad  is now an actress, wife and mother who was recently interviewed by michel martin on npr’s tell me more.  listen to her thoughts on her role in lee daniels’ the butler, colorism and why she calls herself an african in america.

3. have you heard the teaser to beyonce’s drunk in love remix featuring kanye?!?! it made me jump up and run around my apartment full speed — the only appropriate response when one of your favorite songs from beyonce’s new album gets better.

4.  it’s not every day that you hear an artist reference brandy, bun b, bounce music and kirk franklin as their inspirations.  in a recent interview with npr’s new r&b and hip hop show, microphone check, i fell in love with solange all over again as she rattled off a list of 90’s hip hop and r&b that only a person raised in the south can appreciate.

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goodbye 2013

2013 was amazing. cliche, i know, but i can’t think of a time in my life when i’ve been happier.  between a new job, living in a great city, an amazing family and friends and falling in (and out) of love, i’ve grown more during the past 12 months than the past few years combined.  thank you to my readers, especially those who have followed since 2011 — your support keeps me motivated to share my random thoughts on life. here’s a review of 2013 captured by politics and fashion:

1. thanks to michael idiokitas for his bomb photography skills and asking me to pose for his forthcoming streetstyle book.

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feminist elitism vs beyonceism

beyoncepeople have been claiming beyonce as a feminist icon for some time, pointing to songs like “single ladies” and “girls run the world” as proof.  i’ve been much more skeptical, hesitant to impute my own sensibilities on celebrities and their ideology. in fact, in an interview for british vogue about the topic, beyonce stated “that word [feminist] can be very extreme…” and reminded the interviewer that she’s “happily married.” possibly proving that she, like many,erroneously sees the “f” word as being anti-male.

but then beyonce dropped her self-titled secret album, and the game changed forever.

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beyonce and jay-z visit cuba

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the king and queen of hip-hop visited cuba recently and the media has been asking some serious questions.  primarily, how did two negros receive clearances to travel to the most hated country (aside from venezuela) in the western hemisphere?  in classic carter family fashion, jay released his response to he and b’s haters by song.  in it, he claims to have called up president obama personally and received his approval for the trip.  while i’m sure this was just obligatory rap bravado, watch below as white house press secretary jay carney responds to a journalist’s questions about the song.  listening to this woman repeat a rap lyric was the highlight of my day.

let’s focus on what’s most important…that linen-zebra-print outfit that beyonce is wearing and how i wiped drool from my bottom lip when i saw it.

and another thing…

my thoughts on recent happenings in the world:

1.  beyonce’s bow down: she’s not a feminist and anyone who thinks she is should revisit their definition of feminism.  beyonce’s a woman who makes music for the alleged purpose of women’s empowerment (guess we all forgot about bills, bills, bills); however, it’s usually just silly ramblings.  for example, a diva is NOT a female version of a hustler and girls DO NOT run the world.  with that in mind, don’t give celebrities convictions that they don’t have.  bow down is a banger and the best anti-hater anthem of 2013.  period.

2.  rick ross condone’s date rape: “put molly all in her champagne/ she ain’t even know it/ i took her home and i enjoyed that/ she ain’t even know it” drugging a woman for the purpose of exploiting her sexually is rape.  of all people, ricky rozay, the former corrections officer, knows this, but in a music genre that glorifies misogyny and violence, we shouldn’t expect anything different.  i understand the outrage, but already had low expectations of rick ross and his entire mmg clique.  we can’t really expect any socially just commentary from a man who sweats bacon.  let’s move on.

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3.  talib kweli and dream hampton’s twitter battle: rapper talib kweli criticized rick ross’s half-ass apology for the above lyrics.  in an interview rick ross claimed that he never used the word “rape” and his words were misunderstood.  kweli called him out saying he needs to issue a real apology.  dream hampton thought he should have come harder and went in via twitter (see the previous link).  dream, have several and return to the mid-90s with your shallow analysis.  talib is the only rapper who has taken up this subject in a real way, and the fact you went to twitter to wage your criticism was just a publicity stunt.

4.  ll cool j’s “accidental racism”: in the song, country artist brad paisley sings, “[i’m] just a proud rebel son with an ‘ol can of worms/lookin’ like Iigot a lot to learn.” ll cool j eventually responds, “if you don’t judge my do-rag… i won’t judge your red flag, if you don’t judge my gold chains… i’ll forget the iron chains.” ll, call cornel west, who himself has bars, the next time you chose to tackle race, especially in a song with a white man.  one of the primary tenants of white supremacy is to “let bygones be bygones,” despite white people’s refusal to truly deal with race and racism in america.  black folks should NEVER forget our chains.

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and that’s all i have to say about that…

 

dear frank ocean

last week, r&b singer frank ocean released an open letter stating that his first love was a man.  while many who identify as gay, lesbian, queer, or trans are still trapped in the proverbial closet, i’m incredibly proud of this brotha for his honesty and bravery.  the above picture is from beyonce’s website, and i couldn’t agree more.

be fearless.