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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.

quvenzhane wallis will steal your heart as annie

proving that roles traditionally played by white actresses are ours for the taking, oscar nominee quvenzhane wallis is portraying the sassy orphan annie.  she joins cameron diaz and jamie foxx in the cutest remake of the musical that you’ve ever seen.  produced by jay-z and will smith, the movie debuts christmas day 2014.

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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mipsterz are taking over

a group of women calling themselves mipsterz (muslim hipsters) are taking the internet by storm. according to their facebook page, a mipster is “someone who seeks inspiration from the islamic tradition of divine scriptures, volumes of knowledge, mystical poets, bold prophets, inspirational politicians, esoteric imams, and our fellow human beings searching for transcendental states of consciousness. a mipster is an ironic identity, one that serves more as a perpetual critique of oneself and of society.”

from impeccable style to skateboarding, i love how the video breaks so many myths about islam and women. yet another example of women’s beauty that doesn’t require bare bodies and sexualized imagery. for those of you who thought hijab can’t be fly, think again.  while islam is traditionally synonymous with modesty, many have a problem with the idea of the “islamofashionista,” check out some of the criticism, including thoughts on using an unedited jay-z song, at huffington post.

a little link love

encounter120409_2501. questlove’s piece entitled trayvon martin and i ain’t shit is a heartfelt and sobering look at what it’s like to be a black man in america.  in the piece he describes an incident on the elevator of his swank new york building where a white woman refused to tell him what floor she lived on — questlove was politely offering to push the button for her, but soon realized that she was afraid to let a black man know where she lived.  in his piece, he describes the burden of possessing a large-framed-male-black body when living in a country that has demonized your very existence.

2.  ebony writer jamilah lemieux applauds questlove’s writing and tears to shreds a piece written by white feminist kim foster who claims questlove’s encounter in the elevator wasn’t about racism, but the white woman’s fear of being assaulted by a man (sans-race).  thank goodness jamilah took this nonsense to task, schooling foster and other white feminists on intersectionality and the privilege that brings one to insert her victim-centered narrative into a discussion about racial profiling and the murder of an innocent child.  white feminists often need to be told “this ain’t about you!” and then be forced to have several seats.

3. why didn’t i know about the amazingly talented writer zadie smith?  after reading her interview for the london evening standard, i was moved by her progressive socio-political analysis and ridiculous beauty.  she bad.

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4. harry belafonte is an actor and civil rights icon who, during a time of overt hatred, used his celebrity status to shed light on civil rights abuses and support humanitarian causes.  among many acts of resistance, he financed the freedom rides and helped to organize the march on washington.  his story should be mandatory reading for every brown and black celebrity to learn how to give back and empower your community.  evidently, jay z (he recently fired his hyphen) has not taken to heart belafonte’s lessons, and in response to the elder’s criticism that he and others were not doing enough for social justice causes, jay stated:

“I’m offended by that because first of all, and this is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, the hope that he provides for a nation, and outside of America is enough.”

wow. and here i thought charity could be described as a commitment to ending inequality and a dedication to social responsibility.  who knew that simply waking up in the morning, placing my feet on the ground, rocking tom ford and hopping in my new bugatti constitutes an exercise in making the world a better place?  damn, somebody should have hipped mother theresa.

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.