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"I like a long haired thick red bone."
No nappy headed ho's allowed.
I have been having a conversation with Moya and Nuala about
BET, Drake, and Lil Wayne.
The conversation has been interesting in that I have been
pushing hard against being reactionary. Its challenging, because when
you react you feel empowered.
But, we, the masses, always have the power, whether or not we use
it is another question. We outnumber the executives and the politicians.
It is important to note that there are Black women who
are only angry because Drake's video features light skinned
Latina's and White women. From the Sandra Rose website,
"Sandra as a woman I am offended that this is all Kanye West, the director, could come up with for one of the hottest songs of the summer. He should be ashamed of this depiction of females. This video in a nutshell basically says a woman’s beauty is defined by how big her boobs are and light her skin is. And Kanye being a black man raised by black parents and Drake being bi-raicial (half black and half white) why are they only showcasing ALL Hispanic girls in this video? I don’t get it, they couldn’t get ONE pretty chocolate sister up in the video like Lanisha Cole, Jessica White, or Natasha Ellie to be in the video alongside the Hispanic girls?..."I read this, thought about it, read it again then realized that,
getting more Black women to care about rap videos, simply takes
only featuring Latina's and White women. Hmmmp.
In fact, on Tuesday. I tweeted that in some ways the the only
way for Black women to be upset about rap videos is if they
are excluded. I was surprised that five people responded. We
have allies after all.
What does it mean, and what does it say about Black women,
and the recognition of Black beauty in mainstream media,
if we are only mad because a clearly sexist video doesn't have
any brown skinned women in it?
Apologies and Boycott's
BET and Drake have both apologized.
An apology without an action is worthless.
Especially when the apology does nothing to materially impact
harm that has been done.
Lets review the facts.
BET has received its ad dollars.
Advertisers commercials were exposed to 10M viewers.
Some Black people have written letter and a petition and get an apology.
The first two points have to do with an exchange of money,
the last one doesn't.
One question for BET? What is your apology worth?
In my conversation with Moya, we are talking about boycott's
and how they are reactionary. The idea is that if we spend
all of our time reacting to what some one is doing to us,
then we will have no energy left to advance our own agenda's.
The advertisers for the Bet awards were, Dodge, Procter & Gamble,
Target, CIROC Vodka, Ford, Coors, Pepsi, Verizon Wireless and Akademiks.
You know, in case you were wondering.
According to Target Market News, In a recent mulitmedia engagement of 5,000 African American adults, Simmons market Research Bureay found that BET viewers are 21% more ad receptive when they watch ads on BET, and 31% more ad rece[tive when they see ads on Bet.com, versus other networks.[Sidebar. Why do corporations cause harm and governments
stay taking forced free labor and or ad dollars, and giving
us apologies? It's rhetorical]
While there are many people who are angry about
what BET has done, just because folks are angry,
does't mean that they care enough to take
Take Imus, he was censored temporarily,
there was a big hullaboo, and he is back on the air.
Capitalism stay eatin', nothing stops it.
Imus nor Wayne, nor Drake, are the problem. They
are symptoms of a larger one.
Moya astutely pointed out we often say that "Them rappers
ain't talking about me", she then noted that, Wayne just said he
"wish he could fuck every girl in the world", that includes all of us,
you too Love.
What do you think of the women being angry because
no brown skinned women were featured?
You see the awards?
Have you thought of alternatives to reactionary
100 Visionaries? Yes!