Understanding Cultural Appropriation

Appreciation or Appropriation? This week I tackle the issue of Cultural Appropriation and the excessive use of The N word in the black community with my amazing guests Kadia and Myleka. These discussions are important to have because people need to know this is a real issue, it’s deep rooted, and it has some dangerous ramifications.

Why are we mad? Well, there are some people in the world that strip us of our culture, then turn around and profit from our culture (the same culture that they ridicule), and then try to make it their own. The Plunder is real. For example, check out this video that Cosmo just released about “the new trend.”God knows we’ve been wearing braids for years, why is this new? why isn’t a black woman one of the models? We’re mad because we are being erased in a sense, or deemed not good enough to partake in our own culture, especially in main stream media.

To drive the conversation forward, I used Jessie Williams speech from the 2016 BET awards. He said so eloquently :

” We’ve been floating this country on credit for centuries, yo, and we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment like oil – black gold, ghettoizing and demeaning our creations then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is though… the thing is that just because we’re magic doesn’t mean we’re not real”

I asked my guest the following question, What was one of the most offensive acts of cultural appropriation in pop culture? And now I can actually answer this question for myself and say, the worst occurrence, in my opinion, happened this week, where Melania Trump plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech and then lied about it. Huh? Really? I shot this podcast a week before the Melania Trump scandal, but I am pissed about this. Is this presidential race a joke? Like seriously, why do we have to fight so hard for everything we have, for everything we work so hard to attain, and why are some people so entitled to just take, take, take from us every chance they get?

Anyway, that was just some back story. The podcast is below. Hope you enjoy!!!!

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Why Black Girls Rock Is Necessary!

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“When Black Girls Rock, Stuff Happen…”

Young girls, especially young black girls need to be empowered, plain and simple. I grew up during a time where I looked up to video vixens as the woman I would want to become. There were very little positive female influences that looked like me in the media and on tv. Everyday, I would turn to BET and watch these beautiful and exotic women in music videos, with assets you could envy, collecting cash from rappers and shaking their butts in the camera. I thought they represented the ideal; the type of women guys wanted. The type of women who could get anything they wanted from a man, just by being beautiful. I believe this type of representation had a huge affect on me and my perception of black womanhood. My behavior as soon as I was able to enter a club was evidence of this. I had a skewed sense of what it took to get the attention of a man. I had a skewed sense of what it took to keep my man. I had a skewed sense of feeling like I was never enough or never doing enough. I had a skewed sense of what it meant to be a woman of integrity.

Black women are plagued with HIV/AIDS, STDS, drugs, eating disorders, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, prostitution, stripping, sexual abuse, poor choices in men, self-esteem issues among other things. Sometimes we fall victim to these things because we are not shown an alternate route. We are fed misconceptions of womanhood and end up with diminished self-esteem and a series of poor choices. I am so proud that there is an award show that highlights the brave women who have made a difference in the world. Our girls need upliftment, our girls need an education, our girls need a chance and Black Girls Rock along with many other initiatives including Reserved, see that we need to take action now. Continue reading “Why Black Girls Rock Is Necessary!”