Race & Art: Why someone said Iggy Azalea runs Hip-Hop

Originally posted on EmoART:
I came across the soundtrack of the Panther movie called Freedom and the opening scene stayed with me. Imagine, Eight dark skinned females facing Five dark skinned males. Six of them have afros of different sizes ranging from small to explosive. Three of them stand with children in their arms or on their hips while…

On Facebook, I like pictures not people.

Originally posted on Being Honest:
These ALA throwbacks have actually taught me a lot. The most important lesson is that not everybody looks at these pictures the same way. I mean how can we? While some people laughed their heads off at those pictures, others felt a little uneasy at the regurgitation of their past.…

#IAmNotMyProfilePicture

“The way the world looks at me is definitely not aligned with my intention of myself and therefore, its power is not reaffirmed for I feel no feelings of subjugation to it.” This is a fantastic read on the background to the #iamnotmyprofilepicture movement happening. It is also an insight as to how critical thinking…

Was Lupita Nyongo’s “beauty” a personal struggle or social award?

Lupita Nyong’O said, “you cant eat beauty,” but today, beauty sure does affect how much you eat. The problem is that this beauty is not a personal struggle: Though we might struggle till we become beautiful, that resolution comes from the endorsement of those with the power to do so. What can we observe about Lupita Nyong’O’s hollywood journey to think deeply about how we label beauty before it is fed to us on magazine covers?

You are twenty, you are a woman.

I feel truly terrible because half the time, my aunt and other relatives do not mean any harm. James Scott, author of “Domination and the Arts” explained that often the subalterns-the subordinate group- often participate in their own subjugation as a strategy chosen over resistance. Though you might have to step away from the famous David and Goliath anecdote, it makes perfect sense. And think about it, David could have easily died. If he did not have the power of God (we are sticking to the original script here), I can imagine that he would have easily died; he had no military training, poor equipment and no backup. If you were David’s friend you would have called him stupid, careless, rebel without a cause? And that’s exactly what James Scott is saying. Resistance, which has a philanthropic and heroic ring to it, is not the choice of the soldier who fights and runs away so he can fight another day…in his own way. Especially is he/she has female children doomed for subordination without the strategy to protect themselves. As Scott says, such ideas of social appropriation are passed down and sometimes forced upon offspring (like me)for their own safety.

Of all the posts about Beyonce…

This one definitely has the best comments!! Judging from our class discussion, we seem interested in this significant debate about the capitalism interrupting Beyonce’s ‘fight” (or not) for women’s rights. In this article, “The problem with BeyHive Bottom Bitch Feminism,” some of my problems are clearly articulated. However, this blog post is like a million…

Yeah, it’s hard for a (Nigerian) girl: Chimamanda Adichie talks feminism & femininity

I thought it would be interesting to watch this video especially with the theme of girl power international relations. In the video called “We should all be feminists,” she aims to dispel the undeserving stereotype that “feminazism” is the basic nature of feminism; to show how that sort of perception is the product of a gaze rather than intention. Instead, she calls out to every individual to carefully rethink discriminatory actions/words of women labelled “Feminazis” on a blind vicious journey to extinct all males. (Again, Pat Robertson, no one wants to kill their children. Those are savages, not feminists)