Monday, February 15, 2010

Allow me 5 minutes on my soapbox

HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH PEOPLE! Instead of a fact I thought I'd grace you with my favorite Langston Hughes Poem. Enjoy!
"Negro Speaks of Rivers"
I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in human rivers
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset
I've known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers


Now on with the post...This week Black women have found more than one reason to be angry but at the WRONG THING!

On Monday my Twitter timeline was flooded with messages about Wale. I thought oh cool he's got a new video out and then I started actually reading the tweets. So it seems Wale cast his video "Pretty Girl" with all light skinnv video hoes models, and dark skin women were all in a rage about this. UHM REALLY? Black women this is a pressing issue? We don't have enough issues to address as the society? The thing is, its not so much the light vs. dark skin issue but who gets to shake their ass in a video. Where does that fit in the "OH shit we've made it totem pole"? Do I need to start watching videos, to see how many women are darker than a paper bag? And who do I report these stats too? Should we log them right up there with the first Black President? I'm beyond confused.

Here's one Tweet I saw:
not 1single dark skin girl n "Pretty Girls"? WACK! Chocolate girls r exotic 
*Really girl you need something to do with your life, a spelling class might be a good idea*

I like Wale, have never seen one video because I stay away but I needed to look this one up, take a look:

Well now I'm not sure what video these women were watching but I saw two darker skin women and two plus size, So uhm that makes all the ranting invalid. Then I saw this angry rant from this woman:

Is this woman serious? She's offended because of a video? We as Black women need to boycott and not watch. So women that look like me are not degrading themselves and I'm suppose to be mad.  And how many times did she say Wale is African, the beat is African?

Then Wed John Mayer decided to be get in on the game, and said he's not that into Black women. And  guess what TWITTER BLEW UP!  Women were MAD MAD MAD. None of them were mad that he disrespected Black people as a whole by throwing the word Ni99er around or that he associated this so called "hood-pass" with being a Ni99er. NOPE, all they cared about is that he didn't want to zoom a zoom in their boom boom. Where is the issue here people? He's not attracted to Black Women, there is nothing wrong with that. I personally am not attracted to white men (well with the exception of two) but for the most part I'm not. So am I racist? NO I have a preference. Now if I run around twitter, FB shouting I ain't got no love for a cracker ass cracker,  or Kill the white people you might have a leg to stand on, otherwise shut up about it already. 

The deeper issue here is why are we looking to videos and musicians for validation on who we are? Maybe all the women that were in an uproar over this need to look in the mirror and inward to get validation. Look to your ancestry, look to your mothers. Not to some dude whose a notorious douche, or a rapper. I am a beautiful Black WOMAN I knew this when I was 6, 15, 21, and now at 35 and no video is going to change that. My mother, grandmother, aunts and uncles instilled this in me, not B.E.T, MTV or VH1. In my opinion the only thing we need to do is stop allowing TV to make us believe we are not good enough. 



DollFace said...

I agree. I didn't even get through the first minute of ol girl's diatribe. I had no idea the chaos Wale started until 2 days ago...goes to show you just how much I care.

Now what did grate my nerves was ANOTHER video about why Black women can't find love. Enough already. I don't feel that being a single Black woman is something negative (or not being desired by a White man, for that matter) so I would appreciate not being cast as a victim.

Smarty P. Jones said...

OMG! Slap this heffa. She's obviously got some issues. She's not even dark skinned and if she was, SO! Gah-lee, woman! Have some pride, have some dignity. I wouldn't even watch her. She doesn't come off as having a personality, it just comes off as angry.
She has no point. She's just ranting. Hell, we rant, but we have a point. We can lay out our rants with facts and examples. She's just mad.
We already know how I feel about that John Mayer mess so I won't revisit. She's working on a documentary for six months. You know my interest in the subject and I don't think I'd watch it.

The Jaded NYer said...

I'm clownin'!!!!

I used to follow that chick on twitter after meeting her in person and stopped because I saw one of her previous videos and found it to be wack as all hell.

She's not a good TV personality.

Oh, but back to the topic...I can't be bothered with these no-self-esteem heffas. The end.

CurvyGurl ♥ said...

Alrighty, now...I'm tired of this repetitive "sista girl" act. It amazes me how mad black folks get about trivial ish.

You're right, Wale has no responsibility for making sure his videos contribute a girl's self-esteem, etc....shouldn't that be established in the home to begin with? Ugh!

Another thing that burns me up is the blanket statements about black men (and women). Every time I hear that nonsense I wonder who messed up their perception of people in general. And, boycott a video? Oh yeah, that'll show 'em. I think this a #hositdown hashtag.

12kyle said...

I saw a few tweets about Wale but I didn't know what the fuss is about. If you wanna get technical, you won't find many dark skinned nor plus sized models in ANY videos. And you can't blame Wale. The artists don't hand pick these women. I wish these brawdz would get a lil more serious about shit that actually matters. This is nonsense

Jenlibr8d said...

I completely agree...there are so many more important things in this life. I can't be bothered with the foolishness...