What do you think?
Personally I feel that is sad that we have to analyze everything this way but it is necessary. They want the hip hop sound and all the good things we create but they don’t want it from us. They want it from a lighter shade.
But what I will say is that I don’t necessarily blame the artist as much as I blame the media. We’re all out her trying to make it.
A college friend reached out to me over the recent New York City snowstorm to vent about the new Bruno Mars and Cardi B video. His concern was that the video, starring two racially ambiguous stars, sullied a prevalent portion of black culture–gateway sitcom In Living Color. His assertions are definitively astute– marking a troubling pattern seen in white and racially ambiguous entertainers who appropriate what blacks made great, to further their brand and fester the wound of white supremacy.
I’ll be honest with you, In Living Color was not good for the black collective. The show, like most media platforms, proved a means for blacks to become spectators and gawk at their own disenfranchisement. It also birthed The Wayans, a family that would resurrect caricatures of blackness that function to beat the black mind into mental subjugation years after the physical chains had been cut. Television, like music…
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