Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Post Recession Commercial Hiphop

So has anyone else considered that the very pointed, very damming, very...elitist critiques that folks (yeah yeah me too) have been leveling at hip hop artist for being overly capitalistic, self-aggrandizing, greedy, putting acquiring of assets before community, not being concerned role models focused on education, hard work, etc but hustling pimpin' and the like to increase wealth to the detriment of the community were simply reflections,

a microcosm even,

of a larger communal (read: american) value.

One that was revealed to be on such a large scale that its greed has brought the world to a standstill?!? Well now we know why the largest percentage of hip hop purchasers are white suburban folks - see we thought they were trying to be "hip" but what was really going on was this: the values within the music spoke to something that they felt quite at home with... So one group gets maligned for doing (or rather faking) in public what others are doing in private. I smell a bait and switch, fog machine and spin machine somewhere in here...

Now we know who fifty and puffy were hanging out with in all those club scenes...

Here's my favorite quote if you are in a rush:
As for how he and his fellow Wall Streeters could still afford such afternoons,
he said: “We all made so much money in the past five years, it doesn’t matter.”

Angry yet?

Monday, April 13, 2009


Black women and feminism...

I have to say this quickly.
I'm at work and for some reason they don't care about theory here.

Being a feminist doesn't mean that I can't expect my male partner to protect me, provide for me, etc.

Everybody knows my 'formerly' personal philosophy ...

Don't bring your feminism into the bedroom.

There are lots of things 'feminists' would not do that you might like. (smile)

(Wouldn't that suck?!)

Seriously, there are places we haven't teased and searched yet in order to describe the place that feminists/womanist theory and politics have in our bedrooms, living rooms, and such. There is a crazy amount of hidden "femiguilt" (same as white liberal guilt but with woman - don't cha' just love interchangeable labels?!) that we need to let go and live our lives!

It's okay to perm your hair and cook dinner for your man!

There. I. said. it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


languish -  

–verb (used without object)
1. to be or become weak or feeble; droop; fade.
2. to lose vigor and vitality.
3. to undergo neglect or experience prolonged inactivity; suffer hardship and distress: to languish in prison for ten years.
4. to be subjected to delay or disregard; be ignored: a petition that languished on the warden's desk for a year.
5. to pine with desire or longing.
6. to assume an expression of tender, sentimental melancholy.
7. the act or state of languishing.
8. a tender, melancholy look or expression.
Origin: 1250–1300;