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Geez this week flew by, and so will these three #mediaquickies.


1. George Zimmerman

This guy’s 15 minutes of fame should have ended an hour ago. This week, George Zimmerman accused Barack Obama of fueling racial tensions following the Trayvon Martin shooting, as if the act of a self-proclaimed neighborhood watchman killing an unarmed black teenager wasn’t grounds enough for speculated foul play.

 If you’re interested, here’s a link to the  full interview: bit.ly/1HQlIdM. If not, here’s a quote that pretty much sums up Zimmerman’s BS.

 “I think that throughout the process, the president should have done what he said he was going to do and not interject himself in a local law enforcement matter or a state matter and waited until the facts came out, instead of rushing to judgment, making racially charged comments and pitting American against American.” – George Zimmerman

Some people share Zimmerman’s sentiments, while others expected Obama to comment on the situation simply because he knows, first hand, the plight of being a Black man in America. But, hey, using Obama as a scapegoat for the racial tensions in America is way easier than admitting you benefited from a racially tainted justice system.

2. G.O.M.D.

G.O.M.D.  is my favorite song on J.Cole’s newest album, “Forest Hills Drive.” In this song, J.Cole tells haters to put their differences aside, get off his d*ck, and appreciate the fact that one of us made it, but earlier this week, J.Cole’s music video for G.O.M.D debuted a house nigga (played by J.Cole) leading a slave uprising from within the big house.

After viewing this video, initial confusion prompted me to do some research. Here’s what I found.

“The video is really more of a commentary on the need for unity and togetherness more so than it is a comment on racism, because [the black community] knows—we all know about oppression. We’re all aware of that. What we’re not aware of is the dysfunction within our own community. You know what I mean? The fact that there are levels to us economically and because of the different skin colors within our own race. We’re not aware of that. We’re aware of the other shit.” J.Cole in his interview with Saint Heron

I think black people are aware of the “dysfunction”  in our community, we simply choose not to address it as readily as we do discrimination coming from the outside in. But I’mma have to give it to J.Cole for thinking outside the box on this one. With this music video (coupled with the song) J.Cole successfully connects the dots between our enslaved past and today’s mental chains that continue to enslave some members of the Black community. J.Cole reminds us that history repeats itself and reincarnates. He reminds us that color-ism and class-ism continue to divide the black community just as Willie Lynch had intended.

3. Riri

It’s women’s history month, so its only right that Rihanna gets a shout out from mediawhistle.com. Rhianna is the voice behind DreamWorks’ first black lead of a 3-D animated film, “Home,” which drops in theaters on Friday, March 27.

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Other firsts from Riri? According to this  MSNBC article,  Rihanna is “the first woman to be featured on the cover of GQ’s “Men of the Year” issue in 2012, the most streamed female artist in the world on Spotify, and potentially the first black woman to be the face of Christian Dior.”

Rhianna’s many firsts are further proof that @BadGirlRiri really is a bad mama jama.

 

2014’s Best and Worst Media Moments

As this year comes to an end, I wanted to share with you all my top best and worst media moments for minorities in 2014. A lot has happened this year, so if something didn’t make my list, add to it in the comment section!

Here goes!


The Best

5. Forest Hills Drive

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I wasn’t a fan of “Born Sinner,” but since receiving J.Cole’s newest album for Christmas, (S/O to Smitty <3) I’ve fallen in love with his music all over again. What I love most about this album is the very clear message bumping through the speakers: “the grass is not always greener on the other side.” Jermaine encourages us to appreciate what we have. He warns us to filter what’s mediated to us and  to limit our feening for what glitters and gleams on tv and the radio.

On his track “Fire Squad,” J. Cole’s jab at white artists like Elvis, Iggy, Slim, and Macklemore, brings to the forefront the issue of black cultural appropriation. J kindly reminds us that white people are making money off of our sound, our culture, our bodies, so do we really own our own image…hmmm, now that’s deep.

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4. Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita made us all go “awwww” with her very heart-felt acceptance speech at this year’s Oscar Awards. She won Best Supporting Actress for the movie “12 Years a Slave” (the first film from a black director to win the Academy Award for Best Picture). No doubt, the beauty exuded from her award speech and that gorgeous blue dress, lead to Lupita being deemed “Most Beautiful” by People magazine.

3. “The Colbert Report” Coverage of Mike Brown and Eric Garner

Colbert was almost taken out by twitter this year when #CancelColbert started trending, but thank god he wasn’t because “The Colbert Report” writers seem to be the only ones who get it [racsim].  Colbert landed this #3 spot when he slammed conservative news outlets for complaining about people turning the shooting of Michael Brown into a “race issue.”

“You’re tired of hearing about it [race]? Imagine how exhausting it is living it,” Colbert said, ending his segment.

Here’s the clip if you are interested in watching it:

2. Dear White People

Dear White People was my favorite 2014 movie hands down! The fact this movie, that addresses white privilege, systematic racism,  and the black experience on a PWI campus, made it to the big screen, warms my heart.

1. FCC Cracks Down on White-washed TV

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Under the leadership of Congresswoman Maxine Waters and other law makers, the FCC was pressured into increasing media diversity in programming, ownership and executive leadership roles. This resulted in an outpour of fall TV shows debuting minority families. This year we were introduced to the Johnsons from “Blackish,” Cristela y su familia, and “Jane the Virgin,” just to name a few.


The Worst

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This year we were blessed with yet another biblical story on the big screen. This one recounts the life of Egyption Prince Moses and his brother Ramses. This was the perfect opportunity for a nice brown or black actor to make a debut, but instead, the movie casted all white actors to play the main characters. Now why is this a problem? Geography lesson #1: Egypt is in Africa where black and brown people live. But no worries, some blackies appeared as slave extras in a few background scenes.

4. Elevator Videos

If there is one thing we learned this year, it’s that what happens in the elevator does not always stay in the elevator. From Ray Rice knocking out his fiancé, to Solange throwing hands at Jay-Z,  these videos made for a nice discussion about domestic violence and family counseling.

3. Sony…SMDH

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North Korea was not happy about Sony’s The Interview,” a movie with a plot based on killing North Korea’s president Kim Jong-un. So how did North Korea retaliate? They hacked into Sony’s executives’ emails and exposed all their dirty laundry. From racially insensitive comments about my President, to slandering several different actors and actresses, let’s just save Sony’s execs may be establishing new email policies for 2015.

2. Angry black People

At least that’s how we were depicted in the media. There were riots and protests in response to the recent police killings of  Mike Brown and Eric Garner. However, these national and local, peaceful protests were strangely under reported when compared to the numerous stories I saw about rioting, looting black people… -____-

1. Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby is on the verge of losing everything he has built his career on…that is,  if he hasn’t already. After a slew of rape allegations from women from his past, Bill has probably had the worst year out of everyone.


bill2Now, if you read my top five best and worst media moments of 2014 and are disappointed because something didn’t make the list, add it in the comments below. I look forward to reading what you all come up with 🙂

Cheers to 2014!

Are BBWs the new Beauty Standard?

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Last week I tried to claim the term BBW (Big Beautiful Woman), and my little sister quickly corrected me.

“You are NO where close to being a BBW,” she texted, which was followed by multiple laughing emojies.

On the receiving end, I was low key offended. I wanted to be a BBW so badly, but why?

Maybe because last week I saw how Kim Kardashian’s ass flooded my timeline and broke the internet. Or was it because I now know my future husband to be, Drake, is obsessed with thick women and likes his women BBW.

Either way, I’ve noticed lately in the media an increase interest in the voluptuous woman. From add campaigns like Aerie’s (discussed in a Media Whistle post earlier this year), to songs like “All About That Bass,” by Meghan Trainor, apparently skinny photoshopped definitions of beauty are out and BBWs are in.

On the surface of things, this may sound awesome. Yes, finally the media is portraying real obtainable definitions of beauty and celebrating women’s curves. But let’s be real, is Kim Kardashian’s and Nikki Minaj’s butts real? And let’s not overlook the fact that skinny women are inevitably being ostracized by this new found interest in promoting curvy, voluptuous women.

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“I’m bringing booty back, go ahead and tell them skinny bitches that…” This line from Meghan Trainor’s song “All About That Bass,” made me cringe for all the skinny women out there. But not as much as I did when I watched Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea try to twerk in their new “Booty” music video. The whole “thick woman” facade they were trying to pull off just seemed forced in my opinion.

So here I am, at the end of the day, stuck with the horrible realization that I’m not big enough to be a BBW or  thin enough to be skinny…so where does that leave my body type?  Stuck in the limbo of thick-ish?

I’m glad big women, plus-sized, curvy, whatever you want to call them, are getting some love, but be aware of the overall message that’s being mediated to us. Skinny, Barbie doll beauty standards have been temporarily replaced by big butts and boobies, which is NOT equivalent to mediating acceptance of all body types.

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