#MediaQuickies 8

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.

 

4 Comments

  1. I bought his album. Its a work of genius. I think black people afraid of white people. We’re afraid to bring up the injustices we’ve suffered and are suffering. We take comfort in knowing that we can shop, eat sleep, live and marry with white people. Social integration is smoke screen. It makes us feel like things are changing. But I have a question for you. Do you think its easier for him to talk openly about these issues, because he’s of mixed race parentage?

    • Hi Khiry, great question! I think it would make it harder for him to talk about these things. J.Cole had to have done some real soul searching because he seems to have a good sense of who he is. I would think there would be an internal conflict knowing that you have inherited the burdens of both the oppressor and the oppressed.

  2. Yes, I agree, he’s definitely found himself. But I’d have to disagree on one thing. I think it gives him leverage because he can’t deem racist or “race baiting” because he’s a product of both races. I wouldn’t say he has the burden of both. He’s lived life as a black male. So that’s the burden he’s had to bare. He could never identify with the white experience.

  3. I was recently a part of a race relations panel and I totally agree with what Khiry said “We’re afraid to bring up the injustices we’ve suffered and are suffering.” One of my fellow panelists said the very same thing. I think we as black people do an “injustice” to our white friends, associates, and colleagues when we “sugar coat” issues to make them feel “comfortable”. I also agree that society is more “receptive” of this message coming from J. Cole due to mixed race than someone who’s not of mixed race. His celebrity status also gives him leverage!

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