Yesterday, even though the forecast wasn’t so stellar, I spent most of my afternoon at the National Mall, specifically the National Museum of American History. I don’t take advantage of living in DC close to so many stellar (and free!) museums as often as I should, and yesterday I decided it was time to change that. I had a great time at the American History museum! I’ll share more about it in an upcoming vlog on my YouTube channel. But I definitely think I’ll be spending more weekend afternoons checking out the museums, because it was much more preferable than spending my afternoon idly flicking through the Netflix catalog.
Anna writes about how Iggy Azalea uses faux-feminism to ignore white privilege.
What Iggy Azalea fails to understand is that people’s issues with her are not necessarily about her being white or a woman—but rather, the cultural and historical significance her presence as a white woman in hip-hop holds. Statements by Questlove were right in suggesting that hip hop isn’t a monolith and that “you have to let go of something you love,” meaning that part of the power of hip hop lies in its global appeal. It can’t be denied as an art form that provides millions of people from around the world and from various backgrounds with a way to express and give voice to their lived experiences and the issues they face. Sri Lankan-British rapper M.I.A. is a great example of the power of hip hop, as she uses the genre to talk about her unique background.
However, Iggy Azalea has done none of this. Instead, she has performed a caricature of hip hop, basing her rap persona on stereotypes of Southern Black women—using Black women’s language, getting praised for having the same physical attributes that millions of Black women have, but we are still deemed as undesirable. And this is what many people find to be problematic about her. That she tries to peddle herself off as an emcee who cares about feminism and women’s empowerment, as she insults and disrespects millions of Black women daily, is why many of us can’t get down with her. And let us not forget her history of tweeting racist slurs, many of them about women of color.
Joy’s winter lemonade sounds amazing.
Femme Frugality reminds us that hope is the most valuable commodity.
There is no limit to what we are capable of, Stephany reminds us.
Tyece shares thoughts from five years of being single.
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I’ve been exploring new ideas for my YouTube channel (and even thinking of uploading videos twice a week rather than once!) in addition to the usual beauty stuff I do, so here’s a tag video! It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag video, and what better one to do than the get to know me tag?