Dear Lily Allen: Point Not Well Made

Okay, so a friend hipped me to Lily Allen’s new single “Hard Out Here.” I watched the video because my buddy gushed over Allen’s supposed statement for the piece, one of empowerment and a kind of middle finger to the music industry for trying to force women into skinny, cookie cutter molds.

I get that, in theory. Allen said the video was intended as a light-hearted commentary on the objectification of women in modern pop culture. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt that she meant well. But the trick is, to understand someone actually has to listen to, and think about, her lyrics. If you don’t, and you just look at the video – which I’m afraid is what usually happens with a lot of pop music videos – you don’t get the point.

Without those lyrics – and really, who’s going to be listening when those glorious brown bums are defying gravity and having liquids poured over them – essentially she’s doing the same thing as other music artists who feature a preponderance of scantily clad, overly sexualized women – she’s using them to get attention. Continue reading “Dear Lily Allen: Point Not Well Made”

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@justsanaa, you have my deepest shopping empathy. At least we know our weakness.

In November Ebony’s cover story on tomorrow’s release The Best Man Holiday, actress Sanaa Lathan says, “It was $500 a week. I have a shopping problem sometimes,” of her winning Instagram campaign for the film and writer/director Malcom Lee’s contest/internal promotion tactics. Preach. But I’m proud to say, I haven’t bought anything in weeks. Ha! … Continue reading @justsanaa, you have my deepest shopping empathy. At least we know our weakness.

India Arie does much to promote black beauty in new video. #diversity

Her lyrics say create the game and you create the rules, and I couldn’t agree more.  It may be a struggle; but we who are different than the norms society puts forward – despite increasing levels of diversity in all realms of engagement – are up for the challenge. With consistent self-love most folks will … Continue reading India Arie does much to promote black beauty in new video. #diversity

“I got $30 cash; makin’ it rain!” @chrisbrown Love More (Explicit)

Hate the star or love him, @chrisbrown’s Love More song and video are pop culture perfect. Twitter mentions, all the latest movies, cheap product placements, @NICKIMINAJ is beautiful and absolutely vulgar, we even get a lil’ irreverent slamming of a racially motivated bent. It’s young and edgy, rude and silly – pearls, curls and booty … Continue reading “I got $30 cash; makin’ it rain!” @chrisbrown Love More (Explicit)