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”

@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.

Poetic Justice – Women are taught to absorb. Men to emit… #diversity

A colleague passed along this video, and man is it powerful. In less than four minutes this young woman nails one of the main issues that contribute to women’s problems in the workplace: our inherited insistence on making ourselves smaller and less visible. It’s a poem, and I’m not a poetry fan, but this young woman’s … Continue reading Poetic Justice – Women are taught to absorb. Men to emit… #diversity

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

Barilla Says: You’re Gay? Go Eat Someone Else’s Pasta #discrimination #intolerance

Barilla Chairman Guido Barilla apparently would prefer it if only those who belong to traditional families eat his pasta. So gay folk, go buy Creamette. According to a translation of his comments, originally made in Italian, he said: “We won’t include gays in our ads, because we like the traditional family. If gays don’t like … Continue reading Barilla Says: You’re Gay? Go Eat Someone Else’s Pasta #discrimination #intolerance