The title of this is Hip-Hop’s Betrayal of Black Women by Jennifer McLune. This is all about hip-hop and how it affects black women including racism, sexism, genders, and different dimensions of the personal life. What hip-hop does to men and women and the intentions of hip-hop in society today, I think hip-hop is fun, and different. To some extent, some of the things that they use and say are wrong and shouldn’t be used in the way that hip-hop uses it but I do think it is fun and different and also another way to express thoughts, feelings, etc. The hip-hop artists get very creative with it and it’s interesting to hear and see.
In this stanza the author is also using these colors to describe her skin tone as she was growing up in a black community. At the end of this stanza she uses the title of the poem to tell the reader that no matter what colors where the lies “in a black place, were just white lies” (Tretheway 5 – 6). This title may have two connotations because by saying “white lies” she may be implying that these lies were all just about simple and unimportant things. However, this may also mean the little African American girl pretend being
This image has appeared on television as well as in movies. In the 1980s Jackee, one of the stars of the television sitcom “227,” gained tremendous popularity for portrayal of the bad-black-girl in her character, Sandra Clark (Jewell, 1992, p. 46). With these stigmas being displayed to domestic as well as international viewers it leaves no room to question why exactly it is sometimes difficult for the Black woman to be acknowledged for her true credentials. The words “true credentials” refer to the superb competence she may possess for leadership roles within the public sector. In other words, people may not pay much attention to her purpose and capabilities in pursuing a role that relies on the public’s opinion, but the very sexual, curvaceous, and promiscuous image that fits their pre-conceived
There is a lot of color imagery in this poem, the first stanza especially. It mentions 6 different colors, all describing the lies. It’s about an African American girl that may tell little lies that don’t really mean much. She would lie about where she lived, and where she bought her clothes, but would also lie about being African American. Right below the poem is the history of Natasha Trethewey, and she was a girl that was just light enough to pass for white.
Women also sing along to woman-hating lyrics, so that makes it ok for the artists to continue to produce those woman-hating lyrics. Too many women sing along to those woman hating because they allowed the men to decide which women are worthy of respect and which women are worthy to be called names. In the third division, Mclune exclaims,” as a black woman who views sexism as just as much the enemy of my people as racism, I can’t buy the apologies and excuses for hip-hop.” She is more concern about black men downgrading their own women and being appreciated for it. Sexism seems like the winning ticket to hip-hops mainstream today. This article is worthy of the top prize for persuasions to be awarded by the way she struck the audience with her argument and supporting details she had to back it up.
The story discussed different music as well as different plays. It also displayed when African American was brought onto the scene and how they made an impact as well to the musical world. Ethel Merman was very much interesting to me. She was considered the woman that could hold the longest note with her powerful voice. What I learned about Ethel Merman is that she also was involved with acting as was well known for "There’s No Business like Show Business" which became her theme song.
“In some regards the ragtime craze was a descendent of minstrelsy.” (Starr & Waterman, 2010) The simplified elements taken from African American musical styles were beneficial to the white musicians. They were inserted into their music to make it livelier. Through the racial barriers during this time, ragtime style of music began to make black songwriters more noticed and accepted. Ragtime music definitely helped advanced the causes of African Americans. Negative effects also came with advances.
As an African-American woman, I strongly believe rap and hip hop artists help to create and sustain a tarnished image of the general black woman; however, I also know there are ways to combat it, and most importantly, such behavior is only proved more acceptable and valid when tolerated by those in which it degrades. For example, in the lyrics of rap artists The Game and Kanye West's song, Wouldn't Get Far, women are called "bitches" and "hoes," and those referred to as "video vixens" are even more degraded. The song goes on to further to explain that these women will do WHATEVER it takes to get to the top by saying, "She a video vixen, but behind closed doors she do whatever it take to get to the Grammy Awards," which is followed by a faint laugh by The Game himself. Upon hearing these lyrics, I was sure (or rather hopeful) there would be some type of uproar by black women across the nation and a boycott that left the artists in search of "props" for their video, but much to my dismay, the video contained
Women began copying the look of movie stars by shortening their hair and dressing differently. A movie star named “The Flapper” influenced a lot of women. “Flappers were women who were characterized by their choice of bobbed hair, short skirts, and their enjoyment of jazz music. They were branded as brash for their enjoyment of casual sex, drinking, immoderate makeup, driving cars and smoking.” This influenced many women to want to look like that. Not all women just wanted to look acceptable though, attending college was a big deal.
Stephanie Nikolopoulos April 10, 2001 Sociology of Popular Music Dipa Basu Gender Politics in Hip Hop: An Analysis of Today’s Music Based on Tricia Rose’s Crtiques Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America by Tricia Rose is the hip hop fan’s bible, and deserves 8 stars. The book, about 185 pages, covers everything from the inspiration of black music to its production. Rose focuses on black marginality in such a way as to not necessarily victimize blacks, but rather to note that their oppression has caused them to create a form of popular culture that is emulated by whites; therefore, something positive is born out of something negative. However, much of this outside fascination with rap is predicated