The hip-hop artists get very creative with it and it’s interesting to hear and see. In Hip-Hop’s Betrayal of Black Women, Jennifer talks a lot about Kevin Powell. Kevin Powell is a writer, he also writes about hip-hop. The hip-hop industry is very challenging and against black women. Black men are capable of doing so many things to go against black women.
. In popular culture, black people are creating the media that portrays them, often as commodities. Yet in many ways - rap videos, for instance, that glorify the ghetto and present women as sex objects - they are reinforcing negative images,” (Potier). Many rap videos, lyrics, and TV characters, and the limited amount of diverse images of black women is poison to the African-American female community. These negative elements of the media only create a harder obstacle, creating equality in the mass media, for African-American women to
In the reading “Hip-Hop’s Betrayal of Black Women” by Jennifer Mclune, she exclaims in today it is wrong to categorically dismiss hip-hop without taking into serious consideration the socioeconomic conditions (and the many record labels that eagerly exploit and benefit from the ignorance of many young artists) that have led to the current state of affairs. This article contains three major divisions that support Mclune’s argument in this article, and she goes into dept explaining her argument. She wrote the article base off her feelings and how hip-hop down grade black women. In the first division, Mclune explains how hip-hop takes women and dehumanized, vilified, and make them invisible to stay relevant to their mainstream. In the second division, she talks about how women in hip-hop rather go with the mainstream too rather than stand up as a collective voice in their defense of
The author writes this article for respond at Kevin Powell’s article “Notes of Hip Hop Head.” The article reaches black women. In “Hip-Hop’s Betrayal of Black Women” Vol.4, No.1 2006 Jennifer Mclune tries to get reader attention that hip-hop men song not only dehumanizes women but
Black women are seen as sexual objects. Black music videos normally have black women dressed in the least amount of clothing they can without being banned from air play. These videos rarely show the entire woman. They focus on the body parts of interest for instance breasts, abdomens, or buttocks. In these videos they also portray the idea that whoever has the money has the girl, as if these women are purchased or only care about money.
The media’s influence on racism has greatly affected blacks among other races. Negative portrayals of blacks in the media have hindered growth among the black community in many ways. The relationship between blacks and other races has been sacrificed because of stereotypes in the media. Although it is often joked about, racism in America is a serious issue and all too often the media plays a role in creating negative prejudice against certain races. These prejudices cause a disconnect among blacks and other races as shown in YouTube sensation Chescaliegh’s video skit Sh*t White Girls Say.. To Black Girls, as she asks, her new found black friend, “…wait is that
African American women are a group that generate opposing views not just from members of their own community, but from outside sources as well. The issues that one individual seems to identify as the most important battle African American women still encounter is not necessarily what another might focus on when describing the struggles this public faces. For example, Charlene Muhammad, an African American wife, mom, and sister, is a National Correspondent for the Final Call newspaper. In her article “Who Defines Black Women”, she defines the public of African American women as “… [d]evoted wives, mothers, educators, doctors, authors … and astronauts”. Muhammad, an African American women herself, wrote the article “Who Defines Black Women” in
Through wonder woman, one can see how her characterization has helped changed and challenge this ideology of male dominance in the world of comics and cartoon. In contrast, Betty Boop is characterized as a highly sexualized woman who constantly is taken advantage of by the male characters within her cartoon. Hence, both gender representations are important because we are shown both women characters who are equally sexualized, and have feminine attributes. Wonder Woman uses her gender as an advantage, quite differently from Betty Boop whom always needs to be saved. After an extensive analyzation of both characters it is evident that Wonder Woman uses her femininity and sexuality to her advantage and this can be seen through Marston's DISC theory, which states her to be a liberating character.
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
Get the fuck out after you're done". Not only is he referring to women as bitches and tricks, he also passionately expresses that women aren't worth anything more than to be used as a sex slave. Besides degrading women by saying what they want them to do for them, some artist state what they already have done to women. In one of the rap artist Lil Wayne's song, he openly tells all his sexual encounters with numerous women naming the song "Alphabet Bitches". After alphabetizing each woman with their personal sex express with the artist he ends the song repeatedly saying "These are my bitches, my Alphabet Bitches, I got bitches".