“Some think that we can’t flow. Stereotypes, they got to go.” -Queen Latifah
I don’t remember when I was first exposed to Hip Hop. But I do know that I’ve always loved it. And while I’m a huge fan of Biggie, Tupac, Outkast, and Mobb Deep, nothing made me fall in love with Hip Hop more than knowing that women were using a platform-historically dominated by men-to get their points across.
bell hooks wants Beyonce’s Lemonade to bring male domination and the exploitation of the Black woman to an end.
She wants Beyonce, (and her Lemonade) to unilaterally liberate Black women and ALL women, for that matter from a looming patriarchal society that just won’t seem to cut us loose. If anyone can do it, it’s Beyonce. Right?
Women do everything. We’re the givers of life for starters, and in my humble opinion, that settles any and all debts for all of eternity. But besides being Mother Nature personified, we’re the leaders of movements, we’re teachers, we own businesses, we’re mothers, doctors, writers, game-changers. But why is it that we’re still not equally represented all across the board?
So the MTV VMA (Video Music Awards) nominations rolled out yesterday, and shortly after, things got a little…well a lot heated on Twitter. Nicki Minaj, who felt she’d been overlooked, took to the social network to express herself. Unexpectedly, Taylor Swift had something to say (to Nicki) as well.