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The Rapper v.s. The Pop Tart: How a Tweet Illuminated Body Image/Race Politics in the Music and Entertainment Industry

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Rapper [Nicki Minaj] vs Pop Tart [Taylor Swift] (getty images)

So I’m sure most of you all have heard or read the recent twitter battle between Onika Tanya Maraj and Taylor Swift that took place over the last several days or so. I hope you all know that there’s a larger issue at play.

Onika Tanya Maraj, better known as rapper, Nicki Minaj posted what many understood to be venting after a disappointment (emphasis on diss) with an overall disproportionate system. Particularly, the powers that be at MTV in failing to give nomination of Video of the Year’ for the upcoming 2015 MTV Video Music Awards for “Anaconda” and possibly “Feeling Myself”, the latter a collabo-hit she did with diva-extraordinaire, Beyoncé. Minaj effectively felt MTV’s snubbing of these video were more related to race and body-image politics, as her contemporary and lily-looking, media-darling, Taylor Swift made away with yet another ‘Video of the Year’ nod.

Her tweet, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for video of the year” (several smiley faces included).

Minaj’s tweet and smiley face emojis definitely struck a raw and yet familiar nerve. A nerve and smiley face that most people of color (POC) have to put often on their faces in situations where their White/Caucasian counterparts get the credit, visibility, and accolades for prior, actual, exact, or similar work done by them. In a barrage of tweets, Minaj commented how having a certain body type and look (Slim, White girl) can certainly place one in an advantage to receive recognition and ultimately be lauded as innovative. Oh and you’ll be a show in for a ‘Video of the Year’ nomination… Ding, ding, ding!!!  However, many of Minaj’s tweets, either alluded or dropped Swift’s name, for context in breaking down the issue. And therein led the spark to eventually what ignited this whole superficial yet in-depth look into race/body-image politics in the entertainment, more specifically the music industry and concerning women.

Swift, not only read Minaj’s tweets, but dove headfirst equally as fast in the shady ocean that is Twitter to respond to the perceived diss from Minaj. Her response was something that many POC, especially Black women, may have experienced in interactions with their White/Caucasian counterparts; ‘personalization’ of issue, disregard or indifference, and/or deflection.

Swift fired back, “I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot…”

Swift deflected Minaj’s frustrations and boxed it into a feminist cat-attack against her. MEOW.

So NOT the point, Taylor… Let us all shake our heads collectively.

 

Minaj cannonball tweeted, “I’m so glad u guys get to see how this stuff works. Taylor took her music off Spotify and was applauded. We launched Tidal & were dragged…” 

 

Minaj’s tweets resonate in the realization of just how far the race/body-image political rabbit-hole can go. It becomes ever more blatant and egregious the way music/entertainment industry and media praises White/Caucasian performers for the exact same thing that it criticizes its Black/POC originators for.  Examples such as the recent trend in exercise courses inspired by Miley’s new dance (twerking). In 2014, Vogue asserted that the Kardashian family, with their infamously curated rumps, along with Blond, Australian Rapper [can’t believe I actually typed that word] Iggy Azalea, have ushered in the ‘dawn of the butt’. Least we NEVER ever forget, the tragedy that is Saartjie Baartman, a South African woman was ostracized, brutalized, and utterly victimized for this exact body shape. And then there’s Serena Williams, who is the G.O.A.T (greatest of all time), at the apex of athletic brilliance and influence for any woman let alone young person.  And yet it is her far less successfully and slender contemporary, Maria Sharapova, who has been the highest-paid tennis player for the last decade….due to her many sponsorships. A feat that the New York Times seems to subtly imply is due to Sharapova’s more feminine appeal (dainty, thin, Siberian-aesthetics).

Although, individually, Taylor was mention in some of Minaj’s tweets for context on this issue at hand, it was actually the entertainment/music industry and media in large that Minaj venting about. Swift, it seems, intentional or unintentional, further took a feminist yet indifferent response to the matter by ending with:

“If I win, please come up with me!! You’re invited to any stage I’m ever on.”

Tone-Deaf Translation:

[Here’s 2nd place girl-friend… No hard feelings, RIGHT?]

To say that the larger collective blogosphere, the fandoms (Swifties and Barbiez), a former VMA Video of the Year nominee/winner (Katy Perry), and Black Twitter WENT IT would be the biggest understatement so far of 2015.  Swift had what we like to call in blogosphere, a bad week. It was so overwhelming, that Swift for issued an direct and immediate apology to Minaj via Twitter, pretty much confirming that she jumped the gun and rushed to respond without fully grasping the full context and larger issue at play. For what it’s worth, my musical taste (between the two) lie more with Swift than Minaj, however Minaj’s made a valid point regardless. Since mending their relationship, reputable (and predominantly White) entertainment magazines and press such as: Marie Claire, Time Magazine, ComplexNew York Times, etc. have lauded Minaj for broaching this subject on this scale and placing the necessary visibility on the startling discrepancies on the issue of race/body-image politics in the music and entertainment industry.

Only time will tell if this subject matter will stop being [lost] on tone-deaf ears….

 

In the meantime, I guess I’ll continue listening to my Taylor Swift
playlist with the windows rolled up 🙂

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Occasio Gee
occasio

Too funny that this Twitter beef started right before Drake/Meek’s twitter beef. We are on social media WAY too much. lol

6 years ago
Ashley R
occasio

Right but Nicki was still n a right place to ignite this beef if you will. I mean the stuff she was mentioning it was poignant

6 years ago

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Dropcap the popularization of the “ideal measure” has led to advice such as “Increase font size for large screens and reduce font size for small screens.” While a good measure does improve the reading experience, it’s only one rule for good typography. Another rule is to maintain a comfortable font size.

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen.

On her way she met a copy. The copy warned the Little Blind Text, that where it came from it would have been rewritten a thousand times and everything that was left from its origin would be the word “and” and the Little Blind Text should turn around and return to its own, safe country.

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But nothing the copy said could convince her and so it didn’t take long until a few insidious Copy Writers ambushed her, made her drunk with Longe and Parole and dragged her into their agency, where they abused her for their projects again and again. And if she hasn’t been rewritten, then they are still using her.

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Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad. “How about if I sleep a little bit longer and forget all this nonsense”, he thought, but that was something he was unable to do because he was used to sleeping on his right, and in his present state couldn’t get into that position. However hard he threw himself onto his right, he always rolled back to where he was.

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One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections.

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His room, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls. A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame.

It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer. Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops of rain could be heard hitting the pane, which made him feel quite sad.

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So it seems that Kanye and his thirst-bucket wife, Kim, are having trouble with settling on a baby name for the impending arrival of their prodigal son. AND the fact that this is coming out mean… well I guess this means they want us to talk about this, stress over this, and think on this (I wrote that with a serious face)

AS YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW, their child will be on Christmas Day (So there will NOW be, like, FOUR things to TOTALLY be thankful for this Christmas)

1. Jesus
2. Family
3. Santa
4. Kanye’s son —- and in that order).

Get ready to modified your Christmas Day Fest prayer RIGHT NOW.

So what is a gift you can give to Kanye and his lovely wife, La Seau Soif (that’s French for Thirsty Bucket), for Christmas 2015

Help Kimye with a name…. A name that will signify how much this kid will change the world, your life, the universe… Truly, it’s the most important thing you will do in your life [Guaranteed]

The West have one rule…… no directions…. so no EAST, SOUTH By SOUTHWEST, NORTH EAST D.C, DUPONT N.W. …. just stop it right there. #blankstare

I saw Galileo on Celebitchy and ZAMMMMMMMN that was BRILLIANT

I’ve been thinking and I’ll go first:

Noir
Enoch (just sounds old and of biblical proportions)
Navi (I feel like Kanye loved this movie)
RAW (I pray not but I would not be surprised)
Rawr (dominant animal soundz)
Moi (‘me’ in French)
Bourgeois (French for ….hmmm uppity)
Versailles
Pharaoh
Caesar (Kanye’s megalomania/control-freak sentiments)
Brill (short for brilliance)
Genius
Jehov (you guys, Kanye IS NOT above this)
Adonis (Kim & Kanye’s narcissism)
Leonidas
Lord God-body (I can’t believe this has been a name of mixtape of his)
Eaton
Azor (Game of Thrones…. I would love kanye FORREAL if chose this)
Prodi (short for prodigy that Kanye will hope to impress upon his seed)
London
Adno (tribute to his lovely, grounding mother Donda West)
Rome (the Wests conceive their 1st child there)
Savant (just seems strange but something Kanye-esque)
Hue (short for HUEman)

In my heart of hearts, I could see him picking one of these names. I mean, imagine, “i named Kanye’s child” …. PUT THAT ON YOUR RESUME!!!!

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Please everyone get in the Christmas spirit and list like… 2 to 3 names… this is gonna be soooo joyful. #pettyposts

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Straight Outta Compton: How The West Was Won

Theatres went into crisis mode what they got in return was a movie that broke records. Straight Outta Compton

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Oh my god…..they’re doing a movie about NWA…Ni**az With Attitudes. Is this the next Boyz In The Hood? Menace To Society? Theatres went into crisis mode thinking the worst was about to transpire in their new luxury venues complete with fancy bars, overpriced food and those very comfortable leather recliners (shout out to Paragon). What they got in return was a movie that broke records and expectations by going from biopic to major motion picture. The movie starts with giving the background of the 5 main original members (who really knew who Arabian Prince was) and how they met up. You see Eazy slinging, Dre engulfed in great music from the past and Cube being bussed from his school with entitled classmates. What you also see is the environment in which the gritty reality raps were manifested from. Dope dealing and gang violence provided the foundation for NWA’s first hit, Eazy-E’s Boyz in the Hood. Boyz in the Hood was different from anything that was out at the time. The 80s were dominated with East Coast music from legends such as KRS-One and LL Cool J. Not much if any attention was casted upon the other coast. Matter of fact, the song was originally written by Ice Cube for an East Coast group named HBO (who????). However the group couldn’t feel the lyrics that included such west coast terms as “gankin” and “6-4” and decided to scrap the project. This led to Dre having to search for someone talented to recorded this guaranteed hit. Enter Eric Wright. Now remember, Eric was only supposed to be the financial backer. Eric wasn’t a rapper. After hours of convincing and recording, Boyz in the Hood was created and Eazy-E was headed for stardom.

Now remember, this was the 80s. Rap was still looked as a flash in the pan music genre. Music critics thought it would die off like Disco recently did. No major label would ever take a young group of black kids from Compton serious. Enter Jerry Heller. Jerry Heller gained fame by working with successful acts such as Elton John and Pink Floyd. He knew that Eazy and NWA were rare talents and saw the potential in the group. He also knew that the group needed proper representation and together with Eazy E, Ruthless Records was founded.

In the beginning, no major labels wanted to join forces and help distribute their records. Only one label, Priority Records, which most successful group before NWA was the California Raisins, would take a chance on Ruthless. What came next was two classic West Coast albums, Eazy-E’s Eazy Duz It and NWA’s Straight Outta Compton. Both albums encompassed the struggles of growing up young, black and poor in South Central LA. One of those struggles was dealing with police brutality (sounds familiar). In order to combat the growing problem of gang violence, the LAPD enacted regular shakedowns and raids in “suspected” gang neighborhoods. What ensued was a rash of police brutality on innocent citizens that resembled the criminals they were supposed to be protecting the innocent citizens from. From that, “F#@k the Police” was created.

“F#@k the police was a crowd favorite, but law enforcement was not impressed. Even the country’s highest level of law enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, sent a cease and desist letter to the group over the record. They claimed that the song incited riots and promoted violence against law enforcement. Instead of caving in to the pressure, the group leaned on their 2nd amendment right of free speech and pressed on. Throughout their trials and tribulations (death of family members and contract issues), the group finished one of the most successful hip hop tours ever.

CNRoKikVEAA2pJuIn order to not give the movie away, I will skip the remaining hour and 15 mins of the movie which includes how money broke up one of the best groups ever in Hip Hop. As far as the theatrical and production aspects of the film, kudos go out to F. Gary Gray and his group of young talented actors. This was far from a Lifetime unauthorized movie. This movie was well thought out and well supervised by Cube and Dre to ensure the authenticity of the events. Overall, Straight Outta Compton is a must see and should be heralded as a classic for years to come.

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