#Celfie in the City ??
Why #Drake?!?! Why are u dancing? SMDH this is hilarious tho ? #drakealwaysonbeat #hotlinebling ??
#DavidBanner Private listening session #TheGodBox #HipHop (at Platinum Sound Recording Studios)
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Coffee is gonna be my best friend this week☺️
#Oprah is on the cover of both #Variety & #FastCompany Magazines at the same damn time ?? #blackexcellence ??
Fourth quarter! Trying to finish strong ?? #motivation
I have a reading list that is a mile long thanks to @myleik ?? But this will be my next purchase ?
Yasss @tarajiphenson!!! #Cookie bout to Turn Up on #Empire tonight
Don’t give up‼️
??? #Money on my mind
He’s this and more Every. Single. Day! From day 1 ?
Missing my cousin ? (the blushing ?? to be) Wishing we lived closer
At the #liberty game #burnbright ? #MSG (at Madison Square Garden)
#Hustle Hard ??
#MOOD (especially with this sinus cold) ???
Every Day B‼️
All #Bk dudes do all day is #millyrock ??? snapchat:thelegendarymsb
?? Because of #Viola #Regina #Taraji #Kerry #Ava and last but not least #Uzo ??
In between #source360 events I had to eat? follow on #snapchat thelegendarymsb (at Shake Shack)
My only concern is my #coins ??
We can #win together! ??
?? #Powerful beyond measure ??
??? Real Tears! Carmelo stay away from Drake!?? #BlameDrake #DamnSerena
#TBT Another #curlfest2015 pic ?? I got tired of fake smiling so I told @gallianogirl to laugh instead (at Prospect Park)
??? Wise words from #Oprah
?? #Realhiphop ??
Now Blasting #rickross #BlackDollar ??? Lets see if he can redeem himself after hood billionaire ? #rozayweek
?? #Motivation #Harlem style ??
The goal is to thrive, and not just survive! #quote #mayaangelou ??
Oshea is funny! ??? #facts
Point. Blank. Period‼️
The #SueTsai Pop-up Art gallery
Walking thru Soho and saw this
Won this bag of full sized goodies at #CURLFEST thanks #kinkycurly #CGC??????
Curly Girl Collective #CurlFest 2015?
#banksy strikes again! ? #dumptrump #art #donaldtump
#TBT The #HerAgendaLive talk with #danyelsmith ??
? #TrapMusic in the ? every morning ??
?? #BornAndMade is such a #Dope campaign #carolsdaughter ??
? Earlier at #Refinery29 Office? (at Refinery29 New York)
#TheWeekend nothing but ??? #BeautyBehindTheMadness #RnB
#Mood #HappyMonday ??
#TBT Last Week on The Deck Tanning ?? ? (at Somewhere in the Bahamas)
Finally!! The cast of #ATL on the set of ATL 2! #TI #LaurenLondon
??? Just #Pay Me! Not seeking fame at all! An extreme #introvert
?? Note to self: #Work like
#Puff to Shine like #Diddy ? #motivation ??
Keep the Hug and make that 6 shots of #Patron ? No #iPhone until September ??
Last Nights Dinner at the Steak House Surf & Turf ???
The main course ? #nomnom
Soaking up the ☀️?
#TBT TF is a Milly Rock???#HarlemShake all day #Diddy & #BlackRob #Harlem
??? #facts ??????
?? #Monday Morning #mood ?
Just left from watching ???#MissionImpossible4!!! Time to eat ?? #shakeshack
?Damn #meekmill #wannaknow #backtoback #drake ?
#TBT Last summer! I miss my colored hair! Definitely trying something new for fall ?
Y’all play all day! ??? #backtoback #meekmill #drake
Rise & #GRIND!!!
Its July 27th & #FrankOcean fans are pissed! Wheres the album tho? ???
If you don’t vote for Batman: The Animated Series you’re wrong. Just wrong.
WB Kids was my favorite! Pinky and the Brain!
The Cosby Show, what has long been considered the greatest black sitcom of all time, celebrates its 30th anniversary in two weeks. That the show’s legendary run is marked by a return to a more diverse television landscape this fall seems fitting: NBC, ABC, and FOX, along with other networks, will debut a variety of shows that cast minority actors in lead roles (several are women of color). This push for more nuanced programming brings to mind the 1990s, a decade known for its rich portrayal of black life through shows like Living Single and Roc. Here, a completely indisputable ranking of black sitcoms that aired between 1990 and 1999.
See the rest of the list here.
What happened to getting a ticket for a traffic violation? #blacklivesmatter
This is hella funny tho! ???But real talk its not ok for #iggyazalea to have a ghost writer but its ok for #Drake to have one? I’m confused ?
❤️ ❤️Love what you do ❤️❤️ Make it your #Passion ??
#WakaFlocka had #GritsandBiscuits #turnt ?
Only song I’m really messing w/ is #trapniggas #Future #DS2 ?? Follow Me on #SnapChat tho thelegendarymsb!
Whenever I have spoken up and out about issues that are important to me I have tried to do so in ways that illuminate the discussion, put it in historic and cultural perspective with love, empathy and understanding. I have never been interested in interpersonal attacks, feuds or ‘checking’ individuals publicly. Whether people perceive my work in that way or not, my intention is always to have conversations with love, empathy nuance and understanding.
When in answer to Andy Cohen’s question on “Watch What Happens Live” on July 12, “White girls and cornrows, yay or nay? “I said what I said in an attempt to not get involved in what I understood at the time to be an Instagram feud between someone with whom I was not familiar and Kylie Jenner on the topic of cultural appropriation. I have never been interested in getting involved in any celebrity feuds.
In that moment, I also felt that the topic of cultural appropriation needs way more than the 10 seconds or less I had to respond at the end of the show to fully unpack. I said as much to Andre Leon Tally after the cameras stopped rolling. So on camera with seconds left in a live broadcast I said, "Bo Derek” the first iconic example of a white woman wearing cornrows I could think of. To be clear I understood when I said, “Bo Derek” that her rocking of cornrows with beads in the 1979 film “10” and that look on her subsequently becoming a cultural phenomenon when the black folks who had been rocking cornrows for decades before her had not similarly become a sensation is an example of the ways in which what bell hooks calls imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchal systems privilege certain bodies’ performances of cultural traditions over others. This is when cultural appropriation can tend to erase the marginalized people from whom the culture emerges.
Many are taking me to task for not defending Amandla Stenberg who I now know is a 16 year old black actress known for her work in the “Hunger Games” who has spoken out quite eloquently on the topic of cultural appropriation. In researching Amandla’s work and words, I was very impressed with a video I saw from her on cultural appropriation where she chronicled a recent history of cultural appropriation and black hair specifically. (https://youtu.be/O1KJRRSB_XA)
I was most moved by the question she poses at the end of her video, a question I, too, have asked from lecture stages. “What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?”
For me this is the question at the heart of the discussion about cultural appropriation. What of the people whose culture is being mined for the ingredients that can be used in mainstream contexts to spice up the otherwise familiar recipes?
Far too often culture is appropriated without an understanding of the history and hardships from which that culture emerges. How do we lovingly make people aware of that history and the potential affects of cultural appropriation that further marginalize and stigmatize those already the most adversely affected by systems that disadvantage certain experiences, bodies and identities over others? These are points Amandla makes beautifully in her video.
We live in a multi-cultural society where being influenced by cultures different from ours is inevitable. But when the traditions and practices of marginalized communities are used by those in power and the material conditions of those who are marginalized are not changed individually and systemically this is when cultural appropriation is deeply problematic and even potentially exploitative.
These are some of my brief thoughts on cultural appropriation, thoughts that I felt needed a context different from the 10 seconds I had on live TV on Sunday night.
I am writing this in the hopes of continuing a dialogue about this issue in a loving, empathetic way that is not about individual attacks but about individual accountability. I always hope we can celebrate cultural differences without erasing those from whom the culture originates.
bell hooks in her essay “Eating The Other” talks about this way better than I can. Read it here: http://genius.com/Bell-hooks-eating-the-other-desire-and-resistance-annotated
Leverne Cox’s Statement on her appearance on #wwhl w/ andy cohen. Where andy gave amandla stenberg jack hole of the day.
? Write it into existence! #goals #GM ??
Mood ??? #Nicki & #MeekMill #Omeeka
? Message! Because I don’t share ???
Puff Daddy is reportedly prepping No Way Out 2 as his “final album” Read the article here —-> http://thesource.com/2015/07/07/puff-daddy-readies-no-way-out-2-instead-of-mmm/
This is what I’m dreaming of right now, as I lay in my bed sick with a sinus cold ?? #mybeachisbetter ? #vacay in 1 month
? Real tears tho! #PornHub has no #Chill #Tyga #KylieJenner #SheMale tho ?
? A #DOPE daily reminder ??
Is There Still Magic in Magic Mike XXL? Check out my latest article —-> http://thesource.com/2015/07/03/is-there-still-magic-in-magic-mike-xxl/
I was finally able to get to #WingStop ? on 125! I got the lemonpepper & #garlicparm wings #nomnom ? (at Wing Stop)
? Its so disheartening, & its true! This is why I don’t watch the news. I thought it 2015 not 1965?!?!?
Today the June/July issue of #TheSource Magazine hits newsstands! This is the 1st time my writing is in print ?? Make sure you cop a copy or two ? #ASAPRocky #Harlem
My #MCE ?? hey boo ??
The best #Memes from the 2015 #BETawards
#Harlem Stole the show! #BETawards #Mase #PuffDaddy #BadBoyReunion #Ididntwannaseefrenchuptheretho #90shiphop #TakethatTakethat #ShinySuits
This Puerto Rican temper of mine drives him crazy ?
Point. Blank. Period. ??
#Waves might be my favorite song on #WildHeart! Album is Dope ?? #Miguel
? #facts not every man can put there pride to the side & deal with it! #alwaysbeenbossy its a #taurus thing?
This is why #lebron lost this game! Should have kept it humble! ??? #stephencurry #rileycurry let the slander begin! #GSW #NBAfinals ???
Its over bih!!! Congrats to the #GSW #NBAfinals ???? #lebum fans stay quiet ??
#EdSheeran Covers #FettyWap’s “Trap Queen” with The Roots on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
?? Be #Great!!!! ??
My friday night watching #PowerTv #Starz episodes 1-5!!! S/O to the ?
Dinner w/ Bae while watching #GSW vs #Cavs #nbafinals ? (at Carmine’s, Broadway, Manhattan, NYC)