Category Archives: Pop Culture

My Blackness is Not a Fetish

As I bounce back from Spring Break and try to readjust to campus life and responsibility, my mind keeps wandering back to easier times- my week-long adventure in Cancun. Six of my friends and I spent five days enjoying the beaches and day parties in Mexico without a care in the world…somewhat. There’s always a wall up as a young woman in a foreign country where there is a language barrier. You hear stories about careless college kids being snatched up in their drunken states never to be seen again. But we were confident that as long as we were careful and smart, we wouldn’t join the list of those missing. And yes, all seven of us made it back to the States in one piece. I’m grateful for these results, but there is one aspect that keeps creeping up in my mind: the sexualization. Continue reading My Blackness is Not a Fetish

5 Think Pieces to Celebrate Black History

This year, February has been completely and entirely lit. With everything going on in the world, there is nothing to do but celebrate completely unapologetic blackness. With that being said, some amazing, insightful, hilarious articles have been written in honor of black history month, and while the month in coming to a close, these articles remind you to celebrate blackness every day of the year. Continue reading 5 Think Pieces to Celebrate Black History

Formation: Explicit (Racial) Content

Beyoncé. Also known as Queen Bey. The singing sensation that has slayed the lives of girls, boys, men, and women all over the world. Beyoncé has been in the limelight snatching our edges relentlessly for years. We know every word to every song and religiously attempt to learn the dances she is know to kill. However, there has recently been a lot of blow back on Beyoncé. Her new instant hit, Formation, has caused an uproar among may white people. I have two things to say to the people that are protesting Bey’s new song. First, this song is NOT for you. Second, this song is the last thing that needs to be protested right now. Continue reading Formation: Explicit (Racial) Content

Gender in Music

Music is everywhere. We pop in our earphones on the way to class. We jam in the shower. We watch awards shows dedicated solely to music yet there is so much about the industry we don’t know or fail to recognize. We notice gender struggles in the workplace, schools, government but do we see it in our music? Are we aware of the troubling ratio of male producers to their female counterparts? Do we understand the struggles female artists must face? Do we even care? Is it relevant if it’s not right in our faces? Continue reading Gender in Music

Kesha’s Nightmare is a Reality for Many

Friday afternoon, I read extremely upsetting news that singer-songwriter Kesha would be required to record six more albums with Sony and Dr. Luke- her producer that both drugged her and raped her on numerous occasions in the past. This is coming from the verdict of New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich who said, “You’re asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry.” Continue reading Kesha’s Nightmare is a Reality for Many

Taylor Swift: Not My Feminist

Taylor Swift is a lot of things. She is a talented musician. She is, evidently, a terrific negotiator. She is brave for being able to perform in front of thousands of audiences regularly. She is also a feminist, but not MY feminist. Continue reading Taylor Swift: Not My Feminist

Political Correctness: An Issue or A Crutch?

Listening is a vital component in any effort to facilitate change. This was one of the major topics in the discussion on political correctness hosted by the Campus Y.

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Top 5 Social Justice Spoken Word Pieces

So anyone who knows me knows how much I love spoken word. I’m in EROT (Ebony Reader Onyx Theater), UNC’s premiere spoken word performance group. We are based in social justice- most of our pieces have ties to current issues whether it be race, gender, or the like. The written word is such a powerful tool to convey messages that can be difficult to understand in plain conversation. Here are five of my absolute favorite spoken word pieces shedding light on important issues:

  1. “Flawless” by Simmons College

First of all, this piece is about my personal hero, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. But it’s not just about B, it’s about feminism and how it doesn’t always come in the form of protesting, but sometimes in simply doing what you want and not apologizing for it! Continue reading Top 5 Social Justice Spoken Word Pieces

Not Your Costume

 

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As Halloween creeps closer, so does the pressure to discover the perfect costume.  Halloween offers us a moment to become
something we want to be, something we aren’t, something we fear, or something we love  — an exciting way to change our identity for just one night.  Yet, beyond the skeletons and zombies, Halloween reveals a darker side of who we are and the hurtful views we may hold.  Too easily, this celebration becomes an opportunity for unchallenged ignorance — coming from the same place that tricks us to believe that “it was just a joke” is any justification to attack the dignity of another human being.
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Not My First Family

Strolling down the checkout aisles of Target, I took part in one of my favorite time-wasting activities: looking through magazines. I don’t ever buy them (if something is really that interesting, I’ll look it up later online) but is entertaining to see what somewhat confusing thing celebrities are up to.

Cosmopolitan and I have a love/hate relationship. On one hand, they can be so liberating and empowering of women- in the workplace, in society, as leaders. On the other hand, it seems like they are constantly telling me what I need to do to appeal to men- how I need to look, what I need to wear, how I need to constantly sexualize myself. I try not to put too much thought into it though. It’s a magazine. They’re in it for the sales, just like everyone else.

Photo courtesy of TODAY
Photo courtesy of TODAY

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