So a friend of mine showed me this video earlier today of this young female (according to WSHH she’s an underground rapper) but she’s speaking a lot of realness that I wanted to address. Click below to watch.
First of all, as black people we definitely are the only race of people that does not actively support the businesses of our own people. Blacks will pay Asians for hair before going to a black-owned beauty supply store. We pour our money into Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Michael Kors, and Gucci…but why don’t we rock the fashions of our own black designers? I think the answer is complex: there is a serious lack of black-owned businesses. It has been reported that by 2015, black buying power will be 1.1 trillion. Do you think if rappers stopped rocking Gucci and Louis Vuitton and stopped rapping about these labels and designers and instead started wearing the clothing of BLACK fashion designers, that they would spark a trend? Of course they would. If you had a chance to watch the VH1 documentary entitled The Tanning of America, you understand how influential hip hop artists and musicians really are. We need to put our money back into our communities.
Secondly, many black people believed the the election of Obama would mean big changes for blacks in America. I didn’t vote for Obama because of what I thought he could do for black America. Obama wasn’t elected the President of Blacks…he was elected as President of the United States. I think it was foolish to think once he got elected he would be looking out solely for the interests of his people. I also think people OVER-ESTIMATE the amount of power Obama actually has. Since Obama’s election he has made a lot of changes. I don’t see him as the black messiah but merely as a man who understood the struggles of the working class and could push laws into effect that would help the working class. I don’t feel that he has failed me as a voter; I think many of the same issues people have with Obama would have been magnified had Mitt Romney been elected.
Lastly, I completely agree that BET, which used to be the beacon of hope for the black community, has now become nothing more than a network full of lackluster shows. Granted, I don’t watch BET a lot…I heard Being Mary Jane is interesting [I just don’t like the premise of yet another show where a black woman plays a mistress]. The few times I’ve caught 106th and Park 2.0, the show wasn’t impressive to me and didn’t have the same feel as when Free and A.J. used to host. I used to enjoy the show The Game…but other than that I can’t really think of any programs I enjoy watching on BET. What many people forget or perhaps don’t realize is that BET network is actually owned by Viacom, which is owned a media conglomerate owned and operated by a white man. The majority of television networks are owned by six main media conglomerates (click here for more info). BET was sold to Viacom in 2001 and this could have played a large part in the deterioration of quality shows on BET.
I appreciate free thinkers such as the young lady in this video. While I do not support World Star Hiphop in any way, shape or form, I do feel that this video is definitely worth sharing. This woman speaks the truth and I respect her for her unadulterated tirade. What do you think of her rant?