DaBaby represents a departure from the era of the self-serious, brooding, and borderline self-righteous rapper to something more, well, fun. This past weekend, North Carolina rapper DaBaby finally made his long-awaited debut on Saturday Night Live and boy… what a
The 'Hustlers' Twitter campaign should have been an opportunity to share the hustle of actual sex workers, but they found themselves marginalized yet again. This essay contains discussions of sexual violence, whorephobia/anti-sex work sentiment, and mentions r/pe By Adrie Rose Hustlers has potential.
Megan Thee Stallion challenges the notion that womxn who rap can only express themselves in one way, be one thing, and that must be approved of by men working in the music industry. By Ro Carson Multi-hyphenate rapper Jermaine Dupri recently expressed
Ciara and Cardi B's success proves that Black women can be successful without being tethered to toxic relationships and misogynoirist standards of womanhood.By Clarkisha Kent Everybody likes a good Cinderella story. Well, at least that's what people want you to think. Mostly because to fit the role of the titular heroine, one must have suffered long, been painfully obedient, oh-so-modest, oh-so gracious, and exceedingly humble. Only then can one assume that this alleged Cinderella figure is the ultimate pious, virtuous, and virginal woman. And only then, would they truly deserve happiness. Except...issa lie. All of it. And Cardi B's rise to fame (read: the existence of hoes) and the public, romantic ascension of Ciara (a former, single mother) proves it. Ashy Cryeses and PickMe Tinas around the world have been thrown into a tizzy this year based on the prosperity and opulence Cardi B and Ciara have been experiencing. Usually, I’d write this all off as basic jealously and hotepery, but it's a bit more complex than that, starting with this: 1. Cardi B breaks the rules according to Judeo-Christian ideas of purity translating into reward. The myth of the "good", pious, sexually-pure woman being THE premier woman (re: Purity Culture) is a myth that predates most modern societies and finds a lot of roots in Judeo-Christian beliefs. In fact, I could dwell on how this is probably the chief instigator of the Madonna-Whore complex but that’s a story for another time. Still. Said myth has always been tied to the implication that a woman must be exceedingly "pure" and "good" for them to experience success. And whether you are a believer or not, one must acknowledge that white supremacy has no qualms with utilizing such principles to keep women and non-men in line and has done so since the beginning of time. And one must also acknowledge that this weaponization of purity has always been disproportionately applied against Black and Brown women, even in our own communities. Which is why Cardi B, the walking contradiction, makes Ashies and PickMes so fucking mad. Let's be honest: Cardi has had an amazing year. She signed with Sony/ATV. Her song "Bodak Yellow" peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She's been at every award show this year. She's been on magazine cover after cover. And she just got engaged to one-third of Migos.
In a recent Instagram post, singer/songwriter Cardi B. clapped back at the haters who leave comments under her posts about reality TV being the reason black people are murdered. She says, "Stop trying to blame reality TV to try to show what's