Rap is afraid of gay people. Athletes are afraid of gay people. Without the few exceptions, this trend has held true within the culture of both hip-hop and professional sports. Sexuality and masculinity are both selling points for the branding of many popular artists and athletes today. Ever since Frank Ocean came out with his now globally famous Tumblr letter this past summer, artists have shared their opinions on the touchy subject of one of their peers being a homosexual. Even Snoop Dogg (or Lion, whatever) is a supporter of same-sex marriage, but in his recent run in with TMZ he made it clear that homosexuality had no place in rap.
I apologize for the amount of time that has lapsed between Part 2 and Part 3. Since posting Part 2 a few months ago, a number of new things have popped up that took me away from focusing on editorials. That said, Part 3 is finally complete.
In the third and final installment of my series on American media, I examine a variety of events that received extensive coverage by the media. These high-profile incidents are used to further demonstrate the prevalence of racist attitudes and beliefs commonly distributed by various media outlets. Parts 1 & 2 of the series revealed the long history of racism that encompasses American media, while also primarily exploring how such racism has impacted African Americans and the hip-hop community. Hit the cut to read Part 3.
This is a list that really had to be done. The negative opinions of D4 were formed as soon as it hit the internet & these are 20 reasons why they are well founded. Written by the illustrious @RellyOnSMASH. Check out the mixtape here & hit the link below for the list.
Here’s Part II of the multi-part series focusing on the racist history of American media. Be sure to check out Part I, posted earlier this week, if you haven’t already done so. Part II primarily explores the media’s portrayal of hip-hop and African Americans , as well as the powerful influence the media has on our society and culture.
It has been a while since I’ve completed a piece for #SFDotNet, but I saw something posted on Twitter regarding the recent tragedy in Colorado that I can’t stop thinking about. Actually, it was more so about the media’s coverage of the tragedy – if the gunman had been Middle Eastern, it would have been terrorism; if he had been black, it would have been gang related and blamed on rap music; but since he was white, it can be blamed on a mental illness. I know this is not completely true, but let’s be honest – the fact the evil person behind the attack was white has definitely influenced the way the story has been presented by the media. This inspired me to take a look at the history of American media, focusing primarily on the media’s coverage of African Americans and rap music. I have broken this editorial up into multiple parts, to be posted over the course of the next week. If you’ve read the piece I wrote on Kanye West, some of this will be familiar, as I used parts of that essay for this editorial. Hit the jump for Part I of the series.
Marvin Shadi of DSHH put together this article, addressing the Frank Ocean situation & how it applies to his life growing up. Hit the link below to check it out.
Hip-hop has persistently been criticized for misogyny and lewdness in countless instances. This criticism has become so commonplace and widespread that the notion now seems archetypical. If you listen to a variety of rap music long enough you’ll likely hear “bitch,” which is largely perceived as misogynistic and indecent. Certainly hip-hop is not the only entertainment pocket that flares the expletive. This editorial, written by @INOBETTER_4, details the influence this term has in the media & what it really means. Hit the link below to check it out.