Women are amazing.
As a woman, I think it is extremely important to toot your own horn whenever possible. As a Black woman, I think it’s extremely important for our accomplishments to be seen and acknowledged. Too often are we pushed down or dismissed for something a White woman would get praised for. I think this is something important that we all should talk about more.
Excuse me talking about the music industry again but my African American Feminism has been on a hip hop kick and, yes. I’m gonna try to spin it a different way, and possibly expand on some things I touched upon back when I wrote about Beyonce. This post will be about female artists and the recognition they get, or lack there of.
I don’t want to come right off the bat saying that appropriation is rampant in the music and pop industry, but that’s exact what I’m going to do. For centuries, Black women have been told that what makes them them is unacceptable. Everything from our hair, how we dress, how we dance, how we speak, and how we look is both degraded and stolen, then rebranded by a person that looks more European. From the whole “boxer braids” mess that some magazine tried to say were trendy, even though Black girls had been wearing them forever, to the twerking trend that popular media credit Miley Cyrus for, it seems like the over arching moral of the story is “when Black people do it it’s ghetto, when White people do it it’s trendy.”
This goes for music especially because of the different genres and who was credited for it taking off versus the people that actually deserve the credit. It’s no secret that Black people were the originators of old school rock n roll music. Rock n roll evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s, from African American musical styles such as gospel, jazz, boogie woogie, and rhythm and blues, and country music. (source: Rock n Roll wikipedia lol) A big example would be Chuck Berry and how a few of his music were covered, and then popularized in mainstream media by Elvis Presley.
Another example would be white artists doing the same things that black artists do, but still being praised over us. Take Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda. Even though the song and music video both trended for an extended time and the rapper’s fans praised her work, mass media tried to say she was being trashy and ghetto by exposing herself like she did. However, when Jennifer Lopez came out with Booty featuring Igloo Australia, all of a sudden showing your butt is cool, JLo’s butt is big and sexy. Igloo is rapping about seeing someone twerk and it’s all ok because they are utilizing their privilege as white and non-black women over Nicki Minaj, a black woman without access to this privilege.