Stereotypes can be super hilarious
Dear Nicki Minaj,
First of all, you are named after a sex act. You are a 31-year-old adult who identifies with “Barbie.” The premise of your song “Lookin’ Ass Nigga” is about fakery and fronting, yet nothing about you is authentic. You are a manufactured mess of colored contacts, cotton candy weave, and silicone implants. Therefore, I do not expect you to have the intellectual capacity to lead insightful “conversations” about anything (let alone comparative analysis of current versus historical iconography) as you suggested in your WACK, half-hearted, inadequate apology.
The fact that you explained that you (nearly naked and rapping the word “nigga” 1000 times) and Malcolm X (in a position of readiness and resistance protecting himself from threats on his life) were “doing the same thing” for what you believe in is indication enough that you are tragically simple and anyone who co-signs you or your music is the same. We aren’t surprised though. Your whole career has been a problematic yet profitable waste dump in the landscape of Black women’s images and sexuality. This is how it works: we accept foolishness for so long that you expect us to deal with your obvious insanity and ludicrous disrespect of one of our very few uncompromising heroes. Not over here. He is to be honored. Never should his precious name be in the slightest bit connected to yours. In the words of activist/actor Ossie Davis, “He was our own shining Black prince!”
You confirmed your psychosis when you unwisely attempted to intellectualize your point by stating, “The word “nigga” causes so much debate in our community while the “nigga” behavior gets praised and worship.” Sweetie… (in my Maury Povich voice) YOU ARE THE NIGGA BEHAVIOR. You released this trash during Black History Month. You released it as we approach the anniversary of Malcolm’s death (2/21). Your lyrics attack Black men with Boost Mobile cellular plans (which might actually be a sign of fiscal responsibility for regular working people), yet you have NOTHING to say about George Zimmerman or Michael Dunn. Here was your opportunity to “believe” in something associated with Brother Malcolm’s work, Onika. MISSED.
While terribly irritated by you, I still believe in the power of education. That said, I will kindly refer you to what I think Brother Malcolm would say to you. His words are taken from a speech he gave in May of 1962 in Los Angeles:
Who taught you? Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair? Who taught you to hate the color of your skin to such extent that you bleach to get like the white man? Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet? Who taught you to hate your own kind?… We teach you to love the hair that God gave you.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRSgUTWffMQ
Now, I pray that you make some decisions today that may begin your reconciliation with the Ancestors. Read The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Listen to his speeches on YouTube. I would recommend Ballot or the Bullet first. It’s about 50 minutes, which is plenty time to listen while you glue your hair on. Lastly, Barbie, girl, never again should you speak the phrase “our community” when referring to Black people or Black culture. You don’t represent us. You represent the plastic toy industry… and K-Mart.
Dr. Kimberly Brown is an assistant professor of history at Alabama State University. She is a former Goldman Sachs Multicultural Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution-National Museum of American History and interpretive specialist for the National Park Service. Her research examines race, gender, and politics of beauty in the 20th century.
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