Also, I am curious as to whether the idea of Jay “bringing the ‘high society’ to the block and vice versa” is compatible given that such circles are historically predicated on white norms and exclusion. That world will accept a handful of black people and then will initiate operation: white flight over to some other shit as soon as they feel uncomfortable. Not trying to kill dreams or anything of a racially inclusive, democratized upper crust, but its evils are kind of the way they are by design, not incident. — Soul Khan, in this thread on Jay-Z
missjia:

I am a black male who grew up in the inner city of Atlanta and no one ever followed me in a mall. I don’t recall any doors clicking when I crossed the street. And I never had anyone clutching their handbag when I got on an elevator. I guess having two awesome parents who taught me to be a respectful young man paid dividends.” – Allen West———
Look at this fool……
 
 

Dunno why y’all have to be so negative.
I think it’s beautiful that he was taught at an early age how to be in denial about racism in his environment, thus giving him all the tools he needed for a lucrative career in the GOP. #dividends

missjia:

I am a black male who grew up in the inner city of Atlanta and no one ever followed me in a mall. I don’t recall any doors clicking when I crossed the street. And I never had anyone clutching their handbag when I got on an elevator. I guess having two awesome parents who taught me to be a respectful young man paid dividends.” – Allen West

———

Look at this fool……

 

 

Dunno why y’all have to be so negative.

I think it’s beautiful that he was taught at an early age how to be in denial about racism in his environment, thus giving him all the tools he needed for a lucrative career in the GOP. #dividends

asker

77violet77 asked: What does the 995 mean (in your username)? I apologize if you've already answered this.

It is the frequency of the radio station where my career in hip-hop/media began way back in 1989, and where my show the Underground Railroad still airs Friday nights at 10PM (right after Chuck D’s show!). 

On B Scott, and BET’s Big Fail.

THIS VIDEO IS THE BEST EVERYTHING EVER.

Seriously watch this.

Respectable Negroes

sonofbaldwin:

The way that we were going in on Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel today proves that Sapphire’s PUSH is a true story. And we should ALL be ashamed.

#RespectabilityPolitics #Precious #InternalizedRacism #TheWhiteGaze

(H/T Mitchell Faust for making me think about this.)

This.

This.

This.

Leaving it at that because if I spoke further on it tonight, it would be in a tone that is out of character for me.

A quick shoutout to Texas.

Also just as an addendum. This is the actual history of hip-hop:

Sha Rock, Lady Pink, Barbara 62, Eva 62, Sylvia Robinson, Sequence, Shante, Salt, Pepa, Latifah, Lyte, Antoinette, Yo-Yo, Lady B, Wendy Day, Akiba Solomon, Joan Morgan, dream hampton, Rosa Clemente, Jazzy Joyce, Monica Lynch, Minya Oh, Invincible, Nikki D, MC Trouble, Monie Love, Paula Perry, Too Fly, Queen Andrea, Eternia, Sophia Chang, Sara Kana, Young Gattas, Dekay, Ms. Fit, Bonnie Godiva, Chayna Ashley, Jaz the Rapper, the entire Queen Of The Ring battle league, the entire Bars & Bra Straps battle league, Dee Barnes, Beverly Bond, DJ Chela, Kuttin Kandi, Pri the Honey Dark, Helixx, Big Tara, La Bruja, Ana “Rokafella” Garcia, the Crunk Feminist Collective. Martha Cooper, Christie Z-Pabon, Lady of Rage, Queen Mother Rage, Linque, Da Brat, Angie Martinez, Leshaun AKA Almond Joy, Shorty No Mas, Vinia Mojica, Hurricane G, Rah Digga, Lady Luck, Lady Sovereign, Cristina Veran, Pam the Funkstress, The Conscious Daughters, Psalm One, Lynne D Johnson, Kim Osorio, Pebblee Poo, The Real Roxanne, Danyel Smith, Mela Machinko, Jean Grae, Ladybug Mecca, DJ Mecca from the Dirty Dozen, Sha-Key aka Hanifah Walidah, Kim, Foxy, Nicki, Apani B Fly, Tiye Phoenix, Narubi Selah, Desdamona, Dessa, Boss, Missy, Finesse & Synquis, Michie Mee, Sister Souljah, Mystic, Remy Ma, Martha Diaz, Bahamadia, Rapsody, Boog Brown, Erykah, Estelle, Lauryn.

We can keep going, this is just off the top…

Rap History, part 2. 
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Rap History, part 2.

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