i have been in a petition signing mood lately. everyone whose e-mail i have can attest to this:-)
please take a few moments and sign this petition Mainstream Media & Hip-Hop Boycott. it is pretty straightforward. every signature counts.
understanding full well that hate is a strong word---those that know me know that i understand full well the power of words; this is the only word that fully expresses my heart---so hear me when i say---i hate that this hijacked art form has been turned into this wicked mess. i hate that this new junk (i have other choice words for it!) is still called "hip hop". i hate that our culture and history of communicating through music is one of the tools being used to destroy our images and us. i hate that so many have decided that for a nominal fee they will go on the global stage and assist in the destruction of black women. i hate that every video reinforces the racist stereotype that black men are mindless, sexually depraved, criminal beasts.
brothers, i am hopeful you will come out in force against this when you realize how it impacts you. i hate that it is "not that bad" or funny (actual responses i have gotten) when it seems only to affect your sisters, daughters, wives and mothers. all black women are someone's sisters, daughters, wives and mothers. i am sure Rev. Coates at Enough is Enough would be more than happy to have your help with taking the Enough is Enough campaign nationwide. if not that, just find something to do to make a difference. now! this is poisoning our children and us. in addition to our global community's assessment of who we really are.
i have other words, however in the interest of self respect i will use "artists"-don't say you can't get a record deal unless you go this route. you could maintain your dignity, autonomy, and more of the profits if you would self distribute. the underground is a profitable place to be. the internet is a profitable place to be. it boils down to complete irresponsibility and greed. you get no pass from me because you are black and "need to feed your family". we all do. there is a responsible, dignified, respectful way to go about it.
it is not about censorship or preventing freedom of speech.
it is about SELF LOVE~SELF ACCEPTANCE~SELF RESPECT and projecting that all around the world.
while you are in petition signing mode please sign my girl Jasmyne's as well CLICK HERE TO READ AND SIGN THE PETITION (http://www.banshirleyqliquor.com/)
i have had enough and accept the truth that "well behaved women rarely make history". together we can change our course. we have the power, tenacity and resilience to make it happen. ain't nothing to it but to do it...let's go to work...