We found Becky with the good hair!

Issues like hair, skin-tone should have been left in the 1970’s are still alive and kicking. 30+yrs later, we’re still left with this tired repetitive embarrassing beauty standard musing, However that standard includes a slim figure and I don’t see these women storming the gates at gyms or pushing away from the table. An hour in the gym vs 7 in the beauty salon, but I digress.Gabby
We saw this during the Olympics, with Gabby Douglas. This young lady was truly victimized, on an international stage, by small-minded people who claim they’re victimized by hair but continue to be the ones (and only ones) fetishizing it. Gabby was an Olympian, at the top of her sport and no one even thought about her hair, except the nattering nabobs of drama.

Now we have pop icon, Beyonce introducing a new phrase, trust me this will now be entrenched in our pop lexicon. “Becky with the good hair”.  Appearing in this picture with, ostensibly, good hair?

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In my opinion, Beyonce is being used. She’s popular; a tremendous entertainer but there’s no evidence that she’s politically astute. I doubt this is her politics and I doubt she fully understands the implications. But I could be wrong, we’ll see in the long run. However, I suspect what we’re seeing here is the same thing we saw with Hip Hop. A lot was made about it being the voice of the streets, the makings of a real political movement but turns out there was more interests in blood diamonds, big booties and sipping Moet in the back of clubs (along with gun play and catching bodies). Excluding the gun play, bodies and blood diamonds (African-Americans huh?), that’s fine with me, I never expected or thought Hip Hop was a political movement. There were just good head-nodding beats to be consumed.

As for the mystery of Becky with the good hair, it’s been solved.

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I’ll bet no one will look at the picture above and think, “cooning”, like everyone hating Samuel Jackson’s character in Django (which included 100+ instances of the N-word, Tarantino being your boy and all) but nothing about Alfre Woodard’s character or the woman in the battle royal scene, but again Negros are thirsty so..hey I digress)?

But the sentiment or ethos underlying Beyonce’s song, “Lemonde” is directly linked to that picture. It feeds the narrative being shopped around, that Black women have always been given lemons, relegated to the back burner in the community and black struggle. This is ridiculous and a misreading of history (which proves to me that Beyonce isn’t that politically astute and does not have a true understanding of that history).

The Black woman’s role (the political vanguard or Professional Management Class, of Black Americans) in this new woman’s nations, is a play for power. Power will always defend itself and this is, on the one hand a justification (for why everything in the Black community needs to go through the women). We saw this with My Brother’s Keeper, when Black women and 100 or so thirsty dudes or just plan simps.  And on the other hand a deflection.  Over the last 2/3 generations women have been in charge of every institution in the Black community, along with setting it’s emotional temperament. What they want to avoid is an audit of what happened on their watch, the counting of the number of bodies, the proliferation of guns, gangs, high school drop-outs and somewhere in-the-winds (missing).

This is why you will continue to see victim-vogue and victim-hood oneupsmanship. But that’s all you will see because the only end game, other than the carnage, disposeability and the serving up of the Black communities boys, is captured in this:

And those are the leaders, lemons indeed!

 

Do Minstrels Coon hunt?

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I was just reading Silly D’s interview in Rolling Stone’s Magazine article, “Hear Willie D’s provocative media assassination coon. Willie DInstead of creatively coming up with something new, based on an evolution of political thought (it’s been while) he simply chose to be an opportunist. He could have come up with something about police reform, community reform but his solution is to hunt who he believes are coons.

I’ve noticed that the term coon is experiencing a recent up turn, and being reintroduced into the lexicon. Ray Lewis, Rza, Don Lemon, Stephan A. Smith, Charles Barkley,  all “coons”now.  Bill Cosby was that guy until “they” went after him; suddenly what he said wasn’t cooning, now it’s the “man” coming after him for speaking the truth. Not many of these cats came Cosby’s defense when the likes of Eric Dyson and others went after him. But hey, when it’s the women and the left, these guys suddenly come down with a case of, the cat has my tongue, but I digress.

Silly D is a guy who participated in what Stanley Crouch termed, the “New Minstrelsy”; trafficking in black dysfunction (cooning indeed!), dust off old slogans and goes coon hunting. Unbelievable.  I suspect we’ll see more artist and wacktavist piggybacking on a cheap political argument held up, vicariously, with not much more than slogans.
All-Coons-Look-A-Like-To-me-630x350This repackaging of old stereotypes and labels shows that the idea of Hip Hop, as a political movement, never really materialized. I was cool with them just rocking the house but many thought there was more there and envisioned it as the voice of a new political movement. Mainly because those who would hold on to such hopes had abdicated their responsibility or simply ran out of ideas.  Well, turns out it’s just, stylizing a political posture through sloganeering or at the very least that’s what it has become. This dusting off of old terms like coon, uncle tom, quoting that line from Malcolm X about the house negro which is and was, when he uttered it for a national TV audience, historically inaccurate, is the new politics of he unexamined slogan. But you can’t convince these low-attention span, low information, adverse to data in favor of half-baked slogans.

Chiraq.jpegIf you care too much about the murders and shootings in our urban centers, that qualifies you as a coon. Apparently people can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.  From coast-to-coast, East to West and North to South, each day there are thousands of encounters between cops and Black men (men in 99% of the cases). The vast majority of these encounters do not end with police maleficence. So this overplay, given those numbers, of cops vs Black men, is a cop-out and reflective of people who don’t know what to do about this overwhelming existential crisis going on in places like Chicago.  The two issues, police in desperate need of reform (which is why I preferred the emphasis on blue not black) and, what to do about the murders, shooting and violence are inseparable.  But there are those who actually believe that if you avoid the subject, people won’t notice. It’s laughable they notice.

These people are in a dark room with a blindfold on searching for a black cat that isn’t there!  Just how does one accuse a person like Ray Lewis, who’s actually talking to Black people, of Ray Lewissignaling to White people in some kind of way, of cooning, versus, what the BLM movement, people who wave around the label coons are doing? And that is, in 2016, begging the question of black humanity to those same White people? You do realize that what you’re doing is, trying to get them to believe that your life should matter more in their eyes than it does? If you’re down on your knees you may as well kiss the feet.

We shall overcome and when that seems too much of a challenge, shift the focus to attacking the blacks who believe it’s a challenge that can be met or politicians who may or may not take office at some future point.   Asandersblm.pngny real legitimate political movement would recognize that right now, with their hands on the levers of power, there are 2 Democrats, a Black man, POTUS and a Black woman, AG. And yet they storm the gates at Sanders and Clinton’s campaign rallies!?  These theatrical tantrums and going after, Stephan A Smith, Barkley etc. is low hanging fruit for political activism that is void of ideas and doesn’t want to do the heavy lifting.

Conclusion: These people use the only perceived power they have, attacking other blacks.  These are the same people who don’t want to talk about the black-on-black violence we’re seeing in our urban centers. Ironic huh? They don’t have anything original, haven’t come up with any new ideas or tactics and don’t appear terribly interested in the task.

And now, in a globalized world where identity construction is complex, the identity through politics zeitgeist is struggling. And really, this is more about identity politics than any real change.  Given a world of a billion images, identity formation is increasingly optional and these low information cats like Silly D want to repressively decide what black is, what black ain’t. And that definition, in opposition to the global trend, is getting narrower and narrower. Pretty soon it will close in and feed on its on….oh that’s already happening! the-rza