Straight Outta Compton

I saw Straight Outta Compton Monday morning around 11:00 AM. It was sold out. Yes a Monday morning movie was sold out. So I knew this was something big.

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And I also knew that drama would soon follow.

Maybe I’m reaching here (because I’ve honestly mostly read positive reviews)but I have noticed a few people (in the comments section mostly) talk about how the group disrespects women in their lyrics (true!!) and how they were only used as sexual props in the movie (Untrue)

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Stop reading if you haven’t seen the movie!!!!

So there is one scene I’ll refer to as the “Bye Felicia” scene. Women are walking around naked, having sex etc. etc.

Pause for a moment. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t part of the “feminist” movement sexual freedom? Meaning being able to do as you please sexually without judgment. So I’m confused why this scene bothers so many feminist. Aren’t these women just exploring their sexual freedom?

Or is it because they are doing so with black men which mean that it’s automatically disrespect? Or is it because they’re black women?

I’ve stated long ago that we as black women are not included in the “American feminist” conversation. I’m honestly okay with that because as sad as it is: Our issues and the issues of white women are not the same.

We are overly sexualized in pop culture. We are told not to bring up race when discussing gender equality, but how can we not!? When our race plays such a huge part in our lives?

I know I’m rambling, but to get back to the point lol I don’t agree with all of NWA’s lyrics but I have to respect the influence they had on Hip Hop culture and on Pop culture in general.

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Now on to their lyrics. Of course their lyrics make me uncomfortable!! Of course! I feel like that goes without saying. But Ice Cube brought up a great point in his recent interview with Rolling Stone. “If you’re a ho, you probably don’t like us. If you’re not a ho or a bitch, don’t be jumping to the defense of these despicable females.” This is true. I think this is the reason why I never became downright outraged at some of their lyrics. And if you’re still confused, listen to Tupac’s “Wonder why they call you Bitch” for further clarification.

Lastly, Dr. Dre

Never really been a Dr. Dre fan because of the domestic abuse allegations against him.

  1. These allegations are not new, they are twenty years old.
  2. I assumed there were a bunch of women he had abused (4-5)
  3. I didn’t know that he had spoken about these incidents and thought he chose to ignore them instead
  4. I also didn’t know that they had settled out of court

Okay so after doing my research, there were only two women accusing him of violence not many like I originally thought. These incidents occurred in the early nineties so why are these women doing interviews and talking negatively about the NWA movie?? I’m sorry. This movie was not about Dr. Dre’s life so what did you expect exactly?

2ndly (and this is just my personal opinion) if you received money instead of pressing criminal charges, you aren’t a victim anymore. You got your money years ago, why are you brining this up now like you never received justice? I wasn’t there so I can’t say what happened or didn’t happen. All I know is what the media reports.

Regardless of how you feel about the group or even the individuals, you cannot deny that this was a great movie and a story that needed to be told.

 

 

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Miguel vs. Frank Ocean vs. The Weeknd

Okay I read the interview where Miguel had made the comment that he made better music than Frank Ocean. I believe this was in response to Frank Ocean winning that Grammy over him last year. Correct me if I’m wrong.

So I saw somebody ask who was better between Frank Ocean and Miguel. While scrolling through the comments I saw someone throw The Weeknd’s name into the ring as well.  I initially didn’t participate because I honestly didn’t know. I decided to pose this question on my Facebook page and got a lot of different responses.  I enjoy this because listening to other people’s points and opinions gives me much to think about when trying to decide whose music I actually enjoy more.

It seems like the general opinion likes Miguel, but I think this mostly because he just released an album last week. Which isn’t exactly fair because Frank Ocean and The Weeknd are supposedly putting out new albums this summer…

But I’ll work with what I have to try and figure out who exactly I like the most….

Frank Ocean (The Tortured Soul)

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I am literally listening to channel orange right now! I LOVE THIS ALBUM!! He is a genius!! This man is so talented! Pyramids is one of my favorite songs of all time. The thing I like about Frank is his songs are so different. He is not afraid to sing about him falling in love with a man, or a girl, or whatever the hell he’s talking about.  You can tell he is speaking his truth and that just resonates with me… Rumors have it, he’s releasing a new album sometime this month. It’s supposedly titled “Boys don’t cry”

Miguel (New R&B)

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Out of the three of these artists, I think Miguel is the closest to a traditional R&B artist.  He does have the best voice and his music is so catchy! Not to mention the lyrics! He has mastered the art of being raunchy without coming off as disrespectful! *Ques Pussy is mine* His second album Kaleidoscope Dream is everything!! EVERYTHING! Sadly I am not feeling his latest album as much but these things often grow on me so we’ll see.

The Weeknd (Emo R&B)

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Okay so it took me a minute to get into The Weeknd but once I did I was hooked!! There is not a single song by him that I have not loved! And that’s saying a lot! Miguel is clearly the “sexy music” but I cannot lie and say the Weeknd’s music doesn’t take you there as well! Earned it, Wicked Games….whew  Enough said! His style is so original and different that it’s hypnotizing. If that makes sense.  Sadly though I have heard that he is not the greatest live performer. I guess I’ll find out at Made in America in September. His new album is titled “Beauty Behind The Madness” and babaaaeeee I can’t wait! August 28th!

See I say all of that to say I still don’t know who my favorite is lol Currently I think I would have to go with The Weeknd (at least until Frank drops another album and I give Miguel’s another listen) But nonetheless my summer will be amazing! Given that all 3 will have new albums out by September!

We’ll revisit this then lol

 

What do you think?

BET Awards 2014 or EBT Awards?

So I usually don’t get a chance to catch the various award shows that come on. But yesterday I was in the right place at the right time I guess and I just so happened to watch the show with #BlackTwitter which actually inspired me to do this post. I always get irritated watch award shows with twitter because black people NEVER have anything positive to say and it is always so clear during this time. Crabs in the barrel mentality

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A night dedicated to celebrating black entertainers turns into a slander fest via twitter, but I digress.

When that new R&B guy August Alsina won his first award he appeared to be very emotional and crying behind his shades. Oh twitter lit him up! “it’s just a BET award!” So what you are saying? That because it comes from BET it’s not a valid award? The Grammy’s though are apparently right? We should put the same worth on black celebrations as we do for “other” award shows. In addition to this, I do believe this was August’s first award. He was humbled and I for one am happy to see it.

Shoutout to Pharrell for winning awards for his song happy. I actually like this song, maybe because I don’t listen to the radio lol

I didn’t make it to the end of the award show I’m sad to say because I actually enjoyed a number of performances. I appreciate the fact that although artist like Usher and Nicki Minaji have crossed over to pop they still come back to the BET awards. BET is probably the place where Hip-Hop and R&B artist receive their first award.

My favorite performance is a tie between Usher #TBT hits and the Light Skin Trinity (Trey, August & Chris). I heard Beyoncé sent a video of her performance (yawns) I would have stayed up to see her live but it’s just the BET awards right?

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Lionel Richie was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and I never really was a fan so I missed his tribute on purpose.
Chris Rock was funnier than I expected but I would still like to see Gary Owens host the BET awards. But Black twitter will probably protest a white man hosting the EBT awards (protest via twitter of course)
Overall it was a pretty good show, I’ll probably update this post after I watch the last hour. Lol

I’m in love with another man

If I could, could forget him I would please believe. And I know that I should, throw the towel in but baby it’s not, not that easy

Jasmine Sullivan did that!! Everybody has had that one “person” they just couldn’t stay away from. No matter how much pain they have put them through. And then you meet a nice guy and you can’t even enjoy it because……
YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH ANOTHER MAN

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I’m so sorry baby but I love that man. He ain’t always right but he’s just right for me

I loved this song when her album came out! And then that damn movie temptation came out and switched up the whole meaning of it.

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Oh well I’ll still sing my heart out whenever I hear it lol

Green eyes: maybe the greatest heart break song ever written

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If you haven’t heard Erykah Badu’s green eyes then stop what you’re doing and go listen. This was the last song on her album mamas gun which was her greatest album to date. I enjoy almost every track on the album but when my younger self heard green eyes, I had goosebumps.

Keep in mind that at the time I was only 11 and did not yet speak this language of love. I had no idea what it felt like to go through these stages of a break up, and yet it spoke to me.

Now at 25, I believe I could have written this song myself. Erykah badu has communicated every emotion that is felt after a break up and if you cannot relate then you are a liar or have just never truly been in love.

The first section of the song is titles “denial”. This is where she denies being affected by her old boyfriends new love. You know when our friends ask us how we feel about his new boo? And we respond with something similar to her lyrics “I don’t care, I swear I’m too through with you, I am. You don’t mean nothing to me, so go ahead and be with your friend”

The second section titled acceptance is where she drops the fake pretense that everything is ok and admits her true contradicting feelings. “I’m insecure, but I can’t help it, my mind says move on…my heart lags behind. But I don’t love you anymore I’m so insecure never knew that love did this.”

The third section is usually where I start crying lol (don’t judge me) this is where her feelings of rejection and abandonment come foward ” never knew that love could hurt like this, never thought I would but I got dissed, makes me feel so sad and hurt inside feel embarrassed so I want to hide”

By this point she’s asking him “just make love to me, just one more time and then you’ll see” and almost immediately she hears the desperation in her words. “I can’t believe I made a desperate plea, what’s with me?”

Ill stop there, I think you get the hint of just how contradicting our emotions can be when were faced with loosing love. Have you heard the song? Did it appeal to you the same way?