I’m not gonna post the video of the sista who worked at McDonalds and defended herself when attacked, but I will respond to those who asked or are surprised nobody helped her…. you’re asking the wrong question and we’re having the wrong conversations. Look at how we treat each other, how black men treat black women and how black women treat black men, this niggas ain’t shit, bitches ain’t shit and i’ma kill a nigga culture… its rooted in the bastardization of our culture, negative images of black people in the media and an entertainment industry that makes billions for white corporations off it.
We failed to police hip hop. We allowed the anything goes culture pushed and capitalized off white men and put to a beat/on the big screen and out for public consumption as long as our favorite black celeb got paid and we could live vicariously through them. There is a price for that. Consequences. Cause and effect.
Fast forward 20 years later the cost is how we are viewed… how others view us, how we view ourselves. This is why countries like China and Russia view this bastardized version of hip hop as problematic…. yet interesting those most impacted by the negative images and stereotypes don’t. We still defend it, not understanding this version of hip hop is not what we created, its what they created… new era blaxploitation, black culture through the eyes of white men who control the entertainment industry.
It’s toxic and it’s killing us, literally and figuratively… and our communities.
This is why taking hip hop/images of black culture back is included in my call to create our own media. This is already in the works, we have our own platforms, sites, stations, artists, djs… even ogs, legends and originators. And black speculative art/afrofuturism. Events. Worldwide.
I want to say thank you to those involved and those who $upport because they understand the power of hip hop, the power of images, preserving the culture and leaving a tangible legacy for those who come behind us.
We not building on Facebook or a fictional Wakanda. We’re building media, socia media, systems & institutions.