Tuesday, May 31, 2016

"Womanism", the unnecessary alternative to Feminism

     As of late I've noticed women and femmes identifying as "Womanists" instead of "Feminists". Now, according to Wikipedia:
"Womanism is a social theory 
deeply rooted in the racial and 
gender-based oppression of Black women. "

    According to Chimanmanda Ngozi Adichie, author of "We Should All Be Feminists", :
"Feminist: the person who believes 
in the social Political, and economic 
equality of the sexes."

     With that said, there are known flaws in feminism, for centuries and even today. That is the neglect to acknowledge intersectionality. Yes, women are oppressed but Black people are oppressed as well and there are Black Women. Black Women are fighting for equality among sex/gender as well as among race. Women are oppressed, but people of the LGBTQA community are oppressed as well and there are Queer Women, fighting several fights. There are queer black women, who's identities all deserve to recognize. Over the years, the fight that is feminism has been more beneficial for White women. In school we learn about the women's suffrage movement and we learn about all of these historic white woman figures, but we are not taught that White Women had the right to vote decades before Black woman and other women of color. As of late the topic of White feminism has been in the media and constant discussion, t is feminism that does not represent all women and femmes in terms of race. That is where Womanism comes in. However, that is what feminism is supposed to be, there is no need for a new name, it is feminism. That's it.

     One main flaw with the title "womanist" is the term itself. Not all people who were born female and assigned the gender "girl" actually identify as women.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Chance 3 is HERE

     The long anticipated 3rd solo project from Chi-town's very own Chance The Rapper. He stole the heart of many just 3 years ago with his 2nd mixtape and breakthrough project "Acid Rap"(which I reviewed). Since Chance has seen greater success than any other independent artist, solely based on a mixtape, and has remained to work as an independent artist. No record label, No contract, in better terms His property is his property. Chance has also continued to bless us with free music. Though the release of Chance 3, actually titled "Coloring Book", prompted listeners to purchase apple music memberships(if they had not already done so after the release of "Views") in order to download the album, it was available to stream on his SoundCloud for a short time.

    This album is Acid Rap now grown up and sober, it is Surf's first cousin, the house Ultra Light Beam grew up in; It upbeat Hip-Hop Gospel. Coloring Book is fun and just as envelope pushing Chance has always been. This use of various instrumentation has always been present in The Rapper's work, and now the use of a choir backing the majority of his music is a useful tool. This tape is a great listen start to finish, but unfortunately falls short. It is beautiful but not as jaw-droppingly impressive as what grabbed our attentions from he beginning, Acid Rap. Acid Rap is possibly the greatest contemporary mixtape of our time. It did A LOT for Chance, and for Hip-Hop music and it is still a great listen start to finish. It is wonderful however to see his growth from 3 years ago to now, not just musically but spiritually, mentally, and emotionally through the music as well as the lyrics and message. Standout tracks include the intro(which ain't an intro but in fact and entree) "All We Got" featuring none other than KanYe West, followed by "No Problems" featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, and my personal favorite, "Same Drugs". Give it a listen if you haven't already !

How I do my dark lipstick using LimeCrime

I made this cute little video via SnapChat. Enjoy !

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

This new Drake album

Views, formerly know as Views from the 6, was released via Apple Music(Apple's latest streaming service) on April 29th, 2016.

     Mr. Graham hit us off with the 90's samples, his befitting desire to sing as well as Aaliyah, and his  signature simple yet catchy lyrics. Ofcourse fully equipped with our favorite unhealthy relationship ideals, with controlling statements and gas lighting. Ultimately, Drake created a Drake album. Has he outdone himself? ehhh, let's just say he's... done himself... again. This is the same old song, just more 2016, and production that is a tad bit more exquisite and offers more variety musically. This man is pulling from reggae, house, pop, bounce music and more. It is catchy. It is something to get us through the day, and all the way in our feelings, however it falls short. I'll give it a 3.5 out of 5 and wait for the next big celebrity to drop some heat in what seems to be a very fruitful year for hip-hop.


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