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we’ve all done it.  

watched the fighting, laughed at the cursing and gasped at the drama of RealityTV.  

some of us including Wendy Williams have decided to pull the plug on these shows.   it’s not just poor taste. these shows can be bad for you.  

wanna learn how?  

Check out this video by non-profit organization TruthInReality and see how you can make a difference.

 

 

 

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i went by the dumbo arts festival this past weekend to check out the south asian women’s creative collective performance ‘beauty’.

it had me questioning how we/i decide what is beautiful and who’s standard i/we use to determine what is hot and what is not.

as i walked through the exhibit performances i stubbled upon the #damnilookgood installation. Qinza Najm and Saks Afridi, two Pakistani-American artists, created the piece that encouraged passersby to try on Muslim veils and re-imagine the experience as empowering.

it was a hot day; so i sat in sweat with the veil on waiting for my photo to be taken. the veil was tight and uncomfortable. in that moment i wasn’t convinced.

it wasn’t until the next day after seeing jlo and izzy’s booty video that i realized veiled or half-naked; SELF-DEFINED beauty is the only way to achieve true power.

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i can’t judge women from other cultures that choose to be covered from head to toe. and i shouldn’t judge those who prefer to wear a lot less (though twitter has certainly chosen to judge the jlo video).

what we should judge is WHY are we making those choices.

without the pressure from family; without standards to adhere to by faith; without the constant media images (and scandalous videos); without ads selling best beauty (booty) ‘secrets’. without it all; if we really were free to just be our naturally beautiful selves…what choices would we make?

i have no answer.

for me just asking the question takes my beauty to whole ‘nother level…

and that feels empowering.

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There has been a lot of discussion about the negative portrayals in the media of women and girls, especially of African Americans.  In particular, reality TV is known for glorifying fighting, bullying and bad behavior.

Janisaw Company was happy to join forces to create a media advocacy tool kit with Truth in Reality, an organization dedicated to challenging the harmful values these shows promote and change the standards of broadcast practices for the reality TV genre.  

 
The free tool kit is designed for concerned individuals and community leaders to take their outrage and put it into positive action. It was recently launched at the NAACP Image awards.
 
Click here to visit the website to download the free tool kit.

hip hop is NOT the great redeemer that all these folks are trying to make it out to be.  there i said it!

that’s coming from an original hip hop head who fell in luv with the genre as soon as my ear buds could appreciate music…

i had high hopes for hip hop and still do.  especially when you see how its powerful force has manifested empires in so many facets of global society. it is a voice and i’m a firm believer in speech as a form of true freedom.  but i draw the line in making hip hop into a ‘Savior’.

this week i happened upon a Huff Post article about hip hop as the new spirituality for youth.  the author, Dr. Monica Miller was wrote a commentary on the jay z/kanye video “no church in the wild” and youth finding meaning through the lyrics of hip hop. she finds that for youth “music (hip hop often cited) provides what churches often can’t”.  she states that jay-Z and kanye should get, “an honorary degree in theology”.  MBA’s yes; MDiv, come on now…why?  are they really saying something that transformational? or are we hooked on the swag that makes hip hop so irresistible…

i’m sticking with the essence of hip hop and speaking truth.   hip hop is the new spirituality (?), sending hate mail to dream hampton cause she tweeted about nas getting a ghostwriter (?), defending to the end like it’s all good with hip hop (?).

if you’re talking about underground hip hop, i agree with you. but if you are referring to the mainstream, fast food version served up for the masses; i pass…glorify not please.   Dr. Miller is correct that many youth are listening to, believing in and living their life for hip hop. but that makes me wanna holla false prophet…

the messages in a lot of the songs, videos and overall vibe of mainstream hip hop is NOT COOL. let’s stop kidding ourselves and recognize that a lot of hip hop has corrupted the minds of many young and not-so young people in ways we should not be praising.   those hooks of get ahead by any means, nothing matters but bling, shaking booty is all that counts is NOT the road map to success.

just when i was ready to put away my b-girl kicks, lupe fiasco premiered his new video ‘b@tch bad’ from his upcoming album Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1.   All I can say is preach Lupe, preach…


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