I’d been watching Grey’s Anatomy all night and the Christina-Burke story line was stuck in my head.
Remember that one? Yeah. You do. It’s the one where a young, professional woman of color falls for a mature, professional man of color, slowly loses herself in his expectations of their relationship, and gets left at the altar only because he couldn’t make her go through with it.
(yeah. that one.)
Most of me knows that Shonda Rhimes is to black (professional) love as Tyler Perry is to black (professional) women…
One of the guiding principles behind Nuñez Daughter and iwannalive productions and, well, the ‘Net, is that making media should be as cost free as possible. Computers and internet access are already very, very expensive (net neutrality is good for #blackgirls). No one should have to pay hundreds of dollars for word processing or photo editing software, blog editors, and storage on top of that. Unofficially, 90% of the tools used to make and maintain Nuñez Daughter and iwannalive productions are free of charge.
So I was at an academic dinner last night and ended up in a long conversation about Beyonce’s three performances of her “Run the World (Girls)” single: the video, the Billboard Awards, and the Oprah show. Since a computer is always nearby, we pulled up all three (along with Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” video–more on that later). The conversation reflected a serious generation gap (lots of “Why can’t she cover up” type of talk) but was engaging all around….
Until a colleague of mine, peering over my shoulder at the “Run the World (Girls)” video, tilted her head and asked me, “So is Beyonce saying sexy, light-skinned, long-haired women run the world?”
So why not kick off Thursday Readin’ with a few final reflections on Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s novel Wench?
The Cool Kidz Book Club (@fortyoneacres & @Mdotwrites) started and finished this book last year. And I won’t even pretend I read slow. I don’t. But I do read with careful attention to violence and danger. And since I research women & slavery all day, everyday in the Flesh, I need to watch how I enter that space when I am reading for pleasure.
Lucky for me, Valdez got me in and out safely. She pushed me but she didn’t burn me up and she didn’t leave me with the happies. She left me just where I should be after a book about enslaved women negotiating for their lives–disturbed, invigorated and ready for battle.
Beyonce broke the Internet on Sunday with a super futuristic, multimedia, high energy performance of “Run the World (Girls)” at the 2011 Billboard Awards. She also may have shut up all the haters, myself included.
I heard the song when it first dropped and not only did I tune it out as analgesic, monotonous refuse my iPod would chew up and spit out in disgust, but the lyrics themselves hit my radar as pretty damn problematic. Or at least the ones that aren’t the hook…which is most of the song…
Williams took the photo down after other news groups, complained. Not because she was naked. Or that she was sexy. The problem was that she was naked and sexy and because of that a man had tried to stalker and the she shouldn’t be enticing these crazy, enraged, engorged and uncontrollable men out here and if she is stalked again it will be okay because it is her fault because she put herself out there…..