1. Ethnic Borrowing
Popular culture is infamous for borrowing, and sometimes outright stealing elements from a subculture and transforming them into something completely stripped of its origins. From cornrows to the N-word, non-Blacks have tried to strip us of our culture.
Check out a few culturally Black things that other cultures have tried to steal.
2. Thug Kitchen
It was recently revealed that the people behind the “Thug Kitchen” brand are indeed White. With a tagline line: “Eat like you give a f*ck,” one would assume the opposite. This brand feels like it’s making Black people more the butt of the joke, then allowing us to be in on it. Read more: http://bit.ly/YI5AdG
3. J. Lo & Iggy Azalea “Booty”
The New York Times was late to the booty appreciation party that has been going on for a lot longer than J. Lo’s career. But they praised her for allowing us to fully appreciate the “year of the booty.” It had to be her video with Iggy Azalea, so perfectly titled, “Booty.”
4. Katy Perry’s “This Is How We Do”
Perry released the video for, “This Is How We Do,” and we’re scratching our heads trying to figure out what the hell is going on. The “Prismatic” star rocks cornrows, gelled down baby hairs and acrylic tips in the clip. She posed with watermelon and engaged with animated figures that twerked. “Yo, shout out to all you kids, buying bottle service, with your rent money/Respect,” she sings. Have a seat!
5. Katy Perry’s Bootylicious Mummies
Katy’s dancers are far more bodacious than any dancer you’ve ever seen on stage, but why? Many would label this creating a caricature out of the Black woman, and they may be right, however, we don’t have the energy to take Katy’s lost soul to task over this faux pas.
6. Epic Braids
While Kendall Jenner looks absolutely adorable in her braids, Marie Claire’s over-the-top description of said cornrows was what lit the internet on fire. “EPIC,” they called the braids and Black people everywhere were like, “We’ve been doing this for years.”
7. Our Skin Tone
Black sure is beautiful–just ask everyone who has ever laid down in a tanning bed, attempting to darken their skin. We’ve seen several instances where Black people ave attempted to lighten their skin, thinking that light is right. But it’s obvious that the darker the berry is the desire.
Blackface is certainly offensive, but maybe it’s White people’s not-so-sneaky way of getting closer to dark skin?
8. Kanye West
“When they get on, they leave your ass for a White girl.” And Kanye did. Well, Kim is Armenian, so kinda. But has anyone noticed Kanye’s very different valley-like voice in interviews lately? They’ve officially taken him.
While Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake are two of my favorite crooners out, I feel like they were allowed to take over R&B after many Black R&B singers migrated to EDM and more techno sounds. We deserve some Marvin Gayes, Al Greens and Sam Cookes in our generation.
10. Harlem Shake
The Harlem Shake originated as a dance on the Harlem basketball courts. However, a group of White kids made the dance go viral with the upload of one of the most random videos ever. The new craze had absolutely nothing to do with the dance it was named after. So why couldn’t they have named it something else?
Twerking’s roots go way beyond Usher singing about it on 8701. It goes back to slavery and a dancing of expression. These days, artists like Miley Cyrus have made it into a too-taboo dance that is most appropriate in ratchet clubs.