RISE AND GRIND! MORNING MUSIC NEWS: Iggy Azalea & Jennifer Hudson Perform “Trouble” On ‘The Tonight Show,’ And MORE!


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Iggy Azalea’s good at stirring up trouble. The polarizing femcee performed a live version of her latest single “Trouble” featuring Jennifer Hudson on NBC’s The Tonight Show. Dressed in a merlot-colored two piece ensemble, Iggy and J.Hud danced non-stop as their band rocked out. Watch Iggy’s performance up top.

Kanye will be rockin’ out in New York City next week. Ye is scheduled to perform at the inaugural Roc City Classic concert in Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood on February 12. Rumor has it, Kanye’s performance at Roc City could be the very first stop of a reported tour with Rihanna. [Complex]

Don’t f*ck with Ghostface Killah. The Wu Tang Clan ain’t nothing to f*ck with, and if you’re a Texas heckler, you better protect your neck. During a concert in Amarillo, Texas, Ghostface Killah battled it out with a heckling fan. Fortunately, Ghostface…

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it didn’t happen like I thought it would

Well color me tickled!
If you ever wondered why many people hate it when white Christian missionaries go to Africa, here is why.
This poor, disillusioned, misguided woman is disappointed (that’s her word) that the people she went to save in Kenya are not in need of her services. She actually laments the fact that they have everything most of us have here in America and waxes poetic about how miserable that makes her. You really have to read it for yourself to appreciate the hilarity of that. It perfectly exposes the pride involved in white saviourism. I laughed from a very deep place! I’m still chuckling.
Thankfully she’s being dragged by her bangs in the comments. Hopefully she will reflect on her privilege and her motivations and come out of this a better Christian.

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Wilhelm picked us up at 9am.
I was dressed in my “mission trip clothes” and had my game face on.
Today was going to be the day that I fell in love with Kenya.

it didn’t happen

Wilhelm took us to The Junction {Nairobi’s version of a mall}.
We walked around looking for a place to exchange money and eat some lunch. We hadn’t eaten anything since our flight from Paris.
We had to walk through security just to get in the door.
They opened my purse, patted us down and then we went inside.
There were guards at every store, some with machine guns and some with sticks.
I kept looking at John and then looking around me and he noticed that I was struggling to take it in.

My heart was prepared for dirt floors.
For dirty laundry hanging everywhere.
For kids that were half naked and covered…

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That’s Not How Any of This Works

We are living in a time when celebrities, politicians, and other people with visible platforms say a terrible/wrong thing only to issue a forced apology. The formula goes like this:

Famous Person: Says racist thing.

Public: That’s racist. You’re racist.

Famous Person: I’m sorry you didn’t agree with the racist thing. I’m not racist.

Looks familiar right?

Well the latest, and probably the worst case of 2015, comes to us courtesy of one Ms. Stacy Dash. First she said:

“The other bad girls–bad women–are the ones who like to be naughty, might go out and play and get hurt and then, you know…But the other thing about this is that it then blames the alcohol instead of the person who over-drinks. So it’s like, the same thing with guns. Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Alcohol doesn’t get you drunk; you get yourself drunk.”


“I would just like someone to tell me the rules. Are women strong enough to take care of themselves, or are they not strong enough to take care of themselves? Because we’re getting so many mixed messages. And I do feel for some of these fraternity guys because you look at UVA, none of them have been convicted of anything. So I think a lot of boys are feeling like the minute they step foot on college – let me finish, they step foot on college and they are immediately considered to be guilty. I mean girls are given rape whistles and boys aren’t allowed at frat parties – either women can handle liquor and make responsible choices or they can’t. And they’re a bunch of babies who need to be kept away from liquor and boys.”

After a well deserved backlash, by way of “apology” Ms. Dash said:

“After a failed attempt at humor about “good girls” and “naughty girls,” during my recent appearance on Outnumbered, I transitioned to the very serious issue of men blaming alcohol for their vile behavior. LET ME BE CLEAR: I am a victim of physical and sexual abuse. My point was that there IS NO EXCUSE for a man taking advantage of women under any circumstances. I believe that these universities focusing on alcohol consumption as a means to stop evil behavior takes the focus off the real issue of the objectification of women and how that can be prevented. I apologize to anyone who believed I was blaming the victims of these horrible acts.”

*shakes fists in the air*

A few questions if I may.

1. What was this supposed “attempt at humor”? I see nothing that could constitute a joke.  Not even irony or sarcasm. She was blatantly blaming women for being raped and managed to make men the victims. The stupid. It hurts!

2. As a victim of abuse, why would she even say she was trying to be funny? When is rape ever funny? Did she take Stupidity 101 or is she the professor?

3. How is an apology an apology if you only “apologize to anyone who believed I was blaming the victims of these horrible acts”? So you’re “apologizing” to the people who believed you meant the words that you said. That’s not how that works.

There are more questions I could ask, but I’ve run out of damns to give this woman.

We need to find a way to get her back to acting and off of FOX Allegedly News (why would ANY self-respecting Black person work there? I digress). Doesn’t Tyler Perry have another woe-is-me-where-is-Madea movie that he can give her a part in?

I’m out.

Welcome to my E-Hood

I just want to take a moment to thank the few people who have started following me. I really appreciate the fact that of all the things to see and do on the internet, you chose to check out my blog.  Welcome.

Based on the last few posts, it might seem like I’m perpetually raging about something. I can assure you I’m not. I am passionate about a few things. I’m passionate about issues plaguing the Black community.  I’m passionate about doing my small (read:mediocre) part to eradicate oppression everywhere.  I’m passionate about being a good wife, daughter, employee, writer,  and person. I could go on.

The point is that I really hope you won’t judge my entire existence based on a few strongly worded, angry sounding posts.

I look forward to keeping up with all that y’all are doing and I hope you stick around to see what goes on here.

Get comfy.

I Don’t Even Know What to Call This Because It Makes Me So Mad

Let me begin by saying I am not here for Iggy Azalea or any other culture vultures.  White people have a long, storied history of ridiculing Black people and our art. Then one or two or 10 of them will copy said art and suddenly it’s “new” and “edgy”. And profitable.  A white artist making Black art gains fame, money, and other markers of success faster and in more abundance than the Black originators could imagine. And often with less talent.

Despite receiving very valid critiques from Black legends of the genre she’s chosen to mimic, Iggy refuses to have a MODICUM of respect for their legacy or experience. She WILL NOT listen to what is being said or consider whether it has worth.  She dismisses it out of hand and makes herself a victim, or pretends that she is just “being herself”.

She is not being herself.  Her self is Australian.  Her self has an Australian accent.  Yet when she raps she copies the voice of a southern Black woman.  Really?  You’re being yourself when you mimic our voice and phrases? When talking about a life that you have NEVER lived? That’s being yourself?


You are profiting from attributes natural to many Black women. Black women are held in the lowest regard for speaking, looking, and acting the way they do. You are a gimmick. You gleefully pick and choose the parts of our being and our hip hop culture that YOU enjoy and use those for your own gain. You don’t care about any of the issues that effect us, or about the way your caricature affects us. And in a few years, when you tire of putting on this act of Blackness, you will throw it aside and continue reaping all the benefits of your whiteness. Black women can chance the way we speak, look, and behave but we can not change the Blackness that is the root of our oppression.

Recently this woman had the unmitigated gall to disregard the thoughtful criticisms of our Ladies Eve and Jill Scott. Bish what? With all the ways you are stealing from us, you have the nerve to reduce our innovators to merely “haters” who are “jealous”? No one is stereotyping you! You are stereotyping US! When ANYONE dares to criticize you, you have Black men everywhere, especially TI, coming to your defense.  At the same time they defend you and your right to do what you do, they denigrate Black women without hesitation and to resounding applause.  We’re stereotyping you! Tuh! By asking that when you “perform” you do it with your own voice. Girl, Bye!

Miley Cyrus tried on Blackness for a while as a way to separate herself from her child star image.  Thankfully, she has moved on.  I’ll be relieved when Iggy does the same.

Sh*t White Feminists Say to Black Feminists (and How to Counter Them)

When white feminists ask us to temper ourselves, they are saying, “Give in to the status quo.” They are saying, “You have no right to meet your dehumanisation, exploitation, and oppression at the hands of white people with righteous anger. How dare you be visibly shaken!”. They are saying that they are more dismayed at our reactions to racism than with racism itself.

via Sh*t White Feminists Say to Black Feminists (and How to Counter Them).

Go read this!