I’m back at school in the lovely North East and loving every moment of it! So far, I’ve successfully added two of the courses I wanted, had fantastic orientees (Hot Pink team 30, yeah!!!) and overall I’m having an amazing time.
We are some Kool Kollege Kids, huh?
During the very limited down time that I do have this week, my friends and I have been catching up and talking about all things music. More specifically, Lupe Fiasco’s new (soon to be, if not already hit) and controversial song “Bitch Bad.”
I like the message behind the song, I mean who wouldn’t? Society is really contradictory in its stances regarding how men and women, especially how people of color, should act. I just wonder if there will ever be a time when the big bad “N word” will be seen in the same way.
Something that I learned in my Women’s Studies Feminist Thought class was that people can “reclaim” whatever word they want, but once the word is used against them by a dominant group, they’ll lose whatever power they felt from it. (Read: girls calling one another bitches all the time, but once a guy calls them it, the gloves are coming off).
I’m not saying Lupe’s song is or isn’t going to change the world, but there are a lot of other things that are worth exploring regarding hip-hop music.
What do you think of his video’s message? Your thoughts on his use of blackface? What songs have you heard since starting school?
Let us know!