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ravennightshade:

heroineheroine:

Another headwrap photoset
Some of my faves . 👑✨

I need to get on this level.

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IT’S ALWAYS TEA TIME!

Always

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powders-and-oils:

So now I see that Iggy azalea doesn’t have an ass. Her hips just wide. Thanks j lo, who looks like someone grandma. Goodness that video was a struggle.


First thing’s first: Iggy isn’t the realest.
That’s what many keen observers may have, in fact, correctly gleaned from Nicki Minaj’s candid remarks about “authenticity” during her BET Awards acceptance speech. But the rapper has repositioned her statements, saying the media “put words in her mouth” and that her spirited quips weren’t at all a diss to Iggy Azalea. Instead, according to Minaj’s tweets on Wednesday, she spoke out to "motivate” up-and-coming female emcees to keep pushing the pen to the paper, and to challenge a male-dominated industry.
But it still sounds as though Minaj is throwing at least a few drops of shade.
Minaj tweeted, “I fell in love with Lauryn Hill b/c I knew she was the author behind those amazingly profound and articulated songs on the MisEducation … It’s the same reason I have a different level of respect for Missy. I know she’s a writer and a producer. Women MUST aspire for more.” Her words respectfully acknowledged two legendary black female rappers, creating what’s known as a “compliment sandwich” as she addressed Iggy Azalea, who has been said to not write her own rhymes—perhaps one of the most cardinal offenses within rap music.
“I’ve congratulated Iggy on the success of ‘Fancy,’ publicly. She should be very proud of that. All the women nominated should b proud,” she said, notably without any of the high praise given to Lauryn and Missy’s lyrical genius, before closing with why she will keep encouraging women to write.
In case you weren’t following, Nicki’s mention of Iggy’s “success” is the meaty criticism sandwiched between the golden buns. It’s also a formula many other writers and music critics adopt while discussing Iggy’sdemerits as a female rapper and cultural appropriator.
Depending on who you ask, including an offbeat piece from Forbes, rap’s “Fancy” new starlet is now dominating the entire genre, especially since she’s now the female rapper ever with the longest reign atop the Billboard Hot 100—a record previously held by Lil’ Kim and a peak never reached by even Minaj’s pop-crossover hits “Starships” and “Super Bass.”
AlthoughForbes eventually backpedaled, it’s a sentiment about Iggy that now resonates with many—and has even made Nicki sneer. That’s why many other black female artists and emcees such as Rah Digga, K. Michelle, and Azealia Banks go out of their way to express disapproval of Azalea’s antics.
At the BET Awards earlier this week, Azalea was the only other person nominated who could’ve even possibly beat out Nicki Minaj for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist. Given the recent trend of white artists dominating Rap/Hip-Hop and R&B categories at virtually every major awards show, it wouldn’t have surprised anyone if Iggy Azalea had bested Minaj, let alone at a ceremony that expressly celebrates African-American music and culture.
But it seems as though every time conversations crop up about Iggy Azalea, Macklemore, or even Robin Thicke’s appropriating ways, the vocal critics get panned—mainly by white people—as a horde of racists for “attacking” their participation in black artforms, no matter how intrinsically rooted they are to black experiences.
The upset usually reaches a fever pitch because white rappers like Iggy Azalea get away with appropriating Blackness, ripping off everything but the social and institutional indignities rooted in the black experiences that lead to the creation of hip-hop.
But, more often than not, the conversation delves into a minefield of these potential impasses:
1. “So what if they rap or sing like black people?”
Contrary to most media narratives, black people don’t all speak the same way. Our sayings, dialects, and even vocal dynamics may bear common roots, but are heavily influenced by life experiences, education and regional differences. Even in hip-hop, artists like Trina, Eve and Da Brathave exhibited a variety styles and flow. .
Even though Macklemore arguably uses and abuses the white privilegehe’s fully aware of having within hip-hop and popular music, he at rhymes using the vocal dynamics derived from his lived reality. Iggy Azalea’snatural speaking voice is actually the sugary-sweet, rural Australian accent she grew up with—not the grungy, Southern “blaccent” she adopts for the sake of rapping.
2. “You’re just hating on them because they’re more successful.”
The real question here isn’t about the hard numbers, but even those figures currently side against Iggy. A look at the numbers tells a completely different story. Although Iggy Azalea is the queen of the Billboard’s Hot 100, a throne many black female emcees have never gotten the chance to sit upon, she has yet to match their sales figures and business ventures. Queen Latifah doesn’t rap as much anymore, but her career of more than 20 years includes talk shows, TV series such as Living Single, product endorsement deals, acting roles and even an Academy-Award nomination for “Chicago.” As for Nicki Minaj, her debut of “Pink Friday” moved 375,000 copies in its first week, compared to 52,000 for Iggy’s “The New Classic.”
But fans should instead ask about and, eventually, acknowledge the conditions that allow white rappers like Iggy Azalea to reach such stratospheric levels of popularity. More specifically, Iggy Azalea’s public image merits examination as one that mainstream white American audiences consume voraciously at the expense and exclusion of her black counterparts. She makes money and breaks records, largely in part, because she’s a blonde, white, foreign woman who’s doing the new “hip” thing, even if her act may be a bit recycled.
3. “You’re racist for suggesting that white people can’t participate in rap.”
Sure, she can. However, there’s a difference between appreciating an artform and adding to its richness and appropriating a minstrel-like caricature that’s composed of various tropes. With Azalea, it’s the obsession over her curvaceous cakes, the “blaccent,” and an overidentification with the abject poverty disproportionately encountered by black folks, as seen in her video for “Work.”
In the entertainment business, almost all of the stars have highly manicured public fronts that have been calculated for their profitability. It applies to rap, but only to a certain extent. Perhaps if Azalea were instead centering her raps on topics such as growing up in Mullumbimby, Australia, and doing it with her own accent, maybe we’d be looking at her differently—or not at all.
4. “But they had help from a black artist, so that gives them credibility.”
T.I. deserves all the credit for mentoring Iggy, but that’s not where his culpability ends.
Just as he profits from the offensive nature and history of Native appropriation via his Grand Hustle label and merchandise, T.I. does the same by enabling white artists like Robin Thicke and Iggy Azalea to rip off blacks with impunity.
Last fall, T.I., Thicke, and Pharrell preemptively sued Marvin Gaye’s family over “Blurred Lines,” after the late-singer’s estate claimed the trio ripped off the sound of Gaye’s hit “Got To Give It Up.” Gaye’s family eventually countersued all parties involved and, earlier this year, reached a settlement with music publisher Sony/ATV. The other battles continue.
T.I. has a similar relationship with Iggy Azalea, often helping her fend offscorn about her lack of authenticity. While discussing the infamousForbes article in an interview, T.I. said, “She is running this moment in hip-hop, but to say running [hip-hop]; that’s a very broad statement. Although I feel eventually that is the outcome.”
5. “Black people should be flattered that someone’s singing and appreciates their music.”
The success and vitality of black-created genres doesn’t depend on white people performing the music, especially when it’s been pillaged and stolen for decades. As noted in in considerable detail over at Racialicious, various white icons and their hits—including Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog”, Madonna’s “Vogue” and, yes, “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus, to name a few—all are culprits. Despite the history cultural theft, black artists like Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson and Jay-Z have smashed Billboard records, sold out concert venues worldwide and influencing many white artists who acknowledge and truly appreciate the genres—artists likeAdele, Duffy and Sam Smith.
If nothing else, at least their voices and lyrics are theirs.
Derrick Clifton is a Chicago-based journalist and writer primarily covering race, gender and LGBT issues, and their intersections with politics. Follow him on Twitter, on Facebook, or visit derrickclifton.com for more information on his work.

piggyazalea:

Bruh stop sending these to me. I get it, I got it, I’m doing it.

I’m not gonna waste any time, let’s take a trip down prejudice memory lane of the times when these tweets were proven to be real. 

In this screencap you can see someone responded. Said response actually still exists, unlike Iggy’s backbone (the user has changed their name but this is it) here: https://twitter.com/lordbape/status/341729702093918208 

In this instagram comment, Iggy addresses the tweet about playing soccer with “dyke bitches.” Why would she bother trying to explain her use of the slur if she never actually said it? The mystery continues on

Then there was the “Me chief you Indian I speak you listen, tweet which I don’t even know how she can dispute since it was her youtube bio back when she was making web cam freestyles and she says a similar lyric in her XXL Freshman Freestyle. Bonus Macklemore in the background of this video looking like somebody’s sad uncle. Bad bitch Nancy Drew is getting closer to solving this case.

Asian lady “stealing” her seat on a plane saga. She had an entire conversation about it, including using her asian family members as an excuse.

this is from the day the exchange happened

i screencapped the conversation again a couple months ago so I could show you guys what the person she was talking to said. I am Sherlock Holmesing the fuck outta this right now

Then finally there’s this black men popeyes mess which was just found a couple months ago and not by me this time. I made the post the day someone sent it to me/it was found and subsequently caused a twitter dragging, March 5th, 2014. It’s been capped multiple ways, the first is by me and others capped it on their own timelines when people were retweeting it. Also included a tweet of someone quoting it on the same day it was posted to this blog. Just put me on the next season of True Detective because my skill set is unmatched.

http://piggyazalea.tumblr.com/post/78689758360/tell-me-again-how-she-isnt-racist

If you would like to keep living in a world where I am a photoshop demon overlord who is ruining a racist woman’s career via tumblr posts, by all means, keep thriving in it. Or yell at me repeatedly in my inbox for “wasting my time” as you waste time typing that message you know I won’t respond to. There’s a reason nothing on this blog is illegal; cause it all came from her. I may add (hilarious) commentary but the things posted came from her public twitter, videos and interviews. Real talk, her racist antics which include her on video calling herself a slave master, have not damaged her career in anyway so I’m unsure of why she’s “upset.” Crymeariver.mp3. I will say she is absolutely correct about that fake facebook post of her supposedly saying nigga. That’s not real and I did not partake in that fuckery. 

What did we learn today kids? Own up to your shit and apologize or else the internet will remind you every damn day of the times you didn’t. She can have a very un-blessed life for these lies. 

But the rest of you stay blessed bye* 

*Except for the person in my inbox who said I should make a hate blog about President Barack Obama cause he probably says “nigga” with his friends. You can drink expired milk for that one.

20. September 2014

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poetically-justified:

When I know exactly what I want I go for it…

Anonymous said: i just like to be high...

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itzstew:

a-whisper-in-the-woods:

i-mnotbrokenjustbent:

madelinelime:

When I was a kid I thought your 20s were supposed to be fun, not filled with perpetual anxiety about financial stability and constantly feeling like an unaccomplished piece of shit. 

That’s because it was fun for baby boomers and they basically gave us this impression it would always be like that, but then they ruined the economy.

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Q

on fucking point,

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we-r-survivors:

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