Madonna has signed on to introduce members of Pussy Riot at Amnesty International?s human rights concert in New York.
She made the announcement Wednesday morning on social media. She?s been busy of late, appearing on Sunday?s Grammy Awards with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and singing with Miley Cyrus during an ?MTV Unplugged? taping Tuesday. Continue reading →
Beyoncé has taken on the issue of feminism again. Although she needs to learn a few things about heterocentricity and cisgender-centricism to complete her knowledge of feminism and what it actually entails, (see: “If I Were A Boy” and “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”) This effort is truly commendable. Check what she had to say: “We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn?t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more?commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.”
Price, of all people, has gone done the homophobic road again. Yes, remember when he did this? Well, he is back at it.
In 2008 Prince declared his opposition to same-sex marriage and said that gays got what they deserved in Sodom and Gomorrah. From a New Yorker piece at the time: “When asked about his perspective on social issues?gay marriage, abortion?Prince tapped his Bible and said, ‘God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, ?Enough.?
In his new song, Prince sings these lyrics about a girl: “Yesterday I saw you kickin? it with another girl You was all wrapped up around her waist Last time I checked, you said you left the dirty world Well it appears that wasn?t the case Hey, I see you undercover like the CIA Snatching little wigs from another bouquet ? that?s French I guess a man?s only good for a rainy day Maybe your just another bearded lady at the cabaret I wish I never kissed your (spits in disgust) ugh Doesn?t replace the memory.”
That is strike two for him. Should he be allowed another strike? Especially after this album cover?
We were recently on a certain airline heading to the second northernmost capital in the world and we found this image of Rihanna?s perfume ?Nude? in the duty-free magazine. It?s cute and all, but it seems like Rihanna?s idea of the color nude is one that fits an older and more bigoted understanding of what it is. Okay, so we are pushing it a little. But why does the color assigned the name ?nude? to that of white complexion?
This color is championed by many make-up companies to be a shade of a certain caucasian hue for years, without reexamining the name assigned to it after many years of its establishment. Don?t you find it to be a form of racial imperialism to assume that ?nude? generally conveys a color that is attributed to white skin. After all, nudity is not only a white thing. And of all people to continue this understanding is a black woman? It would have been cool if part of the promotional campaign for this perfume the idea of the color ?nude? was rehashed and deconstructed. We?d like to see ?nude? in a Bajan hue. Don?t you think?
MIA is probably one of the few artists out there that truly fights the good fight when it comes to freedom of expression and not in a way to court controversy for album sales. In our eyes, she is a champion who is not just “punk rock,” but revolutionary is shedding light on the reality of the world, be it western or not, in her art. So what she flipped off the world in at the Superbowl, she is a performance artists and if you don’t get it switch of the TV. It’s funny that the American right-wingers who are on her case are the same ones behind the NRA, stripping women of the sexual rights and not giving a bleep about the environment nor minorities. We love her! Keep on doing it!