Posts Tagged ‘Black Girls Rock!’
Lately my eyes have been burning and I realized that it is coming from tears caused by viewing two recent music videos. I love music videos, but these two really saddened me. I keep asking myself, is this what young girls are supposed to look up to when they watch music videos?
Fellow blogger and youth activist Yasmin Shiraz (http://www.yasminshiraz.net/) recently asked the question – “Rihanna: Where are your pants?” and then opened a discussion about the appropriateness of Rihanna’s new video Russian Roulette.
If you haven’t seen Rihanna’s video – take a moment to view it now. It’s an oddly dark video with sexual and violent overtones.
Do you think this is appropriate? What is she trying to say? Here is the comment I left on Yasmin’s blog:
Russian Roulette? Seriously? It’s a game of chance played with a gun that has one bullet. As you play, you gamble that you won’t shoot yourself in the head and die. It’s a terrible, terrible, song idea and video concept for a person whose target audience is young adults. Even if she wasn’t just coming out of domestic violence situation, it would still be a terrible, terrible, idea. Stop the madness.
Then I caught Beyonce’s new video with Lady Gaga – Video Phone. What was B thinking? I can only rephrase Yasmin’s question – Why don’t B and Lady Gaga have on any pants? I am too traumatized to break this down properly, but something is terribly wrong when female singers feel that they have to sexualize themselves like this just to sell a record. What is that thing they are doing with the rifles? I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry – or do both. I mean really, why?
I like Beyonce and am really trying not to hate. But all I can say is: “Hot mess. Hot mess. Hot mess.”
Ok. Now that I have got that off my chest, here’s the call to action.
If you are interested learning more about images of women in the media, you should check out these two organizations. The first is Women in Media and News, a media analysis, education and advocacy group. Founder and Executive Director Jennifer Pozner is on the forefront of analyzing women as subjects of media. Her current work is on reality television which bears similar traits to what we see in the music videos discussed above.
The second organization is Black Girls Rock, which I have blogged about before. They are specifically dedicated to counter the hypersexualized images of women in music videos and build the self esteem of young girls.
Please support these two organizations and Yasmin. Maybe, just maybe they can help stop the madness.
One of my favorite things to do is to support groups that empower young women. It’s a double-bonus for me when the organization is related to music. Black Girls Rock! is a nonprofit youth empowerment mentoring organization founded by celebrity DJ, Beverly Bond.
On Saturday, October 17, 2009, Black Girls Rock! is hosting the 4th Annual Black Girls Rock! Awards to raise money for the organization and give much love and respect to women (and one man!) who serve as inspiration and role models to young women of color.
It’s going to be a fantastic event and I just hate that I can’t make the round trip to NYC myself this weekend. If you are in NYC, make your way by to see co-hosts Regina King and Tracee Ellis Ross honor the achievements of
- Mary J. Blige – “Icon” Award
- Raven-Symoné - “Young, Gifted, and Black” Award
- Naomi Campbell – “Fashionista” Award.
- Janelle Monáe – “Who’s Got Next” Award
- Dr. Sonia Sanchez – “Living Legend” Award
- Dr. Mehret Mandefro – “Community Service” Award
- Iyanla Vanzant – “Shot Caller” Award
- DJ Spinderella, “Jazzy Joyce DJ” Award
- Anthony Hamilton, “Soul Brother #1? Award
Ticket information can be found at http://www.blackgirlsrockinc.com/Awards09/.
You can’t make it? You can still help by donating funds to help the organization continue its programming. For more information on their programs, including the The Black Girls Rock!/ScratchDj Academy Program, see http://www.blackgirlsrock.org/. You can also check out their blog or follow Black Girls Rock! on Twitter.
[Thanks BlackGivesBack for the heads up on this great organization]