“Rappers and Colorism: The Wale & Lil Wayne Article”
Egyptian-Sudanese-American novelist and poet Kola Boof has been an agent for Sudan’s SPLA and was the National Chairwoman of the U.S. Branch of the Sudanese Sensitization Peace Project. She has written for television and her many books include, “Flesh and the Devil,” “Long Train to the Redeeming Sin,” “Nile River Woman” and “Virgins In the Beehive.” She blogs atKola Boof. com
From Lil Wayne to Nigeria’s Wale to Nicki Minaj telling us that we need to keep natural Africa hair permed and Europeanized in her song “Nappy headed hoes”—the poison being fed to millions of black children and teens by Anti-Black messages and imagery from hip hop culture is getting worse by the minute. Think about how the Michael Jackson Skin-Lightening Pill is sweeping across West Africa (they have BET now) and then imagine your pre-teen daughter listening to the supposedly Black Princess of Rap as she ignorantly announces that the entire continent of Africa and all your ancestors before you are inferior simply for flaunting their natural DNA-given nappy African hair and not wearing it straight and Europeanized like the White Women Nicki Minaj wishes she looked like.
With Pink Cotton Candy hair, a fake ass, fake tits and a ski sloped nose—Nicki Minaj is imitation crab meat her damn self. But after being raised in Hip Hop culture, she’s too stupid to know that. She is he penultimate “nappy headed Ho” in White girl drag. Her job, via Corporate Sponsoring, is to help continue teaching us that Blackness is inferior and that we can’t possibly be attractive unless we look like the people who used to own us on plantations and colonize us in Africa. That, in fact, is the message of mainstream hip hop overall. Watching BET with the sound turned down gives the distinct message that Black Men must “breed out” and that Black women must strive to become Biracial or else.
I dont care what rappers or entertainers like because they are someone I would not want anyway. And they don't represent the average man.
I disagree. I think most hip hop is a reflection of culture, not the creator of culture. They put racially ambiguous women in their videos because they know that's what their audience wants to see. They "brag" about "redbones" because they know that's what they audience wants. When's the last time a top rapper bragged about having a short haired dark skinned sista trying to holler at him? Seriously, let's be real here.
I really don't give a fuck about this. They can worship whatever skin tone they want. Arguing back and forth on this topic want make anything better. How about the interviewer/whomever ask the rappers why they prefer lighter skin than darker skin.
BTW: Who cares what Kola bear thinks, she was fucking a terrorist...gtfoh!!!
The only problem I have with rappers and anything they say is the fact that they ate very influential when it comes to younger folks. They believe they're supposed to have the same interests and struggles, which is why you see so many suburban kids trying to be hood.
This problem has been in the Black community since slavery. Rappers didn't create it and they could care less what we think anyway. Black women just need to empower ourselves and constantly rehashing the problem isn't going to do anything. What are some solutions?