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Wednesday, June 06, 2007



Peace. Today's mathematics is equality which represents balance. I tell you there is no balance in the way women are projected in the media, specifically white women and original women within Hip Hop.

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You ever wonder why Black folks and other original people can rap and sing about the craziest, violent, sexually inappropriate subject matter and still get play on every major radio station or video program, but mention only the two words "white girl" and you know what happens?


If you ever questioned where video and radio station owners' and the tip top dogs at the major record labels interests and preferences lie and who's really runnin shit, the writing is officially on the wall. You can not in any way shape or form disrespect the white woman and expect for that shit not to get bleeped out.

Case in point...two songs: 1) Kanye West's "Goldigger," where the word "white" was bleeped out in front of the word "girl," and 2) Jeezy's new song "Girl," officially titled "White Girl," where the same censoring happens (if you don't know what the song is about, I'm not gonna explain it to ya. I'll just hint that "White Girl" is a metaphor)

The media empire was not built for us to see ourselves in a positive light (unless it makes some white man that you rarely, if ever see, a shitload of money). We can disrespect and degrade the Black woman (including self-degredation and self-disrespect) but the white woman is off limits.There are makers and there are owners (and some people who occupy both slots). Right now, we MAKE the music and images that sell, and other folks OWN and are in control of how it is distributed, marketed and sold, gaining more profit than the artists themselves. We have to understand the significance of this! Yet in still, I know some of us will not get the memo and keep doin the same shit. I can only scratch my headwrap in confusion and frustration at the moment.

Disclaimer: I do not advocate the exploitation of any woman in the media, however, if it's gonna be done, there should be EOE...Equal Opportunity Exploitation. So in that sense, at least in Jeezy's video, they had a white girl shakin her ass half naked for a change, instead of only seein my original sistas degradng themselves. There is no balance in this media movement.

I also realized that people saying that radio stations and videos are just "giving the people what they want" is a crock of shit. Why? Cuz Akon's new song "Mama Africa," featuring 50 Cent is gettin a lot of burn. it's a real positive song. If you play that song over and over again, you'll be singin the lyrics and likin it, just like they play all the violent, degrading stuff, and you hear it over and over again, and eventually sing the lyrics, dance to it and like it. The repetition is the key. It doesn't matter what is played, as long as it makes money. THE WORLD IS MOVED BY ECONOMICS AND DECISIONS MADE BASED ON ECONOMICS. There is no conscience in this. Morality, for the most part, doesn't matter.

Speaking of the 4 major record labels, here's a little info on each (according to Bill Lamb on
70% of the world's recorded music is sold by one of the 4 major record labels. All 4 are major media conglomerates with multiple record label imprints and dozens of recording artists under contract.
1) Universal Music Group
The Universal Music Group sells more music than any other major label. They accounted for 25.5% of the market in 2005, according to IFPI. The group's well-known label imprints include Geffen, Interscope, Island, Motown, and Universal. Key artists are:
Black Eyed Peas
Mariah Carey
50 Cent
Gwen Stefani
Kanye West
2) Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the second biggest major record label in music sales. They accounted for 21.5% of the market in 2005. The company's well-known label imprints include Arista, Columbia, Epic, J, Jive, and RCA. Key artists are:
Kelly Clarkson
Alicia Keys
Britney Spears
3) EMI Group
The EMI Group is the third biggest major record label in music sales. They accounted for 13.4% of the market in 2005. The group's well-known label imprints include Astralwerks, Capitol, EMI, Mute, and Virgin. Key artists are:
The Beatles
Rolling Stones
Robbie Williams
4) Warner Music Group
The Warner Music Group is the fourth major record label in music sales. They accounted for 11.3% of the market in 2005. The group's well-known label imprints include Asylum, Atlantic, Lava, Reprise, Rhino, and Warner Bros. Key artists are:
Green Day
Alanis Morissette
My Chemical Romance
Rob Thomas


When you get a chance, go to this web-site (TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design...the scope of it is broader now and includes global issues, culture, business, science and arts) is an annual conference held in Monterey, CA that started in 1984, where some of the world's most innovative, creative and well recognized thinkers get together and discuss ideas about a variety of things. Over the course of 4 days, 50 speakers do no more than an 18 minute presentation to an audience of one thousand people. This is like one of the best kept secrets in terms of what folks are getting together and doing to further how they see the world. Discussing ideas can contribute to forward thinking, movement and advancement in society if applied correctly.

On the web-site, many, if not all of the presentations are available for your listening pleasure. So far, I only listened to two on "How School Kills Creativity" by Sir Ken Robinson "who led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements" and Michael Shermer (Skeptic Society founder who dedicates his life to debunking myths, superstitions and urban legends) on "Why People Believe in Strange Things," These presentations were pretty good and there are so many more! Knowledge the knowledge!

P.ick E.xcellence A.nd C.hallenge E.xpectations (PEACE!)

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