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It’s the end of Black History month, and my, what a historical fiasco it has been. We have had some gains this month though: In these 2014 Winter Olympics, Elana Myers, Lauren Williams, and Shani Davis have won medals, President Obama has announced the start of his “My Brothers Keeper” initiative to save and invest in young black men, and we also find out that Adam and Eve were certainly black. Then we always have losses: Jordan Davis’ killer does not get charged with the murder due to a particular black juror, George Zimmerman started a Pay-per-View fight and DMX took the bid, and Nikki Minaj uses an iconic Malcolm X image for her new single “Lookin’ Ass Nigga” which was plastered on the photo. To add, we have one that beats all of those and no one batted an eye: Katy Perry becomes a Kemet/Egypt Deity in her “Dark Horse” music video.
There have been plenty of losses though, considering Black History month is about half a century old now, and it would appear that black people have a Black History problem. The issue resides as anger within the collective black body, and has sat within the living organ as a malignant tumor, spreading and spreading slowly killing the host organism. The evidence of such a disease rears its head when we as melanin body people are willing to be so quick to chastise our own than we are to fling our wrath toward others who have vehemently disrespected our history (cross out) heritage. The issue I will use in reference here is the case of Nikki Minaj and Katy Perry.
Nikki Minaj, who has recently dropped her pink and blond hair weaves, wigs, whatever it is that women who dress like her want to call it these days, to display her own God given hair, took a step back with the Malcolm X image fiasco. It seemed that the same day of the image being released, people were immediately heated, and they should be! A black woman who happens to rap, and has consistently shown herself as the antithesis of everything Malcolm X stood for, has not only used his image, but used has used it and threw “Lookin’ Ass Nigga” on top. Honestly, I thought it was a great idea [LOL], but the people were sure to be quick about eviscerating this “whore of a rapper” for her blatant disrespect of our King, Leader, and Ancestor. As if Malcolm X’s image hasn’t already had a hard time shaking the media burn of lesions and blooded wounds, here Minaj goes throwing him back under the bus!
As a people who have such a deep understanding of the effects of imagery and the distorting of our historical figures by the media, it is awesome that black folks were not afraid to protest this evil done to our deceased brother in arms. However, doesn’t it seem all but a bit too comfortable to us that we are so ready to attack our own for such mistakes? Why didn’t Malcolm X’s children go and speak with the misguided Minaj and come out with an open forum for educational discussion on the media, music industry, and the role Malcolm X and other revolutionaries played in the coming of Hip Hop? This situation could have brought about glorious conversations for our youth to learn from, and as usual, conscious and intellectual representatives made it their job to send shots at Minaj, like it was them holding the 2 AKs in her music video. If we are to be so critical of our own, why did Katy Perry get a pass?
Katy Perry released her video “Dark Horse” featuring Juicy J, on February 20, 2014. Besides the video having a pre-announcement video displaying that she would be using such glorifying imagery of the Black ancients, it would seem that this blasphemy has gone right over those conscious and intellectual people heads, who happened to had attacked Nikki Minaj. Did they/do they not know this video exists or that it has reached 30 million views in less than 5 days? Or maybe the iconic “mother of all civilizations” Kemet/Egypt just isn’t as important as the recent “destroyer of civilizations” America. If Malcolm X went through so much to show and prove the importance of Africa, Middle East, and especially Kemet/Egypt, then where is the outcry? Where is Katy Perry’s hate tweets from black people telling her to leave the heritage of our ancestors where they lay?
Did she not just use black bodies in the roles of serfs and henchmen to do her bidding? Did she not just display herself as not only Sekhmet the Lioness and protector of Ra, while on the throne of the ancient Holy city of Memphis, Egypt, but also as the Holy Ma’at the Measurer of righteousness, lawfulness, and purity (the pre-announcement says she is “Katy-Patra” which makes less of the difference)? Did she not just have black bodies coming to tempt her, capture her, praise her, and/or marry her – just to be destroyed by her hand, due to the very stereotypical things that are destroying them today? It is really as if Black people have become complacent with white people absorbing the land of Kemet as their own and have totally separated themselves from this part of their heritage. Even worse, it could be something even more insidious.
The very thing that Malcolm X was assassinated for may be the reason that there is silence over this issue. Black people are no longer connected to the land of Africa, in spirit, body, or mind. Malcolm X helped organize melanin countries and people from the Americas, to Europe, to the Caribbean, to Africa (Middle East is a part of Africa). He actually was announcing such actions at the Audubon Ballroom, where they finally took him out for his success of doing what many feared he would do – unite black bodies across the planet. For us to continue to slack up and not take ownership of ALL and Every Thing that is indeed born of the carbon that is our body and image, then why are we wasting our time with even having a Black History month at all?
In the end of the day, I am sure that the corporate executives who run these media companies are pretty comfortable with their and our decisions with these issues. They keep making money off of our dead, and we keep in-fighting like starving lions over a t-bone steak. Either African-Americans use this year to get their priorities and relations to their heritage together – or the next time a rapper comes out and uses President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in some sort of method of selling a Wet and Wild Weekend Party – Uncle Luke/Atlanta ‘96 Freaknik Style, we may as well put a plug in it.