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Monday
Jan072013

Be Proactive: Ignorecotting Baby Kimye

I received the following message on the WAOD Facebook Fan Page about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West and it’s an excellent demonstrative example to kick off our series on the The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People . The first habit of highly effective people is BE PROACTIVE. 

I want to ask you if i'm trippin for being so disgusted by this kanye kim baby all over the media. i dont expect anything more from her, but it hurts to see him and the media validate her in front of young black girls. basically hes sayin anyone, even an uneducated, incestuous, porn star is better than every sista on the planet... after he repeated tried to make himself the spokes person for black people. and nobody seems to be offended by this stunt but they were so outraged over his other antics. its like im in the twilight zone. am i trippin? Concerned WAOD Reader

Thank you for your message concerned reader. It provides all of us with an excellent opportunity to use this to work the First Habit: Be Proactive

Being “proactive” doesn’t mean what you think it means. It doesn’t mean being a woman of action. In some cases, it calls on you to be a woman of great restraint. What being proactive means is being responsible for your own life. Instead of reacting to circumstances and how you “feel.” A proactive person is driven to act or “respond” based on a set of core values. Doesn’t matter what the circumstances are, how you respond is based on what you believe.  A reactive person however, twists in the wind responding to every change in circumstances, conditions and environments. 

Too wonky for you? Another way to say this is being proactive means you stop letting life happen to you. You stop being a zombie. You stop being a victim, and you stop being a slave to your feelings.

Based on this email, it is clear to me that Kim Kardashian OWNS YOU. Her very image has the ability to alter your mood. She occupies so much space in your head that you have gone so far as to conclude that Kanye West is sending you a direct message just by dating her. 

But what would Steven Covey tell you to do based on the first habit: Be Proactive.

First, he would tell you to examine the Kim Kardashian/ Kanye West “problem” in terms of your Circle of Concern and Your Circle of Influence.   

Proactive people focus on their Circle of Influence- those things that they can control. 

Reactive people focus on the Circle of Concern- those things over which they have absolutely no control.

Your challenge is to identify those things you have control over and separate them from the things you have absolutely no control over and then adjust your expenditure of energy accordingly.

So let’s return to Kim Kardashian and your note.

Your main points were:

 

  • "it hurts to see him and the media validate her in front of young black girls"
  • "hes sayin anyone, even an uneducated, incestuous, porn star is better than every sista on the planet" 
  • "after he repeated tried to make himself the spokes person for black people" 
  • "and nobody seems to be offended by this stunt but they were so outraged over his other antics"

 

Let’s look at your Circle of Influence and Your Circle of Concern.

Circle of Concern- You can’t control who Kanye West dates or impregnates. You can’t control what bloggers and the media choose to cover. After all, the “media” that you complain of decided to shove television cameras in the faces of first graders in the immediate aftermath of a gunman mowing down their teachers and classmates- expecting responsible behavior out of this group is a stretch. You can’t control what meaning other people give to their relationship.  You can’t control what Kanye West says- though I have yet to hear him make a statement that Kim Kardashian is better than every sista on the planet. You can’t control who appoints themselves as a representative of all of Black America- nor can you control whether someone is idiotic enough to conclude that Mr. West is a spokesperson for all of Black America.  You can’t force people to be offended and outraged over something they cannot be offended and outraged about 

Your Circle of Influence- You can control how “hurt” you are by Kanye West’s dating and mating activities. If you can’t figure out how to ease your “hurt” then I suggest seeking professional help with working through why this “hurts”  you. I believe you when you say this hurts you and I don’t in anyway want to minimize your hurt. It’s real.  HOWEVER- back to your Circle of Influence - 

There are young Black girls who are in your immediate orbit that you likely have never had a conversation with about Kim Kardashian-I suspect you have not attempted to use your influence to counteract the alleged influences of Kim Kardashian on these young Black girls. 

You have 100% control over who you think is “better” than you or any other Black woman. Black men can say and do whatever they want to do- they already are- they don’t have the ability to make me think ANY other woman is better than me. Sorry, ain’t gonna happen. Especially not some drug addled, mentally unstable, man-child with poor impulse control, horrible fashion sense and a proclivity for pouting and petulance. This is a man you have allowed to dictate who is better than you? No bueno!  I won’t let Kanye West tell me how to cross the street let alone who is better than me?

If you in fact believe that Kim Kardashian is a great scourge who wants to devour the souls of little Black girls, then have you done everything within your immediate circle of influence to combat the alleged threat of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West- I’m gonna take a HUGE guess and say you haven’t even tried. 

You’d rather focus on things you can’t control like  “the media” and imaginary messages from Kanye West than say- “Hmm let me take a group of Black girls out to brunch and then let’s go see an afternoon performance of the local Black ballet company”. How many Black girls have you taken out on a cultural excursion of some sort so they can see diverse images of Black women? How many dollars have you donated to organizations who are presenting a different vision of what it means to be a woman in society?

But let’s say that all of this is a bit much for you. You didn’t intend for me to come up with a to do list. You want a simple answer.

Are you tripping? YEP.

Little baby Kimye is headed your way and there’s nothing you can do about it, so I suggest you be proactive by instituting an Ignorecott. Unlike a boycott where you direct all of your attention on letting the world know that you are unhappy with Kim Kardashian, you ignore her. She doesn’t exist. Neither does baby Kimye.  Every year millions of babies are born and you have no idea. Why is this baby any different. 

But but Blogmother- the news is everywhere! No it’s not. if you avoid gossip and entertainment blogs, you miss about 95% of Kimye coverage. 

But what about the CHILDREN? WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN! What about the Black girls being influenced? My answer is that until you exhaust all of the options that are within your direct control to reach Black girls in your immediate circle of influence, worrying about mythical, undefinable masses of unidentified random Black girls is being REACTIVE!

So if you want to combat the Kim Kardashain effect, the 7 Habits say you ignore her and focus on things you can control.  You don’t like the images of Kim Kardashian, then offer Black girls another image.  And according to the 7 Habits- an amazing thing will happen as you focus your energy on things in your circle of influence- your circle of influence will grow.  

What Kim and Kanye do isn't nearly as important as what YOU BELIEVE and what you value. 

Kim Kardashian doesn’t bother me. She doesn’t entertain me. What entertains me is the way Black bloggers have manipulated Black women in to Pavlovian heart palpitations by baiting you over and over again with her various relationship exploits. 

I don’t envy her fame-I’m an introvert and love being incognito. Don’t envy her relationships- all of her boyfriends and ex husbands are grade A jerks- the first one allegedly beat her- Ray J pimped her out- Chris Humphries won’t let her out of her il fated marriage, and Kanye West is an emotionally unstable, narcissist, with horrifically bad impulse control - these are NOT the characteristics of a desirable mate.   To the extent that Kim Kardashian has removed Kanye West from Black women’s dating pool, we owe her an award- not contempt. 

There is nothing that Kim Kardashain has that I think I’m entitled to. Not even her ability to enter the mainstream after shopping her sex tape.  That’s not an achievement I envy.  

I know. I know. Everyday the world wages war on the images of Black women and girls. If it wasn't Kim Kardashian, it would be something else. She's just your trigger. We all have other triggers. She's not the problem, she's the pain generator. Getting rid of her doesn't heal the underlying "hurt." In a sense, she is doing you a valuable service by identifying an area you need to work on. 

I suspect that the reason you are focussed on nameless faceless Black girls being influenced by Kim Kardashian is likely because seeing her brings up deep wounds that other people, likely Black folks, inflicted upon you. The 7 Habits say you are responsible - response-ABLE for your own happiness now. I don't know who hurt you. And it sucks that they did, but the life you have now will very much be determined by YOUR CHOICES and not those of Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and "the media." Ignorecott!

If you would like to submit your commentary for our series on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Black Women, send me a message via the Facebook Fan Page or use our contact form. The next habit is probably one of my favorites: Begin With the End in Mind.

Monday
Jan032011

Kanye West Lynches Women in Latest Video- A Desperate and Sick Display

 New Year same old lame crap out of the Hip Hop industrial complex. 

So Kanye West finally released another work of "art" the video for his song "Monster." As is his theme lately, everyone is out to get him. Poor Kanye West. Yeah yeah. Apparently he's concluded that since he has experienced tragedy  he's entitled to engage in self-destructive and predatory behavior in perpetuity. We all know that an essential ingredient to  "artistic expression" in hip hop  is violence against women. What else is new?yeah yeah yeah.

You know what would be REVOLUTIONARY? If these vile little creatures could manage to be creative WITHOUT misogyny. Now THAT would truly be cutting edge.   I won't display it on my blog but here is a still accompanied by a  summary of the video.  Yes, I took a still because surely some corporate entity is going to say "Hey, we're down with the whole misogyny thing you Hip Hop folks have got going on, but we feel its a bit MUCH."

 

 

  • The video opens with the rotound Rick Ross lounging in a chair as women who have been lynched dangle lifelessly from their necks. I know that historical ignorance is a prerequisite for sucess in the modern rap world, but surely there was somebody over the age of two that might have said "Um hey. This kinda looks like a scene out of the Jim Crow south."  
  • We are next greeted by Mr. West engaged in an act of implied necrophilia, in bed with two dead women. 
  • Then Beyonce's drug dealing husband dancing in front of a naked dead woman in the background. NO. I'm. Not. Making. This. Up. These idiots actually made and distributed this video. 
  • Then Kanye West  Is lounging against a wall holding a severed head. A Man's head? No. Of course not. Only women can be the objects of hip hop's violent rage. 
  • Oh wait. Its not all men. Theres Onikka or Nikki Minaj and she's there torturing someone. A man? OF COURSE NOT. Only women can be the objects of hip hop's violent rage.
  • Then the video concludes with  a dead woman falling across Kanye West's lap. I guess that's implied necrophiliac fellatio. The end.

 And what was the media's response?

The Rolling Stone's Mathew Perpetua compared the video to Michael Jackson's thriller. 

The video for Kanye West's latest single "Monster" is like the rapper's answer to Michael Jackson's classic video for "Thriller" — but instead of dancing zombies, he gives us undead, barely dressed and occasionally dismembered models.

Notice how the violence against women just rolls off of Mr. Pepetua's tongue. I guess he thinks they deserved it because they are models. 

Really? Don't remember women being tortured and killed in Thriller. 

For those who thought my necrophilia reference was a stretch, I'm not alone. The folks over at MTV noticed too:

West and company appear in some pretty gory scenes. 'Ye raps alongside a lifeless body, spitting the words to his rhymes while trying to romance a pasty corpse.

Simon Vozick-Levinson of Entertainment Weekly has a clue:

These are intentionally ghastly images, meant to disturb. In addition to being a fantastic posse cut, “Monster” is all about ugliness. West’s chorus proclaims that “Everybody knows I’m a motherf—ing monster.” Now you can see that metaphor played out quite literally. But to what end? Images of models who look like they’ve been murdered are nothing new in the fashion world. America’s Next Top Model centered a whole episode around this morbid theme in 2007, drawing deserved criticism from feminist commentators. Jezebel.com elaborated on“The Problem With Fashion’s Obsession With Death” (link contains NSFW images) over a year ago. Glamorizing violence against women this way as we enter 2011 isn’t just potentially pretty offensive to a lot of people — it’s played out and boring. I expect better from an artist as boundlessly creative as Kanye West.

 

YAAAAAWN! Kanye, we get it. You're a poor tortured soul and its all Taylor Swift's fault that you stormed on stage as a drunkard and broadcast your ignorance to the world.  . blah blah blah.  You need attention so you are intentionally courting controversy. Blah blah blah. poor Kanye.

As I stated in my Blackvoices piece, Kanye West, Heal Thyself, this is a man in crisis. He's in a death spiral at the end of which somebody is going to end up dead. Most likely a woman. This isn't "art" these are the public musings of a sociopath and y'all are too intoxicated by the cult of celebrity to realize it. 

Sometimes art is art and sometimes art is  a public expression of a sociopath's inner thoughts and a signal to RUN not walk  in the opposite direction. 

Just know that if a White male artist made a video with Black people dangling from ropes and chains from the ceiling ALL HELL WOULD BREAK LOOSE! No don't expect the civil rights industrial which has a long history of opposition to lynching to speak out about this.  Afterall, only women are lynched in Kanye's video and apparently that's A-okay with some of y'all! 

Happy Freaking New Year! 

Tuesday
Nov132007

Blogging on People's Graves: Kanye's Mama

Folks, from time to time as bloggers we forget that there are real people on the other end of our computer screens. Before he was able to even LAND in the United States people were blogging about Kanye West's mom. I have my issues with the Entertainment Industrial Complex, but losing your mother at any age is hard, losing her at 58 with the world watching commenting, prognostituting, and issuing medical opinions has to be almost unbearable. Just think about that when you post.

They were playing Kanye West's "Hey Mama" on the radio and I thought how sad. I'd never heard the song before today

I don't have anything else to say about this.

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