The Travesty of Miley Cyrus’s ‘Black’: The Homegirls, Strippers, and ‘Gettin’ Turnt Up?’

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  • Superfangirl

    This is one of the best critical essays I have ever read. Thank you for speaking up and speaking out against this alarming trend of “Blackness” without Blacks that has been going on for the last couple of years. The minute Blackness went pop all of these fakes start coming around looking for some edge and we (Black artists) are so thirsty for some empty acknowledgement we co-sign and sell ourselves for nothing.

    • “The minute Blackness went pop all of these fakes start coming around looking for some edge and we (Black artists) are so thirsty for some empty acknowledgement we co-sign and sell ourselves for nothing.”

      I agree with this 100%. We give our culture away and then we are offended when it gets exploited. It is a terrible cycle but proves that the black identity needs to be further developed socially as a diverse and wide gamut as opposed to these tiny little snippets jokers like Miley choose to latch onto.

  • Rashad Hayes

    Very well done. This article is absolutely the truth. Also don’t worry, she’ll stop all that nonsense soon enough and then return right back to the arms of Middle America. Just in time to get nominated for Oscars and to pretend like this whole charade never happened. Just like Marky Mark- oh I mean Mark Wahlberg.

    • Smiley Tyrus

      What the hell are you talking about?

  • MaxSkippy

    Wow, that “music video” was absolutely horrendous. I am absolutely disgusted Miley thinks that’s “blackness”. Really Miley, you’re just “classless” and there’s just no place for that kind of racism or degenerative behavior. Fantastic article Jenn, keep up the good work!

  • Roxy

    I couldn’t stop reading this article, I totally share your views and I’m so sick of these talentless young women claiming to know what blackness is.

    • Not only are they claiming to know what blackness is, they are treating like an accessory primarily used to mock real black people. It is the oddest adaptation of appropriation I have seen in some time. But, this video really does harken back to the images of the mammy and sambo for me.

  • Guyanesesista

    Wonderful article & you’re right about the Rihanna part. Miley can have several friggin seats with this one. That video was pure bullshit and I’m mad at the black people in the video. Only time they got to mingle with whitey was when they were used to bend over and make Miley shine. I didn’t even know the song or video even existed until reading this article. I figured her new ‘blackness’ was going to be a slippery slope to hell.

  • Da Oracle

    I love the the conversation on this blog. Jenn, I know you most likely don’t take suggestions. But I think the discussion that you have started would be great to continue in the realm of film, youtube and other media not just in music and even in pop music in other countries. This article really put the issue of the commodity of “Blackness” into a really interesting place:http://outofnowhereblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/looking-for-azealias-harlem-shake-or-how-we-mistake-the-politics-of-obliteration-for-appropriation/comment-page-1/#comment-92 also when Snoop Dog (Lion) was asked about why we should accept Miley and her need for professional “Blackness” his comments suggested that people from our commnunity would make money and get something from her “wanting to be Black”. Here is the link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk6gs55zJgE

    • I will look into both of these things. We love feedback here so no worries at all.

  • L. Providence

    This article was absolutely wonderful. And yes, we can blame people like Lil’ Wayne for this nonsense. After all, it is Lil’ Wayne himself that signs these white females, like Paris Hilton & Chanel Westcoast, on his hip hop label. Smh.

    L.
    TheNativeNewYawker.com

  • Shiner

    Kill all the white man – Maurice Garvey