Black is King is a visual follow up of Beyoncé’s previous album The Lion King: The Gift. Her last album symbolized newborn Simba – a young boy who went on a journey of life and discovered himself along the way meanwhile Beyoncé acted as his muse and midwifed him through this expedition.Her new album – currently dominating all the charts, holds both monetary as well as cultural value. It represents the black audience that is often overshadowed or neglected by the community itself. The album is visually bewitching and compels us to give attention to the diverse experiences of the multifaceted black people in history. Source: YouTubeThe question “who are you?” is repeated throughout the album making it clear that this album is about the black community and what they think of one another whereas the folks outside this community are welcome to observe. It’s evident that this album is made for the blacks as the white people are warned that they’re not the centre of attention here. This is the beauty of Beyoncé – she has the ability to capture the essence of a movement before it even floods the mainstream channels. Her art becomes popular and redefines the public imagery. It is evident from her latest album release – she wants her viewers to embrace modern Blackness. The album titled Black is King premiered on 31st July and has forever imprinted in our minds what it means to be black in the modern era. This Blackness was constructed on an ancient but multifaceted history that isn’t limited to or begins with the transatlantic slave trade. Source: TechRadarHave you heard about the ancient philosophies originated from the Akan, Congolese and Dogon tribes of western Africa? They’ve recently been renamed as Afrofuturism and reimagined by the African artists and writers like Octavia Butler, George Clinton, N.K. Jemisin, etc. This philosophy was also celebrated in the 2018 Marvel movie Black Panther. Now what does this mean, the complete reimagination of a philosophy?It’s the way of life, isn’t it? Understanding the past only to understand and predict the way of being in the future? We imagine ourselves in the future based on the grounding principles of the past. Hence, this new album touches upon the similar parameters of the past, present, and future of Black history. However, Afrofuturism is more than that for the Blacks as it urges Black community to recover from their bloody past and create a future that is beyond anybody’s imagination. It’s been a long times since the Blacks have been marginalized and overlooked. It’s time that we take the future in our own hands and make it as we like. However, Black Is King has found itself amidst a controversy as people believe that it’s largely a façade and romanticizes the Africa of yesterday. Harsh criticism has come its way because people believe it completely disregards the situation and view of Africa today. This is a commonality between Black Is King the album and Afrofuturism the renewed philosophy. Source: Reddit The album is brave to be honest. It takes on the concrete and factually proven believe that many African Americans have developed a nostalgic association with Africa so as to reconnect with their past – a past that they lost during the transatlantic slave trade. The Blacks today find escapism in the cultural products that allow them to heal the generational trauma instead of accepting the realistic portrayal of the modern day Africa. With this album, Beyoncé has created a pop culture movement that adds fuel to the difficult conversations. She urges people to take the initiative and talk about the actual problems that we have today. This album isn’t simply giving more content to the critics to debate on. It was obviously a conscious decision from Beyoncé’s end to make this album hyper-black. However, by following her intuition, she also suggested that she no longer aims for a mass appeal by pandering to the White gaze.Beyoncé has worked immensely hard and has gradually paved a successful road for herself – a journey that is only hers and hers alone. From her days working in Destiny’s Child to becoming into her own with the 2016 release “Lemonade”, today Beyoncé can afford to make expensive audiovisuals that are focused on her individual identity and other explorations of the Black culture. Despite the decrease in the overall album sales, her influence as a pop culture icon has never been questioned. She is an example of how you don’t need to cater to the White audience to be empowered and affluent. Source: MyJoyOnline Through Black Is King, Beyoncé makes a statement by imparting support to the cultural development of the black community all over the world. This album truly solidifies her Queen B title and the status of superstar with no full stop.
Kneeling isn't enough to protest against social injustice for WNBA players!Image credit: nyob.newsOn Saturday, The WNBA players walked off the court during the anthem, recording a powerful visual protest in support of racial injustice and the Black lives Matter movement. They rolled out their season with a tribute to Breonna Taylor, the 25-year-old-woman killed by police as an act of another police brutality against people of color. As the players left the ground, cameras displayed text printed on the back of their shirts: "Say Her Name." Not only this game, but the entire season is going to be observed as a tribute to the deceased black woman including the "Say Her Name" campaign. The aim is to raise awareness about rising social injustice against black women who were the victims of racial police brutalities. All the players were seen wearing her name on Jersey honoring the deceased Breannoa Taylor. Players Layshia Clarendon of the Liberty and Breanna Stewart of the Storm talked about this initiative before the start of the game. They said that they wish to dedicate the entire season to Breonna Taylor, who was brutally murdered in her home. And we also want to dedicate the season to the campaign, say her name, which aims to announce the names and fight for Black women justice. No one marches on the street for them, and they are often the victim of injustice. She continued announcing the names of four victims of racial police brutalities: Sandra Bland, Atatiana Jefferson, Dominique' Re' mie' Fells, and Breonna Taylor. She said that they would become the voice of all the voiceless people. Stewart asked to observe an honorary moment of silence for 26-seconds, as Taylor was also 26 years old. After that, both the teams walked off the ground during the national anthem. The WNA players will wear warm-up shirts printed with text like "Black Lives Matter" and "Say Her Name" throughout the entire season, according to the League's announcements. The slogan of "Black Lives Matter" will also explicitly display on the court. The powerful demonstration for social injustice isn't a novel concept for WNBA, as the tournament actively raised awareness for the social cause throughout the years before it has become a mainstream trend for most of the sports events. WNBA President Nneka Ogwemike said in the announcement that as several WNBA players have already said, multiple times, and have demonstrated consistently, the sole reason why we engage and lead such campaigns is that when it's about social advocacy, the fight is in our DNA.
What would you do if you wanted to find out how to dye your clothes red? Obviously you’ll start with searching it on Google, right? Well, that’s what John Boyne did who is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. He believes that he must have done it when it came to our attention that most of the ingredients from The Legend of Zelda have made way in his latest book called A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom. Journalist Dana Schwartz points out that instead of listing a real-world recipe, the author took inspiration from the rushed google search results of the video game all thanks to the Google algorithms. This is where a character uses keese wing, red lizalfos tail, Octorok Eyeball, and four Hylian shrooms to dye red clothes. Well, shit. The author has taken this mistake in good humor and has decided to take it up his chin. He tweeted on Sunday that someone helped me remind to include Zelda to the page of acknowledgements when the Traveller's paperback is published.He has also decided to leave it as it is even though the printing can be corrected in the future copies. Let’s just say that writers need to up their researching abilities and try to find reliable sources for future references.
Amazon was showing off the British line of men’s shoes, and strangely, missed out a blatantly racist description of one of the product on the list. The shoe line is known as Florence Shakespeare. This leather Oxford shoe line was available on the Amazon lists with a horrifying eyebrow-raising description. It said you can get 'em in lots of colors, including "N*****-brown." Imagine, the Amazon was showing these words to its customers, completely uncensored. Source: Daily MailOther postings were normal as they should be. Like, you can clearly see that the beginning was fine and written by someone sensible… but as it went further, it only felt like someone had garbed racists words at it, and not to forget the grammatical errors. But seriously, is there no screening process on Amazon? Can you just put up an ad and no one would point out the racist bigotry? It seems like Amazon only cares of billions of dollars and don't give a shit about screening out racist and sensitive information like this before making the final posting. Anyway, Amazon hasn’t commented so far but it has removed the racist ad.
On Tuesday, a wave of new speculations began when Joe Biden was caught on camera making notes on Kamala Harris. Some of them include; campaigned with me & Jill, great respect for her and talented. We would soon find out what these handwritten notes mean because Biden has said that he will announce his vice-president in the first week of August. We’ve been anticipating this event for the past couple of months and are now eager to find out who he will name as our future literally depends on it. As per the speculations, here's a list of candidates who are more likely to become our next vice president – we’ve highlighted their merits and some drawbacks as well to make the decision meticulous and clear.Source: Los Angeles Times· Kamala HarrisImage credit: The New York TimesShe is definitely a frontrunner in this race as she has a solid resume at hand. She has gained experience working with the federal, both state and local; California attorney general and San Francisco city prosecutor. She not only represents the Black community but also the Asian-Americans prominently. She holds supreme expertise in a wide range of issues and has been part of the presidential campaign – gaining a lot of exposure and experience. However, it seems that many of the supporters of Biden are upset with her because she raised her concerns when he recorded school desegregation back in June during 2019 Democratic debate.· Val DemingsImage credit: Orlando weeklyShe came into the spotlight earlier this year as a member of House impeachment managers’ team. In Orlando, she has received political prominence which is great because it’s literally the hub for democrats. She served for 24 years as a police officer and then 3 years as chief of police in Orlando. To be fair, there’s nothing critical in her resume as a congresswoman that could hold her back and make her prone to criticism. She has actually been outspoken and is keen on improving police-community relations. However, there’s one problem: there’s a long list of forced allegations against the Orlando police system during her tenure as chief.· Susan RiceImage credit: news.dartmouth.eduIf there’s someone on this list who has actually passed Biden’s “chemistry test”, it’s Rice. She has worked closely with him even during Obama’s administration. In addition, she has been associated with international causes that are dear to liberal – like human rights, for years! More importantly, she has a strong television presence and has never been offensive to any party faction. The only problem here is that she has never run for public office. She may have the same ambitions and talent as Biden but they duplicate them rather than complimenting and strengthening the campaign. Also, if you remember the Benghazi incident, then you must also remember the crucial role she played in the incident – this can be a cause of concern as many conspiracy theories have suggested so. · Karen BassImage credit: WikipediaShe has a flourishing career and her experience certainly distinguishes her from the rest of the women on this list. She served as a Speaker of California Assembly as well as the chairwomen of the Congressional Black Caucus. Her progressive approach has attracted many endorsements from Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren supporters. The only problem is that she’s not as popular as the rest of the national contenders. Also, her past could also come back to haunt her as she praised Fidel Castro and made an eyebrow-raising statement when he died. · Tammy DuckworthImage credit: VogueThis Asian-American senator lost both of her legs while fighting in Iraq. You know how Republican’s claim that Democrats are anti-military and unpatriotic? She literally proves them. She has in fact spoken actively on matters concerning veterans, military, as people with disabilities. She was also the first senator ever to give birth while still serving in the office. Again, the problem is that there’s not more to her than this. She only speaks on matters she’s well-versed with and has always played in safe. Hence, we’re not sure how the Black activists would react if she is announced as vice-president. · Elizabeth WarrenImage credit: TwitterShe’s undoubtedly the most popular senator on this list and has had an enriched career. With a massive fan following, she has been vocal about many women-related issues. She has confronted many economic and financial issues that the pandemic has bought forth with it. However, some people believe that she might handicap the ticket with white male working-class voters. Also, people aren’t sure if the Black activist would be okay with a famous white woman becoming the frontrunner as they feel Biden owes an awful lot to the black voters.· Keisha Lance BottomsImage credit: EmptywheelShe has acted as a key figure during the George Floyd protests and has confronted Governor Brian Kemp over his refusal to permit her city to mandate mask-wearing. However, she is still working as a mayor and is only in her first term. Hence, her service is only restricted to the Atlanta City Council – making her less experienced. · Michelle Lujan GrishamImage credit: KRWGShe could be the savior at a time when the Latino enthusiasm for Biden is in question. She’s literally the only Latino prospect so far and has a solid record in New Mexico. She has also served in the US House and has shown immense passion and ambition as a Latino woman in politics. However, she’s too young. Basically, she has only been serving as the governor for a year. And no one can forget the time when she violated her own mandated policy during the lockdown as she was pictured buying jewellery. · Stacey AbrahamsImage credit: Washington postShe is America’s leading voting-rights activists. She is also a congresswoman who has managed to avoid most conflicts and controversies in a considerably long career. However, she doesn’t come across as Biden’s favorite as she was recently vetted by him during the campaign. · Tammy Baldwin Image credit: WikipediaShe is the first openly gay person to win the seat of a senate. She’s everything you wish for – progressive, team player, and fair. The only problem is that she may give competition to the black candidates and that may not sit well with the black voters.
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