Yeah, black culture this summer is blazing everywhere! Musically and politically, we seemed to be in this never ending fabricated talk of the town. So much for being worth nothing as media portrays to us be. Our music, however has always and still is one of many ways we can express our nature made gifts freely. I mean after all, we have created Rap, R&B, Rock and Roll making Robin, Justin and Bruno's careers. We can easily dominate any genre soulfully with divine soundness, it's only right we transcend with mastery level on our own creations. The Billboards Hot 100 says the same.
OMI, Fetty Wap, The Weeknd, Silento, and Wiz Khalifa monopolize the top 10 of the Billboards Hot 100 with Fetty Wap taking two slots consecutively. OMI is at number one for the third week with "Cheerleader," The Weeknd follows under at number two with "Can't Feel My Face," "Silento places at number three with "Watch Me." Oh, hey Taylor Swift I see you chillin' at number four, how you doin'? At fifth, Wiz Khalifa with "See You Again," and lastly Fetty Wap holds sixth and fifth place with "Trap Queen" and "My Way" respectfully.
Through these wonder accomplishments, systematic oppression, racism, microaggressions, prejudice, and #SandrBland still looms a mist. A mist in between each beat, each verse, every guitar strum, every award not won. Amidst of us loosing an educated woman, Meek Mill "distracts" us with his twitter rant on drake. Many people believe we shouldn't be so focused on that which is true! Though, I don't see it as distracting. I see it as a coping strategy my people lean on to escape the harsh reality of oppression. Isn't that how we coped as a race all throughout our American history?
Can we say that even in 2015, that we cope with white supremacy through the celebration of our music? Our people are placed on the BillBoard based of sales, streaming (Youtube, Spotify), and radio play. As police brutality grows in numbers and our people dominating the charts simultaneously, is it safe to say we're singing our songs loudly and creatively? Look at Nicki Minaj, she is sternly expressing her oppression on Twitter and Good Morning America as black female in Hollywood. Goes to show stardom won't protect you from supremacy.
All in all, We need more Jay-z's around so we can extend our empire and profit and own back our creativity. We can profit off each other and not be exploited from another. Let's support our artist of all kinds, not just ones who made its on Z100. Plus, it's time for celebration, we haven't hit hard like this in close to a decade!
What are your thoughts Legions?
Ciao,Legions! #BlackLivesMatter #SandraBland #AllLivesMatterButThisIsAboutBlackLives #InsectlivesDon'tMatter #BugsDon'tMatter
Written By Dontae Lewis