You can’t tell me “Seven Things” by Miley Cyrus about Nick Jonas wasn’t the holy grail of shade to your childhood. 16 year old Miley was breaking a guitar hero guitar, having close ups of her fiddling with his diabetes necklace, and scribbling out faces of Nick in photos of her and him all throughout that video. Disney Channel was a wild ride when Niley broke up.
In response to anyone who thinks they have an fierce inner black woman in them and is not in fact, a black woman
See the thing about that fire and that “fierceness” is that it’s born out of our oppression, out of always being told that we are ugly, that our bodies are too fat or too muscular, that we don’t have the right kind of hair — and having to deconstruct all those things and tell ourselves that we are beautiful even though society is telling us that we are not.
That strength is born out of always having to defend ourselves against white supremacy and anti-black-woman-patriachy. From years of not seeing ourselves represented in anything aligned with beauty, of buying products that are made to make us look like not ourselves.
So there is no way you could have an inner black woman in you. You have not experienced our struggle, you don’t know it, you haven’t lived it, and you can’t imagine it.
See, you can’t sit with us, because we haven’t been able to sit at your table since our existence in this country. And while we were being excluded from your table we made our own, and it is fabulous and fly. And of course you now want to try and have a seat at our table, take our table, use it and ignore all the labor that went into creating THAT table.
But nah, sorry boo boo.
You ain’t never going to be us, you can try to wear your hair like us, you can try to dance like us, talk like us, wish you were us, but know this —
Why did this seriously become a thing?
This should be an open letter to Iggy Azaelea, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Lily Allen.
This is disgusting and it annoys me so much
“Music is our wine; partially sane but never sober.”
This is the mantra of neo-soul, hip-hop and indie rock fusion group, Dalton Village. The group’s six members come from all over the state, and have been together as a band since 2012.
J. Tahshere Crawford is the group’s MC and said some of the influences that his band mates share includes The Roots, Foreign Exchange and Phoenix.
“It’s really and eclectic group,” said Crawford.
The group’s song, “Nightlife” is a very smooth and jazzy party jam. The exchanges between lead singer Kelcey Ledbetter and rapper Crawford are clearly inspired by collaborations between older bohemian rap groups and chanteuses like Erykah Badu. It’s slinky and playful — perfect for a night out.
Crawford said that some of the members met back in high school, while others met through the music scene and attending open mics.
“We were all going to this local spot called the Flatiron,” said Crawford.
The group certainly had humble beginnings. Drawn together due to shared musical interests, they just began to practice and jam one summer.
“We started out practicing in a small little hot shed,” said Crawford. “We made it work.”
The mellow sextet was recently invited to play at the WhoDat music festival this August in Greensboro as one of six featured local bands. They also played at The Blind Tiger this summer.
“That was a really big milestone for us,” said Crawford.
For now, the biggest challenges for Dalton Village are coordinating schedules for the six members and finding places to play. As with many up-and-coming bands, it’s hard to break into the local music scene. Crawford said that the band had struggled to find places that would give them a chance initially.
Dalton Village has been invited back to The Blind Tiger, and are excited to branch out into other performance opportunities.
For a relatively new band, they are excited to see things coming together. !
Text: Especially with #Ferguson all over social media, here’s my pet peeve: People who complain about racist family/friends without actively confronting them. Unless you’re depending on this racist for your livelihood, e.g. living in their home or relying on their income and they could cut you off, CALL THEM OUT. That racist aunt you visit maybe 3 times a year is posting about “thugs”? Send her facts. Show her the hypocrisy of her words. Don’t just let it go because you don’t want to “cause trouble”, THIS IS THE TROUBLE. And this applies to non-black POC. Recognize the anti-blackness in our communities (Asian Americans, you have a big responsibility in this) and do something about it. I always say no one is obligated to educate strangers that pop up demanding a breakdown of race relations, but if you consider yourself an ally yet can’t even confront that guy from high school you keep around on Facebook? I call bullshit.