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Within a decade, we had a black woman in outer space.  We had a black president and first lady.  We had a few black billionaires and even our first hip-hop artist to be a billionaire.  We now have our first black woman marrying into UK royal family. 

The news hit my iWatch at 6 am in the morning.  I was barely awake as I read the news.  I wiped my eyes and said whatever, as I rolled over in the bed.  I paused again and looked at the news.  Stunned.  I was completely and utterly stunned.  We got a black princess ya’ll. 

My daughter at the age of 4 told me that after she wanted to be a professor, a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, and a professional golfer, she wanted to be a princess.  I never want to say no – period, but I did tell her that she is going to college and get a career.  She firmly believed she was going to be a princess. 

“You have to meet someone who is a prince for him to marry you.”

“Okay.  I can meet them at school.”

“You don’t go to a school with a prince.”

“Okay.”

“You need to go overseas and meet someone there.”

“So, there is still hope.”

I guess is what I mumbled to myself.  Just like a decade ago, when I never thought I would see a black man become president, I never thought I would see a black princess.  Why?  Every movie that has a prince meeting a regular person and marrying them has been a white girl, and the occasional brunette white woman.  We don’t ever see a handsome prince select a minority woman of any color.  Why would we ever think he could select a minority woman in real life when it can’t even happen in our fantasy?

Prince Harry changed the image of a black woman in a second. We all saw him date her as privately as a prince can, but that didn’t mean anything.  He is 5th (and soon to be 6th) in line.  So, we just knew that it was just dating.  Never did we think it could be marriage.  But, him deciding to propose to a black woman solidifies that black women are not just beautiful to date, but they are beautiful to marry.

In the midst of this, people are upset that she is called black, while others are upset that she is not black enough.

“She has straight hair, so she is denying her ‘blackness.’” Tell me which black woman has never straightened her hair once in her life.  The versatility of a black woman’s hair is unique enough that she can have straight hair one day, and curly hair the next.  The selection of hair does not mean one hates the hair on her head.

“She is too light, so she isn’t that ‘black.’”  This reminds me of the years in school, in which I spoke to properly to be black.  Or, in college, I was “not” that black because I was too fair skinned.  Yet, I was not light enough to pass, and I am definitely not dark enough to truly be considered black.  When I pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the joke would surround me about how I would pass the paper bag test.  I guess that is amusing.

This continual measurement of blackness is interesting because are we now disowning Barack Obama’s blackness or Halle Berry’s blackness, or maybe Alicia Keys or Mariah Carey is not black enough?  Is it Meghan’s features not distinct enough in order for her to be classified as black enough?

You may not be excited, but I am excited for myself and this generation of black girls who can see themselves as having hope to do whatever and be whatever too.  This is not a fantasy; rather, this is the reality.

We got a black princess, ya’ll.

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Harpo Who Dis White Woman? Social Media Reacts to Kylie Jenner’s Cameo in “WAP”

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We were waiting to see the Stallion and Cardi and although we got that, we also got something that none of us wanted or were interested in. Every Black person with a brain and no raccoon DNA was on the same page. Keep the culture vultures like Kylie out of the culture

Someone even started a petition to get her removed off the video altogether.

There’s talk that they had to pause the music so Kylie could walk on beat…

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Cardi B Talks WAP, Meeting Megan & Offset’s Reaction on TIDAL’s Check In

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On Friday, following a nine-month hiatus, Cardi B joins Elliott Wilson exclusively on TIDAL Check In to discuss her latest track and music video “WAP” featuring Megan Thee Stallion. 

Beginning at 12am ET, TIDAL members and nonmembers alike can watch the interview at TIDAL.com/CardiB

Cardi B talks about the stress involved with producing content during the pandemic, navigating shyness and anxiety, and how she met Megan in the whirlwind that this year has been. The Grammy award-winning rapper also details her struggle to make a clean version of WAP, what Offset’s reaction was to the new single, and why she finally decided to do PRESS.

This interview adds to the growing list of exclusive content and unique experiences available for TIDAL members, including CRWN with Megan thee StallionRap Radar with DrakeCar Test with Jhene Aiko and more. The interview further solidifies the platform’s commitment to elevating the connection between artists and their fans by providing subscribers with more than just great music.

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