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Canceling Cancel Culture

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I can no longer keep track of who I should not be supporting. Nearly every week, we are canceling someone for some transgression, and frankly, I am officially over it. And, I’m over it because nobody ever really gets canceled. Robert Kelly is still out here prospering; Lil Duval is still…lil duval-ing; Linnethia Leakes is on my television every week; and, Azalea Banks makes it to the homepage of your favorite blogs at least once a month.

By now, I feel like we, collectively, know that canceling people doesn’t change their problematic views, so why do we still participate in it?

It’s entertaining. I’ll admit, I have spent many a glorious afternoon reading Twitter thread after Twitter thread aimed at dragging someone (who usually absolutely deserves it) by their flimsy edges. After all, how could they be so stupid to say all their real thoughts and feelings aloud? Don’t they know how social media works by now?

The problem with canceling people is that we don’t leave room for them to grow. Yes, we are super-woke right now, and we have all these new, super-woke terms in our everyday lexicon. Yet, despite what Beyoncé says, we, in fact, did not wake up like this. If I were a betting woman, I would bet that a good number of us grew up in conservative, religious-based households where the notion of respectability was bred into our being because our parents thought it would save us from the injustices they endured. And you know what this actually bred in us — sexism, colorism, classism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia and all those other bigotries. It takes years and years and years of living and reading and listening and interacting with other people to start dismantling some of this.

And, when we cancel people, most people don’t respond with head down and tail tucked; instead, they double-down in their bigotry which only prolongs the awakening. So, what really comes from all this canceling? Does any policy change? Does it make women and transwomen safer? Does it make sure poor Black and Brown children aren’t bundled up in classrooms with no heat during dangerously cold weather?

And that’s not to say that sometimes this internet fury doesn’t work. I fully believe @ReignofApril’s #OscarsSoWhite hashtag pushed representation in the film in the right direction. Plus, the consistent dragging of Lena Dunham by Black women just makes my heart soar every time, so I definitely don’t want that to change. However, I recognize that beyond some entertainment value, cancel culture is more performative and harmful than anything else. For a community that is constantly pushing against the stereotype of monolithism, canceling people sure feels a lot like…monolithism.

Yes, some people do need to be canceled – William Henry Cosby is at the top of the list. But then I think about Gabby Douglas, whose comments about her teammate’s sexual assault were unequivocally wrong, however, the calls for her cancellation felt premature and well…wrong too. The girl is 22 years old and as it would happen, a victim herself (allegedly). Doesn’t she deserve just a little grace?

Let’s call cancel culture what it really is: it is our way — the marginalized, the invisible, the silenced, the powerless — to exert some control over a world that is increasingly becoming more dangerous and less tolerant. It is a performance of a power that really doesn’t exist.

So, I implore you, before you reach for your device and join in on canceling the next problematic fave, think about who you used to be and remember the next person to be canceled could be you.

 

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Ella Mai

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Ella Mai’s self titled album is a 10 out of 10! Every song is good from start to finish.

First, she had everybody wanting to be Boo’d Up…

Then she had people Tripping…

But now she has everybody talking about this amazing 16 track album.

Ella Mai starts the album off by breaking down her name which is her way of letting people know who she is, but it is a way of people connecting with her beyond the music. I found this to be a different approach for her because I have been listening to Ella Mai before she became mainstream.

One conversation on social media is that people do not like when she starts talking after the song is over but she has been doing this for a while.

Does it bang in the car? The answer is 100% YES. This is an album you can play without skipping a single song. Ella Mai only had three featured artists on the album and that is rare for an artist because almost everybody now has an album with almost everybody featured on it. If you have not listened to the album I would suggest you do!

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The Long Awaited ‘Tha Carter V’ “FLOP” or “NOT”

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4 damn years! After 4 long years, Lil Wayne finally drops Tha Carter V and it sold pretty well despite the mixed reviews that have been floating around. The album was initially scheduled to be released back in May of 2014 but the legal battle with Birdman held him from releasing. After listening I give it a 7 out of 10. When listening it did not give me the Wayne that I was expecting. One tweet, in particular, said exactly what I was thinking.

The #UproarChallenge became popular after social media comedian Shiggy posted him dancing to the song on Instagram.

 

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#Mood : Where The Love Go? 💔🤷‍♂️ @therealswizzz @liltunechi 😂😂😂💯🔥

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Even Wayne’s boys got in on the #UproarChallenge

The songs that stood out the most were Mona Lisa, Open Letter, Hittas, Problems and Used 2. Tha Carter V has some bangers, but if I can’t bang the whole album in the car and have to skip songs there is a problem. Overall the album is a solid good 13 songs.

 

Did the long-awaited Tha Carter V live up to the hype for you? Comment below “FLOP” or “NOT”

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Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Call It Quits

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We all saw it coming, unfortunately. Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson are reportedly splitting up according to TMZ. The couple who were engaged have called it quits.

Sources close to the former couple tell us AG and PD split this weekend, with both parties acknowledging that it simply was not the right time for their relationship to take off. We’re told the two still have love for each other, but things are over romantically. via TMZ

Sources have also said that the recent death of Ariana’s ex Mac Miller was the breaking point. Mac Miller died early last month on the 7th of September. Ariana posted a heartfelt message on her Instagram.

 

 

This has been a troubling year for Ariana and we wish her the best.

 

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