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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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Emerging ATL Rapper Signs Million Dollar Endorsement Deal + Drops New Music Video

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Emerging Atlanta rapper and viral sensation Slim Stunta inks $1 Million Dollar Endorsement Deal with AfroBeats Headphone Company. Having amassed millions of views on his Stunt Lifestyle TV youtube channel and inspiring a fastly growing fanbase, Afrobeats chose Slim Stunta because they were impressed with his brand potential. The title of Slim’s latest single “Getting That Money” (produced by Grammy-nominated producer Sonny Digital) is in tune with the money he’s getting off the deal.

Slim Stunta has gone viral across the internet with his “Stunt Lifestyle” movement. He was featured on Rich Kids, a TV show internationally syndicated on MTV, BBC and TLC airing across Europe and Africa. Afrobeats originated in Nigeria and is the only headphone company to offer African-inspired headphones which will be promoted by the rapper.

You can view and purchase the uniquely African Inspired designed headphones at http://www.TheAfroBeats.com.

Follow Slim Stunta on Instagram @TheStuntLifestyle to stay updated on his music, Afrobeats endorsement and more.

About Slim Stunta
Slim Stunta is a rapper and viral internet star from Atlanta. Born into a family of entrepreneurs, professionals and musicians, he started rapping at the age of 12 and decided to pursue music instead of becoming a lawyer or doctor. Slim Stunta initially gained fame from appearing on the UK Channel 4 reality series The Rich Kids of Instagram. The show was syndicated internationally and also aired on MTV, BBC, and TLC. The series followed 16 incredible rich kids with money to burn, who party in the world’s best nightclubs, shop in the most exclusive boutiques and share it all on social media.

After the show, he began creating YouTube prank videos, titled Gold Digger, where he used his signature gold Maserati to seduce women from the boyfriends. The videos have attracted millions of views, which prompted him to create his first single “I Can Take Your Girl”. After receiving positive responses for his first single, he teamed up with infamous Atlanta producer Sonny Digital to create his second single “I Want It All”. Sonny is known for producing hits for artists like 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Migos, and French Montana.

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Self-Made or Born Rich?: Kylie Jenner Soon to Create a Billion Dollar Empire

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Lip gloss mogul Kylie Jenner dons the cover of Forbes’ Magazine”America’s Women Billionaires” issue. The 20-year-old social media star was able to turn an insecurity into a nearly $1 billion dollar empire. With an estimated $100 million dollars in revenue in 2017 alone, Jenner is seeing that being in the beauty industry has a huge payoff. If her company keeps doing big numbers like those she is well on her way to being the youngest-ever-self-made-billionaire. A title previously held by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

Jenner describes feeling lost and struggling to find her niche while her siblings were venturing in the modeling and beauty industry. Her mother, Kris Jenner, advised her to go the modeling route and Kylie was able to rack up seven figures by doing gigs with PacSun, Sinful Colors, and Instagram Ad placements.

During this time Kylie underwent a cosmetic procedure on her lips. After getting tired of over-lining her lips to get the full-black woman esque features Kylie decided to get her own. A light went off in her head and in 2014 the phrase “Kylie Lip Kits … for the perfect pout” was trademarked. By investing $250,000 from her modeling gigs into an outside company to produce the products the Kylie Cosmetics was born. 

By being one of the most followed people across all social media platforms, Kylie has an audience that will be easy to profit off of. She was able to outsource the production of her kits and Kris Jenner handles the business side of things. All Kylie has to do is cater to her audience. With hourly posts that includes selfies with the lipgloss name in the caption, videos of swatches and product launches, and let us not forget celeb endorsements from her sisters and other Instagram socialites.  This model has allotted the young mother to earn 100% of her company.

This is an amazing accomplishment from a 20-year-old but the debate is that she’s not self-made. Even Dictionary.com took time to add to the discussion with a clarification on what self-made actually means.

Kylie’s empire has been created since the inception of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” when she was just 10-years-old. She has been handed opportunities and advantages that most of us couldn’t even dream of. Which is why many aren’t too impressed with this billion dollar feat.

Others created the argument that she is self-made because her brother, Rob, was afforded the same opportunities…and well…flopped.

What do you guys think? Is Kylie self-made or extremely privileged?

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Yasss! Cardi B & Offset Welcome Baby “Kulture Kiari Cephus”, Yes You Read That Right

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Cardi has given birth to a baby girl “Kulture Kiari Cephus”!

There is no doubt that Cardi B is having an amazing year. Her debut album Invasion of Privacy has gone platinum and now she and her hubby Offset are celebrating the birth of the newest addition to their family. Take a look.

 

Kulture Kiari Cephus 07/10/18🎀🌸 @offsetyrn

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This is Cardi & Offset’s first child together. Offset currently has 3 children.

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