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China wants Black Resources but not Black Culture

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In case you didn’t know, China has been brokering deals left and right across Africa while simultaneously banning elements of Black culture within their society.

Black culture is a trillion dollar industry. Africa is the richest continent on the planet holding 50 percent of the world’s gold, most of the world’s diamonds, and 90 percent of the world’s cobalt, which powers your cellphone. Yet Western media perpetuates the stereotype that Africa is a poor nation requiring constant aid, your donations, and missionaries who bargain food for acceptance of Christ. Today, we’re going to examine China and their exploitative relationship with countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo. Let’s get into it!

China spent 12 episodes hip-hop rapping on the show called “The Rap of China” and decided it was not for them. Considering it vulgar and low taste, Chinese government decided to ban the following:

Absolutely do not use actors whose heart and morality are not aligned with the party and whose morality is not noble

Absolutely do not use actors who are tasteless, vulgar, and obscene

Absolutely do not use actors whose ideological level is low and have no class

Absolutely do not use actors with stains, scandals, and problematic moral integrity.

This ban targets television programs that feature tattoo artists, hip-hop culture, subculture, and decadent culture (funeral culture) according to Sina. To avoid facing backlash, contestant PG One removed all of his songs and pointed to influence from “Black music” as blame. Several other shows with the same format  have decided to So why is this contradictory? Because although rap began in America, China has their hands in the source of our culture — Africa.

Two Worlds, Not Family

China plays a diplomatic game of “Two Chinas” where they have been investing in Africa under the guise of development in impoverished areas. However, their stake in the growth of the motherland is disingenuous. This comes from their inspiration, Francis Galton, the father of eugenics. Eugenics is the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. In layman’s terms, it’s ensuring that future generations have a more conventionally acceptable appearance, much in the same way that people fetishize multi-ethnic babies. This does not detract from relationships where the parties involved are not of the same race. Multi-racial love, when genuine, is beautiful and like all love, should be celebrated as a many splendored thing. But I digress, exactly how deep does the Chinese relationship with African nations go? From Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire to The Democratic Republic of Congo, to my ancestral homeland, Madagascar.

Forty percent of Congo’s oil production is owned by China. Facing extreme overpopulation, China seeks to export as many as 300 million of their citizens which could very easily mean that soon you’ll see “Made in Africa” on your low-priced goods. With lucrative deals being struck to purchase platinum, gold, oil, and minerals (down to the cobalt that powers cellular devices), China is slowly making an imperial push akin to America’s to lay claim to Africa’s wealth but they aren’t alone. Germany, France, Italy, and the UK all took part in the Berlin Conference that was held in 1884 to discuss the political future of African ethnic groups which shaped the way the continent is divided to this very day. The influence of the participating countries has effected language, fanned ethnic conflicts, and even now China’s presence has seen massive deforestation with 70 percent of all timber going to them.

Blood Money

Having launched the ‘One China in Africa’ campaign, Beijing officials have sought to exploit Africa as a new market to push cheap goods. Billionaire and elected officials from the East live in gated compounds where blacks are not allowed. Their children attend private academies and are shielded from the surrounding indigenous culture. The price Africa is paying for their current economic boom is steep. Until recently having attained full diplomatic status, Robert Mugabe’s atrocities were financed by the Chinese, with their arms and support behind mass killings. Mugabe is famous among African nationalists as a refuser of white imperialism, but he along with many others, have signed death warrants for their countrymen by brokering deals with Chinese for cash to seek progress for few instead of many. Despite their best efforts, representatives of many African nations have put their trust in a country that will not leave until their resources have run dry.

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LeBron James Opened an $8 Million School?!

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LeBron James just opened an $8 million public school called I Promise, where kids will have access to free bikes, free meals, free uniforms, free transportation within 2 miles, and much more! The school is for at-risk students in Akron, Ohio who are usually overlooked.

Twitter loved this news. A few even called for LeBron to replace Betsy Devos, the current Secretary of Education.

While many celebrated the opening of this school, many also rightfully noted that no one person should have access to that much money or be in control of the lives of that many students. This led to many discussing socialism and what this type of school could look like if not funded by a private citizen.

 

What are your thoughts on the school? This is overall a great thing, but do you think celebrities, or any rich person, should be able to hoard enough money to do this on their own?

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Huffington Post’s ‘Black Voices’ Gets Called Out For Having White Writers

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Lara Witt—editor of the feminist publication, Wear Your Voice Magazine—pointed out on Twitter that majority of the writers for the Huffington Post’s Black Voices editorial are…white.

The editor for Black Voices, Taryn Finley, is a Black woman, a Delta, and a Howard University graduate. How is it that the company felt comfortable enough hiring what seems like a token Black person to run the site, but did not feel the need to pay other Black writers to be a contributor? Black Voices claims to be sharing “our news” and “our voices,” but this cannot be true when it is non-Black people who are writing the stories. No matter how much Taryn edits for them, the stories are still not ours.

We have seen time and time again how white people will slap the word “Black” on a source of entertainment and feel justified in keeping their voices centered in that space. We’ve seen it with Viacom through BET and now we see it through Black Voices, which is owned and, apparently, operated by white people. If Huffington Post wants to fix this, they need to hire Black writers. There is nothing else to it.

 

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A Black President Before A Black Photographer: Vogue, This Ain’t It

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126 years and Vogue has never had a black cover photographer… The United States of America and all of its racism elected a Black president before Vogue allowed a Black photographer to shoot for their cover.

I’m not sure if this is even something we should celebrate. Congratulations to Beyoncé for getting on the cover of the September issue of US Vogue and reportedly having “unprecedented access” to create whatever she wants apparently. But had it not been for this, when would Vogue have decided it was time for a Black photographer?

The United States of America and all of its racism elected a black president before Vogue allowed a black photographer for their cover. Click To Tweet

Come to find out this may be Anna Wintour’s last cover as CEO, according to Huffington Post. Beyoncé has hired Tyler Mitchell, a 23-year-old from Atlanta, GA. He will be the first Black photographer to shoot a cover in Vogue’s 126-year history. The photographer and filmmaker has worked with several known brands from Mercedes Benz to Marc Jacobs and Givenchy. This is an amazing opportunity for Mitchell and I’m confident that he will shake the f*ck out of the table in September.

To learn that he will be the first is a proud and sad moment for me. When first hearing the news and the details, I was ecstatic and wanted to know what Bey would be cooking up for the girls this fall, but then I sat in my bed and read some of the titles again and “first Black” and “126 years” kept coming up. I sent a quick text to Taryn Myers—an editor and writer for KingofReads.com—and told her how I felt. It didn’t come to her at first, but the wheels started to turn and she shared something important: “Vogue has been one of the primary messengers about what beauty, wealth, fashion and culture is right?” So to know that they’ve been pushing what is beauty for many years, even in this supposedly “progressive” state we’re in now, and we’re just now getting a Black photographer cover in 2018 speaks volumes.

“The First Black” I expect when we’re talking about government, since America has been ran and founded by white men. I shouldn’t be surprised since most of the publications are ran by those who are for Black and Brown people when capitalism calls them to it. These companies don’t truly care about us because and I don’t think they all of the sudden got it or it hit them. The beautiful Beverly Ann Johnson was the first Black woman to appear on the cover of Vogue in 1974 and even she probably wasn’t allowed to hire a Black photographer.

Nonetheless, Beyoncé and Tyler will create some Black magic for the September cover and Vogue will think that they have done something “progressive” to help them sleep in their white sheets at night not realizing that given tardiness is about as damaging as white sheets with two holes in it.

 

 

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