In the wake of Nipsey Hussle‘s untimely death, Kodak Black has offered to fill the void in Lauren London’s love life. However, Kodak is finding his unwarranted advance has sent shock waves throughout the community, causing Hip-Hop legends to demand an apology. But there’s just one problem, the honor they are defending is not Lauren London’s.
“But I’m not shooting my shot.”
In disbelief that Lauren would “be a whole widow out here,” Kodak Black stated during an Instagram Live that he would be willing to give the actress a year to mourn her long-time partner. Saying he would be the best man he could be for her, Kodak offered to be a shoulder for her to cry on. After ignorantly offering to extend his delayed advance an additional two years, one of Kodak’s friends remarked that his comments were too soon. Other Hip-Hop artists agreed.
From T.I. to Tank, rappers and musicians spoke out with one voice that Kodak Black’s comments were disrespectful to the legacy of Nipsey Hussle. However, applause for the men coming to the defense of their fallen brother is withheld by many. The hypocrisy in their response has magnified the truth that the very defense of Lauren London rests on her proximity to a man who was valued and not her independent worth. Thousands have taken to Twitter to voice their displeasure that Kodak Black has repeatedly disrespected women without retribution. Most recently his treatment of Young M.A. has gained him negative attention from the public, yet not even crickets were heard among his musical peers.
Where was this energy?
February 2019, Kodak Black attempted to shoot his shot to Young. M.A., an openly queer rapper. Yet, because she is a masculine presenting woman, her discomfort was written off and she was not defended by her peers, let alone supported by them. For weeks the awkward exchange of Kodak’s unsolicited sex talk and M.A.’s rejection went on until he ultimately attempted to downplay his comments on March 21st. Citing the public backlash as people being “sensitive”, Kodak maintained the standard that we should expect less than nothing from his ilk.
The overwhelming respect commanded by Nipsey Hussle’s name and legacy are what spurred calls for an overall boycott of Kodak Black’s music. Despite his history of disrespectful language toward dark skinned women and an ongoing criminal sexual assault case, the ceiling for tolerance was breached when he insulted the memory of a man by attempting to court his partner. Even in death, Nipsey’s perceived ownership of Lauren London is what determines her value to the men coming to her defense. These men are not doing so out of love or protection for her or her children because they cannot even maintain this standard in their own romantic lives. They are speaking out explicitly because they respect and admire Nipsey Hussle. As long as a woman’s value is quantified by her relation to a man, you are still disrespecting that woman.
Summer Walker & Social Anxiety
Is T.I. Ok?
Summer Walker Says We Don’t Deserve Her…And She’s Right
Summer Walker’s recent Instagram post aims to remind us all to step away from the superficiality of social media and remember we’re only human.
In an age where people exploit “Love, Light, and Positivity” through discussions involving mental health and support, toxicity toward those affected has never seemed more prevalent. Conversations regarding self-care, emotional maturity, and navigating anxiety or depression seem to flood social media in ways that both normalize and trivialize the conditions. While the public perception of mental health is changing for the better, it seems our behavior does not match.
Social media has allowed us to become more accessible to one another but over time we forget there’s a living, breathing, feeling entity on the other end. We become crass, callous, and act without regard for another individual. In that ignorance, we forget that access to each other is a privilege and not a right. For someone like Summer Walker, who has reached their limit with public criticism, denying others access is no massive effort.
“Y’all Can Have The Music & Imma Just Head Out”
Summer Walker has always been candid about mental health. During her concerts, she often pauses to address her social anxiety while encouraging others to push toward their goals. Although she’s continuing to navigate the music industry and face her challenges head on, she recently made the decision that her first tour will be her last – partly due to social media criticism. Saying, “I’ve decided y’all don’t deserve me” Walker intends to distance herself from the public’s gaze upon the conclusion of her tour.
Following immense criticism for her Tiny Desk performance and hygiene practices, Summer penned a caption on Instagram in an effort to remind people she’s “just a regular person.” Believing people’s values are skewed, Summer said public expectations of her are too high and she has no desire to be in constant competition with the world. “Everyday/everything isn’t a Miss America bad b*tch contest and I don’t feel the need to put others down to stay relevant.” Adding that people are really disconnected, she said we’re hiding behind apps, filters, clothes, and other things that distract us from who we truly are. Imploring others to apply equal effort in enhancing their spiritual appearance along with their physical, Summer exposed the lack of self-acceptance and performative empathy that has affected so many.
Girls Need Love
It’s great to place so much emphasis on the importance of mental health care and showing up for your “strong friend”. But it isn’t truly being applied when your solidarity is so visible in theory but not in practice. People who experience social anxiety are not exempt from what causes it through the use of social media. For creatives, the irony of their work providing so much happiness while they often struggle with mental health issues is not lost. While Summer’s fans are hoping she does not refrain from producing music in the future, she’s made it pretty clear she has no obligation to shrink her emotional boundaries to please anyone besides herself.
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