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So So Deaf: Jermaine Dupri Critiques the State of Female Rap

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During an interview, Jermaine Dupri was asked by two hosts to name his favorite female rapper. Believing he’d list Megan Thee Stallion or Cardi B, Dupri’s response caught both the hosts and music aficionados off guard. Comparing the current roster of popular femcees to “strippers”, Dupri’s glaring act of misogyny has gotten him checked by the artists themselves.

For decades, airwaves have been flooded with male artists rapping about their sexual prowess, bevy of hos, material expenditures, and sale of drugs. But Jermaine Dupri doesn’t find fault with the repetitive, and occasionally elementary, lyrics of his peers. His ire was directed toward women whose bars are about celebrating their bodies, turning up in the club, and dominating men. Failing to note the similarities in what content is released by both men and women in the rap game, Dupri posed a weak argument that female rap lacks lyrical diversity.

As pointed out in Cardi’s response video, there are plenty of female rappers that don’t write about their bodies at all, they simply don’t receive equal support. And as the acting CEO of So So Def, you’d think Jermaine Dupri would take the initiative to seek out talent that raises what he believes is the bar. But no, the “Grammy award winning songwriter and producer” has no female rapper signed to his label aside from Da Brat and Tyeler Reign. Tyeler is the winner of the fifth season of The Rap Game who unsurprisingly still raps about money and designer labels, the very things Dupri would find unimpressive.

Female rappers have been vocal in their disagreement of Dupri’s piss-poor analysis. Both Doja Cat and Cardi B made statements disagreeing with his comments. Ari Lennox even dropped a diss track as a response to his ignorance. But the best rebuttals have been references of Dupri’s track record. Twitter users have been quick to remind us that JD has a history of dismissing the career trajectories of women with potential to be powerhouses in the industry. Perhaps after this wake up call, Jermaine Dupri will take a bit of Doja Cat’s advice and look for the artists he wants to uplift.

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Ari Lennox, GoldLink Share Award Show Frustrations

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While some recipients of Soul Train awards are celebrating their Grammy nominations, others are reeling from being snubbed. Talented emerging rappers like Megan Thee Stallion and established songbirds like Solange were not among The Grammy’s 2020 hopefuls. The absence of groundbreaking ingénues and omission of experimental artists has left those spurned, and their fan bases, questioning the relevance of once esteemed honors.

After pouring her heart out at the disappointment of not receiving a coveted honor from the Soul Train Awards, Ari Lennox has hinted she could be quitting music altogether. Initially conveyed through a series of now-scrubbed tweets, the Shea Butter Baby songstress said “[Every time] I wrap my head around it I just can’t accept it.” Nominated for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Album/Mixtape of the Year, and Best Collaboration Performance, Lennox walked away from the 32nd annual Soul Train Awards empty handed and broken hearted. But she’s vowed “what I will not do is ever be this depressed again.”

Her heart set upon claiming the award for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Ari says her disappointment goes beyond losing the trophy. “It’s not just an award. It wasn’t any award show,” she pined. “It was the soul train awards. As you can see I’m [a] big fan of soul music and a huge fan of soul train history.” Gutted by the lack of recognition, Ari’s response has fans clamoring for understanding. After all, it isn’t often that we see an artist publicly distraught over losing at a Black awards show, but that’s a topic for another day. Despite the critical reception of Shea Butter Baby, Ari says she anticipated the cold shoulder, just not at the Soul Train Awards. Now radio silent across all her social media accounts, it’s implied she could feel the same about the 2020 Grammy nominations. On this subject, GoldLink shares her rage.

Loudly decrying the illustrious award show, GoldLink took to Instagram with a long caption to distance himself from the ceremony. “Honestly, its f**k the Grammys til the day I die,” he started. “I am no longer participating in that wild ass slave ass political ass cheating ass game any longer.” Disappointed in the selection of nominees, GoldLink called out The Grammys for a “lack of relevance”. Believing they are too far removed from the pulse of the music industry, he attacked the nomination review committees for omitting international Black artists and undercutting the value of Black art. With absolutely no female rap nominees on the ticket this year and eclectic compilations like The Gift and When I Get Home miscategorized or ignored, it’s easy to share his sentiments. Demanding The Grammys evolves to recognize the full spectrum of Black artistry, GoldLink offered pointed criticism citing the impact such neglect would have on future generations. Saying “WTF do you think these kids learn when you tell them [their] Black art isn’t good enough? Or isn’t noticed at all?” GoldLink took aim at their dated practices. He added “I’ve just gotten to a point after three years of being silent on this topic, that my value is much beyond what closed door establishments have been giving us.” Alluding to Ari’s snub, he chimed “Even how our peers are voting against us. I cannot partake.”

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T.I. and Tiny to Appear on Red Table Talk

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According to an ET exclusive, Jada Pinkett Smith has made space for T.I. to address his recent controversy regarding the invasive lengths of his parenting. But does T.I. truly need another platform to spew his willful ignorance?

After catching heat for comments made during a now-removed episode of Ladies Like Us, T.I. is on a redemption tour. Hoping to regain some favor with the public, he is appearing on Red Table Talk alone and alongside his wife, Tiny. Set to air next week, many are expecting the episode to feature an explanation for his poor judgment but more are wondering if it is truly necessary. With the damage already done and fallout ensuing, what more can T.I. add to the conversation that will not further exploit his daughter? And why was Deyjah not extended an invitation to express herself instead?

As someone who grew up in an oppressively protective household, I identify with Deyjah’s struggle. It is difficult to grow up in a space where you do not have agency over your own body or the license to explore your sexuality. Coming of age within the strict confines of what can only be described as the training grounds for a ‘Proverbs 31 woman’ is something few aspire to endure, Deyjah Harris included. After being embarrassed by T.I. and unsupported by Tiny, Deyjah has taken steps to separate herself from her family or, at the very least, protect her peace. Deyjah’s unfollowing of the immediate members of The Harris fold on social media and liking the posts of understanding strangers has stood out as her signs of rebellion. Still, she has yet to publicly articulate the extent of her trauma which is her right. However, it is my personal opinion that until she is given and accepts the opportunity to publicly condone the wrongs against her, all other persons, namely T.I., should kindly shut up.

While there is no way to confirm whether Jada offered Deyjah an opportunity to begin or continue her healing at the Red Table, to extend an invitation to her abuser is tacky. T.I. has proven time and again that he is a hardened misogynist. He views his wife, her body, and her sexuality as possessions to be exploited and has groomed his daughter for the same abusive treatment through unwarranted gynecological visits. Even during his Red Table Talk episode T.I. will exploit his wife’s pain by rehashing “how they survived, in regards to their marriage.” The man simply does not need another soap box, pulpit, microphone, or stage to amplify his narrow-minded musings. Regardless of the satisfaction we might find in an educational public dogpiling, it should not come by the complicity of another woman or at a woman’s expense.

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Mo’Nique Sues Netflix for Gender/Race Discrimination

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A lawsuit two years in the making has finally hit the streaming titan. Alleging racial and gender discrimination, Oscar winning actress and comedian Mo’Nique has filed a 39-page suit against Netflix.

As the fight for equal pay within the entertainment industry wages on, Mo’Nique has upped the ante by suing Netflix after years of callouts. Claiming the streaming giant attempted to underpay her for a stand-up special in comparison to other comedic heavyweights, Mo’Nique has highlighted gender and racial bias in the suit. Stating that she had a choice to make, Mo’Nique’s decision to stand against Netflix stems from a desire level the playing field. In a post on Instagram, she said “I could accept what I felt was pay discrimination or I could stand up for those who came before me and those who will come after me. I chose to stand up.”

Citing the offers received by Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, and Amy Schumer, Mo’Nique alleges that Netflix’s offer of $500,000 was tawdry at best. The lawsuit states, “When the talent was not a Black woman, Netflix offered to pay, and did pay, astronomically more than it pays to Black women like it offered to Mo’Nique.” Seinfeld’s deal with Netflix was allegedly $100 million for two specials and his interview series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Dave Chappelle’s deal for three specials was reportedly worth $60 million. Both Chris Rock and Ricky Gervais allegedly received $40 million for two show deals. Even Amy Schumer commanded $11 million for a single special. Disrespected by her offer, Mo’Nique’s suit accuses the company of perpetuating the drastic wage gap forced upon Black women in America’s workforce.

Not only offended by having her talent undervalued, Mo’Nique’s suit claims the streaming company’s former Chief Communications Officer Jonathan Friedland used the N-word in a meeting. Friedland was reported by several employees for his insensitive remarks for which he refused to apologize. Even after speaking in front of a Black employees, Friedland refused to denounce his behavior. His lack of racial awareness and sensitivity, Friedland was eventually fired by Netflix.

While Mo’Nique has spoken out to confirm that she is suing Netflix, she asks only for support and love at this time, offering no further comments.

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