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What is Good Hair? Chris Brown’s Fans Want Answers After Listening to ‘Need A Stack’

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Chris Brown is under fire for misogynoir lyrics in ‘Need A Stack’, a song from his latest album Indigo. Stating a preference for “good hair”, Chris has split his fanbase and upset those who see the colorist foundation of the line.

Good Hair, Nice Hair, Doesn’t Matter It’s Prejudiced Language

Known abusive womanizer, Chris Brown, has no history of uplifting Black women in his music despite their presence as his most vocal supporters. Whenever Chris’ antics make national headlines, Black women are among the first line of defense, shouting they will tolerate “no slander” against the backflipping crooner. While his fanbase is typically silent when it comes to his status as a repeat offender of Black women, it seems there is a limit for what they’ll withstand. Stating he “Only wanna f*ck the Black b*tches with the nice hair,” Chris has disrespected millions from the community that supports him with a dated misogynoir preference.

In the song, which features Joyner Lucas and Lil Wayne, Chris reduces Black women to prizes of sexual conquest. The basic strip club anthem is full of tired tropes about spending big and eventually having sex with the dancer while referencing “Tip Drill”, a song which once got Nelly banned by Spelman University. The singer/rapper’s quip about “nice hair” has ignited discussion on Twitter throughout his fan base. Those who say we should respect his preference are now vehemently denying the colorist foundations of Chris’ lyrics to those who would hold him accountable. However, it’s hard to deny it’s disgusting origins, especially when considering the recent passing of legislation to ban natural hair discrimination in California.

It’s Colorist

While most of the attention is on Brown’s use of “nice hair, it’s important to note his decision to denigrate Black women by calling them bitches. Rap, as danceable and culturally defining as ever, has long held a standard for disrespecting Black women to assert one’s dominance/machismo. As other races take part in the culture by listening, dressing, and emulating the style of rappers, we’d be remiss to believe the misogynoir is casually laid aside.

It’s intermingled with the choice of video vixen, the harsh descriptors for women with dark skin, and the overall perception of Black women globally. By examining other instances of weaponized colorism for self-promotion and the trend of ‘Blackfishing’, you can understand that the rest of the world, including dense celebs, have a full understanding of the system of colorism and refuse to disrupt it because exploiting it benefits them.

Since the Twitterverse is choosing to debate semantics over the tasteless line, have you picked a side? Do you think the term “nice hair” is offensive? Or are listeners being too sensitive?

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Diddy Confirms Making The Band is Returning to MTV

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Hoping to recreate pop culture history, Diddy and crew are on the hunt for the world’s most promising singers. The Bad Boy Records executive issued a global casting call through Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. But the fiercest competition will be using Smule.

For the first time ever, Smule has partnered with MTV. Offering their users a list of curated songs to choose from, wide-eyed prospects can use the app to create video auditions shareable on every social media platform. While anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to compete, contestants must also be able to comply with the rules and eligibility requirements. Looks like someone better be ready to get that Junior’s Cheesecake!

Making the Band has not aired since 2009, but fans spammed the hashtag #IWantMyMTB, prompting MTV and Diddy to come to the table. Using the hashtag #MTBCASTING, singers now have a new chance at getting discovered. However, the details of their talent search have yet to be revealed. Through a rabbit hole of links, you can view the Terms of Use and User Content Submission Agreement. Just be sure to read the agreements before submitting your videos as the contracts are effective once your clips are posted. There’s a lengthy segment titled “Rights Granted to MTV”, which gives them, in so many words, the right to use and otherwise exploit any ideas, concepts, or content displayed in your submission without any credit or compensation. So stay sharp!

Hopefuls are already posting their talents across social media. Will you be joining them?

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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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Kim Kardashian West Wins $2.7 Million In Lawsuit Against Fast-Fashion Company

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After bashing a fast-fashion company’s appropriation of a design commissioned by Kanye, Kim Kardashian West has come out ahead. The aspiring attorney has won $2.7 million in a suit against Missguided, a UK-based retailer.

In February 2019, Kim Kardashian waged war against fast-fashion companies like FashionNova over their lack of integrity. Targeting online retailers that quickly duplicate the designs of luxury fashion houses, Kim expressed her disappointment. She was furious her image was being used to promote the knock-off goods, an act she believed would weaken her business relationships with more esteemed brands. The sultry, black number designed by Thierry Mugler and gold ensemble commissioned by her husband led to a lawsuit which claimed to violate KKW’s trademark.

The Instagram post in question featured Kim Kardashian in the custom gold creation and an unnamed model in the replica. Captioned “The devil works hard but Missguided works harder”, the brand taunted KKW, stating the look would be available in just a few days. But by tagging Mrs. West attorneys alleged Missguided used her “persona and trademarks” to sell duplicates despite the absence of a business relationship.

The lawsuit stated Missguided’s use of Kim’s marks were likely to cause consumers to mistakenly believe that she was associated, sponsored, or endorsed the company and its websites. The lawsuit continued that consumers already voiced such concerns, citing social media posts and articles that mistakenly referred to the content as collaborations. However, Missguided refused to respond to the lawsuit which resulted in a default judgment.

Demanding the company cease and desist, a California judge ruled in Kim’s favor, ordering Missguided to pay $2.7 million in damages and attorney fees. But Kim’s history of being accused of co-opting the designs of indie creatives has complicated the public’s reception of her win. Twitter users are noting that Kim has repeatedly appropriated the culture of others under the guise of “paying homage.” Though the basis of the win is important, fighting larger entities or public figures over original content may prove harder for indie brands. Having only been established in 2015, the language of fashion design copyrights leaves them easily exploitable and smaller designers may be unable to afford the exorbitant fees to protect their content.

Do you think Kim deserved to win the lawsuit? Should smaller designers seek restitution for creations that have been pilfered by public figures?

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