Archive | November, 2014

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25 Nov

One person that I wouldn’t mind talking about is Donald Glover also known as Childish Gambino. Donald Glover is an actor, writer, comedian, rapper, and producer. He’s known for being on shows such as NBCs Community, Sesame Street, the Regular Show and a writer for 30 Rock. He has been in movies such as The Muppets, Magic Mike, and Lazarus. On top of all of that, he’s headlined four concerts and won a Comedy Award and a TV Guide award. I think this is an interesting topic because he has been in multiple industrys including the radio and television industry. Having the opportunity to be in both, he has spoke on privilege and double conciseness before in his interviews. Watch the clip below at 8:00. If you ever read his poem he spoke about how he wanted to be big and white. Now some people would question him and ask, “Embrace your blackness, why do you want to be white?” He than followed up with this statement,” Whiteness is blankness, they look at it like a blank slate, like when you come in you can be anything; Like when I walk in, even if I have a bow tie, they might be like, ‘is he Muslim?’ They’re not going to do that with a white dude.” This goes along what we talked about in class about intersectionality and having privilege. Even DJ Envy, the person interviewing him, agreed to that statement. He stated that even when he walks into a car dealership people assume he doesn’t have money because he’s black and young. But if a young white person walks into the same car dealership, people will assume that his parents have money. In this same interview he also spoke about Double Conciseness. Double Conciseness is when you’re a member of a marginalized group, you understand how to be and act in the world of the dominant group but also your own group Donald Glover is from Stone Mountain, GA which is one of the worse hoods in Georgia. But you would never guess that because when he is around certain people he knows how to act. He stated in an interview,” People see me work with a lot white people and just assume that I’m soft because I don’t talk or sound hood. But people fail to realize I’m from Stone Mountain.” Being able to balance and control how to act will get you far in life. I believe that you should never forget where you come from, but at the same time there’s a time and place to act a certain way.

Kanye West aka Yeezus aka the GOAT of Hip Hop

11 Nov

I think this is an interesting/important topic because Kanye West is one of the most influential people in the music industry. His music, his achievements outside of music, and even his awards make him the most interesting person in music. Lets start with his music. Kanye’s music has influenced many artists such has Big Sean, Teyana Taylor, John Legend, 2Chainz, and even artist who aren’t on his record label like Drake. Drake is also known as one of the “GOATS” or pioneers of hip hop. In an interview with MTV he stated,” Before I ever got the chance to meet him, Kanye West shaped a lot of what I do, as far as music goes. We always, always, always took the time to listen to Kanye’s music and appreciate it beyond.” As far as his achievements outside of music he has several clothing line collabs with top designers like Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Bathing Ape, APC, Nike, and he just recently signed a deal with Adidas. Here’s a fun fact about his shoe collab with Nike. The two most popular and expensive shoes Nike every came out with (without a celebrities autograph on it) were the Jordans #2 and The Nike Mags. The Jordan #2 retail price are $180 but were sold online for $31,000. The Nike Mags retail price were $1,500 but sold online to close to $15,000. Kanye West shoe “ The Yeezys” retailed at $250 but sold online for $90,000 making him the top non-athlete seller Nike has ever had. Finally, the awards he has won speaks for themselves. He has 21 Grammys making him the 8th highest person in Grammy history. He has the 6th highest won by males and is the second, I repeat second highest for a producer. In class, I would first like to discuss how influential he is, as an artist in music and as an artist in the fashion industry. This relates to the course content in a few ways. Cultural appropriation can be looked at from different point of views. Cultural appropriation occurs when an individual (or group) uses someone else’s cultural symbols to satisfy a personal need for self-expression. He does this in his music when he samples different artist from different genres in his beats. He takes somebody else’s beats and makes it fit to his style of music. He also does this by the clothes he wears. He once wore a kilt on stage, that looked like a skirt to prove to people that clothes have no gender. This isn’t his first time wearing women clothes or baggy but fitted shirts that look like a dress. When you think about males wearing kilts, skirts, or long t-shirts that look like dresses, people assume that, that person is gay. According to Cultural appropriation A celebrity “plays” being a marginalized minority of a lower-socio-economic class by “performing” parts of the culture (fashion, music styles, etc.) but at the end of the day, they can wipe it all off and go back to being a person of power with privilege. Regardless of Kanyes intentions, good or bad, he will still be a person with power. Finally, we could also talk about the cultural diamond and how he influenced the fashion industry.