Thee rap music industry has a huge problem and it has nothing to do with Jay-Z losing all of his eight nominations at the 60th Grammy Awards; but rather the exploitation of black women.
The rap music industry has reduced black women down to a pretty face and a big behind.
Gone are the times when television networks like MTV, made songs like “I Wanna Rock” by former member of 2 Live Crew Luther Campbell, and “Baby Got Back” by Sir MixALot popular—or so we thought.
I dare to say the sexual objectification and negative stereotypes that many black women experience in cities across America have gotten much worse since the 90s.
Through the lens of popular reality TV franchises like “Love & Hip-Hop,” “Black Ink Crew” and many others, kids today are being taught sex education from a very different perspective: from reality TV stars who could care less about your child—as long as they continue to watch.
Young women who are influenced by these popular shows are tuning in, and “turning it up” and they can’t hear you, or anyone else tells them that it’s not classy or ladylike.
The exploitation of black women in rap music is sad, to say the least, but to see many black and brown women going along with whatever the rap music industry says is cool for them to be is not only degrading to black women.
It’s also devastating to many black families, who often have to deal with an array of issues stemming from living in violent and poverty-stricken communities.
The fact is, young people see these negative images and want to imitate what they see on television and hear on the radio to be popular. These images negatively impact the positive consciousness of black men and women, and, instead, foster the demise of black culture as a whole through media.
There is absolutely nothing empowering or positive about rap music these days for black youths to extract from other than the destructive lure of promiscuous sex, drugs and fast money.
Black women who go to clubs half nude, twerking their butts cannot expect employers—or anyone else for that matter—to take them seriously. This is why many black men don’t value black women: because many of them don’t value themselves.
And although it’s no excuse, many young men aren’t prepared to and don’t want to be fathers; they will say or do anything to have young mothers terminate their pregnancies, or deny the child is even theirs.
Black women are beautiful. But if it takes exposing your body to the public to hang out with friends, make some new friends.
Moreover, children deserve a mother who they look up to and are not embarrassed by to have their friends meet. All too often, young girls are coming up missing and end up being raped and abused by men they barely know.
It’s important that black women set an example for their daughters. Women of color are often victimized by men who listen to rap music, and, further, men who often see women who participate in rap culture as whores and undeserving of their respect.
It’s time to change the culture of hip-hop for generations of black and brown women who can do better; without exposing their assets to get ahead in life.