The rapper posted a photo on Instagram of a group of African American boys, all dressed in tuxedos, posing for a photo with a friend of Hussle. He commented in the caption that this photo showed a different image of black men and boys than normally appears in the media. However, he expressed that in a way that got a lot of people upset.
“Demonstration speaks louder than Conversation. They gone feed us every image of our men and boys but this one,” he wrote. “No hyper violent…No homo sexual…No abandoners….JUS STRONG BLAC MEN AND YOUNG Men. RESPECT TO MY BIG HOMIE @bigu1 for Leading with love and intelligence. GOD IS WITH US WHO CAN GO AGAINST US 💪🏾”
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His lumping in of homosexuality with violence and other negative characteristics attributed to black men and boys by the media upset many, including noted activist DeRay McKesson.
In a Twitter thread, McKesson criticized Hussle's “homophobia,” saying that the rapper was claiming that “strength is elusive to gay black men.”
“How does who I love change my ability to wield and/or challenge power?” he wrote. “To many, gay black men… are tools, objects to be used for a purpose. But they are not peers, people equally worthy of respect.”
.@NipseyHussle’s homophobia is more common than one would hope. In his comments are the idea that to be a gay black man means that one cannot be strong — that strength is elusive to gay black men.
Hussle responded to criticism from McKesson and others on Twitter by saying that he didn't have to be “politically correct.” “I don't look down on gay people,” he continued. “I take issue with the larger agenda… And my conclusion is there is AN AGENDA.”
I ain’t gotta be politically correct becuae I ain’t standing on Nobody else’s platform…I believe in LOVE and acceptance but u ain’t gone piss on my head and tell me it’s raining….NONE. I see Whas going on. Y’all should too. #VictoryLap 2.16.18 tho 🏁
I don’t look down on gay people I love all Gods children foreal. I take issue with the larger agenda.and I’m VERY WELL INFORMED contrary to my appearance. And my conclusion is there’s AN AGENDA…we can go fact for fact and get u some understanding if you’d like. If not God bless https://t.co/DvewsKGojS
Online marketplace Zazzle is the latest to take a shit on black women. In this case, the shopping site is actively using white models to promote shirts that feature the phrase “black girl magic” and other female empowerment messages aimed at African American women. Is nothing sacred?
YouTuber Jackie Aina (also known online as La Bronze James, lit) first called Zazzle out on Twitter late last month and others soon chimed in after her.
This is America and everyone deserves a fair shake. So in Zazzle's defense, it appears they (lazily) use the same stock models for many different prints sold throughout the site. A spokesperson for Zazzle basically confirmed that, telling Mic.com that the site is very DIY for designers, allowing them to customize their own merchandise and use a computerized system of stock models to promote their products.
“In the case of the T-shirts in question, each designer is shown a series of pre-posed randomized model shots upon which their design is placed,” the spokesperson said. “It’s always possible that gender, race, and other attributes of the model do not match up to the specifics of the design, given the ratio of our millions of designs to the 100 or so T-shirt styles we offer.”
No shit. Not only were these shirts modeled by white women, they were also modeled by white men and non-black boys.
Randomized, sure. But still wrong as fuck. The Zazzle spokesperson emphasized that the site was “working diligently on an interim fix that doesn’t mismatch out-of-context content to models; some of the designs may be down temporarily while this is underway. At Zazzle, we’re committed to diversity and are working diligently on increasing the diversity of the preposed model shots within the T-shirt range itself.”
Thanks, Zazzle. Can't wait. In the meantime, I guess we're stuck with these models.
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Kodak Black is back on his colorism bullshit. This time, ChaneyTV caught the rapper at Master P's charity basketball game and asked him once again about his controversial comments about women. The Florida rapper said nothing we hadn’t heard already—he said prefers lighter skinned women—but he definitely added more unnecessary fuel to the already raging fire this time around.
Referencing a hypothetical other man, Kodak Black said that “if he prefers skinny women more than a chubbier or heavyset woman, if he can say that and nobody can get mad him, I just said I don’t like women with my complexion.”
He continued: “I love African American women, but I just don’t like my skin complexion. We too gutter, light-skinned women more sensitive.”
This whole mess is starting to sound like a larger psychological problem that Kodak Black has with himself and his skin color that simply won’t get solved by tweeting at him or angrily commenting on social media feeds. That said, it also doesn’t seem like the Florida rapper is at all willing to educate himself on the implications of what he’s saying over and over again.
This latest ChaneyTV interview is unfortunately only the latest failed attempt by the Florida rapper to explain the kind of women he prefers. In an Instagram Live video last week, Kodak Black answered questions from fans about which famous women he’d like to have sex with, and he eventually admitted that “I don’t really like black girls like that.”
Predictably, that revelation infuriated fans and non-fans alike, and Kodak Black took to Instagram again the next day to defend himself, stating that “I love black African American women. It's just not my forte to deal with a 'darkskin' woman.” The backlash to his defense was so strong that he eventually deleted his entire Instagram. He's since restored his account, but the post in question is gone.
Although it seems Kodak Black is only attempting to explain his (rather misguided) views, it’s not likely people will let him off easy.