Let’s do a bit of housecleaning. I am not a fan of hip hop music. Not because of the craft itself, but I refuse to get wrapped up in the hype that comes with fancy cars, gold chains and bare behinds jiggling in music videos. With that being said, I saw numerous tweets and Facebook shares surrounding rapper Tyga’s recent interview with Vibe magazine. Because his music gets no rotation on my iPod, I didn’t feel the need to click on the article..until I noticed he took shots at Black women role models.
Tyga to Vibe:
“Also, what I realized is black women don’t have a lot of role models as far as other black women. On some real shit, there’s black women that don’t look up to Oprah or Michelle Obama, because they’re looking at Instagram, they’re looking at VH1. I think that’s what the real problem is. It’s no real black [female] role models. As a black man, we have a lot of role models. Like looking at Diddy, Russell Simmons, Jay Z, Kanye, Tupac, those are people we can super relate to, so it’s easier for men.”
My eyes must be deceiving me. Did he really say that there are no “real” black role models for women? Excuse me while I erupt into giggles. This coming from a 24-year-old that spends his days following around the Kardashian/Jenner clan and harmonizing on reasons why “hoes ain’t loyal”. That might be the reason why he fails to see the dynamic black women making strides to empower young girls and strengthening our culture.
I’d be remiss if I did not mention that Instagram and social media as a whole are plaguing our perception of women. So yes, Tyga has a minuscule point. VH1’s Love & Hip Hop franchise continues to receive high ratings as women run amok chasing men who only want them for sex and pulverizing other women that try to get in their way.
Today, I will do my civic duty and school Tyga on the plethora of black role models that he is unaware of.
Welcome to Shondaland, Tyga. A triple threat: writer, director and producer. The only black woman to run primetime with three high rated TV shows on the same night.
Crisis Management expert, also known as the real life “Olivia Pope”. Known to clean up some of the biggest messes at the White House while keeping a clean image for big name entertainers and athletes.
A powerhouse on and off the tennis court. 4 gold medals, 5 Wimbledon titles, 63 singles titles and the list continues. Need I mention her multi-million dollar endorsements?
JANICE BRYANT HOWROYD
The founder and CEO of the ACT•1 Group, the largest minority woman-owned employment agency in the United States.
DR. SHIRLEY JACKSON
The first African-American woman to receive a doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in addition to 52 other honorary doctoral degrees. As a theoretical physicist, President Obama appointed her to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.
And let’s not forget the upcoming generation:
At 70 mph, Mo’Ne became the first girl this summer to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series history. Colleges are already eyeing this 13-year-old.
Olympic gold medalist. The first African-American gymnast to become the Individual All-Around Champion. She is also the first American gymnast to win gold in both the gymnastic individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympic games.
An entertainment powerhouse and it all started with YouTube. She’s already made Forbes 30 Under 30 list twice. Issa has several web series, garnering a dynamic fanbase. This year she launched ColorCreativeTV, a launchpad for women and minority writers interested in debuting their work on the small screen.
The first black Cinderella on Broadway and youngest daytime talk show host. After beginning a young acting career with successful film and TV shows, Keke held the title as one of the highest paid child stars.
So what were you saying Tyga? Maybe if he took a break from degrading and blatantly disrespecting women, he should refer to this list of notable women worthy of praise. I’d love to hear a track by Tyga about fully clothed women that can stimulate a man with her mind. On that note, no need to pass the hookah. Good day.