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Jul 28, 2014

I’ve been thinking lately about M.I.A and Iggy Azalea, and why I like one (M.I.A) but not the other. Both are two non black female artists entering the hip hop scene and are relatively popular. But I think the difference is one maintains her originality while the other usurps a culture in order to seem “cool” and “popular”.

M.I.A conveys the “cool” and “edgy” don’t-give-a-care attitude that is very pervasive in hip hop culture, but her musical style is primarily influenced by her Sri Lankan roots. And that’s why I like her so much, because she’s expressing herself, while simultaneously bringing something unique and different to the field. Iggy, on the other hand, attempts to imitate the language and vocal inflexions of the black American urban culture that she is in no way a part of. So I really have no other reason to believe that she does it only to seem cool and appealing. And I have a problem with that because she is exploiting another’s culture for her own personal gain. Even Macklemore, on whom people cry cultural appropriation, adds his own personal twist to his songs, so he’s still expressing his own style through a popular medium.

But I think what grates me the most is when people who normally don’t even listen to that kind of music say “I don’t really like hip hop/rap, but Iggy/Macklemore does it right!” I can’t help but wonder how these people would know when the genre is done right if they don’t even listen to it, and better yet, how could an artist, who is merely imitating the culture, do it “better” than the actual culture?

Idk just my thoughts

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Jul 28, 2014

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

- Howard Thurman (via quotebookshelf)

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Jul 27, 2014

enemaroberts:

oknope:

the only boys i need in my life:

  • michael (kors)
  • christian (dior/louboutin)
  • jimmy (choo)
  • louis (vuitton)
  • tommy (hilfiger)
  • yves (saint-laurent)
  • giorgio (armani)
  • louis-francois (cartier)

the only boys yall can afford

(good)will 

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Jul 26, 2014

2003 - 2005 were the years of great music

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Jul 26, 2014

Just ate the most diabetic-inducing, high-blood-pressure-causing, high-cholesterol-giving breakfast. I may have just shaved 5 years off my life but at least I’m going out with a bang

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Jul 22, 2014

lordofthewolves:

theperksofbeingjohnwatson:

nahshaw:

maybe he won’t die in the movie

i love how we all know exactly what this post is about

the passion of the christ

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Jul 21, 2014

luxhysteria:

Jupiter’s great red spot. A hurricane three times the size of our whole planet that’s been raging for centuries.

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Jul 21, 2014
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(Source: 9gag, via naturallypolished)

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Jul 20, 2014

I dunno man

People always talk about how listening to Drake makes you emotional

But every time I listen to Frank Ocean I bawl like a baby

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Jul 20, 2014

“Come, ye weary, heavy laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better,
You will never come at all.”

- Come Ye Sinner, Poor and Needy
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Jul 19, 2014
  • person: so where did you learn html?
  • me: not.... neopets...
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Jul 19, 2014

beautiesofafrique:

Miss Africa USA 2014 contestants

" The Miss Africa USA Pageant is grooming a new generation of African women leaders to impact their communities in Africa, America and the rest of the world.

The Pageant enables  African  girls in America to shine the spotlight on Africa, tell their stories to the world,  inspire one another, build self esteem, and feel beautiful inside and out. This pageant is like no other, the delegates are very intelligent young women from some of the most respected educational institutions in North America, with careers spanning from the Sciences to the Arts, some in Medical School or Pharmacy School, others are upcoming Journalists or Human Rights Activists and more. “

To vote and find out more visit: http://missafricausa.org/

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Jul 19, 2014
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A picture in 365 slices. Each slice is one day of the year.

A picture in 365 slices. Each slice is one day of the year.

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