Beyoncé = Modern Day Philosophy for Women?

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Beyoncé is known for being a consistent artist who never fails to entertain us with her incredible dance choreographies, music and who can forget her astonishing voice of course? As a devoted wife and mother, let’s not forget that Beyoncé has JUST dropped a self-titled, 14 song album with a music video that goes along with each song which has a 10 second preview on iTunes, together with three more exclusive videos that have been unreleased. Remember that this was done without promotion, adverts, warning, countdowns, photo-shoots, or studio hints and whilst several music artists spend several millions doing so, Beyoncé went and did the complete opposite. It doesn’t stop there. She began touring since April 15th 2013, doing 60 shows in Europe, 47 in North America, 7 in South America, 18 in Australia which will end next year March 27th 2014. What more? Oh she also managed to do this, distracting her fans about the 22 day vegan diet. To top it off, when ‘Beyoncé’ was released, it sold over 80,000 albums in the first three hours, probably better than her husband Jay Z’s Magna Carter. Can we FINALLY admit that Beyoncé has set the platform?

After logging onto my Facebook, I received a post on my wall with a friend telling me that I just needed to listen to ‘Bow Down/Flawless’ because it is a “straight up feminist song”. At first, I was quite sceptical because looking at Lilly Allen and her basic track about how hard “bitches” have it; I gave up with all these “feminist” anthems. However, I reluctantly read the lyrics for this song and when I got home I listened to the preview on ITunes immediately. Damn… Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on BEYONCE’s song… I just couldn’t even. This is literally THE anthem of Feminism; Adichie’s small speech on the song captured the foundations of feminism simply, (white feminists take note)  However, I’m not one sided, it’s Beyoncé, so I downloaded the whole album and I can put my hands up and say this album demonstrates a unique side of womanhood. This album is life, it’s everything women has been ranting and cursing about for years on Social networking sites. The album includes artists such as Frank Ocean, Jay Z, Drake and the adorable Blue Ivy! Personally I cannot really give an accurate description of every single song on the album because you will find your own interpretations of it which is understandable.

Nevertheless ‘Beyoncé’ brought out signature tracks with representative issues women of colour go through every day in a society where the system favours whiteness. It goes from, sexual liberation without shame (essential for black women) complete motherhood, eating disorders, insecurities and anxieties, distrust in relationships, favourable images of sex workers, feeling safe and secure in marriage. (Something Beyoncé has been called out several times by these White Feminists) to the Western view of beauty.

In every video music video on this album, Beyoncé verified the power of Black Womanhood with immediacy and it matched the themes as explained above representing the diversities of Black Women. What’s so great about this is that Beyoncé does this unapologetically, an intimate call to silence these dominating white critics that has silenced her for years. Lyrically, it isn’t multifaceted but this is customary because her previous tracks are not as complex as I would say Florence and the Machine’s lyrics are. ‘Hurt’, ‘Flawless’ (obviously) and ‘Hunted’ does it for me, the melodies and the beats capture everything Beyoncé works to do. This isn’t an “opera/soul sista” album; however Beyonce is aware of her singing abilities, so it’s good to overlook this.

I don’t know what else to say about this album, its self-acknowledged flaws give us more of a reason to say that ‘Beyoncé’ is perfect in every way. The visuals, the graphics, the sounds and the collaborations gives the illusion that simple but meaningful Pop/RNB music can be creative and that there’s hope for the next generation to come. This is only the beginning.

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Let’s Give R.Kelly A Pass.

Let’s give R.Kelly a pass for having a relationship with Aaliyah D.Haugton when she was just 15 years old, and he was 26 years old.

Let’s give R.Kelly a pass; it’s not like the information about him being accused of having sexual relations with Tiffany Hawkins when she was 15 and he was 24 is important.

All the young 9th and 10th graders he waited for in the school’s parking lot, let’s give him a pass for that too!

Let’s also give R.Kelly a pass for having a “relationship” with a young woman, impregnating her, paying for her abortion and splitting up with her later on.

Let’s give R.Kelly a pass because on the 3rd of February 2002, a video was released where he was engaging in sex and urinating on an underage girl. In court it was said that he was charged with 7 accounts of videotaping the intercourse, and 7 accounts of distributing child pornography. It ended in him receiving an acquittal of course (Rape doesn’t matter!) Oh and by the way, it was more than just one video tape, with different girls as young as 14, just in case you are wondering.

When I speak of R.Kelly, I am speaking of the man Billboard named to be one of the most successful R&B artists in the last 25 years with over 40 million albums sold in the USA, 60 worldwide, together with 12 Studio albums. He also has a prominent legacy which continues today, that has inspired the likes of Avant, Usher, , Bruno Mars, Joe, Tyrese, Donnell Jones, Ginuwine, The-Dream, Ne Yo, Tank, K. Michelle and Trey Songz,.

It’s been 15 years since R.Kelly, also known as Robert Sylvester Kelly, was acquitted in court for child pornography, not rape. Now he has come back with the funky and fresh collaboration with Lady Gaga – Do What u Want. In addition, R.Kelly has also released a new album, ‘Black Panties’. You would think that with all the evidence that has been brought forward against R.Kelly in terms of predatory activities with young women, his career would be slaughtered, nope, nope and nope. There haven’t been any talks of boycotting his music, or demanding an end to his career, in fact no one  seem to care that in fact they are welcoming a pervert back into the world again because his music is just so damn good. Why?

First of all, looking at the statistics for rape and how many are reported that even make it to courts and then to conviction, this isn’t surprising because this number is very little. Rape is something that is constantly ignored in society today, it’s not spoken of, it’s okay, if you get raped you must have done something wrong, or you were wearing the wrong clothes, drawing the wrong attention! What’s even more surprising (not really) is that none of these young girls were white. The young girls that R.Kelly sexually manipulated with were black, underage girls who knew they didn’t stand a chance if they exposed their traumatic experiences. Black women in society today are not seen as humans, they matter very little, and they are constantly ignored unless their bodies are needed for playground purposes (please see Miley Cyrus). R.Kelly knew what he was doing, having sex with underage black girls means you are off the hook. If something happens to a black woman, she’s a “big booty hoe” and a “bitch”. When the video tape was exposed, there were several comments that defended R.Kelly’s abysmal actions, and said that these girls were “too fast” and that they “knew what they got themselves into”. Of course they did.

What R.Kelly has done, is that he chose to rape underage black girls because they are more likely to be vulnerable, afraid, and less likely to tell anyone in the fear of being derided.  Enough is enough, as individuals do we need to let ourselves experience these experiences before we can demand justice? So what if you like R.Kelly’s music, what about these young girls? Their lives are practically over whilst R.Kelly’s life has been resurrected. It might not affect you, but it allows space for crimes like this to be committed, and then to be shoved under the carpet without fail. By indulging in R.Kelly’s music, you are not only giving this man a pass, you are giving men exactly like him a pass. Celebrating R.Kelly’s music screams “Hey, I know you were raped, I’m sorry about that but… this man is a musical genius!”  As explained before, rape is something that is ignored, referring back to the statistics, and it’s even worse for black women. Rape victims in this sense do not matter, and will never matter, they will continue to be silenced for as long as it takes because society justifies rape in every way. Women are blamed for these wrong doings because they are the ones who asked for it. As usual,

Newsflash, if a woman doesn’t consent to having sex, its rape. If you need to convince her to having sex with you, it’s rape. If she is underage, it’s rape. If she is under the influences of alcohol, it’s rape. He clothes, her body, her communication has nothing to do with the action of rape. Just to break it down, Rape is down to rapists, and in this male-controlled society, it has been going on for too long to the extent that women are now “asking for it” and that she shouldn’t have “gone to that area”. (Which is bullshit by the way)

I see several (basic) feminists condemning Beyoncé every day because of her marriage choices, yet I fail to see the anger towards Lady Gaga for collaborating with this pervert, but never mind. This is irrelevant because R.Kelly is a multi-millionaire singer and record producer.

Let’s give him a pass.

 

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‘Prostitutes’ – Less than Humans.

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Man arrested after 24-year-old Romanian prostitute murdered

–          Amanda Nunn

Now, there are two things wrong with this headline.

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On How We Treat Those Who Serve Us

Something everyone can learn!

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What are William James main aims in the Varieties of Religious Experience?

– Year 13 girls, here’s the link on what William James said on Religious Experiences 🙂

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This post is for my Year 13 Philosophers! If you go to the online text of William James found here you will see the first lecture in which he presents his main aims and methodology. I would like you to find out a bit more about this by reading one of the sections of this first lecture (set out below), and commenting in the comments box on this post what you think James is trying to do. Some possible things to look at might be: What is the method that James uses to examine religious experience? What does he present in the lectures? Why does James think it is important to distinguish questions of fact from questions of value? What are his criticisms of materialism, and freudian psychological explanations of religion? Why is the origin of a religious experience useless to assess its value? If you are stuck I recommend…

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How Racist is your Halloween Costume?

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Halloween was yesterday but this whole week there has been outrage with the constant new racist Halloween costumes being worn along with the typical racist costumes people still wear. Just recently I saw a few which further angered me and I felt it was much needed for me to write this. There are people justifying the wearing of these costumes just because it’s Halloween and that it is not racist because it’s a costume and they need to stop. The people who wear these costumes need to stop and there has to be an end to this and their racism.

Firstly, a costume of a Native American or Pocahontas is not only mocking the Native Americans but is appropriating their culture; they are not mystical characters that you can dress like! Secondly, the only reason why you feel you have the right to dress like them is because you are…

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Russell Brand, I’d give you a C for effort.

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Recently, on Facebook I saw a group which said “Russell Brand for Prime Minister”, at first when I saw this, I chortled so hard, but then I watched an interview and said, oh wait he’s actually made some attention-grabbing points for the first time in his life (?)

1)”Like most people I regard politicians as frauds and liars and the current political system as nothing more than a bureaucratic means for furthering the augmentation and advantages of economic elites.”

 2)”I am not that I am not voting out of apathy. I am not voting out of absolute indifference and weariness and exhaustion from the lies, treachery and deceit of the political class that has been going on for generations”

 3)”The planet is being destroyed, we are creating an underclass, exploiting poor people all over the world, and the genuine legitimate problems of the world are not being addressed by our political parties.”  

4)”There is going to be a revolution, it’s totally going to happen. I don’t have a flicker of doubt.”

Before I turn into the negative side, its’ great the Russell Brand wants to use his influence to talk about these issues, especially as he has several followers on twitter so this may be the first step of enlightenment! Great, three cheers for Russell Brand (!) But, I’m just going to talk about two vital points that stood out to me the most. To be honest, nothing new has been said here, why do we need to wait for a white man to talk about Revolution? If a person of colour said these things, they wouldn’t even get two minutes of media time, they would just be labelled as delusional, so why is it so different for Russell Brand? Continue reading

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