When a rapper says he's gonna "pop a pill" then "beat that p*ssy like Emmett Till," that's when we know that he might have gone just a little bit too far. But that's just what happened this week, and the Till family isn't happy.
Lil Wayne and Future, two very talented hip-hop artists, have decided to push the envelope of disrespect by releasing a song called "Karate Chop." In the song, Lil Wayne takes the liberty of turning the mutilated face of Emmett Till into a weary s*x organ, ridiculing the agony experienced by this young man many years ago.
The matter is made is even sadder by the fact that Till's legacy was trampled by Lil Wayne, Future and Universal Records right in the middle of Black History Month.
For movies opening Feb. 15, 2013
"Beautiful Creatures" (PG-13 for violence, sexuality and scary images) Supernatural fantasy, set in a sleepy South Carolina town, revolving around the budding romance between a high school sophomore (Alden Ehrenreich) and a mysterious new classmate (Lena Duchannes) who's identical to the girl of his dreams. Stellar supporting cast includes Oscar-winners Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson and nominee Viola Davis, along with Emmy Rossum.
Although the month is a little shorter than the rest of them and Valentine's Day takes a lot of the attention during the month of February, it's still African American History Month. And there's still a lot to get out of it...even in 2013.
African American History Month is much more than just hearing that famous speech Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made right here in Memphis. It's much more than Rosa Parks not giving up her seat on the bus. There were many years of history even before then. As African Americans, our history in this country began with "slavery."
"Many Thousands Gone," the critically acclaimed stage play returns for African American History Month on next weekend. The play shines the spotlight on the life of the Negro slave, telling the story of strength in adversity and hope for freedom.
Beyoncé's path to motherhood was rocky, but now that she's mom to one-year-old Blue Ivy, the entertainer says her life has opened up.
"I feel like I have something that has grounded me so much more," Bey tells Vogue in its March issue, which features her on the cover. These days, she says, baby Blue has become her "road dog. She's my homey, my best friend."
And it sounds like they've had that bond since day one. The 31-year-old singer admits that she was fearful leading up to the delivery, but when that day finally came she felt peaceful.
Minister Louis Farrakhan has declared anew that "I did not kill Malcolm X."
That declaration is part of Farrakhan's response to the release of "Betty and Coretta" – a movie airing this month on the Lifetime channel.
The film's executive producer is nine-time Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige, who stars as Dr. Betty Shabazz, the widow of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (widely known as Malcolm X). Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett stars as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow, Coretta Scott King.
On the "Feminist Wire," male feminist Brandon Maxwell writes that "Scandal" is actually nothing special. It presents stereotypes with which Americans are comfortable, like patriarchal characters and a strong black woman who repeatedly saves the day, like the "magical negro" archetype.
Here's an excerpt from Maxwell's take: