Before I continue, I feel obliged to mention that I refuse to watch this awards show since the network saw fit to invite non-black artists to perform and neglect to honor our fallen contributors. This post serves as an analysis of newsworthy moments and current propaganda surrounding the festivities of yesterday evening.
- Remy Ma Wins Best Female Hip Hop Artist
This was the title of numerous articles this morning, the effect—a collective stereotype festered by so called black media outlets. In summary, BET chose sides in the Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj conflict that has dominated much of 2017, a feud that discounts seemingly black media as functioning to promote caricatured images of black people.
The Nicki Minaj and Remy Martin feud substantiates ideas surrounding black female incivility and the general inability to engage with one another harmoniously. Rather than dissolve the feud by awarding an up and comic artist or black female artists not involved in the feud, BET awarded Remy Ma for the very actions that warranted her arrest, and incarceration.
This fact unveils a long concealed truth regarding the function of blackness and celebrity. The black celebrity functions similarly to drugs and material items which lure the black body to say and do things harmful to their general well being, affording the black body a pseudo escapism, which ironically ends up casting blacks as pawns in their own destruction.
The feud functions similarly. Namely, awarding one hand of a vicious feuds validate negative behavior and encourages volatile relationships between black women. Namely, Remy Ma regains relevance and revere for tearing down another woman—an act that should be criticized and ultimately extinguished not celebrated.
2. DJ Khaled
BET functions like the corner stores present in many inner city black neighborhoods. The stores inundate the black community—appearing on nearly every corner, loaded with unhealthy, and often unsanitary, and spoiled products. DJ Khaled symbolizes the owner of said establishment that reels in the black dollar to his own expense.
Admittedly, I am very unsure as to what Mr. Khaled does for a living. Provided he proceeds his name with “DJ” but I have never actually seen him spin a record. In fact, his purpose seems confined to wearing sweat suits and pointing to sky. It does appear that his work is behind the scenes, despite Khaled’s adamance in remaining consistently visibly and alongside his black employees.
Numerous articles reference Khaled’s son as “stealing the show.” Missing from any article I have read is how Khalid’s presence and gesture is highly inappropriate, despite the baby’s undeniable cuteness.
BET is supposedly Black Entertainment Television, so the image of sharing and extending the dynasty should be reserved for black children, as extended by black people. Khaled’s plus one foreshadows who the throne of managing black talent will ultimately be disposed to, simultaneously substantiating while both he and his plus one should be disinvited from the show and disassociated with black talent.
I admit that Khaled and the often Arab owners of the every-present corner-stores in black neighborhoods trigger me as a member of a collective whose ancestors were enslaved by both Arabs and white people. Thus, their current actions seem a contemporary manifestation of traditional behavior, behavior allowed by BET.
Furthermore, events like the BET awards entertain some, but enlighten others to the true meaning of this channel. BET never surfaced to represent blacks, but as means to target black people, to feed us everything we need to deteriorate our self esteem, hate one another, and subconsciously assume one of the roles outlined by the figures highlighted on their sitcoms and featured music videos. The network was most likely once a great idea failed by the incongruence of producing a truly separatist platform highlighting back distinction to a world contingent on black delinquency.
May The BET awards prompt members of the black collective not to rest easy because “black” is in the title. Instead, may we demand that blackness be in action, mind and physical form for all people and things deemed allies. May instances like these illustrate that nothing given to us as a collective will grant us anything but death, destruction, and self-hatred, but everything taken will gift us all the glory.