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.
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“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.”
You said it CC! I didn’t want to lose any brain cells so I decided to skip the BET Awards.lol But on a serious note,you bring up a good point. There’s always some type of drama or negativity at these award shows. A friend told me that Chris Brown got into an altercation with the rap group Migos. And of course Remy Ma and the Nicki beef is good for ratings. It helps promote the idea that black people can’t get along. Even if we’re rich and successful we still can’t escape the ignorant “ghetto mentality”. We never miss a chance to put down another black man or woman. How come I never see this type of drama at the Country Music Awards? Why don’t Taylor Swift and Faith Hill ever fight backstage? You never see that. It makes people believe that we can’t act civilized under any circumstances. And don’t get me started on that no-talent Arab culture vulture,DJ Khaled. No different than the Arab leeches that own gas stations in black neighborhoods. He has even used the word n*gga in a few songs. Which is blasphemous in my book! And any black person who buys his cd’s is a sellout buffoon! I have never bought any of his music.
Agreed! DJ Khaled = leech. It’s strategic that he only works with established artists, as the only up and coming artists he seems interested in supporting is himself.
lol and We know there is discordance at those other award shows!
Yes he is a leech! I just wish more black people were aware. We have too many of these blood suckers in our community. Time for them to go!
Heck yeah CC, White people fight like cats and dogs its just they own the media they have the common sense not to represent themselves in a negative image if they wish to be worshipped by all the Non-White people on the planet. The sitcom Nashville is a pretty good representation of how white people fight over the petty of things.
I hate DJ Khaled but I am pretty much through with rap and hip hop its a degenerate culture my own guilty western vice is SPORTS…Am I am weaning myself off that. I want the rest of my life to be about African Power and developing my own City State: Nation.
Great analysis CC!! I do not watch any of these award shows, they are non-constructive and I have no time to waste. The black collective is so willing to include others in our businesses and ventures, while at the same time the CMA’s and whites in general are not as accepting or inviting in traditionally white spaces. The black collective allows others to infiltrate us thinking these people are allies or “friends”, we have no friends!
“Thus, their current actions seem a contemporary manifestation of traditional behavior, behavior allowed by BET”. I would add allowed by BET and accepted and encouraged by the black collective. We seem afraid to have something that is our own, 100% our own. Maybe we our having visions of Black Wall St. in our collective consciousness.
Remy Ma appears to have had work done to her face, I could be incorrect and it’s not my intent to contribute to gossiping or spreading rumors but every picture she seems to look different and also lighter. BET has been on mute with me since I left the house, when I was in high school they had a show called Teen Summit where they talked about constructive issues, now it’s just brain trash for black people to consume.
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing said “Trashy music produces trashy behavior” I will add trashy images, trashy depictions of black people and trashy language also produces trashy behavior.
Teen Summit was a great show! Thank you for the comment and the Dr. FKW quote!