Brandon: We have to speak about Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP.” Sorry, I do not make the foundations!
Leah: Brandon, there’s really nothing I would like extra. Where to start!
B: Well, to start out, hit me along with your first impressions.
L: What I feel hit me probably the most was how unbelievable it felt to listen to and see these two Black ladies simply fully personal their our bodies and sexuality in their very own method. I gasped! Too usually, Black ladies, particularly, are sexualized by the male gaze. But there aren’t even any males within the video. It’s purely on their very own phrases. Ugh! I like it. What did you assume?
B: I agree with the whole lot you simply stated. It’s in all probability protected to say that this tune and its video are a love letter to Black ladies’s pleasure and Black sisterhood — I gay-gasped after I noticed Normani.
Unsurprisingly, although, there have been some detractors …
Also, let’s not fake that there is not a protracted historical past of policing and controlling Black our bodies in America.
B: Right, I’d argue that the right-wing outrage is telling. It looks like it is much less about intercourse than about who will get to take pleasure in or discuss intercourse. When males discuss intercourse, they’ll say: Locker room speak! Boys will probably be boys!
But when ladies, particularly Black ladies, discuss intercourse — not to mention, my goodness, having fun with intercourse — the criticism is instant. They’re bucking prevailing energy dynamics.
Something to look ahead to: ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’
Recommended on your eyes and ears
Brandon recommends: ‘Didn’t They Almost Have It All?’ by Niela Orr
To know me is to know that I like — ADORE — Whitney Houston. She’s a way more sophisticated textual content than folks assume: a Black trailblazer, a homosexual icon, a pop/R&B sensation, a sense — The Voice.
These are all delicate themes, particularly since Houston herself rejected hypothesis that she was something aside from straight. But Orr handles them with care, and matches Houston and Crawford into the very wealthy canon of Black feminine friendship. At one level, she compares the pair with characters in Toni Morrison’s 1973 novel “Sula,” about two younger Black ladies.
Orr observes: “Whitney and Robyn are inextricably bound from the beginning, and, like Sula and Nel, ‘their friendship was as intense as it was sudden. They found relief in each other’s personality.’ “
I implore you to learn Orr’s essay — and return to a few of your favourite Houston tracks whilst you’re at it.
Leah recommends: Ziwe Fumudoh’s Instagram Live present
Every Thursday at eight p.m. EST, the comic Ziwe Fumudoh hilariously interviews varied company on Instagram Live about race. Their blatant squirming has turn into the most effective a part of my week.
“Can you name five Asian people?” Ziwe asks, and Roman stumbles. What did you do to diversify your office whereas at Bon Appetit, Ziwe questions, and Roman solutions truthfully: nothing.
(I’ll say that, no less than on the floor, Roman has tried to acknowledge her wrongs and use her platform to carry up Black voices and companies.)
And they do. For instance, when Ziwe asks Roman what number of Black buddies she has, she begins to outline what a “friend” is, explaining that she has 4 or 5 Black buddies who would choose her up from the airport, however there are, after all, different Black folks she’s pleasant with.
Ziwe cannot include her laughter — seemingly to Roman’s oblivion. “Do your Black friends know you treat them like objects?” Ziwe asks, bluntly, earlier than transferring onto the following query.
That line made me cackle. But then it made me assume. And that is what Ziwe’s present does greatest.
Around the workplace
Schouten writes: “Walker-Huntington is among the legions of Jamaican immigrants in Florida, for whom the California senator’s multi-hyphenated background is a source of pride. If elected, Harris — the daughter of two immigrants — would become the nation’s first Black vice president, the first female vice president, the first Indian-American and the first Jamaican-American to ascend to the office.”