In ight of the release of her new album ‘Invasion of Privacy’, our latest piece explores the respectability politics that play a large role in the complex identity of Belcaris Almanzar (AKA Cardi B). An engine fueled as much by her supporters as her strongest doubters, Cardi B represents the ultimate “fuck you” to the white, male dominated industry and white dominated world. Cardi B is not asking for your approval or respect — she’s demanding it simply by existing in her truth.
Consistent glorification of black women’s triumphs made in defiance – but without any acknowledgement of the forces we are, in fact, defying – is nothing more than a useless and hollow performance of wokeness that translates into nothing. Idolization is just another form of dehumanization.
Be twice as good to get half of what they have. Growing up black in white America, this phrase is your constant companion. Passed down by your parents, it’s part-gift, part-curse, and supposed to be the ultimate motivator—do your homework, go to class, get good grades, work hard, rise above, go high. Always aim to be better than yourself.
For MGs, it is most essential during these trying, tragic times and highly politically charged moments, to stay critical of the environment that surrounds us. It is our active duty as citizens, and as allies, to question the social structures in place that have delegated such unequal justice. Be critical. Do not be complacent. Call out injustice if you are privileged enough to have the voice to do so. Remember that our lives begin to end the moment we decide to become silent about the things that matter. And #BLACKLIVESMATTER