#TIDALforALL Rich People

Today, Jay- Z relaunched his music platform, Tidal, and I don’t like it one bit.  If you know me at all, you are a little shocked by that statement because I am a fan ofJay-Z.  There have only been a few times that I have given the man a side eye reaction. The first was when I was in Haiti on a mission trip and I asked our translator how to say Jesus, he said J-Z—for clarification, I asked “you mean like the rapper?” he said yes.  You ain’t slick Jay Z, you aren’t Jehova! And the second time was when he made a comment that hip hop did more for race relations than most cultural icons—yeah we all enjoy the same music dude but what laws have hip hop changed?The kids in SAE where rocking out to Trinidad James but still chanting “There will never be a N–ga in SAE.” Your theory is wrong.

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And just like your theory on cultural relations have failed—I hope Tidal fails.  Not because I don’t think artisit deserve to be paid for their work but because you want people to pay $20.00 a month for it.

“People are not respecting the music, and devaluing what it really means,” Jay Z told Billboard. “People really feel like music is free, but will pay $6 for water. You can drink water free out of the tap and it’s good water. But they’re okay paying for it. It’s just the mindset right now.”

Your reasoning to get people to pay this money for this music service is because people pay for water.  1) We need water to live 2) city tap water just may kill you—so hell yes, I’m paying for my water!   Do you think water is less important than music?  If so, can I just offer you several seats?

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In a world where people are struggling to find jobs to pay for rent/mortage, car notes, groceries, student loans, utilities, gas, insurance, etc you want to change the mindset so folks can now stream music at a higher pricepoint to make you richer?   You must have forgot what its like to be working class!  Working class are the same people cutting out cable and connecting to Hulu and Netfilx (neither of which is over 10 bucks a month). We gotta make decisions based on necessities—paying for music is a luxury.

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And yes, there is a $10.00 a month tier avaible to those not willing to dish out $20.00 a month for music.  I just need for Jay-Z to understand that there are things that people should pay for monthly—clean water and healthy food should be on that list—not music.  We should value life first and then have an appreciation for the arts like music.

There is no promise that artist will actually make more on the Tidal platform.  For all we know it is more of the same.  If artist have an issue with their percentages received on streaming platforms, they should negotiate with their labels, not with consumers wallets.  Ultimately the presentation of Tidal felt like an opportunity for rich people to beg for more money.  Instead of the likes of Usher, Kanye, Madonna, etc banding together and presenting Tidal on some BBHMM (b*tch betta have my money) tip–they should have had lesser known artist demonstrate how Tidal is truly for all.  All these celebs turned their Social Media picks cyan blue like they were fighting for a cause on the level of #BlackLivesMatter or #JeSuisCharlie. SMH.

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Can I point out that the same Kanye who recently stated that classism has replaced racism–and everyone should have access to nice things—is a stakeholder in Tidal.

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#TIDALforALL #unlessyouonabudget

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Featured Image Photo of Record and Needle by Luke Chesser

Confessions of a Black Girl Who Can’t Dance

I’d like to dedicate this post to all my black American sisters who defy the stereotype.

Cue: Spice Girls “If You Can’t Dance”

I think one of the most overlooked tragedies of stereotyping people by race is the stress that it causes those of us who do not entirely fit the mold.  There are so many things that black people are supposed to do that I don’t really do…and for the most part I am fine with that.  See, growing up with the “Cosby Show” made it socially acceptable for me not to completely fulfill certain stereotypes.  However, there was one stereotype that the Cosby show did not exclude me from…

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DANCING! Before middle school the idea of my inability to dance never crossed my mind.  I mean I was in dance class (ballet and tap) so I mean I could dance but I would soon learn I couldn’t DANCE.

m4I wasn’t trying to twerk it in middle school but I did sign up for step team.  It was here that I should have seen the first sign!  It was painful…I was the last one to learn any of the complex steps. The other girls kept telling me just to listen to the rhythm but I just couldn’t figure it out.  By the time our step show came around, I only mastered one of the steps…so that was the only I did and I had to sit on the sideline and watch as the other girls all stomped for their lives as the rest of the school yelled “Alright!” “Get it, girls”  and “I see you!”

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I eventually lived down that disappointment mostly because in between I was able to move to a new town and start over.  In my teen years I found myself locked in my room practicing my dance skills.  Songs like “Back that a$$ up” and “Whistle while you twerk” were popular and I needed to make sure that I was on point.  It was during this time in my bedroom that I realized that my aspirations of dancing like a video girl would never come to fruition.  I just didn’t have it.

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How in the world was I supposed to go through life as a black girl who couldn’t dance? Not only that, how am I half African without rhythm…how did the ancestors completely skip out of blessing me with the dancing ability?  In college I first thought the best way to avoid facing the embarrassment of my reality was to avoid going out all together.  And when I did eventually go out…it was mostly “just for the atmosphere.”  If I guy asked me to dance, I would mostly decline and I know for that fact there are a lot of guys who assume that I am probably some stuck up girl that wouldn’t give them the time of day but I couldn’t bring myself to say “Oh, I’m really bad at dancing let’s just have a drink.”  That would be like admitting that I can’t tie my shoe!

And for the most part I’ve learned to deal.  I’ve learned that there are other black girls just like me.  Often times we go out together dance in our rhythmless uncoordinated ways and enjoy ourselves.  There are times when we see white girls getting it in and we do feel a pang of jealousy.  I mean yeah…we were told that dancing was a right that we were entitled to by birth but somehow that was completely snatched from us!

twerk-fraulesYes, if we encounter these girls when we are out there would be collection of side eyes from the R&UBGB (Rhythmless and Uncoordinated Black Girls Club).

 

I’m pretty sure that’s verbal abuse…

#ToastTip- Guys (and ladies too) if you want to get to know a girl better, don’t call her a b*tch or a ho before you ask for her number.

 

True story.  I’m on set, hanging with friends and up walks this guy.  I’m not going to say he was gorgeous but I’m not going to say he was ugly either…but he was certainly a guy that needed to have a great personality if he wanted to get someone’s phone number.  We talked for a minute, then he started talking about his music and his plan to become a rapper.

 

I should insert another #ToastTip here that says something like “Guys, if you are over the age of 30 and still pursuing a rap career…then stop.” I get it, if 2 Chainz can do it, then so can anybody, yeah…no…but I digress.

 

He asked me if I wanted to hear some of his music.  Being the nice person that I am, I said “Yes.”  In the first four bars, my ears were assaulted.  This man talked about drug dealing, killing people, calling women b*tches and gold diggers and everything else.  AND then had the nerves to ask me how I felt about it. AND then asked me for my number so he could take me out.

 

Sir, are you crazy? I’m pretty sure you just degraded me and all of woman kind.  I’m pretty sure you just told me how you feel about women. I’m pretty sure you just told me that you hate me and would be disrespectful to me if we ever did date.  Soooo what makes you think I want to get to know you better?

 

In the first few minutes of our meeting you degraded me and asked for my phone number.   Isn’t that like verbal abuse?