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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What Did He Say?

This is what Rapper David Banner said:

At a recent appearance at South Carolina State University, rapper David Banner stunned the audience when he made the statement that “Blacks Don’t Love Themselves.”

More importantly, he uses Black women who perm their hair as an example of black on black crime and media control.

In a question-and-answer session, Banner challenged black women in attendance to explain why they perm and straighten their hair. In response came the defense that “hair perming” is equated with being able to get a decent job as a professional and not being viewed as a threat by bosses who are usually of a different race.

“This is what I mean when I say black people don’t love themselves,” Banner said. “Perming your hair is a clear example of ‘black-on-black crime’ and media control. Black-on-black crime is not just a black person committing a violent act against another black person.

Focusing deeper on the media’s impact, Banner said the continuing depiction of blacks as aggressive and as a threat to society lowers the value of black life.”Blacks have accepted the way they are portrayed in the media as a reality,” Banner said. “This sad reality makes it easier for a black person to commit a crime against other people of color.”

Naturally, Sophia thinks that I don't recall Mr. Banner ever featuring a natural hair model/women in any one of his videos. Nor do I recall his songs uplifting black women. Also, in his raps, he glamorizes criminal behavior.


Ayoko (my actual middle name) said...

"I don't recall Mr. Banner ever featuring a natural hair model/women in any one of his vid"

thats exactly what I was thinking when i was reading this, i also wonder what type of women he has dated and messed around with. I just started this natural thing and I have worn weaves and done perms for years and I just thought it looked nice, and braids and weaves still look nice, its just now i am more educated on the damage, I was not suppressing my nigerian heritage by trying to be white...or as he puts in doing black on black hate... now if i was bleaching my skin lighter and dyinging my hair blond and putting blue contacts in my eyes then we would have a problem....
some may disagree and say thats its all the same thing and straightening your hair is a way of denying your heritage, but if a white girl decides to curl her hair in an afro like state and wore braids would she be trying to be black and denying her heritage.

onyxcherry said...

You go boy!! Thank you Mr. Banner for saying what no one else will, and for saying it at my Alma Mater!

It's a strong point of view and I appreciate it.

Chinue*s LLL Philosophy said...
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Chinue*s LLL Philosophy said...

Chinue*s proposed take on how the convo went down...

Interviewer: Mr. Banner why have you never/rarely featured natural beauties in your videos?

David Banner: Well gee *insert name here*, it's really hard to find natural beauties out there who are willing to sink to the level of being in my videos in the first place, ya' know.

Bottomline: India Arie's "I am not my Hair".. I'm tired of people being put in a box based on how they choose to wear their hair.

Naturally Sophia said...

Ayoko- I like your name, btw.
I used to think having straight hair was tied into self-esteem. And I still do to some degree but much less than I used to... I think some people have never considered that there is an alternative to relaxing their hair. Also, our collective miseducation about ourselves is linked to hair and self-esteem, but I think that is the fault of the system rather than the individual. Know what I mean?

I agree Chinue. But I keep thinking about Rapper Khia with long locks. I think he could find a natural head to do it but hasn't ever looked.

I would not want to be in his videos given how they have appeared in the past.

"Boxes"-unfortunately that's life. When you are outside the box, someone will put you in their box whether you fit or not, LOL

Evelyn said...

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Carmennc said...

For him to say that is beautiful. Entertainment is awful. I would like to think that if the women in the crowd and all the crowds he gets to say that to would actually understand this, then he would have more liberty to put natural haired black women in his videos.

He even had to make himself look like a thug, drug dealing - 50 Cent - when he was actually a corrections officer.

I think he's doing the jig for the white people like most entertainers to get some money to educate as many as we can.

I don't even watch videos. I'm too good to be watching us portrayed as video vixens. I'm glad he doesn't have natural haired women in his videos. Maybe the rest feel like me - I'm too good to be dancing around half naked. I didn't even know that's how the man looked.

Onyxcherry said...

Carmen, I think you are referring to Rapper Rick Ross who pretended to be dealinig drugs while he has a corrections officer(as if having a regular job is something to be ashamed of)He is the rapper that has beef with 50 cent.

I agree, when I'm watching video vixen reality shows, I rarely see women with natural hair lined up waiting to shake their behinds to get cast in the next "Shake It Fast" video. Most of the women trying out for these parts come to the auditions with what they think the casting director is looking for; long straight hair(sometimes wavy or curly if they're going for that "mixed" look)

The last thing I want is for natural hair to be synonymous with video vixens.

Naturally Sophia said...

Just playing devil's advocate:

Why can't natural women claim the video vixen role?

If they were showing our women in a positive light like for example Common does in his videos, what be wrong with natural women taking the role?

DiVA_La Reine said...

I would love to see a natural beauty in a video. I get excited when I see beautiful dark skin women in the media, be it preaching a sermon or "rockin' that thang". I do respect him saying that but I also agree that if he feels that way he should do more than just talk about it. Has anyone seen the RayJ reality show on Vh1? I believe 2 of the girls are natural. One of them is crazy the other one seems to be one of those I'm proud of who I am. I just wish we had more representation of color in general in the media. Great post, great discussion!!!

Thandi said...

(Re your comments on my blog-you're funny!One day your turn will come.Though we're also in a recession so be warned!!) Was about to ask if this guy ever features natural women in his videos...And his 'stereotypical-black' picture/image doesn't help his 'cause.' I'm gonna quit here cos I have one kid talking to me and one shouting that he's finished using the loo.I'll end up not making sense!TTYL!

Shavonne said...

This is an interesting post. I've to the conclusion that black folk aversion to natural hair is due more to self-loathing than white acceptance.

I look at it like this, most white folk have never seen me wear my hair in its natural state, so how can I come to a conclusion they wouldn't accept my natural hair? They don't even know what it looks like! And for the most part, all of the people (white) I've told about my consideration of Sisterlocks as a hairstyle for myself, have been more than supportive and they think it's cool.

Black folk - different story. So far, I've bee told:
1. You'll never get a job
2. men won't find me attractive
3. it's unclean (coming from people who wash their hair 1 a month-Yuck!)
4. people will think you do drugs (despite most jobs requiring drug tests anyway, which throws this theory out the window)

As for the rapper, I have no clue of who he is, but there does seem to be a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Naturally Sophia said...

Shavonne, I couldn't agree more. Thanks for commenting. Black people have asked me why would I "mess up" my "good hair" with "those things"? Self loathing is abundant.