Real Talk: ‘What If America Loved Black People As Much As Black Culture?’ “[In the 2010s,] pop stars and icons adopted black culture as a way of being edgy and gaining attention,” Stenberg says. “In 2013, Miley Cyrus twerks and uses black women as props, and then in 2014, in one of her videos called ‘This Is How We Do,’ Katy Perry uses Ebonics and hand gestures and eats watermelons while wearing cornrows before cutting inexplicably to a picture of Aretha Franklin. So as you can see, cultural appropriation was rampant.” the comments Amandla received upon being cast in ‘The Hunger Games’… And with that statement, it became clear that it took a teenager to bring attention to an issue that has been plaguing America and the world at large for decades now. Actress Amandla Stenberg, known from the first movie in ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise, had a lot to say about the state of race relations currently, and in a riveting video, broke it down so that even the dimmest bulb in the room could understand. Apparently, white people are of the opinion that just because they can go to Youtube and learn how to twerk, learn what he word ‘bae’ means, etc…that they cannot possibly be racist. If anything, the current social media maelstrom has only divided race even more. Whereas generations previously had to actually encounter people of color first-hand, now all it takes is an app to appropriate ‘blackness’ and then proclaim to understand everything about black people and their culture Related posts: Op/Ed: Why Black Body Parts Matter, But Not Black Lives Rachel Dolezal & The Curious Case of Cultural Appropriation Op/Ed: Why Millennials Are Behind on Race Relations The Levi Pettit Apology: He Could Have KEPT That TristonXADES MultimediaTriston is an American jetset performance artist, writer, event organizer, and activist based in Europe. As a freelance journalist, he has covered both the underground and mainstream aspects of the arts, culture, music, entertainment, travel, fashion and Fashion Week in several cities, including New York, London, Berlin, Istanbul, Sydney, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Tokyo to name a few. He has been published in The Huffington Post, Trespass (London), Adaras Magazine (Miami) as well as featured in publications such as the New York Times, Vogue Italia, Turkish Huriyet and other on-line and print magazines in the U.S. and internationally. He recently released his memoir on life in Europe, ‘Heaux Confessionals’. As a solo performer and with his band $kandal Du$t, he has toured in some of the world’s most renowned clubs, simultaneously maintaining an underground renaissance, blurring the lines of all that is traditional and leaving his indelible, and ultimately unforgettable impression. There is no divide. Brace yourself. ======= ** support by www.neffmarksman.com ** Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.