Blackfishing, as generally defined online, is a term that refers to a non-Black person’s manipulation of Black aesthetics for the purpose of attaining social capital or monetary benefit. What kind of representations are these artists attempting to convey through the manipulation of such aesthetics?
If we are serious about ending sex trafficking by future Ghislaine Maxwells and Jeffrey Epsteins, we should not allow ourselves to be seduced by racist images of porn and pop culture—while rich and sophisticated white pimps, and their equally well-connected shills, sexually exploit girls in plain sight.
From the swearing in of our first woman vice president, Kamala Harris, to the severe restrictions on reproductive rights, 2021 has been a mixed bag for feminism. Of course, popular culture—ever a pulse from which to measure the present moment—served as a guide this year for feminist expression.
Here is a list of what got us thinking and talking about feminism in popular culture.
Taylor Swift released her re-recorded version of fan-favorite album “Red.” The highly emotional album takes on additional meaning in light of new lyrics about a relationship’s power differential and the brutality of fame—and the male gaze behind both.
Famously private, Aretha Franklin handpicked singer Jennifer Hudson to portray her in the compelling release by debut film director Liesl Tommy. “Respect,” its flaws notwithstanding, underscores Franklin’s genius.
Did you know that Ms’s podcast “On the Issues with Michele Goodwin” has been reporting, rebelling and telling it like it is for one whole year?
We’ve covered a lot of ground over the past year, from interviewing your lawmakers to delving into a summer of resistance against police brutality to getting the perspectives of feminists on the front lines of changing culture—finding silver linings all along the way. Here are our top ten moments from the year.
Los Angeles based singer, activist and spiritual coach Monique DeBose has a new song dedicated to all women of color.
“My intention with this song was to put it out at this point in time as just a celebration. I feel like for so long, we have not had the spaces and the public squares to just celebrate and acknowledge ourselves. If we’ve done it, it’s had to be in enclosed circles, and at this point, I’m ready now to just have it be out in public in a way that like has no shame has no trepidation, no insecurity.”
“A little while before we went into lockdown, a boy in my class came up to me and said that his dad told him to stay away from Chinese people,” said The Linda Lindas’ drummer Mila, 10, into her microphone. “After I told him I was Chinese, he backed away from me. Eloise and I wrote this song about that experience.”
It’s easy to think about gender representation theoretically—but you really don’t understand just how much you’re missing until you see the opposite triumphantly rocking out in front of you. This is one of gifts of Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls LA.
Ms. spoke with DiFranco in the lead up to her April 18 livestream concert, celebrating the release of her new album Revolutionary Love. She spoke with us about poetry, feminism, domestic abuse, shame, allyship and places where vulnerability and strength can co-exist. She was calling in from New Orleans, with her children and dog moving through the background and her head newly shaved. Ms. spoke with DiFranco in the lead up to her April 18 livestream concert, celebrating the release of her new album Revolutionary Love. She spoke with us about poetry, feminism, domestic abuse, shame, allyship and places where vulnerability and strength can co-exist. She was calling in from New Orleans, with her children and dog moving through the background and her head newly shaved. At age 50, she could still feel traces of her younger self and “the epic journey” that led her there.