Last week, a young man yelled a racist slur at Kanye West's wife, calling her a "n*gger lover." As disrespectful as this incident was, it serves as a reality check for Kanye and his ilk. The man who made the N-word rhyme with "Gold Digger" for a hit song now laments having to "raise my daughter around ignorance and flat-out blatant racism." Cry me a river, Kanye! It is high time hip-hop honchos had their consciousness awakened. Jay-Z, Yeezy and many more have propagated this mess. The bitch they rap about -- her name is Karma.
Drake was recently announced as the new "global ambassador" for the Toronto Raptors. In doing this, Drake showed loyalty to his hometown NBA team. He also took a critical step in building his personal brand. This was a terrific move to add breadth to his career and leave open a path for a post-music career.
Beyonce's Mrs. Carter Show tour caused all sorts of feminist handwringing in February when it was announced that she would be titling after her married name. But after seeing the show, I can say that no amount of throwback visuals or wifey proclamations could change the fact that even if girls don't run the actual world, they sure do run the Mrs. Carter tour. So while some might see the use of "Mrs." as regressive, Beyonce is just saying that yes, she is married and no, she doesn't feel the need to overcompensate about it because she's in a relationship of equals and doesn't see the superficiality of a married name undermining the reality of her life.
International Women's Day is all about pausing to reflect on our achievements in the long-standing effort to create equality between men and women. For over a decade, Beyonce has been singing about girls and women being independent. However, when I found out last month that the megastar and girl power proponent was calling her tour the 'Mrs. Carter Show' I thought I was going to short circuit.
In a speech recently delivered in Westminster, a UK MP, Chuka Umunna, shook conventional assessments of urban gangs by focusing on the "entrepreneurial zeal" that drives gang members and their illicit activities. In light of the recent Eaton Centre shootings, our Canadian politicians seem to have largely adopted the position that those involved in gangs are hopelessly and permanently corrupted.
Only a few months ago, it seemed that Obama was losing his tight grip over the world of entertainment, and especially liberal Hollywood. But Obama's support for gay marriage back in May was met with applause from the Hollywood community. It's not the first time that celebrity endorsements have played such an important role in election, but for Obama, they're his lifeline.