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Mike and I discuss the Prince Harry/Megan Markle engagement and the Shea Butter twitter reaction to it, and then we discuss Elon James White’s miscalculation when pandering to his audience.
Discussed in this episode:
- This is YG, the artist I couldn’t remember during the podcast, and the song he did with Drake I was trying to recall titled “Who Do You Love?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCJ5QDYPA80
- This is the song “Spar” I was describing by Dreezy ft. 6LACK, Kodak Black https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=391c5nWG5-0
- Yvette Carnell’s videos about Negro Whisperers. (1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rrCTjuNj3A; (2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZl6D9-2pgY; (3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5gRcUAkoL8; (4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMKU5mvr0aE; (5) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfEKIab6dyo
- The controversial Good Morning American tweet written by a black woman that was headlined “For many black women, Meghan Markle’s engagement offers ‘hope'” https://twitter.com/GMA/status/938257950342344704 and the article it linked to, now retitled: “After Meghan Markle’s engagement, some are celebrating” by Joi-Marie McKenzie http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/meghan-markles-engagement-black-women/story?id=51569550
- A thread I made on Twitter discussing the reactions by blue check black women in media in real time: https://twitter.com/RickyRawls/status/935668653634347008
- The Black American woman who married an Ethiopian prince only a month prior that none of these women even cared about http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4985638/Woman-marries-Ethiopian-prince-met-nightclub.html
A collection of articles written by black women in mainstream media, as well as complilations of their online reactions that appeared. Based on these reactions, is it a reach to say these women were communicating an image of black women desperate for white validation? Is there a notable difference between “celebrating” and “being overjoyed” and finding “hope” when reading these reactions? Let us know.
- A thread I made on twitter compiling many times black media feminists actually used the word “hope” to describe the wedding:
- “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement is even more proof that black women can have their happily ever after” by Elizabeth Wellington, a black woman. Says the engagement “gives her life” http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/elizabeth_wellington/meghan-markle-engagement-prince-harry-race-20171127.html
- Probably the worst of the bunch, “Meghan Markle’s Magic” by Kendra James http://www.shondaland.com/live/a13945937/meghan-markle-prince-harry-engaged/. More of James’ problematic writing here http://www.shondaland.com/live/a13087769/colin-farrell-breakfast-lunch-dinner/. She’s also written about her love of Hamilton http://the-toast.net/2015/10/01/race-immigration-and-hamilton/ as being great for black people and her love of cosplaying at comic conventions as Hamilton characters https://splinternews.com/why-i-dressed-in-hamilton-cosplay-for-comic-con-1793860676
- “‘Coming to America was fictional, but this is going to be real’: Black American women react to Meghan Markle’s royal wedding to Prince Harry,” a compilation of reactions from black women in media, many of whom are interviewed in several of these articles for some reason. Read their quotes and see if they are not portraying an image that things looked hopeless for black women until this http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/meghan-markle-prince-harry-royal-wedding-black-american-women-mixed-race-marriage-a8088306.html
- Elle magazine article “What Meghan Markle’s Royal Engagement Means to 16 Black Women: “Although it alone doesn’t solve systemic social problems, representation matters.” by Chloe Hall, a black woman, compiling takes from 16 other black women in media and academia. http://www.elle.com/culture/a13953908/meghan-markle-engagement-women-of-color/
- “Why black women are celebrating Meghan Markle’s engagement” by Ashley Stoney, a black woman https://thelily.com/why-black-women-are-celebrating-meghan-markles-engagement-b71be3e90a2a
- “An American Black woman is about to join the Royal Family, and I’m celebrating” by L’Oreal Thompson Payton https://hellogiggles.com/love-sex/weddings/meghan-markle-black-woman-royal-family/
- Tweets by a black woman media personality https://twitter.com/sheistyler/status/936962610410467328 and https://twitter.com/sheistyler/status/935129215829270528. She claims the engagement shows her black women “deserve love” and a “happy ending” and calls it her “Superbowl.”
- Harper’s Bazaar collecting a bunch of Shea Butter Twitter reactions http://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a13937644/meghan-markle-black-member-royal-family-reactions/
- Cosmo article “Meghan Markle Will Be Britain’s First Half-Black “Princess” and I’m Living for It: Mixed, American, and royal. I’m over the dang moon.” by Ashley Nedd, a black woman http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/a13938015/meghan-markle-first-black-princess/
- Salon article “Now we have a princess: Why a royal Meghan Markle matters” by Melanie McFarland, a black woman writer https://www.salon.com/2017/11/28/now-we-have-a-princess-why-a-royal-meghan-markle-matters/
- Another article written by a black woman, this time at the feminist website Bustle, using the word “hope”: https://www.bustle.com/p/meghan-markles-engagement-to-prince-harry-centers-black-women-in-the-fantasy-romantic-narrative-5556083
- Screencaps of Elon James White screwing up: https://twitter.com/Dannichka/status/935362561679249408