I consider art a broad spectrum. So many things can be considered art such as music, painting, sketches, dancing, and writing. What about fashion though? I think fashion fits all of the elements of art. We’re talking about dealing with colors, patterns, styles, and textures. You mix the right colors, patterns, styles, and textures you come out with a stunning outfit. Also, like the other traditional art forms fashion is a form of expression. Who doesn’t express themselves through the style of clothes they wear? Often times I have dressed to fit my mood. Sometimes I may feel like a hipster so I throw my little beanie on. Sometimes I may feel a little afrocentric so I let my fro loose and wear some big hoop earrings. It’s all about how the clothes make you feel and how you want to express yourself. Also, much like art, fashion can make a statement whether it be political or social. Think about the #BlackLivesMatter shirts or even shirts that promote your favorite band. Fashion is all worth it because it’s your own form of expression.
What are book snobs you may ask? A book snob is a person that looks down on a person’s choice of reading material. A prime example of a book series that gets a lot of controversy is the Fifty Shades books. A lot of “real” readers like to call these books trash with no real substance and badly written. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I actually really enjoyed these books. These books made me feel things I had never felt before while reading a book if you get my drift *wink wink*. Those books made me feel naughty while reading them and so I got an enjoyable experience out of them, which is what reading is about. Reading is about escaping reality and going through an experience, and the Fifty Shades books did that for me. Honestly, I don’t remember too much of her writing style so I can’t comment on whether or not the books were poorly written I just know that as a “serious” reader I thoroughly enjoyed them. I don’t mind reading classics but I also don’t mind reading “smut” once in a while. We can’t be serious all of the time. So I say to whatever your reading preference allow people to enjoy what they enjoy. To each their own!
- Get serious about my writing.
- Dedicate quality time to my writing…at least 30 minutes a day to start off
- Write something for this blog everyday (I’ve been slacking…sorry)
- Submit my work to different magazines
- Enter some writing contests
- Connect with people in the writing world
My emphatic answer is YES! For me art and politics go hand in hand. Art is a platform in which politics can stand and be understood. In an earlier post I wrote about the rise and fall of my beloved Eminem after his freestyle about Trump at the BET Awards. Em is still getting backlash from that. People are saying that Eminem needs to stay out of politics and stick with music and these comments are not just said about Eminem but also about other celebrities who decide to use their voice and status to bring light to certain issues that otherwise wouldn’t be heard. People who make these commenta are quite frankly ignorant. For one, Trump isn’t the first president that Em went ham on. Does no one remember his deliberate attack against former president George W. Bush in his song “Mosh”? In my opinion music has always been political. I can think of many artists/musicians who have written songs with a political message. I think of rap groups like N.W.A and Public Enemy and artists like Pink and there are so many others. I just don’t understand people who think that celebrities shouldn’t use their platform that they have to make a difference. I believe any form of art can be political you just have to know how to use your voice.
I just wrote this poem in less than 5 minutes. I was feeling a bit lonely and the words just came to me.
Can we talk?
I’m longing for more than just artificial words matched with artificial actions
Let’s talk about what is life
Our dreams, our goals
Let’s talk about books and music
Can we talk about our feelings?
Let’s talk about what drives us mad
Also what it means to be glad
How have we gone this long without discussing all of that
Can we talk?
I would love to talk about what love means to you
Who was it that hurt you
Can we talk?
Can we talk about me?
Ask me what it means to be me
How do I view love and we can talk about everything in between
I would just love to talk to you
So please can we talk with just us two
There has been recent controversy surrounding this classic novel by Harper Lee. No doubt most people have read this novel in school. I remember vaguely reading this book in 8th grade. However, I wanted to comment on the recent controversy surrounding the novel. School districts in Mississippi have banned the book because of its oh-so-real setting and themes that were common in the South like the way blacks were treated. I strongly disagree with banning books and especially this book because it’s a strong reflectiom what the South used to be and sometimes still is. In a way it’s like banning the book is an attempt to erase history and it’s not right.
Everyone is familiar with Eminem’s controversial freestyle rant about Donald Trump at the BET Hip Hop Awards a couple of months ago. His biggest fans were by his side all the way, appreciating his lyrical genius and his nerve to be so controverisal, although long time fans like myself know that Eminem has no problem with controversy and throwing every celebrity under the bus. Then of course there’s the other end of the spectrum filled with people who are more than likely Trump supporters who were outraged and making comments that summed up to this is Eminem’s desperate attempt to make himself relevant again. I’m not here to talk about Eminem’s freestyle about Trump. I want to shine a light on Eminem’s career and his (successful?) comeback. I’ve been an Eminem fan ever since I was a little girl. I’m a HUGE fan. His music was always so raw and real and mind blowing. A lot of his lyrics made you laugh or drop your mouth open because you couldn’t believe he just said that. He’s also probably been one of the most controversial rappers of our time. Gay and women rights groups have come up against Eminem in the past for promoting hate speech and still through it all I and everyone of his fans have supported him and his music because we feel like we know what he’s about. Now it’s 2017 and Eminem has a new album called “Revival” coming out in about a week. If I’m not mistaken this is his first album in a couple of years and I hate to be one of those fans, but judging by the songs that I have heard already I want the old Eminem back. I always said that true fans should support Eminem because even if the Slim Shady persona is dead Eminem has matured so we can’t expect the craziness like when Em first started out. I ask this though, to be a true fan do you have to like every song? I don’t think so. I think as fans we should demand quality from our favorite artists. We don’t have to kiss their butts. If we don’t like the direction an artist is going or the music he or she is putting out then we have the right to our opinion and I have to say that I am not feeling Eminem right now as much as it pains me to say that. I don’t like his new song with Beyoncé even though I fully understand the message of the song. I just can’t get into it and that’s alright. Hopefully, there are some songs on this new album that I can get into.