I wanted to ask her about being a young black woman with power in America but it seemed somehow wrong to speak of this; maybe she was postracial now. So I directed my question to a younger Rihanna, and asked if she had suddenly felt aware of race in a different way when she moved to New York. She hesitated, and when I nervously began to apologize, she interrupted. ‘
‘You know, when I started to experience the difference — or even have my race be highlighted — it was mostly when I would do business deals.’’ Business deals. Meaning that everyone’s cool with a young black woman singing, dancing, partying and looking hot, but that when it comes time to negotiate, to broker a deal, she is suddenly made aware of her blackness. ‘‘And, you know, that never ends, by the way. It’s still a thing. And it’s the thing that makes me want to prove people wrong. It almost excites me; I know what they’re expecting and I can’t wait to show them that I’m here to exceed those expectations.’’ She sounded like a young black professional trying to make it in the corporate world, and I guessed she was — just on a very different scale. ‘‘But I have to bear in mind,’’ she continued, looking right at the voice recorder, ‘‘that those people are judging you because you’re packaged a certain way — they’ve been programmed to think a black man in a hoodie means grab your purse a little tighter. For me, it comes down to smaller issues, scenarios in which people can assume something of me without knowing me, just by my packaging.’’
Source: A Very Revealing Conversation With Rihanna – The New York Times
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Long time since we released MADE IN HARLEM (Winter Chill Part 2) but a lot of people like this series so we finally have Part 3! Click here MADE IN HARLEM (Winter Chill Part 3) for the latest free download podcast on iTunes mixed by RhythmDB for Harlem Condo Life. This heartfelt selection of music is perfect for Valentine’s Day but also good for all year long. On this Podcast you will hear songs by…
Rihanna, Frank Ocean, Faith Evans, Sade, Solange, Raheem DeVaughn, The Floacist, Robin Thicke, Wiz Khalifa, Mary J Blige, Keyshia Cole, Eric Benet, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Daddy Yankee, J. Alvarez, Kanye West, The Weekend and more.
Wishing you and yours a happy and soulful Valentine’s Day!
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I am a huge fan of Bad Horse Pizza. I’ve talked it up to all of my friends. And it’s now a favorite when having friends over for dinner. And my experience with the food, the service, etc has always been STELLAR. Which is why I was surprised that I was unable to get through to them on Sunday night when I tried to order my favorite meal with which to watch the annual Billboard Music Awards. There was simply no way to get past the busy signal. I hope this is because their food is just so good that they could not keep the phones on the hook. Having said that I also hope they increase phone capacity so that early adopters like me can keep enjoying the food and spreading the work about how much we love this place.
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