Spice Tackles Colorism In Daring New Music Video

Spice is known for her Acrobatic stage presence and undeniable endurance but the International dancehall artist recently sent social media into a frenzy for after unexpectedly releasing a photo appearing to have bleached her skin. The internet wasted no time expressing how they felt about Spice’s new look, memes quickly circulated calling the singer salt instead of spice. With a blonde wig and much lighter skin than her deep brown complexion, Spice took to Instagram to promote her new single “Black Hypocrisy” to dispel the bleaching rumor that grew legs over night.

Spice is no stranger to stirring up controversy and her bleached white skin was only a PR stunt to showcase the dangerous realities of colorism within the Black community. The dangerous act of skin bleaching has grown exponentially in Black and brown communities all around the world. Lessening the concentration of melanin in the skin with the use of soaps and topical creams, the promotion of lighter skin in hopes to obtain beauty is as old as white supremacy itself. This practice has become increasingly prominent in the Caribbean and Jamaica’s own Spice tackles the issue head on.

In “Black Hypocrisy” Spice exposes that she was told if her skin was lighter she would be more successful. During a make shift press conference in the video below, Spice states that she had a dream that Black women would start supporting each other more, rather than bashing each other. She goes on to say the hate that receives about her dark skin is from other black women and men. With the constant pressure to conform to societies standards of beauty, Spice reappears as white in order to be accepted by her own people. Surrounded around beautiful Black women of all shades the ladies protest the black hypocrisy that takes place within black culture concerning colorism. Answering to a much larger issue of self hate in degradation “Black Hypocrisy” is not only a song with obvious deep meaning, it has sparked the need for much a conversation about colorsim on a global scale. Well played, Spice.

Kanye West says he is distancing himself from politics

Three weeks after a bizarre White House meeting with US President Donald Trump, rapper Kanye West says he is distancing himself from politics.

Key points:
•West tweeted said he felt he was used to spread messages he doesn’t believe in
•He added that he will be focusing on being creative
•West has previously said he and Mr Trump share “dragon energy”

West, Mr Trump’s biggest celebrity supporter, had said the President made him feel “like a superhero”, and that wearing the Trump campaign’s iconic red Make America Great Again hat gave him power.

But in a series of tweets, West has seemingly backflipped, claiming that he feels like he has “been used” for his influence.

“My eyes are now wide open and now realise I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in,” he tweeted, without specifically mentioning Mr Trump or the Republican party.

He added that he would now be distancing himself from politics to focus on being creative.

West — who once claimed he would run for the US presidency in 2020 — also sought to distance himself from a new campaign that seeks to draw African-Americans away from supporting the Democrat Party

The singer and fashion designer, who has said he is bipolar, also said he “never wanted any association” with the campaign launched last weekend, called Blexit.

West, 41, was linked to the campaign after its leader, conservative activist Candace Owens, said he had designed the logo for the movement’s hats and T-shirts.

“I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it so she used mine,” West tweeted on Tuesday. “I have nothing to do with it.”

West posted his comments just a week before US midterm elections on November 6 and after months of erratic behaviour, including describing slavery as a choice . SOURCE: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-31/kanye-west-says-he-is-distancing-himself-from-politics/10451460

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Video: Kanye West said Donald Trump made him feel like a “superhero”. (ABC News)

On October 11, he met Mr Trump in the Oval Office and launched into a rambling 10-minute-long speech carried live on television in which he said Mr Trump made him feel like a superhero and referenced the existence of an alternate universe.

Earlier in the year, West posted a picture of himself wearing the MAGA hat, said he and Mr Trump shared “dragon energy” and said he loved the President like a brother.

Rapper Kanye West shows President Donald Trump a photograph on his phone of a hydrogen plane in the Oval Office.
Photo: West showed Mr Trump a photo of a hydrogen plane and urged him to replace Air Force One. (AP: Evan Vucci)

After widespread criticism of his comments, he released a song with T.I, where he defended his support of Mr Trump and slammed the idea that “all Blacks gotta be Democrats.”

His wife, Kim Kardashian, was a public supporter of Hillary Clinton during her 2016 campaign and has previously distanced herself from her husband’s ties to Mr Trump.

She also visited the White House earlier this year and pushed Mr Trump to grant a pardon for a drug offender.

Wakanda Forever! Black Panther Strikes Again

Undoubtedly, the most talked about film of this year and one that filled me with so much pride as I took my family along to the cinema to see Marvel’s first black superhero film Black Panther. With a stellar British and American cast, bright colours and attention to the vibrant culture, it was a cinematic event not to miss… and if you haven’t seen it yet, then it is available to download and watch on Sky Cinema.

Black Panther, centring on T’Challa, the king of an fictional African country, was an outsized success both commercially and critically. The film which starred Chadwick Boseman as the titular hero, grossed $700 million in the USA and more than $1.3 billion worldwide, and is also a contender for the Oscars. The movie became a defining cultural moment, especially for the black community. I mean when was the last time, you have seen thousands of black boys, girls, men and women lining up to see a film, some even doning Kente prints and afrocentric hairstyles to get a dose of the action?

The storyline for Black Panther 2 is a mystery, but whatever the next instalment has in store for us, we will be not be disappointed as Ryan Coogler can choose to stray from the comic book story.  There’s no core Black Panther narrative to follow, and with the comic book portrayal of T’Challa veering from troubled monarch fighting white supremacists to bold adventurer who fights yeti and samurai alike to superior strategist outthinking Iron Man and ever onward, there are any number of directions a second Panther movie could take and still claim to be true to the comic book source material.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige was obviously keen to sign him up again for the sequel. “We definitely want Ryan to come back and that’s actively being worked out right now” Sources say the plan at this stage is for Coogler to write the script next year with an eye to start production in either late 2019 or early 2020.

Marvel and parent company Disney, however, have not made any official announcements about Marvel’s slate of movies beyond the release of the next Avengers film in May 2019 and a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel in July — and plans could shift.

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