Blog Proposal Final (Updating Periodically) Keeping it Real

Jesse Shramenko

Professor Goncalves

Imagery and Culture: Keeping it Real


None of this material is out of a one-sided understanding of mass media. I cling not to my own understanding; I am a Christian now; and have participated in on-the-ground revolutionary activity with many-a-movements since the age of 17.

The blog proposal idea from me is on Melissa Harris Perry’s documentation of the crooked room in a novel she made called “Sister Citizen,” in which a psychological case study was done of people put in a room. The room Perry put people in was crooked, along with the chair folks sat in. In the room, crooked pictures existed as well; which they were told to straighten out along with themselves in the room. Some folks got close if not did; and some folks felt straight already without doing much or anything. Perry notes that– “…To the researchers’ surprise, some people could be tilted by as much as 35 degrees and report that they were perfectly straight, simply because they were aligned with images that were equally tilted….”

Perry relates the happening of “…standing in a crooked room…” to the oppression of Afrikan women “…and they have to figure out which way is up….” I agree that Afrikan women have known, and been victimized, by the reality Perry talks of, immensely and historically. I feel such a reality, in itself, exists across the board for women and men, of any background, due to humans treating other humans badly. I wish to provide criticism to a point she made in the same chapter about women shown in Hip Hop videos who convey themselves explicitly that Perry has described across the board to as “lewdness.” She specifically documents the words — “…It may be surprising that some gyrate in degrading hip-hop videos that reinforce the image of black women’s lewdness.”

I feel that there is a fine line between women who are not being treated badly, just making a music video, and the sexist implications that come with the exploitation of women; that there is a contrast. I feel that women, just like men, have sexual attractions towards each other. I don’t know how she meant the words; however, I’m documenting that Hip Hop videos should not be generalized as “degrading.” I also feel that such videos of women gyrating “…half-naked…” or not, that they do NOT “…reinforce the image of black women’s lewdness.” I feel there should also be a, more clear cut, documented, differentiation between a woman dancing sexually in a Hip Hop video, and “lewdness” of a woman actually in existence, whatever the situation.

I feel a good happening to start off with would be to place focus on musician “Nicki Minaj,” who Perry criticizes in the novel. Minaj is from Jamaica Queens, New York City, New York; signed to Cash Money Records. For a day, she became a high school principal in Chicago, Illinois at “Collins Academy High School,” teaching and mentoring folks. Reporter “Miss Info,” on the radio station, “FM 1/2 97.1 — WQHT, New York City,” also called “Hot 97,” made known that Nicki Minaj claimed that “she doesn’t mind that people are obsessed with her butt.” The claim Minaj made was said by Miss Info when talking of her job as principal for a day. That specific recording of her talking about it, I could not find.

If they haven’t already, I feel, that, if Hot 97 were to save Miss Info’s commentaries, it would add to credibility on the part of them. “FM 1/2 105.1” also called “Power 105.1” saves recordings they talk of on a program called “The Breakfast Club.” Miss Info obviously does a lot of research; if you ask me. Saving her commentaries online would allow people could get the news. As mentioned, that is done on Power 105.1 and other media outlets.

In the video of Minaj as High School-principal, “Sway Calloway,” who works for “MTV” (Music Television), is featured. The events surrounding Minaj’s one-day job as principal were covered by . It includes, as also mentioned, her mentoring of the youth-s and surrounding folks, about the entertainment business. Minaj talks about the “entertainment business” when advising people, in significant detail. Minaj said that “the key word is ‘business;’ because, if you look at it as ‘just entertainment’ you’ll fail.” Though a minor observation, young women dancing, and looking excited, that precursors gyrating, before Minaj’s appearance doesn’t make them lewd.

Related articles on Minaj’s one-day job as principal can be found at these links:

Two recently popular videos were made with Nicki Minaj flaunting her buttocks. One is with musician “Big Sean,” called “Ass.” She also has a track featured with musicians “Wale” and “Juicy J” called “Clappers.” These songs, I can see getting someone hot-blooded to dance, and they can be viewed below, in the order of tracks in this paragraph. —

— A woman, or man, could reject someone of the opposite sex at a dance or club event, which could be considered funny, cold, annoying, mean, or even lewd.

A lot of times, a joking inflection can be referenced about the action at the end of the day; it’s something that I feel nine times out of 10 doesn’t matter. I don’t think it’s an excuse to call Nicki Minaj lewd; if rejecting to dance with someone were to happen while one of her songs is playing. All she’s doing is expressing beauty, and making money, sometimes due to an article found on her body, sometimes not. Personally, if I were to father a daughter; then I would be a father to my daughter. As such, I would make clear, and be sure of therein, that she would know the difference between explicit conveyances of men and women, and dangerous situations men and women are put in.

“Remember that I’m just a man don’t follow me….” – musician “Immortal Technique”

If I have a daughter, and/or a son, who need me to remind them of a vivid difference, then I’d be glad to. That’s what a father is for, and I’d be glad to remind her of something crucial, I’d feel it would come with the territory. Below this paragraph are two pictures. The first picture I chose is one of Minaj photographed with three similar facial expressions, with alcoholic beverages on the left. Minaj is modeling in an advertisement for a company called “myx;” on the left, her name, the company, and product details are also displayed.


Below is an advertisement of an event that combats human trafficking. This advertisement states that “HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS SLAVERY IN THE MODERN WORLD.” If you ask me, slavery is slavery, including forced prostitution; a form of human trafficking. “…Guest speakers…Annie Robert….Liliane Kohl…” and “Samantha Garcia” was featured for the event. A situation, rather than a product, and an opinion on the product, is being documented in this image below. The advertisement says “BECOME MORE AWARE OF THE SITUATION AND FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP END MODERN SLAVERY.”


Alcohol gets people feeling warm and loose, whether the feeling is illusory or not. Human trafficking, done by a man, or a woman, is absolutely lewd to them-self and/or others; even the moving of people to another country, so-called “illegally,” implies lewdness on behalf of the border patrol, unless malnourishment is going on. I’m sure a difference can be seen between these two, aforementioned, images shown. Between an alcohol advertisement and an event combatting, and providing awareness of, the practice of human trafficking, I can document contrasts. A comparison between alcohol and prostitution is that alcohol is an aphrodisiac; therefore advertising alcohol, or a price on a human body, are both businesses that entail something sexual to a degree.

Though I feel that human trafficking is lewd, I’m, not, the ultimate decider of what lewdness is and what it isn’t. I’m not God. I do know that not everyone who drinks and/or advertises alcohol traffics people! I’ve been to places where women dance and alcohol is served. To touch upon a music video, I and friends were in the music video of the song “Swine Flu” by musicians “Mikey Jarrett” and “JD Smoothe” in New York City, New York; at a club where we were sitting and dancing in; a woman we were with left just like men had. The only uncomforting experience she felt, when we went to that club, was a result of many men flirting with her. Another time I went to an after-party that lasted until the early morning, after getting very drunk. After that party, women who were with us left, with us, and dispersed, Scott-free and unharmed; one who is involved in prostitution, buyer and/or seller, does not necessarily, and/or always have that freedom.

A quick cure for drunkenness is a burst of oxygen into the human body, via a mask hooked up to a machine. Combatting human trafficking, among praying, involves strategic planning to neutralize it. A relative told me of a movie of young girls that, were, kidnapped and forced into prostitution against their will. She told me about a specific part of that movie, in which a man exposed his genitalia to a young girl. At the sight of it, that same young girl jumped out of a window, causing her death, in the movie.

For a long time, sex selling has been a technique (including the legal practice of it) that’s has gotten lustful and motivated reactions from people. It can range from wanting watch a commercial, and possibly masturbate, or go to a restaurant. As a man, I and others witnessed have known of the fantasy of an attractive nurse in the hospital. An attractive psychiatrist, on another, yet related note, can have more patients than one many may consider to not be attractive.  As much as I, a man, like to look at women, like most fellow straight men do, women get fascinated by men too.

Sex selling in the world of media could be dangerous and destructive. In Nas’ song “I Can,” he provides things for young girls, who look mature or of the age of legal adulthood, to be aware of. In his second verse after the first playing of the hook, he says “…this is for grown-looking girls; whose only 10. The ones who watch videos and do what they see, as cute as can be; up in the club with fake ID. Careful ‘fore you meet a man with H.I.V. — you can host the T.V. like Oprah Winfrey! —

— Whatever you decide; be careful, some may be; rapists, or act your age; don’t pretend to be, older than you are. Give yourself time to grow, you; thinking he could give you wealth, but so, young boys, you could use a lot of help, you know. You’re thinking life’s all about smoking weed and ice. You don’t want to be my age; and can’t read and write; begging, different, women for a place to sleep at night. Smart boys turn to men, and do whatever they wish…”

A lot has just been documented just by reading the aforementioned words he spoke. In today’s day in age, more and more sugars are being put in food fed to young kids. Dancing sexually attracts boys, men, women, and girls younger than 11. I have seen such dancing attract a toddler family party, obviously everyone was safe. The trouble now is, young girls who eat these foods should expect to have their features accentuated.

Young girls, not even teenagers, walking around with features, is something to be aware of. A straight man, including myself, may think a girl that young with features “looks good for her age;” but some take it farther. As documented, Nas voices that, “…some may be, rapists, or act your age….” If a grown man or a grown woman is acting the same age as a 10-year old girl in the club, it’s something to look at; and watch out for. It begs the question — “Why is a 39-year old man or woman, acting like a 10-year old, in a nightclub, or even in general?”

If they are that immature in terms of judgment, have the same questions regarding a homework assignment or they are that persons’ mother/father, older sibling, family member in a different way, in most cases, it could be that, they are just playing around and appealing to the person. If not then, if they are someone who just met the individual, I wouldn’t doubt that, most likely, they’re looking, and trying, to get something. In the Old Testament, also known as The Book of Laws, in the Book of Proverbs, a woman who may very well be attractive, who talks and acts like she wants to engage in intercourse with any man, just like a man would think of when looking at a pretty lady, is warned about. Solomon tells his son in Chapter 7, Verses 25 and 26 “Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths For many are the victims she has cast down, And numerous are all her slain. ” Such is, a reason, why I feel author Melissa Harris Perry’s description of what she calls “the crooked room” applies to men and women when looking at stupid, and Earthly, dangers that may, among many things, stem from such a small thing as lust.

Hip Hop artists, and other musicians, have spoke of such a reality. We all like to go on the internet, friendly-flirt, and/or check out someone walking by. It’s always good, though, to not act foolish about stuff. Stuff includes trying to look or be a certain way in the sight of another member of the human species, or even in the regard to having a reaction to being victimized. In Perry’s book “Sister Citizen” she describes three stereotypes women have faced, that add to the crooked room.

“Don’t be a jerk….” — actor and musician “Tom Kenny”

The first she calls “Jezebel;” a promiscuous woman, the second she calls “Mammy;” a woman who takes care of younger strangers better than children she bears, the third she calls “Sapphire;” a woman who gets angry over little things that transpire and do not matter. These stereotypes of women are stupid, and, advertisers that exacerbate these stereotypes ought to stop doing that, period. While men may have been able to not be labeled these ways, it’s about time people stop engaging in slander amongst each other. Both men and women have engaged in slander towards each other.

The fact that such vulgarity of slander, stereotype, and awareness of backsliding, has existed, for a while, comes to no surprise that there’s redeeming quality of it. It’s sad to know that stereotypes of women have existed. It’s sad to know stereotypical, prejudicial, and racist judgments have been made in any regard. Engaging in slander includes, but is not limited to, the unfair-judgmental judgments made of interracial, spousal, family, and friendly relationships. In fact, in the Old Testament/Book of Laws, in the Book of Numbers, engaging in slander based on what man calls “race” is condemned by God; as is also done in the New Testament. I have shown the passage of where the subject, at hand,  in four biblical version, is documented; in images:


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1Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. 1Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman. 1Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman); 1And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. 1Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because of the Cushite woman he married (for he had married a Cushite woman).


2“Has the LORD spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the LORD heard this. 2And they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?” And the LORD heard it. 2and they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?” And the LORD heard it. 2And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it. 2They said, “Does the LORD speak only through Moses? Does He not also speak through us?” And the LORD heard it.


3(Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.) 3Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth. 3(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.) 3(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) 3Moses was a very humble man, more so than any man on the face of the earth.


4At once the LORD said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, “Come out to the tent of meeting, all three of you.” So the three of them went out. 4And suddenly the LORD said to Moses and to Aaron and Miriam, “Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting.” And the three of them came out. 4Suddenly the LORD said to Moses and Aaron and to Miriam, “You three come out to the tent of meeting.” So the three of them came out. 4And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out. 4Suddenly the LORD said to Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, “You three come out to the tent of meeting.” So the three of them went out.




5Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When the two of them stepped forward, 5And the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward. 5Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the doorway of the tent, and He called Aaron and Miriam. When they had both come forward, 5And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth. 5Then the LORD descended in a pillar of cloud, stood at the entrance to the tent, and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When the two of them came forward,


6he said, “Listen to my words: “When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams. 6And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the LORD make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. 6He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream. 6And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. 6He said:” Listen to what I say: If there is a prophet among you from the LORD, I make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream.


7But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. 7Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. 7“Not so, with My servant Moses, He is faithful in all My household; 7My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. 7Not so with My servant Moses; he is faithful in all My household.


8With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” 8With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” 8With him I speak mouth to mouth, Even openly, and not in dark sayings, And he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant, against Moses?” 8With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? 8I speak with him directly, openly, and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. So why were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?”


9The anger of the LORD burned against them, and he left them. 9And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them, and he departed. 9So the anger of the LORD burned against them and He departed. 9And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed. 9The LORD’s anger burned against them, and He left.




10When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriam’s skin was leprous –it became as white as snow. Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had a defiling skin disease, 10When the cloud removed from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, like snow. And Aaron turned toward Miriam, and behold, she was leprous. 10But when the cloud had withdrawn from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow. As Aaron turned toward Miriam, behold, she was leprous. 10And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous. 10As the cloud moved away from the tent, Miriam’s skin suddenly became diseased, as white as snow. When Aaron turned toward her, he saw that she was diseased


11and he said to Moses, “Please, my lord, I ask you not to hold against us the sin we have so foolishly committed. 11And Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, do not punish us because we have done foolishly and have sinned. 11Then Aaron said to Moses, “Oh, my lord, I beg you, do not account this sin to us, in which we have acted foolishly and in which we have sinned. 11And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned. 11and said to Moses, “My lord, please don’t hold against us this sin we have so foolishly committed.


12Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its mother’s womb with its flesh half eaten away.” 12Let her not be as one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes out of his mother’s womb.” 12“Oh, do not let her be like one dead, whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes from his mother’s womb!” 12Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother’s womb. 12Please don’t let her be like a dead baby whose flesh is half eaten away when he comes out of his mother’s womb.”


13So Moses cried out to the LORD, “Please, God, heal her!” 13And Moses cried to the LORD, “O God, please heal her—please.” 13Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, “O God, heal her, I pray!” 13And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee. 13Then Moses cried out to the LORD, “God, please heal her!”


14The LORD replied to Moses, “If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? Confine her outside the camp for seven days; after that she can be brought back.” 14But the LORD said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be shamed seven days? Let her be shut outside the camp seven days, and after that she may be brought in again.” 14But the LORD said to Moses, “If her father had but spit in her face, would she not bear her shame for seven days? Let her be shut up for seven days outside the camp, and afterward she may be received again.” 14And the LORD said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again. 14The LORD answered Moses, “If her father had merely spit in her face, wouldn’t she remain in disgrace for seven days? Let her be confined outside the camp for seven days; after that she may be brought back in.”




15So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on till she was brought back. 15So Miriam was shut outside the camp seven days, and the people did not set out on the march till Miriam was brought in again. 15So Miriam was shut up outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on until Miriam was received again. 15And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in again. 15So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on until Miriam was brought back in.


16After that, the people left Hazeroth and encamped in the Desert of Paran. 16After that the people set out from Hazeroth, and camped in the wilderness of Paran. 16Afterward, however, the people moved out from Hazeroth and camped in the wilderness of Paran. 16And afterward the people removed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the wilderness of Paran.

If God condemns something, I’m sure that what’s he’s condemning is wrong; wrong is crooked from right.

It’s not nice to know that if someone’s put in a room with a crooked chair, pictures, and a room, that the objective, straightening the pictures and the chair, is equated to women who face discrimination based on being women and, many-of-times, how they look like. Where I would draw criticism of Perry’s documentation in her novel, is that there is too much of a sensitivity, if you ask me, of offense being taken to half-naked women in hip-hop videos, or to call them lewd. Hip Hop videos are not always degrading, many times they are not degrading, and include women dancing sexually. I’m sure there’s been lustful or sexist depictions but to call hip-hop videos degrading is a little much coming from me. Hip Hop, for example, has a derision from Reggae, among many other musical genres, including Blues, Hard Bop, Soca, Funk, Disco (though the genre came about during a period of mad discontentment of Disco,), a-Capella singing, many other genres and physical elements as well. Hip Hop has influence in Pop music, a genre of music “Hip Pop” also exists today.

A branch of Reggae is “Dancehall” and beats are oftentimes fast as in many Hip Hop-songs. I’m confident that the musician “Sasha,” that had musician “Sean Paul” in the song “I’m Still in Love with You,” made thanks to God, that, itself, has a Roots (another branch of Reggae) feeling to it, in the beat,  was happy to make it. I’m confident that she had no problem looking and dancing the way she did. I feel the same way in regard to musician “Allison Hinds;” that she had no problem dancing or talking the way she did in the extended mix of the song Kevin Lyttle made thanks to God, called “Turn Me On.” To stay on topic, when regarding Hip-Hop that song had a Dancehall and Soca feeling to it in the beat.

In fact, if you ask me, Allison Hinds is a talented artist who seems to be very competent, mature, and together. I’m sure she is, or she would make, a great mother and wife.

The same musician made a song called “Roll it Gall” in which she tells women who listen to it to to thank God for still being alive, go to school, and graduate. That is not lewd!  In the remix of that song that featured musician “Elephant Man” he tells women to dance sexually, saying “shake that booty; turn it around; turn it around; back that thing up, one more time!” but the, aforementioned, things Hinds says are in both versions of the song. Dancing does not always have to be a conveyance of people acting lascivious and I feel Perry should address that. There should be some type of recognizance of the matter, especially when, specifically, as mentioned, Hinds sings “…go to school, girl, and get your degree…never let them abuse your body.” The opposite of lewdness is shown in the remix of a song Hinds is featured in. It is the remix of the song “Indrani” by musician “Moses Charles,” made thanks to God. Charles, in both versions of the song, asks  a woman why she is “horning” (teasing and adulterating) him.

Musician “Destiny” made a responding track called “Moses Boy.” In the remix of Indrani, however, that had only Moses Charles and Allison Hinds, made thanks to God, she says, point blank, “Moses, I sorry; that I horn you;….Moses, boy, you’re a sweetheart. It ain’t; nothing you do. I was a little selfish; but I, really, do love you….Honey, I; ready to come back to our home; and put back on me ring; ’cause I hate being alone. I; callin’ a taxi to come pick up me; clothes, this is a serious thing ’cause boy; I comin; back home…..I am so sorry, mommy, ’cause i’m not that kind of girl. Something just came over me, I know; that I; wreck; your world. It’s not your fault boy. It’s not your fault boy. I’m telling you now; it’s not your fault boy. You didn’t feel me; so please, forgive me. It’s not your fault boy. It’s not your fault boy!” Surely lewdness is being combated in such a song; this one. This is the same woman, Allison Hinds, who in Lyttle’s song greets him, saying and asking “Hey boy! You want to wine with this Bajan girl?…” and Kevin Lyttle says “…oh yeah!”

Women shouldn’t be judged just because they have sexual attractions as much as men do, or be called lewd for it, all the time, in any instance. That’s unfair. It includes Hip-Hop videos. Such brings me to the first music video I would like to show in this blog post, called “Doo Wop” by Lauryn Hill. On the left she and folks are wearing 1960’s-style clothing and dancing the way folks did in that generation, along with played and sung musical styling’s, along with dancing (1967.) On the right she, and folks, are engaging in the same ways of such from the late 1990’s (1998.) She’s wearing a very attractive dress on the right side, but she’s talking to women asserting her humanity, and talking to men in the same way, telling both genders effected by sex selling, to grow up! What difference does the dress she wore make other than the fact that she looks attractive? She looks attractive in the 1968 dress-style as well.

Perry offers to the reader an alternate explanation of Thomas Hobbes’s view of what has been referred to as “the state of nature.” Hobbes viewed it as “solitary, nasty, poor, brutish and short.”  The aforementioned, alternate, explanation is from Hannah Arendt who claims that “people are able to shoulder the burden of self-government because the public sphere offers a particular, indivisible, nontransferable good that is otherwise unavailable to them: recognition.” I feel the point made from Arendt, thanks to God, can be depicted by the music video Hill made. Recognition is being shown for both women and men being talked to by a woman who is being friendly and honest about everything she is saying, and asking. When Hill asks men who don’t act right “how you gon’ win; when you ain’t right within?” that question and many other questions are so easily recognized in terms of what’s being asked and the validity, thanks to Chirst, behind it.

“I recognize you trying to look like someone else, buying hair-weaves, and that your nails are done to look the way they don’t initially appear.”

Lauryn Hill while talking to people with love is putting very serious examples out of things one can deem “crooked,” on Front Street. Recognition of someone saying to someone “wake up knucklehead” is something to be loved. A missed conversation or, a missed, display of reproof, including such (Doo Wop — Lauryn Hill) could otherwise lead to anorexia, along with panic attacks, or trying to look attractive in front of people and taking unhealthy and unusual measures in the process. A perfect example is the description artist Hell Rell makes of a woman named “Tajuana” in the song “Life in the Ghetto.” He describes her features as a woman, things a man or woman would say, that “…her ass was dumb fat; and she was so pretty.

She used to run around thinking she the shit. If you; was spending money, she was leaving with you quick! That’s when she met a baller; he always called her; Gucci, Prada, this n***a used to spoil her, so she gave him some pus$y ’cause he said she was prettier; then he stopped calling; that’s when she got skinnier…..” The next bar he uses combats that reality; coming from a man; “….if you don’t get the picture I can’t paint it for you clearer. Cause real n****z always look they-self in the mirror.”

Gucci and Prada are extremely advertised and high standards of luxury are often attributed to it. Quite frankly I think that’s stupid. I also am someone who likes all types of women; I don’t discriminate. It’s bad that the United States has advertisements that glorifies thin women. A big woman is hot too, and beauty should be attributed to all types of human women for the human species so that there will be less women, and men, who go anorexic.

A crooked situation certainly confronted Tajuana. One of sex being the objective as talked about by Hill. In fact a baller originally was defined in the English language as someone who had sex with women in whorehouses. It was typically done while live Blues music was being played. Having sex with the woman in the process was called “ballin.'” That is not to say these definitions are the only terms for them now. A baller also is a term, nowadays, that applies to basketball players who enjoy the support, and oftentimes play for money amongst friends, or others they don’t know. Ballin’ is also a term nowadays used for someone who has a lot of money. I’m sure Tajuana like anyone deserves a loving, caring, and supportive, spouse whether they had a lot of money to spend on her or not,  and are happy to spend it, and protect her.

She’s a woman.

“Life that you’a live many man; would prefer. ‘Nuff would rather live to be a teacher or doctor; or an artist, or a baller.” — musician “Peetah Morgan”

It goes just like a man deserves a woman who would want to stick by him and provide as much support as she can as he does for her. That’s why I think there’s nothing wrong when someone says to a man “man-up.” I know a mother who told someone to “woman-up” when she noticed things about the woman she was addressing, that she felt she should consider. People looking out for each other, giving each other reproof, and the objective of the reproof being applied, straightens a lot of crooked rooms and situations. Such can be said in terms of perception and architecture.

In the movie “Undercover Brother” the main character asks what is behind a strong Black man, the answer in-mind was, “a strong Black woman.” That’s a solid foundation for a relationship. It reaffirms Perry’s conveyance of terms used towards Black women, that constitute slander, as myths, such as “haters” “gold-diggers” or “overly demanding.” If a solid relationship exists between two people, a man, and a woman, any ethnicity, and they are in it till death and love each other, there is no hating, gold-digging, or overly-demanding things about anything at all. Those two love each other, live with each other, and if these things are true of them, they most-likely have a kid or more-of (kids.)

Such leads me to the next music video I would like to show in this presentation thanks to God. “Must be Nice” by Lyfe Jennings shows a man getting out of jail, being told not to come back by an inmate, or so much as “look back.” In the song he describes a woman who is down for a man through thick and thin. “Despite your faults…despite what they’ve heard…someone you don’t have to tell you don’t want to be alone…someone whose smile is bright enough to make the projects feel like a mansion….someone who talks the talk; but, also, walks the walk…..someone who understands that a thug has feelings too…you just remember to never let ’em go….and all, those, gold-digging women, will disappear….she’ll still be here.” The setting that resembles the prison, suggesting he was in, is flashed back to at the end of the video.

Folks are cheering him on, someone is playing music, the same song, like him. Everyone is expressing thanks, gratitude, and love amongst each other that a friend has became successful and his song, thanks to God, is being played in a celebratory-supportive way, while everyone is chilling out and happy. It is being expressed by everyone, most of who are giving each other dap, shaking hands, and Jennings finishes the song in an audience of many. Jennings asks “‘Toledo’ must be what?” They answer “must be nice!”

Parents like that are exactly such. People who have a bond like that become parents. My mom and dad are like that. They are good parents. My mom likes the song I Can by Nas, and expressed much approval when he said “…if the truth is told; the youth can grow. They’ll learn to survive until they gain control. Nobody says you have to be gangsters, hoes; read more, learn more change the globe.”

A parent like that and another parent down with the other parent, their husband/wife, is a great parent to their child.

Something that would address lewdness, especially if it were to happen in a marriage would be the topic of the song “Reckless” by musicians “Afrika Bambaata,” and “ub40” and a female, musician and family member in which a woman he describes as his girlfriend dumps him and looks for other men to dance with at a club or dance event. The woman playing the part of his girlfriend at the time sings “..Mister; get away from me! I need a man, that knows how to groove.” That’s just annoying, and though something like that has probably happened to everyone, it is something to be careful of. While it might not make a woman, whose just being a young woman, lewd, it would be a different story if  they were married. If you ask me that would then make her an adulterer, in which things done, and ramifications, could be serious. An adulterer is lewd, a woman strutting her stuff in a Hip Hop video, is not married, and engages in an open relationship way is just being a young woman; it doesn’t automatically make her lewd. That doesn’t mean she’s not doing something relatively dangerous and possibly detrimental, such is focused on when ub40 claims “you can bet all along all she; want; is your money; so listen, take heed to what I say; with or without you the girl is o-k.” That song can be found here: If she is money-hungry, not married, and doing that to men, it’s a low thing to do, but if she’s not married she’s just being a girl.

“Never give a girl money.” — Omar Al-Scheckli

There is another female musician that contrasts Perry’s calling of Hip Hop videos degrading, and women in them lewd. I will let you know for a fact that musician “Jean Grae” is NOT a lewd woman. A picture of herself, that is very sexy, exists in a slide-show music video made. So what? In a song she made with musician “Talib Kweli” called “Black Girl Pain” (slide-who video of that song has her picture) she promotes and embraces the struggle of Afrikan women. She claims flat-out “…Black girls raise up your hands, the world should clap for us….” She talks of how much she loves and appreciates musician “Masta Ace” in the song “Hold U;.” and loved him before they were even together. She says “…You should’ve known from way back I tried to amp [put in a good word for] you…n****z starting rumors like we ain’t; chillin’; or split up when you; been writing poems for me; just to shut they; lip up….but it’s the way you speak to me. It’s like we; on the same frequency, and when you hold me; you make me peep….”

Here is a different picture of her than the one, previously, documented:


Now that I have reached the subject of her with documentations; for some time, I made a slideshow video; myself on musicians “Talib Kweli” and “Jean Grae” on their song “Black Girl Pain.” In Kweli’s verse bars are spit that convey general upliftment and friendship, alluding to few of Perry’s points made in her novel; in Jean Grae’s verse, bars are spit that touch on what Perry has made, and has also dug deeper in terms of her history and realities faced by Afrikan women. It was a pleasure making, and recording, the slide-show video for this song, a lot of facts; interesting concepts to note, comforting sentiments, and a good vibrational energy was felt off of doing the slide-show video for this that i’ve heard many times. There are, indeed, many pictures of cities in Afrika that are first -world, that the U.S.-government, or a fraudulent scam-based organization, will never show you; and they ought to; because not doing so is an implication of stereotype. The fact of the matter is, Afrika is the richest continent on the planet; and many people who live there are very-well educated; the wealth is just being robbed from the continent; compassing most of the countries; at-nauseum. Some of us are familiar nice places in Afrika including Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, or Johannesburg, South Africa [Azania], and among others, Timbuktu, Mali. Grae, who is from South Africa [Azania] and has traveled back there made me familiar of two first-world countries off the coast of Afrika; part of the continent; they are Mauritius, in the Indian ocean, and St. Helena, in the Atlantic Ocean; these countries are so beautiful, and they show how life would be like if every Afrikan country were to be a self-determining one, rather than the majority of these countries being under neo-colonial puppetry.

How many crooked realities can be combated through the, basic, right and principle of a righteous; self-determining government?

Below depicts pictures of Mauritius and St. Helena , below these pictures is the slide-show video of Black Girl Pain by Talib Kweli and Jean Grae:

Mauritius and St. Helena, Afrika


On the side of men being stereotyped as things that don’t apply to them as a whole, there is a song by musician “T.I.” called “Doin my Job” that combats bias towards men hustling products on the streets, including “ecstasy” and “crack” T.I. asserts that these practices are done for survival, paying the bills, and supporting families. T.I. affirms “….We don’t like it; no more than you that we live like this….”

That song is here:

I feel such is proof that the reality of a “crooked room” doesn’t only apply to Afrikan women. Though many Afrikan women have been victimized by the reality Perry talks of in metaphoric relation to the psychological study. I feel it is faced by all. Certainly any drug dealer who has known poverty, or not, can resonate with the hard times T.I. references, including having to pay high-cost bills at an age as young as one who goes to high school as well as being looked down upon, or has lived with a stereotype, or human-judgment put upon them that is unfair. There are humans of both genders who sell drugs. It is a statistical fact that over 70% of drug dealers in the United States are Caucasian.

We have all dealt with jerks in our lives. I’m pretty sure many drug dealers know what it’s like to feel inadequate, or to be slandered unfairly and untruly.

Another musician known as “Jah Cure” was accused of raping a woman. Folks claimed there to be evidence of him being innocent. Musician “Peetah Morgan,” of musician-troupe “Morgan Heritage,” in their song “Tell Me How Come” flat-out stated “Jah Cure they’a jail; and the  prosecution; know he’s innocent and shouldn’t be there…” Musician “QQ” also stated, in his song, “Mr. Babylon” on behalf of Jah Cure “Free up; Jah cure, let the rising star shine, position unu (you know) fi (to) stop art-line-punch-line…” implying that the musical success he (Jah Cure) attained contributed to accusations against him, a similar situation may have very well faced basketball athlete “Kobe Bryant.” Either way, in his song “Reflection” he says “‘…’Cause I swear, I can be a better man. I swear. If only you could understand….” He also sings about the reason of his incarceration and of the cruel, judgmental, aspect of this world, singing about “…the price all day to remind. Impossible to see the changes, that I made in my life. All they see is just a boy; they left behind….”

That song can be found here:

He’s free now, and seems to be at peace in earlier music videos done of him, recently.

All of such being documented, the next video i’m going to embed consists of an episode off of the; television; network known as “Adult Swim” called “Delocated.” That show is about a man in the witness protection program, who lost everything, being de-located to New York City, New York, U.S.A. — and overcame it. The story is fictional and is well-done by a man named, who I feel is very creative, “Jon Glaser.” The episode is from the first season of the show; in which Russian-mafia boss “Yvgeny Mirminsky” (played by actor-“Eugene Mirman”) was assigned to kill “Jon” the main character. The episode deals with facing support from people who understand where Jon is coming from; and sympathize with him, resonating with his previous actions in the episode. The episode is called “Members Only” — it also has the song(s) called “Maggot Brain” by musicians composed of the band known as “Funkadelic;” one version is live from the album “One Nation Under a Groove” (first song) and the other version is from the album “Maggot Brain.” The third is from the shorter, music-video used, version of “My Story” by Jean Grae. Towards relevancy in this project, it conveys the feelings of inadequacy, from Jon, his new-found friends, and the artists mentioned in the background songs, snippets of audio from the episode itself are also used.

Here is the video below:

These are real, crooked, situations faced by men. It doesn’t always, as mentioned, have to be about someone’s gender or the way they look like to deal with something crooked. In a song made by musician “Tupac” called “To my Unborn Child” he says “…there ain’t no way in hell; that I could ever be a rapist. It’s hard to face this, cold world on a good day; when will they let the little kids in the ‘hood play….” The half-bar he says after combats such crookedness, in which he said “I got shot, five times but I’m still breathing. Living proof; there’s a God if you need a reason.”

Another thing to note is Tupac’s question, that is begged, and stated upfront, “honestly, why can’t kids in the ‘hood play?” The allowance of kids in the neighborhood to play is one that’s proven to be a relaxant on the parents/watchers, and healthy activity for the kids. A playground called “Sheltering Arms Playground,” exists next to church “St. Mary’s Church” in Harlem, New York City, New York  on 126th street, between Old Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. Many kids play in this playground. The aforementioned relaxant, healthy activity for the kids, and in turn, beneficiary exists, practically, every afternoon; while parents and friends socialize and kick back.

A picture of this park has been embedded below:

Sheltering arms Playground

A poet I had the pleasure, thanks to God, of watching and listening to, at “Free Da Mic” an event that used to take place, monthly, at the Afrikan Poetry Theatre, in Jamaica Queens, New York City, New York, made a very good, 10 minute spoken word piece about male rape victims. In his poem he spoke the fact, according to his findings, that “…70 percent of males are rape victims….” Musicians “Cam’Ron” and “Juelz Santana” are victims of child molestation. Cam’Ron expresses resistance to the practice in a freestyle done with the group he’s with “Dipset” on the television network, and media-outlet, “B.E.T.[‘s]”  “Rap City the basement” in which he says “…all he ever did was clap with his hands. He’ll get butt-raped, duct-taped; the Micheline Man; bastard!….” Juelz Santana also speaks out against rape, implied, in the song “Dipset Anthem/Gangsta Music” with musicians “Cam’Ron” and “The Diplomats” in which he says “…Today’s a new day!

Got the Boule up in a suitcase!” The “Boule” is known as the “Sigma Pi Phi” fraternity that, for a long time, was run by W.E.B. DuBois. Men are raped by other men in order to get initiated into the Boule. That’s just sad, especially considering how many people look up to him (DuBois) as a role model and how many good things have been done because of him. DuBois was against Marcus Garvey’s ideology and ran the Boule with the intention of getting people away from him. Garvey, founded the U.N.I.A. (Universal Negro Improvement Association) that was giving employment to many Afrikans in a time when such employment prospects in other areas, for Afrikans in the United States, were scarce, (mid-1900’s). Garvey won solidarity in many places.

How crooked of a reality is it for men and women who are proud, good-intentioned, “N.A.A.C.P.” members, of which DuBois was a founder? Thank God for Ida B. Wells, another founder of the N.A.A.C.P. Musician “Jay-Z” is said to be a part of this fraternity (Sigma Pi Phi.) Before the Boule he was in a fraternity that is now called the “Ancient Egiptian Order” that was founded in the United Kingdom. They (Ancient Egiptian Order) also are a band of rapists who brainwash people; they’re both wrong; and it’s good that Juelz Santana made half-a-bar to combat it.

Cam’Ron made a song called “You Gotta Love It.” That song is dissing (calling out) Jay-Z; stating and asking him, at one point; point blank — “…I don’t suck d!ck or kiss ass; and I’m conceded now?…”

You have to be a, real, loser to rape another man, or woman, at the time of the action. Juelz Santana has also put out very altruistic efforts to combat crooked realities, concerning people who live in Colombia. He is performed with musician “Maino” at an event pioneered by a group of musicians called “the Charity Kings.”  Juelz Santana, Maino, and the ensemble (the Charity Kings) came to Asbury Park, New Jersey to perform a musical concert calling it “Increase the Peace and Unity in the Community”  at Asbury Park High School. The article claims  “From narcotics, gang violence, and even murder it is safe to say that the majority of the citizens of the one square mile city feel that enough is enough. Coincidently “enough is enough” was the slogan and overall concept of the event. Unfortunately, the last three murder cases that had taken place in the high potential yet distressed area took the lives of 16-year-olds. It was at this point when Charity King founders Darryl Hammery, brother Teko Hammary and Remond Palmar decided to organize the concert. President of Charity Kings Darryl Hammary is also the president of S.O.S. Entertainment and CL Entertainment, which were both companies that sponsored the event.


The full article can be found here:

A way to document the example of crooked situations, when looking at man-made organizations, that rape and brainwash men, and women, while maintaining relevance, can be conveyed through the song “Hotel California” by musicians “Eagles.” The song is about joining a cult, finding out why it’s bad, and then trying to get out. Many cults allow people to leave, but some don’t, including, according to Eagles, Hotel California that actually was a cult in existence, in 1969. “….You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave…” — is a way of saying “you can die anytime, but you can’t leave.” I’ve embedded a slide-show video on the song, sung and played upon, subject below:

Another song that implies such danger is “Ten Jesus Pieces” by musicians “Ricky Rosay/Rick Ross” and “Stalley.” Rosay implies it best, to me, when he says “….n****z claim that they thuggin;’ when they d!ck-riding!….get empowered then you put your Dog[-]on; (bullsh!t.)” Dogon is also called “Dagon,” (called “Dogon” in the areas covering Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Democratic Republic of the Kongo, etc.); who appears to be a mermaid man; and was worshiped in Babylon, and other areas. The idol shows him wearing a, similarly structured, hat that the pope wears now. Gestures made by both folks are depicted in an image I have below.

Pope jp Dagon

The aliens in Babylon and Egypt are worshiped by cults.  Stalley specifically says “…Now i’m stuntin’ on these n****z ’cause I couldn’t back then….now I wear ’em all at once; I ain’t; trying to match them…” Rosay expresses his discontent at the time of the Gangsta Disciples being angry at him, for similar reasons, and for not crediting the man who founded it, with a check; after mentioning him in a song.

Ricky Rosay and Stalley’s song, “Ten Jesus Pieces” can be found here:

“What they do; is not what they say; and now I have to pay; to meet a brighter day. Yeah!” — musician “Capleton”

The aforementioned paragraphs, links, and the image convey real, and crooked situations. Men and women are bound to be trying to find out which way is up; cults have people of diverse ranges, who face that reality. A man named Core Love has a college that is also a cult called the “Love Innerversity.” On he has a video that implies if his breathing instructions are done right, within a short period of time, one will release Dimethyltriptamine in their body. That chemical we all have, also known as “DMT” is one that is so powerful that it’s been claimed for it to be possible, while on it, to meet, and have a conversation with, God. If DMT can wake someone up like that, imagine living with a man whose implied that he can release it in a little over 10 minutes; how possible and probable is it that a man so knowledgeable of DMT has pulled one over on someone?

“We Don’t Need Superheroes” — Title of an article for “Workers World” newspaper, criticizing movie “The Dark Knight Rises”

There, then, can be a situation between two parties; that involve both men and women; with the one who seems good-intentioned, making crooked realities for people all along. A good example of such is the recent, attempted, campaign of awareness made by the group known as “Invisible Children” an attempt to slander the head of a militia composed of child soldiers, who are rumored to be operating in the Democratic Republic of the Kongo, known as “Joseph Kony;” called “Kony 2012.” Invisible children attempts to make portrayals of the “Lord’s Resistance Army [LRA,]” enacted by Kony, as a crime against humanity. Meanwhile, the reason behind the move Kony, and the children who fight for him, made is especially in self-defense to the U.S.-government’s, and their supported-Ugandan president Yoweri Musveni’s, violent practices in Uganda. The LRA also clashed with the “National Resistance Army” of Sudan.  Decade-long attempts to steal resources in the Democratic Republic of the Kongo; that have been, subsequently, fought over for decades are, what many claim, was justified by looking for Kony in the, U.S.-supported, Ugandan government’s invasion of the Democratic Republic of the Kongo in “Operation Lightning Thunder.” These are resources that should be able to be utilized by the Congolese people who inhabit the country; and the people who live life there; that’s where the resources fought for are at. One of these resources includes “coltan” a resource used to power an iPod, iTouch, iPhone, and/or an iPad.

Though the situation may, in fact, be crooked on both sides, i’m sure if the U.S.-government and the Ugandan government were to step off, in this regard, to oppression of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Kongo, there may not be a reason, in that case, for the practices taken up by Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. Though Kony may be engaging in, inhumane, actions; something that’s been going on longer than his existence on this planet cannot, possibly, be further justified by looking for him; it didn’t start with him! In fact the combating of colonialism, and subsequent theft, initialized by the Belgian Kingdom, in the Democratic Republic of the Kongo; goes back to the democratic-election of President Patrice Lummumba in 1961; the year Kony is documented to have been born.  Though a child may be mature enough to be a soldier, their judgment still is not fully developed. It’s crooked for them because it begs the question of where the childhood is, and it’s crooked for people dealing with U.S./Ugandan oppression because people residing in the area just want to live peaceful lives. It’s awfully crooked that a contingency of people have to take up arms to prevent themselves from attack; even if children are involved; while it is their right to self-defense at the same time; bringing magnitude to a, similar, saying, between the U.S. and Asia, that reads “U.S. Attacked 9/11 Iraq Attacked 24/7.”

Below is the documentary made by Invisible Children, and a responding music video made by Hip Hop Group “Lopango Ya Banka” who have lived their lives in the Democratic Republic of the Kongo, where the music video was shot, that included a supported protest. An important thing to note is that Kongo has the capacity to feed the whole, entire, human species on the planet well-over 10 times.

It doesn’t always have to be the reality of a  cult, a war, a genocide, or communicated slander either; something trivial, that really shouldn’t matter, can become a serious when questioned, and can make the reality of the matter crooked. Musician Common asks in the remix of the song “Why?” by musician “Jadakiss” that featured musicians “Styles P” “Nas” and “Anthony Hamilton” “…why did Justin sell Janet out and go the grammys?…” Common is talking about, in that song, the wardrobe malfunction that caused a musician named “Janet Jackson” to have one of her breasts exposed, almost completely, on national television. Musician “Justin Timberlake” took it off; it was supposedly an accident and had been during a halftime show at a super bowl that had taken place. It is a good question, why can’t Janet Jackson get a grammy nowadays like Justin Timberlake? Why is a woman sold out, but the man isn’t, and gets a grammy?

Jackson has been performing and making music longer than him, she is the sister of the king of pop (musician “Michael Jackson.”)

SPORTS SUPERBOWL 83 CHjanetjustinsuperbowl

It is also nice, when focusing on the combating of crooked realities; to put the issues out on front street. I feel musician “Gentleman” does a nice job at such in his song “Superior.” In it, he asks why things are being done that effect peoples’ lives, and asks why children are suffering on the richest continent on the planet. He also criticizes illusion set upon by human dogma through religion; that is, following a man rather than the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (Bible;) also asking if one can live up to the principles set upon in the Book of Deuteronomy [Moses.]  He also affirms, and reaffirms, that he “…read a lot of history; but is not really sure…” about why these things still go on; it is embedded below.

In conclusion the crooked room reality should be, very, made aware of to many if possible, perhaps at a public speaking event; being that it is already in a book. A book signing would draw many folks, if you were to ask me; many can relate to the reality of a crooked room, in regards to being treated badly by someone or their government. Women in Hip Hop videos should not be deemed lewd, and Hip Hop videos should not be referred to as “degrading” in all honesty and entirety. Is it lewd of Janet Jackson to be humiliated on national television? Or for a woman to dance alongside a man? People need to look out for each other because there are a lot of dangerous things out there.


Work Cited
Delocated Season 1 — “Members Only” — Adult Swim — Williams Street — PFFFR — Cartoon Network — Time Warner (Warner Brothers) — Jon Glaser

Funkadelic — Maggot Brain (Live) — One Nation Under A Groove Album Version — Revilot/Westbound Records/The C Kunspyruhzy
— George Clinton, Billy Bass Nelson, Eddie Hazel, Frankie Boyce, Richard Boyce, Langston Booth, Tawl Ross, Tiki Fulwood

Funkadelic — Maggot Brain — Maggot Brain Album Version
Revilot/Westbound Records/The C Kunspyruhzy
— George Clinton, Billy Bass Nelson, Eddie Hazel, Frankie Boyce, Richard Boyce, Langston Booth, Tawl Ross, Tiki Fulwood

Jean Grae [Tsidi Azeeda Ibrahim] — My Story (Video version) — Jeanius — Babygrande Records/Blacksmith Records — Tsidi Azeeda Ibrahim

Talib Kweli [Talib Kweli Greene] featuring Jean Grae [Tsidi Azeeda Ibrahim] — Black Girl Pain — The Beautiful Struggle/Eardum — Rawkus Records/Blacksmith Records/Babygrande Records — Tsidi Azeeda Ibrahim; Talib Kweli Greene

Glen Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meiser (Eagles) — Hotel California — Eagles 1972-1999 SELECTED WORKS — Elektra Records —
Glen Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meiser

Holy Bible — King James Version — New International Version — New Life Version — New American Bible

“janitjustinsuperbowl.jpg” — Justin Timberlake; Janet Jackson

“janetjackson0721.jpg” — Justin Timberlake; Janet Jackson

Yaya Nkwankolo; Mwini Mosi; Nzau Ngoma; “Daze;” Lopango Ya Banka; citizenry of the Democratic Republic of the Kongo — Eyano — NKA1A Records/InPDUM [International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement] — Yaya Nkwankolo; Mwini Mosi; Nzau Ngoma; “Daze;” Lopango Ya Banka; citizenry of the Democratic Republic of the Kongo

Perry; V.-Harris; Melissa Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America; Yale University Press (Reprint Edition) — April 23, 2013 New Haven, Connecticut

More information on Perry’s novel here:

Juelz Santana, Cam’Ron [Cam’ron Giles],  Jim Jones Dipset/The Diplomats — “Dipset Anthem/Gangsta Music/I Really Mean It” — Roc-A-Fella Records — Juelz Santana, Cam’Ron [Cam’ron Giles], Jim Jones Dipset/The Diplomats

“pope-jp-dragon.jpg” — Pope John Paul II [No Biblical Authority] — Priest of Fish “god” “Dagon/Dogon” — Hieroglyph Origin Unknown; possibly Babylon/Assyria —

More citations will come


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