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Ruth J. Morrison

Ruth J. Morrison

Are African Americans Cultural Appropriators or Survivalists?

VIDEO DISCUSSION: A Conversation About Cultural Appropriation Within the African American Community

Onika: Okay. Hey, what's up! We've seen many articles. This is my kind of a call back from what I was talking about earlier. So, we have seen many articles about black people just being outraged about, cultural appropriation. Like, oh, Kim Kardashian take those braids out, un-pout your lips, take the butt down. So, they’re, you know, up in arms about culture. “Cultural appropriation, it's real, mom.” I have like a whole joke about that because my daughter says that all the time. So, this is my thing. Why do black people have selective outrage over cultural appropriation when we are the ultimate appropriators? It's like, think about what we do. And I know y'all gonna think I've come for your edges because I'm about to talk about weaves, but y'all got weaves.

Kizzy: I don’t have a weave.

Onika: Okay. Cosmetics. Right. Even gels, we’re trying to soften up all the things that are, that are inherently ours. Right. So, we're doing the same thing, right. We're, we're doing the same thing.

Kizzy: It's different. I think it's different because, you know, again, going back to being a minority in a country that for years told you that you are not good enough, that you know, the, the width of your nose was too big, that your hair was too kinky, that your body wasn't right. And then we grew up having to maneuver that. And so, we, we took on those trappings of white culture to fit in better. I think that's very different than now.

Onika: Okay.so now we got it, right?

Keisha and Kizzy: No

Onika: But we’ve got it enough to say that you're appropriating my culture. You got it enough to say that you've been brainwashed.

Kizzy: It’s very funny that a Kim Kardashian will be celebrated for her body type and cornrows much more than we are doing the exact same thing.

Onika: But guess what, who is celebrating her? We’re supporting them.

A Look at African Americans Migrating to Africa

VIDEO DISCUSSION: Kizzy Cox and Keisha Wilson dispel many myths that Americans hold about the continent of Africa

As more people from Central America, Africa, and Europe want to come into the country, we will discuss people who want to leave the good ole United States of America.

Many African Americans are very pessimistic about the mood and the direction in which this country is going. And they have decided that they are going to return “home” to the African continent.

Recently Al Jazeera English spoke with a South African and African Americans who moved from the United States to Namibia and Ghana to share their experiences.

In this segment, Kizzy Cox, Onika McLean, and Keisha Wilson discuss their thoughts about moving to Africa.

 

 

Beyonce and Donald Glover Has Everyone Talking About The Lion King | Quick Takes Ep. 145

VIDEO DISCUSSION: Cardi B. calls Jermaine Dupri on the carpet over comment about female rappers; American Airlines pays doctor because of mistreatment

In this week's Quick Takes from Episode 145, What's The 411 hosts Kizzy Cox, Onika McLean, and Keisha Wilson, are talking about the Queen of Pop and actress, Beyonce, and actor Donald Glover's star turn in Disney's new rendition of The Lion King; rapper Cardi B's clap back to music producer Jermaine Dupri regarding his comment about female rappers; American Airlines refunding the fare of Dr. Tisha Rowe, who was flying with her 8-year-old son from Jamaica to Florida after she posted on Twitter an incident she encountered with airline personnel; Dollar General's plans to change its products in search of wealthier customers, and; LaLa Anthony's comment to independent women at this year's Essence Festival.

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