Thursday, August 25, 2011

Does Lil Wayne’s Message to Women Come Up “Too Short”?

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by Erin Harper, Your Black World 

Charlie Penn of Essence.com asked readers if Lil Wayne’s message to women digs deep enough in the video for his hit single “How to Love”, which was released today. My answer to Penn’s question before watching the video: Absolutely not. My answer to Penn’s question after viewing the video: Absolutely not, but good try.

How could I dismiss Wayne’s message before watching the video? Let me explain. Directed by Chris Robinson, “How to Love” tells the story of a young woman who, after a childhood plagued with domestic violence and emotional abuse, becomes involved in stripping and prostitution, and later tests positive for HIV. Although I think Wayne and Robinson’s attempt to address the consequences of abuse and exploitation is laudable, it does not mean much in the grand scheme of things. Wayne releases a new single approximately once every five minutes; therefore, it will take more than one music video to counterbalance the effects of his extensive catalogue of venomous lyrics in which women are often victimized or objectified, such as those in Wayne’s “Dick Pleaser”:

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

It may not have gone as fare as you would like Mr Harper, but Lil Wayne is trying to deal with his coonism and minstrelsy. It is better that Lil Wayne tries is best than not doing anything at all. His messaging is an important step towards enabling brother to be more aware of how they are degrading black women. Lil Wayne understanding and awareness will grow, give him encouragement, because the brother is trying to deal with his pain and how to me more caring towards black women. It is a step towards self-healing.

Peace and Blessings
Uanu

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