A baby changes everything: Rapper Jay-Z gets religion about the ‘B’ word

14 Jan

The culture seems to be sexualizing children at an ever younger age and it becomes more difficult for parents and guardians to allow children to just remain, well children, for a bit longer. Still, parents and guardians must do their part to make sure children are in safe and secure environments. Kristen Russell Dobson, the managing editor of Parent Map, has a great article in Parent Map. In Are Girls Acting Sexy Too Young? Dobson says….

I suppose there are a group of parents who don’t want conflict and give in because “everyone else is doing it.” Remember the everyone else is often the lowest common denominator. Some parents feel they must be their child’s BFF. Wrong. You are supposed to be the parent. Some one has to be in charge. Russell provide some excellent resources for managing the media. Find resources for managing media here.

Young and often impressionable teens think that Hilton and LiLo, and rappers like Jay-Z despite all evidence to the contrary, have it together because of the fame or infamy, the clothes, and the money. It is no wonder that Candace Bushnell of the Sex and the City $$$$$ franchise is laughing all the way to the bank while stepping over the bodies of those who bought into her philosophy. Here is what Lilo said in the Entertainment News article, Lindsay Lohan’s Life Inspired By ‘Sex in the City.’

Lindsay Lohan has hailed seminal sitcom Sex and the City for inspiring her dating philosophy.
Even though Lohan was only 12 years old when the Sarah Jessica Parker-starring comedy started, the Mean Girls star admits she loves having open and casual relationships with men, like Sex and the City characters Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbs, Samantha Jones and Charlotte York.
She says, “Sex and the City changed everything for me, because those girls would just sleep with so many people.”
Lohan admits she has double standards about her open attitude to relationships–she wants to be able to sleep with whomever she chooses, but doesn’t want to share her male companions.

At least one parent is sending caution alerts about the Sex and the City philosophy and young women. Dave Taylor is a father who writes the Attachment Parenting blog. This is what he says in the post, I Don’t Want to Meet Candace Bushell’s Sex and the City Women as Teens

A person would have to be living under a rock to not know that Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce are now parents. Here is an example of the pre-religion Jay-Z from the blog, Classy Black Lady:

Jay Z – Black Woman as a “Double Zero”

Jay Z is yet another rapper who we have countless examples of disrespect of black women and girls. I can distinctly remember “back in the day” when his song “Girls, Girls, Girls” came out and he took the opportunity to attach every negative stereotype he could think of to the black woman in his story. Well I chose another more recent yet more obscure offense instead.

In his video “On to the Next One,” which many people associated with satanic images, there is one image in particular that stood out to me. There is a young black woman with traditional African corn rows in the video, just standing around looking sad with two zeros on her chest.

Here is the video. You first see her right around the 0:24 mark in the video, but she appears throughout.

Now what does this image mean? Is she just a “nappy headed ho” to Jay Z and crew as Don Imus stated in his hatefully notorious comment about the black Rutger’s women’s basketball team? Or is Jay Z and his producers simply telling this black woman that she is not only a ZERO, but a double ZERO and he/black men/the world should be “on to the next one.” Is he saying she is a zero because she won’t move onto the next level of putting weave in her hair, contacts in her eyes and sexing herself up in the way that his wife, Beyonce, has done?

Black women, open your eyes and don’t continue to let subliminal messages like this slide. I sure won’t.

http://blog.classyblacklady.com/2010/12/black-rappers-vs-black-women-5-specific.html

So, moi read with great interest how a baby has changed life for Jay-Z and Beyonce.

Seattle PI.Com is reporting in the article, New dad Jay-Z vows to drop the ‘B’ word from his rhymes:

Rapper Jay-Z has vowed to drop the word ‘b**ch’ from his lyrics after becoming a first-time dad.

The hitmaker’s baby girl Blue Ivy was born in New York last Saturday and she has inspired dad to clean up his rhymes – something that even Oprah Winfrey failed to do while challenging Jay-Z about his questionable lyrics during a 2010 appearance on her show.

In a poem dedicated to his little girl, the “99 Problems” rapper writes, “Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich/I didn’t think hard about using the word b**ch/I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it/Now with my daughter in this world I curse those that give it.”

He continues, “I never realized while on the fast track that I’d give riddance to the word b**ch/To leave her innocence in tact/No man will degrade her, or call her name/I’m so focused on your future, the degradation has passed. http://blog.seattlepi.com/people/2012/01/13/new-dad-jay-z-vows-to-drop-the-%E2%80%98b%E2%80%99-word-from-his-rhymes/

Entertainers like Jay-Z are just one component of the sexualization and demeaning of women and girls.

Joy Sewing of the Houston Chronicle is reporting in the blog post, Walmart Offers Make-Upand Anti-aging Products for 8-Year-Oldsthat Walmart is aiming a line of make-up at “tweens.”

Wal-Mart is going after the tween (ages 8-12) market (and their parents’ wallets) with the new GeoGirl beauty line. That 8-year-olds need lipstick is another debate, but this line will offer colorful cosmetics and “mother approved” makeup products. According to a recent article in Women’s Wear Daily, the formulas are designed for young skin and have natural ingredients like white willow bark to exfoliate, chamomile, lavender and calendula to calm and antioxiodiates to prevent aging. (Sounds a little much for a tweener, but I not a parent to one.)

Good grief! What’s next – in store Botox?

The Walmart execs need to stop hanging out with the Viacom pinheads and sleaze merchants. Parents need to learn how to say NO and put the brakes on out of control execs and slime merchants attempting to rob children of a childhood.

The essence of childhood, of course, is play, which my friends and I did endlessly on streets that we reluctantly shared with traffic.”

 Bill Cosby

When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer names of hell. That is why we dread children, even if we love them, they show us the state of our decay.”

 Brian W. Aldiss

Nice. Glad that Jay-Z got religion to protect his child. What about other people’s children who were led astray?

Related:

11 Rap Songs to Disrespect Women To                                    http://therapup.net/2009/04/11-rap-songs-to-disrespect-women-to/

Dr. Wilda says this about that ©

 

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