Older. Southern. Black men. In Easter Suits. Yes.
Well, that’s kind of what The New York Times article was about: It was a government official and my ex-boyfriend discrediting what I was saying, and everyone got behind them. So it was really confusing to me because I was like, “Well, what’s the difference?” One is a story where an American person goes to Uganda and picks out the story, puts it into context and then uploads it to YouTube, and then a lot of Americans can understand it. And me, I can be in the same category as Jacob, but I did the journey myself — nobody had to come to my village and save me and articulate my story. I’d learned the language myself, I built the platform myself, got to a microphone myself, got nominated for a Grammy and an Oscar the same month, to make the biggest platform possible in America. Then I told the story — and it didn’t translate. A lot of people were like, “Just make music; don’t talk about politics.” But I was in a very difficult position: I was the only Tamil rapper [on the international stage], so when a whole bunch of Tamil people were dying, I had to tell you about it.
Black Female Voices: bell hooks & Melissa Harris-Perry - on Livestream.com —- This conversation made it painfully clear how narrow the depictions of Black women are in society. Amazing womanhood on full display.
We were given the one-drop—it was not our choice. But we took it. Flipped it. Until we were something broad but tight. By another’s man hand we were made a race. But by our own, we became a people.
Reflections on returning to Howard University for homecoming