Classy Black Women

There has been a mainstream media attack launched against black women over the past two years. Now black women are fed up and fighting back.


Over the past year and a half to two years, the mainstream media has been treating black women like targets at a shooting range. And you don't even have to be a black woman to notice this anymore. It's no longer paranoia--it's a very real fact.

Just to quickly summarize the ongoing negative themes we hear about black women constantly in the media:

  • Why are so many black women single and lonely (as if other races of women don't have any problems finding good men)
  • Successful black women don't get married (so I guess we're all supposed to "dumb down" and seek lesser paying jobs)
  • Half of black women s t d carriers (completely misleading statistics released by the CDC based on a small sample taken in economically disadvantaged areas which was then discredited by a variety of medical professionals)
  • Black women only have $5 net worth (despite the fact that a news story revealed that black women make more than white women on average-- see it here)
  • Black women should act more like "other" women (courtesy a black male rapper named "Slim Thug" whose career has been supported and promoted by black women and girls loyally over the years)

You know the usual news headlines that attempt to emotionally and psychologically break down the psyche of strong black women. 

Don't believe me?

Do a search for the term "black women" in Google right now....

On the very first page of results you see "Jezebel Stereotype," "70% of african american women are single" and "Black women unmarried." The results may change as this blog post ages, but why is it that we black women can't even do a search for ourselves without getting slammed with negative stories online?

I have a theory about why the mainstream media has chosen black women as a target, and I have written about it briefly on my ClassyBlackLady.com about page. 

I personally believe that the media chose to start this attack on black women right after Michelle Obama became the First Lady of the United States. It seems as if the positive image of this wonderful black lady in the White House was just too much for the media to handle. 

Think about it. The negative portrayals, stories, and statistics (all severely slanted and misguided) about black women started popping up in the news cycle a little under two years ago. Right around the time that Mrs. Obama became the First Lady. Strange, huh?

Well, Black Women Have Had Enough

For a while, this negative media left black women reeling and surprised. "Where did all of this come from?" many of us asked ourselves.

But after doing some research on the various blogs and websites online, I'm starting to see an encouraging trend among my beautiful, strong, resilient sisters.

Black women are FED UP and FIRED UP!

Many of us have finally decided to start fighting back against this negative media onslaught by starting (and posting to) blogs, websites, and campaigns to inject positive news about black women into the mainstream media.

Also, we're starting to realize the fullness of our economic power in the United States. As I've quoted many times, black women spend over $600 billion every year. If we stop giving that money to companies, entertainers and media outlets who openly disrespect black women and start  funneling the majority of that cash back into other black women-owned businesses, imagine how powerful we can really become as a group.

I have always said and I still believe going forward that black women will have our day. One day, the same media enterprises, groups, and individuals that have tried to rip our image to shreds will be kissing our feet and begging for our forgiveness, trying to get back in our good graces. That includes the Chris Rocks, D.L. Hughleys, Slim Thugs, Lil Waynes, and John Mayers of the world. When that does happen, be sure to kick the beggars away -- they have made their beds and we should most certainly let them lie in it.

Our black female ancestors, grandmothers, mothers, aunts and sisters have suffered through injustice after injustice in this country, continued to survive, and remain strong. We can not let them down now. 

Black sisters: continue to fight back while staying classy. Spend your money with other worthy sisters and brothers whenever possible. I will be back with more positive, encouraging news soon.

 
Love Tabby


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Black women, it's time we stop supporting black rappers once and for all. Starting TODAY.

I recently came upon a story about a rapper named Slim Thug. He has chosen to take the degradation of black women by rappers to another level with some very mean comments toward the same women who birthed, raised and supported him to the status he's at now. I won't go into details about what he said, because frankly it's mostly gibberish, but you can read the article and comments here.

Now I don't commonly like to post negative news about my lovely black sisters here at classyblacklady.com -- the purpose of this blog is to uplift the black female community. But shortly after his comments were publicized, a black man of merit Professor Marc Lamont Hill (pictured to the left) stepped forward and put this "Slim Thug" in his place. It's so nice to see a good black man finally come to the forefront in defense of black women for a change. 

By the way, hey Will Smith, Denzel, Mike Epps and black men in the entertainment biz: where are you brothers when black women are being attacked like this in the media? We supported you all day in and out to get you to where you careers are--so why are you suspiciously silent when nonsense like this makes it way up to the top of the news cycle against your staunchest supporters?

But back to the topic at hand. I just want to speak to black women right now. I seriously think it's time for us to stop supporting black rappers. PERIOD. They disrespect us in just about every song, praising non-black women (beckys) and lusting after "red bones." I recently heard a song by Lil Wayne on the radio promoting the single ho-rrific life that many black men now think is "normal." No other race of men disrespects and disregards their women the way that these black "men" do.

So why are you, a proud sista with sense, still supporting this mess from black rappers?

Did you know that black women have a buying power of more than $600 BILLION each year? (Source: WomenEntrepeneur). It's estimated that black women account for 85% of buying decisions in the black community. 

Black women lets wield that power starting today. Stop supporting the work of black "men" who don't and won't support you through their art and in their personal lives. If you absolutely must listen to a rap song that's degrading women and droning on about the same old same old above a catchy beat, go old school and tape it from the radio or listen on youtube. Do not spend another dime on the likes of Slim Thug or any other rapper who has disrespected black women in the media or his songs. 

Continue to uplift true, dedicated black men like Professor Hill who is aware of his history and isn't afraid to speak up on the behalf of his sisters. 

That is all I have to say on that matter. Now black women, lets continue rising up and getting stronger.

Love Tabby


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