Drake’s video for “Hotline Bling” came out this week. The video is an obvious homage to our TLC days. Right after the video I listened to “No Scrubs” and played Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego. Ah, I miss the 90s. The video is beautifully executed and Drake’s seducing robot moves are going to be the next dance craze. But is this video progressive in representing body positivity? Sure, we have thick girls, light lights, dark girls, and some girls dancing in the shadows, but shouldn’t we be wanting a bit more.
It’s a known fact that the rap industry has always had problems with the way that it represents woman. You have to be phat, or have a big butt, or boobs, or a cute face, and of course have long, straight hair. The music videos perpetuate that image. If don’t look like that, then no rapper is going to want to be with you, which is fine. How many of us really want to marry Lil Wayne? But the problem is some of the young men listening to the music start to believe the lyrics and the perfect woman that they describe.
When videos come out that are filled with women dancing, I’m left wondering does this video support body positivity or is a step in the wrong direction. Drake’s video for “Hotline Bling” does try to incorporate some women of different body shapes, but it fails to escape the pressures of representing the perfect woman. The opening scene of the video is filled with two rows of light-skinned women, and the viewer is left to assume that these women are the ones operating the HOT-line. Sure, as the video progresses, you start to see some women of different skin tones, but camera fixates on the curves of their bodies.
There’s no denying “Hotline Bling” is aesthetically fascinating to stare at. As you keep looking at the women the video represents, it like many other rap videos fails to represent body positivity and furthermore represents women in a problematic way. To no surprise, the woman are objects to stare at in what seems to be the nucleus of Drake’s mind. Maybe the video for “Right Hand” will be a bit better.
Twitter was buzzing at the wee hours of the night after Meek Mill went on a tirade against Drake with a few disses at Saferee, Nicki Minaj’s ex-boyfriend. According to Twitter, the one-sided beef started because Drake did not appear at Meek Mill’s homecoming concert. Many memes, jokes, and commentary were added to the mix as Twitter weighed in on the spectacle but we will review the events leading to the eventual demise of their relationship and the many rants that Meek Mill’s has demonstrated on Twitter.
Is she mad or nah? Weeks have passed since Madonna laid one on Drake during a Coachella performance… and he looked like he hated life. Now that things have died down a little bit, good old Madge has something to say about it. She alluded to a Katy Perry song and claims that Drake ‘begged’ for her to kiss him.
Yep. Maybe he did and then instantly regretted his life choice. Either way, the shade is real over here.
Watch the video below.
In the meantime, Drizzy is unbothered as he opened up a sports bar in Toronto Saturday night. He named it SherClub after his late maternal grandparents Rueben and Evelyn Sher. The “Started From the Bottom” rapper took to his Instagram account to pose in front of his new spot and explain his reasoning behind the club’s name.
Rest in peace to my grandparents Rueben and Evelyn Sher. My grandmother was the first person to ever play catch with me and my grandfather was the biggest sports fan in the world. I opened this club in the memory of both of you. Thank you to the ACC, MLSE, and Ferris. #SherClub#6Side#FightNight
WNBA Tulsa Shock player and Gold World Champion Skylar Diggins attended the 2014 ESPY Awards in a stunning ensemble by Michael Costello. The evening dress was adorned in black sequins, and designed with cut-out mesh and patterned geometrical lines perfectly accentuating Skylar’s figure. However, let us not forget while she shined in this pretty number, she also shunned the host of the evening, Drake. Poor Drake was friend-zoned, but he’ll recover right? He’s always good with the ladies! 😉
Michael Costello, former contestant of “Project Runway” season eight, had his designs worn by Beyonce, Britney Spears, Khloe Kardashian, and Regina King to name a few.