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Kendrick Lamar appeared on the latest cover of Rolling Stone and the image has rocked some feminists and pro-Black folks to the core. Lamar is sitting, getting his hair twisted by a woman, who’s stomach and hands are also featured on the cover. We don’t know the ethnic background of this woman, but many critics are claiming that she’s either not Black or not Black enough. What and what?!

Instead of getting to rejoice that one of our fave rappers scored a major magazine cover, we witnessed an unexpected backlash against the alleged racial suggestions of the photo that was chosen. Courtesy of the world’s biggest high school, otherwise known as the Internet, some Black Twitter users were annoyed and actually upset that Lamar’s naturally and beautifully coiled locks were seemingly twisted by a non-Black woman.

First, second, and third of all, we were appalled by the commentary. On the cover itself, we admit that the woman doesn’t look apparently Black. But with a closer look at it and then the release of a 40-second behind the scenes video from the Rolling Stone shoot, the woman appears to be Black. Keyboard thugs were over this woman not being “Black-enough.”*Rolls eyes* This argument again? And from our own community? When did having light skin equate to not being Black enough in 2015?

The OWN documentary Light Girls tried to match the hardships of what historically discriminated against darker-skinned women went through to what light women experience as well. We found the film unnecessary because it only further cemented the separation of what is or isn’t “Black.”

We’re seeing this hurtful cycle again with the Lamar’s Rolling Stone cover even thought it hasn’t been confirmed exactly who the woman is. She’s not even important here. Would a “traditionally” brown or darker-skinned been better?

It would have definitely been great to see someone with a richer skin tone on the cover with Lamar, but if you switched the skin tone, guess what we would still be dealing with? A headless, Black woman on the cover of Rolling Stone. We know that too many Black feminists would’ve gone in about the Black woman being used as a prop. The near-erasure of the woman’s face and the blatant glorification of her flat mid-section is classically sexist, if our feminist minds wanted to go there.

His album To Pimp A Butterfly and the Rolling Stone story haven’t been released yet! Can we hear the album and read the article first before we’re judging the visual?!

Lamar has stood with and for dark skin Black women, like insisting his love interest in “Poetic Justice” be a brown girl (played by Brittany Sky) and his “i” video had lots of dark skin girls featured. With lyrics from his latest single, like: Everything Black, want all things Black/I don’t need Black, want everything Black/Don’t need Black, Our eyes ain’t Black/I own Black, own everything Black,” it’s clear that Lamar is nothing if not a champion for guess what, all things Black!

It is not Kendrick’s responsibility to be some kind of savior for all Black women. It’s beautiful when men stand with us, because we will always stand for them, but Lamar has made it clear lyrically and visually that he supports Black women. Not everything he does, from his album cover to magazine covers has to reflect that every time.

The conversation has been lit on social media since the cover’s been out. The entire controversy of this hot topic is the latest example we’re of looking for every possible chance to get angry or uproar about implied or suggested accounts of racism or racial selection. And this is getting extremely out of hand.

Brutal and blatant incidents of racism, like the frat boys of SAE is one thing, but to now have Kendrick Lamar’s cover art, both on Rolling Stone and his album cover spark conversations about the skin tone–we’re misguided and in the words of Kanye, we’re “worried about the wrong things.”


The ‘Not Black Enough’ Chatter Over Kendrick Lamar’s Rolling Stone Cover Is So Unnecessary was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

18 thoughts on “The ‘Not Black Enough’ Chatter Over Kendrick Lamar’s Rolling Stone Cover Is So Unnecessary

  1. So when are black people and all these stars going to produce liberation currency and forget all this talk of black this,black that.
    It boils down to econimics and controlling our means of production and final destiny.

  2. “but many critics are claiming that she’s either not Black or not Black enough. ”

    “Many” is the keyword isn’t it. In this case many is probably like five people.

    The way media reports things they always try to make it seem like everything is a big deal. No matter what the subject you can find someone who will be critical of it for some reason. Then the media will throw out their go-to words like “viral” and “firestorm” to make you think people are rioting in the streets over something so silly.

    All so they can justify the fact that they’re actually just wasting resources talking about something that doesn’t matter because they apparently can’t find anything relevant to talk about.

    I’d be interested in seeing a complete list of these “many critics” and what their specific criticisms apparently are. In their complete versions. Not mutilated by writers and editors to fit the agenda of their articles.

    Notice how Shardae Jobson doesn’t even list one, much less “many.”

  3. orpheuspie on said:

    i wish nobody would write or say anything which indicates the color “black” to avoid further unnecessary arguments . . then we’ll be able to live in harmony, but it’s wishful thinking . . . .likewise, hopefully, no more protesters lining up everywhere which misplace the lives of peaceful-hardworking people . . . .

  4. Shaneequa Ah Perry-A on said:

    Black people are the most racist people on the planet. There are a lot of reasons why you people are broke and in prison all the time.

    Just get over your Black Self Hatred and stop comparing yourselves to whites. Just like autism, Downs Syndrome, or any other horrible disease you’re born with, just accept it and collect your welfare and food stamps and stop bother white people.

    • Chris on said:

      Not being “black enough”, or not being “down for the cause”, it’s all ridiculous. You’re expected to carry yourself a certain way, you’re expected to speak, think, feel a certain way. And if you don’t, you’re considered an “uncle tom” by certain people.

  5. Adriel on said:

    The author of this article needs to take her criticism one step further and call this what it is… racism. Being concerned about the race of the person twisting his hair is not merely being “worried about the wrong things.” It is the very definition of racism.

  6. A few hundred black woman get upset about something they don’t like and the whole race gets blamed. There will always be individuals making comments or smart remarks about something. There is no need to further broadcast the silliness. We as adults act like we still in middle school, starting or picking on other people just because than turn around and blame everyone for a few people talking slick out of their mouth.

  7. Black americans are so racist, and petty petty. You wonder why you lag behind other ethnicities? You wouldnt hear an asian say oh she aint asian enough

  8. Mac Ben on said:

    We are our own worst enemy. No one said sh!t about the First Lady of NYC being married to a white man… but when its a bruh in the same picture with a snow its a f u c kin’ crime!

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