What Obama And 50 Cent Can Teach You About Power

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EFFECTS OF RACE IN GENDER ROLES AND MASCULINITY

Every conversation about equality must take intersectionality into consideration. This short documentary is an example of how race contributes to inequality.

Problem:

“In the black community masculinity is associated with how many women you have, how many kids you have, how many times you have been in and out of prison and how much drugs you have sold.”

Wisdom:

We have to become aware of this narrative and evolve our understating and judgment beyond this simplistic perspective.

Watch this short documentary film examining the contrasting styles of manhood exhibited by Barack Obama and Rapper/Mogul Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent

Insights:

“Barrack Obama and 50 Cent represent two sides of masculinity in the black community.”

Barrack Obama: The Intellectual

50 Cent: The Gangster

 

Gangster Rap Made Me Do It

“In 2000’s, gangster rap defined a new generation of manhood in the black community. It made black middle class men lose their place in manhood; Not in the real sense, but in the sense of media image. 50 Cent is the poster boy for this mold: violent criminal who controls people with fear.”

“Power is often associated with aggressiveness: What you can take, what you can control. That’s what masculinity in America strives for: Dominance.”

“Gangster rappers became the blueprint for young boys in US and around the world who may not have strong male role models in their lives. Very soon the narrative for success became that black on black murder and controlling women’s bodies gets you paid.”

“For those from other races, particularly white men, who may not have many strong relationships with black men, they also bought into this narrative.”

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“This explains why Barrack Obama being an intelligent black man was considered such a contradiction.”

“Barrack is exploding this narrative. His intellect is one of the foremost things you notice about him. He is the antithesis of the angry, out-of-control negro.”

“Obama made it cool to stand for tolerance, understanding and equality.”

Shoutout to Michelle 

“As important as Barrack was culturally, Michelle may have played a more important role. For black women there was an affirmation that their strength could still find them a great guy.”

Underdog vitality: They’re not supposed to be here

“Yes, Barrack and 50 represent different parts of manhood in black communities in America, but they also share commonalities. They’re both playing and winning at games that was not designed for them to win.”

“50 Cent is someone who was born into a family connected to drug business, grew up fatherless, lost his mother at a young age and became involved in drug dealing himself. He has managed to maneuver through the system to build one of the most recognized brands in the world.”

“I know black men for real, not just through movies or music videos. I know these men to cry, to love their families, to want to be successful, to be afraid, to be weak, to be vulnerable and to have every human emotion possible.”

Q: HOW CAN WE EVOLVE OUR PERSPECTIVE BEYOND THIS NARRATIVE? WHY WOULD THAT BE IMPORTANT?
WRITE TO US BELOW.
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