The Weather Report: Monkey Tweets, The MET Gala & Fenty Beauty

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Danny Baker fired from BBC over royal baby monkey tweet

Do you remember the time when Kate Middleton gave birth to three children and people started posting memes about monkeys in suits? Oh, wait, that never happened. Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor, son of the Duke & Duchess of Sussex has not even been out the womb a week and the racists could not hold back. Danny Baker who worked for BBC 5Live (I say worked in past tense because he was sacked this morning by the BBC), tweeted a picture of the royal baby leaving the hospital as a chimp in a suit.

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Referring to a black person as a monkey is one of the laziest and unimaginative forms of racism. A blind man with half a brain can see that kind of racism from a mile away. For Danny Baker to state that the tweet was nothing more than “stupid unthinking gag pic” is an insult to everyone’s intelligence. This really speaks to the way a lot of people in British media feel about Meghan Markle and her child, who are of mixed heritage. Despite Archie Harrison being three-quarters white, due to the one drop rule, the media will treat him as the “black royal baby.” There will undoubtedly be more of this level of ignorance throughout Archie Harrison’s life and it is sad. However, I am very happy that Danny Baker got sacked. Since he has plenty of time on his hands now, he can visit the London zoo and learn the difference between monkeys and humans.

The MET Gala

Since my very first post was about the MET Gala, it is only fitting that I write about it again. This year’s theme was Camp (which Lena Waithe rightly reminded us was started by Black Drag Queens) and did the celebrities show up and show out. We were denied the presence of the reigning MET Gala Queen, Rihanna but everyone else brought their A-Game.

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Can we also shout out the male celebrities who seemed more committed to the Camp theme than in previous years theme’s, where they bore us half to death by only wearing black Armani suits. I really believe that I should at least be security for the MET Gala because if you do not keep to the theme and want to show up in a regular dress, you should be sent home. I am a firm believer in following colour schemes & themes at parties.

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Darren Criss, Harry Styles, Billy Porter, Jared Leto & Ezra Miller

Fenty Beauty is coming to Boots

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Speaking of Rihanna, she continues to give traditional make-up brands a run for their money. Boots UK announced that it will be launching Rihanna’s global beauty brand, Fenty Beauty in selected stores and online as part of its plans to transform the face of high street beauty. This takes place from the 10th May and I could not be any more thrilled because Harvey Nichol is far from where I live.

* Fenty Beauty will be available from the following Boots stores:

 

Bath Southgate, Blanchardstown, Bluewater, Brent Cross, Bromley, Cambridge, Canary Wharf, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Derby, Dudley Merry Hill, Exeter, Glasgow Braehead, Glasgow Fort, Kingston, Hull-end May, Leeds, Leicester (Fosse Park), Lincoln, Liverpool Clayton Street, London Sedley Place, London St Pancras, London White City, Manchester Trafford Centre, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford, Piccadilly Circus, Plymouth, Reading and West Thurrock.

Three Reasons Why I Will Be Watching Us

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Jordan Peele decided to give us a Christmas gift in the form of a trailer for Us.

I am going to start this off by saying that I am terrified of horror films. The last horror film I watched was The Omen. The one that was released on 06/06/2006. Yeah, that one. I was 17 years old and my friends decided to watch it at Yetti’s birthday after a hardcore session of paintballing. We got a third of the way into the film and the TV stopped working for no good reason. The majority of us were Africans with very strict Christian mothers. Therefore, we came to the conclusion that this was a sign from Jesus that he did not want us watching the film. That was the last time I voluntarily watched a horror film. However, this trailer has my attention and despite the blood and gore that will obviously be coming my way, here are some of the reasons why I will be watching this film on opening weekend.

 

  1. Lupita N’yongo

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Honestly the list of reasons could end right here. I am such a huge fan of this woman. From her fashion, the way she carries herself with so much elegance and I adore her charm. Have you noticed that men of all races melt in her presence? Seriously, I need to figure what she does to make Michael B Jordan and Chadwick Boseman look at her with so much awe.

Even if you do not stan for Lupita the way I do, you cannot deny the fact that she has been outstanding in every film she has been in. Black Panther, Queen of Katwe and 12 Years a Slave are just a few of the films where she has knocked it out of the park acting wise. Plus, Lupita N’yongo is not an actress who has allowed herself to be pigeon holed into one genre, so it makes sense that she has added horror film to her roster. I cannot wait to see what she brings to the big screen in Us. Plus, I am low-key happy to see the reunion of Nakia and M’Baku

  1. Representation Matters

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In the opening 20 seconds, I see a beautiful, dark-skinned family bopping in the car to I Got 5 on It and I am sold from the get-go. Correct me if I’m wrong but has there ever been a horror film that centres around a black family? It is important to have representation of all types of people, especially in media. The media can either uphold or dismantle stereotypes about different races.

I am glad that 2018 was a year that destroyed the lie that casts, which have people of colour at the forefront, cannot do well at the box office. Look at the numbers that Black Panther, Creed II and Crazy Rich Asians pulled in. Hopefully this film will also put an end to the myth that black people are the first ones to die in horror films.

  1. It Has Nothing to Do with Race

Jordan Peele has made it clear that Us, unlike Get Out, (which if you have not watched by now then you need to), has nothing to do with race. He states that “I dedicated a lot of myself to create a new horror mythology and a new monster.”

This is a relief for me. There are so many good films that have been made with a black cast at the centre. However, a lot of films that normally get the attention of The Academy Awards (and other film organisations) are stories drenched in black pain. The main plot is usually to do with a black person overcoming the struggle that the white man has put them through. You can see this in films like Hidden Figures, Selma and The Help. These films are normally brilliant, well executed and stories that are more often than not true. These films need to be made no matter how uncomfortable and painful they are. However, it is nice to strike a balance. It feels good to watch stories about black people just living their best lives, going on a girls’ trips to New Orleans or trying to escape being killed by their evil doppelgangers.

As you can tell, I am excited and slightly terrified to see Us. I pray it does not disappoint or leave me with nightmares.

Let know if you will be watching Us and what your thoughts are on the trailer.

 

The September Edition

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Allow me the opportunity to fan girl over these Black Queens*

I’m a black girl from Essex, England. Not the Essex people see now where there is African and Polish food shops on the same street, or where Anglia Ruskin is a direct pipeline to Nigeria. I’m talking about the Essex in the 1990s where if you wanted Xpressions (hair for braiding) or Supermalt, you had to go into London. I’m talking about a time where my parents knew every black family and you greeted them whenever you saw them.

Despite growing up around mainly white people, my parents instilled a very strong sense of self in me. I’ve never been ashamed to be black. However, despite my parents best efforts, I figured out very early that the world didn’t see my skin colour as beautiful. I’m someone who loves books but I also really love magazines. Growing up I would go into Tesco and Co-op and see at least 30 magazines and never see a woman that looked like me. I would have the option of choosing between 15 blonde women and 10 brunettes. If I was lucky, Beyonce would grace the covers of Elle or Cosmopolitan.

Media representation is so important. Like it or not, it sets the tone of how people across the world see people of different ethic groups. Media representation is why whiteness is automatically seen as the standard of beauty and wealth globally. This is why my lips and bum were assets to be mocked until Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lopez came on the scene.

This is why I am celebrating all these beautiful black women on these huge mainstream platforms. And not just any random issues but the September issue of every magazine with prestige you can think of such as Vogue, Elle and Glamour etc. If you don’t know, the September issue is the most coveted magazine cover to be on. Remember fashion week across the globe start in September. It’s an honour to be chosen.

I am so jealous of all the little black girls who are seeing these Queens standing their different brown shades and hairstyles. They are getting a validation in their blackness that I never had.

Today we are celebrating black girl magic in all its glory.

You had better believe I will try and buy ALL these magazines.