Who runs the world

Feminist- /ˈfemənəst/- a person who supports feminism

Feminism- /feməˌnizəm/- the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men

There’s often negative talk about feminists and feminism as if it was the worst thing since World War II. “Stuck up women who feel entitled”…have been some of the nicer words to describe the category of people.

“Because I am a female, I am expected to aspire to marriage, I am expected to make my choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Marriage can be… a source of joy and love and mutual support. But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?”

Why should we settle? We should we be content? Are we not allowed to want more than what we’re given? Why should a stay at home mom be all that we aspire? Is it so out of pocket for a woman to become a CEO of a Fortune 500 company or even want to run for president?

“We say to girls, you should aim to be successful, but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten The Man.”

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In 2016 women are still being paid less than that of a man… for the same job position. Not factoring in education or experience as it relates to the job, but simply for the plain fact that the candidate is a woman. If the job place wasn’t bad, what about social life? Women are expected to act like princesses, dress in frills, and speak with eloquence at all times all the while men can roll around in mud, compete in testosterone contests, and be absolutely obnoxious for the sake of just being a “man”. Men can be as careless, nonchalant, and promiscuous as they want, getting fist bumps and ego boosts while doing so. Women on the other hand have to be constantly aware at all times. Aware of their surroundings, aware of their clothing as they don’t reveal too much but just enough to still appeal and attract the male counterpart, friendly and bubbly so they won’t be looked at as a prude, sociable but not too much so that they won’t be called  loose… it’s just too much. Who made these rules? Why is this the staple?

“We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are. If we have sons, we don’t mind knowing about our sons’ girlfriends, but our daughters’ boyfriends? God forbid. But of course when the time is right we expect those girls to bring back the perfect man to be their husband.”

Why are women nearly disowned and shunned because they may have all male friends or even have a list of male partners they’ve been involved with? Why is it the norm for a man to rack up their numbers close to the hundreds? And it’s not about competition, it’s about equality and acceptance. Rather than trying to keep up with the man, why can’t we be equally accepted like the man is… in all realms and aspects.

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“A key that can open many locks is a master key but a lock that can be opened by many keys is useless”

There are so many elements, so many underlying factors, which brings us to the age old question…

Why does society accept men in a way they wouldn’t accept women… why can men do things freely, that women would be scorned upon… why can men do things women can’t do… why is there a double standard?

Sexually, socially, career-wise, family-orientation-wise, women are seemingly “stuck” peering up unto the glass ceiling.

How do we make a way for women? What can we do to make a difference? How do you feel about this topic? Are you a feminist? Do you support feminism?

 

Tips for Living Alone

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Lonely? Living Alone?
Recently I moved into my own apartment all alone. No roommate, no mom, siblings, NOTHING! I know sounds scary right? As a 20 year-old single female this is one of scariest things I have done. I have never lived alone before.

Although I am the only child, I have always had my mom, friends, and cousins. When I came to college three years I had three other roommates, then after my freshman year I had one roommate. At one point of time I had a boyfriend who would come over every night. So yes you all can guess it, I have never truly been alone!

Two weeks ago I decided to move into my own apartment 20 minutes away from campus and everyone else. My first night there I was scared out of my mind. There were so many spiders in my house and my bed was not put up so I had to sleep on the floor. OMG! I was scared out of my mind.

Not only am I far out in the country alone, but I have to sleep on the floor with these spiders. Yes I was freaking out and they were too big to kill. I slept with the night light on until about 6am LOL! I also stayed on the phone with a guy friend the whole night just to feel safe. Two weeks later I am still scared, but slowly getting used to it. So here are a few tips I came up with for people who live alone who are college students, or just single individuals:

1. Organize your house, familiarize yourself with everything
2. Take the time to decorate your house, I live across the street from meijers, Walmart, dollar tree etc. so after work sometimes I go shopping to household items
3. Take a nice long bath with music! This can be very relaxing and also will blow off some steam and cure anxiety that you may have
4. Make your friends in your neighborhood! That way you can visit people and always have someone within distance to talk to
5. Face time a friend! I am always calling someone making conversation
6. Make your home as comfortable as possible for yourself
These are just a few things that I have done. What are your tips? What do you all do when living alone? Drop down some tips at the bottom of the post. As Sydney B would say B Honest, B humble, B You!

-Paisley Graham

Detroit’s Female Rappers On The Rise

[Credit: Street Gangs]
[Credit: Street Gangs]
By Sydney B.

Detroit is known for giving birth to electronic, also known as techno, music, and of course the Motown sound. The City’s music history is unlike any other found in any city around world. Unfortunately, its music can’t be labeled by a particular sound or genre, instead it is identified by the raw talent and innovation from within.

It’s home to many well-known mainstream artist such as Eminem, Big Sean, Madonna, Slum Village, Kid Rock, Danny Brown, Angel Haze, and many more. Many of these artist have helped raise and develop Detroit’s underground music scene and current sound.

Right behind these big name artist, comes many underground female artist who have made a name for them self in the business!

Outside of the raw talent that we hear from Male artist, the females have been preparing for domination. On that list of harbored female artist is Dej Loaf, Kash Doll, Detroit Che, and many more.

[Credit: The Urban Buzz]
[Credit: The Urban Buzz]
Dej Loaf recently charmed her way into a record deal with Columbia Records, and since then she’s taken the nation by storm. With her hit single “Try Me,” her overnight success came as a surprise to many. Loaf even earned herself a live televised interview on BET’s 106 & Park with Bow Wow, where she showed the world what Detroit fashion really looks like.

Does the name Mae Day sound familiar? In 2008 she debuted her album, Somethings Gotta Give, where she touched the hearts of many with her reflections on trying to succeed in the Motor City. The album features her hit single “BABwhy” which caught the attention of hip-hop legends MC Lyte and MC Serch. In 2009, Mae Day dropped her second album, Cherish The Day, and in 2012, she released an album she calls her “baby, heart and soul,” Love and War: All Ain’t Fair. Lately she’s had her full with more than just music as she paints her way around the town as a sketch artist.

[Credit: Twicsy]
[Credit: Twicsy]
Kash Doll took a different approach, using her skills in entertainment to find her calling in rapping, acting, and modeling. The fashionable Doll formally introduced herself with the release of her G-mix to Tinashe’s “2 On.” She soon followed that with originals “From The Back” featuring Jwan, and “Old Freak,” featuring IceWear Vezzo. Among other well-known Detroit names, Kash Doll recently made her debut on a big screen in the Detroit Film, “2 Eleven.” Kash Doll is currently working on her newest project Kream, which is supposed to be fire so I’m excited to hear!

This next artist considers herself to be one of the most slept on female rappers. She recently won the Real Detroit Weekly’s 2014 “Best Female Hip-Hop Artist” award. Miz Korona made a name for herself through Detroit’s legendary Hip-Hop shop. You may remember her as Vanessa in the 2008 film, “8 Mile,” starring Eminem.  Korona is also a founding member of the D’s Women in Hip-Hop collective. Currently she’s working on her forthcoming project, the most slept on, Sealy Posturepedic. In 2015, expect to see Miz Korona in France filming a documentary on international hip-hop, and in April she will follow that with a 3-week tour in Norway.

[Credit: Johnny Nunez | BET | Getty Images]
[Credit: Johnny Nunez | BET | Getty Images]
Detroit Che is another name that rings a bell in the D. Che nationally repped Detroit as she wowed audiences during her televised debut in BET’s 2014 Cypher. Che used her lyrics to speak on social justice as she referenced Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Renisha McBride. After winning BET’s Sprite Hot 16, she and many big named artist like Mila J, Retro Tha Kid, and Luke James were featured in the networks 2014 Black College Tour. Be on the lookout for Che’s upcoming EP, Before The Storm.

Along with these females comes many more female rappers making their mark around the city. Slowly, but surely our city is making a come back one aspect at a time. We’ll keep up with these ladies and continue to bring you the latest.