Eminem Trump Diss: Woke or Broke?

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Activists, Allies, Artists, Students, Teachers

Eminem offered President Trump a thorough read in a freestyle recorded for the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards called “The Storm.”

After going in on how Trump has fanned the flames of the national anthem controversy…

But this is his form of distraction
Plus, he gets an enormous reaction
When he attacks the NFL so we focus on that in
-stead of talking Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada
All these horrible tragedies and he’s bored and would rather
Cause a Twitter storm with the Packers

The most acclaimed White rapper of all time concluded with:

‘Cause like him in politics, I’m using all of his tricks
‘Cause I’m throwin’ that piece of shit against the wall ’til it sticks
And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his
I’m drawing in the sand a line: you’re either for or against
And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split
On who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this:
“Fuck you!”

Ending with a Beyoncé classic middle finger up.

Since he burst into hip hop with the classic single “Slim Shady,” Eminem has received a lot of blowback from the culture about how his Whiteness allowed him to crossover to the mainstream and stay there despite homophobic and misogynistic lyrics. All while Black rappers were (rightly) excoriated for the same actions.

Pupils, in light of (pun intended) Eminem’s enjoyment of White Privilege is his Trump rant woke or broke?

See the full performance below.

Discover Progressive Pupil’s diversity workshops, documentary screenings and other engaging programs for your campus, nonprofit or corporation here.

The New Old “Ghetto Fabulous”

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Activists, Allies, Artists, Field Notes, Parents, Prisoners, Scholars, Students, Teachers
l. Rihanna and Iman model Balmain Gold Bamboo Earrings courtesy W Magazine Mother and Child at Brooklyn's Fulton Mall photographer Jamel Shabazz
l. Rihanna and Iman model Balmain Gold Bamboo Earrings courtesy W Magazine Mother and Child at Brooklyn’s Fulton Mall photographer Jamel Shabazz


Happy October!

When I saw the epic fashion photo spread featuring Rihanna, Iman and Naomi Campbell in W magazine, I immediately connected the gold earrings by French luxury fashion house Balmain (pictured above, $850) and the bamboo earrings I coveted at Brooklyn’s Fulton Mall when I was growing up.


Icons: The Rock Steady Crew

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Uncategorized
The Rock Steady Crew
The Rock Steady Crew

Breakdancing is just one element of hip hop culture that can trace its origins to the low-income areas of the Bronx. It was started by Black and Puerto Rican youth in the 1970s. I was born and raised in Queens, New York during the early 1980s. Though Queens was not an area where hip hop culture dominated, I still have faint memories of my first introduction to hip hop and breakdancing.


#BETAwards and Compassionate Independence

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Activists, Allies, Artists, Field Notes, Parents, Scholars, Students, Teachers, Uncategorized
LaGuardia Performance Arts High School alum and Trinidad and Tobago native Nicki Minaj at the BET Awards 2014
LaGuardia Performance Arts High School alum and Trinidad and Tobago native Nicki Minaj at the BET Awards 2014


Happy July! I hope this July 4th will find you safe, affirmed and celebrating your independence. This month at Progressive Pupil, we celebrate struggles for self-determination in Black communities throughout the world.

If you are reading this on The Progress: a Progressive Pupil blog, chances are you have had the opportunity to make some constructive choices about how to see yourself and your community.   You have also probably had access to some positive role models either in person or through books and film. These kinds of life chances are essential to exercising independence and autonomy.  Although in theory we may have compassion for members of our communities who have not had similarly constructive chances, in practice on social media it can be hard to resist the opportunity to put down people – especially extremely visible people like Nicki Minaj – who have not. (You can click photo above for her acceptance speech).

Progressive Classics: On Yeezus and Black Feminism

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Uncategorized
image courtesy of Myspace.
image courtesy of Myspace.


Editor’s Note: While we like to keep profanity, violence and misogyny to a minimum on our blog, Kanye West’s Yeezus is explicit in nature. Please be aware that the lyrics re-printed here may be very offensive to some people. 

The self-proclaimed Michael Jordan of rap is gearing up to work on the “second half” of last summer’s critically confusing Yeezus, so we’re going to take a look back at our feminist deconstruction of the blasphemous collection of songs.


Lighter Skin a Fast-Track to Hip-Hop Success?

Posted 16 CommentsPosted in Allies, Artists, Black Resistance Reading List, Parents, Scholars, Students, Uncategorized
Photo courtesy of drizzydrake.org

Is my black beautiful? This is the question that plagues Black people across the globe, young and old. Although J. Cole recently asserted that his success is attributed to his complexion, I disagree with this statement when studying the way the African American male is perceived and valued as successful within not only rap culture, but also in mainstream media as a whole.  There have been a plethora of artist, in particularly in the hip-hop community, that have failed the, “paper bag test”, and have still been able to obtain success .Diddy, the Notorious BIG, Jay-Z, Tupac, Outkast, and so on and so forth. Often times for African American males their dark skin helps to personify their image as thuggish and dangerous and acts as an affirmation that they are stronger and more powerful than the average man (an assumption that is not reserved solely for Black men) while their fairer counterparts often perceived as being “soft” or emotional.


The Cultural Embargo

Posted 7 CommentsPosted in Activists, Allies, Artists, Prisoners, Scholars, Students, Teachers

cuban hip hop

Originating in the poverty-stricken black and Latino population of the Bronx, NY in the 1970s, American hip-hop set the groundwork for the formation of Cuban hip-hop.  AfroCuban hip-hop groups, such as Anonimo Consejo, RCA, and Obsesión are based in a mainly Black, urban movement of the 1980s. These groups are similar in terms of style and content to early American political hip-hop, including Public Enemy and NWA. AfroCuban hip-hop is culturally critical and socially conscious, focusing on police harassment, racial profiling, and prostitution.