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More Than 400 Yellowstone Bison Slaughtered So Far This Year in Montana

New America Media - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:36
 More than 400 bison have been slaughtered outside the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park in Montana as they left the protected area in their customary winter search for food at lower altitudes.According to the Buffalo Field Campaign, an advocacy... Indian Country http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Stingray Technology, New Crime-Fighting Fool Secretly Monitors Cell Phones

New America Media - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:33
 The American public faces yet another threat to our privacy in the form of a cell phone tracking device commonly referred to in law enforcement circles as Stingray. Simply, this latest surveillance technology can covertly track and monitor hundreds of... Louisiana Weekly http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Azealia Banks Tries, and Fails, to Defend Her Use of a Gay Slur

Colorlines - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:23
Azealia Banks Tries, and Fails, to Defend Her Use of a Gay Slur

Azealia Banks has been in, and courted, many, many Twitter beefs. And while on Twitter, she's casually dropped the word "faggot" often enough that fans and critics alike have taken issue. But during an interview with Xorje Olivares on Sirius XM, she tried to explain why she won't stop using the word. "When I use the word 'faggot,' it comes from a feminist point of view," she told the radio host. Listen below:

Gawker's Rich Juzwiak pretty much nailed it when he wrote about Bank's use of the word a couple years back. " This time, [her use of the word] immediately struck me as an overly comfortable invocation of an epithet that is not hers to reclaim, a sign that she considers herself so down that she is allowed to say what most people are not."

But since then, as Michael* Arceneaux writes at The Root, Banks' shtick has gotten old and her defenses are often contradictory.

"Banks can complain about white gay media all she wants, but I am very much black and I am someone who has monetarily supported her. And based on what she says about gay men, I'm with them. She makes constant homophobic comments, and she cannot hide behind cries of sexism in defense. Yes, some gay men are very much misogynistic, and that is a problem. Even so, when you compare men to women in order to insult them, what does that say about you?"

Arceneaux's entire column is worth a good read

*Post has been updated to correct writer Michael Arceneux's name.
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Azealia Banks Tries, and Fails, to Defend Her Use of a Gay Slur

Colorlines - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:23
Azealia Banks Tries, and Fails, to Defend Her Use of a Gay Slur

Azealia Banks has been in, and courted, many, many Twitter beefs. And while on Twitter, she's casually dropped the word "faggot" often enough that fans and critics alike have taken issue. But during an interview with Xorje Olivares on Sirius XM, she tried to explain why she won't stop using the word. "When I use the word 'faggot,' it comes from a feminist point of view," she told the radio host. Listen below:

Gawker's Rich Juzwiak pretty much nailed it when he wrote about Bank's use of the word a couple years back. " This time, [her use of the word] immediately struck me as an overly comfortable invocation of an epithet that is not hers to reclaim, a sign that she considers herself so down that she is allowed to say what most people are not."

But since then, as Michael* Arceneaux writes at The Root, Banks' shtick has gotten old and her defenses are often contradictory.

"Banks can complain about white gay media all she wants, but I am very much black and I am someone who has monetarily supported her. And based on what she says about gay men, I'm with them. She makes constant homophobic comments, and she cannot hide behind cries of sexism in defense. Yes, some gay men are very much misogynistic, and that is a problem. Even so, when you compare men to women in order to insult them, what does that say about you?"

Arceneaux's entire column is worth a good read

*Post has been updated to correct writer Michael Arceneux's name.
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Texas College Students Host Racist Border Patrol-Themed Party

Colorlines - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:12
Texas College Students Host Racist Border Patrol-Themed Party

Everything's bigger in Texas, including the racism. A University of Texas fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, is under fire for a loosely themed "Western" party that some have said was actually a racist "border patrol" party. 

Students, most of whom were white, were dressed in ponchos and sombreros. Some wore construction uniforms with Hispanic names written on them, while others donned military uniforms, according to USA Today.

Some photos from the party popped up on Twitter:

UT fraternity thinks it's funny to throw 'border patrol' themed party - http://t.co/WBfwMWddte pic.twitter.com/WqzxHxMR9A

-- Sal Guerrero (@SalDGuerrero) February 9, 2015

Frat members dress as 'construction workers', sombreros, etc, at 'Border-patrol' party at UT Austin. pic.twitter.com/CV3WzUz31r

-- Austinero (@ledesmaChris) February 9, 2015

In response to the party, some UT students have written an open petition asking for institutional accountability. The letter reads, in part: 

We have created this petition in order to express our concern at the reoccurrence of these themed parties and to ask for your support in denouncing these parties. Moreover, it is our goal that The University of Texas at Austin actually implement proper repercussions for organizations who choose to partake in such activities that promote the ridicule of different cultures. There has to be an end to these parties.

Read the letter in full here

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Texas College Students Host Racist Border Patrol-Themed Party

Colorlines - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:12
Texas College Students Host Racist Border Patrol-Themed Party

Everything's bigger in Texas, including the racism. A University of Texas fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, is under fire for a loosely themed "Western" party that some have said was actually a racist "border patrol" party. 

Students, most of whom were white, were dressed in ponchos and sombreros. Some wore construction uniforms with Hispanic names written on them, while others donned military uniforms, according to USA Today.

Some photos from the party popped up on Twitter:

UT fraternity thinks it's funny to throw 'border patrol' themed party - http://t.co/WBfwMWddte pic.twitter.com/WqzxHxMR9A

-- Sal Guerrero (@SalDGuerrero) February 9, 2015

Frat members dress as 'construction workers', sombreros, etc, at 'Border-patrol' party at UT Austin. pic.twitter.com/CV3WzUz31r

-- Austinero (@ledesmaChris) February 9, 2015

In response to the party, some UT students have written an open petition asking for institutional accountability. The letter reads, in part: 

We have created this petition in order to express our concern at the reoccurrence of these themed parties and to ask for your support in denouncing these parties. Moreover, it is our goal that The University of Texas at Austin actually implement proper repercussions for organizations who choose to partake in such activities that promote the ridicule of different cultures. There has to be an end to these parties.

Read the letter in full here

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NBA All-Star Stephen Curry Asks for Mo'Ne Davis' Autograph

Colorlines - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 08:12
NBA All-Star Stephen Curry Asks for Mo'Ne Davis' Autograph

Even stars get a little starstruck from time to time. Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is quickly establishing himself as one of the new faces of the NBA, but that didn't stop him from asking pitching ace Mo'Ne Davis for an autograph before a game on Monday.

. @StephenCurry30 visits w/ Little League star @Monedavis11 prior to today's game in Philly. pic.twitter.com/mzLJPyVPYq

-- Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) February 9, 2015

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NBA All-Star Stephen Curry Asks for Mo'Ne Davis' Autograph

Colorlines - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 08:12
NBA All-Star Stephen Curry Asks for Mo'Ne Davis' Autograph

Even stars get a little starstruck from time to time. Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is quickly establishing himself as one of the new faces of the NBA, but that didn't stop him from asking pitching ace Mo'Ne Davis for an autograph before a game on Monday.

. @StephenCurry30 visits w/ Little League star @Monedavis11 prior to today's game in Philly. pic.twitter.com/mzLJPyVPYq

-- Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) February 9, 2015

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Macklemore Becomes a Casualty of Snoop Dogg's Grammy Diss

Colorlines - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 07:51
Macklemore Becomes a Casualty of Snoop Dogg's Grammy Diss

The importance of the Grammys has long been debated among hip-hop's elite, Snoop Dogg notwithstanding. The hip-hop categories weren't televised this year and it's almost a given that the year's best albums wouldn't be crowned Grammy winners. This morning Snoop took shots at the awards show on Instagram:

Fuck the Grammys we need a hip hop show for real niggaz. ????????? n real mcs.

A photo posted by snoopdogg (@snoopdogg) on Feb 10, 2015 at 7:26am PST

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Kendrick Lamar's New Track Played More Than a Million Times in Less Than a Day

Colorlines - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 07:45
Kendrick Lamar's New Track Played More Than a Million Times in Less Than a Day

Kendrick Lamar dropped a new track called "The Blacker the Berry" last night and, judging by how often it's been played in less than 24 hours, it's already a hit. The track is a seething look at racism in America, and perhaps even a response to critics of his ill-formed comments about activists. It's been played more than a million times in less than 12 hours. 

On the track, the rapper openly embraces his contradictions. Check out the song's lyrics below:

Six in the mornin', fire in the street
Burn, baby burn, that's all I wanna see
And sometimes I get off watchin' you die in vain
It's such a shame they may call me crazy
They may say I suffer from schizophrenia or somethin'
But homie you made me
Black don't crack my nigga

[Verse 1]
I'm the biggest hypocrite of 2015
Once I finish this, witnesses will convey just what I mean
Been feeling this way since I was 16, came to my senses
You never liked us anyway, fuck your friendship, I meant it
I'm African-American, I'm African
I'm black as the moon, heritage of a small village
Pardon my residence
Came from the bottom of mankind
My hair is nappy, my dick is big, my nose is round and wide
You hate me don't you?
You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture
You're fuckin' evil I want you to recognize that I'm a proud monkey
You vandalize my perception but can't take style from me
And this is more than confession
I mean I might press the button just so you know my discretion
I'm guardin' my feelins, I know that you feel it
You sabotage my community, makin' a killin'
You made me a killer, emancipation of a real nigga

[Pre-Hook]
The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
The blacker the berry, the bigger I shoot

[Hook: Assassin]
I said they treat me like a slave, cah' me black
Woi, we feel a whole heap of pain, cah' we black
And man a say they put me in a chain, cah' we black
Imagine now, big gold chain full of rocks
How you no see the whip, left scars pon' me back
But now we have a big whip, parked pon' the block
All them say we doomed from the start, cah' we black
Remember this, every race start from the block, just remember that

[Verse 2]
I'm the biggest hypocrite of 2015
Once I finish this, witnesses will convey just what I mean
I mean, it's evident that I'm irrelevant to society
That's what you're telling me, penitentiary would only hire me
Curse me till I'm dead
Church me with your fake prophesizing that I'mma be just another slave in my head
Institutionalize manipulation and lies
Reciprocation of freedom only live in your eyes
You hate me don't you?
I know you hate me just as much as you hate yourself
Jealous of my wisdom and cards I dealt
Watchin' me as I pull up, fill up my tank, then peel out
Muscle cars like pull ups, show you what these big wheels 'bout, ah
Black and successful, this black man meant to be special
CAT scans on my radar bitch, how can I help you?
How can I tell you I'm making a killin'?
You made me a killer, emancipation of a real nigga

[Pre-Hook]

[Hook]

[Verse 3]
I'm the biggest hypocrite of 2015
When I finish this if you listenin' sure you will agree
This plot is bigger than me, it's generational hatred
It's genocism, it's grimy, little justification
I'm African-American, I'm African
I'm black as the heart of a fuckin' Aryan
I'm black as the name of Tyrone and Darius
Excuse my French but fuck you -- no, fuck y'all
That's as blunt as it gets, I know you hate me, don't you?
You hate my people, I can tell cause it's threats when I see you
I can tell cause your ways deceitful
Know I can tell because you're in love with that Desert Eagle
Thinkin' maliciously, he get a chain then you gone bleed him
It's funny how Zulu and Xhosa might go to war
Two tribal armies that want to build and destroy
Remind me of these Compton Crip gangs that live next door
Beefin' with Pirus, only death settle the score
So don't matter how much I say I like to preach with the Panthers
Or tell Georgia State "Marcus Garvey got all the answers"
Or try to celebrate February like it's my B-Day
Or eat watermelon, chicken, and Kool-Aid on weekdays
Or jump high enough to get Michael Jordan endorsements
Or watch BET cause urban support is important
So why did I weep when Trayvon Martin was in the street?
When gang banging make me kill a nigga blacker than me?
Hypocrite!

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Lynching Report, Strauss-Kahn Trial, Warnings Against 'Measles Parties'

Colorlines - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 07:12
Lynching Report, Strauss-Kahn Trial, Warnings Against 'Measles Parties'

Here's some of that I'm reading up on this morning: 

  • Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn bites his lip in court as a sex worker describes his abuse of her during testimony at a trial in France.
  • Google is teaming with the Mayo Clinic to curate search results for those symptoms you're always worrying about.
  • Researchers in Vermont claim that all languages are biased toward positivity. (Note they only examine English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Russian, Korean, Chinese, Indonesian and Arabic, thereby leaving out an entire hemisphere's worth of languages, yet come to a universal conclusion.) 
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Stanford Program Educates Indian American Elders on End-of-Life Care

New America Media - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 00:35
 Photo: Tai Chi instructor Sharoan Jeung (left) with iSAGE mini fellows Ranjita Chakravarty (on her right) and Rekha Marathe (far right) are shown with Indian American seniors who participated in the skits (from left) Meera Ramachandran, Chandra Lakhani, Aruna Sheth.... Reena Rathore http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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K-PoP: Why "Fresh Off the Boat" Matters

Hyphen Blog - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 22:42

Fresh Off the Boat is not just about Asian America seeing itself for the first time in mainstream media. It’s that we see ourselves while other non-Asian Americans can see us at the same time, too. 

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Another Lost Hero -- Remembering Golf Legend Charlie Sifford

New America Media - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 15:39
African-American golfing pioneer Charlie Sifford has taken his last stroll down the 18th fairway and has gone off to enjoy the comforts of that clubhouse in the sky. Charlie was 92 and the number of lives he impacted is countless.... The Afro http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Native Americans Say Facebook Is Accusing Them of Using Fake Names

Colorlines - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 14:02
Native Americans Say Facebook Is Accusing Them of Using Fake Names

Dana Lone Hill tried logging on to Facebook last Monday only to be locked out because the social media giant believed that she was using a fake name. In an essay over at Last Real Indians, Dana, who’s Lakota and has been using Facebook since 2007, explains that she’s presented a photo ID, library card and one piece of mail to the company in an attempt to restore her account. The day after Lone Hill’s account was suspended she was able to access it briefly but she was then booted a second time. 

In her essay Lone Hill says that this has happened to other Native users she knows:

I had a little bit of paranoia at first regarding issues I had been posting about until I realized I wasn’t the only Native American this happened to. One friend was forced to change his name from his Cherokee alphabet to English. Another was forced to include her full name, and a few were forced to either smash the two word last names together or omit one of the two words in the last name. Oglala Lakota Lance Brown Eyes was bootd from facebook and when he turned in his proof of identification they changed his name to Lance Brown. After contacting the Better Business Bureau and threatening Facebook with a class action lawsuit, they sent him an apology and let him use his given name again.

To reestablish a Facebook account after being accused of using a fake name, users must submit one government-issued ID such as a birth certificate, passport or voter identification card or two other forms of identification such as library card and a yearbook photo. The company appears to have been questioning certain Native users since at least 2009, when it deactivated Parmelee Kills The Enemy’s account. More recently, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Facebook deleted a number of Native accounts. In one case, the company asked users Shane and Jacqui Creepingbear for identification to prove that they weren’t using fake names. Shane took to Twitter to express his disappointment:

Hey yall today I was kicked off of Facebook for having a fake name. Happy Columbus Day great job #facebook #goodtiming #racist #ColumbusDay

— Shane Creepingbear (@Creepingbear) October 14, 2014

Try again @Creepingbear apparently my family name does not meet @facebook standards. Way to go #ColumbusDay #facebook pic.twitter.com/HYiu55DYgh

— Shane Creepingbear (@Creepingbear) October 14, 2014

Via Facebook messenger, Shane says that the couple’s ordeal came to a swift end when he had some friends who work in the tech industry contact Facebook directly. Shane, who’s part of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, says that he and Jacqui have “administrative shields” on their Facebook accounts and that their names will no longer be questioned. 

“It’s a problem when someone decides they are the arbiter of names,” says Shane. “It can come off a tad racist.” 

Facebook’s 10-year-old real-name policy stipulates that users “provide the name they use in real life.” However, the social network doesn’t require people to use their legal names, according to an open letter the company’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, posted last October. In the letter Cox apologizes to ”drag queens, drag kings, transgender [people], and [to the] extensive community of our friends, neighbors and members of the LGBT community” whose accounts had been shut down after a user reported hundreds of them as fake. At press time no such apology has been issued to Natives.

In a statement to Colorlines, a Facebook spokesperson wrote:

“Over the last several months, we’ve made some significant improvements in the implementation of this standard, including enhancing the overall experience and expanding the options available for verifying an authentic name. We have more work to do, and our teams will continue to prioritize these improvements so everyone can be their authentic self on Facebook.”

The spokesperson also told Colorlines that any idenitification provided by users is reviewed and verified by a single Facebook employee and then immediately destroyed—which may calm some privacy concerns. 

Lone Hill, who went by Lone Elk until she found her birth certificate last summer, tells Colorlines that she submitted her documents to the company last Tuesday only to receive an automated e-mail asking for even more documents—“credit cards, Social Security numbers, stuff I’m not comfortable sending.” Lone Hill says she misses having access to her nearly 2,000 Facebook friends and doesn’t know if she’ll ever be able to recover photos of her four children that she stored in her account. 

A petition demanding Facebook change its policy toward Native names, started about four months ago, has garnered more than 9,000 signatures. 

Update, 4:14p ET
Dane Lone Hill’s account was restored by Facebook today after being suspended for the better part of a week. Lone Hill had posted about her ordeal on Last Real Indians on Friday, which Colorlines picked up and published a post about Monday. In an email addressed to Lone Hill at 2:58p ET and forwarded to Colorlines, Facebook explained:

Hi Dana,

It looks like your account was suspended by mistake. I’m so sorry for the inconvenience. You should now be able to log in. If you have any issues getting back into your account, please let me know.

View updates from your support dashboard: [REDACTED]

Thanks,

Harvey
Community Operations
Facebook

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Sikh Police Officer in Houston Allowed to Wear Articles of Faith

New America Media - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 13:43
HOUSTON, Texas – An Indian American Sikh is set to become the first police officer in Texas to serve while keeping his Sikh articles of faith, including a turban and beard.Patrol Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal will be allowed to wear... India West http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Brings Down the House at Watch Parties

New America Media - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 13:35
From a spacious nightclub in Times Square to a 190-seat auditorium in LA’s Little Tokyo district, Asian Americans coast to coast packed venues holding live community watch parties for the highly-anticipated network debut of ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat Wednesday... Koream Journal http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Happy 71st Birthday to Womanist Warrior, Alice Walker!

Colorlines - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 13:09
Happy 71st Birthday to Womanist Warrior, Alice Walker!

Alice Walker has spent the better part of the past 50 years bringing a radical black woman's consciousness into mainstream America. Born to sharecroppers in rural Georgia, Walker gained acclaim with her Pullitzer Prize-winning 1983 novel "The Color Purple." But her life's work has spanned more than three dozen novels, short stories, poetry and essay collections. Here are some words to remember her by on her 71st birthday:

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Many Florida Parents Unaware of Free Health Coverage for Kids

New America Media - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 13:05
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — When Kimberly Way gave birth to her son Caleb, she found out he had a rare genetic disorder. "We thought he was not going to make it," she said. "I am very grateful a caseworker helped... Anthony Advincula http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=63
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Black Lives Matter at the Grammys, But What About Black Talent?

Colorlines - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 11:33
Black Lives Matter at the Grammys, But What About Black Talent?

If you're looking for one picture to sum up last night's Grammy Awards, take a look at Prince's, "bitch, please" face:

I feel like this Prince image will get a lot of use in life. pic.twitter.com/rQ9Rp4qVxW

-- Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) February 9, 2015

Prince made the look when he took the stage to present Beck -- Beck! -- with the award for best album of the year. Never one to be passive, the iconic singer took the opportunity to hammer home to importance of full-length musical projects over one-off songs that currently flood the industry. "Albums -- you remember those? They still matter. Like books and black lives, they still matter," Prince stated.

Kanye started to rush the stage, but then thought better of it. Still, he told reporters after the show, "[Beck] should've given his award to Beyonce."

Pharrell added some drama to his exuberant hit "Happy." During his performance, his dancers wore hoodies and raised their hands in a "don't shoot" gesture as a nod to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

Blue-eyed soul singer Sam Smith was the star of the night, taking home four awards for best new artist, song of the year and record of the year for his tantalizing hit "Stay With Me" off his debut album, "In the Lonely Hour." He also took the stage with Mary J. Blige to perform the track, and later gave a shoutout to the heartbreaker who inspired the album.

Beyoncé -- not Ledisi -- helped close out the night with a moving rendition of the gospel standard, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord." Flanked by black male singers dressed in white and standing in a "hands up, don't shoot" pose, the singer's words and gestures easily made for the night's most powerful moment. The singer also took home three awards for her self-titled album.

Kendrick Lamar's single "i" won awards for best rap performance and best rap song, which made Taylor Swift very, very happy. Interestingly, the rapper wasn't in attendance

But while black artists proved the point that black lives matter at last night's awards, what about black talent? That was a question that seemed especially resonant in this year's hip-hop category (which wasn't televised), as Eminem beat out Iggy Azalea for best rap album for "The Marshall Mathers LP 2." It was a moment that showed how white artists rob black artists of hip-hop culture, according to Renee Graham at the Boston Globe

Cultural appropriation is a scurrilous label older than Elvis, and as revolting as Pat Boone's literally and figuratively pale versions of early rock n' roll classics by Little Richard and Fats Domino. Such concerns center not only on who makes the music, but who claims its legacy and shapes its future. Nowhere is this discussion more fractious than in hip-hop where the music is culture and the culture, for many, is life. In a genre where its most devoted acolytes still believe authenticity is everything, newcomers are expected to earn the right to stand alongside legends.

Luckily for Iggy, she didn't walk away completely empty-handed. Her braid damn near broke the internet. 

Iggy Azalea's Braid Is the Left Shark of the Grammys http://t.co/88BzI31G9P pic.twitter.com/DPFH3tp8DJ

-- Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) February 9, 2015
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