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Race Appropriation, who owns it? Tonight on “Conversations Of A Sistah”


Race Appropriation, or cultural appropriation is when someone else adopts a style from a race that is not his or her own. But that’s not the whole story, appropriation refers to a particular power dynamic in which members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group. It’s fine to take aspects of another culture but when it permeates the masses, there lies the problem.

Recently in an interview with the breakfast club Azalia Banks slammed Cardi B for trying to impersonate a black woman. Cardi B is among a group of white and Hispanic rappers who are heavily promoted by the media as acceptable crossover hip-hop artists. This is not sitting well with other celebrities.

In a recent interview with the Breakfast Club, Banks dissed Cardi by calling her an “illiterate, untalented rat” and a “caricature of a black woman,” then dismissed the rapper as a one-hit wonder and not influential at all.

Several other artist have imitated us in the past as well. You have Eminen, Vanilla Ice, Jon B, Miley Cyrus, Iggy Izalea and Bruno Mars just to name a few.

So what is so wrong with imitating black R&B artist, rappers and entertainers?

Join Host Tracy L. Bell at 6:30 p.m. EST on “Conversations Of A Sistah” for her commentary on “Race Appropriation, who owns it?”

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112 thoughts on “Race Appropriation, who owns it? Tonight on “Conversations Of A Sistah””

  1. I like Cardi, however i have to agree with Azalia. Her over exposure is bananas. It’s like the elite want to push an agenda of ignorance.

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    1. “Its like the elite want to push an agenda of ignorance”
      ******
      well of course they do, that’s been the plan all along. O_o

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    2. Her over exposure is bananas. It’s like the elite want to push an agenda of ignorance.
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      Xactly

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    3. “Its like the elite want to push an agenda of ignorance”
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      Well that’s what they’re doing for those children being raised by the television and social media. Kill the filter and it never has the chance to ilfatrate a generation

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    4. The elites goal is to influence and to destroy this new generation coming up. Ain’t no way in hell this pregnant out of wedlock lab rat influencing anybody.

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    5. Her over exposure is bananas. It’s like the elite want to push an agenda of ignorance.
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      YES!!!!!

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    1. He did Tracy repeated it on last night’s show. I would tell you but you should’ve been tuned in 😜

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    1. Cardi B doesn’t have to be a role model. Millions of girls around the world are already living her former life. This whole issue is showing the world that girls, especially girls of color, must have options and resources or they will fall victim to surviving by any means.

      The gangs and strip clubs are preying on girls with broken homes and no options. Instagram is filled with girls with broken homes and no options waiting to catch a break.

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      1. Unfortunately alot of young women will aspire to follow in her footsteps 😐 from the pole to the stage. It’s today’s classic Cinderella spin off.

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      2. Well the movie the stripper club glorified that life style. The character Diamond just had a plan that’s all. Guess Cardi did too

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      3. That girl did what she had to do until she could do better. And if gracing a pole paid the bills then so be it. Now look she’s famous. 😝

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      4. Being a stripper is her past
        Long gone.
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        True but it’s still about what she represents an uneducated talent presented to the world.

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    1. Afternoon.
      This is bigger than Cardi B. Trust when the industry is thru with her they will chew her up and spit her lil ass out.

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  2. LOL!!!! 😆
    Azaelia Banks is mentally ill. Her comments should be taken with a grain of salt but in this case, I’m trying to figure out where was she wrong in her statement regarding Cardi B….. Hmmmm?

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    1. “Black people need to stop praising ratchet, classless behavior!”
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      Oooooo I agree. When Cardi was twerkin that baby all over the stage, I wanted to take 2 🚿. Just nasty…

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      1. Hell yes it was nasty, and if it were a black woman up there she would have been read for filth instead of praised.

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  3. I don’t like Cardi B however, here Azalia is calling the kettle black. While bleaching all of her own blackness away. Yet sitting her ass up there using black women’s culture as a crutch and weapon to down someone. You dont like Cardi. Okay dont like her. But dont use the LIE that she is damaging black women’s culture as the reason or the rebuttal. What has Azalia Banks done for black women’s culture? Anything? Its not hard. She can go back to sacarifcing chickens in her closet for all we care *rolls eyes*

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    1. Azalia was asked a question. She answered it. And Cardi took offense too it and couldn’t hold her own. I agree that Azealia is bit off. But some of her issues have stemmed from being a super talented young lady, but not light enough ( reason for bleaching) for mainstream media and success.

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  4. Azaelia is the same one who told the Dark skin chick on twitter to bleach her skin and called her a tar baby. But, she is so concerned about the struggle of the black woman, bitch please!

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    1. Azaelia is the same one who told the Dark skin chick on twitter to bleach her skin and called her a tar baby
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      😲so she has issues. Poor thang

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  5. It’s like when white folk steal our music, and ideas main stream media make it a big deal. Like the #metoo movement. started by a black gurl but was hijacked by a bunch of white women. smh

    Ye can’t wait for this conversation.

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    1. Two each his own I guess because I never really followed her. She’s for this twisted generation 😏

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  6. Well I see all the commenters jumping on what was said when the real issue is how we’re mimicked? Especially with our music. Music belong to us. Don’t ever 4get that people

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  7. I looked at one of her IG post and OMG ghetto as all hail. She is proud to be having a baby with some dude.🙄 she wanted all of IG to know. And her voice. Ugh

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  8. What is all the hoopla about? We must guard closely who our young folk see and who they deem role models. As for me and my house that’s how it’s gon be. This Cardi B is showing young girls that it’s ok to be single and knocked up. The TV will never dictate to my children. NEVER!!!

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  9. Bruno and Cardi are both Puerto Rican and being Puerto Rican is like one boat stop from the motherland
    I think they get a pass because it’s all in the family.

    Now that beef and those words are personal

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    1. I can relate to the topic but the beef is irrelevant in a sense
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      THE BEEF IS NOT IRRELEVANT. IF YOU READ THE POST UP TOP AND TUNED INTO THE SHOW YOU WOULD KNOW CARDI B WAS ATTACKED BY BANKS AND LORD JAMAR BECAUSE SHE’S IN THE SAME BOAT AS THEY ARE ONLY SHE’S KILLING THE GAME. AZALIA BANKS AND LORD JAMAR AIN’T HITTING MAIN STREAM MEDIA LIKE CARDI. SO THE ATTACK IS SHE HIJACKED THE GAME TRYNA BE BLACK LIKE THE REST. CATCH UP BECAUSE YOU SEEM LOST IN THIS CONVO PIECE BOO.BOO

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  10. Good convo last night.
    That caller was bugging me out talking bout all music is inspired by God. Ok. We inspire it and THEY copy it. We are the originators of this land. Let’s not get it twisted people

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    1. Yea you peeped that?
      He made a good point in the sense that they are imitating what flattered them growing up and that finesse video is in living color all the way.

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    2. Whaddup yall
      Bruno def took the inspiration of that video from IN LIVING COLOR. Yea Keenan started it all. Half the niggaz ne turned on wouldn’t be where they are if it weren’t for him.

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    3. Bruno def took the inspiration of that video from IN LIVING COLOR.
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      Fasure I agree✔💯💯💯
      In a sense that’s how people from the IN LIVING COLOR generation will know who he is.

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    4. Morning
      Tracy’s topic was relatable the artist of discussion however was not. Well not for me anyways

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    5. I don’t think Bruno Mars ever denied the fact that he imitated IN LIVING COLOR in that video. He cant..his video is imitated right down to the paint Cardi outfit the set. Even some of his moves is the opening of the show to the tee. That can never be denied. Is it race appropriation? I don’t this so. Like last night’s caller said “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” and this is def the case

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  11. I got news for you caller 👉 music started in gospel and soul. So if my man Snoop wanted to cross over why not? No hypocrisy there but these fake ass rappers imitating that’s a horse of a whole nother color as Tracy would say

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  12. Good show.
    Heard the rewind on my way to work this morning 😉 never heard of cardi b but the topic was on point

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    1. Who said she’s not being who she is and I know damn well she’s too old to be influenced
      I think what she was, her hair stylist thinks she keep curly hair because of her BFF. I believe that’s what she said😏dont get it twisted. Thank u

      Maybe you need to click the link for the rewind hear it again

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  13. Never heard of Cardi till now😜😂
    Tracy is right the girl is as ghetto as a cockaroach🤣🤣but has skills. Bruno Mars I like him. I think the video is cute too.

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  14. black people we don’t own shit in America
    They about to get Jay z for his tidal wave money so trust and believe America will rob the rich in the end.

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  15. Good show last night.
    I was on hold because I phoned in to voice my 2cents it couldn’t get thru.

    I do agree with the caller thou

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    1. I was on hold because I phoned in to voice my 2cents it couldn’t get thru.
      *******
      sure you did 😆

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  16. Good show/Great points.
    Caller was on point in so many ways. Maybe me think twice about some things. It’s a two way situation. PR’s are apart of our culture. But white folk wearing braids now that’s appropriation. They ain’t black.

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    1. Yup but in the same sense, you got black women wearing bone straight hair, some blonde, red and every other color. Trying to copy Europeans?

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      1. Yup but in the same sense, you got black women wearing bone straight hair, some blonde, red and every other color. Trying to copy Europeans?
        *******
        And BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!

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