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

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May 16, 2018 by The ReadyWriter


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. Nicole says:

    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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    • Gia says:

      of course they do.

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    • Yvonne says:

      “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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    • Q says:

      Sure ya right Nicole! And we play right into the media’s hands.

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    • Yasha says:

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

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    • Omar says:

      she is ignorant.
      Pregnant by a dude who already has like what 6 or 7 baby mamaz? Smdh

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    • billyboy695 says:

      It’s like the elite want to push an agenda of ignorance.
      ***********
      That’s the plan

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    • bird2009 says:

      “Its like the elite want to push an agenda of ignorance”
      *************
      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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    • civil2010 says:

      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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    • Random says:

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

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  2. Gia says:

    I think that’s Lord Jamar he had something to say about her too.

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    • civil2010 says:

      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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  3. Yvonne says:

    I heard this Cardi B use to grace the stripper pole.

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  4. Ashanti says:

    well is she a role model? I’m fans of none of them so i don’t know.

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    • Acquitta says:

      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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      • sane2011 says:

        Exactly people may not know the girl was a stripper 1st

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      • adrianepage says:

        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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      • ebonyeyes2010 says:

        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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      • browngirl2010 says:

        Cardii is a ho stripper turned rapper =fame

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      • Coco says:

        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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      • BBallen says:

        Being a stripper is her past
        Long gone.

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      • civil2010 says:

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

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  5. Acquitta says:

    As far as race appropriation, YES they’ve always copied our music, style and fashion sense.
    #real

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  6. Acquitta says:

    Good topic
    Happy “Conversations of A Sistah” Wednesday!!!

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  7. Yasha says:

    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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  8. Bobby says:

    Cardi give ghetto a whole new meaning 😏

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  9. Omar says:

    Black people need to stop praising ratchet, classless behavior! Period.

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  10. AppleBottom says:

    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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    • PookieNem says:

      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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  11. PookieNem says:

    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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    • Ashanti says:

      Exactly..
      She’s the pot is calling the kettle black and they on the same stove 😆

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    • keewee2010 says:

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

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  12. Felicia says:

    Grant it.
    Cardi is ignorant. But so is this bitch up top.

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  13. 2Thick4u says:

    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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  14. Angelhair says:

    At the end of the day Azalia is just jealous. Cardi is a household name she on the other hand is NOT.

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    • ebonyeyes2010 says:

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

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  15. Anthony says:

    Cardi ain’t no different than the rest of these rappers coming up imitating our style and culture.

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  16. sane2011 says:

    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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  17. ebonyeyes2010 says:

    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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  18. billyboy695 says:

    Well if truth be told Bruno Mars is the ultimate imitator and black folk love him

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  19. bird2009 says:

    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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  20. Princess says:

    Music qued up.
    I’m here and ready for it 🙂

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  21. Daisy says:

    y’all heard that caller? I agree with him.
    music is inspired by gawd 🙂

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  22. Browngurl says:

    Caller made a good point about SNoop
    Yes he did 😂

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  23. Coco says:

    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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    • BBallen says:

      I agree👍
      That beef is personal

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    • mittseybean says:

      That beef is jealousy
      Let’s face it people hate you when you’re successful

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    • angelhair2011 says:

      I can relate to the topic but the beef is irrelevant in a sense

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    • alscream says:

      I can relate to the topic but the beef is irrelevant in a sense
      *******
      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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  24. BBallen says:

    Good show Tracy
    Good topic

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  25. civil2010 says:

    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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    • danny20053 says:

      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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    • mittseybean says:

      The video looks like they mimicked the in living color set. All the way. I love this video

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    • mittseybean says:

      Loved last night’s conversation. Tracy always bring the convo to life. She grilled the hell out of that caller. Good show with great points

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    • alscream says:

      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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    • adambantre says:

      Bruno def took the inspiration of that video from IN LIVING COLOR.
      *******
      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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    • xmen2010 says:

      Yea his best is hot

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    • tamala2010 says:

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

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    • arice95 says:

      Love the video
      I see my comment landed in the wrong section.
      Ugh🙄

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    • keewee2010 says:

      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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    • kaylabrown2010 says:

      I like that song I really do.
      The video is cool

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  26. alscream says:

    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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  27. adambantre says:

    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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  28. xmen2010 says:

    Trace said she gotta Puerto Rican BFF with curly hair. Mm.
    Trace be you boo

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    • tamala2010 says:

      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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    • arice95 says:

      X
      You’re way off with that comment

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  29. arice95 says:

    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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  30. billyboy695 says:

    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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  31. kaylabrown2010 says:

    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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  32. Princess says:

    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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    • Angelhair says:

      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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      • Nicole says:

        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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      • Civil says:

        And I hate to see sistaz rocking blonde hair.
        That irritates the FUCK outta me 😡

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  33. Pinky says:

    I like Cardi but Azalia is no better. cardi is ghetto but her talent is acceptable at best.

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