Black Dot(Author, Community Activist, Hiphop Historian), Sends out a challege to Jay and Beyonce in this open letter, In regards to the music industry(Hopefully, Jay performing at Carnegie Hall in New York this past Monday night will help ignite and change the image that Jay has portrayed on wax since the mid 90's(Cats will most definitely remember the plate, 'Ain't no nigga', By Jay in 1996).
Open Letter to Jay Z by The Black Dot:
Dear Jay Z.
I would first like to congratulate you and Beyonce on giving birth to a beautiful baby girl. There is nothing greater in this world than to bring forth life, especially when you are in love with the person in which that life is manifested. Something as great as having a child changes a man. It changes his perspective on life. No amount of money or material gain can equate to the smile of a child that you helped to create. This energy is magnified when a man has a daughter because it forces him to truly acknowledge and respect the power of female energy.
Growing up in the hood without our father’s present forces a lot of us to become ultra masculine to compensate for their absence. This may be expressed in the way we treat women, or view women altogether. But a beautiful baby girl changes all of that. You become her supreme protector, because as a man, you understand some of the ramifications that women who grow up without their fathers can have on their self-esteem. You understand that they can begin to equate love with sex which leads to them being taken advantage of. And the way that women, especially women of color are portrayed in the media doesn’t help that cause at all.
As a father of a daughter myself, I know all too well the importance of protecting her innocence at all cost. This includes monitoring the music she listens to, the videos she watches, as well as the magazines she reads. Some of your music and the way that you have portrayed women in the past have been questionable at best, but none of that matters anymore. You are a part of my team now and that’s the father/daughter Team. And whether you are a millionaire or working a nine to five, we have one rule and one rule only: and that is to protect our daughters at all cost. You are a man of great power and worldly influence who has amassed a great fortune in the world of entertainment. While I don’t expect that to change, I can only hope that greater consideration is given when making a music video, or signing an artist that may not be as favorable to women.
Beyonce, you too have a great responsibility as well. You are one of the greatest musical icon’s the world has ever seen. But little eight and nine year old girls gyrating their pelvis trying to emulate you is not cute at all. I can’t solely place the blame on you two because we all have a responsibility to do our part. But the sphere of influence that you two have is tremendous. Based on what we see now in the media, can you imagine what kind of sexual temptations Blue Ivy will be faced with? Jay, you have the power to start a new trend, and we fathers are willing to follow your lead as we clean up the cultural mess that we have collectively created. Blue Ivy’s birth can serve as a wake up call for us all. Let’s call it a ten-year plan to clean up the music industry so that she can grow up void of the images and music that plagued the generation before her. You have the power to reach many, but the responsibility will trickle down to each and every father, brother, and husband to do their part. What has been done or said about women in the past doesn’t matter because we can’t change the past, but we can change the future, starting with “the most beautifullest thing in this world”. Peace, and once again, congratulations on the arrival of Blue Ivy Carter.
The Black Dot, Author of The Book Hip Hop Decoded, and the father of a beautiful daughter
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