On Mo'Nique, Wakanda And Dis-U.N.I.T.Y



*It’s been a while since I wrote a piece in the category of Black Conscious however, I’m here today to serve my Black thought. I hope you enjoy.

Since March 11th, 2018 Black Panther has garnered over 1 billion dollars in the box office and the hype is not over.  After watching the film as an Africana Scholar I knew I would walk away with multiple thoughts roaming in my head.  I had a greater understanding of the lessons I learned in Africana studies and understood how people would perceive the messages in this film outside of my academic discipline.

When a Black woman comes to the front of the table to discuss the unfair treatment of  Black lives and Black women why can’t we listen to understand?

Why is it that the voice of Black pain has to be validated by other people who also realize these struggles exist in order for it to be a “real” issue?

Why does a White body have to confirm the issues that we are going through in order to validate our injustices? Why can we never have a collective BlackAsf*ck consensus? 

When I first heard Mo'Nique’s call to boycott Netflix, I thought that it’s about time someone has spoken up about the injustices in Hollywood. Let's be honest, Netflix is not the only the company in  Hollywood that is flawed.

I watched, I listen to many arguments and then I assessed the multitude of Black bodies who laughed, disregarded, and mocked the issues being presented by Mo'Nique. I watched the Breakfast Club a morning show I loved and cherished for their business insights, community messages and of course Hip-Hop music receive their second strike this year from me as a viewer.

The first strike began with the ignorance surrounding Afrocentricity and Afro Latinx bodies. It was the conversation that was held between DJ Envy, Charlamagne Tha God, and Amara a Negra.

We’re cheering on Wakanda as an exceptional film, bringing awareness to inter-relational politics as it pertains to people within the African Diaspora, external relations, BLACKASSNESS, heroism and a ton of other metaphoric connections. Yet, we refuse to stand by people fighting for the same causes that parallel with our existing state in AmeriKKKa.

Recently, Viola Davis spoke out regarding racial and wage inequalities of Black women in Hollywood. Viola's message was accepted across people of the African Diaspora.

When her sister Mo’nique spoke out against the same issues a few weeks prior she was met with many disappointments. People in opposition explained these challenges were mostly pointed towards her “personal issues” with Netflix not offering her a respectable fee. These challenges were associated with her “reputation” and attitude”. They had nothing to do with “race” and everything to do with “business”.

As I said before and have always stated In business race matters.

Did people forget that personal isolated incidents have always mattered in examining the collective problems of the Black community?

After watching the Black Panther this last month I couldn’t help think about Mo'nique, her parallels to Okoye and their love for the people.

I couldn’t help but come to the conclusion that in Wakanda Mo'Nique's would have been respected. Her opinion would have been valued.

Yet, here outside of the fictional utopia of Wakanda there’s so much work to do.

Where Mo’Nique called for a boycott and for her people to support she was expressing the same message as Mrs. Viola Davis:

“I’m not hustling for my worth. I’m worthy. When I came out of my mother’s womb, I came out worthy.”

Too many people are caught up in the political correctness of Monique.

“She should have acted…”
“She deserved the price because…”
“She’s the “b*tchy Angry Black woman...”

I wonder the next the time they are fighting for injustices they face will they forget the fight for equity?

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Whether or not you like that she was calling for a boycott or a discussion it was all in the name of equity.

I know damn well there were people in the Civil Rights Movement who disagreed with many items on the Black agenda presented to them in the development of protest and their direction of focus. However, they came together for the greater good of the community. The big picture here is that even in the slightest structures, cracks and corners of our lives racial and gender bias exist.

The entertainment industry is not immune to these issues. These issues are embedded in the DNA of the industry and country. It has existed since before The Birth of A Nation of 1915. Those of minoritized communities are left the most impacted.

This is why Wakanda deserves just as much admiration as it does reflection on the lessons it presented to global audiences on the current state of Black lives who made the movie powerful. Lil Ms. Ole’ Hollywood is not exempt from these lessons and Wakanda although I love it so, is not the perfect utopia. To be honest neither is the world we live in.

We can agree to disagree on the matter but one this is for certain: Dis-U.N.I.T.Y and spreading hate towards our own people is the biggest threat to the Black agenda.

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