Misogyny and the Emcee
This assignment is based on the book by Ewuare Osayande “Misogyny and the Emcee”. It has to answer the following 8 questions as full as possible, and the page number that the answers were found on must be included with each question that it answers.
Chapter 1 – According to Osayande, “we have created a cultural paradigm that has normalized” something. What is the something that has come to seem “normal”? In his view, what kind of image of black people is being manufactured today?
Chapter 2 – In this chapter there is a discussion of a rap artist who was charged with 21 counts of child pornography (he says it wasn’t him, just somebody that looks like him). What act does the black male (whoever it is) in the videotape (it is not a rap video) perform on this black female? In Osayande’s view, at the end of the chapter, who should be seen as a traitor? When a black man does what?
Chapter 3 – This chapter discusses rap artists Eminem ( who is white) and Dr. Dre (who is black). What does Osayande mean when he writes “Eminem was embraced by hip hops’s black core because of his association with Dr. Dre….” and “And so based on that premise of covering Eminem’s white privilege with Dr. Dre’s Compton blackness, Eminem’s illustrious career was successfully launched? Is Eminem justified in hiding behind the excuse, “so now im catching flack from those activists when they ragging’, acting like I’m the first rapper to smack a bitch, or say faggot”.
Chapter 4 – (pg. 42-44) look at the lyrics of 50 cent, Beanie Sigel, Dr. Dre, Lil Jon and Snoop Dogg. Give four examples (translating the lyric into plain English) of how these particular songs verbally degrade black women or suggest threats of violence against them. Why do so many people in the black community make excuses for tolerating this degradation by dismissing it as mere “entertainment” or not something that any body really means “seriously”?
Chapter 5- What is Osayande’s criticism of “It’s Hard out here for a Pimp” What is a pimp?
Chapter 6 – Don Imus suggested in an interview with Al Sharpton that he was merely saying the kind of thing about black women that rap artists say, and if it was so awful when Imus said it why isn’t it equally offensive when blacks say it? What does Osayande say about this issue? How do we justify the double standard? How do we change this double standard?
Chapter 7 – What are the four pillars of patriarchy? (male dominance) Last Question – if we do not respect ourselves and our own ethnic group, can we expect anyone else to respect us?