The idea of the American Dream has been a long-touted hallmark of living in the United States. It is the idea of starting from nothing and ascending to an idyllic middle-class to upper-class lifestyle by working hard and being motivated. Black Americans, and black millennials, in particular, continue to buy into this optimistic mindset.
When you are surrounded by thousands of people who you share studenthood with, it almost feels like an obligation to not be alone. Human connection is happening all around us, and our own fears about being alone can turn our state of being alone, into loneliness. And on a day like Valentine’s Day, when you feel like you can’t escape PDA, the color pink and every other physical embodiment of love, being single makes you feel like you’re missing out.
For years, African Americans have struggled with finding sufficient representation in the media. We’ve spent so long fighting that whenever we do have a moment where a TV show or film has a primarily black cast, we celebrate. We tend to become so captivated by our sense of representation that we don’t realize how poorly represented black people still are.
Eurocentric standards of beauty have been a hallmark of American society since the inception of our nation. Even now, these standards are continuously perpetuated in today’s age through the portrayal of beauty in the media. One of the key ways in which we get our standards of beauty, the acting industry, continues to be a white-dominated field. With the overrepresentation of white people in Hollywood, much of what we think is beautiful becomes centered on the archetypal white women in film.
Despite making public statements about her own personal opinion of how the NFL treated Kaepernick, Cardi B still participated in six different Super Bowl events, including a commercial for Pepsi and Amazon that aired during the Super Bowl and attending a Pre-Super Bowl event.
In our society, race plays a factor in almost every aspect of our lives. Whether we acknowledge it or not, race often defines how we perceive other people. One of the ways in which this is commonly played out is through who we as a society direct our sympathy towards.
Two weeks ago, Lifetime aired a limited series titled “Surviving R. Kelly.” The series does a fantastic job of highlighting R. Kelly’s years of inflicted abuse on young black women. It efficiently exposes the manipulative behavior R. Kelly has expressed for decades. The allegations against R. Kelly have been known for years; to the general public, none of this is new. His pedophilic relationship with the late singer Aaliyah was common knowledge and he had no issue advertising it through the title of her album “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number,” which he produced.