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This week I wrote a short

This week I wrote a short post about the death of Elisabeth Sladen, the actress who played Sarah Jane Smith on Doctor Who:

Hip Hop & Homophobia

That's a great article from ColorLines! Homophobia and hip hop came up in one of my women's studies classes this week, and those types of conversations I feel are often really uncomfortable because the student make up of my women's studies classes are often majority white (I don't want to insinuate that only Black people listen to hip hop and white people don't or whatever, but when white students talk about hip hop it often feels to me--another white student--that they're making broad, essentializing statements and don't actually know anything about hip hop--the ones who share their thoughts anyway). We did watch this youtube video called " 'No Homo'- Masculinity, Homophobia and Hip Hop Culture" and I thought that was great (also I love Jay Smooth).
I think it's easy to forget that mainstream music, especially the really lauded mainstream stuff (so not Britney or Xtina) is often not so friendly to gays or women either. And like any other genre, hip hop also has great underground stuff that is really progressive and produced by Queer people! I think it is something people should talk about, but when I hear girls in my class getting Diddy and Jay-Z confused... I cringe. If you want to have a real opinion, educate yourself!

Jay Smooth is amazing!

Jay Smooth is amazing!