Monday, January 03, 2005


Essence and the Culture Wars

I thought this was an interesting tidbit, and a positive note for the culture of life - the struggle to see all people, from conception to death as having value and worth because of our shared humanity (and for me, and many other religiously minded people, because we are all children of God).

Essence is taking on the slut images and verbal abuse projected onto black women by hip hop lyrics and videos.

The magazine is the first powerful presence in the black media with the courage to examine the cultural pollution that is too often excused because of the wealth it brings to knuckleheads and amoral executives.

This anything-goes-if-sells attitude comes at a cost. The elevation of pimps and pimp attitudes creates a sadomasochistic relationship with female fans. They support a popular idiom that consistently showers them with contempt. We are in a crisis, and Essence knows it.

There's more. Read it here.

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