Posts Tagged abuse
Posted on August 22, 2015 with 1 Comment
Dr. Dre, former N.W.A rap group member, producer, and entrepreneur, is trying to maintain his reign as the self-proclaimed “first billionaire in hip-hop” by doing some damage control on his women-beating past. On Friday, Dre released a statement to the New York Times attempting to apologize for his misdeeds against women:
“Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again.
I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”
The apology comes on the heels of the success of the film Straight Outta Compton which chronicles his rise in the music industry as part of the hardcore rap group N.W.A., and the debut of his first album in 16 years at No. 2 on the Billboard chart. So of course, the apology was necessary in order to keep business booming because the negative backlash was gaining momentum as the accounts of abuse against women were racking up. And we all know how that goes, see Bill Cosby’s career, because when a few stories come out about a rich and powerful man’s past of abuse against women, there are plenty more untold stories waiting in the wings.
The big question is, will this apology be enough to absolve Dr. Dre or at the very least make people forget about his women-hating past. No, it’s not enough, but at least it his public acknowledgement to his abusive past and not a campaign of denial until it snowballs out of control, again see Bill Cosby’s career.
Even Apple, where Dr. Dre now works as a top consultant after selling them the headphone company he helped establish, Beats, for $3 billion, is standing behind Dre and issued their own statement:
“Dre has apologized for the mistakes he’s made in the past and he’s said that he’s not the same person that he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.”
This blanket and tame “apology” will definitely help keep Dr. Dre’s checks rolling in, or Apple’s for that matter, and that’s what’s more important, right?
Posted on August 21, 2015 with No Comments
The musical biopic Straight Outta Compton directed by F. Gary Gray tells the story of the rise of the West Coast rap group N.W.A (Niggas Wit’ Attitude) and its members Ice Cube, Eazy E, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella and MC Ren. While the film was highly anticipated and well received at the box office, pulling in over $60 million in its opening weekend, its exemption of the women the rap group used and abused on their way to the top of the charts has not been winning rave reviews.
We’ve rounded up 5 female events left out of the rap biopic – notice the misogynistic theme.
1. The female rap group J.J. Fad, one of the first groups signed by Eazy E’s label Ruthless Records, and their 1988 debut single featuring the hit “Supersonic,” which earned a Grammy nomination (the first female rap group to earn such a distinction, ultimately helping establish the label.
2. Dr. Dre’s violent attacks on ex-girlfriend, rapper Michel’le.
3. Dr. Dre’s violent attack on Pump it Up! host Dee Barnes in 1991 -smashing her head into a wall, and beating her up on the bathroom floor of the Po Na Na Souk nightclub.
4. Dr. Dre’s violent attack on rapper Rapper Tairrie B at a Grammys party in 1990.
5. A lot of other women the hard core rap group worked with -Yo Yo, a female rapper with whom Ice Cube worked with after leaving N.W.A; Jewell and Lady of Rage, with whom Dr. Dre later worked with after N.W.A; collaborations with Michel’le; or even Eazy E’s protege Tairrie B, billed as the first white female hardcore rapper.
Hmm, and the director F. Gary Gray calls it “reality rap” in this Youtube clip. Really?
Dee Barnes fills in some of the deleted history and gives great insight on the culture of violence against women within the black community, music or otherwise, in a Gawker article:
“There is a direct connection between the oppression of black men and the violence perpetrated by black men against black women. It is a cycle of victimization and reenactment of violence that is rooted in racism and perpetuated by patriarchy.”
Barnes’ article on Gawker is worth a read, not only because she sheds light on the women who were left out of the film but as she reflects on the pain of the past she exhibits a level of maturity, objectivity, and restraint that is very hard to attain after surviving abuse, career malignment, and watching your abuser become a household name. At one point she even fondly recalls N.W.A., as being her brothers. Blindie can’t wait to read the memoir of this intelligent, strong woman – Music, Myth, and Misogyny: Memoirs of a Female MC.
Tags: abuse, dee barnes, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy E, grammy, hardcore rap, Ice Cube, Jewell, Lady of Rage, MC Ren, Michel'le, misogyny, Music Myth and Misogyny Memoirs of a Female MC, NIggaz Wit Attitude, NWA, O'Shea Jackson, Po Na Na Souk, Pump It Up!, Ruthless Records, Tairrie B, Yo Yo
Category: Movies, Music, Newsy
Posted on February 19, 2009 with No Comments
After TMZ revealed that photos of a beaten and bruised Rihanna circulating on the web were fake, the site posted an exclusive photo of Rihanna reportedly taken after the alleged beating by Chris Brown.
The photo shows Rihanna, who is recognizable from the tattoo on her left shoulder that reads the roman numerals 11-4-1986, with swollen lips, bruised eyes and contusions on both sides of her forehead.
TMZ calls the shocking photo “The Face of a Battered Woman.”
Posted on February 18, 2009 with No Comments
“Rihanna‘s Nightmare” is the tag line to a haunting image of the R&B/Pop singer on the cover of People magazine’s latest issue.
The tabloid of record takes readers inside the “arguments, jealousy and hotel-room trashing” between Rihanna and Chris Brown that “led to the violence”!
While Star magazine wins the sensation headline contest (“I Still Love Him!”), Blindie can’t help but to believe People‘s credibility on the leak-proof case!
Posted on February 15, 2009 with 8 Comments
Chris Brown, 19, finally addressed his recent arrest in connection to the alleged attack on girlfriend Rihanna, 20.
Brown offered an apology and denied posting any updates on Facebook -referring to allegations in the press that he had changeed his relationship status to ‘single’ and written ‘You’ll begin to see her true colours. Believe it!’
In a statement issued on Sunday Brown says:
“Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired. I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person.
“Much of what has been speculated or reported on blogs and/or reported in the media is wrong.
“While I would like to be able to talk about this more, until the legal issues are resolved, this is all I can say except that I have not written any messages or made any posts to Facebook, on blogs or any place else.
“Those posts or writings under my name are frauds.”