Building For The Culture

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” That man has a vision of his own, why wouldn’t I support him?…Why do we get so upset when we,( us), as a culture try to start our own ****? That _____ is puzzling to me. I’m like, this makes no sense. ”  -Jay Z (Sean Carter)

Black Twitter is the ring leader in this cultural progression of social media. I’ve come to realize that without our execution of such a platform, lots of today’s biggest movements, artists, directors, etc wouldn’t be as huge as they are. The movie Get Out, directed by black actor/producer Jordan Peele did amazing because of black twitter’s influence. As did the all star female cast of the movie, Girls Trip. Black Twitter made it our business to rally and make sure that everyone who was anyone, especially POC went out and showed their support.

So why is it that when those of us who aren’t famous want to do something great for ourselves or expound upon a dream we don’t receive the same credit? Is it because there’s no “backing” or known audience to say that said product or talent deserves a chance? I’m beginning to think so. The newest wave is deciphering who deserves to be popular, who deserves to be known and appreciated for their art.

Chart topping female rap artist Cardi B worked hard and got her single ‘Bodak Yellow’ to No. 3 on the Billboard 100. She dropped two mix tapes in 6 months, never hesitating to let us know that no artist was working as hard as she is. We’ve watched her rise to the top and shared her joy. However, when we saw that she began to enjoy the fruits of her labor and purchase herself a Bentley truck, the internet wreaked havoc on her decision. “Cardi better slow down. She trying to keep up with Offset she gone have to go dance again.” was a tweet I saw regarding the matter.

Wow. Instead of celebrating her triumph people are mad that she’s actually taking some time to have fun. To go so far as to say she’s trying to keep up with her boyfriend, Offset, 1/3 of the rap group Migos, who is also doing well in the industry right now, was sad to read.   Other cultures go above and beyond to be like us in any way, shape or form. The only difference is their people support them. Blacks on the other hand do not have each other’s backs on anything outside of violence. Especially in the eye of the media.

It’s very easy to hate on each other, why isn’t it just as easy to spread love? If we took the time to honor our own, the Black Mecca as we know it could thrive again. This generation of people have so much talent. So many different art forms & ways of communicating with one another we could start our own legacy and leave something prosperous and lucrative for our children and the generation after them. Twitter is my favorite source of social media because of all it does for our culture. I’ve seen people go from being brave enough to showcase their talent on the internet, to going viral and shortly after becoming a star.

We must support each other and learn that we are our greatest supporters and their is no competition. There’s enough room for everyone to build and eat good. I quote Jay Z a lot because I resonate with his dream of taking care of those close to him. A boss is one who guarantee we all gone eat.

It’s a perfect day to build.

With Love,

Storie Stone

The Storie Will Be Televised

B R I L L I A N T. Successful Project Product. Proud Black Sheep and all around Thoroughbred. 26. Planted in Chicago,IL | Blossomed in Atlanta, GA

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