Hip-Hop Is A B***h

Let me first preface this work by saying that in every

industry there are women out there who have experienced sexism and

people have turned a deaf ear. In addition, there are women out there

who truly do feel that they must use their sexuality to get

ahead, because this society is still a sexist society. And just like the hammer of

racism, when a group is oppressed after so long, that group typically has low self

esteem, and you exhibit other mental ailments that you would otherwise not

exhibit if you lived in a loving and egalitarian society. I use the

analogy of the elephant in a circus(trapped) who has a small wire on

his leg and can't go anywhere as an infant, becomes larger than the

small wire and still believes that he can't go anywhere even though

he is much more powerful. But only in Hip-Hop is sexism acceptable

and applauded - rewarded. In other corporate cultures, sexism exists but it is

hidden. There is shame attached to it. Hip-Hop has become a woman-hating bigot

that has taken 10 steps back in progress.

Do you think I am lying? In Hip-Hop a man can call Black women "b****es",

"hoes," "tricks," "sluts," and whatever other degrading word that come to mind.

In the lyrics and the life rappers parade these women around in front of the masses on a

stripper's pole with pride and no shame. Just check out the most recent BET awards show if you think I am

exaggerating. In Hip-Hop, pimps are celebrated, just ask Katt

Williams; and whores are vindicated. Unlike everyone else who is so

happy that the South now has a turn in Hip-Hop, I am trying to figure

out when did strippers become more regarded than women like Coretta

Scott King. What the hell happened? Hip-Hop has truly went South.

Turn on the television and you have Flavor Flav, a man that was in one

of the most socially conscious rap groups of all times, Public Enemy.

He now flaunts Black women as if they were pieces of meat to fight over his

affection. After two more shows of ridiculous betrayal to

Black women, he picked Deelishis who is the poster girl for every Black

woman that has a backside. But I am not sure if she has any

intelligence to go along with that beautiful face and smile. In

fact she isn't the only one that rolled her dice in order to hit a

Lucky 7, seven figures that is. At least I am hoping that a large sum of money is the real

reason why she is embarrassing the Black community like she is. I

have had plenty of experiences to show me that Black women and women

of color are suffering from low self esteem across the board and

believe that celebrity status can become their ticket of freedom even

at the expense of pride. I can give plenty of examples of more


One incident in particular is a female that used sex as a means to

levy power against other men in the music industry. She slept with

different men to get various positions in the industry. It was sad,

people talked about her, but she didn't really think anything was

wrong with it. She slept with friends and so forth. I found it crazy. I couldn't believe how she felt

this was normal behavior. But this type of thing has been happening

for years. However in the Hip-Hop industry it is unfortunately the


Another incident I recall regards a woman who stepped on a video set

half-naked and, after she was called a b***h and a hoe by an A-list rapper, laughed as if it was the normal course of action. Those two

incidents were probably the most disheartening. So when I hear about

Kim Osorio being sexually harassed at The Source Magazine, I tend to

believe her as opposed to the other parties. I believe her because

this environment has made this an acceptable part of their culture.

Rappers believe that because they can call Black women b****es and

hoes on their song, and we've allowed it, that we can then allow them

to call us that in "real life." And unfortunately, executives support

this type of blatant disrespect. And if you scanned the BET Hip-Hop Awards

the stripper and hoe was outwardly celebrated.

Yes, Snoop Dogg can walk us around like dogs on leashes on MTV.

Flavor Flav can parade us around like cheap buffoons on VH-1. Young

Jeezy can have us on stripper poles on BET. And Kanye West can state

that biracial “mutts” are the most beautiful women he has seen in

comparison to full-blooded Black women. Rappers can call Black women

awful names in every lyric that they create. Men associate being a

woman with being weak. This I guess happens in all industries. But

in Hip-Hop, no one bats an eye. In fact, no one even says a word.

Shemia Miller is the author of The First Ladies Club series. This series has been called a powerful book for Black women all around the globe. This series explores Black women and their potential power in the music industry. Ms. Miller holds a M.B.A. in global management and her interests lies

in community and economic development for urban populations.