Black Beauty vs. That’s My Bitch!

Black Beauty, 30" x 40" acrylic, enamel, and oxidation on canvas - TMNK, 2011

“Michele Obama, That’s My Bitch? Chill nigga, you talking about the First Lady…” (a hypothetical yet real conversation)

I have a love hate relationship with hip hop. I LOVE the swagger, confidence, and self-determination of it’s artists. But find myself in conflict with lyrics that promote and perpetuate violence, or negative stereotypes of us as a people. Such is the case with a song from Kanye and Jay-Z’s new album, entitled That’s My Bitch! In the song there’s a line that stuck in my head,

“…I mean Marilyn Monroe, she’s quite nice
But why all the pretty icons always all-white?
Put some colored girls in the MOMA
Half these broads ain’t got nothing on Wyldna
Don’t make me bring Thelma in it
Bring Halle, Bring Penelope and Selma in it
Back to my Beyoncés, you deserve three stacks word to Andre
Call Larry Gagosian
You belong in museums, you belong in vintage clothes crushing the whole building
You belong with niggas who used to be known for dope dealin’
You too dope for any of those civilians
Now shoo children, stop lookin’ at her t*ts
Get your own dog, ya heard
That’s my Bitch!”

I too question why all the So-called icons have to be white, but in promoting our beautiful sistas for inclusion should we say “That’s My Bitch?” Well, none the less I was inspired to help Larry Gagosian and MoMa out by creating an iconic image of “Black Beauty” that could be, should be on their walls. My painting, Black Beauty is my dedication to Topsy and Michele Obama, and all the other Black Beauty’s out there. If we don’t celebrate and RESPECT them, who will? NOBODY. #imjustsaying -TMNK

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