Drake’s East African Girl


Previously, we linked to a Feminist Wire post about being a black fan of a white musician who has said racist things. They have another great post up about race and music fandom, this one by Safy-Hallan Farah:

For a lot of black men like Drake, it’s way less insidious. At best, it’s a misguided reinscription of the white standard of beauty through acceptably black women. At worst it’s intra-racial discrimination.

Read the whole thing for a well-argued analysis of beauty standards, “media representations of acceptable blackness,” and what they mean both inside and outside hip-hop.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →