Coffee Rhetoric: Violence and Abuse
Showing posts with label Violence and Abuse. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Violence and Abuse. Show all posts

March 27, 2013

On Rick Ross and his Irresponsible Endorsement of Rape & Non-Consent

Cross-post from Intersection of Madness & Reality ... 

Rick Ross is a Rapist and "You Ain't Even Know It" 

by Rippa

I'm no fan of Rick Ross at all. The one-time corrections officer turned fake drug-dealer, and now self-proclaimed "Bawse," of the hip hop industry has always rubbed me the wrong way. Yes, Rick Ross' is to hip hop what Manti Te'o's girlfriend was to him before she died: he's fake. But that's not why I'm writing about Ricky Rozay today. In fact, if anything, Rick Ross has shown us what I think to be his truest colors to date.
On the new song “U.O.E.N.O.” (you ain’t even know it) by Rocko, William Leonard Roberts II let's the ladies know in no uncertain terms. what he thinks about them. In his verse, the would-be Barry White of the rap game says “Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it, I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.”

November 04, 2012

These and Those: M.A.D.V.O.W. - Men Against Domestic Violence On Women

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend an event coordinated by an up-and-coming movement called M.A.D.V.OW. - Men Against Domestic Violence On Women - for its third annual social hosted in a lounge space donated by Barça restaurant and tapas bar in Hartford. There was spoken-word, music, food, and most compelling, stories of survival relayed by women and men- (including a personal testimonial by musical guest, Heshima Moja ) - who’ve been profoundly affected by domestic abuse.

One survivor relayed how she spent years shuttling back-and-forth between her relationship with a physically and emotionally abusive man and her family, who she stayed with whenever she’d leave him, before finally seeking refuge at a shelter for abused women. During her time there, she gleaned insight and encouragement from advocates and other survivors, who helped her feel empowered and strong enough to rebuild her life and move on and away from her abuser for good. Another survivor stressed the importance of patience from friends and family and pointed out how many survivors don’t willfully fall in love with men who’re abusive; but with men who’re initially charming and loving before setting out to isolate their victims and gradually subject them to abuse.

October 14, 2012

Cleveland Bus Brawl: The Anatomy of an Uppercut Gone Awry

Shi'dea Lane: "It hurt. On a scale of 1 to100, it was 100."
When 59-year-old bus driver Artis Hughes decided to pull over the bus he was driving to engage 25-year-old female passenger Shi’dea N. Lane in a brawl, I’m sure he never anticipated a video of his actions, going viral via the bastion of social media’s dark underbelly, World Star Hip Hop...  but go viral it did.  Comments ran the gamut; people were shocked and dismayed, but mostly enthused. Folks seemed to rejoice in seeing the young Black woman get her just desserts for being unruly, and instigating a fight with the 22-year veteran of Cleveland’s Regional Transit Authority. Witness accounts state that Shi’dea boarded the bus without paying (which may have been what ignited the dispute), that she appeared drunk/out of sorts and on edge when she got on, and that the exchange prompted Shi’dea to spit on and then strike Hughes while he was operating the bus. Admittedly, Shi’dea was absolutely wrong for verbally and physically assaulting Hughes’s person and sensibilities.  But as if the video weren’t already disturbing enough, the ensuing commentary it provoked is just as troubling, if not more.