Episode 5: DRAKE!

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So, we totally know there are a gazillion other people in the world who are probably better suited than two white girls to talk about our favorite hip-hop star. That said, we hope you’ll join us anyway this week for an hour of two fangirls-slash-critical-media-scholars discussing all things DRAKE!

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ALSO, the definition of a power bottom, a mini-conversation about cultural appropriation, a (terrible) update on the Jamar Clark case, as well as What We’re Reading/Watching and What We’re Listening to On Repeat!

some links we mention:

Drake Belongs To Black Women Hannah Giorgis, BuzzFeed

A Chat with Dionne Osborne, the Vocal Coach Who Changed Drake’s Style” Jia Tolentino

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some fave Drake songs:

Find Your Love” Drake

Mine” Beyonce ft. Drake

Headline” Drake

Started from the Bottom” Drake

Up All Night” Drake ft. Nicki Minaj

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What We’re Reading/Watching

Raechel: Appropriate Behavior 

Melody: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Marie Kondo

What We’re Listening to On Repeat  

Raechel: “Work” R3hab Extended Remix

Melody: “King Kunta” Kendrick Lamar

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WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!

xoxox raechel & melody

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2 thoughts on “Episode 5: DRAKE!

  1. Rebecca Huot (@beccasbecause) October 18, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Hi, I’m new to your podcast and am catching up, this episode was the last one I listened to, and something stuck in my head. When you two sort of condemned Drake for not speaking out on African-American issues my first response was,”But he’s not African-American.” Despite the fact his father is from the States he is from Toronto. Since I am from Canada, though not Toronto, I thought I might share my little theory on why Drake might not speak out on things like Black Lives Matter. I will preface all of this with the disclaimer- I am talking about this from an outside perspective, I am the WASP-iest of WASPs.
    1) While the political culture of the United States is built on the principles of ‘Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’, as a member of the commonwealth ours comes out of the principles, ‘peace, order, and good government.’ We tend to be far less critical of authority in Canada.
    2) Mosaic vs. Melting Pot. In the United States people are expected to assimilate into the American culture, where in Canada people keep their culture. What this means for race is that rather as identifying as Canadian, or African- Canadian people will identify as Jamaican-Candian or Somali-Canadian. Our black population is far more fragmented.
    3)We also have a language barrier. In Canada, many immigrants pass through Quebec, which has laws requiring that immigrants and their children attend French schools, meaning they are separated from more established communities of colour. So in addition to there being cleavages because of the mosaic philosophy, there is also a cleavage based on the French-English divide.
    I’m linking to an article on race relations in Montreal that I found really interesting, which talks about some of these things in more detail. http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/in-an-era-of-black-lives-matter-montreal-has-been-curiously-quiet-where-are-the-young-black-activists
    Of course I could be wrong about all of this and Drake just wants to keep his endorsements.
    Can’t Wait to Keep Listening.

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    • raechel November 7, 2016 / 2:44 pm

      Rebecca, thank you so much for this comment! I think you bring in an important point, and Melody and I (raechel writing here) need to be aware of how often we are US-centric in our discussions. I do think Drake, although not from the US, still moves through the world as a Black man, spends a lot of time (and I think now lives) in the US, and could, if he wanted, use his celebrity status to amplify the voices of BLM. I appreciate your insight though, and will use this as a reminder to not always be so US-centric!

      Also, this is exactly the kind of stuff we’d love to discuss on our Facebook group (we have a page and a group; the group enables more discussion; you can find it at Feminist Killjoys Community – WTF Power). Thanks again!

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