The Daily Musing: Today’s top stories in Black media
1. SCOTUS Regulates Vaginas Everywhere
The Black: In yet another repudiation of President Obama and his message of inclusiveness, the Supreme Court ruled that for-profit employers can deny birth control coverage based on personal religious beliefs. The ruling strikes a blow to Obamacare and women’s rights, and sets a resounding precedent that, not only are companies people, but they’re allowed to marginalize vulnerable populations based on ambiguous religious tenets.
The Musing: It’s clear that SCOTUS has turned into a partisan entity, with conservative justices further crippling precarious rights and privileges. The fates of vaginas are being decided by these hunks.
2. Beyonce is the Most Powerful Celebrity in 2014
The Black: Forbes named Beyonce the most powerful celebrity of 2014, beating out Oprah, who dropped from 1 to 4. Beyonce’s feats are hard to forget: a surprise album and an army of hefty endorsement deals earned her $115 million in one year. LeBron James, Dr. Dre, and Ellen Degeneres carved out the top 5. Hubby Jay Z made the top 10 at number 6.
The Musing: The entrepreneurial side of me is impressed. The feminist side … not so much.
3. Nicki Minaj Throws Sunny Shade at Iggy Azalea
The Black: In what’s sure to be the dullest “beef” in FeMC Feuds, Nicki Minaj took a jab at Iggy Azalea at last night’s BET Awards. The rapper (who’s thankfully forgoing the purple wigs for a natural look) implied that Azalea has ghostwriters. “When you hear Nicki Minaj spit…Nicki Minaj wrote it.” A boring slight considering the rumors that she writes for her mentor, Lil Wayne.
The Musing: Free Remy.
4. Google to Give Learning Vouchers to Minorities and Women
The Black: In an effort to diversify, tech giant Google is giving out vouchers to minorities and women to learn to code. The “Made With Code” initiative comes after an embarrassing report that women only make up 30% of Google employees, and Blacks and Hispanics making up 1% and 2%, respectively.
The Musings: Hmmm…. it seems like big business are finally seeing the upside of diverse inclusion. Sign up for your voucher if you fit the bill.
5. Black President Forced to Resign after Mocking Douchebag White Boys
The Black: Maya Peterson was stripped of her position as Black student president at an exclusive New Jersey prep school after posting pics on her Instagram mocking the privileged, racist bros she goes to school with.
The Musings: For the last time, reverse racism doesn’t exist. Racism is a power dynamic, of which you hold the upper hand. Rich white males, you’re sure to keep your privilege, wealth, opportunities, and other unearned advantages regardless if a photo hurts your feelings or not.