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This week on Black Women in Conversation, the show that is always a positive call to action, we're discussing the complex controversy surrounding the Erykah Badu/Flaming Lips video. We're will be in conversation about the backlash she received from the Black community, whether or not Black women bear the sole burden for the ways in which we’re presented in the media, and use this opportunity to continue building authentic counter-narratives to prevailing negative stereotypes that present obstacles to liberation, freedom and regard for Black women and girls. We will be discussing the real factors of race, sex, power, access and privilege throughout this controversy, as well as issues of exploitation. Where does consent begin and end? If you haven’t seen the video, you should know that it’s not for younger or sensitive viewers. A blogger online states: "The video itself and all of the resulting aftermath are all so viscerally exploitative that I physically ache for her [Erykah Badu]. And whether or not you are a fan of her music, if you call yourself a person of feminist, anti-sexist, anti-racist, anti-patriarchal identification, then you need to be on her side with this...This is not about nudity."
It's good to talk.