Last week, Election Tuesday dramatic conclusion of the 2016 Presidential boxing, er election. This year, including the election debates, has been emotional, shocking, year, with the tone of one of the ugliest elections I think I’ll ever witness looming over our heads. I was stricken with anxiety over the pending results of the election.
Luckily beautiful fashion blogger Melissa Watkins Editor of Fab Glance graciously invited me to collaborate with her on the ticket giveaway to the GZA concert at City Winery. YES! I am not the biggest Wu-Tang Fan, BUT I know and respect the legend MCs, GZA being one. Luckily enough he performed quite a few Wu-Tang hits, so I was able to bob my head rap along.
The sponsors of the Election Watch Party event are some of my favorite organizations, Lovenoise (Eric Holt), Conscious Convo (Isaac Addae), Clerisy Circle (Carolyn Griffin), and their guests, were mingling in a lounge area directly upstairs from the City Winery performance hall. It was a good time socializing with other community voters who came out to the watch party and too were anxious about the election results.
I asked the bartender for a white wine that wasn’t too sweet or dry and he suggested and I highly recommend the “615.”
So I had the creative idea to take the videos of songs GZA performed and use the song titles to describe my thoughts and opinions on the results of the presidential election. Please Note *These are my thoughts and views alone and do not express those of the sponsors of the event*
GZA performed the Wu-Tang Classic C.R.E.A.M and the piano melody in this song arguably is one of the most recognizable melodies in Hip Hop. For me, this presidential election was all about the CREAM. However, I think the 2016 version should be COLOR rules everything around me, instead of cash. In my opinion, this presidential election has been the most eye-opening and honest portrayal of the racism that exists in the United States. The election was an exercise of white power in play: moral-less, arrogant, ignorant, misguided, and disruptive of the core sense of right and wrong. My interpretation of the results said that I would rather vote for a known sexist, racist, and liar, who will protect my white power than forward movement of the country.
GZA performs RAW
So with that my emotions about who I am and how I viewed in society are RAW. The wound is fresh and new. This wound has been festering for over 400 years and it was exposed to air this year; that’s what this election’s results meant to me.
I recently struggled with how I define my color — I’ve never been to Africa so why am I an African-American, or a black woman, because the word “black” sometimes seems so strong and can carry a negative connotation to it. However, upon examination, I determined it was society that had dictated that the word “black” ONLY meant ugly, dirty, or less than, and that I had the power to change how I felt about the word black. And even with that choice being made, it isn’t always easy. I think this is a sentiment I share with other black people which is why we had the 70s movement inventing phrases such as “Black is Beautiful.” Because black really is beautiful. And we deserve inclusion just by our sheer existence. And it hurts that we have to expend so much energy defending and explaining that right.
G-ZA performs “Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nothing to F With”
So I bet you all know where I’m going with this song. That white power clan Ain’t nothing to F with and we have seen proof in this presidential election. No other core reason exists that Trump is president-elect other than his ability to protect the interest of people who share his same beliefs. Even white women voters voted for Trump instead of the candidate who looks like them because of what Trump represents – the clan that ain’t to be f with. So when faced with continued forward progress with another historical Presidential first. The country voted for their spokesperson. Trump is America’s baby. He was born, created, molded and cured by the clan that ain’t to be f with….or can they?
Karla is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Sociology, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from Bethel University. She is a Nashville Native and Lifestyle Blogger; a Free Spirit, and a Music Lover. If you need a Creative Consultant for your events, ask me how! To subscribe to her monthly newsletter click here. She recently ran away from Corporate America. If you want to talk with her about that you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org