I’ve been in an India Arie State of mind lately…. I was thinking about how rad the lyrical content of her song “Video” was….and how when it first came out, how refreshing and empowering it was for me and for so many other women. India loved herself AS IS and wanted us to love ourselves too…. in many ways she gave us permission. What a fucking concept.
Then I couldn’t help but wish those feelings for all the other lil women in this newer generation…..I thought to myself “someone should fucking cover that”. Some young girl – and pass on that lil torch of love and light and empowerment and all that good stuff. From where I’m sitting we could definitely use it, or something like it. I wanna hear from someone who doesn’t think being ignorant is cool. Please don’t get me wrong, party music is cool and I love shaking my ass to songs about shaking my ass…. it doesn’t always have to be deep….but i watched a new video last night…and man… this chick was waving her ass around in the air – holding piles of junk food, singing about a bunch of fucking nothing – the main theme basically being that she’s proud to be ignorant, drunk and oh, by the way, she’d really like it if you would fuck her – and then somehow linked this whole thing to a form of patriotism. Yes. That makes perfect sense. That’s all very patriotic. Um.. WHAT? Confused? Me too. Not that this is really cool at any age but I think what really rubbed me about it is that this was from a grown woman – not a young girl …. but that’s definitely who she’s selling her wares to….which made it all that more uncomfortable to watch. I’m all for celebrating a lil debauchery with some like minded adults, but pitching all that to kids? Come on. I also happen to know that this chick is beautiful, powerful and capable. Maybe she just doesn’t know it.
Anywho…. I really do wanna focus this little blurb on love ….and I guess watching that video last night made me think of all the little girls who might see it and all the countless other garbage that constantly gets hurled at them and wish for them the same feeling I got when I heard the lyrics to “Video” for the first time. I felt safety. I felt Solidarity. Most importantly, for the first time in my life, I felt like I was “enough”.
So, from the bottom of my heart I would like to thank Miss India Arie, and I’m positive I speak on behalf of many many women as I say this: Thank you for loving us and teaching us how to love ourselves and each other.
I urge other women out there -young and old – take these messages to heart and spread em. Love yourselves, Love your sisters.
I leave you folks now with “Video” and another favourite of mine “I am ready for love” (which is so good at the 3:18 mark i always squeal a little)
thanks for reading.