Social Media Commentary: Savage Remix, D’USSE Palooza, and States Reopening.
Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé teamed up and hit us with a remix of “Savage” . In less than a week the remix has already racked up over 10 million views on YouTube. Megan has yet to produce a full album, but that hasn’t stopped the “Houston Hottie” from scoring hits with both Nicki Minaj and The Queen Bey. The Savage remix release had the innanets buzzing for sure. So much can be said about Beyoncé, an artist with over 20 years in the music business. Here she is in 2020 still relevant and with an even stronger and more diverse career and brand.
After complaints of sexual coercion, Chris Stylezz was relieved of his duties as host for the popular Hip Hop party D’USSE Palooza. Allegedly, he has a history of questionable behavior with women. One of his victims, Photographer Chey Millz, shared her experience with Chris via Twitter. Several others shared their experiences as well anonymously for fear of harassment. His behavior ushered in a timely discussion about misogyny and rape culture within the Hip Hop music industry. Some argue that a Me Too moment is way past due.
COVID-19 continues to ravage communities. States such as Georgia have reopened without regards to the continued rise of cases. At present, Georgia reports 28,338 confirmed cases and 1,174 deaths. The virus has been particularly hard in African-American communities. COVID-19 financial support has fallen short of its promises as well.
Funding programs such as the Pay Check Protection, EIDL Loan Advance, SBA Express Bridge Loans, and SBA Debt Relief have failed to render relief to many black and brown owned small businesses. Also, assistance to those unemployed from the pandemic have found very little relief as well. An estimated 30 million Americans are now unemployed as a result of the pandemic. Many communities have taken up the charge to assist businesses at the micro level, which is commendable.