‘Hunger Games’ Star Accuses Miley Cyrus & Iggy Azalea Of Borrowing Black Culture To Seem Edgy

Published: Thursday 16th Apr 2015 by David

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Madonna, Iggy Azalea, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift are among a group of stars accused of using African-American culture to further their own creative gains by the actress Amandla Stenberg.

The ‘Hunger Games’ actress used a Tumblr post named ‘Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows‘ to reveal why she believed concepts spawned by African-Americans were being used to add edge to Caucasian performers…despite being shunned by the corporations behind these acts when the same ideas are fronted by African-Americans.

Her words below…

Watch here.

Ms. Stenberg isn’t the first woman of colour to slam this supposed practice.

For, Janet Jackson’s 1993 album ‘Janet’ saw her address a similar problem with the number ‘New Agenda’, doing so 21 years before the rapper Azealia Banks took to the ‘Hot 97’ radio station to describe what she believed was a “cultural smudging” of black artists in Pop culture.

Watch that interview here.

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  1. rosy April 16, 2015

    I agree with her and put the trashians too they get the big lips and but black women born natural with ass and lips all these white b****** steal the black men by getting big ass example look at Kylie Jenner she wants to hold on to tyga by getting ass and lips Kim look like a fat pig

    • Jess April 16, 2015

      Black men don’t owe black women relationships but I see what you mean

      • rosy April 16, 2015

        Black men can have these smelly white women who don’t bathe hair smell like mildew rug black men u welcome to that

      • Jess April 16, 2015

        You don’t fight racism with racism. Be like this girl and use your mind not vulgarities.

      • Guess April 16, 2015

        What rosy said was wrong.. But let’s correct this because that word is used incorrectly more often than not. You cannot be racist towards white people.

      • only_cannabis April 16, 2015

        It is RACIST toward white people. since when white girls dont wash their hair? we’re all the same people after all, just with another skin shade, its not a big deal. you either black or white, blonde or ginger. thats what makes this world beautiful, if we were all the same itd be plain and boring. u cant fight the fire with fire, instead of spreading hate toward certain races it’s easier and faster to gather up and go through this hell together, blacks and whites and fight governement for your rights! Music is meant to unite to people, not to divide them. i feel sorry for you guys for all these whites acting black, i dont like it either and im white but guys dont trashtalk, work! for your childrens, grandchildrens – think of them and the world they’re gonna live in.
        peace

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen (aka T.I.T.S.) April 16, 2015

        Ignorance is thinking blacks can be rasicts to whites. If you look up the term you will see how.

        Prejudiced is the term for what rosy said.

        Racism is not the issue when a black person says something like this.

        But I get that two wrongs don’t make a right.

        Prejudice and Racism are both wrong, but not synonymous.

        #LearnYourTerms

    • I STAN(D) IN LINE FOR HYDROQUINONE) April 17, 2015

      ain’t that the truth

    • Um, excuse me April 17, 2015

      White women come in all shapes and sizes, some have natural big lips – Angelina Jolie – and natural big asses.

  2. rosy April 16, 2015

    None of these heifers are biracial or black and being praised for black culture society f***** up

  3. metzo April 16, 2015

    No damn lie. Miley is like the trashier version of Rih.

    • Um April 17, 2015

      And Rihanna copies other generations styles

  4. Jonatello April 16, 2015

    “eye roll” I really don’t see what the big deal is with this! I understand the fact that it may seem unfair because of the way black culture has (In a sense) been taken away. But from an honest standpoint i don’t see it as offensive. For a long time Miley has been known as a “Character” she’s always been seen as one from the public eye. Ever since she was a little girl. that’s all she’s ever been known as! Now that she’s a grown adult she is simply put, living her life! She’s doing what she wants regardless of how she does it! If she is “borrowing” Black culture then so be it! But we gotta look at the big picture! Revel in the fact that she is acknowledging and embracing black culture in her own way! Admire Miley for wanting to adapt and delve into it. Yes she isn’t black, but we have to stop being so damn insensitive and negative! There are wayyyy bigger problems in this world! Miley is gonna be Miley. That’s just how it is! She’s not a racist so whatevs! Everything Snoop said on The Breakfast Club about Miley was SPOT ON! I dunno about iggy, i just don’t like the b**** because most of her raps are just straight up s***! Even though some people stay hyping her up! SMH!

    • Gina April 16, 2015

      Miley is interested in black stereotypes not black culture. Big diff.

      • Jonatello April 16, 2015

        What do you mean by Black Stereotypes? Gimme an example! I’m just basing my statement on what the young lady above said. Which was Miley “Borrowing Black Culture”

    • Adrian April 16, 2015

      She may be seen as a character but her popularity from the her antics nowadays has sky rocketed and she’s still looked upon as a popular artist while many African artists couldn’t get that kind of publicity unless in a negative light . Same with Iggy who’s a damn copy cat. Taylor I don’t think she does she’s still very much her so to speak but Madonna will do what she can to stay relevant.

  5. Gina April 16, 2015

    Wouldn’t be a problem if they showed all black people have to offer, not just the parts that play into their preconceived notions.

  6. Only April 16, 2015

    True

  7. Mark111 April 16, 2015

    Smart girl.

  8. Centurion April 16, 2015

    I absolutely agree, but it’s gonna be difficult to find work in Tinseltown if you say things like this.

    • credits April 16, 2015

      i have a feeling she is already fed up with hollywood…

      • Boykin April 16, 2015

        We all heard that girl speak. She’s very bright. A career in Hollywood may not be of interest to her, and it doesn’t need to be. She can shade the whole damn industry and be successful simply by using her brain. Amazing what a little thinking will allow you to do…

  9. Molly April 16, 2015

    Yawn bîtches stay mentioning Queen Iggy.

    • yonceslays April 16, 2015

      yess the queen …. 11k

    • I STAN(D) IN LINE FOR HYDROQUINONE) April 17, 2015

      wait u like Iggy too? how is it possible u stay stanning for Flops exclusively

  10. ~The Arcade~ April 16, 2015

    “Everybody wants to be black, but nobody really wants to be black” ~ Paul Mooney

    • Um April 17, 2015

      Not everybody wants to be black. Plenty want to be themselves.

  11. TheElusiveLamb April 16, 2015

    Uh D-U-H!

  12. robyn April 16, 2015

    There goes her career, what she is saying is true but we all know that things like this get u into a lotta trouble and no one in tinsel town will wanna touch u ask monique.

  13. Lake Erie April 16, 2015

    Wow, from the mouth of Babe’s.

  14. B**** I Can’t Even Spell Welfare April 16, 2015

    Not a single lie detected.

    And what’s funny, there are plenty of extremely talented white female artists who avoid this ridiculous trend altogether. See Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Savages, Grimes, and Bjork for a few examples.

    It seems like the less than talented, mainstream “artists” are the biggest culprits. Hmmmm…..

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen (aka T.I.T.S.) April 16, 2015

      Preach honey! Absolutely nothing but unmitigated truth!

    • Um April 17, 2015

      grimes emulates a different generations styles

  15. Don’t hate B!TCHES April 16, 2015

    B**** ain’t nobody try a be black white is right and black is wrong like the evil black Devils the darkies are Evil creatures that belong in hell.

    • Tyler Makiveli April 16, 2015

      Silence! You pale genetic defect.

      • Don’t hate B!TCHES April 16, 2015

        Honey I ain’t white I’m mixed but I ain’t no dumb a*** like you monkeys

      • Um April 17, 2015

        you dumb person

    • yonceslays April 16, 2015

      girl you press

  16. Carl April 16, 2015

    The implication of this argument is that things like hairstyles, dance moves & clothing are owned by particular groups of people. So by this standing women of colour should therefore stop wearing weaves & dying their hair blonde because it’s stealing ‘white culture’?

    People like Janet Jackson cannot put a music video out to the entire world & then get mad when people of all colours emulate her style. If you care that much about keeping something to yourself then don’t put it online for the entire world to see.

    If you show white people a cool new dance move/hairstyle, they will try it.
    If you show black people a cool new dance move/hairstyle, they will try it.
    If you show Asian people a cool new dance move/hairstyle, they will try it.
    If you show south American people a cool new dance move/hairstyle, they will try it.
    If you show any other people who were excluded above a cool new dance move/hairstyle, they will try it.

    • Gina April 16, 2015

      Problem is that society will take the idea, use it and then mock the inventors

      • OMG Logic!!! April 16, 2015

        No one is mocking anyone. Black people, as usual, think they created everything popular on Earth and want to be praised for it.

      • B**** I Can’t Even Spell Welfare April 16, 2015

        This is precisely the point.

        The fact of the matter is many people view aspects of black culture only acceptable when white people appropriate it. This isn’t about people seeing something “cool” and wanting to “try it.” This is about the denigration of black cultural expressions that somehow become great when expressed through white people.

  17. OMG Logic!!! April 16, 2015

    This “intelligent” woman of color should make sure to mention this exact argument to Onika and RihRih next time they run around with a blonde weave or straightened hair or any non nappy hair for that matter.

    All I see is a bunch of faux intellectuals wanting African Americans to “own” everything and anything that is popular when that isn’t the case.

    • B**** I Can’t Even Spell Welfare April 16, 2015

      You mean like the Supremes and Etta James?

      This is not simply about hair. This goes much deeper than that.

      Also, this isn’t about wanting African Americans to “own everything and anything that is popular.” No one has suggested this. However, if you want to talk about the origins of American music, well…

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen (aka T.I.T.S.) April 16, 2015

        Kicking that knowledge!

      • Um April 17, 2015

        as if you personally invented it

  18. Srs419 April 16, 2015

    African American’s tend to always play the victim. Which is fine, blah,blah blah. But can anyone tell me what is black culture? Hip hop, rap, friend chicken? Same with white culture, country,pop, fast food ? We’re Americans,we are a variety of different CULTURES. Who cares if Iggy raps, rapping is not ONLY FOR BLACK PEOPLE. Who cares if Rihanna sings along to pop/edm, it’s not only for white people. Lol speaking of fakes, everyone is obsessed with Drake, who raps about the rough life when this n**** came from Canada and starred in a Nickelodeon Channel.

    • Lmfao_Hoe April 16, 2015

      This is not about Iggy can’t have a part in our culture. The problen is about she being sold more then other great talented rappers and revieving huge recognition than other rappers who can easy kill her career n battle rap. and since you don’t know you need to do a little research that all the music genres were all created by blacks ! You name it R&B, Jazz, Hiphop, Soul, Blues, and Funk ! Don’t be mad because we have to remind ppl like you that we were the ones who created this s***. As for Miley she’s full of s*** it wasn’t too long ago back in 2009 the b**** said she never heard a Jay Z song before like wtf?? Now she down all of sudden, same thing with Justin Bieber trying be like Chris Brown understudy. I feel the same way too with JT, cuz we all know that had not been for Pherrell and Timberland he would have been just like his band members, he cannot touch Usher, Ginuwine, Jon B, and even Robin Thicke ! And all I’m saying is hell we already lost rock and roll ( Chuck Berry, Aalon, Little Richard, Jimi Hendrix) all thanks to Elvis thieving ass.

      • Um April 17, 2015

        you personally created nothing

  19. Lmfao_Hoe April 16, 2015

    well hell we have to protect our culture, s*** Elvis Stold rock and roll from blacks. As if we didn’t have Chuck Berry and Little Richard

    • Um April 17, 2015

      why do you care about that when you are on a site that promotes the shittiest music

  20. Lmfao_Hoe April 16, 2015

    This is not about Iggy can’t have a part in our culture. The problen is about she being sold more then other great talented rappers and revieving huge recognition than other rappers who can easy kill her career n battle rap. and since you don’t know you need to do a little research that all the music genres were all created by blacks ! You name it R&B, Jazz, Hiphop, Soul, Blues, and Funk ! Don’t be mad because we have to remind ppl like you that we were the ones who created this s***. As for Miley she’s full of s*** it wasn’t too long ago back in 2009 the b**** said she never heard a Jay Z song before like wtf?? Now she down all of sudden, same thing with Justin Bieber trying be like Chris Brown understudy. I feel the same way too with JT, cuz we all know that had not been for Pherrell and Timberland he would have been just like his band members, he cannot touch Usher, Ginuwine, Jon B, and even Robin Thicke ! And all I’m saying is hell we already lost rock and roll ( Chuck Berry, Aalon, Little Richard, Jimi Hendrix) all thanks to Elvis thieving ass.

    • Um April 17, 2015

      did you even grow up with the culture ?

  21. Barb B**** April 16, 2015

    No lies detected.

    • I STAN(D) IN LINE FOR HYDROQUINONE) April 17, 2015

      no lies were told… lol

  22. you wanna be on tv I bet April 16, 2015

    Very well spoken and I agree what she’s saying

  23. Anastasia Beaverhousen (aka T.I.T.S.) April 16, 2015

    Smart young woman.

    Yass David!!, the New Agenda’s Due!
    #Amen

  24. FutureCIARA April 17, 2015

    Closes book, And puts reading glasses away….

  25. I STAN(D) IN LINE FOR HYDROQUINONE) April 17, 2015

    Although what Miley did was barely even twerking, what she did obviously made twerking a new fad and it became bigger afterwards

  26. I STAN(D) IN LINE FOR HYDROQUINONE) April 17, 2015

    Miley deliberately made herself Trashy, this was all for attention

  27. Don’t hate B!TCHES April 17, 2015

    I miss the KKK 🙁

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