The (Ree)lationship Guide: Is Trash the New Class?

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VIBE Magazine's Cover - June/July 2012 Issue

by Ree, “The (Ree)lationship Guide”

I was a bit baffled by Vibe Magazine’s choice in placing reality “stars” on the front of its June/July cover and referring to them as “role models”. There is a trend in hip-hop in which women who were once looked upon as a disgrace to society are now exulted and sought after by some of the most powerful men in entertainment. Most of these women lack any real substance beyond their $2,000 Christian Louboutin shoes. I’ve often wondered why they are able to attract men in the spotlight while college-educated, independent-thinking women are often ignored by mainstream media. In a way, I suppose that’s a “good” thing- considering most of the men in mainstream media don’t have any skills aside from the one skill that has acquired them fame; however, I still believe women of class are often not appreciated anymore because of mainstream media’s constant “praise” of women who were former strippers, groupies, and/or media whores.

My question to the men is: Is trashy the new classy? If so, why? Kanye West was once engaged to a Master’s Degree holding woman but after their relationship ended, he dated a former exotic dancer/lesbian. No offense to women who have worked in exotic industries, but generally speaking, the depth of conversation from a person with a college degree vs. a former exotic dancer is much more superior. Then again, I guess it depends on what you’re talking about.

To my ladies of class and distinction, continue to strive towards excellence. Your eloquence and grace are sure to reward you in spirit. I hope a man who is worthy of your love finds you in due time. Mainstream media shuns you, but I admire and adore you. I’m putting my foot down and joining forces with others to end the misogynist culture that is hip-hop. Sign the petition here.




Ree “The (REE)lationship Guide” is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University. She is a contributing writer for YourBlackWorld.net and BlackLikeMoi.com. Follow her on Twitter: @iDateDaily


The (Ree)lationship Guide

Ree "The (REE)lationship Guide" is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University. She is a contributing writer for YourBlackWorld.net and BlackLikeMoi.com.

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