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Azealia Banks Gets Emotional During Insightful Breakdown of Cultural Appropriation

Azealia Banks, known for her racy lyrics and even bolder personality, has never been shy about giving her opinion and never seemed to care what anyone thought of it, but in a recent interview the rapping sensation showed fans her softer side, getting emotional while defending Black culture.

Earlier this week Banks appeared on Hot 97’s “Ebro in the Morning” and it wasn’t long before her beef with fellow rapper Iggy Azalea was brought up.

Earlier this month, Banks had given the Australian rapper flack about only loving Black culture when it was convenient and not standing up for the issues affecting the Black community. She went on to talk about the unfairness of the Grammys.

“That Macklemore album wasn’t better than the Drake record,” she told hosts Ebro and Peter Rosenburg referencing Macklemore’s Best Rap Album win at last year’s awards. “That Iggy Azalea s— is not better than any f—–’ Black girl that’s rapping today.”

“The Grammys are supposed to be awards for artistic excellence … Iggy Azalea’s not excellent,” she continued. “I have a problem when you’re trying to say that it’s hip-hop and you’re trying to put it up against Black culture.”

At this point in the interview Banks began to cry as she described how she struggles with the way America appropriates Black culture but won’t give credit where it is due.

“When they give these Grammys out, all it says to white kids is, ‘You’re great. You’re amazing. You can do whatever you put your mind to.’ And it says to Black kids, ‘You don’t have s—. You don’t own s—, not even the s— you created yourself.’ And it makes me upset,” she said.

At the end of the day, Banks just wants the respects she feels she deserves.

“At the very f—–’ least, y’all owe me the right to my f—–’ identity,” she said. “And to not exploit that s—.”



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10 thoughts on “Azealia Banks Gets Emotional During Insightful Breakdown of Cultural Appropriation

  1. How can you expect any fairness from Colonizers? They stole our history from Eygpt and called it Greek. They stole the Native's concept of governing by three seperate counsels, killed them off and made the the three branches of government. It's was Blacks who built the White House, but they killed them and buried them in the Rotunda. The first president of the US was a Black man John Hanson, who taught them how to govern. It was the Moors who saved France and Spain from the Black Plague. However, it's on us to tell the story correctly, because White people love taking credit for shit they didn't do. They are what is written of them in the Quran "Arch Deceivers"

  2. Jon Martin says:

    Azalea banks is a fame whore that is just using a real issue to get herself some attention. For a girl who likes calling people "faggot", she sure is a little whiny crying baby when she faces consequences for her actions.

    Some of the biggest stars in pop music are black, the freaking president is black. Do you see beyonce crying about white appropriation when her single isn't a hit? No, because her single IS a hit, cause she's more talented, and she doesn't act like Azalea banks.

  3. Its just like a devil to speak on this issue. Tell me something that white people created that wasn't crested by the original people of the Earth first! You guys are cultural thieves! You can't even admit it. Even the water towers that you see in some of these cities came out Nubia. Your whole world is a lie! You are the devil like your father! Just admit it. Get off our planet before we run you off!

  4. you sound like an idiot; I don't care whether she is a whore or not, whites have a tendency to indulge in the culture of black/African people but express their strong dislike for black/African people; like the fact that the first real rock and roll musician was a black man but he isn't given his credit; hip hop is black culture yet these mediocre white artists are being put up against our greats when they couldn't even shine the shoes of those who were; culture vultures is what it's called; assimilating to a culture and then claiming it as your own as if you were the first to do anything associated with it. Our president being black doesn't mean shit. He was also the most disrespected president we have ever had BECAUSE he is a black man, whether he wants to act that way or do anything for the benefit of black ppl, that is how the world sees him. Beyoncé gets her attention because she appeals to what whites love, which is a light skin black woman in blonde hair singing pop music; Plus she had ALOT of associations with ppl who are big and her father hustled like a maniac to put her front and center. Please only inquire on a topic you know something about and Black culture definitely isn't that!

  5. Farntella Graham says:

    this issue with cultural appropriation is about the devaluation of Black people. they have done this in earnest now to justify what they are doing in west africa.

  6. What's up with her silky, shiny, burgundy hair hat though

  7. Jon Martin says:

    Chelsey A. Faulk And black people indulge in white culture too, and asian culture.. and spanish culture, everyone borrows from each others culture.

    I think this whole issue of cultural appropriation is a bit of a fad. Black people don't get to claim all of hip-hop culture because they are pissed off someone else is making money from it too. That's just ridiculous and this argument is just going to come back and bite you in the ass one day.

    Are white people supposed to tell black people they can never sing country music? Or wear blonde wigs? Or play golf? Or some other stereotypical white thing? I don't consider hip-hop a domain of only black people.. because that's kind of racist.

    Lately, people crying "white appropriation" sound more racist than actual racist people, it's a little bizarre. Like, you have no problem labeling all white people one way, but then you expect and DEMAND the opposite treatment. Strange

  8. Colonizers always rationalize why they take other races stuff. Did you hear me? You are cultural thieves! Land Grabbers who have run it's course ! Stick what you know like Christmas, Easter, and all those other pagan holidays you created! You guys are the biggest copy cats on the planet! So, I guess killing all the Natives off was a fad. Enslaving African was a fad! One day it's gonna be your turn and for 7 billion Darker people of the Earth they can't wait!

  9. Farntella Graham says:

    Jon Martin too late for that.

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