Yesha Callahan

Pharrell’s New Album Cover Draws Criticism Because Of The Lack Of Brown Skinned Women

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A live stream of Pharrell’s much-anticipated album dropped last night two weeks before its release. GIRL is Pharrell’s first album in 8 years, and after the success of  “Get Lucky,” “Blurred Lines,” and “Happy,” it’s safe to say he made a lot of people happy.

But not everyone.

The cover art for GIRL has drawn a lot of criticism because of its lack of diversity when it comes to brown hued women.  There’s a white woman, and two ambiguous light-skinned women on the cover, but Pharrell is the only melanin enriched person.

Take a look at a few of the responses to the cover below:

In typical fashion, those defending browness were attacked with comments about people never being satisfied, and when will “enough be enough” as far as attempts at showing diversity in color.

Who knows if Pharrell took part in choosing the women for his cover, or if he had any say so after they were presented to him. But one thing is certain, when people don’t see themselves being represented, they’re not going to buy the product, or support the artist.

  1. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    Come on people! This isn’t new!

    Since the inception of videos, most male Black performers havebeen an in my mind will continue to be surrounded by women of a, shall we say “no darker than the color of weak tea” hue!

    As for Pharrell, look at who he dates ladies. The vast majority are “no darker than the color of weak tea” hue!

    That being said, he is very successful and influential , and while he may have nothing to do the casting to these women, he could have made a suggestion for including women of all complexion tones in the casting of this photo!

    Let me digress.

    But how many of us have heard “brothers” say how much they love Black women, only to see them with women who do not in any fashion resemble the women who raised them? Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against fair complexioned Black women, nor do I have any angst toward non Black women, but this happens repeatedly, we see this every day in the media.

    As for Pharrell and any other Black male performer, let me say this; I don’t care who they date, that is their private life (as private, as that is these days). But I do care when they are pushing a product I am expected to consider buying! Why should I support a man, who has no interest in displaying MY IMAGE?

  2. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    One more thing . . .

    Accept a date with white man, and these same “I love Black women brothers”, will automatically accuse YOU of not loving YOURSELF, calling YOU a sell out, an Oreo, not being able to accept YOURSELF, not wanting to be Black (which is cray, cray to the max), having a rape fantasy and God help YOU if the said white man IS FINE.

    LOOK OUT THEY’LL GET A ROPE, not for him, but for YOU!

    Okay . . . done!

    • February 26, 2014 - Reply

      @G

      LOL…preach! The worst (and most hilarious) thing that happened with me was when I was out at a restaurant with my boyfriend at the time (who was Jordanian, but looked very white) and got the STANK evil eye from a Black man sitting at the table diagonal to ours. He didn’t even try to look away or fix his face as he glared at us with a curl in his lip.

      I ignored it as the usual “hate” we would experience from time to time and proceeded to order. I got up from our table to go wash my hands in the restroom before our food arrived, as I passed his table, he hissed at me, “How you doing today, SISTA?” He made a point of saying “sista” with alot of sarcasm and disdain in his voice…I certainly got his “point”. When I got back to the table and started to tell my bf how rude he was being ….I noticed a blue-eyed redhead walk in, give the man a kiss and sat down across from him.

      I was floored! I couldn’t believe the gumption of this man to stare me and my date down with daggers, pop off to me on some sarcastic ish…all the while waiting for Snow White to arrive and join him for lunch. Needless to say, after she got there…he hardly glanced my way again, and when he did…his gaze QUICKLY shifted. lol

      So they don’t even have to be the “I Love Black Women” brothers…even the ones WITH WHITE GIRLS will give you hell for dating anything other than a Black man. So hypocritical it hurts.

    • February 26, 2014 - Reply

      @G

      I certainly got his “point”. When I got back to the table and started to tell my bf how rude he was being ….I noticed a blue-eyed redhead walk in, give the man a kiss and sat down across from him.
      ———————————————————
      Crazy to say the least. Then people try to make it like it’s only black women who hate seeing black people date outside their race.

  3. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    A few things

    1) I’m a little disappointed in Pharell . Simply because for most of his career, when black girls are featured in his videos they usually range in skin tone, not just light skin / pale. So to see him go from videos like “Fronting and Beautiful” and have women on there who don’t really have a spectrum of color is a change, not a surprise because he’s always had all different types of women in his video, but a change.
    2) I saw a lot of people say he doesn’t “owe” black women and he shouldn’t have to put us on his cover. Which is correct most of us don’t know him , but as a main stream black artist that people of all background listen to, him having darker black women or a variety of black women of different shades, would have been amazing. In any other genre of music you rarely she non black artist praising women of color by making them beauty symbols on the front of their albums. It would be nice to see a brother through sisters of all shades in the spot light.
    3) One issue that was brought up in this conversation and is one of the reasons I stay of the colorism conversation was the “she’s doesn’t look like a real black women” comments in regards to the woman in the back of the cover who could possible be black. Skin color does not set the standard for blackness; we come in all shapes, colors and features. Light skin women are real black women; there are plenty of lighter skin black women in African countries and all around the world who aren’t half white. Fighting colorism isn’t about throwing other black women who don’t have your skin tone, or physical features under the bus, or denouncing them as black.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Smilez_920

      ” Fighting colorism isn’t about throwing other black women who don’t have your skin tone, or physical features under the bus, or denouncing them as black.”

      Shout it from the mountain tops! I hate when that happens; when we have to step on another in order to uplift ourselves.

  4. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    His album cover looks like most rapper or r&B male singers videos. That’s why it was such a big deal when K. Lamar picked a darker skinned girl for his “Poetic Justice” video. I feel Hollywood is going to get him too. I like Pharrell but I’m not surprise. I think after “Frontin” he hasn’t been near a dark skinned video model in none of his videos.

    Every time I see that black women/men don’t owe other black women/men anything. Like I said before I only hang around black people but I don’t really see other groups with that mentally.

  5. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    And yet, many women (even on this site) complain about seeing to much of Lupita…

  6. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    Meh. Indifference is a beautiful feeling. I look beyond the image and straight to the ownership. Pharrell and other black musicians (many don’t deserve to be called musicians but that’s neither her nor there)do not control the record companies that fund them. Does that give them a pass? Hell no! However until we as blacks have ownership of our own media outlets our marginalization (especially of black women) will continue.

  7. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    I’ve been a fan of Pharrell since N.E.R.D.’s first album & have followed his work since then. For the majority of his career he’s always placed women of color (of all hues) in his videos and so I’ve never had any complaints in that department. I was thrilled to hear he had a new album coming out, and even more excited to hear that it was going to be dedicated to girls, so imagine my hurt & surprise when I saw the album cover…Not one “girl” who resembled me was to be seen. I know black people come in all shades but damnit, why does it seem like dark skinned women are either hyper sexualized/fetishized/dehumanized (ala R. Kelly’s latest train wreck of album covers) or just plain absent.

    Coming from Pharrell’s “Other” “Be Unique” camp it felt like an extra hard slap in the face. The twitter backlash from black men (and women!) further twisted the knife in the heart and even the mumbles from other lighter skinned black women telling us that we’re being divisive & petty hurt more than usual. Tired of people policing us for feeling silenced and erased especially by artists & media that we either support with our money, or with our talents. Denying colorism whenever it suits us isn’t fair. Calling Pharrell & his camp out for erasing dark skinned women isn’t slander, its a clear & obvious critique. Don’t claim an album is a ode to girls and then leave off half the color spectrum & say we’re demanding too much in wanting to be acknowledged.

    In any event, the album is great, and I’m proud of Pharrell for releasing such solid work. I hope him being catapulted into the mainstream doesn’t mean we can expect more erasure in order to be more palatable to the “masses” .

    • February 26, 2014 - Reply

      @J

      “The twitter backlash from black men (and women!) further twisted the knife in the heart and even the mumbles from other lighter skinned black women telling us that we’re being divisive & petty hurt more than usual.”

      I was rather disappointed at some of the responses as well. It seemed like some folks were purposely being obtuse.

  8. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    Stuff like this has been going on for years. The majority of these black male artists really don’t give a sh*t. Now a huge portion of the people that buy their music and attend their concerts are brown-skinned black women. But how often is a brown-skinned black women the lead in a MV? I know plenty of black women who will commit a felony for Chris brown. But when was the last time you saw a brown-skinned lead in one of his videos. And yes, they do have to power to speak up and make it right…But, they don’t give a damn. That’s why I don’t buy sh*t.

    • February 26, 2014 - Reply

      @Whitney's Receipts

      “And yes, they do have to power to speak up and make it right…But, they don’t give a damn.”

      There ya go. I am also fatigued at hearing how “helpless” these artists are. GTFOH.

      Akon can drag his entire crew and video staff to film a music video in freaking Africa…but is helpless as to the girls that are in it? Kanye has enough pull to convince his record company to release a single with the word “nigg**” in the title and perform entire shows in a bedazzled ski mask….but just can’t help that none of the women in his video are HIS complexion?

      You said it best…they do what they WANT to do. We need to stop with the “but’s” and excuses and justifications.

  9. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    “But one thing is certain, when people don’t see themselves being represented, they’re not going to buy the product, or support the artist.”

    You can’t be serious. You gotta be in serious denial to think that CD won’t be a huge commercial success.

  10. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    We may need to ask a professional marketer in the business about the control and say-so over what is imaged to the public because I thought the artist got the final say-so over their own image, especially some one like Pharrell who has definitely paid their dues. This could just be a marketing scheme to appeal to his large fan base because his wife is a brown skinned women and we all know that ambiguous women can take a brown girls slot because they can be seen as black and other, therefore killing two birds with one stone. Even though I know that all these things are true I just can’t shake the feeling that black women are constantly being dist by black men in the music business.

  11. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    The disrespect of darker skin bw will continue as long as we let it, if you financially support someone who doesn’t support and/or disrespects you, then you are in essence giving them the green light to keep doing it.

    Don’t let people shame/bully you with that ‘his personal life/opinions shouldn’t matter’ talk, it’s your money, you get to decide what is important, and for me, my image/erasure is important.

    • February 26, 2014 - Reply

      @SayWhat

      Exactly! We basically finance our own exclusion by financially supporting those who render us as non-existent and invisible. When I saw the cover photo on Tumblr, I said to myself that I can’t and won’t support this.

  12. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    Finally, black women are taking these black male artist & entertainers to task. I say boycott. When black women stopped spending their money on these no backbone black men they will stop this shenanigans. I don’t even like listening to r&b music anymore because these guys are not singing/crooning to anyone that looks like me especially once I’ve seen the video.

    • February 26, 2014 - Reply

      @akosua

      calm down, it’s not that serious. Pharrel doesn’t owe anyone anything and you’re not obligated to support him. if you don’t think he represents your interest, don’t support him. Pharrel’s choice of album cover got nothing to do with black men and everything to do Pharrel.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @akosua

      cbmts, you don’t have the right to tell someone to “calm down.” We know we don’t have to support these artists that depend on our dollar, but when you exclude your own people just like others do, it is “that serious.”

      How can many of us expect to be accepted and treated as equals, if we don’t do it to ourselves. Do you see how sick that mentality is? If you don’t, then you are as damaged as the rest of these Negroes.

      If you had the sense God gave you, you’d understand that you DO NOT alienate those who are spending money on you. That’s common sense 101. If he doesn’t want Black woman’s dollars, then he needs to say that. If he doesn’t owe us, she certainly doesn’t own people that look like him, now does he.

      You said it has “nothing to do with Black men, but everything to do with Pharrel.” Oh, but yes it does because BLACK MEN (some, and thank God, not all) are the very ones – the ONLY race that routinely do this. It’s not by accident they always find the lightest, whitest, or brightest to hook up with. Oh, but, “love sees no color” right? Please.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @akosua

      @noirluv45: i guess the issue here is society’s standard of beauty. we can complain all we want about Pharell not featuring black women on the cover of his album to promote and uplift black women, but i’d go on a limb and say any black women who promotes euro-centric standard of beauty is doing exactly the same thing if not worse. eg. consider our fascination with fake hair. what’s that about?

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @akosua

      @ noirluv45

      “the ONLY race that routinely do this:

      Your comment reminds me of a review from NY Times movie critic Mahnola Dhargis (sp). She was reviewing the movie Idlewild, and commented on the position of Paula Patton as the leading lady. She said she could not understand why all the gorgeous, brown skinned women in the movie were used as background props with the lightest actress as the love interest. I think she even mentioned how bland Patton was, and that she did not really add anything unique to her character. But even more important, she briefly noted how colorism against darker skinned Black women is a trend with Black folks and our media. Dhargis is an American White woman, and even she can see this pattern so many Black males have, and they continue to deny it like the ones who predictably showed up in this thread.

      A lot of Black men are beyond damaged and refuse to admit it, as you noted why is this “preference” there to begin with? And in addition to Black men being the one group who always elevate women outside of their race, they are also the main group who target each other for violence. Many of them take intra-racial violence to another level. With all the machismo and chest thumping, I truly believe a lot of these negroes have no idea how much they hate themselves.

  13. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    When Pharrel and his fellow rappers erase us in popular culture, the repercussions aren’t just that our faces aren’t in these videos and movies. As Professor Zetta Elliott said yesterday on NBC New York, when we don’t see ourselves represented, we feel invisible. This matters because Pharrel himself may feel invisible and he’s perpetuating the same system that led to him feeling that way.

    What’s sad is how early it starts, Professor Elliott said in the interview that when kids who aren’t exposed to black children’s literature are asked to draw ABOUT THEMSELVES they draw WHITE CHILDREN. That is deep. And sad.

    • February 26, 2014 - Reply

      @Yardyspice

      Yardyspice, your comments remind me of Chimamanda Adiche’s TED talk: “And when I began to write…I wrote exactly the kinds of stories I was reading. All my characters were white and blue-eyed. They played in the snow. They ate apples. And they talked a lot about the weather, how lovely it was that the sun had come out. Now, this despite the fact that I lived in Nigeria. I had never been outside Nigeria. We didn’t have snow. We ate mangoes. And we never talked about the weather, because there was no need to….

      What this demonstrates, I think, is how impressionable and vulnerable we are in the face of a story, particularly as children. Because all I had read were books in which characters were foreign, I had become convinced that books, by their very nature, had to have foreigners in them, and had to be about things with which I could not personally identify.”

      Even as adults, we are constantly internalizing the messages we receive from the media, pop culture, etc.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Yardyspice

      InnaLeigh & LC, you are the type of women these self-hating Negroes bank on. They LOVE Black women (if you are Black) who sing their praises even though they obviously don’t give a rat’s behind about you. If darker skinned Black women aren’t good enough to feature, then neither is our green money. If Pharrell wants it that way, cool. You can be the leader of his fan club and spend your money on him. First, we are NOT validated because of these Black boys. We are just going to call them on their self-hatred, self-loathing. Just because neither one of you have a problem, doesn’t mean others can’t. Trust me, if White artists were as blatant in their “preferences” as some Black artist are (all the while alienating the group that buys their music – really, really stupid, by the way), they would be boycotted, but of course, there are some of us that excuse the discrimination of their own people. In doing so, you cannot and should not say anything (and I bet you don’t) when others who do the same thing.

      It’s a sickness, and as long as people who just shrug it off as “preference” (and don’t even question the mentality of that “preference) and such tells me that there are some very serious mental issues going on. The sad part is many people who are mentally ill don’t recognize it.

  14. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    LMAO! I predicted that this would happen last week. I just want women of color to stop trying to validate their beauty and worth through the damn cover art of an artist or someone else for that matter. I LOVE Pharrell’s music, but I have always noticed his preference for women of a more European ethnicity.. He’s clearly stated this in interviews and its obvious at times in his videos.

    My sister also pointed out to me how the only music videos for singles that he never appeared in were for Missy Elliot some years back and just recently with Azealia Banks… Get the picture (literally)?

    Like I stated, it turns me off, as well… But as I get older, I choose to focus in on what in the art resonates with me. And I can tell by the cover alone that it’s not really for me. Does that mean I hate his other work… No. But we gotta stop trying to force these people to do what we think is right. It’s on him…

    • February 26, 2014 - Reply

      @InnaLeigh

      I don’t see anyone “forcing” him to do anything. I see folks expressing their opinion on what he didn’t do.

      Just as he has a right to his “preference”, WE have a right to opine about it, without being accused of using “force”.

    • February 26, 2014 - Reply

      @InnaLeigh

      I actually agree with InnaLeigh. Everyone has a preference. He doesn’t have to feature brown-skinned black women on his cover if he doesn’t want to. I personally don’t care. I’m a dark-skinned black women and although it would be nice to see someone that looks like me on his cover, it’s just not that big of a deal to me. If he did represent every hue of women on his cover, people would still find something wrong. The album is really good, btw.

  15. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    Really tired of these marketing departments denying the considerable purchasing power of African American women. I say we hit them where it hurts and that’s in their pockets. I did download Pharrell’s Happy (which I love) until I saw the cover art and I was pretty disappointed. I won’t be buying any other songs if I’m not one of the girls he’s singing to!

  16. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    There’s a lot of empty assumptions flying around so I don’t know how this is a valid issue. I could see it if Pharrell made it publicly known that he intentionally doesn’t “cast” black or darker skin women on his covers. Ya’ll act like he’s dropping covers every couple months, this is his first album in 8yrs. Also, this is Pharrell’s project, he doesn’t have to make ya’ll feel represented or comfortable if it’s not a part of his purpose for his project. Just don’t buy the album if you feel that way but don’t try to make it seem like he does this on purpose or that he has always done this b/c that’s not true. If these folks are going to single out Pharrell what about the thousands of other album and mixtape covers that come out yearly with no black women on the cover? Is an album cover really hurting the black community that bad? In the grand scheme of things, I’d say no. People are allowed to have their preferences as long as they don’t go forming characteristics exclusive to those preferences. Finally, why do people continue to look outside of themselves for validation? Why are we still expecting the media and artists (who have no obligation to us) to tell us we’re ok or we’re worthy?

    • February 26, 2014 - Reply

      @solfresh

      If you can find just ONE comment in this thread that states someone wants their self worth validated by an album cover, or that Pharrell is obligated to anyone, I will give you a gold star. Ain’t nobody here that simple minded, and if you bothered to read the comments you would see your questions have been answered numerous times already.

      For you, and everyone else who wants to appear obtuse on these exclusions of Black women in the media: The point is that a lot of women have decided not to support black artists who exclude their imagery from their work. Simple as that. People like you appear butthurt when these convos take place.

      But you know what would hurt the Black community? If Black women stopped their organizing & community efforts every time there is a media campaign regarding a Black male who has been shot/profiled, etc.

  17. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    I stopped listening to these secular black woman hating misogynists 12 years ago. I only give my eyes, my ears, my mind, my money to men that support and uplift BW. This is why I mainly only listen to Christian hip hop . If you want to get off the garbage check out the following artists:
    High Society Collective
    Sho Baraka
    Da T.R.U.T.H.
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    116
    Lecrae
    Trip Lee
    Tedashii
    Andy Mineo
    Swoope
    Canton Jones
    B Reith
    Mali Music

    • March 2, 2014 - Reply

      @9Boots

      @9Boots,

      Aye! 116 Clique, Trip Lee, Andy Mineo, and Da Truth are the business! I’m not familiar with anyone else on the list, but I’ll be certain to check them out now. Thanks!

    • March 4, 2014 - Reply

      @9Boots

      Q

      Check out Rapzilla dot com. They are the biggest CHH website and there are tons of free mixtapes and singles too.

  18. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    Who gives a da*n about pharrell? he is exactly what another poster called him – your typical black woman hating misogynist that is prevalent in hip hop. so who’s shocked? with the exception of a few hits, he’s really not important and his music is generally mediocre. black women should quit worrying about the innumerable male idiots we have in our race.

  19. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    this is why i don’t care about hip hoppers crying about the influx of white artists. negros are selling the culture left and right trying to get their piece.

    years ago artists didn’t blink when they pushed bw out of videos because those negros were still in it. this makes no sense to me. those women had your features, and were basically sent the message they weren’t good enough to be in the videos because it…yet those negros thought that they were there to stay? like in a few years they wouldn’t be pushed out they damn self?

    give it ten years and there will be some white pharrell who is top producer.

  20. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    I don’t know. I realize that I may be holding the unpopular opinion on this one, but I respectively value every women of color’s opinion on this matter because it is ultimately about us…

    A few things come to mind when I think of Pharrell and this issue. His videos for “Frontin” and N.E.R.D.’s “Maybe” both featured a “love interest” with a darker complexion, so while it would have been nice to see that on his album cover, I’m not 100% sure that colorism is something that he engages in regularly or purposely.

    When it comes to black R&B and Hip-Hop artists, this kind of exclusion is sadly something that I have come to expect, but not accept. There’s a difference. It’s to the point that I’m pleasantly surprised and become an unlikely fan of artists who I see use darker skin women in videos and such.

    I grew up in VA Beach (Pharrell’s hometown) after living in Richmond for most of my years. I remember being shell shocked at how much more diverse the environment was there. In Richmond, VA all of my friends were black and you didn’t see too many people hanging out across racial lines. It’s not like that in VA Beach. Everyone hangs out with everyone. I say all of that to bring up the fact that maybe Pharrell is one of those annoying, one-minded “everyone is the same. I don’t see color” type people. I don’t know. It’s still not an excuse for exclusion, but oh well…

    The bottom line is that we the consumer have the right to support or not support the artists who we have issues with. Hit him in his pockets. Only then, will he probably listen.

  21. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    Sometimes I wonder if some Black people are so used to be treated as less than that they have become to accept it internally. No Black person in his/her right mind (operative: RIGHT MIND) would excuse such blatant colorism. We love to say, “preference,” but do these same people ask WHY many Black men have preference for certain looking women? They do because many are damaged. The ones cosigning this damaged thinking are damaged too. They write it off and make excuses because maybe they feel powerless. It’s like, “If you can’t beat em, join em.”

    Black women’s voices are routinely marginalized and shut down. How dare we call this man on his discrimination. Don’t we know we should just take it.

    Well, like I said in another comment, if my brown skin isn’t good enough for his album, then neither is my green money. Have at it, Pharrell. There are plenty Black woman that will pay you.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      I agree I have seen it so many times. I also think they don’t want to get called names like insecure, bitter black women, or any other names these fools can think of. Therefore, they go up and out of their way to celebrate and defend this mess to avoid being labeled.

  22. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    This is the same dude that had no problem assisting “Robbing” Thicke ripping off Marvin Gaye’s catalog and then sue the Gaye fam so they would’t have to pay for the theft. So disrespectful smh …

    The same dude who produced and rapped on so many misogynistic tracks I have lost count etc…

    I never particularly cared for this dude so I am surprised and like someone else stated these people have no artistic integrity and have sold out the artform eons ago.

  23. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    Why are people acting like black women have no voice? Like black women are not allowed to voice their opinion…are you kidding? Since when have black women not voiced their opinion about any and everything..and do it the loudest and most often? I’ve literally never seen a black woman sit back and take abuse. Never. Let’s be real..the whole thing is divisive tbh.
    Aren’t these same women that are literally ecstatic about the possibility of lupita being romantically linked to jared Leto? Where is the uproar for her not having a black love interest
    Let’s please stop the divisive hatred towards eachother.

    And please don’t come at me with the “black men prefer exoticals and white wome argument like black women don’t have a preference. Let’s not forget the entire 80s and 90s when light skin dudes were “in style” but dark skin was not..give it a rest

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @afriking american

      WTH have you seen anybody “ecstatic” about Lupita being linked with that man? If anything, on THIS site, the comments have been been Lupita run as fast as you can away from that greasy so and so…Please.

      And re: the 90’s and lightskinned dudes being “in style”–just because Al B Sure and Christopher “pretty motherf—-” Williams had a few hits, does not mean dark skinned men were kicked to the curb by all Black women. Says a lot that there are middle aged dark men who resort to bringing up that radar blip from American history in every online colorism convo.

      False equivalency/Deflection 101 fail.

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @afriking american

      @ Vintage and what dude is saying is also not true because around that same time in modern history you had Wesley Snipes, Michael Jordan, and Arron Hall, turning the tides in favor of darker skinned men and that still is the case today.

  24. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    DAMN IF DO, DAMN IF YOU DON’T. BECAUSE HE IS BLACK DOES HE HAVE TO REPRESENT THE BLACK RACE? I DON’T THANK SO. NOT EVERYTHING IS BLACK OR WHITE. ARE THESE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT SAY THE PRESIDENT IS NOT DOING ENOUGH FOR THE BLACK RACE? STOP WAITING ON SOMEONE ELSE TO REPRESENT YOU.

  25. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    @vintage 3000
    You completely missed ny point…yet managed to help me prove it..

    First of all I’m happily married to black woman, and have been for quite some time so there is nothin bitter about when I bring up light skin being in style for black woman..that was merely an observation. And two and a half decades is not a blip. And that actually proves my point even tho you missed it. The same way the light skin brother trend passed, so too will the exotical trend. Just relax. Black men will be obsessed with something else soon. Just like black women.
    It’s fiiinnne its perfectly fine.

    And u completely ignored the part of my post where I asked when have black women not voiced their opinion? Because I’ve never in my life known that to be true..

    Now, stop being defensive and let’s talk about pharrells album cover.. no black women on it….ok..what is damaging to the black women by that? Because I honestly don’t understand..I always thought black women DID NOT like being objectified thru rap and hip hop music..that wish has literally been granted.

    Also don’t confuse my statements with hatred, because I do find it a b***** move for the hip hop genre as a whole to catering to whit audiences

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @afriking american

      The only thing you have proven is that you are yet another male who comes here grasping at non-existent straws. It’s the BM equivalent of the race card.

      First–what does light skinned dudes and who you’re supposedly married to have to do with this convo? Who cares?

      And who has said Black women do not voice their opinion–the assertion has been individuals like yourself TRY to silence us and that has never worked.

      And once again for those who want to pretend not to get it: no one is “damaged” or defensive by this album cover. The convo here is about the overall trend of BM uplifting the appearances of non-Black women. If anyone is damaged, it’s Black males who hate themselves so much they go out of their way to exclude images of Black women. And the secondary part of this discussion is how individuals like yourself have major problems with Black women discussing this. Get over it. I wouldn’t know a Pharrell song if i heard it blasting, but the point is this particular album cover is yet another reminder that Black men are the one group of males who consistently praise women outside their race. Period.

      And yeah, 2 decades ago was a blip. If you want to join us in this century, let’s talk about how much love someone like Idris Elba gets from Black women, or any of the other numerous dark guys Black women are always professing their love for over everyone else.

      And you want to discuss “bitter” let’s talk about all the Black dudes having fits about ONE fictional Black woman character who is having an affair with a married White president. Even though the actress is married to a Black man in real life, ugly words like “bed wench” etc. are used by these negroes to describe her character. But never any ugliness directed at the character of the White man–I guess even online ya’ll are skurred-lol.

      Try again, and next time make it relevant to the discussion or I am done entertaining your foolishness.

  26. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    Smh… I can’t do it.. I just can’t do it. Please re read my post, then re read yours.. the entire bottom paragraph you wrote has absolutely nothin to do with anything I said..talk about relevancy? Lol

    Now, again.. I broht up the light skin is in style thing because it proves that people have preferences, and it is ok.

    I brought up being married to a black woman, so that u didn’t lump me in together with the “self hating black men” you despise so..yet you did it anyway

    And again..as far as black men praising other raced women..I will remind you.. BLACK WOMEN WERE THE SH*T IN HIP HOP CULTURE, UNTIL COMPLAINTS ABOUT OBJECTIFYING BLACK WOMEN STARTED…WE NOW OBJECTIFY OTHER RACES…YOU ARE WELCOME. Also that’s not exactly uplifting

    And again..to pharrells cover, he clearly just got it popping or is about to, with 3 women at the same damn time..are u upset because black women are not present for this demeaning orgy?

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @afriking american

      Something else that flew over your head–who cares if you have a harem of non-Black women? You are still in this thread trying to tell Black women what to think and say.

      And there’s that word BM like to use again-“preferences”. Now you can explain why these preferences are most likely women outside of the race, and why negroes like yourself show up to defend it and claim that women pining for a few light skinned guys decades ago is comparable. And again, I don’t care how black your wife is.

  27. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    Where’s the racism? Looks like the same girls in the Blurred lines video. There was no cry of colorism about that video last year and the darkest girl has a light caramel completion.. no darker than a Caucasian with a tan. I don’t get it. This coming from a dark skinned woman.

    • March 25, 2014 - Reply

      @Aja

      Wow. Seriously.

      There was ‘no complaint’ as the main artist for Blurred Lines is Robin Thicke (regardless of the guesting of Pharrell and TI). Robin, as you know, is a Caucasian [privileged] male. Having lighter-skinned women in his videos is not as big an issue as it is in Pharrell’s album cover and if he were to have had Black women in there anyway, it would be either perceived as an exotic novelty, subliminally and silently consumed as a regular affair of Black women objectified by male gaze or typically romanticised for its ‘interraciality’: altogether, a sociocultural paradigm that has played itself tirelessly throughout history.

      Secondly, Thicke’s video was more contentiously eclipsed by its misogyny and despite his own [majorly suicidal] fudges to negate said misogyny by claiming the single and its promotion was ’empowering’ to women, there was no assertion made by Robin at all of celebrating a whole spectrum of females [the taste of such ‘celebration’, naturally, is subjective]. Ergo, he has nothing to justify in that respect. Conversely, Pharrell claimed exactly that of his album concept. Therefore, the natural expectation from the audience is to see evidence of this ‘spectrum’, so the fact G.I.R.L. only features light-skinned women with not a visibly dark/Black one in sight is a lot more problematic, particularly given the well-known history of Westernly sociocultural attitudes towards dark-skinned Black women. To have Black male artists play into the same negative treatment – unconsciously or otherwise – is bound to strike chords, whole compositions and brass bands.

  28. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    People can’t handle the truth when it’s right in front of them. Nor, can they handle how to live in this world, while accepting the fact that not everyone will like you or put you on the pedestal that you KNOW you deserve to be on… Not even your “OWN people”.

    Pharrell and NOW, most rappers are notorious for these kind of images. At a certain age of maturation, this ish shouldn’t even effect you, ESPECIALLY, when you KNOW who you are. We attack celebrities, write open letters, make vlogs… And at the end of the day, THESE ARTISTS DON’T GIVE A DAMN. LOL.. It’s just that simple. It’s about MONEY and making MOVES for themselves.

    If someone has a negative mental complex that translates through their “art”, that’s not your problem. If you are worried it will send the wrong message to you or even your children, have the power to tune them out. Black women: Stop trying to LOOK or FIND thyself through the EYES of another. PERIOD..

    • February 27, 2014 - Reply

      @InnaLeigh

      Remember there was an article on here about that actress?/singer? who was promoting a skin bleaching cream? Do you remember a part of her response to the backlash?
      She said that as long as people are talking about her and the products, she had reached one of her goals. She didn’t care if the remarks were negative or even if they were positive, she was happy with the fact that they were talking about her.
      Hell, there’s the adage “All press is good press”.

      Now in regards to women having their say:
      I believe that every woman should have the opportunity to state their opinions, whether if it is negative news or positive reviews.

  29. February 27, 2014 - Reply

    Um… get over it. There are bigger issues in the black community other than who an artist chooses to be on his/her cover. I’m a black male and it embarasses me to see other blacks/Moors arguing over elementary school level issues.

  30. April 27, 2014 - Reply

    Who can blame the guy, white women are better looking.

  31. July 29, 2014 - Reply

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