This week was certainly one for the books and the ShoutOut crew had a lot to mull over during last night’s weekly Newsroom session. With everything that’s circulating in the news this week, our discussion focused on four major headlines:
- Cardi B, Making Money and This Week’s Billboard Chart MOVE- On Monday of this week, Billboard released their latest top 100 songs, with Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” taking its place at number one. Not only is Cardi B the second female rapper to top the Hot 100 without any other billed artists (following Lauryn Hill) she is also the fifth female rapper to ever lead the Hot 100 at all. In a music industry and genre known for it’s use of aggressive and hyper-sexualized lyrics toward women, especially those of color, it is truly awesome to see a powerful voice like Cardi’s finally take back the mic.
- Anthony Weiner Sentenced to 21 months- After pleading guilty in May to transmitting obscene material to a minor, former congressman Anthony Weiner was finally sentenced to 21 months in prison and three years of supervised release in federal court on Monday of this week. Although the trial period following the evidence of his crime on two different occasions may have been lengthy, it is encouraging to finally see justice- from former mayor to current registered sex offender.
- NFL Protests: Not Everything is About You 45– This week, teams from across the National Football League linked arms and kneeled in protest of 45’s latest comment: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now!” Or, at least, that’s what he would like us to be talking about. Starting with Megan Rapinoe and Colin Kaepernick, kneeling during the American Anthem at sporting events was an effort to call attention to police brutality against people of color in our country. While football teams continue to show unity in the face of 45’s comment, remember that it is and never was about him.
- Harvey, Irma, Maria- Hurricane Season is clearly upon us, and with the recent destruction caused by these hurricanes it is time for us to have some serious conversations. Last night, the bloggers and I discussed several aspects of these storms- namely the significance of climate change and our role in environmental devastation. While we often talk about gender and the environment like they are two different topics, we recognize that environmental inequality reinforces a hierarchy that oppresses women- and that is something we hope to write about this semester.
Check back next week for another weekly news roundup!