Entries by Jazmyne Young

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Kanye West's Award Tour

By Jazmyne Young, Sep 16, 2009 12:11 PM

Editor's note: YO! blogger Jazmyne Young assesses the media coverage of Kanye West's microphone-snatching.  "I’m convinced that celebrities maintain their celebrity by manipulating the interest of “regular people” like me," Young asserts, "so that we become so interested in the superficial details of their life we forget to give value to their actual talent and neglect to hold them accountable to…anything."

For me, there is a fine line between insightful commentaries on the happenings of celebrities as their influence relates to everyday life (Chris Brown & Rihanna), and just plain nonsense gossip drama of little to no importance to anyone who isn’t in that arena (Kanye West & Taylor Swift).

Of course, regardless of whether or not I want to blog about it, or acknowledge it, I am nonetheless tuned into the frequency that bombards me with useless info about pop culture fun facts. (MTV, CL, MTO) In the days following Kanye West’s infamous stunt at the VMAs, there has been a lot of commentary leading on up to the White House, prompting Kanye to make an impromptu appearance on the Jay Leno show to apologize (for the third time) about his rude interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards which aired last Sunday.

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What's Race Got to Do With It?

By Jazmyne Young, Sep 1, 2009 1:40 PM

Editor's note: YO! Youth Outlook blogger Jazmyne Young reflects here on what racial sensitivity really means, whether it's possible to be too sensitive, and how we react to the racial language we hear around us.

Racism has become so arbitrary that it’s hard for someone like me to keep up with all of the ridiculousness that goes on in this great big world we live in. I say “someone like me” because I’m finally accepting that I’m not just a blogger, but indeed a BLACK blogger. I’ve embraced that my being black, African-American, or whatever other term we use as a point of geographical reference with respect to our unique place in the African Diaspora, has absolutely defined my idenity and outlook on life thus far.