September 5, 2011

Is there a Message in Beyonce's Pregnancy Beyond the Tweets?

Social media history was made last week right after Beyonce confirmed that she was pregnant with her performance at the recent MTV Video Music Awards. The Twitter world went crazy generating a record 8,868 tweets per second. The blogosphere has been on fire ever since with posts on such topics as 'How will Beyonce and Jay-Z's baby look' to pictures of her baby bump. Two bloggers take an interesting look, with somewhat opposing points of view on "the pregnancy" and its social implications of marriage to the Hip Hop generation.

-Keli Goff (Loop21.com) With 'out of wedlock births' soaring in black America the singer could set a new standard -But I was happy to hear the news of Beyonce’s pregnancy because fans of hip-hop will finally have two high-profile role models who are having a child within a committed, financially stable relationship, and not just a relationship, a marriage. ...read more

-Dr. Boyce Watkins (TheBoyceBlog.com) I love much of what Goff saying. She is speaking against the popularity of shows like Basketball Wives, which features a bunch of catty, “ghetto” women who’ve never actually been wives at any point in their lives. She also discusses the disturbing imagery being presented to young black girls (courtesy of BET and Vh-1), which teaches them that having a baby with a rapper, basketball player or “baller” is your ticket to success in life. ...read more

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