My song right now is NERD’s Lemon featuring Rihanna.
I mean ask MsToiny and HumbleVito. When this song comes on the radio, I go in. I didn’t even know, at first, that the female rapper was Rihanna.
Listen y’all, I really love this chick.
Like luv her long time….like luv her like cooked food, like luv her bad bad bad.
So, in honor of her Black Excellence, I am gonna make the argument that we should be celebrating her RIGHT NOW in our schools THIS February as an ICON.
Sidebar: You ever heard the church saying, ‘‘give me my flowers while I’m alive.’’ I think we really gotta do this. If you know anything about our icons of history; King, X, and Evers, Black folks weren’t too fond of them at the time of their death. They thought they were doing too much, too soon and too recklessly. But you didn’t hear that from me.
Last week I talked about the IG pages that I totally love and learn from and I have decided to highlight various pages for the rest of the month. Some of them are serious and some…not so much. One of those not so serious pages is @theextranegroes and their annual Black History Month Extraordinary Negro of the Day Award.
As I see it, they are determined to highlight us in all of our extra and extraordinary glory. As you can see from above, sometimes the award goes to our iconic style. Thank you to Sister Souljah’s ponytail.
So, I’m jacking their style during our #IssaCelebration month and I’m awarding my, “I get it how I live it Award” to the one and only Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
That’s right. Bad Girl Rih Rih is life!
And she will be celebrating her 30th birthday on the 20th of this month. Let’s just talk about a few of the highlights of her 2017:
Rihanna, joined Madonna and The Beatles as the only artist to have more than 30 songs in the top ten of the main Billboard Hot 100 chart. She was named the number one pop artist for Billboard in the last 25 years.
The Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award
The Harvard Foundation recognizes prominent public-spirited leaders each year in honor of the late Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes.
The launch of Fenty Beauty
My girl dropped her Fenty line with 40 different foundations on September 8th (which is Oshun’s Day) I’ll write a post about Rihanna’s connection to Oshun next month. She literally broke the internet and the world when she released her line grossing 72 million–just for the month of September and is forecasted to make a billie by 2022.
That’s a measly 5 years from now.
Rih Rih is the epitome of having multiple streams of income and serving your community.
Personally, I love how she dominated the entire world while repping her Bajan culture to the fullest, even though the haters always got comments about the culture.
Like I said, I’ll talk more about that for Women’s History Month.
I want to be very clear about who will be receiving the “I get it how I live it” award from me. This award is for the Black folks who are living their best Black lives right now and not giving any fux about what anybody else says about them while taking care of their community.
They therefore must meet the following qualifications:
I get it how I live it
I live it how I get it
They believe in Karma and therefore believe in taking care of their people.
Count the mothafuckin’ digits
They have crazy amounts of money. Because the revolution can’t finance itself.
I pull up with a lemon
Not ’cause she ain’t livin’
It’s just your eyes get acidic
When they come around, the haters try and bring them down but can’t succeed.
And this here ain’t a scrimmage
They don’t play no games. They will cut your throat with shade and success.
Mothafucka, we ain’t finished
I told you we won’t stop
A nigga ’bouta business
They continue to build on their success in innovative and unexpected ways.
Like yours, but you rent it
Wave hello to the top
Nigga the Veyron glide
They will stunt on anyone and shine bright, unapologetically.
Tell the paparazzi get the lens right
Got the window down, top, blowin’ la
Got the hazards on, only doin’ five
You can catch me, Rih, in the new La Ferrar’
And the truck behind me got arms
Yeah, longer than LeBron
Just waitin’ for my thumb like The Fonz
They are not afraid to be seen, heard and to make their presence felt.
Woo! This beat tastes like lunch
But it’s runnin’ from veneers and it’s runnin’ from the fronts
They eating out in these streets.
But everyday, hey, wasn’t lemonade
I was afraid, once a nigga graduate
Would I be okay?
So I prayed and I played
They’ve overcame hardships and share those stories with us as inspiration.
It’s Rihanna, nigga
My constellation in space
Warp speed, Doctor Spock couldn’t chase, nigga
This is only the beginning.
Lemon by NERD featuring Rihanna
You walk into your class with a lesson for Black History Month and you are celebrating Rihanna. You have the students do some research on her. They have to find evidence of her success as an artist, philanthroipist and business woman.
Better yet, you throw out the question, “Should Rihanna be celebrated and taught in school as a representation of Black Excellence for Black History Month?” You could connect Rihanna to other groundbreaking artists that were political and unapologetically Black like Nina Simone, Josephine Baker or Lauryn Hill.
You could ask them, “Can an artist experience mass success and be #VeryBlack?”
All of us stand on the shoulders of our ancestors, that includes Rihanna. So as we celebrate this month be sure to use a Sankofa analysis with who you choose to celebrate, look back, be present and set our students up for the future.
Happy Black History Month!