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Jay-Z and Fatherhood
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By Shante' Denice Elliott
Jay-Z makes fatherhood cool.
Their relationship began with their collabo
ration on “Bonnie and Clyde.” Amazingly, a
song that told of a couple robbing banks, be
ing passionately in love, and staying together
through thick and thin, resulted in uniting the
two on the song together; bringing about a
five year courtship and a four year marriage.
Unlike other celebrity couples, Jay-Z and
Beyonce followed the nursery rhyme little
girls recite growing up: they first found love,
then got married, and lastly had the baby they
will soon cany in a baby carriage, baby Blue
Hours after her birth, proud father Jay-Z
released “Glory,” a new song that featured the
cries of his daughter as backgroimd music. It
seems as if Jay-Z has permanently retired his
fitted caps, basketball jerseys, and Air Force
I’s, in for pampers, wipes and baby bottles.
The release of “Glory” raises the question
of if the public personality has changed his
image from that of a gangster rapper, to one
that advocates fatherhood.
Facts revealing that black men abandon
their children seem to never end. Reading
facts that say; 82.3 percent of African Ameri
can children bom since 1990 are raised with
out their biological father, is no longer sur
prising. But is Jay-Z playing an active role in
his daughter’s life, helping create a change?
Fayetteville State University sophomore,
Tristin Rainey, says that Jay-Z is “not redefin
ing fatherho^, but he is putting a new look
In a November interview with GQ Maga
zine, Jay-Z, who had an absentee father grow
ing up, said that fatherhood is “being there —
that’s more important.” In the interview, he
said that children are “crying out for love.”
Black men are needed by their children.
Dwayne P. Patrick, a Fayetteville State
'The most beautiful-est thing in
this world, is Daddy's little giri,"
- Jay-Z, “GIwy”
University alumnus, feels that Jay-Z “has
done nothing more than have a baby like
millions of other proud fathers have done,”
and that he “is not the face of fatherhood.”
Patrick instead feels that those who “died for
our freedom,” such as Martin Luther King Jr.
and Booker T. Washington, both who were
fathers, are befitting of such a title.
No one can deny that Jay-Z is in heaven
with the birth of his baby giri. In “Glory” he
says: “Words can’t describe what I’m feel
ing for real / baby, I paint the sky blue, / My
greatest creation was you.”
Nonetheless, Jay-Z is not the only man
in hip hop that has accepted their duties as
fathers. Sean Combs (P.Diddy) has five chil
dren, James Smith (LL Cool J) and his wife
have two, and Calvin Broadus (Snopp Dogg)
and his wife have three.
Jay-Z and Beyonc^ have remained very
private about their life together, only sharing
the intimate details they choose. Surprisingly,
the couple showed Blue Ivy Carter to the
world on Feb. 10, in their own way.
The couple posted several pictures of their
bundle of joy on Jay-Z’s website. One photo
was of Jay-Z smiling, looking into Blue Ivy’s
eyes as he held her; showing everyone why
he was smiling from ear to ear.
Beyonce has already declared that she has
found her "Love On Top". One can only as
sume that Jay-Z has found his, in Blue Ivy.
Female Role Models:
Do black women lack
black female role models?
By Shante' Denice Elliott
The conclusion of Black
History Month, introduces
a new month that continues
celebrating those that have
made great strides in over
coming life struggles. The
month of March is Women’s
Since President Barack
Obama gave his acceptance
speech in 2009 First Lady,
Michelle Obama has been
given the title as the num
ber one role model for black
Essence Magazine Fash
ion Editor, Mikki Taylor’s
book, "Commander in
Chic" highlights the First
Lady’s excellent clothing
choices. Author Sophia Nel
son began her book, "Black
Woman" Redefined with a
letter saluting Mrs. Obama; [jlSCK
placing the First Lady in the
forefront for all black wom
en to admire.
With six black women having an Acad
emy Award, hundreds of black women in
award-winning films, on the top of music
charts, is Mrs. Obama the only black wom
an with a clean history that the younger
generation of black women can look up to?
Although reality television paints the
image that there are no black female role
models, in essence there are. The problem
with today’s generation is that the positive
role models are not idolized. Instead of ad
miring the black C.E.O. of a Fortune 500
Company, or the successful entrepreneur,
attorney or doctor, young black women of
today instead look to TV shows like, "Bas
ketball Wives", "Love & Hip Hop", and
racy rap artist in admiration.
The negative effects of this can last a
lifetime. Black women now know more
lyrics from “Super Bass” than the Negro
Anthem. Who’s to blame?
Bre Holloway, a Fayetteville State Uni
versity freshman, feels that more black
women need to “be active” in the lives of
younger black women. Women in our gen
eration want someone to look up to, but if
we only see women rappers on TV, then
that’s who were going to look to; Hollo
Tulane University Professor Melissa V.
Harris-Perry, said in a January 2012 inter
view with MSNBC, that she is not “a huge
fan of the role model theory.” She says that
what she finds “extraordinary about black
Female Role Models
history in America has been the ability to
imagine freedom, equality, and full human
ity even when there was no living model.”
On one hand, black women take their
own fate into their own hands with what
they choose to consume. Producers create
television shows that show black women
in a negative light, but still black women
choose to boost their ratings by watch
ing their shows. Although rappers like
Nicki Minaj, Lil’Kim and Trina wear the
most revealing clothing, black women still
choose the “hot pants” over the modest
dress, worn by Michelle Obama.
“Each woman should know right from
wrong,” Symone Lunsford, an FSU fresh
man said. If a woman knows that what she
sees is wrong, she should want to do op
posite, it’s a personal decision. We control
our own fate, Lunsford added.
In her book. Professor Melissa V. Har
ris-Perry, says that "black women attempt
to stand upright in a room made by the
Black women have shaped their place
in history thus far. Showing that there they
may not be a lack of role models, but in
stead, there may be a lack of black women
rescuing themselves from the patterns of