Multi-Grammy Winning Neo-Soul Legend India.Arie took to Twitter to show support to Academy Award Winning Actress, comedian Mo’Nique, who, over a month ago, exposed the entertainment industry for bias low wages, and false accusations towards her.
India Arie used tweets by Gabrielle Union to make her point, which is, Black Women are often called difficult when they stand up for themselves, hold others accountable, and are not willing to accept anything less than what they deserve. The latter has been a known ideology for many years in entertainment, but in Black culture overall, and after the rise of the #TimesUp movement, Women, Black Women are done with being silent about mistreatment and false claims that damage their reputations.
India Arie reminded us of what we used to call; “that old Black Tax”, which is; “The experience that Black people have to work and perform twice as well as White people to get half as much.”
2018 presents as a progressive era, and year, but when you truly take a look at the journey of Amerikkka you will see we’ve not come a long way, we’ve only snailed just a foot or two from where we were. Chance The Rapper has come out in support of Mo’Nique, which oddly, has caused his fans to question him, it seems viewers of this month long realization are split, but Mo’Nique is still pressing on in her power, and more people are understanding her plight day by day.
India Arie On Why She Supports Mo’Nique;
Gabrielle Union left a comment on a popular tweet that asked; “Have you noticed when you refuse to be disrespected people call you “difficult”’. Gabrielle Union’s response prompted India.Arie to come out in support of Mo’Nique. Gabrielle said; “I’ve noticed I’ve been called difficult when I’ve asked for accountability.”
“I’ve been called difficult- when i demand accountability, take time for self care, speak difficult truths or stand up for myself at all lol. Some may not agree with [Mo’Nique’s] method or approach but shes NOT wrong. Its the black tax and the gender pay gap rolled into one.
Most people would be surprised to learn of the UTTER NONSENSE black woman artist have to accept just to CREATE. AND we STILL come thru and light the whole stage up. [Mo’Nique] is RIGHT and BRAVE. And handling it all so well, [respect!]
But there IS no right way FOR her to say. So i applaud [Mo’Nique] for speakig up at ALL! KNOWING shed be subjected to so much hate. Just to be clear where I stand
#ImWithYouMo aaaaannnd Love to all #soulbirdsworldwide.”
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