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Kim & Amber: Hip-Hop’s "Mary Magdalenes!"
By Khalil Amani
I’m sick of it! I’m sick and fucking tired of the disrespect towards women within hip-hop! I’m especially pissed at the way video models and strippers are portrayed! This ain’t no diatribe about sexual exploitation of women either! I am officially announcing that the video model/stripper is hip-hop’s “5th Element!” Move over MC, DJ, graffiti artist, and break-dancer! It’s recognition time!
Hip-hop heads—men, in particular love to call chicks out of their names! Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose are many of our daughters, sisters, mothers, aunts and nieces. The only difference is that they parlayed showing off their goodies into fame & fortune! Strip clubs are filled to the rim with black women—and filled to the rim with black men who love watching bucket-naked black women! So why do we persecute their profession?
Honestly? I think the only men that hate on these females getting strip club money are you Internet trolls—you guys who are without female companionship who have been brainwashed by society’s sexual rules. This is why Amber Rose joined forces with “Slut Walk.” It’s an in-your-face-back-at-cha way of shaming men for shaming women. #Genius According to Wikipedia, "Slut Walk is a transnational movement calling for an end to rape culture, including victim blaming and slut shaming of sexual assault victims. Specifically, participants protest against explaining or excusing rape by referring to any aspect of a woman's appearance."
As it turns out, Amber Rose is fast becoming one of the most revolutionary feminists since Gloria Steinem! (Get to Googling ol' historically illiterate one.) Pretty good for a "slut," eh?
While you're all up in arms over Kim K's breaking of the Internetz with her artistically and beautifully contrived nudity, she's cashing checks! Nudity is grown folk business. So tonight, after you post your anti-Kim K comment and then check in with Pornhub.com to get your rocks off, may your conscience call you a hypocrite, as you unload your spunk.
There is nary a music video that doesn’t have some very bodacious, phat-booty women strutting their stuff, which allows these rappers to sell their music. (Hey! If their music sucks, we might as well be ocularly entertained, right? Is that a word? “Ocularly.” Charge it to my Ebonics.) But then we wanna label them “video hoes”—while we’re eye-fucking them. If they are “whores,” then what does that make us—johns? You damn skippy!
We are voyeurs of their work, yet we criticize their profession! Y’all already know I’m "Ya gay friend’s favorite straight friend," but some of these straight cats are some of the gayest dudes! (Yes homo!) Negroes are actually mad and repulsed at the female anatomy! Well, I’m not! And I love looking at beautiful women—of all races!
Women, whether they be models, strippers, exotic dancers, video/magazine eye-candy, porn stars or whatever—they deserve respect—the same respect that male dancers like “Chippendales” or Las Vegas’ (by way of Australia), “Thunder From Down Under” gets! Kill the double-standard!
If hip-hop is the “savior”—the “Jesus” of young, urban ghetto-dwelling America, then the Video Vixen/Stripper/Porn Star/Model (Kim & Amber), who are commonly referred to by misogynistic (women-hating) men as a “video ho”---is hip-hop’s Mary Magdalene, the infamous and erroneously labeled prostitute. Niggas spend hella money "makin' it rain" in the strip club, but be on these Internets talking real reckless about somebody's daughter--the stripper, talking about "I wouldn't wife her!" and "Don't be kissin' these hoes in da mouf!" Men have done to the stripper and video vixen what the Catholic Church (headed by men) did to the legacy of Mary Magdalene--assassinated her character! Straight like dat!
But really, who was Mary Magdalene? I know you’ve been taught that she was a prostitute, but that’s simply a lie conjured up by the machinations of sexist men—an attempt to downplay her importance and relevance in the Jesus Movement and in Jesus’ personal life—done in the name of religion. Mary Magdalene was Jay-Z's, “Holy Grail”—the vessel which God used to further Jesus’ message. Check your religious history pimpin’! (Especially those Gnostic writings!)
Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ closest follower, who was “hated on” by the twelve disciples because Jesus used to
“tap-that-ass” make love to her on the regular and was always sticking tongue down her throat smooching on her in public—what we call “public displays of affection” (P.D.A.). What? How dare you speak of Jesus like that! Hush yo’ mouf and let history speak and let’s leave your kindergarten understanding of Jesus in Sunday school! In the Gnostic book, “The Gospel of Philip” (a book omitted from your Bible for obvious reasons), it states, “And the companion of the Savior [Jesus] is Mary Magdalene. But Christ loved her more than all the disciples and used to kiss her often on the mouth. The rest of the disciples were offended by it [Jesus & Mary’s kissing] and expressed disapproval. They said to him [Jesus], ‘Why do you love her more than all of us?’ The Savior answered… ’Why do I not love you like her?’” See? Jesus loved his male disciples, but not in a touchy-feely-kind-of-way—the way you love a woman! In another book omitted from your Bible, “The Gospel of Mary,” the case is further made that Jesus and Mary Magdalene had a “special” relationship when they wrote, “Sister [Mary], we know that the Savior loved you more than any other woman…For he knew her completely and loved her devotedly.” (6:1, 10:10) In biblical terms “knowing” a woman is a euphemism (nice language) for “fucking” and Jesus “knew” Mary Magdalene “completely!” Draw your own conclusions!
The Gnostic Gospels of Philip and Mary and Thomas never made the New Testament canon, the official books which make up the New Testament, because they show a different Jesus; a Jesus who appears to have sexual desires and an outward show of affection for Mary Magdalene. The Gospels of Mary and Philip show that Mary was "All That and a Bowl of Grits!" Mary Magdalene was a powerful figure in the Jesus Movement and second only to Jesus himself! Before the Roman Church got ahold of Mary Magdalene's character and drug her name through the mud via the "prostitute motif," Miss Magdalene aka Mrs. Christ was known as, "The Woman Who Knew The All!" That's right, not "The Woman Who Knew All," but, "The Woman Who Knew THE ALL!" Even more telling is the fact that upon Jesus's resurrection, he does not appear to the 12 disciple or his mama. Jesus first appears to Mary Magdalene! For it is written after Jesus had risen from his death tomb; "Jesus saith unto her [Mary Magdalene], Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father...Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord and that he had spoken these things unto her" (John 20:17-18).
This is the woman that the Roman Church made into a prostitute—a ho! And by extension, through history, any woman who exhibits their sexuality is seen as a whore. Most of our Christian denominations teach that Mary Magdalene was a reformed prostitute—a ho! Thanks to Pope Gregory, in his confusion over the “three Marys” mentioned in the New Testament, he just said, “Awww, what the fuck! They are all the same person and she was a prostitute!” Thus, the label stuck to her, but 20th century scholarship by religious scholars has spoken in unison; Mary Magdalene was not a prostitute and never was one! Religious scholars agree that the characterization of Mary Magdalene as a reformed prostitute has no biblical foundation and probably came about as the result of the city she was from—el Mejdel, a city infamous for its licentious behavior. The Mary Magdalene of history was a woman who came into the Jesus Movement, who was healed of “seven devils,” a sign of some psychological pathology, not a symptom of being a prostitute. (Luke 8:2).
Here's book from my library about Mary Magdalene that helped shape my views on women and their roles in religion and society. If ever there was a person in history who was much maligned, it was this dear sister, Mary Magdalene!
Go further research that shyt and slap the next preacher who teaches otherwise!
Mary Magdalene was a symbol of black (yes, the people of that region were so dark that they couldn’t order a cup of coffee in 1950's Mississippi!) sexual womanhood, which the early church eschewed (hated) because of her obviously “close” relationship to the Divine (Jesus)—a scorned woman who has erroneously been labeled a “ho” by sexist men within the Roman Catholic Church—a victim of character assassination—a woman which some scholars believe may have been the wife of Jesus—a woman whom the “Gnostics” called, “The Woman Who Knew The All” (Yes! THE ALL!)— yet Christian history has relegated her to “whore status” – Jesus’ beloved, his boo!
Why does a woman, free of sexual hang-ups gotta be a “ho”—because a sista isn’t afraid to express her sexuality through nude modeling or pornography? Nudity as “shame” is a religious device used to control women. The Bible tells us that God made a naked man and woman in the beginning (Adam & Eve) and everything was "very good." How did we get to where we think of our nude bodies and sex as "showing your shame" and "doing the nasty?"
Truth be told, many men have never been with a woman as fine as Amber or Kim! I see you in the stores and clubs with your less-than-average looking woman! Got a 5 on your arm and swear she's a 10! LOL!
The video vixen/stripper is all women and, like Mary Magdalene, they have been characterized and scandalized as whores! They are being disrespected by the same men that would take a porn magazine into the bathroom and jack off! Hip-hop (Jesus) loves her (the model), but some of the disciples (followers of hip-hop) hate her. Well I’ve got news for all haters of strippers and prostitutes and it’s brought to you by your man Jesus who said, “Verily [truly] I say unto you, that the publicans [gang bangers] and harlots [prostitutes/hoes] go into the kingdom of God before you!” (Matthew 21:31)
You ask, “Why would Jesus say a whore will go to Heaven?” Because he, himself, sprang from the four forms of the whore (Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba, all of which had “something questionable or even scandalous about the activities of each of these women” as scholars have pointed out) and ended with his mother Mary, the “Pre-Monogamic Whore,” according to the noted mythologist Gerald Massey. (Matthew 1) This is Jesus's bloodline!
We say “No homo.” We say we’re straight! We say we love pussy, yet we’ve got our noses in the air at the stripper and the video model! We have a love-hate fixation with our women’s asses! We, heterosexual men, love Kim Kardashian's and Amber Rose's ass! In the words of the late great comedian Rodney Dangerfield, “I think I’m an ‘ass man.' Everywhere I go, people say, ‘You’re an ass, man'!’"
Black and Latina women are among the most curvaceous women on earth! If men are truthful—most of what we do in life is for the sake of a woman—to impress a woman with the end result of gettin’ the skins! (Sex!) Women are our motivation to rap, go to work, drive a nice car, wear nice clothes and brush our teeth! Without women, we’d be a bunch of nasty-ass, halitosis-having, no deodorant-wearing, dreadlocked idiots! We'd look and smell like Nature Boy & dem---walking around shirtless, while taking shits in the woods and smelling so horrendous that you'd think something crawled up in us and died! Women are men's civilizers!
Women, like gays and lesbians are easy targets of hip-hop disrespect. I advocate for gays and lesbians in hip-hop and I advocate for women in hip-hop, whether they be of the righteous cover-your-body-up ilk or the woman who sees her body as art and has no problem displaying it. Why? Because at the end-of-the-day, these women will go on to be mothers, wives, teachers, hard-working, tax-paying Americans—just a harmless phase of their life.
As much as we might hate on the video vixen, we need them! If for nothing more than to make ourselves feel better about whom we are not. Like Toni Morrison’s character, Sula, the “perceived” town whore, some of us need people like the video vixen—so that we can hang our heads high and have our noses in the air and say, “She’s beneath me!”—that our lives may have greater meaning! The next time you hear some cat dissin’ a video/magazine model, let them know what a bitch-ass move that is.
I know lots of video models, vixens, strippers and even porn stars. I know their stories and their hearts! Most are in the right place, contrary to popular belief and if you ever get a chance to really speak with one of these ladies you'll understand that your judgments and preconceived notions and stereotypes are misguided. These are the women Jesus surrounded himself with!
Khalil Amani is"Gay hip-hop's Straight Advocate." A Miami native who writes for Allhiphop.com, DJ Kay Slay’s Straight Stuntin Magazines. He’s been featured in L.A. Times, Miami New Times, Miami Herald, Thump/Vice/Noisey.com, Forward, Spin Magazine, DaveyD.com, DJ Kay Slay's Streetsweeper Sirius XM Radio Show, The Opperman Report, Sa NeterTV, CBS's, "West 57th Street" (1988), The Biography Channel's, "I Survived a Cult" (2010), The Biography Channel's, "Escaping Evil: My Life in a Cult" (2013) and 2018's, ID (Investigation Discovery) Channel in conjunction with People Magazine "Cults." Look for upcoming features on Mr. Amani in February 2019 on Oxygen Channel and People Magazine! Amani is the author of seven books, including the groundbreaking“Hip-Hop Homophobes...” (iuniverse.com ’07). Amani majored in English and Black Studies at San Diego Mesa College and the University of Nebraska. Follow on IG @khalil_amani, Facebook, Twitter @khalilamani. Email @firstname.lastname@example.org