Hip-hop/Spirituality/Freethinking. Speaking for all underdogs!
On Men Wearing Earrings...
As a man of a "certain age," (23 days shy of 61!) I have a duty to leave the planet better than I found it! I have a duty to teach the babies... and so, as an elder and a teacher, I do this work.
Sometimes people, unaware, spark conversations that can be great teaching subjects. It matters not who the person is who sparked the conversation... whether it be "men wearing earrings" or "mental health & wellness" issues in the black community. The bigger picture is not who sparked the conversation, but rather the subject matter itself. "Subliminals" and wanting your name called is purely the "Ego" at work. Sometimes names need and should be called, but what is most important is the information about the subject... and motherfuck! who sparked the conversation! You are not that important in grand scheme of teaching the babies!
For indeed! When I come across ignorance on Social Media and elsewhere that I believe needs some clarity and edification, I teach! I'm not worried that I might offend someone and I'm not into the business of throwing "subliminals" or "shade" because I'm an old sneaky fellow who "throws rocks and hides his hands."
People just want their name called! People just want to be part of your narrative! People think that they are more important than the subject matter! You might've sparked the conversation... out of ignorance... out of stupidity... out of your need to "bang"... out of your need to cast aspersions on a person...out of your need to berate a person... out of your need to be a funny motherfucker and a judgmental bastard/bitch... out of your need to question someone's sexuality... and/or out of your need to be homophobic... because you're an old fool with no life and a dead-end job with too much time on your hands... a ghetto-dwelling dummy who gets no dick or pussy... but a serious subject like mental health in the black community or even a light-hearted conversation on men wearing earrings DOES NOT warrant calling people's names and making one's self part of the conversation. You sparked the conversation! Your part is done! Now sitcho ass down somewhere! (Damn I just threw hella subliminals! Lol. But y'all already know who I'm tallumbout! Dirty Donna Jordan aka UN-SexyLadyDee! There! Are you happy now? I called your fucking name!)
I fully expect young people to regularly put their foot in their mouths by saying stupid shit, but when older people... people over 50 years old say the most ignorant shit, it baffles me! Thus, I make this blog on, "On Men Wearing Earrings" and the history behind it. The ignorant notion that men who wear earrings are "gay" is right out of the playbook of homophobia. This idea is antiquated, archaic, outdated, old-fashioned and downright idiotic! It's a damned shame that I'm even teaching on this subject in 2021! But what's even more shameful is that it was a person over fifty who sparked this conversation, by calling Khalil Amani gay, because he wears earrings in both ears! Yes! Mental illness in the black community is a subject that must be talked about! Only a mentally ill person would think that earrings worn by men equals homosexuality! Facts!
Now let's get to the information!
People have been wearing earrings for more than 7,000 years! In fact, earrings were first worn by men! Going back to ancient Asia... and to the Egyptians who were earrings as a sign of wealth... and even the ancient Hebrews/Israelites in the Bible all wore earrings... men! In the Bible, the book of Exodus writes, "And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden EARRINGS, which are in the ears of your wives, of your SONS, and of yours daughters, and bring them unto me." Even a fool can understand that if women, daughters and sons wore earrings way back then... it means that earrings were a UNISEX item.
As for Americans wearing earrings... that started in the 1950's and 60's. In the late 60's hippies and the gay community wore earrings... and sailors had been wearing earrings even before gays and hippies.
Men wearing earrings in both ears became popularizes in the 1980's with musicians and singers like Wham's, George Michaels and Culture Club's, Boy George.
By the mid-1990's, black men wearing one earring or earrings in both ears had become commonplace. Black professional athletes, R&B singers, rappers, actors, the everyday 9 to 5 working man, cool & fly-ass twenty-something year old young men and teenage boys all started donning earrings... without the stigma of sexuality.... homosexuality. Black men wearing earrings was a fashion statement, a fashion accessory, a touch of class and elegance that made a man's ensemble complete. End of story.
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Baby aka Birdman
LIL NAS X
Tutankhamun aka King Tut
Khalil Amani Amani
Real confident men wear earrings!