(The Root) — From her Instagram account, you can gather that Rihanna really loves strippers, smoking and making fun of people who come for her family. She also really likes nudity, both hers and other people’s. On several occasions she has Instagrammed pictures containing nudity, though it is a violation of the site’s terms of service. Maybe that’s why she typically removes the images quickly after posting them — to keep from having her account suspended.
Or maybe something else is going on. Is “badgalriri” really that bad? Is she just really feeling herself, or thirsting for attention? Kate Dries of Jezebel has examined the interesting mechanics of Rihanna’s Instagram account, musing on potential motives.
Some of it definitely seems to be a marketing ploy. During her video shoot for the song “Pour It Up,” about strippers and strip clubs,
Learn more about Kimi Gray here.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Root. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
Like The Root on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.
The blogosphere has been on fire with disapproving dissections of President Obama’s commencement speech at Morehouse College. Sade Muhammad writes on her Tumblr, the Glossy Diaries, that maybe the president was just speaking from personal experience when he told the young black men to give back and work hard for success.
Why does President Obama always feel the need to share a message of helping your fellow man, [some blog commentators] wanted to know? What about manifesting a personal destiny? “There’s no room in Obama’s world for aspiring to be a Bill Gates, or a Steve Jobs, or a Warren Buffet,” another commenter says.
But perhaps what they don’t see is that Obama is coming from an experience of a black man in today’s society. A man who saw less people who looked like him the more