Recently, I sat in front of a panel of three female Executives at a community-based non-profit organization, and interviewed for a position for which I was over-qualified and would be significantly under compensated — nevertheless, there I sat interviewing for the position. In Veritas, the position was more comparable to part-time pay and I lobbied from that perspective. Moot however, because as the Executive Director explained “they had tried that and THAT didn't work. ” In other words, the person who worked the job before, did not get the job done. Determined to convince the jury (I felt like I was on trial), I explained how I would accomplish the tasks in less time for equal pay. They didn't bite. Which prompted me back to two different articles. The first, in the “New Republic” about Feminism and Talib’s article posted on the social media platform called “Medium”about the artist Lauryn Hill. The former was a discussion about the changing landscape of feminism , vis a vis from well-educated, heady, high-minded white chicks to pretty, pop-icon, scantily clad, booty-shaking girl-power. Talib covered a different perspective — feminism nonetheless, whether he intended to or not. In my opinion feminism is whatever I want it to be. From the corporate room to the bedroom — I can rock it. I can “Lean In,” Lean Back, rock the cradle and rule the world. The “New Republic” defended Beyonce’ and her version of neon lights and pole dancing feminism, so I won’t waste time there. I prefer to delve into the less traveled path of stay-at-home-raising-up-the-next-generation-of-bright-minds, feminism i.e., Lauryn Hill. Everybody keeps waiting for her “comeback.” In the words of L. L., “don’t call it a comeback, I never went NOwhere.” I agree, and the same is true of Ms. Hill. Only blacks in entertainment are expected to grind year after year else the dreaded verbiage “they fell off.” Talib offered a poetic justification for her absence from mainstream…family; and I responded to him with Miseducation blasting in the background, thus:


“This article deserves a re-print in the “New Republic” alongside the recent article/social critique of Feminism, where Beyonce’s most recent performance at the VMA’s was touted as the ‘new feminist’ response (let me clear my throat). If that is true, it is conversely significant that Ms. Hill decided to parent and nurture rather than tour and entertain. Her choice to stay at home and counter the culture of society’s bankrupt individuals by instilling children with character is NOBLE. The highest profession is parenting. My feminism says I can be a mother, work part-time as a professor, or a writer FROM HOME but spend the most significant part of my day with the substance of my womb…and love my man. If Ms. Hill never puts pen to paper again or strums a tune; her contribution to literature, arts, music, politics, and theory is canonized forever. The dominant culture cannot take that from her nor erase her statistics through disparaging rages. Like the pyramids — SHE stands.” (Me on Medium, October 1, 2014)

The problem for the three Executive Interviewers, (yeah I’m back to my interview), was that I wanted to end my work day at 2:30 to pick up my children and resume parental duties such as homework, dinner, outside play, and one-on-one time. By the way, I agreed to take work home and coordinate fund-raisers on the weekends when needed. The audacity of a black woman to think that she could assert herself before a panel of peers. What I’m getting at is that one of the major problems with the feminist movement is not men, it’s women. We continue to drag men-folk before the proverbial tribunal on their lack of sympathy about maternity leave, equal pay for equal work, yada yada, but we don’t even respect the same game we’re playing. For once, we’ve got a fair male player. Hades, Talib get’s it. What’s wrong with you…girl? SMH @ the Three Female Executive Interviewers. #dontBurnYourBra #stopFakingTheFunk

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