By Sonshine Wiley
Mark Knight of the Australian Newspaper, the Herald Sun, decided that in the wake of all the controversy going on around the US Open match Between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka he’d toss his hat in the ring. King created a racist cartoon that depicts Williams with over-sized features in a complete frenzy destroying her tennis racket perceivably because she wasn’t winning.
He is sure to include a pacifier so that it is clear she is portrayed in a toddler tantrum like form. One thing to notice as well is that he decided not only to retain the features in the umpire, Carlos Ramos who also was a part of the interaction, but significantly reduced the stature and features of Williams Opponent, Osaka. She is not recognizably Haitian or Japanese. She looks like a blonde caucasian woman.
Knight is undergoing much backlash for his tasteless caricature of a life altering day for both Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams. His responses to critics have been brash and sarcastic. As of now, this has not been retracted nor has there been an apology from the Herald Sun.
Much is to be recognized about this and the societal norms surrounding the perception of women in prestigious places especially those of color. Women are not given the same treatment as men who also have done and exceeded the level of passion or resistance Williams displayed in the US Open tournament. Women are not expected to respond with such fervor to male authority figures, and this is the sad reality.
Women's rights have been fought for and many achieved but are still not recognized or respected by many. In the wake several social movements, much is still to be done for those breaking barriers in Women's equality.
By Sonshine Wiley
An opportunity to step away from your career and get some much needed inspiration is always major. Through attending conferences and retreats this is possible for various industries. Very few of these industries are led by legends in the field. For the music industry, Dj Jazzy Jeff has taken the ranks as a reachable legend who cares to secure the current of music and its creators.
His three year old retreat, The Playlist Retreat, serves as a place where creatives can fall off the grid and into the world of living and breathing their creative super powers. This retreat includes music creation, collaboration, industry expert representation, as well as sessions geared toward checking in with the creates on a mental and emotional level.
This all around recharging atmosphere is said to leave attendees with the feeling of understanding exactly how to conquer their creative universe.
Rejection is the Silent Killer
Rejection is scientifically proven to be linked to feelings of physical pain. Those of us who do not handle rejection well often tend to bury the feelings associated in order to avoid that pain. Although this is ineffective, it is a continued habit for many.
Creating a plan of action to combat those moments can literally save your life. Rejection is one of the leading causes of depression. Some are not able to recover from this and end their lives. Don't wait until you've been backed into a corner to start preparing your home within for challenging times. Prepare now by finding things that create an atmosphere of gratitude in your life.
This episode speaks to that very thing. Take a listen, and join me as I prepare my house for storms. As we all know, eventually they will come, but we will do all we can to be prepared to love our way through them.
By Sonshine Wiley
Aerosmith is known for many things, but being supporters of Donald Trump is not one of them.
Recently, the groups Leader, Steven Tyler, had his lawyer send a “Cease & Desist” letter to the president for his use of the groups music during his rallies. Tyler fears that people will think that by trump using his music, he is in direct support of the president which is not the case.
This is actually the second time the group has had to have their music removed from Trump. The first time was on his campaign trail when the song “Dream On” was used to pump up the crowd as he entered the stage. The performance rights were revoked as an initial step during that time. However, since that did not deter trump from continuing to use other songs from the band, the “Cease & Desist” was put in motion and delivered.
Tyler, among many other celebrities, has made a hard stance in opposition to the current president. This sends a clear message, and stands out as an American citizen speaking up for their thoughts on what’s right for our nation.
As a little girl I can remember waking up to the smell of bleach and the sounds of my mother singing her usual tunes! We already knew what time it was, and slightly dreaded the sounds of Rocksteady, Respect, Do Right Woman, and many more. We knew it was time for us all to get out of bed and get cleaning. This tradition was a long lasting tradition and was never substituted with another artist unless somehow cleaning day was switched to Sunday.
Those days bring back so much nostalgia. I cherish those memories and will always be reminded of them when I hear the soulful singing of Ms. Aretha Franklin.
Today, the legend behind the soundtrack of my Saturdays as a child has passed away. At age 76, Aretha Franklin has died of Advanced Pancreatic Cancer of the Neuroendocrine type. She leaves behind a loving family and adoring fans.
Today is a day that reminds us that those legends living today are a true gem that time will only lend itself for just a moment. Ms. Franklin will be missed, but her music and legacy will live forever.
By Sonshine Wiley
Social Media gives us access to the family and friends we aren’t able to see all the time. It provides a way for us to access people within the networks of those friends and families as well. Sometimes we are completely blown away by the amazing connections we are able to make, and then there are the times we are totally not on board with a someone’s personality. This is the power of having a choice to friend and unfriend whomever is within your reach.
So, what happens when you are a 35 year old woman who’s new suggested friend happens to be your rapist from when you were an 8 year old little girl? This is not an uncommon occurrence, and many are faced with the decision to run and tell the world about this horrible person or (for fear that many will defend and victim blame) hide in the shadows afraid that this person still has the power.
How many times has someone who committed horrible acts been exonerated by the public because to those people this person is a “good person”? Our society no longer yields to moral compass and accountability, but to public opinion. However, in an effort to support victims, there are resources available to assist with instances such as this both on and off social media platforms.
The ability to block the person and all of their mutual connections is available as well as emotional support through therapy and online support groups. Seeking out these options may not bring a person to further accountability, but it does save the victim from suffering more than they already have. In addition, making sure the act is reported to the proper authorities so that justice is served can provide a solution.
Every voice that speaks in truth contributes to this solution. Breaking the silence could potentially keep this from happening to others.
By Sonshine Wiley
Rejection is the Silent Killer.
Rejection is scientifically proven to be linked to feelings of physical pain. Those of us who do not handle rejection well often tend to bury the feelings associated in order to avoid that pain. Although this is ineffective, it is a continued practice for many.
Creating a plan of action to combat those moments can literally save your life. Rejection is one of the leading causes of depression. Some are not able to recover from this, and end their lives. Instead of waiting until backed into a corner to start dealing with those feelings, seeking professional help for challenging times has become more prevalent. Many are also finding things that create an atmosphere of gratitude in their lives to support a lasting change. As we all know eventually tough times will come, however, combating negative self talk and increased self care seems to have improved the quality of life for many.
This is the Independence Day episode!! This episode is the first live installation of the Sonshine State with special guest Mark Smith! In this episode, we hear about the emotional experience from a male perspective.
With a live audience, various opinions are expressed, and it allowed for an even greater dialogue. Topics ranging from accountability and honesty to fear of judgment and removing stereotypes.
This episode had such wonderful dialogue, it was extended beyond the normal 25 min or less format.
This episode is full of conversation starters. Take a listen!
By Sonshine Wiley
The “Beef” between rap artists has been a longstanding tradition. From the days of Tupac vs Notorious BIG to today's rappers Drake and Pusha T. This beef is not just in male categories, but also now more prevalent in female categories as well.
Most recently there was a beef created between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. While there are some who would rather fan the flames of the beef, many are asking why can’t we like or support them both?
Was there a secret quota created that states you have an allowance of one female rap artist? Yes, this question goes against the tradition within the industry that’s been going on for years. Isn’t ok to question things that are in place? Isn’t it ok to form your own thoughts, opinions, and change your own personal narrative?
There is an argument that states the beef sparks a creativity that is not often in place if the sense of competition is not created. Understandably so, however the competition can exist without the underlying division.
If the black community is to activate the powerful force that it is, we must exercise that power in all areas, including music.