This Day in Black Appropriation: BuzzFeed Thinks ‘Eyebrow Slits’ Are a Trend
This week, we’ve seen dashikis be named the “it” new trend and now “eyebrow slits” have been dubbed by BuzzFeed as this new incredible discovery.
To be fair, BuzzFeed did credit eyebrow “slits” as having been around for years and even showed pictures of rappers Soulja Boy Tell’em and Bow Wow as proof, but we know they go back further than that.
Hip-hop fans remember when rappers Kriss Kross wore cuts in their eyebrows back in the early 90s and we can’t forget the infamous Jay Z line in the song “Do it Again (Put Ya Hands Up)” when he rapped “Three cuts in your eyebrows tryna wild out.”
But before Jay Z and Kriss Kross, there was rapper Big Daddy Kane who wore cuts in his eyebrows in the 80s and early 90s.
This all just begs the question of why have mainstream media companies become so fascinated with parts of Black culture that have been around for ages?
Do we blame this on the lack of diversity that most mainstream sites have? Or is it that social media is making everything new again and sites are just now taking notice?
Or are these just fluff pieces to garner clicks, page views and conversation?
Whatever it is, these sites are showing their lack of diversity even if it’s known some of them have a considerably large amount of Black people on their staff. Also, how about we do our research before dub something a new “trend” because really, there’s nothing new under the sun and trends do tend to repeat themselves.