Child please!

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We have to stop comparing ourselves; it causes too much friction.

It’s like a man and woman trying to have sex with two condoms.

Instead we must uplift each other whether through encouragement or criticism.

For example: “Look brother, I love how you’re speaking through your articles. They’re well thought out; but make sure you edit your article more than once.”

Can you imagine if you told your black sister her queenly aura and diligence had influenced you to be grand supreme?

Probably not!

Maybe because you’re too worried about what she didn’t do to please you, although she had the courage to attempt to give you a taste of her perfection.

Child please. You have to give people credit when it is due. Even if your credit score is 700, no one needs your approval, hater.

Recently, two noble black female musicians, Rihanna and Beyoncé, dropped an ill album and two singles.

And their fan bases went insane, pushing Rihanna’s album, “ANTI,” to go platinum and No. 1 album on the Billboard’s Hot 200 chart.

Rihanna, the fiery Barbadian R&B artist, dropped a single, “Work,” on Jan. 20.

Besides being blessed to see another day, “Work” was the best 3:39 minutes I experienced that Wednesday morning.

“The beat got my attention straight away, and I love the whole dancehall vibe,” said a Rihanna Navy member, FiFi, who’s known on Twitter and Instagram as — afiya_navifrom —

She added, “Then she slayed me with her voice.”

Not only has Rihanna’s fan base, “Navy” had been patiently waiting for a single from her new album. Everyone has been fascinated.

Honestly, I played that song all day long.

First off the beat was nasty, polished and fresh.

And as soon as she dropped the first verse with her distinctive sound, I felt the rhythm in my heels, followed by a mean eight count.

You would’ve thought I was Laurieann Gibson, hitting a “boom kat kat.”

On Saturday, Feb. 6, Beyoncé the rebel legend released an intense music video on the sly: “Formation.”

The video featured common black hardships, such as police brutality and Hurricane Katrina, and touched on black identity issues with, “I like my baby with baby hair and an Afro.”

Beyoncé is known to drop an album without warning.

In December 2013, Beyoncé intentionally released a video album, “Beyoncé.” According to Billboard, Beyoncé broke the web when she sold 617,000 records in iTunes in three days.

Today, “Formation” is at No. 1 on the Billboard 140 Chart and trending topic.

“I support Beyoncé’s video and the message she conveyed,” said Diamond Gwynn, a veteran Beehive member and mass communication senior.

When I watch the music video, I instantly got really hot. I felt as if I was injected with a lethal injection.

Bey made me break a sweat, honey!

Beyoncé gave me a lot of fever.

Beyoncé’s assertive delivery and social messages hinted that she had been boiling hot for a long time.

Black women in videos have been degraded and portrayed as gold-diggers, angry because they are unable to appeal to everyone.

However, Rihanna and Beyoncé have been revolutionary in that they appeal to all cultures.

“I believe it’s stupid that people are dividing Bey and Rihanna,” said Shakira Warren, editor-in-chief of the Campus Echo.

“It doesn’t matter who dances or sing better,” Warren said. “These two black women are a great representation for their communities.”

They have dominated the music industry by taking a stand, creating more optimistic images.

And this is a great advantage for black women.

So don’t divide my black sisters; instead, push them forward.

Although the imprisonment statistic for black men is increasing every day, Melquan Ganzy decided to take a different path. As a unique maturing man, he has learned to live for what makes him truly happy. Ganzy lives by the quote, “Individuality is the key to living for one’s truth.” Ganzy is a senior mass communication student, who’s also minoring in apparel design. Upon graduating on May 14, 2016, he hopes to attend The New School of Parson in New York City. His ultimate career goal is to become a prominent black fashion creative director and editor. Fashion is his happiness, and freedom of expression.
Words from Melquan Ganzy:
In my journey as a college student, I’ve grown to live with patience and remain true to one, knowing that everything happens for a reason. It depends on one whether he or she decides to dwell on challenges and to allow the situation to retain one from reaching their fullest potential in life. Staying true allows one to accept the things that possibly permanent. Unfortunately, everyone experience difficult challenges in life, but fortunately everyone has a story. My story could be a positive influence on the next person. In all, I will continue to be patient and true.

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