Dirty Opinions @mervmcq

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Dirty Opinions @mervmcq

What does it mean to be free? A simple enough question but the answer depends on how you are positioned in the world. Myself, being a second-generation immigrant, black, mother, with a disability; that will look different than that of someone who may have been born in Canada.

Last months among the buzzing of social media, I came across two interesting ideologies of “Freedom”, that of Kanye West and Janelle Monáe. You’ve probably seen the video of West’s interview with TMZ, where he notably mentioned that “slavery was a choice”. Many strongly disagreed but there were quite a few that stood behind the unpopular opinion, that maybe he had a point. While I do see both sides of the conversation as intriguing, it was Monáe’s version of freedom that sparked my interest.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Janelle Monae peforms at the rally at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)

To me, Monáe, “emotion” picture, Dirty Computer immediately seemed to be the counter narrative to West. Combating where we are being told to “forget” and move on from the unpleasant events, true Freedom is to hold on to what you believe in.

Although, it may be unpopular to the masses, our experiences are what make us relatable. I believe that West and Monáe, may seem to be on opposing sides of the conversation, but they are in fact two side of the same coin.

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