Noname’s views on capitalism and Black celebrity have come under fire once again.
The Chicago rapper/activist took to social media on Friday (July 31) to voice her displeasure with Black Is King, Beyoncé’s visual album for Disney+.
“we love an african aesthetic draped in capitalism,” Noname wrote. “hope we remember the blk folks on the continent whose daily lives are impacted by u.s imperialism. if we can uplift the imagery i hope we can uplift those who will never be able to access it. black liberation is a global struggle”
we love an african aesthetic draped in capitalism. hope we remember the blk folks on the continent whose daily lives are impacted by u.s imperialism. if we can uplift the imagery i hope we can uplift those who will never be able to access it. black liberation is a global struggle
— 🌱 (@noname) July 31, 2020
The tweet comes weeks after Noname tweeted then deleted a post on June 29 regarding Beyoncé and civil rights activist Angela Davis. Noname wished Davis received the same amount of adulation as the Grammy Award-winning singer.
“i wish angela got the love beyonce gets,” she wrote.
Similar to that tweet, Beyoncé fans and others criticized Noname’s reaction to Black Is King.
One Twitter user wrote, “Imagine being Tiwa Savage, Busiswa, Moonchild, Shatta Wale, Connie Chiume, Trevor Stuurman, Mary Twala or any other African credited on #BlackIsKing and then Noname from the USA calls your work and storytelling “an African aesthetic draped in capitalism.”
Another person added, “Noname’s activism is starting to fall into talking over the very people you’re claiming to advocate for. A lot of Africans are reprimanding her but she’s so steadfast in being loud and wrong. & this is the case w a lot of AAs.”
Check out some of the reactions to Noname’s tweet below.
Imagine being Tiwa Savage, Busiswa, Moonchild, Shatta Wale, Connie Chiume, Trevor Stuurman, Mary Twala or any other African credited on #BlackIsKing and then Noname from the USA calls your work and storytelling "an African aesthetic draped in capitalism" https://t.co/ah2jKYA4n1
— Black is King 👏🏽 • Confi (@Confi_____) July 31, 2020
Noname’s activism is starting to fall into talking over the very people you’re claiming to advocate for. A lot of Africans are reprimanding her but she’s so steadfast in being loud and wrong. & this is the case w a lot of AAs.
— Bassie the Prefect 👩🏽💼 (@BassieM_) July 31, 2020
Noname wanted Beyonce to talk about apartheid. pic.twitter.com/cUUtJ4Dmzm
— Sisa (@Titanbaddie) July 31, 2020
So Noname is really asking Beyoncé to do what the elected officials in Africa are supposed to be doing. pic.twitter.com/nfNdButdkx
— Jade the Honey Dripper 🍯 (@JadeBurnam) July 31, 2020
Noname saw africans happy and said not on my watch😭😭
— Phisa. (@Khal_Nikta) July 31, 2020
Noname really thinks Beyoncé shouldn’t use African “aesthetics” because she hasn’t liberated the entire Nation from poverty…………no words. That girl is stupid. Nobrain.
— Kelly Rowland News (@localblackicon) July 31, 2020
Noname hates bey so much but be tuned tf IN 😭. She really do stan like the rest of us and it’s so funny
— Ray (@_BluRay__) July 31, 2020
Beyoncé: love yourself. You’re black & you’re beautiful 💓
NoName: This statement is draped in capitalism. Hope u can use this same energy to end world hunger and reshape an Institution built by white people to serve themselves.
— Kelly Rowland News (@localblackicon) July 31, 2020
As an African living in Africa I assure you Beyonce's dedication to collaborating with our talented creatives to come up with beautiful uplifting art is doing more for us than anything you have done.
— Workitout (@Badgirlsverdine) July 31, 2020
Who are you speaking for? I hope you didn’t fix your fingers to tweet for US, cause I can tell you what we don’t need is your voice. we don’t need a no hit wonder American trying to ruin a moment that we’re currently enjoying.
— Tutu Zondo (@tutuzondo) July 31, 2020
See the thing about you Noname, is that you think you speak for all of us and you don’t. Not to mention, reducing it African aesthetic despite the film having various African creator work on it is disrespectful af to them. Your obsession with Beyoncé is scary at this point
— Rosalie Hale Hate Account (@modernjaylin_) July 31, 2020
Cannot believe noname watched all these Africans getting such a huge platform and spotlight and called it "African aesthetic"
— 🌻 (@flawedcrystals) July 31, 2020
Noname saw all these beautiful black people being portrayed with such beauty and talent and the first thing she thought was to be salty at the rich black woman that did something she’ll never think of doing for African creatives and musicians.
— deyeketsi (@someonesaidt) July 31, 2020
Would you have liked it if the African looked poor and hungry?? You saw Africans being themselves and being part of an amazing body of art and looking good at that and you called it an aesthetic?? The real Africa is what small huts and torn clothes and hungry looking children?
— Beyoncè stan (@Nonny_Mpata) July 31, 2020
Noname is using African poverty and strife to express her hate for Beyoncé. She's using our strive as social currency. African Americans need to leave us alone if they can't be happy for our culture being shown globally #BlackIsKing
— Tayoncé's Mirrorball (@BlueIvysDoormat) July 31, 2020
But Noname, if you tell us that we’re allowed to enjoy Flo Milli and celebrate artists and entertainers purely for their entertainment, while while still reading radical works and educating ourselves, why can’t we do that with this film?
— CLA 🐝 (@camilalvrz) July 31, 2020
Whatever issue you have with that woman is deeper than capitalism but this bs that you typed is disrespectful asf to the actual African creatives that also worked hard on this film! Get it together!
— stalli. (@htownstallionss) July 31, 2020
Congratulations on being a contrarian!
Feel free to release a trend setting, African culture inspired visual album not “draped in capitalism”, that is also 99% black in terms of production, acting, fashion, and music. We’d love to see it if you have the range. 🙃
— Antisocial, this P*ssy Don’t Mingle (@Nia_Munashe) July 31, 2020