When I began Regal Magazine in November 2006, I envisioned it being an on-line publication where African American males from all aspects of life could come and debate concerns affecting males of color and communities of color.
I did not want to basically “preach to the choir” or lecture to African American males that had currently been “saved.” I wanted to attain the brothers who have been still “lost,” on the corner promoting drugs and destroying their lives in the process.
I knew for a truth that it would be very tough to modify the mindset of a lot of brothers who refused to read about politics, social issues, overall health concerns and relationships. However, the only time several brothers even choose up a magazine is one particular that has a swimsuit model on the cover.
So, the question I asked is how do I reach my brothers who are wasting their life by not paying focus to the issues that influence their life? I answered that question by doing what I believed very best for Regal Magazine by which includes the best, or worst, of each worlds. Readers have a chance to gaze upon lovely models in the Regal Queens section as nicely as study pertinent and thoughts opening data throughout the rest of the web site. My thinking behind this tactic was that if a reader came to the site merely to see a model, they may well also click on the other sections and understand about the most recent issues affecting the African American community.
Initially, the response to the Regal Queen section was very good. Successful and educated African American women from the fields of public relations, info technology and education all wanted to be Regal Queen models. Nevertheless, not too long ago a couple of critics have spoken out saying that getting female models in swimsuits demean ladies, with one even saying a lady cannot be a queen if she poses in a swimsuit.
After hearing this statement, I was appalled. I was always raised that a particular person ought to not be judged by their appearance but by their actions. In other words, it is not the attire that tends to make a individual, but their actions. In my humble opinion, what tends to make some hip-hop videos risqué is not the fact that a lady is in a swimsuit, but their actions even though in the swimsuit that tends to make several see them as sex objects.
In spite of the criticism of hip-hop and swimsuit magazines, these same critics that have protested the depiction of women in numerous forms of media did not protest when TLC released their video “Red Light Specific,” featuring close to naked men like actor Boris Kodjoe. Those very same critics do not protest when females lust over shirtless ads featuring Tyson Beckford or David Beckham. It appears as if there is a double regular in American society in which it is OK for ladies to appear at males as sex objects but not vice versa.
I will definitely admit that it is time for Black guys to no longer appear at Black girls as if they are only desirable when dressed in provocative clothes and behaving provocatively. There are too a lot of tiny girls that see these images on tv, in magazines and occasionally even their own houses, and belief that this is the only way to get the consideration of the opposite sex. But Black girls should realize that they as well are contributing to the unfavorable image of the opposite sex, by having young Black boys believe that the only way they can catch the finest girl in the neighborhood is to dress and act like a thug.
Black males and ladies are each the blame in demeaning the opposite sex. Brothers must stop referring to girls as B’s and H’s and females should stop referring to all Black males as trifling dogs.
And if it takes Black media to adjust the perception we have of the opposite sex, then I hope Regal Magazine is at the forefront of this movement. But we are all responsible males and women, as nicely as the media and the readers/viewers. We all have to do our element.
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