From “WAP” to ‘Zola,’ How Black Artists Were Erased From Their Own Art This Week

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When Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion dropped their video for “WAP” yesterday, we didn’t think their NSFW rhymes, outrageous fits, and absolutely savage dance routines would be overshadowed by 15 seconds of Kylie Jenner walking. But, alas, the media once again centered whiteness to talk about a Black-led project.

In covering Cardi and Meg’s song, many outlets fell into an oft-used trope of focusing on whiteness as the most important thing about the project. The headlines reflected how much importance is placed on a white woman appearing for a few seconds, versus the two Black women to whom the video belongs.

People spoke of “Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s Sexy ‘WAP’ Music Video Includes a Kylie Jenner Cameo,” while Entertainment Tonight declared that Kylie’s bit “IS EVERYTHING.” People even took the opportunity to segway into a listicle on all the times the kardashians made “epic music video cameos.” Once again, the media was treating Black creators as the accessories in their own craft.

This was not an exceptional lapse in judgment or journalistic faculty, it’s

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