This is a topic I don’t really have to address. I mean, it’s my station. My effort. My energy. I can do whatever shows I want to do. But it’s a topic I want to address so you understand where I’m coming from. I have created a special place for a specific member of society and simultaneously I call for unity and togetherness. How can these ideas coexist?
The voting and conversations, those are all for you. All of my interactions will be with you. And because you are going to play such a heavy role in how this station turns out, I have no expectations. It’s gonna be awesome. It’s gonna be good for you. Beyond that, who knows? So the truth is: it’s my station. But I created this for you.
Okay, taking in to account the “inversion perversion” ubiquitous in our society—lawyers pervert justice; doctors make us sick; schools dumb us down; etc.—one has to wonder why it is that the Black woman in America seems to find herself at the low end of the totem pole when it comes to the things this society sees as important? This is not to say that the black woman should be held in higher esteem than other women, but it’s quite obvious her worth has been ignored and devalued.
“I give a holla to my sisters on welfare; TuPac cares, if don’t nobody else care.” -TuPac Shakur
That line from TuPac has always stuck with me. I care too! I am going to have a lot to say about this subject in the future, but for now I will just say that in my opinion black women are most affected by the negative on air radio programming. And it isn’t just the music—the ads either encourage consumerism, attempt to scare the crap out of you, or tell you that something is wrong with you. And the radio personality co-signs all of it. In fact, urban radio purposefully manipulates the black community. Did you know that record companies actually work with the prison system? Or that some stations are owned and operated by the government?
This radio station is truly for everybody, but if I absolutely had to pick a target audience for the entire radio station, it would be single moms like mine was (and the kids in the back seat). If Daddy was driving, this is what he would be playing. I want to celebrate women who keep their families together. I want to acknowledge those women who work their asses off every day to do the best they know how to do. And I never want to stop thanking my own mom.
And get this: my mom is a black girl! And as it turns out, what is good for black women and their kids is good for everyone. Listen, I know they are magic from firsthand experience. When forming the idea for this in my head, my mom and my grandmothers were always there. I want to celebrate women like them and provide a place where they could always come and feel special. I imagined what it must have been like, raising a boy as a single mom. This is the station and format I wish she had access to. This is the station I wish I had as a kid growing up.
The show should really be looked at as a celebration of the divine feminine. I love all women. It’s called BGM but no one is excluded. It’s just that there is always going to be a place for that BGM here. If you look a bit deeper, you’ll understand that I just want to celebrate women. There is magic in all of them. And D. Flirt cares, if don’t nobody else care.
I don’t know what this station will become. I just know that there will always be a place here for my mom, and the black women like her.