For those of you who live on Twitter, the newest Twit-tiff between renowned writer and Osama Bin Laden’s former mistress, Sudanese/Egyptian Kola Boof and Nigerian rapper Wale comes as no news.

For those of you in the dark, Kola Boof started the attack on 24 Mya with the following tweets:

There wasn’t a single Black woman in “Pretty Girls”…so what in the f— was he saying about African women?? His own race?” @WALE is a little Punk B—h Nigerian Skin Bleacher who wants to escape his own people & gets PAID 2 do s. I know enough about @WALE …and he’s a LOSER a– Motherf—er in my book. Don’t give a s–t who’s IN DENIAL. F–k WALE

If #WALE was my g–damn son I’d drown that Chimp-brained Nigerian N—erstock motherf—er. And feed his a– to the Red Ants. Loser mofo! And Black Women….keep making excuses & supporting these mofos…..that’s what IRKs me. Dumb a– Black Women. You would think Black Women would have 2 halves of a brain to tune out these mofos..but they the #1 supporters. This man HATES US…hates our whole f—ing existence & wants to escape blackness…and we making him rich!!??

To me….a man like WALE….is no different than a f—ing Clansmen. He just gets away with his s–t bec. he’s dark black. But let WALE have to decide between saving YOU from drowning and a European. He’s a skin bleacher. Might as well be Jergen. NO DUMB A–….he doesn’t “REP” Nigeria. You’re just too stupid to see his messages. He promotes f—ing SKIN BLEACHING!

Why wouldn’t NIGERIAN children want to bleach their skin after watching a WALE video?? How could they not? Think about the IMAGES in Wale’s videos….and then look at why Nigerian kids, both male & female, want to skin bleach. HIS VIDEOS!! partly. Just remember….that KOLA will kick your f—ing a– @WALE ……you’re f—ing GUPPIE! OH PLEASE….people are acting like I can’t cuss someone out because I’m a Novelist?….I’m harder than ANY f—ing rapper. NOVELIST, POET….Bin laden’s Ex-Mistress….and **HARDER** than any f—ing Rapper. These punks are snot nosed wimps. Wale….is a f—ing Nigerian Cl-t-B—h. F–k Wale. Oh please….I’m HARDER than any rapper…….you insecure little colortsruck roach invaders.

Wale kept his cool under attack and replied with less heates responses:

Kola boof… I won’t beef with you as a rapper, but as a proud black man with intellect. We can show the world what ignorance looks like. Excuse me @KolaBoof.

According to this lunatic @kolaboof I promote “skin bleaching” and I hate black women. And @kolaboof thinks that because she contributed to writing a few books, that she can talk down to me. With all due respect ms @kolaboof I can sit up here and say you were porking terrorist…like a lot of your peers say. But I’d rather not, because I’m ignorant to @kolaboof whatever relationship you had with Ol’ Boy [Osama bin Laden]. ..and my ignorance to THAT particular subject will keep me quiet. W/ that said u should 2. @kolaboof your pretentious. Your a disgusting human being, an absolute disgrace to the very people you pretend to endorse.

The video in question was Wale’s “Pretty Girls.”

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In the course of the last two days, Kola responded to tweets from numerous Nigerians, including journalist Tolu Ogunlesi, and at one point tweeted:

Since then, Kola took to twitter to tell the world that the beef is over and they too should get over it. While we will probably make today’s tweets tomorrow’s chip paper and wait in anticipation for the next Twitter celeb fight, it’s almost impossible to ponder the can of worms Kola has opened.

Not too long ago, following the death of Claudia Aderotimi in the hands of a bogus plastic surgeon using industrial strength silicon to give her a ‘hip-hop honey’ bum, hip-hop videos came under attack for showcasing unrealistic images of female form which made women – especially young girls like Claudia who wanted a future in the limelight – insecure about their figure, striving to get bigger breasts, bigger bums, bigger Brazilian weaves.

Now the focus is once again on the decades-old debate over the conspicuous absence of black women from hip-hop videos. Gone are the days Sir Mixalot admired the sexy behind of a black woman… In the course of the last twenty or so years numerous rappers have come under attack for their penchant for honey-complexioned hip-hop honeys. Wale is not the first, doubtless not the last.

Kola Buff says she was particularly harsh on Wale due to his Nigerian origins and claimed that he should be casting beautiful dark Nigerian girls in his videos, not just a token dark girl amongst her racially ambivalent, light-skinned counterparts. She goes as far as blaming Wale and other rappers for encouraging self-hatred and skin-bleaching in young African and Afro-American kids.

So whether it is big butts a la Nicki Minaj or light-skinned girls the colour of Alicia Keys, it seems hip-hop is fighting a losing battle. Yet, is hip-hop really to blame? Or are we projecting our deepest insecurities on the MTV projections on our TV screens? Is hip-hop the easy victim here much like the high fashion designers who year after year, at every fashion week, get the blame for encouraging eating disorders through their use of size 0-6 models?


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