Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a star-studded house party on September 9, 2023 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip hop. The event was held at her official residence in Washington, D.C. and featured performances by legends like Common, Jeezy, MC Lyte, Roxanne Shante, and more.
The party was the first of its kind to be hosted by a sitting Vice President and was attended by over 400 guests, including musicians, artists, industry leaders, and cultural trailblazers.
Harris spoke at the event, calling hip hop "the ultimate American art form" and praising its impact on the world.
Hip hop is a genre of music that originated in the Bronx borough of New York City in the 1970s. Throughout its history the fast-paced rhyming lyrics often addressed social and political issues.
A video clip of Harris gyrating dancing moves circulating on X (formerly Twitter) and received cheers and jeers. One X user applauded the Vice President writing:
“ Ooooooh...yesssss! I remember when hip hop was a "dastardly thing" in our society...50 years later finally some Government recognition of such an art! Thank you, Madame Vice President”.
Others took a more cynical view. Filmmaker and Influencer Tariq Nasheed wrote:
“It's election season, and you know what that means: it's time for Kamala Harris to start doing the Tether Tango as a way to pander for the Black vote.”
Black Political Opinion: Was Kamala Harris twerking for votes at 50th Hip hop party?
Whether or not Kamala Harris dancing at the 50th anniversary of hip hop was seen as pandering is a matter of opinion.
Some saw it as a genuine expression of her enjoyment of the music and the culture, while others saw it as an attempt to appeal to young voters or to Black voters in particular.
Kamala Harris made history in 2020 when she became the first female, first Black, and first Asian American vice president of the United States.
That’s it and that’s all folks.
Some view most of what she has done in her role as Vice President as performative or pandering when it comes to the Black community.
What has she accomplished?
According to recent polls, Kamala Harris is the most unpopular vice president in recent history and the Biden/Harris administration is losing support from Black men.
Unless and until the democrats deliver something tangible, improve the economy, curb the influx at the border etc, no amount of head bobbing, twerking-dancing, or back yard bbq's are going to work in 2024.
Black Political Opinion is a multi-part opinion-editorial series that looks at various political topics, news, and views, from the perspective of a Black female, conservative leaning Independent.