Azealia Banks’ feature in Playboy’s April 2015 issue has finally been released to the masses and includes a series of feline inspired shot photographed by Ellen Von Unworth. Decked out in a cheetah print teddy, Banks dishes on race, sex and misogynoir. Here’s a few of her responses:
Are your creative impulses closely related to your destructive impulses?
Yes. In my adulthood I’m having to destroy all these things society really wants you to think. The history textbooks in the U.S. are the worst if you’re not white. “The white man gave you the vote. He Christianized you and taught you how to speak English. If it weren’t for him, you’d still be living in a hut.” I could write a book about why black people shouldn’t be Christians. Young black kids should have their own special curriculum that doesn’t start from the boat ride over from Africa. All you know as a black kid is we came over here on a boat, we didn’t have anything, and we still don’t have anything. But what was happening in Africa? What culture were we pulled away from? That information is vital to the survival of a young black soul.
There’s misogyny, and then there’s something called misogynoir [a term coined by writer Moya Bailey to describe ‘the unique ways in which black women are pathologized in popular culture’]. We have all these stereotypes in society: The gay man is a faggot and he’s over-the-top, or you’re an untrustworthy cracker, or you’re a loud black bitch. All these things exist for a reason, you know what I’m saying? Yeah, I am loud and boisterous.
You should be having lots of sex.
Right? I should be getting dick all the time. I like to fuck. [laughs] But I can’t just meet a guy and fuck him. I’m too afraid of getting herpes or some shit. I like to feel them out, and then I start talking about my black female problems, and we get into a conversation about race, and then we disagree and don’t have another date. Whatever. I’ll just hang out with my mother. It’s okay, because pussy is way more sacred than penis.
Check out the complete interview here, and be on the lookout for the issue when it hits news stands March 20th.