M.I.A. and Salma Hayek

February 17, 2009

Now onto another mom of color in the news: Salma Hayek. She's gotten a lot of attention for breastfeeding a baby -- not her own -- in Sierra Leone. I don't know all the ins and outs of it (I wasn't there) but it's interesting to see all the reactions in the blogosphere, from disgust to praise. Hayek (who is part Lebanese and Mexican) is pretty brave. Cross-nursing -- i.e. a mom breastfeeding another person's child -- is popular in other countries and has gained traction even here, but it's not widely accepted here at all. As a breastfeeding mom, I don't think Hayek was "acting white" or imperialist or anything, as some have suggested. I don't know, when you are a mom, your heart and your world grows a little bigger and you just do what's right, not what others think. Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing and Salma Hayek talks about how one of her ancestors breastfed another baby to save it from starvation. By the way, some people say it's not right to share your milk because it's solely for your child, but Salma Hayek's baby was already one and likely eating solid food and drinking water and other liquids, so her baby was not going to starve. Here's a discussion about it all at the Rice Daddies blog (though much of it focuses on the author's use of the word "hot" in the post).



Momo Chang

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Momo Chang is the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media, and freelances for magazines, online publications, and weeklies. Her writings focus on Asian American communities, communities of color, and youth culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Her stories range from uncovering working conditions in nail salons, to stories about “invisible minorities” like Tongan youth and Iu Mien farmers. She has freelances The New York Times, WIRED, and East Bay Express, among other publications.



Tamil independence movement? Do you consider Al Qaeda as a independence movement or a terrorist organisation? The CIA and US state Dept. has designated The Tamil Tigers as the most dangerous terrorist organisation ahead of Al Qaeda, in their list of terrorist organizations.MIA's father is an explosive expert. I wonder how many suicide jackets he helped manufacture and how many innocent women and children blew themselves up for this 'independence'.Write about what you know and not about matters you know nothing of. She was raised by the ideals of an extremist. Her lyrics show it.
Joe: Tamil independence is pretty widely accepted as such (the Tamil independence movement) based on my own (albeit limited) knowledge. M.I.A. is not a terrorist but an artist espousing some political views. Are you suggesting that she is a terrorist or that she supports terrorism? She's stated very explicitly that she does not support terrorism. Since you seem to know more than I about all of this, I'm interested to know how you'd define a terrorist or terrorism.
Momo if you have the time read the post on the link below. It probably has more answers to all your questions than I can ever provide.Link
JOE YOu don't understand !!!!!!!!MIA supports TAMIL PEOPLE AGAINST GENOCIDE BY THE SRI LANKAN GOUVERNMENT !!!!See THem :www.tamilnet.com THE TRUE REALITY IN SRI LANKA !!!This is NEws 24hour/24hour---TAMIl EELAM-- The best !!
Her politics aside, I'm reminded of an interview Hyphen did with M.I.A. back in 2005 before Paper Planes made her mainstream darling. Check it out.
Yes, thanks for pointing that out, Harry. It's a great interview that Todd Inoue did back then. The article is also now linked on our front page.There are a lot of recent articles about the war in Sri Lanka. Here's an excerpt from a Time article (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1880640-3,00.html):"Sri Lanka's civil war began in July 1983, when more than 1,000 Tamils were killed in Colombo after a Tiger ambush of 13 army soldiers--though the LTTE's grievances go back much further, to what it says were decades of discrimination against ethnic Tamils, who are mainly Hindu or Christian, by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority. Few families in the island nation have been untouched by the violence--more than 70,000 people have died since the war began..."The article focuses on the Tamil refugee situation created by decades of violence. It sounds like many Tamils are being forced to live in refugee camps, and officials are event considering "concentration camps" for them.