Monday, April 7, 2014
modeststreetfashion:

Fashion With Faith By: Langston HuesStockholm, Sweden
#modeststreetfashion

modeststreetfashion:

Fashion With Faith By: Langston Hues
Stockholm, Sweden

#modeststreetfashion

Saturday, April 5, 2014

note-a-bear:

terreange:

note-a-bear:

you break every rule when it matters enough

tell me why I have yet to see commercials for this on TV or outside of the previews before a Black film?

Wait, what movie is this? 

Belle (trailer at the link)

It’s about Dido Elizabeth Belle.

(Source: thewintersoldier)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I suddenly feel a vague pity for all those writers who have to ply their trade from sleepy American suburbs, writing divorce scenes symbolized by the very slow washing of dishes. Teju Cole (via rockstarchinaman)
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
dropkickpikachu:

nintendofunclub:

bizarrejelly5:

itsvondell:

trillgamesh:

minamarrrina:

striderdaves:

wilwheaton:

Oh, hey, it turns out I can despise these people even more!

oh shut up wil wheaton

The fuck you mad about. Look at this beautiful family capturing images of their gorgeous baby. Really what the fuck are you mad about wil wheaton

please calm down wil wheaton

like im not even really sure what the issue is? it’s 2014 this could be a scene from like any even marginally well off home in america. using iphones & ipads to take pictures of your family is like a wholly regular activity

wil wheaton why are u such an angry nerd rn

wil wheaton pissed off that his relevance ended in 1990 and that he looks like the dude who goes to conventions and stares too long at female cosplayers

wil wheaton mad that a PoC and a woman are using gadgets the exact same fucking way he uses his like every day of his god damned life, if his social media feeds are any indication

dropkickpikachu:

nintendofunclub:

bizarrejelly5:

itsvondell:

trillgamesh:

minamarrrina:

striderdaves:

wilwheaton:

Oh, hey, it turns out I can despise these people even more!

oh shut up wil wheaton

The fuck you mad about. Look at this beautiful family capturing images of their gorgeous baby. Really what the fuck are you mad about wil wheaton

please calm down wil wheaton

like im not even really sure what the issue is? it’s 2014 this could be a scene from like any even marginally well off home in america. using iphones & ipads to take pictures of your family is like a wholly regular activity

wil wheaton why are u such an angry nerd rn

wil wheaton pissed off that his relevance ended in 1990 and that he looks like the dude who goes to conventions and stares too long at female cosplayers

wil wheaton mad that a PoC and a woman are using gadgets the exact same fucking way he uses his like every day of his god damned life, if his social media feeds are any indication

(Source: brucesterling)

plansfornigel:

and these are the men women are suppose to call when raped. what is this rape culture you speak of ?

Thursday, March 20, 2014
millionsmillions:

In 2013, only 93 of 3,200 children’s books were about black characters, according to a new study. “Children of color remain outside the boundaries of imagination,” Christopher Myers writes about the absence. In a follow-up piece, his father and fellow author Walter Dean Myers examines the paralyzing effect under-representation can have on readers. “Books did not become my enemies. They were more like friends with whom I no longer felt comfortable. I stopped reading,” he writes.

millionsmillions:

In 2013, only 93 of 3,200 children’s books were about black characters, according to a new study. “Children of color remain outside the boundaries of imagination,” Christopher Myers writes about the absence. In a follow-up piece, his father and fellow author Walter Dean Myers examines the paralyzing effect under-representation can have on readers. “Books did not become my enemies. They were more like friends with whom I no longer felt comfortable. I stopped reading,” he writes.

Sunday, March 16, 2014
fennekin-the-fox:

classicladiesofcolor:

Sacheen Littlefeather holds up a statement that she read on behalf of Marlon Brando at the Academy Awards ceremony held on March 27, 1973. [LA Times]

“She represented Brando and his boycott of the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972), as a way to protest the ongoing siege at Wounded Knee andHollywood's and television's misrepresentation of American Indians. Brando had written a 15-page speech for Littlefeather to give at the ceremony, but when the producer met her backstage he threatened to physically remove her or have her arrested if she spoke on stage for more than 60 seconds.[5] Her on-stage comments were therefore improvised. She then went backstage and read the entire speech to the press. In his autobiography My Word Is My Bond, Roger Moore (who presented the award) claims he took the Oscar home with him and kept it in his possession until it was collected by an armed guard sent by the Academy.
The incident provoked the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to rule out future proxy acceptance of the Academy Awards” (source)
Let’s not forget that part. Happy Women’s History Month, guys.

fennekin-the-fox:

classicladiesofcolor:

Sacheen Littlefeather holds up a statement that she read on behalf of Marlon Brando at the Academy Awards ceremony held on March 27, 1973. [LA Times]

She represented Brando and his boycott of the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972), as a way to protest the ongoing siege at Wounded Knee andHollywood's and television's misrepresentation of American Indians. Brando had written a 15-page speech for Littlefeather to give at the ceremony, but when the producer met her backstage he threatened to physically remove her or have her arrested if she spoke on stage for more than 60 seconds.[5] Her on-stage comments were therefore improvised. She then went backstage and read the entire speech to the press. In his autobiography My Word Is My Bond, Roger Moore (who presented the award) claims he took the Oscar home with him and kept it in his possession until it was collected by an armed guard sent by the Academy.

The incident provoked the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to rule out future proxy acceptance of the Academy Awards” (source)

Let’s not forget that part. Happy Women’s History Month, guys.

ohnoshesarejecter:

whiteopinionsrwhiteopinions:

I hate axe but the hateful and racist comments are why we need ads like this.

The first comment is from a member of the U.S. military.

Notice his use of the islamophobic slur, h*ji. This is how the United States is able to carry out their destruction in the Middle East and everywhere else they decide to spread imperialism. By reducing other people to subhuman evil-doers and using slurs to perpetuate this outlook.

Our nation’s finest, though.

Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big—big money, big businesses selling weed—after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing? …

After waging a brutal war on poor communities of color, a drug war that has decimated families, spread despair and hopelessness through entire communities, and a war that has fanned the flames of the very violence it was supposedly intended to address and control; after pouring billions of dollars into prisons and allowing schools to fail; we’re gonna simply say, we’re done now? I think we have to be willing, as we’re talking about legalization, to also start talking about reparations for the war on drugs, how to repair the harm caused. …

At the end of apartheid in South Africa there was an understanding that there could be no healing, no progress, no reconciliation without truth. You can’t just destroy a people and then say ‘It’s over, we’re stopping now.’ You have to be willing to deal with the truth, deal with the history openly and honestly.

Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness quoted from White Men Get Rich from Legal Pot, Black Men Stay in Prison. Alexander’s thesis is that the USA is addicted to caste systems, regardless of what is deemed legal or illegal. (via nezua)

stand-up-comic-gifs:

Like fiery eyeball thing, no problem. But don’t even try to imagine a Samoan elf. (x)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

It’s easy to look at something like Monáe’s mythos and see only the obvious metaphors. Her android’s struggle for the freedom to love after all paralells the struggle of American slave women to marry legally, to keep their children, to control their very bodies, in a system that cruelly commodified these activities. But it’s wrong only to apply an historical, and racial, lens to the work of any modern black woman. We have spent generations sharing the struggles of other opressed groups, collaborating with and occasionally being betrayed by them, and progressing nonetheless. We’re the ones who (literally) wrote the book on intersectionality. And it’s clear that Janelle Monáe feels no sense of threat from the others with whom our future will be shared. She welcomes, after all, with love and dancing.

And yet. When I watch her videos and listen to her lyrics I’m SHOCKED to see so much of myself in this ultra-technological future - despite my own writings, despite my own knowledge that black history and myth abounds with techies and innovators, despite my LIFE and my long-held desire to see this very thing. It’s not Monáe’s ability to imagine an inclusive future that’s remarkable, but my subconcious resistance. What the hell is wrong with me, that her vision feels so strange?

Too many years of ‘The Jetsons’, maybe. Too many white-supremacist Medieval Europes. I’ve spent years swallowing these bizarro world versions of humanity, and they have become a toxin poisoning my imagination. But Janelle Monáe is a tiny, fast-footed, pompadour’d antidote to all of that.

"How Long ‘Till Black Future Month?: The Toxins Of Speculative Fiction, and the Antidote that is Janelle Monáe", N.K. Jemisin, published in "Adventure Rocketship #1: Let’s All Go To The Science Fiction Disco" (via reifferschizzle)
Friday, February 28, 2014
That said, stereotypes aren’t so much about people totally projecting things that completely aren’t there but about people having a framework with which they interpret things that actually are there. It’s not that racism causes people to see (for example) belligerent teenage boys where there are none, but that a white belligerent teenage boy is just seen as himself while a black belligerent teenage boy is part of a pattern, a script, and when people blindly follow the scripts in their head that leads to discrimination and prejudice. So yeah, it is a fact, I think, that I was a bit off-putting in my Jeopardy! appearance—hyper-focused on the game, had an intense stare, clicked madly on the buzzer, spat out answers super-fast, wasn’t too charming in the interviews, etc. But this may have taken root in people’s heads because I’m an Asian and the “Asian mastermind” is a meme in people’s heads that it wouldn’t have otherwise.Look, we all know that there’s a trope in the movies where someone of a minority race is flattened out into just being “good at X” and that the white protagonist is the one we root for because unlike the guy who’s just “good at X” the protagonist has human depth, human relationships, a human point of view—and this somehow makes him more worthy of success than the antagonist who seems to exist just to be good at X. So we root for Rocky against black guys who, by all appearances, really are better boxers than he is, because unlike them Rocky isn’t JUST a boxer, he has a girlfriend, he has hopes, he has dreams, etc. This comes up over and over again in movies where the athletic black competitor is set up as the “heel”—look at the black chick in Million Dollar Baby and how much we’re pushed to hate her. Look at all this “Great White Hope” stuff, historically, with Joe Louis. So is it any surprise that this trope comes into play with Asians? That the Asian character in the movie is the robotic, heartless, genius mastermind who is only pure intellect and whom we’re crying out to be defeated by some white guy who may not be as brainy but has more pluck, more heart, more humanity? It’s not just Flash Gordon vs. Ming the Merciless, it’s stuff like how in the pilot episode of Girls Hannah gets fired in favor of an overachieving Asian girl who’s genuinely better at her job than she is (the Asian girl knows Photoshop and she doesn’t) and we’re supposed to sympathize with Hannah. Okay, here’s one more comment from the Internet that kind of encapsulates it. The kind of un-self-awareness of what someone is saying when they say they’d prefer I not win because I try too hard at the game, work too hard at it, care too much about it, and that they’d prefer that a “likable average Joe” win. This is disturbing because it amounts to basically an attack on competence, a desire to bust people who work very hard and have very strong natural gifts down in favor of “likable average Joes”—and it’s disturbing because the subtext is frequently that to be “likable” and “average” you have to have other traits that are comforting and appealing to an “average Joe” audience, like white skin and an American accent. Arthur Chu to Ken Jennings