Today I watched a GREAT discussion between bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry, hosted by The New School. They discussed some great topics centered on Black women’s voices and experiences. I live tweeted the event, which is now in a Storify. To view the event (about an hour and fifteen minutes long), check Ustream. Also The Melissa Harris-Perry Show website should be adding the video soon.
Good stuff. Must watch!
On the super cute video that I just posted of the BLACK mother and BLACK daughter dancing to Beyoncé’s song, part of my blurb read:
This is so great. Super adorable Black mommy and her two year old daughter’s great choreography to Beyoncé’s song “End of Time.”
poppedamail-imsweatin decided to post this comment:
Wait, why did it need to be pointed out that she’s black…?
Because she is. Because the sheer act of mentioning a person’s race is not “racism.” Because the myth of “colourblindness" is racist within itself. Because it matters that Black mothers and their children are portrayed in ways that subvert common stereotypes of Black mothers (uncaring, irresponsible, cold, always strong and unfeeling, lazy, doesn’t exercise, abusive to children) and controlling images (loyal "mammy" but only for White children, "lazy welfare mother," "uncaring ‘ball-busting’ matriarch"). Because the entire mainstream media is dedicated to White supremacy and preserving Whiteness, which is a construct and social position of power, not the same as individual countries’ cultures of White people.
Because I am a Black woman who’s entire PERSONAL blog, which is not a mainstream media outlet, is dedicated to dynamic and diverse presentations of Black girls and Black women in addition to womanist, agnostic atheist, radical humanist and anti-oppression discourse. It’s a personal blog. It cannot even compare in scope to multi-billion dollar media conglomerates’ support of the status quo that I reject.
Because the words “mother” and “woman” are defaulted to “White” via the media, Hollywood, and the government.
Race is removed from stories of excellence while stories of pathology will make sure we know if someone Black is involved. You know how I know someone White did something wrong? When their race is not mentioned until the absolute last moment in the news.
As Kimberlé Crenshaw wrote about using the label “Black”
We all can recognize the distinction between the claims ‘I am Black’ and the claim ‘I am a person who happens to be Black.’ ‘I am Black’ takes the socially imposed identity and empowers it as an anchor of subjectivity. ‘I am Black’ becomes not simply a statement of resistance, but also a positive discourse of self-identification, intimately linked to celebratory statements like the Black nationalist ‘Black is beautiful.’ ‘I am a person who happens to be Black,’ on the other hand, achieves self-identification by straining for a certain universality (in effect, ‘I am first a person’) and for a concomitant dismissal of the imposed category (‘Black’) as contingent, circumstantial, non-determinant. There is truth in both characterizations, of course, but they function, quite differently depending on the political context. At this point in history, a strong case can be made that the most critical resistance strategy for dis-empowered groups is to occupy and defend a politics of social location rather than to vacate and destroy it.
Because there is a history and legacy associated with being Black. One that interrupted African history. One we now subvert and create with and celebrate and experience pain because of and are oppressed because of and are beautiful because of.
Jennifer (Quvenzhané Wallis) and Ashley (Mana Ashida) are best friends and the best detectives in their class. Using Jennifer’s near encyclopedic knowledge of Nancy Drew and Ashley’s powerful snooping skills, the two can solve any problem presented to them. When they take the case of a classmate’s missing dog, they get more than they bargained for when they uncover a smuggling ring. The girls must decide whether to go to the police or solve the case themselves.
For seaberus, who requested “Quvenzhané Wallis and Mana Ashida play part detective team, part buddy cops until all of a sudden they’re playing a real case.”
This needs to be a real thing in the world (except good god please don’t name them “Jennifer” and “Ashley”).
Gaaaah! It’s finally finished! I combined my love of Tumblr and Gaga’s latest for “Reblogs”. This took over 10 hours worth of filming and editing (done all by my lonesome), so if you chuckle even a TINY bit, please consider sharing.
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so fuckin fabulous. it’s ridiculous
She’s just so… I have been touch by the anointing and I have changed Jesus. I have a testimony *browses web for clothes I can’t afford*
Sweet lord. I’m overcome.
I am mad excited for the new N.K Jemisin joint, but like Dragon Age Inquisition, it eludes me until 2014 (August to be exact). The cover and title was just revealed. Up until now I only knew it as “the Untitled Magic Seismology Project.”
This is her talking about the then “work in progress” book last year:
So many of my story ideas come to me as visual flashes or dream images that I must then build worlds and storylines make sense of. I don’t actually remember where this one came from — my brain works like that — but it lodged in my head and I can’t shake it. The image is of a middle-aged woman doing a menacing stroll across a gray, ash-flecked plain, with a black-glass knife in one hand… and a mountain hovering above and behind her. Out of that I’ve spun (the first 50,000 words so far of) a tale of a seismically hyperactive world in which all life, and magic, has configured itself around surviving catastrophic earthquakes and apocalyptic volcanic winters. The woman is Essun, an orogene, born with the ability to control seismic activity. She’s looking for her husband, who’s just murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter, but finding him will be a bit difficult. That’s because the worst and perhaps last volcanic winter that humanity will ever face has just begun, and factions are already forming among the survivors. Essun’s private war will have to wait as a much bigger war begins to brew and she is forced to choose sides between her fellow orogenes — the very people who destroyed the world — and ordinary humans — who kill and enslave her kind whenever possible.
I highly recommend "The Inheritance Trilogy" and "The Dreamblood." Those links include free samples of the first chapters of each book, if you need some good fantasy in your life that isn’t just another Medieval Europe wank.
WEDDING PALACE COMING TO THEATERS SEPTEMBER 27TH!
This movie looks really cute! Directed by a woman of color and starring a Korean and Korean American cast. The trailer and official website are here: http://www.weddingpalacemovie.com/
i will see this.
ZOMG. I will also see this.
Bad feelings over the bailouts and extortionary bank fees have driven millions of Americans into the arms of local credit unions. But instead of luring them back with better customer service, Big Banks are using their lobbying might to kill off credit unions, attempting to destroy a crucial tax exemption that credit unions need to survive.
Big Banks sucked up over a trillion dollars in the bailouts, but now they’re claiming that credit unions are the biggest problem to the national deficit. Banks say that credit unions cost the government $1.5 billion in lost tax revenue, but if the banks get their way, it will cost us over ten billion dollars each year in higher fees and rates.
Congress gets back from recess this week, and banks are about to kick off a big lobbying push for the fall. The banks are trying to kill consumer-friendly credit unions so that they can raise rates with impunity — but we aren’t going to let them.
Tell Bank of America and its cronies to stop their crusade against credit unions.
We can’t afford a future without credit unions. If we show the banks just how much this desperate gamble will backfire, the threat of bad publicity and another banking scandal will cause the banks to rethink their pricy lobbying push. Large-scale protests have forced banks to change their tune before, and once word gets out about the banks’ incredible greed, the backlash should send them packing.
Anytime that regulation is mentioned, bankers like to cry out about free-market principles. But banks use an army of lobbyists to shape legislation as they see fit. This time, they’ve gone too far in trying to take out the competition. If we all step up today, we can stop this in its tracks, and save consumer-friendly credit unions from extinction.
So I went off this morning a bout HS here
because I keep saying , I don’t want to PUNISH HIM . I want to protect and build for US .
( Copyrighted by CC cause well I’m hopeful not new)
I want a better world.
for me specifically, me locationally, me intersectionally, me connectedly.
As a singular person, as resident of these communities I move through, as a member of the categories I inhabit,have lived, will live, may want to live, lived and never want to love again. As a friend, a child, a family member, as a loved one, as a lover of ones, as a citizen, as a bystander, as an audience. I want each moment , to be as good or better, I want it to feel good, and safe , like I’m in control.
After these past couple months, but culminating over these YEARS of blogging, I keep getting asked that and it’s always felt like a weapon?
" What do you want?"
What do you actual want instead of complaining you whining crying black, fat, do nothing not good enough attention seeking stupid hating ass hater?
Now I am being asked that question in love.
And it requires pause.
I think all of us who do the work in a certain way do that .
" If things get better for ( insert my groups here). My personal wants will too and I’ll do good , so let me sublimate those and focus on the goal"
Most of my heroines did that , work tirelessly fiercely , develop strong careers , enduring reputations, godlike patience and incredible praise . Tinged with the sorrow of how often it was personally taxing or unstable, seemingly alone.
What I want from WAM/Seal Press/Blogging/ Femfuture/Hugo/femfuture retreat/ etc …