On the value of black women’s work

So yesterday I couldn't sleep and twitterpated all over about the Safetypin box and the reactions to it. Notably that some dude bro who didn't know anything about the creators (Leslie Mac and Marissa Johnson) I collated those over on Medium for anyone who wants to peep  that first. On paying black women for the work … Continue reading On the value of black women’s work

.@sammusmusic’s new EP Infusion is so damned important

Watch Sammus Music's video below, then come back to this tab. Trust me, I have reasons. https://youtu.be/bjhRvQM-wiw   This song is ...it's so fucking important to me. It's about getting therapy, and as a black woman hearing this from another black woman, it made me sob when I heard her sing this at GX3. I've … Continue reading .@sammusmusic’s new EP Infusion is so damned important

Black is… black ain’t…

Black is beautiful, just so we are motherfucking CLEAR. Black ain't "less desirable than other races", "inherently less attractive than other races" So... we are in the throes of yet ANOTHER online storm about black folks. Black women's looks, black women's bodies, black fathers and the old ass trope of omfg black folks are on … Continue reading Black is… black ain’t…

In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day… “What Would Martin Do?”

In honor of today's Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, I'm sharing the winning essay in the American's for Democratic Action's contest: What Would Luther Do? I'm pleased that the winning essay is by my good friend Joy E. Remember, that even though Dr. King is immortalized for his "I Have a Dream" speech, Dr. King's … Continue reading In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day… “What Would Martin Do?”

Repost of: Navigating Through this Post Racial Society; via Neo_Prodigy on LJ

Reposting from Neo_Prodigy on LJ. Navigating Through This Post-Racial Society Neo_Prodigy once again nails something on the head so hard it howled for mercy that has been milling around in my head regarding the reaction to Lebron's leaving Cleveland and how Lebron's non-decision overshadowed the news of the cop that was convicted of the lowest … Continue reading Repost of: Navigating Through this Post Racial Society; via Neo_Prodigy on LJ

On the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing…

I wrote this note last year when Michael Jackson passed and instead of trying to come up with something else, I think this still stands, and for those of you that weren't fans, didn't like his music that's fine. No need to disrespect those that are fans and who still mourn the loss of their … Continue reading On the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing…

repost of Being a Black Woman and Happy with it.

On a happier note, here's a kick ass post from the awesome Karnythia. Linking you to the ABW post. So, there's this thing happening in the black American community (and outside it) where women who look like me are supposed to be grateful for any crumbs that happen to fall into our bleak little lives. … Continue reading repost of Being a Black Woman and Happy with it.

Fat shaming and concern trolling in Why are black women so big?

So there is an article out there called Why are Black women so Big!? The author of this little gem wrote a piss poor piece, basically saying all black women are fat asses that simply eat too much. She does not take into account the various factors of weight gain, and the struggle to lose … Continue reading Fat shaming and concern trolling in Why are black women so big?

On Caster Semenya… (xposted from my LJ)

As usual has Karnythia has written this topic up much better than I can but I had to get my two cents worth out there...I've not said a lot about Caster Semenya and her treatment by those who apparently couldn't lose gracefully but attacked her "questionable" gender because she beat other runners in the 800M … Continue reading On Caster Semenya… (xposted from my LJ)

What was that about Post Racial Society?

Analysis: Gates Arrest a Signpost on Racial Road By JESSE WASHINGTON, AP National Writer Jul 23, 2009, 08:35 Summary: It took less than a day for the arrest of Henry Louis Gates to become racial lore. When one of America's most prominent Black intellectuals winds up in handcuffs, it's not just another episode of profiling; … Continue reading What was that about Post Racial Society?

What can Brown do for you?

The profile of national politics has changed dramatically over the past 8 months. These changing times has added a certain “tint” to politics, a brand new “hue” if you will. Okay, enough beating around the bush, where did all these colored people come from? There was a time that Representatives Harold Ford, JC Watts and Jesse Jackson represented the height of electoral politics for black people and the future of the race politically. There was also a light smattering of Latinos and other minority on the national political scene, most notably Richardson. Let’s not mention, Powell, Gonzalez and Condoleezza Rice. Though they had high office, neither were politicians, just bureaucrats and soldiers put in a highly politicized public service role. But now, in 2009, people of color have become the representative face of both parties! With “That One” Barack Obama and MC Michael Steele, not to mention Bobby Jindal, men of color publicly front both parties. How did we get here, and what does that mean for politics over the next 4 years?

We did it, we did, we did. Thoughts on watching history unfold…

I'm so proud right now. So damn proud of our country, it's people and of our new President. Yes, it was so good to hear "Do you, Barack HUSSEIN Obama ..." and not have them skirt the issue of his middle name. It was good to hear him swear his oath to this country and … Continue reading We did it, we did, we did. Thoughts on watching history unfold…

President Obama’s Inaugural speech 20 January 2009

Full text of the speech given before more than a million on the National Mall1:28 PM CST, January 20, 2009 President Barack Obama, with First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha at his side, acknowledges the crowd after being sworn in as the country's 44th President. (Tribune photo by Terrence Antonio James / … Continue reading President Obama’s Inaugural speech 20 January 2009

MLK on the possibility of a black president

Thorswitch has an excellent post on Dr. King's vision for a black president that aired on the BBC. From the Orlando Sentinel: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. predicted the United States would have a black president, but his timing was a bit off. He saw the milestone coming a lot sooner. You can see a … Continue reading MLK on the possibility of a black president

I have a dream… and this year it’s coming true

I usually give a nod to Dr. King for all of his achievements and place in history... but this year is special to me. Special for the fact that tomorrow instead of another Dream Deferred, we get to see a Dream Realized by so many people. I wrote before on waking up after election day … Continue reading I have a dream… and this year it’s coming true

A chat on Senator Obama’s speech and if his race matters to me

While chatting with mister_bitters the following q&a took place. Reposted for posterity and because well, its my journal and I think its worth posting dammit. mister_bitters: Can I ask a stupid question? tanyad: sure mister_bitters: I know this is stupid, but I am curious is Obama's race has any impact on your opinion of him. … Continue reading A chat on Senator Obama’s speech and if his race matters to me

“We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.” Sen. Obama’s speech

I havent had a chance to watch his speech yet, but I am impressed by the text that I've read. I'm saddened by those who would demean his great words and twist them into a parody of hatred and classicism that isnt even mentioned in this speech. I think no matter the results of this … Continue reading “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.” Sen. Obama’s speech

Bloggers for Obama! – Editorial by Karnythia

A great place for well thought out, interesting and thought provoking blog posts concerning Senator Barack Obama. Good stuff! Go read I say. Bloggers for Obama Good stuff, I snagged the link from comments in a thread at Karnythia's LJ and here's the article that Bloggers for Obama linked to that Karnythia wrote: Karnythia's Editoria … Continue reading Bloggers for Obama! – Editorial by Karnythia

RNC Grows a spine… denounces fear mongering by invoking Sen. Obama’s middle name

Snagged verbatim from hey_its_michael I agree whole heartedly. [iconage too!] Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan formally denounced Thursday the Tennessee Republican Party's use of Barack Obama's full name in a recent press release questioning the Illinois senator's commitment to Israel. “The RNC rejects these kinds of campaign tactics," RNC Chairman Mike Duncan said in … Continue reading RNC Grows a spine… denounces fear mongering by invoking Sen. Obama’s middle name

The Wire’s Omar speaks on his character to Out Mag

Live By the Code The Wire's Michael Kenneth Williams on the end of Omar. By Shana Naomi Krochmal [Contains spoilers through the February 24 episode of The Wire, "Clarifications."] In the last five years, Michael Kenneth Williams has built the character of Omar Little from a minor recurring role to the heart of The Wire, … Continue reading The Wire’s Omar speaks on his character to Out Mag

Richard Wright’s Native Son – Discussion

  I'm reading Richard Wright's Native Son for our quarterly book club at Uni. We've had one meeting so far and it was pretty good. We touched on topis such as Bigger's lack of emotion, sense of responsibility, the way he lives in a dream world where everyone has all the stuff whites do. Or … Continue reading Richard Wright’s Native Son – Discussion

Bomani is more than “Read a book!” Check this out

I've been saying for a while that this cat is pretty damn cool. And there's a lot more to him than "Read a Book" Go check him out at: http://www.myspace.com/knotarapper His Punch Line Smarts Hip-Hop Parodist Bomani Armah Juggles Sense of Humor and Identity By Kevin Merida Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, November 22, 2007; … Continue reading Bomani is more than “Read a book!” Check this out