Updated @TwitchCon schedule!

                                                                                                I Need Diverse Games is part of … Continue reading Updated @TwitchCon schedule!

On the expectation of free labor to diversify your spaces

[Copy/Pasted from an early AM twitter vent this morning 12/21/16] I'm in a mood, and I'm irritated. I want to talk about value of work, specifically diversity work & people's expectation of free labor. So I'm lucky, and in a good position where sometimes people come out the gate with what are your rates & fees? This … Continue reading On the expectation of free labor to diversify your spaces

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

I’m fed up

I thought about writing out my thoughts on all the killings and shootings of our people instead of a long thread of tweets. However, I’m not doing that for two reasons. One) it’s like the second I talk about one person’s murder by cops, another occurs in hours if not days and it’s exhausting emotionally, … Continue reading I’m fed up

Queer Women of Color Still Face Racism During Pride, Among Other Things (Repost from Spectra Speaks)

In response to mainstream prides everywhere, including both the racism and sexism that pervades the larger gay community, Queer Women of Color and Friends (QWOC+ Boston) hosts OPTIONZ — in its fifth year — tonight, a highly anticipated annual pride party specifically created to provide a space for lesbian, gay,bisexual, transgender and queer women of … Continue reading Queer Women of Color Still Face Racism During Pride, Among Other Things (Repost from Spectra Speaks)

Next up: we host Dennis Upkins for a spell on his Hollowstone book tour

I'm very happy to host the most excellent Dennis Upkins, author of the soon to be released Hollowstone. He breezed through the windy city during a stop on his book tour. Hollowstone is due out on 17 June 2011. Q: Now, it's great to see more POC authors and queer authors getting their work out … Continue reading Next up: we host Dennis Upkins for a spell on his Hollowstone book tour

WGYB Project is still alive, and we’re still taking your stories

We Got Your Back Project is still alive and still seeking submissions! I had a chance to talk the project up at Gay Is the New Black? Event hosted by JF tonight. Hopefully this will generate some interest and new submissions. Can I ask a favor? Can anyone who comes across this post please signal … Continue reading WGYB Project is still alive, and we’re still taking your stories

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?”

A moment of utter anger over yet more jokes at Antoine Dodson’s expense

I've always been angry about the way the Antoine Dodson case and interview has been turned into an internet meme, a joke and worse people are profiting off Mr. Dodson. After seeing yet another person post that damned auto-tuned version of the "rape song" I'd had enough. I'm ugh... I don't even have words that … Continue reading A moment of utter anger over yet more jokes at Antoine Dodson’s expense

More on that damn Feministe post and the comment trail where I apparently Other another POC by the use of OP

This is a totally random thing, but in going into WP and cleaning up spam and seeing older comments, I tracked back to that idiotic post on child free space on Feministe. A place where I commented, via a blog comment here, a pingback there got really nasty against me after I commented. I did … Continue reading More on that damn Feministe post and the comment trail where I apparently Other another POC by the use of OP

Time to think about what you ask folks about their hair…

Via the Nappturality forums, a thread on What is the Funniest or Stupidest question you've been asked about your locs? Some are funny, but most are sad and shows the ignorance people still have over black women, natural hair and locs. For the record, this post is NOT an invitation for me to teach anyone … Continue reading Time to think about what you ask folks about their hair…

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?

My hair is not a walking invitation to the Zoo.

I saw this linked from chesyaburke on Livejournal and had to re-post it. And just in case you haven’t gotten the memo, it’s NOT okay to touch my hair. I have people coming up to me all the time to tell me how much they like my hair. Seriously. At one point a woman walked … Continue reading My hair is not a walking invitation to the Zoo.

A post on black hair & locs

This video is for anyone who ever asked, wanted to ask or has asked ignorant questions about black people's hair. ESPECIALLY for those that have touched a black person's hair without permission, and thought that it was OK. ESPECIALLY for those that want to misappropriate locs and think that it looks good. ESPECIALLY for those … Continue reading A post on black hair & locs

This country was not ready for a black president

...and thus I will say what has been brewing in the back of my head for months. The vitriol against President Obama shows that this country was not ready for a black president. Yeah, I said it. The fact that these whackjobs are coming out of the woodwork with no fear of reprimand for threatening … Continue reading This country was not ready for a black president

Which of these two things are alike?

I read the Huffington Post. Most of the time its on point, humorous and gives me a chuckle. That was not the case when this article: Two Black Role Models done in by Hubris went up. The author is not a woman of color, nor does she seem to understand that her article is patently … Continue reading Which of these two things are alike?

My smiles are not for you, random man on the street

I've had the issue of women being treated as property, as if (some) men think we are here for their pleasure only, as if we are to be honored by your hey baby, how you doin's as we go about our daily lives, but instead when we ignore you, tell you to fuck off or … Continue reading My smiles are not for you, random man on the street

A memo to the black men out there…

that buy into the idea that women of any color should lower their expectations for your trifling ass... especially anyone who agrees with this Memo to Black women informing us we'll never get a Barack or Denzel because our standards are too high? Here's a note from a black woman who sincerely wants to inform … Continue reading A memo to the black men out there…

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?

A message from the Average Black Person by Elon James White (reposted w/Author Permission)

"A Message from the Average Black Person" Via the Huffington Post (Would love to hear what you guys think - Sorry about the cut IT WONT WORK. And if you enjoy this please DIGG it - http://is.gd/1ev4T - and feel free to pass the link along!) To Whom It May Concern: Greetings. My name is Elon James White. I'mBlack. … Continue reading A message from the Average Black Person by Elon James White (reposted w/Author Permission)

Promotion Post – Verb Noire

**DISCLAIMER: THIS POST IS NOT AN INVITATION TO POST YOUR THOUGHTS ON RACE FAIL 09. WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT? GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND** As some of you who have been following RaceFail 09' know... one good thing has surfaced from this fiasco. verb_noire is a new press started by karnythia & thewayoftheid. Those of … Continue reading Promotion Post – Verb Noire

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…

Context for those people offended at Dr. Lowry’s comments during benediction

For those folks offended by Dr. Lowry's words... I can't change that you are offended that is your right but there's nothing I can do about it. Don't come crying to me with your offense at it. If you are so bothered, then take it up him. I'm just giving you some context so you … Continue reading Context for those people offended at Dr. Lowry’s comments during benediction

The closing inaugural benediction as given by Reverend Lowry

The closing benediction as given by Reverend Lowry on 20 January 2009 after the swearing in of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th President of the United States. God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who has brought us thus far along the way, thou who has by thy might led … Continue reading The closing inaugural benediction as given by Reverend Lowry

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

On why I’ve never been able to support McCain/Palin & chose Obama/Biden

I'm a life long democrat, that shouldn't surprise anyone here. My bit on the lack of support for McCain is so people can understand this isn't a knee jerk, OMG he's a Republican so I can't support him reaction. It's a reaction to his platform, or rather a lack thereof. I'm a reasonable, intelligent person(and … Continue reading On why I’ve never been able to support McCain/Palin & chose Obama/Biden

Anyone who thinks racism is dead needs to wake up.

Inland GOP mailing depicts Obama's face on food stamp 08:54 PM PDT on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 By MICHELLE DeARMOND The Press-Enterprise The latest newsletter by an Inland Republican women's group depicts Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama surrounded by a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken, prompting outrage in political circles. The October … Continue reading Anyone who thinks racism is dead needs to wake up.

Race & Politics herein, read and comment at your own peril

Warning - hateful image at the head of this & linked post, in case it would bother anyone A thoughtful post on a hateful image done by a McCain supporter by karnythia Well written post again by Karnythia. Once again articulating what is bothering me about the rage and undercurrent of kill him and race … Continue reading Race & Politics herein, read and comment at your own peril

Meeks is totally missing the fucking point… AGAIN

Why doesn't someone stop his idiocy? He's making IL a laughing stock and making himself out to be a total nuisance to the City and State. I don't understand the point of protesting the Cubs game, or any other sporting event because I'm missing the tie between the local sports teams and his dog and … Continue reading Meeks is totally missing the fucking point… AGAIN

My thougts on the election… Senator Obama, history

I won't mince words here. I do Believe in Change, I do believe in the message that Senator Barack Obama is bringing to the nation. I do believe that he can be that agent of change we need to move past the past eight years of war, recession, theocracy and tailspin we have endured as … Continue reading My thougts on the election… Senator Obama, history

Text of Obama’s Nomination acceptance speech

Link stolen shamelessly from angelsscream Denver, CO (AHN) - Sen. Barack Obama's acceptance speech as he receives the nomination to serve as the Democratic party's presidential candidate for 2008; delivered to the nation from Invesco Field at Mile High stadium in Denver, Colorado. To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin; and to all … Continue reading Text of Obama’s Nomination acceptance speech

Rightwing Swiftboating v2.0 – or let’s derail Obama 08′

Media Matters has found the Obama swiftboating strategem The thematic structure of the right-wing smear campaign against Barack Obama As the means of communication have evolved, presidential campaigns have grown increasingly multifaceted, with each election featuring layers of complexity that were not present four years before. The most striking feature of the 2008 election may … Continue reading Rightwing Swiftboating v2.0 – or let’s derail Obama 08′

Sly Fox by Nas… best commentary on Faux news I’ve seen in a while

Excellent commentary on Faux news: Lyrics are not safe for work! For context: The story from the Huffington Post on how he tried to deliver a petition to Fox with 600,000 signatures and they refused to see him Text after the jump for the link phobic Rapper Nas Delivers Fox News Petition, Says Network Is … Continue reading Sly Fox by Nas… best commentary on Faux news I’ve seen in a while

Hey New Yorker, it’s called Doing it WRONG

I don't even have any words for this... this bullshit. Note to the The New Yorker... You're DOING IT REALLY FUCKING WRONG HERE! To see what I'm so livid about, go to this article in the Tribune. Obama campaign slams New Yorker cover The art satirizes right-wing portrayals of the candidate, magazine says. Posted July … Continue reading Hey New Yorker, it’s called Doing it WRONG

Faux news has sunk to a new low…

They called Mrs. Obama a "Baby mamma" WTF! I say again, WTFF! I want to beat Michelle Malking with a stick to make her see some fucking common sense. I think I love John Scalzi even more for his post on the "baby mamma" idiocy at Faux news The text of his post is after … Continue reading Faux news has sunk to a new low…

Is this racially insensitive? Evocative of the animalistic oversexed black man?

LeBron James' Vogue cover called racially insensitive The cover of Vogue's April Shape Issue features Lebron James and Gisele Bundchen. (AP Photo / March 13, 2008) By Megan K. Scott |The Associated Press 10:57 AM CDT, March 25, 2008 NEW YORK - When Vogue announced its April cover starring LeBron James and Gisele Bundchen, the … Continue reading Is this racially insensitive? Evocative of the animalistic oversexed black man?

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