Monday, November 30, 2009

b o r d e r l a n d s e-journal


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fucking awesome deconstruction of whiteness studies and anti racist white identity… read this…


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Janelle Monáe nominated for an MTVU Woodie Award!!!


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Captain Save a Negro: A Primer


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via Black Youth Project by Summer M. on 11/30/09

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I swear I saw commercials for the movie The Blind Side more times than I caught the ads of those cats singing the free credit report jingle.  (F-R-E-E that spells free/credit report dot com, baby…) Environmentalists could learn a lot from Hollywood; that place recycles scenarios more often than a tree hugger sneers at Hummer drivers.

The trailers for the movie indicate that The Blind Side is yet another addition to that long list of white savior movies.  I haven't seen it and don't plan to (In grad school, we call this not being bound by the text.), but it seems that Sandra "I'm doing this movie for making up for playing a racist in Crash" Bullock saves a big black kid from the perils of blackness.  (Crabs in a barrel.  You know the deal.)  I guess the Based on a true story tagline wants to goad me into not being critical of the movie, the genre.  Whatever.  The movie has provided an occasion to address the white savior film.  Since I've seen every episode of Webster and Diff'rent Strokes and Dangerous Minds (twice), I'm going to provide a primer for Negro saving for any and all white folks with plenty of money and love in their hearts to adopt a hapless black kid.  And for you black youth out there, pay attention.  You might find something useful here to make yourself more marketable.

1. Pick a good pathology (and stick to it) — You can't just rescue a poor black kid.  All black people are poor.  You need to rescue a poor crack baby.  Or some teenage foster kid no one wants because he's no longer cute and still has flashbacks of being beaten with an extension cord.  (No more wire hangers!!!!)  Whatever the problem, make sure the kid has nothing to do with it.  Black kids need to be completely innocent in order to elicit any sympathy.

2. No pathology?  Pick a disaster.  — Tragic things happen to black people everyday, but some things are more tragic than others thereby making black kids worth saving.  Drive-by shootings?  Totally not cool, but expected and therefore not tragic enough for you to go flying into the 'hood to save a black kid.  Fire?  Car accident?  Hurricane Katrina?  Famine (for those interested in saving African kids)?  Quick!  Go put on your cape!  None of these events are part of the cast of usual suspects making black life so damn depressing, and thus warrant Negro saving.  Not sure if the occasion requires your superheroics? Ask yourself: If my friend told me they adopted a black kid after that child had suffered  ____, my response would be _____.  If the latter blank is filled with something akin to "Aw, that's so sad," then you've done well.

The test is full-proof.  Trust me.

3. Whichever Negro you choose, make sure its wearing blue. — No, I'm not talking about Crips.  Adopt a boy. How many white savior movies or tv shows starring little black girls can you name?  I'll wait.  *Cue the Jeopardy! theme music, please*  Maybe it's because little black boys and their uneven afros are just so irresistibly cute; maybe it's because little black girls will grow up and become black mothers who will subsequently abuse and/or abandon their children thereby forcing you to save their child(ren), but little black girls hardly ever get saved.  I guess Losing Isaiah sounds better than Losing Iesha.  Whatever the case, adopt a boy.  They're just easier, and you don't have to worry about that hair thing.  Besides, he'll be a hit with the white girls in high school.  I suppose those little black girls are too busy with their emasculation training, anyway.

4. Remember, he must have some value. — You can't be all willy-nilly in your Negro saving.  You know they steal.  Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Summer M!?  Sandra Bullock's adopted son plays football really well.  Your black kid needs to be able to do something uniquely charming--like read.  Or make you laugh.

5. You need to learn something from all of this — Whether it's (finally!) figuring out all of the steps to the electric slide or instituting a Soul Train line at your next family gathering, you will learn from your chosen downtrodden black child.  Perhaps you'll just learn unconditional love.  Whatever it is, it'll be memoir-worthy.  And you'll get on Oprah. AMAAAAAAZING!

6. Don't forget: race has nothing to do with this. — You weren't even thinking about race until I typed it, right?  You are just being a good person, ok?  Don't let anyone tell you differently.  Those black people giving you the side-eye at Applebee's are just haters.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Track Proposals, Digital Justice and AMC2010 Sponsorship

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Deadline to propose a track for AMC2010: December 1

There are many awesome tracks taking shape for the 12th AMC, coming up June 18-20, 2010.  If you haven't submitted a track proposal, it's not too late.  We would still love to hear from you.  The online track proposal form is available here.

The thinking behind the new track structure:

Every year following the Allied Media Conference (AMC), tons of ideas for new tracks emerge.  In the past, Allied Media Projects (AMP) staff have coordinated several broad tracks at the AMC: Youth; INCITE!; Media, Education and Movement-Building; Policy; How-to and Kids.  This year we want to break those large, general track categories into smaller, self-organized tracks (each one hosting 2-4 sessions at the AMC).  We want the process of organizing an AMC track to support year-round collaboration between organizations and individuals in the AMP network.  Our goal with this new structure is to de-centralize the AMC content-development process and to grow the AMP network's ownership and management of the conference. MORE INFO.

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The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC) is comprised of people and organizations in Detroit who believe that communication is a fundamental human right. We are securing that right through activities that are grounded in the digital justice principles of: access, participation, common ownership, and healthy communities.

Allied Media Projects founded the DDJC along with ten grassroots organizations and independent technologists in Detroit.  The coalition emerged out of conversations that took place during the AMC2009 workshop, "A Healthy Digital Ecology: Creating a Community Vision for Federal Broadband Funding."  Since August 2009 we have been building a shared vision for digital justice in Detroit, strategizing around collaborative applications for federal broadband funding, and preparing for community-wide educational events that will include everything from Internet policy workshops to hands-on technology stations.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

In Global Terms, How Rich Are You?


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When we consider how well we are doing financially, we must choose a referent.  That is, when we ask the question ("How well am I doing?"), we are also, simultaneously choosing a comparison group (e.g., people in our profession, people of our same sex, people our age, etc).

Most of us probably also restrict our considerations to people in the same country.  We usually don't think about how well we are doing compared to all human beings in the world, but this website allows us to do just that.  If you put in your yearly income, it will show you where you rank on a global scale (Yen, Canadian dollars, U.S. dollars, Euros, and Pounds only, unfortunately).

I put in the median yearly income for a full time worker in the U.S. and this was the calculation:


This, of course, doesn't consider the cost of living differences, but it still offers an interesting perspective.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

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call for submissions: revolutionary motherhood: outlaw midwives zine


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hi there!

this is my call for submissions to the second volume of revolutionary motherhood: outlaw midwives zine.  i am really excited about this project.  and i hope that all of you are able to participate.  i am envisioning this as a guide for birth workers and mothers, especially working class and mothers of color, on conception, pregnancy, birth, and the baby year.  for us by us.
i am looking for everything from a couple of practical tips in a couple of sentences, to stories, to drawings and photos, lists, and more…

outlaw midwives zine

focusing on pregnancy, birth, and the baby year

for and by: mothers, friends and allies of mothers, doulas, midwives, birthworkers, childbirth educators, childbirth advocates,

intention: to create a practical zine guide for pregnancy, birth, and the first year of motherhood centering the lives of working class, marginalized mothers and birthworkers.

check out the outlaw midwives manifesta and website:

outlaw midwives: creating revolutionary communities of love

some suggestions for topics on which you can submit…but these are just suggestions…

conception. suggestions for those trying to conceive.  and for not conceiving.

pregnancy. tips for the first, second, third trimester.  relationship with doctors, clinic, midwives, family, friends, etc. what advice would you give a woman who is having an unassisted pregnancy (a pregancy that does not involve professional medical folk or midwives…)   what should a woman be looking out for to know if something is 'wrong' during her pregnancy?
birth. stories and advice for unassisted birth (birth without medical folk or midwives). homebirth, hospital births.  what are the social, economic, legal consequences and limitations for marginalized mothers to make choices about how, when and where they will give birth.    what to do with the placenta?

what was your personal experience/story of birth? pregnancy, the baby year?
what did you learn/are you learning from the baby year?

what would you want to tell a soon to be mother about pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood?  or write a letter to your pre-mother or pre-pregnant self about what you should expect.   what didnt you expect to happen/learn/experience in pregnancy, birth, the baby year?  write a letter to you daughter and/or son about what you learned/want to pass on about pregnancy, birth, baby year.

what do you wish someone had told you about early motherhood and/or being a birth worker?
what do you wish you could have said to someone, but didnt?
what is your vision/ideal of how pregnancy, birth, baby year could be?
what has been most difficult for you?

how have you navigated through the systems of welfare, prrotective child services, hospitals, etc?

what family/traditional wisdom did you receive about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding?

breastfeeding vs. bottle.  what are the social and economic influences and consequences of the choice to breastfeed or bottle feed?

why did you become a birth worker?  what has been the highlights of the experience? what have been the difficulties?
practical tips for a birth worker, doula, midwife, and birth partners.
herbs, physical exercises, nutrition, rest, employment, healing, reading suggestions, breathing, difficult conversations,
photos, drawings, visual art
poems, essays, fiction and non-fiction
tips, suggestions, lists of resources

keep it simple

deadline february 14, 2010

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The Lost Girls of Sudan | BlogHer


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I learned that part of the invisibility of the displaced girls of Sudan is due to cultural heritage. People in charge of refugee camps tended to attach unaccompanied girls to whatever foster families they could find. Boys were generally left in group settings. The girls then assumed traditional female roles with their foster families, doing chores and housework. They often were unable to attend the camp schools or youth activities as a result.

In addition, when the United States and other countries offered to resettle thousands of Sudanese orphans, they mostly considered boys. The girls, afterall, were attached to foster families and not orphaned. (Although the book makes clear that many of the young men who came over also had families in Sudan, and understandably lied about their family status to get out of the stifling refugee camps.) So once again, the girls were lost.

Sudanese Refugees Live In Goz Amer Refugee camp After Fleeing The War In Darfur

The Lost Girls of Sudan are so lost, in fact, that it is hard to find people who blog about them. In 2007, Lisala Perry wrote:

While the "Lost Boys" of Sudan have garnered attention through writing their own books, magazine articles, and being featured in documentaries and on Aaron Spelling's popular show "7th Heaven," the smaller group of "Lost Girls" of Sudan are hardly mentioned. As matter of fact, I can't find any articles about the girls written after 2005. It could be because of their numbers; the group of boys forced to become refugees is believed to be a little more than 26,500, while the girls number just above 13,000. This puts fewer women in each country to band together, and gives them a smaller voice.

It doesn't help that they don't necessarily have a big public voice even when they are gathered in larger numbers….

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What Sarah Palin Taught Me About Beyonce


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I am working on a paper titled, "How Beyonce and Capitalism Undermined
R&B's Ability to Normalize Black Love."

The title may change to Beyonce Incorporated, as that is more focused
and more appropriate for academia.

My professor wants me to l shift my focus to the media's investment in, what I have
called, the Beyonce Beauty Aesthetic, light skinned, size 4/6, curvy, blond hair.

I am not interested in just talking about the media, I am interested in how
Beyonce is a tool
for maintaining US hegemony and the ways in which
she normalizes really
fucked up, patriarchal, Black heterosexual relationships.

I am fascinated by a light skinned, middle class Black woman
from the Houston suburbs who sings about needing a soldier, who
she could upgrade, so that he can put a ring on it, and if he likes her he
can put her in his video phone.

Conversely, why is a woman worth tens of millions of dollars singing
about needing a baller

I'm intrigued by this binary of success that allows one Black woman at a time
to be a megastar, with the general prerequisite being that she is lightskinned
and talented, and while all the rest remain pretty marginalized.

Kelis. Amel.Tiombe.Georgia Ann Muldrow.Algebra. Aaries.Goapele, Solange etc.

Estelle,Chrisette, Erykah may get some mainstream play, but for the most
part they are regulated to the VH1 Soul channel and its requisite circuit.

Mary may get some pop play.

By and large Billboard-wise Alicia and Mariah are presented to us
as Black Pop R&B stars. (Did I miss anyone? I may have, and I sure you
all will let me know in the comments.)

Both are light skinned. Both keep their sizes in a 4-6-8 range.

In trying to figure out how to frame this paper, I called Moya and asked for her

She suggested that I read Summers piece about how Beyonce is simply
just doing her job.

Summer makes the argument that Beyonce is doing her job, singing,
dancing, shimming and making work out music and that to expect
her to expect her to do anything else is implicitly naive.

Her job is to be a diva, and she most certainly does it well.

While, I agree that she most certainly is doing a job, my job is to show
how her efficiency is related to both the larger project of maintaining
white supremacist patriarchal capitalism and how the songs normalize
some really patriarchal, and implicitly violent Black heterosexual relationships.

How did I get to Beyonce from Sarah Palin?

I was talking with another professor about politics and Sarah

I mentioned that my issue with my generation is that they are far too focused
on Sarah Palin and not on the people who are willing to vote for her in 2012.
That calling those folks stupid will not discourage them, and that it may,
in fact, embolden them

She responded saying that there needs to be both a focus on Palin and a focus
on the people who support her. Her rationale was that some people, because
of their platform, influence and power, need to be made to shut up, because the
things that they say are harmful and can cause other groups of people to do
harm. She used Rwandan genocide as an example.

She made it clear that we need to see Palin as a willing participant in her

It was at that moment that I had a better idea of how to frame Beyonce.
My homie Jess said that I should lay out the facts and then make my
argument, given the fact that multiple arguments can be made on the
same facts.

I now understand that the argument section has to be simultaneously on the
Beyonce and the culture that she influences and create's.

Culture is US hegemony's goon.

Culture does hegemony's day to day dirty work.

It was then that I realized that when I write this paper, that I will not
write about Beyonce per se, but about the power that she has, and
the harm that is done when Black women dating hustlers is normalized.

All people need love. Hustlers too.

Women of all races have dealt with people who operate in the underground
economy. I get that.

However, this must be reconciled with the fact that the most popular Black pop
singer in the world is continually singing abou needing a baller, and perpetually
valuing men for what they can give.

If Black men are only worth what they can give, then they must be worth very little,
as they are woefully under or unemployed. There are nearly1 million of them in prison mainly
for non violent drug offense, largely selling small amounts of crack or other drugs.

In a country where 1 in 15 Black men is incarcerated
this is a problem.

Black and white women are going to jail at unprecedented rates too.

Human beings deserve to be loved regardless of how much cake they have.

Peep game.

Folks want Jay Z to rap about being married.

Jay Z will not rap about being married to Beyonce because young
White men, other non Black people and perhaps some Black folks,
do not want to hear about it.

Jay can be married to the game, but he can't be married to her.

The reason why I am writing this piece for the women,
that I know of from East Oakland, California, who have gotten shot in the
face, kidnapped, stuff into trunks, have caught been caught hustling
or dealing with hustlers and are now doing dumb ignorant time or they
are dead.

This morning, I woke up and while I was making coffee I remember my
patna from elementary school, Tange. In the early early nineties, Tange's
cousin got shot in Brookfield while sitting in the car with her boyfriend,
who was a hustler. The killer murdered both of them. Peep game. When I saw
Tange, she was spooked because she looked like her cousin. So when people
saw her they would say her and say, "Girl, I thought you were dead." They thought
she was her cousin because they looked similar.

People may not care, because the lives of Black women are not important
to them. Or they may think I am putting ten on two.

Their lives are important to me.

So I write.


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"I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my...


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"I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land."

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qbg zine!


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1.hey just a reminder about the call for submissions for the quirky black girls zine! deadline december 15th.

To love a black girl is a radical act. In a society that says black girls are ugly, useless, laughable, difficult and expendable loving ourselves and loving each other is revolutionary, dangerous, a delicious risk. On the heels of yet another study about how black girls are ohso hopelessly lonely and unwanted we want to think about how we as black girls can critique the images, the stereotypes, the one dimensional representation of black women in the mainstream media. How do we create a vibrant black girl loving culture in the face of that mis- representation? As black girls who love black girls and the brilliant universe transforming potential that we represent we are creating an online zine that we really see as a big 'ol collaborative love letter to black girls from black girls. We are seeking collages, poems, letters, comix, images, short essays, games, worksheets, puzzles, playlists and shout outs that respond to the following questions:

What do you want to say to black girls? What do you wish someone said to you when you were younger?

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1) winking.
it's not like i'm trying to become some lash batting vixen. it's the childhood Aunt so-and-so wink of approval you get when you've done something mischievous but good-natured and cute that I'm after. a familiar and comforting wink. dad taught me how to whistle, grandma taught me how to burp, but no one passed on winking. i always feel like i was jipped and I'm constantly jealous of people who can effortlessly do it. Take this summer for instance, after I bought a pair of too expensive shoes, my friend and I were walking toward, the store exit and the sales lady who had been helping us winked. I have no idea what prompted her to wink, I mean, it's likely that she overheard me saying something cute (as I tend to do heh), but it caught me so off guard. i LOVED it and I told her so and of course she's all :::bashful bashful::: :::giggle giggle::: oh it's something I've always done, my family always winks. And that's when I knew. My parents had done me a GREAT disservice as a child. I mean, why even bother to rear a kid if you're not going to teach them such charming habits??? Did you guys not want me to be cool? Not want me to attract other cool winking friends?! Well, let me tell you. this cycle of neglect ends here! I'm sporadically working on my wink so that my unborn children can have a brighter future.

2) staring.
men do this with absolutely no inhibition. no shame. and I understand, they are generally socialized to be more aggressive in this way. open spectating. pleasure seeking, but, again, I'm jealous. To be so comfortable visually devouring whatever you like is kind of amazing to me. Little to no hesitation. I want in! So, I'll probably start tomorrow on my way to work. I think that's as good a time as any to get started.

oh and btw, Happy Thanksgiving!!


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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Question of the day: Is the media obssessed with how ‘messed up’ black women...


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The recent release of the film "Precious" — about a dark-skinned, overweight, illiterate, sexually abused New York teen who discovers that she is HIV positive — has sparked a lot of discussion in the black community.

Some people (including myself) are glad to see the issue of abuse being spotlighted by the media. Others, including top film critic Armond White, who is black, aren't so sure.

"Black pathology sells," he said in a recent NY times article.

Well, I don't know that it sells. (Last I heard, Chris Rocks' Good Hair wasn't doing so hot at the box office.)

But I have seen a pattern of mainstream media fascination with issues that plague black people in general, and black women in particular.

I was once styling my hair in the bathroom when my roommate (who is white and a huge fan of the Tyra Show) passed by the open door. Without missing a beat she said, "I would probably be worried about my hair too if it grew slow."

"Like mine?" I asked.

I didn't take offense. It's a fair statement from someone whose education on black female culture is derived solely from the Tyra Show. But it was troubling. After telling her that rate of hair growth is fairly similar across ethnicities (with some studies showing black hair growing a tad slower), I also felt a need to tell her that, according to the General Social Survey, black women are happier than other American women despite the fact that they face disproportionate challenges.

But you won't see a New York Times article on that.

So, from Precious, to Good Hair, to the Shaniya Davis tragedy, to Madea, do you think that the media is obsessed with black women's pathologies?

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Monday, November 23, 2009



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Janelle Monåe performs in London to benefit Austism research


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I W.A.S. there.

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Who gave you permission to rearrange me
Certainly not me
Who told you that it was alright to love me
Certainly, certainly not me

Erykah Badu, Certainly


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QBG Leah on BGLH!


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Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. My parents are Jamaican & Guyanese, and I've lived in Atlanta for just under 10 years, so I consider it my other home. I do sales and marketing for a distribution company. I'm a social media/pop culture junkie, so a good work day is when I've spent hours reading blogs, tweeting, blipping, and catching up on current events…all in the name of "marketing". I'm also a full time university student. When I grow up I want to be a university professor, and in another life, I was a fly DJ (a dream, that I'm slowly but surely working on)

When did you go natural?

Leah as a kid

L: I started getting relaxers at age 12 when my mom allowed me to get braids. The hairdresser insisted on relaxing my hair before she braided it because it would be more "manageable" and that the braids would look better, and last longer.

I wore braids until I was 15 because I kept cutting my own hair (by accident) when it was time to take them out. I remember it taking HOURS to put the darned things in, then HOURS to take them out. Cutting them short helped expedite the unbraiding process until my mother yelled at me for cutting my own hair in the process…so I stopped wearing braids, never could master the art of using a curling iron, and resorted to wearing buns, and hats.

I went natural in in 1998 because I hated (read "could never properly use") curling irons, didn't have the patience for rollers and I was tired of spending so much money on relaxers and other products to "manage" my hair. It's not that I was lazy, it's just that I felt that there had to be something better than this relaxing my hair

I prefer natural to relaxed because it's the healthiest my hair has ever been, the longest my hair has ever been, and most of all, because I LOVE water, and LOVE being able to get my hair wet in the rain, when I go swimming or when I take a shower….unlike India, I am my hair…it is an extension of me. Going natural is one of the best decisions I've made in the past 10 years.

What style do you love to rock?
I love off the shoulder tops, skinny leg jeans and chuck taylor converse kicks. I accessorize with earrings (I LOVE earrings, and prefer to spend money on one of a kind pairs instead of clothes), and throw my locs in pony tail.

What do you use in your hair?
I use natural oils (grape seed, almond, avocado) and sometimes a little bit of gel to neaten the edges when I'm due for a wash and twist

Where can we find you on the web?

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Sunday, November 22, 2009