Monday, January 31, 2011

Words can’t express how awesome it is to have dopeness...


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Words can't express how awesome it is to have dopeness around the corner. Corinne Stevie is one of my personal favorite artists out right now. Always keeping it funky, jamming, and thought provoking. This track is a feature with the Australian producer, Timeshare. I love it. Check her out if you don't already know. 

Timeshare (feat. Corinne Stevie) - She Took My Mind

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Rugrats is about feminist families


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  • Mrs. Pickles is the educated breadwinner, Stu often chasing his less profitable dreams
  • Phil & Lil's mom, obvs (short hair, female symbol sweatshirt, clear second waver
  • Charlotte, ballbusting CEO who wants Angelica to have an edge in a male-privileged world
  • Suzie's family, upper-middle class black family with a really accomplished mom
  • Chaz, sensitive single dad who childrears and has rejected traditional masculinity


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And people always wonder why early 90's cartoons »»>


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The Revolution Televised: A Brief Primer on Egypt


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Egypt has been all over the news lately, as Egyptians have lifted their voice in condemnation of despotic president, Hosni Mubarak. There are some key things to keep in mind as the events unfold:

1.     Don't get it twisted:  this is a revolution.

It has been called chaos, upheaval, civil unrest, an uprising, a challenge, a twitter revolution, a youth movement, and class warfare. Each category reduces the power of the people to come together to build a popular revolution, which requires coalition building to fight for connected interests and a common goal. Call it what it is: a revolution.

2.      Women are a part of the revolution.  Women are on the front lines protesting, organizing, and agitating for justice. This is a feminist issue.

AP Photo/Khalil Hamra

As 8-year-old crunk-feminist-in-training Juju contends:

3.      The USA has historically supported oppressive political regimes if they serve American military and economic interests. (See Haiti and the Dominican Republic for some examples close to home. See also Iraq and Afghanistan).

On their website, the U.S. Dept of State's entry on Egypt states: "The United States and Egypt enjoy a strong and friendly relationship based on shared mutual interest in Middle East peace and stability, revitalizing the Egyptian economy and strengthening trade relations, and promoting regional security…U.S. military cooperation has helped Egypt modernize its armed forces and strengthen regional security and stability."

While the article makes passing mention of the "significant restrictions on the political process and freedom of expression for non-governmental organizations," it largely praises the infamously rigged 2005 election, stating: "Progress was seen in the September 2005 presidential elections when parties were allowed to field candidates against President Mubarak and his National Democratic Party. In early 2005, President Mubarak proposed amending the constitution to allow, for the first time in Egypt's history, competitive, multi-candidate elections. An amendment was drafted by parliament and approved by public referendum in late May 2005. In September 2005, President Mubarak was reelected, according to official results, with 88% of the vote. His two principal challengers, Ayman Nour and No'man Gom'a, took 7% and 3% of the vote respectively."

To make a long story short, it has been a vested interest for the U.S. government to look the other way while Mubarak and his cronies ran an oppressive regime.

This vested interest continues as Egyptians far and wide are standing up in revolt. A recent article from the BBC News notes:

The United States is trying to steer Egypt away from revolution towards evolution. It is seeking a middle, managed course towards change. It does not want simply to dump an ally of 30 years, one who has stood by the treaty with Israel which is of great importance to US Middle East policy. But it is now signalling that President Hosni Mubarak's departure – if not now, then later – has to be part of that change.

You can see this in a shift of American language.

Last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Egyptian government was 'stable and looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people.'

But by Sunday, she was calling for 'an orderly transition to a democratic government.'"

Side eye.

4.      Despite popular belief, Egypt and Tunisia are real places in northern Africa.

In his speech January 28, President Obama talked about freedom movements in Asia, Europe, the United States – yes only the United States constitutes the Americas–Africa and the Arab world. Terms such as "the Arab World," " the Islamic states," and "the Middle East" work to oversimplify complex societies with diverse cultures and distinct histories, and these terms work to collapse countries into a totalizing US-versus-them binary that is unproductive for thinking about people's movements taking place across northern Africa. For example, there are elections taking place in Sudan and protests taking place in Algeria right now and knowing this can help us to contextualize, understand, and support the liberation movements happening in the region.

5.      References to the Muslim Brotherhood, looters and thugs, and anarchy by Western news media reproduce orientalism and racism and discredit the revolution as a political movement. Paying attention to diction and rhetoric is not about splitting hairs or being "politically correct," lest we forget the "refugees" of Hurricane Katrina.

For more on Egypt, check out these resources:

Huffington Post:…

Al Jazeera:…

Democracy Now!:…

Shout out to CF Aisha for compiling the data for this post!


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I've Gotta Find Peace of Mind.....: Precious Pathology


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I've Gotta Find Peace of Mind.....: Precious Pathology:


"I felt so sad after that movie."

This was the response of a young woman who had seen the movie "Precious". I've seen "Precious" and so have many of my friends- the majority being college educated African/American females. But when it comes to Precious I feel anything but "sad." For one, it is my personal law never to pity another living thing. Your feeling sorry for someone else does solve the circumstances in which they are in. I can spend all my time feeling sorry for the homeless man, abused animals or that starving child in Africa but at the end fo the day their condition remains that same. In other words, to pity someone is to recognize and reinforce supremacy, inequality of power even on the most minuscule of terms. After seeing "Precious" for the first time, I not only felt a strong sense of hopelessness in reality but also a strong concern from how the movie would be interpreted, especially by those outside of the African American community. I had to point out (in class today) that Black pathology is strongly embedded in American history: the image of jezebels, aggressive black "bucks" raping white women, welfare queens, drug addicts, fatherless homes, imprisoned males, and ghettoes are all a part of a pathology that reinforce stereotypes and, ultimately, racism- all of which America still holds close to it's heart…precious. But these behavior issues continue to hurt black consciousness as well as white consciousness in America. What that young woman and the movie refused to recognize the structure that allows leeway for such atrocities to exist. Just like Ida B Wells' insisted through lynching campaign (Southern Horrors) that people- both black and white- are not looking at the institutions that allow such stereotypes to exist in truth. There is a systematic reason why blacks earn less than whites, why many of them are uneducated or why many are imprisoned. Ultimately, I believe that racism cannot (easily) be destroyed (an idea cannot be destroyed once it is planted in consciousness) but the truth can expose it's falsehoods. America has too long and continues to be a racist democracy, with racist institutions, racist systems and racist leaders (and I use the term racist to describe any person who believes and exhibits their race to be superior to that of another not only in through thought but in action as well). And the only way we can move past this- beyond the imprisonment, the inequality, the educational and housing neglect- is to aim to expose the truth- not just feel sad about it.

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 absolutely gorgeous.

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Air-Powered: Intention, Attention or Breathing and Soaring

"love is life force"
-June Jordan "children's literature and the creative imagination"

(pictured: Quirky Black Bird World)

Sharing a meal with me in Durham, sister-comrade, qbg farmer, poet, pickler, anthropologist dancer dreamer Zachari shared a simple and profound insight that has been rocking my world and catching my breath. While we were talking about how crucial and scary it is to risk everything and do what we are born to do when internalized capitalism teaches us to do only what we can be PAID to do, Zachari taught me about how large birds coast on air by paying close attention to the airstream that supports them. That airstream might not be headed towards the particular tree, or small animal that they would want to get to...but if they miscalculate and get of course they will fall...air will not continue to lift them if they are not fully present to their context, their environment, the specific moment of air interplay that provides them with this priceless miraculous moment of flight, height, and perspective, when we can see our relationship to the world and be thrilled and affirmed by it.

I am excited for Zachari to create an eco-friendly choreopoem performance patch to sew on your jeans (Zachari IS just that practical and just that creative) that spreads this lesson far and wide because that dance of what looks like effortless flying makes us all into large birds who need to stay in close touch with the air that supports us, the clarity that purpose, ancestors, divinity, love are like air...all around us and taking us where we didn't imagine we needed to go.

We also agreed that it is crucial for us to do what we were born to do because by suppressing our purpose in favor of consumption, security and conformity human beings have gotten completely out of alignment with our environment, this planet, and that just like jobs, academic programs and non-profit industrial complex ventures that are not aligned with our purpose can make our lives feel unlivable everyday...we are collectively on the verge of making the planet unlivable for ourselves. (The planet herself can regenerate...but she also can will and must shed us like a mangy boa if we don't get in alignment with the love energy that brings life into being.)

Living my purpose is how I shower my community (YOU!!!) with love and how I show my ancestors infinite praise. It's how I move towards alignment with the planet. Purpose IS love, or as June Jordan says "love is life force." In purpose mode I am in flight, closely attuned to my purpose, the whispers of my ancestors, the needs of my communities, guided, lifted, free and on course. And when I get off purpose I fall and fall and fall, flap and struggle and run directly into the tree I thought I could force life to lead me to land on.

Right now I feel like I am experiencing the miracle of soaring. Checking in moment to moment with my spiritual airstream lifted by the affirmation of my faith in my community and my ancestors who are saying yes this is exactly where you need to be now, and now here and now here and I am not even concerned about where I will ultimately end up, I am fully in love and faith with the air-carried messages that revise my intentions and clarify my purpose more and more every day.

Maybe this is because this year I have been prioritizing spending time with people who I love (like Zachari!), because I listened to my body when it said I needed to dance and do yoga matter the weather, my travel schedule (thank goodness for dance dvds and yoga on netflix!!). Maybe it is because my ancestors wanted me to start this year with the knowledge of what it feels like to soar so that if and when I fall in the future I will still have the memory and knowledge that it is possible to soar, that full purposeful living is possible even though it takes so much faith to let go of the faulty structures we air trained to depend on purpose is as simple as breathing.

Living in the breath of my ancestors and the waiting affirmation of the YES you will say to yourself.


P.S. Speaking of alignment save the dates June 23-26 to converge in Detroit, MI for the Allied Media Conference where QBGs Moya, Julia, Lex, Zachari, are making space for the miraculous manifestation of our collective purpose!!!!

P.P.S. And find out how you can become an Eternal Summerian and get the new materials to bring the insights of the MotherOurselves Bootcamp to your community or your ownself!

A (Friendly) Reminder


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Antoine Dodson's fifteen minutes are not over yet.  Last week, I learned (via Twitter, duh), that Dodson, who became (internet) famous when his rant to the local news was remixed by The Gregory Brothers into "The Bed Intruder Song," has already begun filming a reality show based upon his move from the Alabama projects to West Hollywood (of course).  This should make for good television, as Dodson is charming (in both the southern and gay sense), has enough (gay) slang to keep the allegedly hetero masses tuning in weekly for lessons, and looks fierce in a pair of women's jeans.

The evolution, the etymology of Dodson's fame is impressive.  Not nearly Bieber-esque, but fantastic enough for me furrow my brow in confused amazement.  Dodson's local news interview not only spawned the aforementioned song, but a slew of covers and remixes (including one posted below), an iTunes version, a ring tone, an appearance on the BET Awards, a Halloween costume--including a certificate that one can roll and use as the bus schedule Dodson was flinging around like a light saber during his interview, Comedy Central show for The Gregory brothers, and a T-Mobile commercial starring fellow Alabaman Charles Barkley (love him!) that could have only been inspired by Dodson's performance.  Last Friday night while watching a basketball game, I was unintentionally serenaded with "The Bed Intruder" song by agroup of hormonal middle school boys sitting in the bleachers.  They used a cell phone on speaker to blast the track.

The alacrity with which Dodson became an internet superstar can only be rivaled by the Dougie or perhaps spread of athlete's foot in a gym locker room.  Dodson claims that agents and managers started calling him (he initially had his number posted on his Facebook page) within two days--less than 24 hours, probably.  A gazillion downloads and television (cable and local shows) interviews later, Dodson could be the next reality television star.   And I'm happy for Antoine Dodson.  He's (reality) star material.  Seems to have his heart in the right place, as they say.  Whenever he's asked what his goal is, he states he wants to help people similar to his sister, who had crimes committed against them, but the perpetrators were not caught.

Still, I can't help but grimace when I realize how quickly this trauma was commodified.  What started all of this was that his sister, better known as "victim's brother" was assaulted and nearly raped by someone who, from what I can tell, has yet to be caught.  Despite what the song says, I don't think Dodson is looking for him.  He's busy and all with this new reality show.  Yet, that's not his job.  It's the police department's.  Despite the alleged criminal's fingerprints, they've yet to find him.  Perhaps if he had a Facebook page, it would be easier.

I just want us to be mindful of the wellspring of some of our entertainment, the source of our annoying ring tones.  Yes, we remember the lyrics to "The Bed Intruder Song," but how many of us know his sister's name?  If you've forgotten, here's a friendly reminder: It's Kelly.

I wonder if those middle school boys know.


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"New Ariz. Proposal Could Revoke U.S. Citizenship of Immigrant Children
In Arizona, Republican state lawmakers have introduced a measure that would challenge the U.S. citizenship of children born to undocumented workers. It is the second measure challenging the 14th Amendment to be introduced this year, following a similar proposal in Indiana last week."


Democracy Now! | Headlines for January 28, 2011

NO democracy now! These proposals would not revoke citizenship of "Immigrant" children—they would revoke citizenship of US CITIZENS. They are NOT immigrants, they are US NATURAL BORN CITIZENS.

(p.s i appreciate the effort to find new language that is not dependent on "anchor babies"—but—there is no logic to the arguments to take citizenship away—and thus, that should be exposed. Instead of trying to make a white supremacist violent position make sense in a headline—just say—Nativists Propose New Citizenship Criteria. Or something like that.

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RE: Kanye West is Not a Feminist, but…


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A Response to Ron Neal's Essay,

I find myself both intrigued and troubled by Ron Neal's recent TFW post, "Kanye West Is Not a Feminist, But…" Neal is absolutely spot on that Kanye displays a level of emotional vulnerability and complexity that is rare for Black male hip hop artists. But I would argue that this level of Black male vulnerability, while rare in Hip Hop, is actually a hallmark of serious Black male artists. And I do consider Kanye a serious artist, although I think this gives him a pass sometime to do ridiculous b.s. in the name of being a tortured soul.

I am reminded that as the range of Black creative traditions go, beautifully complex renderings of Black male subjectivity are a hallmark. In this regard, the literary triumvirate of James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison and Richard Wright immediately come to mind. Thinking of them, I am also reminded of the infamous interview between James Baldwin and Audre Lorde in the 1984 issue of Essence magazine – yes, I said Essence—in which Lorde holds his feet to the fire for his own complicity in centering and elevating Black men's experiences above those of Black women. The thing is, though, that Neal's argument would have been perfectly compelling if he had simply focused upon the power of Kanye's art in providing much needed representations of Black male complexity and humanity, without attempting to assess the degree of Kanye's feminism.

And it is Neal's near total misreading of feminism that significantly diminishes the power of his reading.  As I understand it, the argument is that because Kanye is not a downright misogynist, he isn't particularly sexist. That's like saying that the only racists, and the only ones we should worry about, are those who are card carrying members of the KKK. Moreover, Neal's assertion that  "it would be unfair to say that he is anti-women or that women are treated like indentured servants or worse, three fifths of a person, when they appear in his lyrics and videos" is extremely problematic, as it traffics in the age old notion that racism is worse qualitatively than sexism, that the only mode of oppression is declaring someone 3/5 a person or treating them as an indentured servant. The analogy subtly fails to recognize that all these things were done to women as well. Furthermore, if one objectifies women in one's work, then one has not treated them like a person. So while Kanye cannot be accused of asserting that women are not human beings as the 3/5 compromise did for blacks, both male and female, he arguably could be accused of something worse, namely that given the legacies of blacks and slavery, his rhetoric undermines the hard-fought struggle of Black women to be viewed in their full human complexity, while demanding that we see him in his. In many ways, Neal's argument abides by the same logic. He recognizes that sexism is wrong, but finds it a legitimate to celebrate Kanye's artistic rendering of Black masculine emotional complexity, even if diminishing Black women's struggle against sexism is a prerequisite for doing so. The effect is that Neal reinscribes the very same patriarchal politics that one assumes he'd be against. He asks us as Black women in particular, to lay aside Kanye's maltreatment of us in his work, on the grounds that a.) he isn't as bad as the worst of them and b.) at least we get to see Black men be human. Is this not asking us to subordinate our struggle to the Black male quest for the fullest expression of their personhood?

Finally, I find the reading of Joan Morgan's work largely to be a misreading. While I agree with Neal that Morgan "espoused a very complicated and less than perfect practice of gender progressivism," unlike Kanye,  whom the author points out has not "paid homage to any movement among women, black, white, etc," Morgan's text does all that even as she attempts to find a generationally relevant iteration of feminism. Moreover, Morgan does not spend her time in the text going after out right misogynists, though she does call them out. She is absolutely interested in more subtle forms of it, as it plays out in relationships platonic, romantic, and artistic. Neal seems to suggest that what we should conclude from Morgan's book is that "simplistic binaries such as 'man against woman' and 'woman against man' only lead to separatism and loneliness." It sounds as though Neal is suggesting that calling Kanye sexist for videos like the recent and troubling "Monster," is just another instance of Black women frustrating racial progress and fomenting needless insurrection. Moreover, his argument seems to suggest that such outcries against sexism are not only misguided, but the cause of "separatism and loneliness." Based on this logic, when it comes to gender rifts in Black communities, feminism is to blame, rather than sexism.

One of the legacies in Black feminism that I am most proud of is the groundbreaking work on Black masculinity that Black feminism's gender critiques have made room for. This work has given Neal and others the tools and vocabulary to understand and appreciate the kind of masculine performance that West brings to the table. Even so, any proposition which asks Black women to affirm and center Black male complexity while denying  and marginalizing our own is everything but feminist.


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Al Jazeera In Cairo Being Shut Down, Press Credentials Revoked: Egypt State TV


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Al Jazeera In Cairo Being Shut Down, Press Credentials Revoked: Egypt State TV :




"Egyptian state TV reported Sunday morning that the Al Jazeera office in Cairo is being shut down and Al Jazeera reporters are losing their press credentials in Egypt.

Al Jazeera correspondent Dan Nolan tweeted the news at about 11 a.m. local time, adding that Al Jazeera's licenses were revoked, per state media.

Nolan quickly added, "Don't worry we'll still report what's happening in #Egypt no matter what new restrictions they put on us."

Another Al Jazeera employee Evan Hill put the news this way: "State TV announces Al Jazeera's broadcasting license and press cards are being revoked. Our bureau is packing up.""

Whoa, that literally just happened.

Anonymous sources said that today, Sunday, would be the day that Mubarak would quell the protests… aka kill as many people as possible. How can you do that if news sources are monitoring every step?


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Listen to how Me'shell Ndegeocello interpolates a speech from Angela Davis in her song "Hot Night." Lyricist Talib Kweli guest features on this song. I honestly don't know why Cookie:The Anthropological Mixtape wasn't a commercial success. It is one of the most imaginative works, mixing genres, poets, topics and styles; it's a masterpiece.

Yesterday was Ms. Davis's birthday. I searched for my cds full of speeches of hers but couldn't find them (cds aren't all the way organized yet).  This will have to suffice. Buy her books (start with the obligatory autobiography). If you haven't had the experience of seeing her speak live, you're missing out!


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Make sure you make it out to see Stacy Epps perform at 529 Feb. 10th. It's gonna be funktastic!


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Wooooow. I really wonder about ppl sometimes. Like, his first reaction was really, truly "Did the camera get that?!?!" And I know folks usually have a delayed reaction to stuff like this, but Trey Songz was straight CHILLIN as he stared at this woman's head catch fire. It looks like he eventually lifts a finger to alert her to the fact that she's burning, but that's it.

I really wanna study Black male empathy toward Black women and see if it's really as terrible as I think it is. Maybe I'm just on twitter too much, but young Black men seem to take just THE MOST glee out of watching us in pain =/  (ie. Rhianna, Kat Stacks, every Precious joke ever…)


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"Williams-Bolar is a teacher's assistant in Akron, and was enrolled in college studying to become a teacher. During her four-day trial earlier this month, she said she wanted her children to be in a safe environment. Now, her residential status with the public housing authority is in question. Also, her conviction on felony charges means she would need approval to work with public school children, said Akron City Council President Marco Sommerville, who has been working to assist the family. "We're hoping to work it all out. We're asking how you can kick someone out of public housing whose children were not allowed to continue school in another area because they didn't live there?" Sommerville told "It may be that they'll want to adjust her rent if the children don't live with her," he said."


Over 50,000 Sign Petition for Ohio Mother

FUCKING SHIT. FUCKING SSSSSSHITT FUCKING SHIT FUCKING SHIT. You see that up there? That little sentence thrown in there?????? SHE MAY LOSE HER HOME. 


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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Soup: We don’t ask for much, just broadcast what is happening


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Soup: We don't ask for much, just broadcast what is happening:


To all the people of world

The people in Egypt are under governmental siege. Mubarak regime is banning Facebook, Twitter, and all other popular internet sites Now, the internet are completely blocked in Egypt. Tomorrow the government will block the 3 mobile phone network will be completely blocked.

And there is news that even the phone landlines will be cut tomorrow, to prevent any news agency from following what will happen.

Suez city is already under siege now. The government cut the water supply and electricity, people, including, children and elderly are suffering there now. The patients in hospitals cannot get urgent medical care. The injured protesters are lying in the streets and the riot police are preventing people from helping them. The families of the killed protesters cannot get the bodies of their sons to bury them. This picture is the same in north Saini (El-Sheikh zoyad city) and in western Egypt (Al-salom). The riot police is cracking down on protesters in Ismailia, Alexandria, Fayoum, Shbin Elkoum, and Cairo, the capital, in many neighborhoods across the city.

The government is preparing to crackdown on the protesters in all Egyptian cities. They are using tear gas bombs, rubber and plastic pullets, chemicals like dilutes mustard gas against protesters. Several protesters today have been killed when the armored vehicles of the riot police hit them. Officials in plain clothes carrying blades and knives used to intimidate protesters. Thugs deployed by the Egyptian Ministry of Interior are roaming the streets of Cairo, setting fire on car-wheels as means of black propaganda to demonize protesters and justify police beatings and state torture

All this has been taken place over the past three days during the peaceful demonstrations in Cairo and other cities. Now, with the suspicious silence of the local media and the lack of coverage from the international media, Mubarak and his gang are blocking all the channels that can tell the world about what is happening.

People who call for their freedom need your support and help. Will you give them a hand?

The activists are flooding the net (youtube and other sites) with thousands of pictures and videos showing the riot police firing on armless people. The police started to use ammunition against protesters. 15-year old girl has been injured and another 25 year old man has been shot in the mouth. While nothing of these has appeared in the media, there is more to happen tomorrow. Will you keep silent? Will you keep your mouth shut while seeing all these cruelty and inhumane actions?

We don't ask for much, just broadcast what is happening

Alicia Ali Marsden


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Fuck Yes. Where is this shirt and Where can I buy it?


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Quote of the Day: Little Black Girls & The Divine Tube of Relaxer


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"People act like Black girls are born with a little tube of relaxer & a note that says, 'My bad.'– God."

This quote has been circulating around Twitter. I don't know who originally came up with it, if you do feel free to let me know :)


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Fuck Yeah FTMs of Color: 2011 Trans Conference Guide


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Fuck Yeah FTMs of Color: 2011 Trans Conference Guide:

BUTCH Voices (August 18 - 22nd) should be on this list

The mission of BUTCH Voices is to enhance and sustain the well-being of all women, female-bodied, and trans-identified individuals who are masculine of center*.  We achieve this by providing programs that build community, positive visibility and empower us to advocate for our whole selves inclusive of and beyond our gender identity and sexual orientation.

Our community is vast and growing and we have many identifications that resemble what the world knows as our "butchness." We recognize our diversity as having a foundation rooted in butch heritage. We welcome the on-going development of movements intentionally and critically inclusive of our gender variant community. BUTCH Voices is a social justice organization that is race and gender inclusive, pro-womanist and feminist. [-bLaK.]

2011 Confirmed Conferences

First Event – 31st Annual!
First Event is one of the largest transgender conferences, welcoming everyone from the transgender community and our supporters: crossdressers, transsexuals, intersex individuals, M2Fs, F2Ms, and their significant others are all welcome….


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"More than 1,500 people in this predominantly Latino community took part in the protest, many of them chanting "Si, se puede," the Spanish-language version of President Obama's 2008 campaign slogan."


amazed  how quick erasure takes place.

California Latinos protest Arizona push to end birthright citizenship - By the CNN Wire staff

You have got to be kidding me.

From the first two paragraphs of the wikipedia page for Sí se puede.:

Sí, se puede (Spanish for "Yes, it is possible" or, roughly, "Yes, it can be done"[1]) is the motto of the United Farm Workers. In 1972, during Cesar Chavez's 24 day fast in Phoenix, Arizona, he and UFW's co-founder, Dolores Huerta came up with the slogan.[1]

The phrase has been widely adopted by other labor unions and civil rights organizations and drew widespread political and media attention as a rallying cry during the 2006 U.S. immigration reform protests.[2][3]

This is what cultural appropriation looks like, if you're ever in need of an example.

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And I just am convinced these jackasses don't read anything not written by white folks

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I knew the phrase before the Obama campaign, but I never knew about it being from any political movement. Let alone anything as important as United Farm Worker and labor unions.

And it's kind of hilariously terrible to me now, remembering how I did learn the phrase: from Disney!  Yup. Good ol' Disney used it in a tv movie called, "Gotta Kick It Up." I remember cuz I was confused on how 'si se puede' meant 'yes WE can.' (I hadn't taken formal spanish classes yet).

But yeah, perfect example of appropriation and imperialism and commercialization and everything else terrible.  Thanks for schoolin me on what these words actually stand for.

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"Most maroon leaders were African-born, but after 1700 leadership increasingly fell to those born to Black Indian marriages, people familiar with European negotiations. Black women, in short supply, sometimes played crucial roles in village life. In Amazonia, Brazil, Filippa Maria Aranha, who ruled a thriving colony, so adroitly maneuvered her armed forces against the Portuguese, there was no defeating her and Portugal granted her people freedom, independence and sovereignty."


William Loren Katz, "Africans and Indians: Only in America"

Filippa Maria Aranha has kind of become my new hero. I wish I could find more info about her.


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