gradientlair:

correens:

Nikki Giovanni talked to Sway, and it was great. 

Ok, so this is so epic. I really love the part when Nikki said "I think the most exciting history in the country—and I mean no disrespect to anybody else’s history—is the history of Black Americans because we are the people who re-created ourselves." And also: "Europeans came to America but really they remained Europeans, they just transformed it here. We’re the only people that came to America and became Americans because we had to completely re-create ourselves. And it’s a fascinating history. We did that mostly with song. And it’s one of the reasons that we still dominate no matter what else it is, the Black American sound dominates. Everybody wants to sound like us. They don’t want to look like us most the time but they want to sound like us." Then Sway pointed out how Black Americans’ look is co-opted whether via fashion, tanning, or other appropriation, which Nikki concurred with.

Also her points on Mae Jemison, Tupac, Beyoncé, her critique of President Obama and her comments on Nelson/Winnie Mandela’s past marriage are really important. 

I definitely want to check out her new book Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid.

Great video. 

blackproverbs:

racismschool:

Definition: What You Owe Me

What You Owe Me- white people love to talk about the fact that they think PoC feel owed. Well, now you have your answer. This video is what you owe me. For every “…but me too” for every “Not ALL white people” for every accusation of “Reversed Racism” for every “Get raped with a jackhammer and die you ugly nigger cunt" that shows up UNOPPOSED but always on the COWARDLY Anon in curiouslycool's ask box, for every “Kill yourself nigger" that shows up UNOPPOSED but always on the COWARDLY Anon in whatwhiteswillneverknow’s ask box, for every single time you speak without listening and for every time you demand an explanation without being worthy of our time, you owe me, nay us, 500 romantic deaths.

This is what you owe and damn it, you are in a deep debt.  

This is what YOU owe. Not your ancestors. This is what YOU owe, not your parents. YOU. It is you who knock down our conversations about pain by adding more pain. It is YOU who step on our toes with your shouts of “Not all white people.” Well, maybe not ALL white people but definitely YOU. 

Until you bring us 500 romantic deaths of your unarmed, uncriminal like brethren who are all under the age of 21 given to you directly from the police, you don’t get to say ANY of the above. Each day, the toll goes up. Each day, you owe me more. It hasn’t happened to “You too” until you’ve paid your fare.

Video: “Lost Count: A Love Story

Fun note. Remember i told you I competed at Brave New Voice in 2008? This is my team and I wrote part of this poem.

I didn’t get to perform it with my teammates however for reasons I won’t get into. (Nothing bad just pointless explanation).

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"Only in America can you be pro-death penalty, pro-war, pro-unmanned drone bombs, pro-nuclear weapons, pro-guns, pro-torture, pro-land mines, and still call yourself ‘pro-life.’"

John Fuegelsang (via companyofyou)

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"I think the average guy thinks they’re pro-woman, just because they think they’re a nice guy and someone has told them that they’re awesome. But the truth is far from it. Unless you are actively, consciously working against the gravitational pull of the culture, you will predictably, thematically, create these sort of fucked-up representations."

Junot Diaz (via luciaferr)

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notsocolourblind:

blackproverbs:

racismschool:

Definition: What You Owe Me

What You Owe Me- white people love to talk about the fact that they think PoC feel owed. Well, now you have your answer. This video is what you owe me. For every “…but me too” for every “Not ALL white people” for every accusation of “Reversed Racism” for every “Get raped with a jackhammer and die you ugly nigger cunt" that shows up UNOPPOSED but always on the COWARDLY Anon in curiouslycool's ask box, for every “Kill yourself nigger" that shows up UNOPPOSED but always on the COWARDLY Anon in whatwhiteswillneverknow’s ask box, for every single time you speak without listening and for every time you demand an explanation without being worthy of our time, you owe me, nay us, 500 romantic deaths.

This is what you owe and damn it, you are in a deep debt.  

This is what YOU owe. Not your ancestors. This is what YOU owe, not your parents. YOU. It is you who knock down our conversations about pain by adding more pain. It is YOU who step on our toes with your shouts of “Not all white people.” Well, maybe not ALL white people but definitely YOU. 

Until you bring us 500 romantic deaths of your unarmed, uncriminal like brethren who are all under the age of 21 given to you directly from the police, you don’t get to say ANY of the above. Each day, the toll goes up. Each day, you owe me more. It hasn’t happened to “You too” until you’ve paid your fare.

Video: “Lost Count: A Love Story

Fun note. Remember i told you I competed at Brave New Voice in 2008? This is my team and I wrote part of this poem.

I didn’t get to perform it with my teammates however for reasons I won’t get into. (Nothing bad just pointless explanation).

Reblogging this every time it goes past.

A ladybug joined us. (at Lake Walter E. Long)

A ladybug joined us. (at Lake Walter E. Long)

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blackscientistsandinventors:

At the center of the geopolitical anti-colonialism metaphor of Wakandan independence rests a bold SF explanation and expression of blackness embodied by Black Panther and his Wakandan homeland. The Black Panther comic  (re)imagined fixed concepts of black identity and history by having an African nation written as the source of technological wonders far advanced in comparison to any other Western nation. Steeped in mysterious African lore yet cloaked in the signature features of modernism, science and progress, The Black Panther stood out as completely different from previous attempts to represent Black Africans.
Yet  the  super-science that is a signature feature of Wakanda is also fused with the supernatural. The Black Panther as leader of the Panther Clan is granted the tribute of ingesting a special herb that enhances his sense and physical abilities along with linking him to their Panther god. In this sense, Black Panther embodies a syncretic impulse, and although syncretism has been a cultural calling card for black folk in America (where various cultural traditions and historical experiences are combined to express a unique form of black cultural expression and way of performing black racial identity), Black Panther expresses this impulse as the convergence of African tradition with advanced science and technology. In doing so, Black Panther presents a politically provocative and wildly imaginative representation of blackness with a science fiction flare.
As a result, the Black Panther character and comic book series is made more significant  and compelling as one of the most mainstream, yet radical (re)imaginations and representations of blackness. Both the character and the comic book work as a grand vision of Afrofuturist blackness where black folk are no longer overdetermined by racism and colonialism.  
- pg 12 Introduction: The Black Imagination and the Genres: Science Fiction, Futurism and the Speculative by Sandra Jackson and Julie Moody-Freeman. 

blackscientistsandinventors:

At the center of the geopolitical anti-colonialism metaphor of Wakandan independence rests a bold SF explanation and expression of blackness embodied by Black Panther and his Wakandan homeland. The Black Panther comic  (re)imagined fixed concepts of black identity and history by having an African nation written as the source of technological wonders far advanced in comparison to any other Western nation. Steeped in mysterious African lore yet cloaked in the signature features of modernism, science and progress, The Black Panther stood out as completely different from previous attempts to represent Black Africans.

Yet  the  super-science that is a signature feature of Wakanda is also fused with the supernatural. The Black Panther as leader of the Panther Clan is granted the tribute of ingesting a special herb that enhances his sense and physical abilities along with linking him to their Panther god. In this sense, Black Panther embodies a syncretic impulse, and although syncretism has been a cultural calling card for black folk in America (where various cultural traditions and historical experiences are combined to express a unique form of black cultural expression and way of performing black racial identity), Black Panther expresses this impulse as the convergence of African tradition with advanced science and technology. In doing so, Black Panther presents a politically provocative and wildly imaginative representation of blackness with a science fiction flare.

As a result, the Black Panther character and comic book series is made more significant  and compelling as one of the most mainstream, yet radical (re)imaginations and representations of blackness. Both the character and the comic book work as a grand vision of Afrofuturist blackness where black folk are no longer overdetermined by racism and colonialism.  

- pg 12 Introduction: The Black Imagination and the Genres: Science Fiction, Futurism and the Speculative by Sandra Jackson and Julie Moody-Freeman. 

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mediamattersforamerica:

Who gets to discuss America’s racial issues on Fox News: Five white people.

simply accurate

mediamattersforamerica:

Who gets to discuss America’s racial issues on Fox News: 
Five white people.

simply accurate

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thelingerieaddict:

blairreebear:

missauset:

Civil Rights Protest prep. Hair pulling and blowing smoke in her face to prepare her for the experience of sitting in restaurants that were not willing to serve people of color. 


powerful

This was not in the way way back past. My parents grew up through this.

thelingerieaddict:

blairreebear:

missauset:

Civil Rights Protest prep. Hair pulling and blowing smoke in her face to prepare her for the experience of sitting in restaurants that were not willing to serve people of color. 


powerful

This was not in the way way back past. My parents grew up through this.

(via kimjongillerthanyou)

pupchan:

being proud of something and NO one caresimage

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theblacksophisticate:

yungneuro:

unforgivingplace:

this is disturbing on so many levels.

What is this?

I just snorted. What the fuck is this?!

theblacksophisticate:

yungneuro:

unforgivingplace:

this is disturbing on so many levels.

What is this?

I just snorted. What the fuck is this?!

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White Gay man: "I hate how white girls accessorize gay men."
White Gay man: *Accessorizes black women*