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Text Post Thu, Sep. 04, 2014 372 notes

pomeranian2:

If you’re not black stop posting hood memes ESPECIALLY the ones that say nigga in them stop reblogging them stop sending them to your black (or non black) friends don’t like them don’t look at them don’t even think about them just stop

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Video Post Fri, Jun. 06, 2014 101,615 notes

gradientlair:

This South African commercial for Bell’s scotch is so not what I thought it was going to be. It’s a familial intergenerational look at literacy and attaining literacy as a subject in one’s own experience versus as an object of pity and projection. And yeah, it’s sweet and I teared up; I liked that he was in his community and surrounded by family on this adventure, not just an object someone projects a White Savior narrative on.

It made me think of Quvenzhané’s Maserati commercial where a compelling story was told so much so that the product is beyond secondary, where the product could be removed and then you have a great short film, except with this commercial the product actually fits more than in the aforementioned. Creative ad.

this was incredibly sweet and powerful and i’m cry plz leave me alone

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Who's the Coward?: The Flawed Logic of Faux Revolutionaries

love love LOVE this

black women are God’s greatest creation i s2g




Link Post Mon, Mar. 10, 2014 245 notes

» Black and Depressed: Two African-American Women Break the Silence - Psych Central

blackgirlcrisis:

The stigma and prejudice toward mental health issues in Black communities is especially thick, making it very difficult for persons suffering from depression or anxiety (or any mood disorder) to acknowledge it, let alone seek treatment. When I participated in a six-week outpatient program at Laurel Hospital, half the group was African American. The stories horrified me. Most of the African Americans could not reveal to any member in their family what they were doing (the outpatient program) because the stigma was so deep and tall and wide”

Whenever I would tell my father that I was depressed and WANTED to seek help, like actually wanted to, he would yell at me. yell at me.Tell me I needed to suck it up. That I was overreacting. Black people don’t get depressed. Go to church. Find Jesus. 

Years later we found out my mother suffered from severe depression but didn’t say anything because of that reason, the reasons in this article, and just because she like maybe it wasn’t happening for real. She died before she ever got to fix any of this.

sigh

i urge all my black folks out there who are going through it, to explore your options and consider professional help. it is perfectly okay

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Video Post Mon, Feb. 10, 2014 36,135 notes

Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, Pharrell Williams, and Ciara photographed by Mert and Marcus, W Magazine March 2014

SICKNING TBH

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black folks

we need to have a conversation about RuPaul and his race politics (and maybe i haven’t been looking in the right spots****)

i think we have become used to his icon status as a drag queen to the point where is VERY questionable ideas on race are not noticed.

he is always the first to say how much race shouldn’t matter, on some colorblind kumbaya nonsense, which is eyeroll worthy enough. but when you start defending madonna for using the n-word? saying people “choose to be offended” by racism (but funnily enough not homophobia or sexism) and we as black people shouldn’t be victims? we got a fuckin problem.

the problem in my eyes (and let me know if I’m stepping out of line here) is that Ru is very much part of Gay Inc. which is for white gay men and the liberal white feminists who love them. LOGO TV and RuPaul’s Drag Race are a perfect example. The show started off hella diverse and now the sixth season has maybe three queens of color (ONE black queen. ONE). Ru, I am disappoint. like, it’s well and good to talk about the role drag queens played in Stonewall but how you not gonna note that drag queens of color were instrumental? you can give props to mowgli citrus and madonna but not ever mention sylvia rivera or marsha p johnson? i think the bottom line he is really concerned about his status to his target demographic: white gay dudes, and we know how they stay fuckin up.

I don’t have the answers; Ru is just one person and i’m still gonna watch RDR* so i guess we treat him like other somewhat problematic black celebrities using their platform for questionable things…

again let me know if i’m out of line here 

*RDR fans hit me up when the show airs! i wanna talk about it with y’all bc the TVP forums are just a sea of whiteness

***ETA: i’m dumb. this page has said everything i wanted to: http://hellnoracistdrag.tumblr.com/ 






Link Post Sun, Jan. 12, 2014 1,341 notes

Vitamin D Deficiency Often Misdiagnosed Among Black People

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gadaboutgreen:

sinidentidades:

For years, health care providers have been sounding the alarm on low vitamin D levels among Black folks, equating the deficiency to a “hidden epidemic” that could be connected to elevated cancer rates and other health problems.  But, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors may have been misdiagnosing many Black patients with vitamin D deficiency, due to genetic differences in blood types between white and Black people. The blood test most commonly used to determine this particular vitamin deficiency doesn’t account for a unique protein found among many Black people, and researchers say these genetic traits can be traced back to African ancestors.

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This is honestly what happens when white people use themselves as a baseline. Fucking medicalized racism runs deep.

Hmm…..

This is really, really interesting. But also, I’ve noticed that some people, esp black folks, will cling to BECAUSE SCIENCE SAID SO without taking medicalized/institutionalized racism seriously. Like there are some POC who hold stock in history, science and medicine because they consider it airtight. I think we’re so used to being misinformed by certain institutions that at some point we just shut off and believe the accepted wisdom




Video Post Fri, Jan. 10, 2014 8,422 notes

thissssssssss

and the show somewhat (i gotta think about it) subverted the idea of respectability politics, too, which could have been way easy to do in this scenario. uncle phil and aunt viv’s characterization as good parents was heavily shaded in blackness/things relevant to black people. aunt viv talked about dropping out of school and going back, and the importance of KNOWING our history instead of being a nigga with an ankh. uncle phil tells carlton about his past of being racially profiled by the police and how wealth won’t save them as black folks. uncle phil and aunt viv are so important y’all don’t even know

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All of your revolutionary faves are dead or dying

cartelcoco:

As a community organizer I see how Gray this portion of the CRM is.

they always say how tired they are.

I’m the youngest active member of my branch.

we got old folks calling tweets “twats” cause they don’t know any better but they are trying to connect with us.

yes us.

the young folks who have connections on social networks and know how to spread information like wild fire.

but we wont show up or show out.

and I blame the boomers for this.

They told so many of us that its over and we should be grateful that they did the hard part so we can enjoy *xyz* luxuries.

hold up, i’m not saying that they didn’t work, they didn’t bleed and they didn’t die. 

i’m saying that en mass, they didn’t finish and they didn’t teach us how to finish.

note that most Black folks didn’t even participate in the CRM. so those organizing skills, drive, and knowledge weren’t passed down.

they said it was over.

we got scraps.

and now they are dusting off their marching boots and wondering why damn near everyone at the function looks just like them.

and they are complaining.

i get fingers pointed at me at every meeting but not one of them has their grand kids at the table.

and that is cause people hushed up after they got jobs and barely better treatment. hushed up to the point where they didn’t teach us beyond what the integrated schools had in the curriculum. 

so we see no need for organizing and organizations that are here to help.

our old folks are walking around with cracked skulls, metal plates in their bodies, permanent physical/ mental disabilities, prison records, and chronic illnesses as a result of living in their portion of the CRM.

just. like. we.do.

cross generational communication needs to happen asap.

old heads gotta step back and let the young ones do the work.

but us young folk gotta step the fuck up and stop entertaining the minstrelization of revolutionary liberation.

we got a lot on our plate. shit is bad. there is no sugar coating it.

i am not shaming people who aren’t able to come out cause we don’t all got it like that.

but i need some of yall who got more than enough time and ability to contribute but you don’t think its fashionable to come to a rally, speak out, or be ACTIVELY part of an org that wants to make change for the better.

i know that times is hard but the fact remains that we need physical bodies to SHOW that we care and we matter.

things are changing but they still count effectiveness and public reaction through hard numbers of attendance.

do what you can do. but know that we are struggling because the movement isn’t growing nor evolving fast enough.

what will have to happen to get you in the streets?

note that most Black folks didn’t even participate in the CRM. so those organizing skills, drive, and knowledge weren’t passed down.”

reblogging bc i have so many feelings about the above, incredibly accurate statement. the older generation is the one that has romanticized the CRM and 60s as a way to shame younger people. when even al sharpton will tell you it wasn’t but a handful of black folks out there marching and whatnot. but the ones who kept their heads down and let others do the heavy lifting are quick to enjoy the “spoils” of that labor

it also reminds me of POC and black folks (esp black men) who dismiss social justice work or acknowledgement that’s not explicitly for cishetero black men. like y’all wanna call us radical/feminazi/whatever, but if and when real change occurs y’all are gonna be FIRST in line to reap the benefits of a more equal society and talk about how “we” fought for this and it’s like nah nigga. malcolm, martin, angela, nelson, zora, rosa, shirley etc would have HATED y’alls asses and y’all would have been the ones urging black folks to just abide by the rules until white people magically gave us equal rights.

you. have. been. seent.

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Text Post Fri, Oct. 18, 2013 50 notes

mochafleur:

I think it’s funny i get alot of people following me but as soon as I start reposting Black people my counter drops down alot.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm suspect, I mean when you follow me it says right on the beauty page this is a blog showcasing Afro beauty -cackles-

showcasing afro beauty is deeply appreciated!





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