1. 20:44 29th Aug 2014

    Notes: 83

    WE love you

    It is with great love and desperate sadness we report the passing of deluxvivens. 

    We love you so much so so so much.

     
  2. 20:05 17th Aug 2014

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    Reblogged from kyssthis16

    ras-al-ghul-is-dead:

    A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

    Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

    I don’t know who any of these folks are.

    They were tourists I presume.

    But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

    "Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."

    (Laughs.)

    There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

    The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

    One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

    There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

    "One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

     
  3. 10:05 8th Aug 2014

    Notes: 759

    Reblogged from so-treu

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    reportagebygettyimages:

The August issue of National Geographic magazine looks at the “New Face of Hunger" in the U.S.:

The number of people going hungry has grown dramatically in the U.S., increasing to 48 million by 2012—a fivefold jump since the late 1960s, including an increase of 57 percent since the late 1990s. Privately run programs like food pantries and soup kitchens have mushroomed too. In 1980 there were a few hundred emergency food programs across the country; today there are 50,000. Finding food has become a central worry for millions of Americans. One in six reports running out of food at least once a year. In many European countries, by contrast, the number is closer to one in 20.

For the article, National Geographic assigned Reportage contributor Kitra Cahana to photograph what food insecurity looks like in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. In the image above, Jacqueline Christian, a home health aide and mother of two in the Houston suburb of Spring, says grace before a lunch of supermarket sushi. With a full-time job that requires constant driving, Christian often buys takeout meals. When food runs out, she picks up dinner for her sons from McDonald’s dollar menu and tells the boys she’s already eaten, “just hoping they leave a piece of the burger.”
Read an interview with Kitra and see more of her photos on National Geographic’s Proof blog.
(Photos by Kitra Cahana/National Geographic)

    reportagebygettyimages:

    The August issue of National Geographic magazine looks at the “New Face of Hunger" in the U.S.:

    The number of people going hungry has grown dramatically in the U.S., increasing to 48 million by 2012—a fivefold jump since the late 1960s, including an increase of 57 percent since the late 1990s. Privately run programs like food pantries and soup kitchens have mushroomed too. In 1980 there were a few hundred emergency food programs across the country; today there are 50,000. Finding food has become a central worry for millions of Americans. One in six reports running out of food at least once a year. In many European countries, by contrast, the number is closer to one in 20.

    For the article, National Geographic assigned Reportage contributor Kitra Cahana to photograph what food insecurity looks like in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. In the image above, Jacqueline Christian, a home health aide and mother of two in the Houston suburb of Spring, says grace before a lunch of supermarket sushi. With a full-time job that requires constant driving, Christian often buys takeout meals. When food runs out, she picks up dinner for her sons from McDonald’s dollar menu and tells the boys she’s already eaten, “just hoping they leave a piece of the burger.”

    Read an interview with Kitra and see more of her photos on National Geographic’s Proof blog.

    (Photos by Kitra Cahana/National Geographic)

     
  4. 08:56 7th Aug 2014

    Notes: 16

    I just desperately need people gasp breathless to

    1) MENTION IMAGES.

    Nina Simone was having representation and self worth convos 48 years ago based on poems 40 years prior to that . This isn’t angry marauding evil black girls, this is about why the erasure of BW and the portrayal of CERTAIN black women is like a cultural death and in some cases used as an excuse for ACTUAL death .. (we are waiting to see if Renisha McBride gets justice). Nina’s ability to be prescient and CONNECTED to black needs and to reach back into black past to create black modernity and futurism is part of the magic. That she was able to do it looking like NINA SIMONE was part of her MIRACLE.

    2) “relic of the civil rights era” “incite a riot”- Jesus hold my mule ,because NOPE. Because it’s not like we’ve loved her for no 70 years straight . Or that she could be expressing a profound and disheartening GRIEF . The resistance to how deeply racism scars yes even with money and how well Black audiences can sustain a performer and how that deep connection would power a truly dramatic reaction damages any conclusions drawn.

    3) This is a discussion tumblr had about 3 years ago and was stolen by the NYT a year ago so grr arg

     
  5. 20:22 6th Aug 2014

    Notes: 7582

    Reblogged from kyssthis16

    kyssthis16:

    howtobeterrell:

    arabellesicardi:

    howtobeafuckinglady:

    omg at katy perry copying trans kids

    omg at katy perry calling them “transvestites”

    image

    I can’t breath lmao

    Katy Perry followed me on her private instagram for a VERY LONG TIME and then copped my hair color

    She is absolutely watching

    Analyzing

    Stealing

    She called them rats tho..

    Oh, Katheryn… Stop. Forever.

    so she ADMITS this and calls em rats

    bet you Venus XX won’t say shit about this though

    (Source: tina-knowles)

     
  6. 14:49

    Notes: 294

    Why Learning Not to Hate Myself was Better than Loving Myself

    I don’t hate myself and it’s one of the hardest things I have to do.

    Turning 30 is a kick in the chest. Thank God and  my Momma’s genes that it’s a 30 “ no one believes” but it’s 30 all the same. I’m not as financially secure as I want, I’m fatter than I want to me, sicker than I should be and fighting everything to stay afloat .But I don’t hate myself and it is so important, not just personally , but politically . In my life of  political acts, marching, protesting,rolling around on streets ,becoming a semi accidental internet feminist and being a mean old black girl,not hating myself is the thing that shifted my politics the most. 

    The mantra of self love is something we hear a lot and it’s pleasing, invoking images of indulgence and care akin to a fluffy pink bubble bath. What no one tells us is that it is possible to love yourself and hate yourself at the same time , in different measures and quantities. Learning to love yourself maybe the greatest love of all but it does not eliminate the hate. That you have to work on .

    Politically recognizing and purposefully combating the prevailing push to hate myself has forced looks into my psyche and the politics surrounding it that have made me less content ,more happy and braver.

    I don’t like being radical as I am forced to be was one of the most violent realizations I have had. A lifetime of being a good girl,employee,daughter, shit I wanted to be a NUN has always made my willingness and facility to go “ I am not the one you want to F#&(#( with about this “ surprising to me. Specifically as it comes from the places where I have the greatest love.

    I love being a black girl, I love black people, I love being a  woman and love women I love all people and I love music theatre,truth,information , communication and fun. also food ,physical activity and comics. and orgasms

    Self love and love of these things has never been a problem. It also didn’t stop self hate , or doubt from clouding my ability to plan , be fire or be clear around them.Self love is not enough to combat self hate . They are not two sides of the same coin . Not hating myself involves unlearning so much programming , that my affirmations of love do not cover. It is the hard edge to my soft touch.

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  7. 08:57 3rd Aug 2014

    Notes: 41111

    Reblogged from sugahwaatah

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    taces:

"across cultures, darker people suffer most. why?"
Andre 3000 at Lollapalooza, August 2, 2014

    taces:

    "across cultures, darker people suffer most. why?"

    Andre 3000 at Lollapalooza,
    August 2, 2014

     
  8. 12:52 31st Jul 2014

    Notes: 2779

    Reblogged from kyssthis16

    notime4yourshit:

    I Can’t Breathe: Broadway Stars Send A Message About Police Violence & The Killing Of Eric Garner

    On July 29th, at 6pm WalkRunFly Productions (Warren Adams & Brandon Victor Dixon) partnered with poet Daniel J. Watts, and over 100 Broadway stars, directors, producers, musicians, choreographers, designers and technicians in Times Square to send a message about violence and the killing of Eric Garner.

     
  9. 12:24 30th Jul 2014

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    Reblogged from kyssthis16

    allerasphinx said: did you watch the comic con vid? i like natalie dormer and all, but she totally white-feministed that question the moderator asked the panel.

    acceber74:

    allerasphinx:

    thisislucreziasand:

    she totally did. like without even remotely a doubt.

    i was listening to her speak and i’m just like…what a fucking luxury to be able to talk about things like weight and boobs——i swear nicole was going somewhere with her “ass-size” comment but she got cut off. the treatment and sexualization of black women’s bodies is VERY different.

    natalie, as a white women, can sit down and talk about how “unhealthy” body image is in magazines—-blah blah blah but like what about RACE and REPRESENTATION? what about the women who ARENT seeing themselves in magazines? white actors ALWAYS ignore race and colorism when it comes to the body image issue in hollywood. 

    like, i’m sorry u have to be skinny but at least u’re white…? does that sound cruel? i mean whiteness opens all sorts of doors that r forever shut to actors like nicole—-regardless of talent. 

    i remember a hollywood roundtable where all these white actors were talking about why they didnt get roles (too fat, boobs not big enough) and i think it was regina king who made a statement that basically amounted to the reason why she didn’t get a role was because she was black. and everyone got quiet, lol. cause i mean oop u gotta lose weight? cant eat that cake? how about someone basically asking u to change the color of ur skin or the shape of ur eyes? how about that?

    i dunno…natalie isn’t the first white actor to be ignorant at panels. i keep thinking about that guy from spartacus complaining about having to go tanning and wear bronzers and manu bennet just calling him out like the reason why he’s the lead is because of that. rinse and repeat with mindy kaling and the ignorant shit said to her when she talked about diversity at her roundtable. or how about EVERY hollywood roundtable where white actors get to sit around look wide-eyed and innocent while their colleagues of color talk about the lack of new projects they’re getting and the racism in the industry. those white actors and directors who listen to these statements with varying degrees of silence or open-mouthed silencing techniques.

    one of these days i want somebody to stand up during one of these panels and read these white actors for filth. i aint got no problems with natalie dormer but this kind of speaking that normalizes white women and others non-white women needs to stop. at some point SOMEONE needs to acknowledge the european standards of beauty. i THOUGHT natalie was going in that direction with her whole “french films” business but it was more bullshit “oh we get to see different shapes of ppl” BUT WHITE PPL NATALIE, U GET TO SEE MORE WHITE PPL!

    It really comes off as uber pretentious when people start speaking about “European films” as if they don’t have issues with representation as well.

    I listened to her and she basically said nothing that hasn’t been said…like Natalie needs to understand there’s a reason why she’s on the Tudors, Elementary, Game of Thrones, in the Hunger Games as an actress who’s only claim to fame prior to that was playing the jump off for the coke addicted attorney in Silk. That she, as a white English woman, can get roles that a black American actress can’t even dream of.

    So, yeah….when they talk about weight, boobs, and ass and lack thereof as a hindrance, I roll my eyes. All those superficial things can be changed if they choose. Kerry Washington made an excellent point when she did The Hollywood Reporter’s roundtable for TV actresses in the run up to the 2013 Emmys. All the women talking about having to lose weight, and she had to contend with being told she’s “too ethnic”, “the production was not ‘going black’, and she told them they could lose the weight, but she couldn’t change her skin color, nor does she want to. And then, nothing but blank stares and crickets.

     
  10. 11:46

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    Reblogged from note-a-bear

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    medievalpoc:

leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:




The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

I highly recommend reading the entire article.
from the infographic:
Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:• only 8% of films star a protagonist of color• of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)• 0% of protagonists are women of color• 0% of protagonists are LGBTQ• 1% of protagonists are people with a disability

    medievalpoc:

    leeandlow submitted to medievalpoc:

    The Diversity Gap in the highest grossing science fiction and fantasy films. Sad, right? You can see the full study here.

    I highly recommend reading the entire article.

    from the infographic:

    Among the top 100 domestic grossing films:

    • only 8% of films star a protagonist of color
    • of the 8 protagonists of color, all are men; 6 are played by Will Smith and 1 is a cartoon character (Aladdin)
    • 0% of protagonists are women of color
    • 0% of protagonists are LGBTQ
    • 1% of protagonists are people with a disability

     
  11. 11:45

    Notes: 629

    Reblogged from note-a-bear

    Maybe the poor should stop job-hoarding if they want jobs available.
    — 

    That same First Year Biology Major

    I had to look up what ‘job hoarder’ meant and holy fucking shit there are people in this world who think that people are maintaining multiple minwage (and lower than minwage in the case of restaurant serving or harvesting crops or working under the table etc) jobs BECAUSE THEY JUST LOVE TO DO SHITTY WORK THAT MUCH and/or out of spite or some shit?

    They’re going on my wendigo list.

    (via moniquill)

    ….I just…but…*throws hands up*

    (via note-a-bear)

    (Source: shitrichcollegekidssay)

     
  12. theuppitynegras:

    the fact that white women are more accepted by the natural community than girls with 4c hair says everything you need to know about the natural hair community

     
  13. 17:54

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    Reblogged from kyssthis16

    yech00la:

    alexknowsbestest:

    jamaicanfemmefatale:

    halfpiintxx:

    journeytosugar:

    sylviabloodbath:

    aideyn:

    diasporadash:

    kemetically-afrolatino:

    xpsycho:

    eatimitationcrab:

    setbabiesonfire:

    Sgt. Thomas McVicar of the Jersey City Police Department shot 22 year old Kwadir Felton, leaving him blind, after Kwadir pulled a gun on him, he claims. Kwadir Felton denied the accusation, stating that he doesn’t even carry guns.

    "I don’t understand!" Felton yelled at a police officer before his mother was removed from the courtroom. "You didn’t have to shoot me in the head for no reason! You trying to charge me with something I didn’t do!"

    Sign the Change.org petition and get this story out there.

    SIGN THE PETITION. Still at least 1,000 signatures needed. SIGNAL BOOST THIS or i will judge you.

    i posted this story about 2 weeks ago and i’m glad it’s gotten so popular. now the petition which i didn’t know about then, has tens of thousands of signatures!

    sign the petition! signal boost Justice for Kwedir Felton!

    THIS IS THE SHIT WE’RE STILL DEALING WITH. I am sick to my stomach.

    http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2013/11/kwadir_feltons_attorney_files.html

    Sounds like the officer keeps changing his story about what he did with the gun after he shot a fucking human being in the god damn face. Sounds guilty as all fuck.

    From what I could find on the .gov site, it looks like the drug charges could stick, it doesn’t mention if Felton was a known associate of those who were selling the drugs.

    All the details on the gov site seem super broad strokes, it all smells off to me. http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases11/pr20110519c.html

    Petition signed. This needs to be looked at fucking hard. This smells like bullshit to me.

    Reblogging again because of aideyn’s additional commentary.

    Signed, sealed delivered, I’m pissed.

    SIGNED IDC WHO YOU ARE< WHAT KIND OF BLOG YOU GOT

    please reblog this Only need 7,722 more 

    fight for justice - WE CONTROL WHAT HAPPENS IN OUR COUNTRY 

    sounds like bullshit. Signed. IDC who you are yo need to take 10 mins out of your day to read a little and sign this. So much damn hate and prejudice in this world its pathetic.

    Only needs 239 more petitions signed 

    SIGN IT

    (Source: revolutionary-afrolatino)

     
  14. 09:28 23rd Jul 2014

    Notes: 9549

    Reblogged from kyssthis16

    She warned us against becoming a movement only for white middle class people, this was 41 years ago, and today, so much of the ways in which LGBT equality has played out has been about white middle class people.
    — 

    Laverne Cox talking about Sylvia Rivera

    x

    (via fuckyeahlavernecox)

     
  15. 20:36 20th Jul 2014

    Notes: 206

    Reblogged from kyssthis16

    (Source: phasmogeny)