Big Barda's Black Baby Girl

Aug 17

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Aug 08

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)

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Aug 07

Why the " The Many Battle of Nina Simone " is made of ARG -

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

Aug 06

kyssthis16:

howtobeterrell:

arabellesicardi:

howtobeafuckinglady:

omg at katy perry copying trans kids

omg at katy perry calling them “transvestites”

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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

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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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Aug 03

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

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Jul 31

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Jul 30

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.

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

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“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.

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….I just…but…*throws hands up*

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Jul 27

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

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Jul 23

“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

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Jul 20

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kyssthis16:

diamondsonparade:

clarknokent:

kreolekunt:

Drake called out Macklemore and the Grammys LIVE at the 2014 ESPY’s. “Real talent doesn’t always win championships, like real music doesn’t always win Grammys.”

Shots upon shots

legendary

Where is the lie?

kyssthis16:

diamondsonparade:

clarknokent:

kreolekunt:

Drake called out Macklemore and the Grammys LIVE at the 2014 ESPY’s. “Real talent doesn’t always win championships, like real music doesn’t always win Grammys.”

Shots upon shots

legendary

Where is the lie?

(Source: kreolekings)