7.05.2015

Black Girl Dangerous talks Rihanna's BBHMM (#ZeroFucksGiven)

"...the fuck you lookin' at???"
Let me tell you what I see when I watch this video: I see a black woman putting her own well-being above the well-being of a white woman.

Let’s be clear: white women put their own needs and well-being above those of black women every day and call it “feminism”.

Here, Rihanna flips the script: if a white woman has to suffer some so that she, a black woman, can survive, so be it. After all, white women have been surviving on
our suffering for hundreds of years.

Black women are always expected to put our needs last on our list of priorities. Behind
everybody else’s. A black woman saying “my well-being (which is what money is—the ability to pay rent, feed ourselves, stay alive, etc.) is more important to me than the well-being of this random white woman” is what white feminists are really losing their shit over.

Imagine if instead of kidnapping the accountant’s wife, Rihanna and her crew kidnapped his brother? Would White Feminists™ be so upset? I doubt it. ...But here’s what white feminists don’t get (and what has them fucked up): black women often see white women as
the same as white men. The harm done to us by white men and white women isn’t vastly different to many of us. White women have been unapologetically violent towards black women for centuries. They’ve used the power of the state, of the police, of the courts, of the media, and of individual white men to harm black people, including black women, time and time again. They are as harmful to us as white men are. So, for many of us, kidnapping the white brother or the white wife is all the same.

In this video, Rihanna is unconcerned with the well-being of a white person (who is a woman), when her own well-being is at stake. In fact, she’s willing to do harm to her in order to survive. That’s the thing about this video that makes white feminists so very, very uncomfortable.

I’m not saying it’s okay for black women to harm white women. I’m saying that most of the time,
we don’t. I’m saying we are harmed by white women much, much more often and this is a revenge fantasy video that understands that, even if white feminists don’t.


~ Mia McKenzie, This Is What Rihanna’s BBHMM Video Says About Black Women, White Women and Feminism
*bows*

6.26.2015

Misogynoir, the Favorite Snuff Film du Jour

When I gain blog followers the most:

1) Post anything about Black death (executions/State violence; not mental health/suicide)

2) Post anything about violence specifically on Black women

When I lose blog followers the most:

1) Post any 3 images in succession of beautiful Black women or Black women happy/succeeding


- Gradient Lair, "When They Join and Jump Ship"

Seeing the image of a black woman reclaiming her sexuality, taking it back from a society that slanders it, this pleases me.

The same social sexual violence that happens to Asian men, it happens to black women. The narrative and image of a black woman in America or Canada is a grossly contorted version, a caricature, of one of a few uninventive archetypes.

This is embedded in the public mind, it is evident nearly everywhere, and none of this racist public image is worth repeating. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, take in a look at any comment stream following an article relating to black women. As if the phenomenon needed more proof, you can take a look at virtually any statistical study on racial out group / interracial pairing or marriage.



White people know black women aren't protected. They know the only way to satisfy their racist urges is to target black women, the most unprotected, unloved species on the planet. And it's not because they hate black men more, or we aren't the intended target, oh we are the intended target, and all the damn time, but because they know they can get away with it.

The only time we oppose racism against black women, is if other black women are doing the speaking out about it. And those black women are very few and far between themselves. Otherwise, no one cares about people treating black women like subhumans. We're already seen as subhuman so many think it's a normality to treat us as such.

You can tell white people use black women as racism targets, because all you have to do is check the comments under black female entertainers articles or videos.


6.18.2015

Dear Wealthy POC: Invest in a chain of swimming pools, please

I was reading about the bullshit in Cincinnati this morning and thought we'd somehow time-warped back to 1962 or some shit.
Krystal Dixon dropped off her kids and nieces and nephews at the Fairfield, Ohio, pool just as she’d done many times before. Not a half-hour later, the family was being rushed to the hospital after a violent altercation with local police.

The incident started so small. When one child didn’t have swimming trunks, staff demanded the family leave.

Pause right there: If they saw that one child didn't have swimming trunks, why did they take their money in the first place?

Because from where I sit, it looks to me like they took this family's money with no intention to provide an actual service from the get-go.  Remember back in the good ole days when Negroes would pay bus fare, only for the driver to take off before they could board?  This story totally reminded me of that shit.

Then there's this:
“Everything’s going crazy and they’re videotaping, trying to make it look like a racist thing and it’s not at all,” the caller said. “They were breaking our policy and we told them they couldn’t be here anymore and it’s really scary and I don’t feel safe.”
*cue fountain of vomit*

White women...the next time you're trying to be friendly with one of us and we're not having it...remember this.

But in all seriousness, I need the wealthy brown folks of America to invest in building POC-owned, and POC-run indoor swimming pools, to be used all-year round.  Not only would such an undertaking create jobs, not only will our kids swim in peace, but if you block off the early morning hours for athletes and their coaches, you could breed a whole new generation of Olympic swimmers.

Just sayin'.

6.12.2015

Rachel Dolezal, Appearance, Appropriation, and the Gender Transitioning Fallacy

One - I'm fairly certainly that woman is in hell right now.  I wonder if she's going to lose her job over this.

Two - Dolezal's situation got me thinking about a bunch of stuff.  For one, let's talk basic appearance.  Let's say her "ongoing legal battle" with her parents is about either not being their biological child or maybe mommy had an affair - whatever.  When you think about it, this picture of her -


- tells you nothing.  Or at least...not as much as you'd think.

6.07.2015

#Uganda needs to calm down and #FreePanadolWaBasajja



This post is long overdue; sorry...but I've been busy as hell.

As man of you know, Ugandan popstar Panadol Wa Basajja is facing a a 10-year prison sentence for the video you just watched. Panadol markets herself as an adult entertainer; her stage name literally translates to "Medicine for Men" and she's made it abundantly clear her work is not for children.  She's taking her marketing cue from Beyonce and Nicki Minaj by using sex to sell her music. Yet she's being accused of violating Uganda's anti-pornography law, a law so vague and incendiary that Ugandan women in mini-skirts were being attacked and stripped by mobs.

I've got words, y'all.

5.19.2015

#LOL...I couldn't resist

Shonda Rhimes harnessed the power of social media to build a coalition of fans so mighty and passionate, conversations about Scandal became impossible to avoid. Even the most dependent social media users would discover an untapped well of willpower at the end of each week if they had the misfortune of missing a live episode. Facebook and Twitter were not safe spaces for those with night jobs or school-night social lives. Now, the conversation around Scandal is at a very low volume, if not muted. Gone are the enthusiastic, high-pitched OMG sessions about how Liv and Fitz had angry sex in the lap of the Lincoln Memorial or whatever insane thing happened that week. But those haven’t even been replaced with gripe sessions about how desperately the show needs a course correction. The engagement level has cratered. The thrill is gone.

The show can still rebound. The beauty of television as a storytelling medium is that there’s no blind alley the storytellers can’t back out of. Doing so is typically a lengthy, arduous process, but it can be done, and Rhimes has done it on numerous occasions. Revitalizing
Scandal next season will be trickier than rebooting one of Rhimes’ sexy hospital dramas, but it can be done. The first step in that process is to burn sage and recite Latin incantations until the evil spirit of B-613 has been completely exorcised.... (Source)

At its core, Scandal is a love story, but not the one the show has been dangling like a cat toy for four seasons. Scandal isn’t about the torrid, tumultuous love affair between Olivia Pope and President Fitzgerald Grant, no matter how hard “You Can’t Take Command” tries to suggest otherwise. Scandal is about another relationship: the forbidden love between Nonsense and Bullshit. Seems like just yesterday Nonsense was saying she had given up on love and had resolved to spend her days alone. “I’ll never find someone who understands me,” she said, and her girlfriends wanted to argue and reassure her, but even Nonsense makes the occasional valid point. Then, out of nowhere, here comes Bullshit on his motorcycle, radiating ego: six-pack abs, bedhead, and a lit American Spirit dangling from his pillowy lips just so. Nonsense and Bullshit locked eyes, triggering a soul connection that led them to the nearest by-the-hour motel. Nine months later, “Command” was born.

If there’s been an hour of television this year as cowardly, callow, and dissatisfying as “Command,” I missed it. The episode had one job, and one job only: to end the B-613 storyline that has marred the show possibly beyond repair. “Command” fails to do that. Rowan Pope has not been defeated, and B-613 has not been dismantled. The episode presents yet another false ending to the B-613 storyline, a false ending with no better or more interesting execution than any preceding it, but puts forth that false ending as if it’s of consequence when that’s clearly not true. Yet again, B-613 has been placed gently on a shelf so it can be retrieved at a moment’s notice, and as long as it’s unresolved definitively,
Scandal will never be good again. (Source)
*DIES*

5.16.2015

Sistahs...Y'all are Somethin' Else #Blackistan