7.16.2014

Count the (Race) Fail

You'd think I'd know by now not to click on random videos on YouTube, but I just can't seem to help myself.  Curiosity got the better of me in this instance, and I got exactly what I deserved.  Because I really should have known better.  I was flabbergasted, offended and morbidly curious all at the same time.

While I can appreciate the attempt to discuss race and interracial dating in an honest, straightforward manner, I don't see what's helpful or thought-provoking about this particular discussion.  It seems to want to present itself as an open-minded conversation about what can admittedly be a touchy subject, but it really comes off as uninformative and a bit ridiculous. They don't really say anything substantive unless you include the stereotypes about black men being well-endowed, Asian women being submissive wives, using the word "exotic" to describe non-white people, the hotness of Latin lovers, and a somewhat creepy fixation on AW/WM pairings.  If I could insert a "mind blown" gif here, I would.

And I couldn't help but notice that no black folks were included in this discussion.  But then again, maybe it's best that they weren't.  Because this conversation is filled with all kinds of nope. 

We definitely need to have discussions about race in this country.  Many, many discussions.  But not like this.


*Cross-posted on The Blasian Narrative

7.15.2014

SoapMuffin.com featured in "Colorless World" Magazine

Congrats to our favorite Business Sister, the mastermind behind SoapMuffin.com!  She recently landed an interview in Issue #3 of Colorless World magazine in which she gets to talk about organic aesthetics and vegan culture.

And did y'all know she makes feminine hygiene products????
A trip to the doctor's office will cost you $150.00 plus co-pay. My herbal set will give you the relief you need at a fraction of the cost. (Source)


7.13.2014

The things you find on the internet

Here I was, casually wondering about daily life in a country like, say, Russia.  I found something even better.



And here's the exact opposite situation:



That's right. Medically trained professionals from Rwanda who graduated with honors can't find decent jobs. But athletes from the US get the royal welcome.

See Also

Racism in Russia
Being African is an insult in Russia??
(AFRICAN) Black women in Russia

7.07.2014

Bitchfest: Monsieur Nov's "A Deux Doigts"

An Anonymous commenter shared this on the Blasian Narrative.  For those of you not knowing, Monsieur Nov is a French-Vietnamese singer who specializes in neo-soul and R &B, and who usually features sistahs in his videos.  All that good stuff being said, he's had...some issues every now and again with some of his decisions.

But this is his latest release.  What do you ladies think?  (Lyrics and translation here, courtesy of Myra).



Recommended

Blasianism V: The Monsieur Nov Edition

6.28.2014

Ladies of the Club, We Have #Blasian Love

Though Lor most assuredly did not lie, and I'm eternally grateful for her alerting us to this gem, I have to dedicate this post to Amaya.  Folks who know her already know why.

Nicole Ari Parker and Ian Anthony Dale (LOL...they both use their middle names professionally) co-star as the DA and Lieutenant respectively on Murder in the First. The show's headlined by Taye Diggs and features our dear Tom Felton as the character "Erich Blunt" in all his stone-cold sociopathic glory.

But this post is mainly about Parker, Dale, and this:


6.21.2014

Meet the Nightingales: Jocasta Dallas


Bianca Lawson as Jocasta Dallas

Jocasta M. Dallas is a member of MENSA, an innovative and creative bartender with a license to practice law, and an author of trash romance with six published works (and counting) under her belt.  She is an only child and a devout Daddy’s girl, and she has a tendency to sit for standardized exams when she’s bored.  Jo is recovering from a broken heart and finds herself with an opportunity to have it restored.

You can learn more about Jo when the Nightingales blog (and book) is published.

We don't give a fuck, Part Deux

(h/t S Baldwin)
...Another issue with most discussions about interracial dating is that the parameters of the conversation are heavily founded on anti-Blackness. When I am asked about interracial dating I know that the person asking me is looking for a certain performance.

Black women are expected and in fact encouraged to assume a kind of mercurial hysteria surrounding dating.

We are supposed to deal with "reality" which is that we are ugly and unwanted. But we are supposed to exude confidence because women with low self esteems are pathetic. But then we can't exude too much confidence because there comes the meme about the independent Black woman who don't need no man.