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Friday, May 25, 2018

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS OVER


Somebody squeezes another joke 
out of 
BBQ BECKY
BWAAAAA HA HA HA



Background, in case you're not black or have been living under a rock:






KALIEF BROWDER REGARDING POVERTY, PRISON, AND RACE ON HIS BIRTHDAY

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"In the early hours of Saturday, May 15, 2010, ten days before his seventeenth birthday, Kalief Browder and a friend were returning home from a party in the Belmont section of the Bronx.
They walked along Arthur Avenue, the main street of Little Italy, past bakeries and caf├ęs with their metal shutters pulled down for the night. As they passed East 186th Street, Browder saw a police car driving toward them. More squad cars arrived, and soon Browder and his friend found themselves squinting in the glare of a police spotlight.

An officer said that a man had just reported that they had robbed him. “I didn’t rob anybody,” Browder replied. “You can check my pockets.” "








In the back of the squad car, Kalief Browder  would ask his friend if he had taken something (turned out there was a stolen backpack in question). His friend said that he hadn't taken anything either. Yet in 2010, at the age of 16, it was Browder that was sent to Riker's Island for a crime he didn't commit.
He wouldn't be  released for 3 years. 

"Browder sat there for three years without a trial. He was repeatedly beaten by guards and inmates while in Rikers. 
He spent two years in solitary confinement—a euphemism for living under torture. On [a] Saturday in [June of 2015] the effects of that torture were made manifest:

That afternoon, at about 12:15 P.M., [Browder] went into another bedroom, pulled out the air conditioner, and pushed himself out through the hole in the wall, feet first, with a cord wrapped around his neck. 
His mother was the only other person home at the time. 
After she heard a loud thumping noise upstairs, she went upstairs to investigate, but couldn’t figure out what had happened. It wasn’t until she went outside to the backyard and looked up that she realized that her youngest child had hanged himself." 


                                      by  Ta-Nehisi Coates 
www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/06/the-brief-and-tragic-life-of-kalief-browder/395156/




KALIEF BROWDER INTERVIEW ON HIS TIME IN PRISON







ON THE TORTURE THAT IS SOLITARY CONFINEMENT


He was beaten by prison guards and inmates alike. He was not serving a sentence; he was in pretrial detention. He declined all plea bargains. He wanted his day in court, to prove his innocence. A judge finally dismissed the case against him. After his release, Kalief Browder tried to reclaim his life. In the end, the nightmare he lived through overwhelmed him. Two years after his release, he committed suicide.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

WHAT TARAJI'S ENGAGEMENT AT 47 TEACHES WOMEN ABOUT LIFE FOCUS

The article below aims to teach women about "not settling" 

I despise the term "not settling" as it refers to marriage. It makes it sound like marriage is inevitable, like you better buy the used car in front of you instead of waiting to see if you find something better at the next car lot.





More to the point, I've read Taraji's biography. She didn't wait. She made mistakes with men, even though she didn't marry her mistakes. And if she hadn't pulled back and refocused on her art and fulfillment as the center of her life, she'd have kept on making the same errors and likely wouldn't have been as good a mother. 

She built on her innate talent and developed her craft as an actor instead of focusing on being half of a couple. 

Most women want romance and love in their lives. But it is a problem that we as women are raised to want this at the expense of everything else. 

This is likely why almost everyone understands that the words "not settling" is a euphemism for "desperation."   
There was a story about five 100 year old black women a few weeks back. A couple of them said the best thing they ever did was NOT GET MARRIED...instead they traveled and had boyfriends. 

Black women need to appreciate Taraji, the 100 year old black women and their approach to life because that "soul mate" may or may not be out there. 


A woman should probably live her life like there's a 50/50 chance her soulmate is not out there. If he (OR A FEW "He-s") is out there, she will be a whole person when he meets her. What's more important is that a whole person can recognize who is and is not good for her.And I hope Taraji is in that place in her life right now. 

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

PROM NIGHT

I always find one gasp worthy photo of black kids during prom season
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WELCOME HOME


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“every mouth you’ve ever kissed
was just practice
all the bodies you’ve ever undressed
and ploughed in to
were preparing you for me.
i don’t mind tasting them in the
memory of your mouth
they were a long hall way
a door half open
a single suit case still on the conveyor belt
was it a long journey?
did it take you long to find me?
you’re here now,
welcome home.”

~ Warsan Shire

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

COMEDIAN CONCLUDES THAT THE BLACK WOMAN IS NOT FOR PLAY-PLAY: MEGHAN VS CHILDISH

TREY MOE OBSERVATIONS ON
THE BLACK MALE HALF
OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY
OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. 





FILE THIS UNDER: HILARIOUS AND TRUE
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The Whoopi clip had me rolling in aisle
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Sunday, May 20, 2018

REVENGE PORN IS JUST ONE REASON WOMEN NEED TO VOTE WOMEN INTO POWER


 
Teairra Mari, who stars in the show, "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood," spoke at a press conference Thursday alongside her attorney, Lisa Bloom. 
Mari said last week, she found out that her boyfriend Akbar Abdul-Ahad was cheating on her, so she broke up with him. 
Shortly after the breakup, she said Abdul-Ahad posted a "sex tape and an obscene photo" of her "clearly to humiliate" her. 
"He had my Instagram password, so he posted them on my Instagram to make me look terrible," she said. "Of course, I was horrified." 
She said she immediately took down the images, but her ex-boyfriend's good friend 50 Cent posted a sexually explicit image of her on his Instagram with the caption, "get the strap."
Read More: http://abc7.com/entertainment/50-cent-named-in-revenge-porn-allegation-by-vh1-star/3486994/ 

This woman shouldn't have to file a lawsuit or complain about how someone who claimed to love her treated her like a fool. What he did is the back end component of what I call "Sexual Blackmail." 

Any woman put in this position should be able to show the photos to the police and be able to fully expect an arrest warrant issued.

As it stands? White men became experts at this crap first. There were no laws. And when other white men were forced to put laws in place, they put weak laws in place.

So in essence, white men are protecting black men again -- in a very similar manner to the way they protected Bill Cosby. And 50 Cent is a lot safer than Bill Cosby. He's currently making tons of money for all kinds of white men, via his music and via his television show POWER. 

However, if women were 50% of local governments, 50% of the House, 50% of the Senate, and always have a 50% chance of becoming president, all 50 states would have REVENGE PORN laws instead of just 38. And each and every one of those laws would likely involve 10 years or more prison time.


Revenge Porn is an act of male domination like rape is. And while revenge porn isn't even in the ballpark with rape, as far as violation goes, women commit suicide over this crap because they know the photos and videos on internet are on there forever no matter how aggressive a company is about deleting them.

At this point, all I can do is hope that 50 Cent's "get the strap" comment is violent enough to get 50 Cent some jail time. I hope they put his ignorant ass in jail right next to Bill Cosby, if Cosby ever actually goes to prison. The two of them can take turns pretending they are the woman they want to sexually abuse.

Read More: 
http://abc7.com/entertainment/50-cent-named-in-revenge-porn-allegation-by-vh1-star/3486994/

"50 Cent has 18 million followers, so I was devastated," she said. "To make it even worse, even after Instagram took the picture down, he had no remorse, no regard, and he posted another photo and complained that IG was censoring him."


On days like this, I'm very aware that I am not at the same risk as light-skinned black women. The most ignorant among black men are hunting them down and promising them the moon. And I'm just guessing but I'd be willing to bet black male rape culture aficionados are ignorant in multiple areas of life, colorism being just one of them.


I know 50 Cent wasn't the one dating Teairra. But black "men" like him --who choose whom they will date using a paper bag or plastic bag test-- tend to travel in packs.


* * * * *
Wouldn't it be interesting if colorism in black people, in addition to being a sign of internalized racism, also turned out to be the tip of the iceberg for all kinds of other seemingly unrelated crap?  

Rape
Revenge Porn

Unpaid Child Support 
(...because sex objects are supposed to be sexy and dangle on a man's arm like a Rolex, making him look good NOT get pregnant.)

Colorism is a type of objectification too if you think about it. So why wouldn't sexual objectification walk hand in hand inside a black man more often than not?


The other thing that occurs to me right now is that we don't talk about sexual objectification enough. Black feminists are almost afraid of this subject.

In talking about women's sexual freedom to do what they want to with their bodies, we've stopped talking about sexual objectification -- like these two things are mutually exclusive.  And real conversations about sexual objectification by men would necessitate a conversation about self-sexual-objectification among women.

There really are women who think they have no value other than how they look and how many men want to screw them. And a lot of these women are raising daughters and worse they're raising sons too.

So if we're going to take plank out of our own eye before we yank the speck out of black men's eyes, self-sexual objectification is a conversation we need to keep having if all the sistahs are going to navigate and survive the black version of rape culture.




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BISHOP MICHAEL CURRY ON THE POWER OF LOVE AT THE ROYAL WEDDING


As far as the royal wedding goes, I thought the only thing that would be brownish would be Meghan. So, I haven't been paying attention at all -- except for her messy white side of her family cause that's been way too funny to me. 

But Meghan brought The Black Church and Middle Eastern Jesus to England for her wedding.  

All I can say to that is ROCK ON GIRL 



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Saturday, May 19, 2018

THE EVOLUTION OF MALCOLM X FOR WOMEN

Somebody once wrote that Malcolm's legacy is hard to pin down because he changed so much. To me, Malcolm's ability to learn and change ought to be his most important legacy. 


Malcolm X by Richard Day

His faith and his studying changed him while in jail. He changed again, more than once, after he became the public voice for the Nation Of Islam.

Too many people, especially men, think holding firm and being immovable is a sign of strength when that's more often than not a sign of fear and hidden trembling.

And it seems to me 
Malcolm X had one of the most flexible minds I've read about. That's why his visit to Mecca was life changing for him.


I've met dozens and dozens of people of all races and shades that cannot incorporate a new thought and toss out old thoughts that no longer serve. 


And I've met more black people than I'd like to admit that are so frozen by their resentment and fear of white people that they don't even know that their desire for total separation from white people is indeed fear, and damn near panic level fear at that. 


Some black people are so scared don't even want to vote because America is "theirs" (the whites)
Constantly, the black and fearful say things that mean we as black people need to find a place and isolate and create our own this and that -- like they don't remember white people destroyed Black Wallstreet and dozens of all black towns in the past because we had no political power and therefore no ability to bring white racists to heel --even a little bit.

Other fearful black folks say we need to move here or move there when our blood started being mixed with the soil right here 400 years ago. Furthermore, our ancestors probably built most of the historical buildings worth gawking at and admiring in the United States
And to tell the truth, I seriously consider retiring elsewhere from time to time. 
But Malcolm wasn't scared. Or if he was fearful, he educated himself and learned to live with it better than others have. But it seems to me he was never afraid of new knowledge or of changing his mind. 



He wasn't even afraid of losing the father figure he had in Elijah Muhammad -- a desperate fear I've seen make grown men quake in their boots. 
Some black men (and too many women) were so afraid of losing a fictional black father in Cliff Huxtable (and a rich black man as an icon) that they were/are willing to throw women under Bill Cosby's bus --despite his having admitted to actions that are unequivocally rape. 
Malcolm's legacy is not hard to pin down because he changed so much. His legacy is the willingness and ability to change. 

And Malcolm X made a lot of changes when it came to his views of black women. 

I've read things that have made it clear to me that Malcolm X was still a very young man in some important ways. His initial belief in Elijah Muhammad was beneficial for him in a myriad of ways but it was also very child-like. When he came to a parting of the ways with Muhammad, just before he died, he still sounded younger than his physical age of 39. 

More importantly, I've also read sections of his letters he wrote seeking counsel on how to deal with his troubled marriage -- letters which made it clear he had learned how to be a man in Hoteplandia.


WHAT IS A HOTEP, A VERY SMART BROTHA EXPLAINS (Video)

So his ability to learn and change was critical to his becoming a man worth admiring as far as black women are concerned.

In the excerpt below, from "Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power," Malcolm's continuing evolution can be seen.  Who knows who he would have been when he finished growing up? And, he was STILL growing up. He wasn't just moving politically, as I perceive Martin Luther King to have been near the end of his life. 

Malcolm X was still growing and changing as a man when he died. And part of that growing and changing involved his attitudes toward black women. 

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EXCERPT FROMMalcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers Power, by Jack Barnes

In reading the Autobiography of Malcolm X, we should always keep two things in mind. First, that the interviews were begun while Malcolm was still in the Nation, with Elijah Muhammad’s approval. And second, that Malcolm was denied the opportunity to review and edit the final draft, or bring it in line with his views at that time. According to Haley, the assassination coincided with the days he and Malcolm had tentatively set aside for that review.

Toward the end of the Autobiography, Malcolm is describing his visit to Beirut, Lebanon, on the last day of April 1964. Going out for a walk, he says,


...immediately my attention was struck by the mannerisms and attire of the Lebanese women. In the Holy Land [Saudi Arabia] there had been the very modest, very feminine Arabian women—and there was this sudden contrast of the half-French, half-Arab Lebanese women who projected in their dress and street manners more liberty, more boldness. I saw clearly the obvious European influence upon the Lebanese culture. It showed me how any country’s moral strength, or its moral weakness, is quickly measurable by the street attire and attitude of its women—especially its young women. Wherever the spiritual values have been submerged, if not destroyed, by an emphasis upon the material things, invariably, the women reflect it. Witness the women, both young and old, in America—where scarcely any moral values are left.

So that’s how Malcolm still approached the question of women’s social position a month or so after his break with the Nation. The emphasis remained on religious standards of modesty and sexual morality.


At roughly this same time, Malcolm was still an unequivocal opponent of what he called “intermarriage.” 

In the Autobiography, once again, Malcolm writes: “I’m right with the Southern white man who believes that you can’t have so-called ‘integration,’ at least not for long, without intermarriage increasing. And what good is this for anyone? Let’s again face reality. In a world as color-hostile as this, man or woman, black or white, what do they want with a mate of the other race?” …

By the end of Malcolm’s second trip to Africa and the Middle East in 1964, between early July and late November, however, his views had undergone a striking change—one that paralleled the evolution of how he thought and acted on other social and political questions. At a news conference during a stopover in Paris following that trip, Malcolm said that one of the things he had noticed during his travels was that
in every country you go to, usually the degree of progress can never be separated from the woman. If you’re in a country that’s progressive, the woman is progressive. If you’re in a country that reflects the consciousness toward the importance of education, it’s because the woman is aware of the importance of education.

But in every backward country you’ll find the women are backward, and in every country where education is not stressed it’s because the women don’t have education. So one of the things I became thoroughly convinced of in my recent travels is the importance of giving freedom to the women, giving her education, and giving her the incentive to get out there and put the same spirit and understanding in her children. And I am frankly proud of the contributions that our women have made in the struggle for freedom and I’m one person who’s for giving them all the leeway possible because they’ve made a greater contribution than many of us men.
[ … ]

This is a very advanced level of political understanding: that you can measure the degree of progress and development of a society by the place of women in its social, economic, and political life. Unlike Malcolm’s remarks just a few months earlier about women in Beirut, where female “modesty” and religious “morality” had been his starting point, now Malcolm was using political criteria. He overcame simple prejudice—which is what Malcolm’s earlier views reflected, whether expressed by him or by anyone else—and began replacing them with facts about the social position of women. He began talking about what women can and do accomplish to advance human progress, to advance revolutionary change, if barriers erected against them begin to be torn down.


Malcolm also changed his mind on interracial marriage. 

Appearing on a television talk show in Toronto, in mid-January 1965, Malcolm was asked by the host, Pierre Berton, whether he still held his earlier views on this question. Malcolm replied: “I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being—neither white, black, brown, or red; and when you are dealing with humanity as a family there’s no question of integration or intermarriage. It’s just one human being marrying another human being, or one human being living around and with another human being.”

What needs to be attacked, Malcolm told Berton, is the racist society that produces attitudes “hostile toward integration and toward intermarriage and toward these other strides toward oneness” of human beings, not “the reaction that develops among the people who are the victims of that negative society.”

In assessing the evolution of Malcolm’s attitude toward women’s rights—including the place he had come to recognize women would occupy in coming revolutionary struggles in the United States and worldwide—we should also note the shattering impact on Malcolm of his discovery that Elijah Muhammad was sexually abusing young female members of the Nation of Islam.

According to Malcolm, this was the single fact, more than any particular political conflict per se, that marked a turning point in his relationship with the Nation. It deeply shook Malcolm’s confidence in the religious, political, and moral integrity of Elijah Muhammad and of the Nation of Islam itself… .


Finally, Malcolm deepened his understanding of the importance of combating the oppression of women as he watched them help lead the fight for Black rights in this country.

When Fannie Lou Hamer came to New York in December 1964 to win support for the freedom struggle in Mississippi, Malcolm spoke alongside her at a rally in Harlem and gave her a platform that night at the meeting of the OAAU [Organization of Afro-American Unity]. Malcolm also admired and worked with Gloria Richardson, who had refused to call off demonstrations in Cambridge, Maryland, in face of white-supremacist thugs and the National Guard—as well as public rebukes by conservative Black leaders—and who publicly solidarized with Malcolm’s call for the right of self-defense against racist terror.


I mentioned earlier Malcolm’s insistence that the aim of the movement he was working to build was to awaken Blacks “to their humanity, to their own worth.” During the final months of his life, Malcolm also deepened his understanding that the fight to liberate half of humanity from their oppression, and to assert in action their political worth, sharply increased the potential forces of revolution in this country and around the world. 



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THE REST OF THE WORLD DISCOVERS DANAI GURIRA






PLAYWRIGHT 

DANAI GURIRA MAKES BLACK HISTORY ON BROADWAY WITH "ECLIPSED"

http://thankherforsurviving.blogspot.com/2016/03/danai-gurira-makes-history-on-broadway.html


STAGE ACTRESS

DANAI GURIRA, A PLAYWRIGHT BUILDING ONE BLACK CAREER AT A TIME

http://thankherforsurviving.blogspot.com/2016/11/danai-gurira-playwright-building-one.html


TELEVISION ACTRESS
WILL THE WALKING DEAD LOSE MICHONNE AFTER BLACK PANTHER?


https://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2018/02/24/the-walking-dead-losing-michonne-after-black-panther-its-certainly-possible/#167a9f557858


MOVIE ACTRESS

BLACK PANTHER: THE DARK-SKINNED FEMINIST ANATOMY OF A BILLION DOLLAR BLACK SUCCESS

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BLACK FEMINIST

DANAI GURIRA WON'T STOP UNTIL BLACK WOMEN OF COLOR CAN TELL THEIR STORIES


http://thankherforsurviving.blogspot.com/2016/09/danai-guirira-wont-stop-until-women-of.html


She's a black female image creator and black artist in the truest sense of the word. She's been on fire for a long time. BLACK PANTHER has simply raised her profile enough to give her the attention and freedom she deserves.

I'm always on the look out for what she does next. And you should be too.