Wednesday, September 30, 2015


"Though many are rejoicing in Mattell’s recent decision to bring diversity to its collection with the introduction of Zendaya Coleman look-a-like doll, some have taken to social media to share some unseemly and incredibly ignorant opinions about the mixed-raced actress’s desire to self-identify as a Black woman."

~Clutch Magazine

The crazy criticism aside, Halle Berry and Barack Obama are NOT getting this kind of push back. I'm not saying they never got any. I'm saying they are not being pulled apart like Zendaya seems to be routinely.

And I think you have to ask yourself why?

When I ask myself why, I think back to when Zendaya tried to get the role of Aaliyah in a Lifetime movie of the week (or some such nonsense). At the time, I scoured the internet for how she identified. I couldn't find much of anything except her father is black. I did NOT find one thing that said Zendaya claimed to be black. And I looked hard.

Again, unlike Halle Berry and Barack Obama, I did NOT see her decision to identify as "Black," "Black American," or "African American." However, I did see what I consider white run sites, like wikipedia, identify her as "bi-racial" which is a different identity CHOICE from "African American" --- "Bi-racial" is a choice much like Tiger Woods' choice to dislike being called "African American" (look up the Oprah episode)*

In fact, I didn't see one claim to blackness from Zendaya (or any hair in locks) until AFTER she lost the role of Aaliyah. Her sincerity about wanting to be black now is as suspect as Tiger Woods or Mariah Carey might be if they jumped up and claimed blackness all of a sudden. One drop rule or no one drop rule racial/ethnic identity involves a choice.

A choice.

A single choice

You do NOT GET multiple choices base on what's good for your career in 2012 or 2013 or 2014 or 2015.
Compare: Halle Berry and Barack Obama may be identified as "bi-racial" on various sites too. But there's information all over the net, left, right, center, up, and down that Halle and Barack identify as "African American" And that information was out there and everywhere BEFORE they were known to us actress or politician.

On a not-so-separate note, white society is suspect when it chooses ultra light-skinned women like Halle, Zendaya or Vanessa Williams (who has two black parents) to represent blackness FIRST, MOST, and damn near always.

Every single of one us light or dark, if we're so "united" ought to be tired of the opportunity boat always being so dang loaded at the light end that the dark end of the boat is sticking up in the air.* And ene end of the boat sticking up in the air always means the entire thing is on the verge of sinking.

And frankly, if light-skinned women are deciding they cannot need see white preference for light-skinned women in the decision to make this doll, in fashion, in the music industry, television* and movies --which is why actor wins for women that look like Lupita Nyongo and Viola Davis have been SOOOO long in coming-- then some of these skin-tone blind light-skinned women are just a darker shade of pale. That is, light folks who cannot see light-skinned privilege (ESPECIALLY those with white features) are just like white folks who cannot see white privilege. Only they ARE black and they are attacking us from the inside.

* * * * *

Ida B Wells, Mary Murray Washington (also Booker T Washington’s Wife) Jane Addams, Josephine St Pierre Ruffin, Josephine Bruce (also Blanche K Bruce’s Wife)  Mary Church Terrell, Julia Cooper.

All Black Women Suffragists and Black Women's Club Movement EXCEPT one white woman. Can you pick out the white woman and name her?
 * * * * *
Our conversations about light-skinned and dark-skinned people need to be a lot more nuanced than they have been. The jealousy from dark-skinned women over light preferences is as real as some light-skinned women's callous disregard for the pain causing the jealousy.

Shunning the colorissm conversation

by saying we're all the same,
all while claiming
it'll get better
if you just stop talking about it
(much like white folk say about racism)

all while leaving out
black men's inability
to challenge other black men
who claim colorblind sexual habits
while only dating light and white

is only going to get us more of the same.

The only positive thing I'm willing to say about Zendaya, at this point, is that she's young. And she gets to make a FIRST choice. And this really may be her first adult choice as far as racial identity goes. And she gets to choose to be African American. But her timing is suspect and she should take her lumps or explain herself because I get a say too.

I get to say whether or not you look like my sister, just like Halle, Vanessa, and Viola do, or if you look like some outsider trying to get over by using my identity.

Again, Zendaya is young. I get that. But if Zendaya is going to be African American, she better hurry up and grow into it...if she can. Throwing some locks on her head to be edgy after she loses an acting role isn't working for me.

In regards to colorism? This isn't working for me either. It hasn't worked for any of us for more than 100 years.

Monday, September 28, 2015


THE YEAR: 2017


Dear President Donald Trump:
Now that you’ve become our new emperor, I mean, the 45th President of the United States, I have a confession: I’m an “anchor baby.” Given that you represent the best white hope to “Make America Great Again!” I’m confessing in exchange to be pardoned for my birthright citizenship crime....
By the way, I’m also asking for [my ancestors] to be pardoned posthumously of their sins. Before you do so, however, I want to ensure that they weren’t criminals, rapists or drug dealers. To find the truth about my parent’s shady past, especially since I know how much you value facts, why not recall your investigators from Hawaii — the ones looking for President Obama’s real birth certificate — to look into this huge matter for the sake of national security?

I love it when my satire drops knowledge, don't you?


"This...right here?

THIS is why America is afraid of people of color."

We have ENORMOUS buying power in the United States and our collective voices will eventually become the bell that beacons white supremacy to its knees.


Sunday, September 27, 2015


Feeling Rebloggy


He said: It's sad they thought that kid had a bomb.

She said: They didn't think he had a bomb.

He said: Yes, they thought he made a bomb and even called the police.

She said: They just wanted to humiliate a little Muslim boy. They didn't think he had a bomb.

He said: Don't be a conspiracy theorist. They might be a little prejudiced, but I'm sure they thought he had a bomb.

She said:   OK.

But they didn't evacuate the school, like you do when there's a bomb.

They didn't call a bomb squad - like you do when there's a bomb.

They didn't get as far away from him as possible, like you do when there's a bomb.

Then they put him and the clock in an office: not like you do when there's a bomb

Then they waited with him for the police to arrive, and then they put the clock in the same car as the police.

Then they took pictures of it.

He said: Damn.....They never thought he had a bomb.

Reportedly from Daily KOS

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Michelle Obama Rockin' Vera Wang At State Dinner

Michelle Obama is puttin' the former FLOTUS to shame
- and for less money too. Vera Wang is hardly the very, very top end dollar-wise.


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The video is too far away for me to see much of anything except for the one thing that's important here: I didn't see a gun Jeremy McDole's hand when police shot him to death.

I didn't see a gun when the cop fired the first time. The first time I saw the video, I thought things happened too fast and I missed it. But I did see that his hands were empty when they shot several times a few seconds later. There was no gun in McDole's hands. The cops had to have seen that his hands were empty. They had to. His hands were clearly visible on his knees.

I have no idea why Jeremy McDole didn't raise his hands when told --- other than he was already in pain from being shot once already. The cop told him to raise his hands and instantly shot him. From the commentary of the person holding the cell phone, maybe the first shot was a beanbag? I'm not sure.

But the officers were not in danger when multiple rounds of bullets were fired. McDole's hands are on his knees then alternately lifting himself up out of chair.

The reason police showed up in the first place was supposedly due to a report that this man had a self-inflicted gun shot wound. John Crawford died the same way if you think about it. That is, somebody called 911 and said there was a black man with a gun and the police officers arrive ready to kill someone.

But this time there wasn't even a toy gun to provoke police officers to shoot.

There's nothing that looks like a gun that I can see. If police did find a gun on the scene (as they claim) I don't see it his hands or on the ground in this video. Where was it 10 feet away in the grass? What were they so scared of that they had to shoot him?

How are they going to claim they shot him because they were "in fear for their lives" THIS TIME?

The only way the cops' excuse is going to halfway work is if the people filming say they saw the gun in Jeremy's hand at some point. The video starts when things are already in motion so maybe that happened before the video. I also want to know who called the police and if that self-inflicted gun shot wound they reported was real (<---if that happened at all. News reporters are notoriously sloppy trying to get the news out first).

And I say the cops' excuses will only "halfway work" because Jeremy McDole having had a gun at some point doesn't give cops the right to shoot him several times when his hands were in plain sight.

And reports that police are saying something like 'a gun was found at the scene' does NOT sound like they are claiming McDole had the gun on his person. The statements I've read sound very carefully worded in order to imply, 'Fine. McDole wasn't armed. But he was a thug. So it doesn't matter that he's dead.'

If one idiot cop shot and the others panicked, that's a reason for anybody that fired their weapon to lose their job instantly. Hysterical men cannot be police officers. Indictment and jury trial can come later, but removing a cowardly cop who cannot control himself should come first.

Furthermore, if a police officer is convicted under **Acts of cowardice under the authority of colors** he or she should lose their 2nd amendment rights permanently. Removing 2nd amendment rights can ensure that he or she never gets another job as a police officer. There is precedent for this. Convicts lose their right to vote. Police convicts can lose their right to shoot anything at anybody.

And do not think that one idiot shooting and a panicked response of shooting by other cops makes this shooting NOT about race. This is very, very likely about race. Not so long ago, I read a story about multiple undercover officers refusing to shoot a white suspect that was shooting at them BECAUSE the white suspect legitimately thought they were rival drug dealers. That was mighty understanding of them considering the fact that black undercover cops have reported being afraid of being shot by white police officers.

I need a few more facts. But I think #BlackLivesMatter should keep a bright light on this case for the duration.

Warning: Graphic Video In The Link


Yes I made up the ACTS OF COWARDICE UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF COLORS charge. Riffing off Abuse Of Authority Under Color Of Law. I think we should use patriarchy to our advantage so long as its so prevalent anyway. The label of "coward" will sting the predominantly white male police officers killing us at will.


Friday, September 25, 2015

happy birthday bell hooks




"For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?"

The first book I read by her was "Sisters Of The Yam"


"I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance.
When we drop fear, we can draw nearer to people, we can draw nearer to the earth, we can draw nearer to all the heavenly creatures that surround us.

Being oppressed means the absence of choices.
I began writing a book on love because I felt that the United States is moving away from love.

It's in the act of having to do things that you don't want to that you learn something about moving past the self. Past the ego.
Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books.
What had begun as a movement to free all black people from racist oppression became a movement with its primary goal the establishment of black male patriarchy."

As lovely a leader as there has ever been




In the aftermath of global wars and natural disasters, the world has witnessed the displacement of millions of people across continents. Refugees seeking shelter from disasters carry from their homes what they can and resettle in unknown lands, often starting with nothing but a tent to call home. “Weaving a home” reexamines the traditional architectural concept of tent shelters by creating a technical, structural fabric that expands to enclose and contracts for mobility while providing the comforts of contemporary life (heat, running water, electricity, storage, etc.)

"Design is supposed to give form to a gap in people’s needs. This lightweight, mobile, structural fabric could potentially close the gap between need and desire as people metaphorically weave their lives back together, physically weaving their built environment into a place both new and familiar, transient and rooted, private and connected. In this space, the refugees find a place to pause from their turbulent worlds, a place to weave the tapestry of their new lives. They weave their shelter into home."


Abeer Seikaly is an architect, artist, designer and cultural producer. She received her Bachelor of Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. Over the span of 10 years, she has built a foundation of interdisciplinary skills that span architecture, design, art, fashion, textile design, and curation. 


An Indie Film

In Aramaic with Spanish subtitles (so far) 

Feeling Rebloggy
"Three hours outside of Addis Ababa, a bright 14-year-old girl is on her way home from school when men on horses swoop in and kidnap her. The brave Hirut grabs a rifle and tries to escape, but ends up shooting her would-be husband. In her village, the practice of abduction into marriage is common and one of Ethiopia's oldest traditions.

Meaza Ashenafi, an empowered and tenacious young lawyer, arrives from the city to represent Hirut and argue that she acted in self-defense. Meaza boldly embarks on a collision course between enforcing civil authority and abiding by customary law, risking the continuing work of her women's legal-aid practice to save Hirut's life."


Maybe One Day

English subtitles and availability here in the U.S.  

If you find it, please let me know. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Regina King Wins Emmy For "American Crime"

I think she was surprised, don't you?

She's directed an episode of "Southland"

She's directed an episode of "Scandal" She's unstoppable!

Regina King on Playing a Muslim Woman on American Crime: "There's a Certain Pride"

It was so awesome that Taraji P Henson got to announce that she won!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

BLACK PANTHER COMIC By Ta Nehisi Coates in Spring 2016

Congratulations to Ta-Nehisi Coates on being tapped to bring the first Black Marvel superhero to life - Black Panther!

Black Panther Cover drawn by: Brian Stelfreezefrom Because of Them We Can by Eunique Jones



VIOLA DAVIS* - First Black Woman To Win An Emmy For Outstanding Achievement in a Drama Series

"In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line. But I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line." 

That was Harriet Tubman* in the 1800s.

Listen to the rest of the SPEECH here
or read it below. It's 2 minutes and outstanding!

And let me tell you something:
The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.
You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.

So, here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes*. People who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.

And to the 

Taraji P. Hensons and

Kerry Washingtons*,

the Halle Berrys,

the Nicole Beharies,

the Meagan Goodes,

to Gabrielle Union*.

Thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you for the Television Academy. Thank you. 


Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Feeling Rebloggy

Black women are going to have to break free from this Smiling Mammy Archetype that has been cast upon us. While many won't be saved, I strongly believe that the few that will stand to shake the very foundation of this black on black enslavement that has so many women spellbound. My daughter is the epitome of everything I wished I was and hope to grow to be because I've protected her from anything that stood to break her spirit or her will. She's quick to let you know that she won't be taking any of your shit, not today, and not tomorrow and she's still beautiful at heart and as sweet as pie. I grow stronger by the day simply by watching her and while she's not without her flaws, it's the very reason that she's perfectly imperfect in that regard. She's the breaking of my cycle and I'm proud of her.

Feminism Universal 

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Monday, September 21, 2015


Feeling Rebloggy
This is my personal experience, but I’ve noticed some men who call women females usually do it to dehumanize and disrespect women. Either they disapprove of her or want to manipulate her. These people have a grudge against women and are usually:
  • bitter because they haven’t accomplished their goals
  • angry because they feel powerless
  • jealous because women have surpassed them
  • entitled because they feel like they should “have” any woman.

Before someone makes a false equivalence, because y’all always do; let’s acknowledge that you will rarely hear women identify men as males.


Because women see men as human beings. Unfortunately, because of  thousands of years of sexism and misogyny, sometimes that view isn’t reciprocated.


For me this is about a "tone" I can hear even when it's simply typed. Or maybe the words around "females" used as pronoun are always the same, misogyny laced.  But I totally get this. Do you?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

STROLLING EPISODE 3: BRITAIN - Untold Stories of the African Diaspora

Connecting The Scattered 
And Untold Stories 
of the 

Black/African Diaspora



Friday, September 18, 2015


Feeling Rebloggy

It began when I searched for a Youtube vlogger and natural hair care stylist that I absolutely love.

Shortly after, I was down the rabbit hole, following any and everyone that had a style I wished to emulate. I followed companies who launched natural hair care products, in hopes of winning something. I spent hours on end watching short IG tutorials. I bought hundreds of dollars in new products. Gone were the days of wash, dry, and moisturize. I had upgraded to the LOC (liquid, oil, cream) method… and then the LOCO (liquid, oil, cream, sealing oil) method… and eventually my process began to feel like the ABCDEFGHIJ method. All of those things were pretty harmless, but after about two months, I realized that I was changing more than just my routine. I was changing internally and had developed a bad case of curl envy… in the literal sense.

I wanted my curls to be the same texture as so-and-so’s. I wanted to figure out how to make them more voluminous like so-and-so. Why wouldn’t my hair grow like so-and-so’s? As my students were taking pictures of the various styles I sported each day, I would remind them never to compare themselves to anyone… in any way. However, I was doing a poor job following my own advice.

You can put this in the
been there,
done that,
STILL trying to detox file.

Looking down at my shoes, ashamed.

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If you’re not familiar with this 1987 work from Butler, it’s a tale of a human race in danger of extinction whose only chance for survival is to mate with an alien species and create a new mixed race of people or die off altogether. Though the novel is science-fiction, the parallels between the choice the humans in the book had to make and decisions we make in society every day are apparent. That’s actually what drew Bain to the story to begin with.

 Clutch Magazine

It sounds like this is where "The X-Files" got it's main story line from, doesn't it? T


It's a matter of time before "Kindred" is a movie right? I'm just panting to see this on the big screen or a mini-series. This would be so awesome

Thursday, September 17, 2015


In case you've been living under a rock, there's this new thing called "Damonsplaining" Actually, it's a old thing renamed. "Damon-splaining" used to be called "White-splaining"

Matt Damon
Background of "Damon-splaining"
Project Greenlight is a Matt Damon and Ben Affleck  project where they give first time filmmakers the chance to make a movie

During a discussion about diversity in one of the films being offered, the only black person in the room, Effie Brown, says she is concerned about a film in which there's only a single black character in it named "Harmony." And "Harmony" winds up being  is a prostitute slapped by her white pimp.

Brown ACTUALLY has to explain why this is problematic and how not having a diverse film making team is part of the problem when Matt Damon keeps interrupting her, eventually saying:

"When we're talking about diversity 

you do it in the casting of the film, 
not in the casting of the show."

Damon said this so fast, it rolled off his tongue so quickly there was no way he hadn't said it before -- to a white group that agreed with him.

But me? 

I had to listen to this crap 3 times before I was sure that Damon was saying, 

as long as there are some dark folk in the film 

we do not need to be any dark folk involved in the making of the film.

Effie Brown's Reaction to
people of color aren't needed behind the camera
and if you use "merit" you'll find only white men are good enough

I'd like to hear Matt Damon-splain that to any black or brown person that saw Kevin Costner's movie, "Black Or White"  Costner's movie is a perfect example of good white intentions gone to hell in a racially unconscious hand basket.

While "Black and White" was thrashed by the critics, it appears to be quite popular on Netflix among the white folk.  And while I am indeed ASSUMING it's the white folk that loved this movie enough to give it a 4.5 out of 5 star rating, I am almost certain I'm right. White race logic was the spine of this movie and white folks, for the most part, are the only ones who love that sh**.

In "Black Or White" A White Grandfather and Black Grandmother fight for custody of their  bi-racial grandchild.

A) Standard white supremacy set up of the story

1) The 17 year old white girl has already died in child birth giving birth to bi-racial child

2)  The 23 year old black man, the father, is a drug addict that has already disappeared. (Comes back later in the film) 

3) The words "statutory rape" are never uttered as the white girl, at 17 might be a minute too old to make that claim. But the "rape" implication is there, unspoken, throughout the movie. 

4) By making the bi-racial girls parents a white girl and a black man, there is also the ever present implication that the white GIRL never made a real choice to be in an interracial relationship. She was bamboozled and taken advantage of. (Why? Because white Grandpa has to be mad about something other than race)

5) The white grandparents have been raising the bi-racial child until white grandma dies in a car accident or something. White grandpa, Kevin Costner, is alone.

6) White Grandpa wants nothing to do with the black family after the white grandma, his wife dies. (There's a hint this might be racial...for "reality's sake" but we KNOW "I'm not a racist is the goal" of this movie from the jump)

7) Black Grandma (Octavia Spencer) doesn't think a white man can raise a black girl alone. She sues for custody when he won't even bring the child to visit.  (Her motives are clearly not racial from the start)

8) Though Grandpa, Kevin Costner, is a drunk. He is only a drunk BECAUSE HIS CHILD DIED and then his wife died RECENTLY. Black father has been a drug addict for a decade or longer, I'd guess. 

9) There is never an explanation for how Costner's innocent  white daughter came to be hanging out with a black drug addict from South Central Los Angeles.  (In real life the explanation is that she's a drug addict too. I promise you.)

B) Then there comes the standard white racial logic: 

1)  "race doesn't really matter" theme was ever present

2)  Two scenes used to depict black culture

(a) The first  black culture(?) scene was 15 people in the same small house all watching television in different rooms, midday.

(b)  The second black culture(?) scene was an impromptu family jazz concert in the living room with 30 black people in a 3 bedroom house,  as if that happens every weekend. I have to assume this was meant to imply this is what the child would be missing if she never saw her grandmother.  (Yeah music on the weekends is the most IMPORTANT thing to be communicated about black identity. It would be terrible if grand daughter missed that.) 

3) A white people are allowed to use the n-word defense was employed:   "I only said called him the n-word because he called himself the n-word in a text message I read" was successfully used in court as a defense.  
4) A good black man was introduced at the very beginning of the movie-- a barely out of college, super intelligent, African man with halting English. (Why get a regular Black American character for a math tutor/piano teacher? That would be confusing. Black Americans aren't smart. Who is going to believe that? <--sarcasm)   
5)  There was no discussion of the black child feeling isolated in white world on a day-t- day basis when she is 5 or 10, much less when she 15 and wants to date.

6) I can't begin to explain the class issues, intertwined with race, that were ignored on one hand but used to make Costner appear stoically brave on the other while he was visiting South Central Los Angeles. The African Tutor was nervous not Costner's character.  
7) The expected, heroic race speech of the movie comes when Grandpa Costner admits to the courtroom judge that he does see race when he first meets a black person (GASP!) but his first thought is followed by a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th thoughts that are better thoughts
when he first meets a woman he first sees her breasts, but then immediately has  2nd, 3rd, and 4th thoughts that are better thoughts    
that it is bad to notice that those poor black people are not white like me   (<---yes this is sarcasm but I am not making this up.)

Soon after the race speech,  drunk, white grandpa played by Costner, who has been outted as a drunk at the custody hearing, gets full custody of the bi-racial girl.  FULL Custody.

Someone tell Matt Damon that there were tons of black folk cast in this movie. A whole 4 or 5 black folk had speaking roles, more than the white roles probably.  But if there were any black people behind the camera, involved in the creating the story line of "Black Or White", they were all psychological clones of Ben Carson and Stacey Dash. 

Somebody please black-splain to Matt Damon that white people do not have enough introspection as a group, generally speaking, to make a movie that is representative of anything except themselves NO MATTER WHAT color the actors are.

Nobody on this planet needs one more movie that explains what white people think about race or racial others. People of color know that white people think race and racism is something that will go away if you ignore it. We've heard you every day for decades via main stream media. WE KNOW.

If the film "Black Or White" didn't reinforced every superior, white, liberal attitude there is, it probably got as close as any movie ever will.  Ending this crap is the reason why we need Black, Brown, Asian, Latino, Native makers.