I dont believe I’ve ever had a male tell me I can’t talk about sex with him because I am a female. That in itself is a physical-sexual differentiation that makes no sense in the well educated minds, such as myself, that have read asked and watched sex in its natural form and performance form.
It is as if a penis is so severely dominant that one cannot comprehend the greatness of what it feels like to come, from one orphus, from a few simple actions where opposed to the vagina, where as about 1,000 or more nerve endings are located are pricked poked and licked on experience so much more. Boy I guess we are so inadequate compared to plain ole penile ejaculation- so said the DC bred young Black Male clearly in his young twenties surprised at the bluntness and questionable nature I offered. Because an ignorant mind must be pricked and prodded- in turn I am the arguable angry black woman, the educated asshole with anger, the negative not the Inquisitive, Curious, Poking creature I assume to be. No to the common simple-ton, I am an angry black woman with too many come backs that a male is slightly offended by and too irritated and embarrassed to come up with a rebuttal…except with a very passive head down response of “Shut the Fuck Up.” I suppose it should’ve been expected. There is no other response than that. “Shut the fuck up.” It throws you off, out of nowhere the phrase appears and one is offended because your questions, ideas, pokings and proddings are shut down by their uncomfort. No because me prodding sir is worse than you claiming that Lesbian sex is better that Gaymen sex. It is too weird in fact…simple shit. Is it worse that the woman next to him who barely knows him carries a torch for him with no structured response nor defense for the friends against him…No. Simple Simple shit for simple things. I’m here to fucking poke and prod it to death. Deal with it.
Is Nicki Minaj a modern day Black Feminist?
(No seriously, between her playing into the misogyny of the rap industry, her ineffective (but somehow deemable) tweets to encourage young girls to stay in school, not to mention her blatantly fake image (which includes implants wigs and veryvery light skin that seems a bit…unnatural), ridiculous lyrics but some that apparently appeal to the modern day feminist/black woman
so, admittedly, the screenplay isn’t that great nor is the acting, the story line is really simple and music etcetc.
HOWEVER. as a movie that highlights what black woman face, in certain economic, educational, psychological circumstances I think it touches on things that Black Men do not acknowledge and those who know about “Black Struggle” from a commercialized standpoint do not see.
I always dislike how the Black Male Struggle is always something talked about, but the Black Female Struggle is ignored and shoved under the rug because “WE HAVE TO UPHOLD OUR BLACK MEN. ENCOURAGE THEM TO NOT BE INCARCERATED. TO MAKE IT TO COLLEGE.”
Though the movie is not as great-Monique had a moment when she goes, “He was makin love to me and touchin my daughter. I told him to stop but he told my fat ass to shutup so I shut my fat ass up and he touched her…I was mad that my man wanted my daughter not me.”
Sexual abuse is not commonly talked about…for what reason I don’t know but there should always be open forums about the treatment of women, and of course including us of color because our struggles seem to always be swept under the rug…
It’s been more than a year since Rhonda Lee (pictured) was fired from her meteorologist anchor position after defending her natural hair and Black kids on her station’s Facebook page.
If you recall, Lee made national news after KTBS 3 News, an ABC affiliate in Shreveport, La., fired her in November of 2012 after she responded to several racially insensitive messages on the station’s Facebook page. The first Facebook post dealt with a viewer who thought that she did a good job, but needed to change her hair style. Here is the exchange between that viewer and Lee:
Angelique Kidjo is a Grammy award-winning vocalist deemed “Africa’s premier diva” by Time Magazine. Known for her dynamic and uplifting music, Kidjo’s internationally acclaimed repertoire crosses boundaries, genres and ethnicities, blending Western pop & African traditions.
This wonderful woman is performing in GWU this Sunday. Illoon and I are planning to go! We’ve featured some of her music on our tumblr. This is gone be da bestttt!
but when I put on my chori and rings they look like beauty, they look like a part of me.
I’ve got super irritating acne, so sometimes in the morning/night I stand in the mirror and pop um or poke um hoping they disappear one day.
But when I wear some shit, I stand in the mirror feelin on my booty goin “damn I loookk goooodddd”
when my hair was fluffy and to my back I’d spend half an hour on it trying to make it to things to the point where my hands would cramp up and shake.
but then I shaved it, cut it, and now some days I can just put it up and it’ll look good.
sometimes I’ll see images of make-up infused models, or real chics in life with nice lookin make up
but the minor eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick and henna makes me feel just as equivalent…when I feel like it.
I love boobies and I fall into the fantasy of “the bigger the booby the mo the betta” because of these hypersexualized milf-like images
but I’ll jiggle mine around and stick um in a crop top and they’ll look nice.
I was called chicken legs, pole, twig as a kid/high schooler
I look at my calves now and love how goddamn muscular they are.
We’re human. We have our moments where these images, the people we see, the jealousy of beauty affect our own-but then we have to remind ourselves that…those images are based off of someone elses standards, basis of beauty qualifications n fucknots.
I have my moments…and then I don’t. It’s good to admit um.
ssa Rae gets it all out of the way right upfront with the title of her workplace-mockumentary web series, The MisadventuresofAwkward Black Girl. She’s awkward, black and a girl, but that’s the least of what makes her cool. Or funny. Or interesting.
Rae’s show was born out of the 29-year-old Stanford grad’s indecision about whether to go biz school or law school, and not really wanting to do either. Each episode revolves around dating, McJobs, friends and Rae’s ability to do what Seinfeld did so well: make a show seemingly out of nothing. Or not nothing, really: The show is made up of meditations on diminished opportunities — career and relationship — and, in a not-so-weird way, race.
The show is made up of meditations on diminished opportunities — career and relationship — and, in a not-so-weird way, race.
”Not-so-weird” because America tends to get weird around race, particularly in scripted shows that either completely ignore the topic à la Friends, Girls and Seinfeld, or completely obsesses over it in shows with any racial dimension at all. Rae’s series “handles it” in a way that befits a person who wakes up, goes to sleep and spends every minute in between being black: by not making it a thing. And certainly not a thing that would get in the way of a good joke.
Of which there oodles. About bad boyfriends, crappy jobs, even crappier bosses and life in L.A., the land of endless aspiration.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you may be one of the last: The show has racked up over 20 million views and damned near 150,000 subscribers on YouTube. Rae made it onto the Forbes ”30 Under 30” list and won a 2012 Shorty Award for Best Web Show. Add to this an ABC TV series she’s working on with Shonda Rhimes, a 30-minute comedy show she’s doing for HBO and a book of friggin’ essays scheduled to come out in 2014, and you have the makings of a very good 2014 for at least one super-talented and awkwardly inclined black girl.
Life of a Brown Person: let’s talk about these Celie and Shug Avery moments…
Lady Day is known for having hooked up with both men and women, in a Nina Simone biography that I’m skimming through a relationship with a woman is also described, Frida Kahlo and should I even mention the ohso famous Miss Celie and Shug Avery relationship that Steven Speilberg didn’t make a huge deal, but was most def a thing in the book.
But yet why is this something not discussed between us colored folk, we have women of color that are out of the closet, not to mention (for you Pop Culture lovers) Nicki Minaj who’s slightly mentioned about being a dominant woman above other women sexually.
I get it colored folk, allota of our culture’s known for being very religious, either Islam or Christianity and neither really encourage interest in the other sex.
Fact is these famous women were not butch (or any other label or society likes to define our lesbian/bi women with)-they were Ladies.
What is so taboo or wrong about Women of Color showing interest in other women.
Why do we shy from these topics, and we don’t why do they have to be so hardcore in your face RAWR I’m A LABEL DEFINED BY MY SEXUALITY RESPECT IT.
I find that when I talk about my various interests it ranges and I don’t care to define myself, I like women, but I also like men. Not for attention, not to be in your face, not to give myself an excuse to jump into the LGBT fight for all, but it is what it is.
That’s what I liked about reading/watching these documentaries about these women, it’s the nonchalant, “Yeah we like women, we hooked up with women, so what.”
Taofick Okoya couldnt find a black doll for his niece in Nigeria. This realization shocked the 43-year-old into action when he saw that in the booming economy of his country, there was a gap in the market with little competition from foreign companies like Mattel Inc., the creator of Barbie….
It’s been about seven years since then, and now the entrepreneur sells between 6,000 and 9,000 of his Queens of Africa and Naija Princesses per month. He has a firm grasp on about 10 to 15 percent of the small but rapidly growing market.
"I like it," 5-year-old Ifunanya Odiah, as excited as you could expect any child to be, told Reuters. "It’s black, like me."
According to the news site, big toy corporations are hesitant to invest a lot in countries like Nigeria, although the economy is doing extremely well. Even though the country has thousands of births every day, about two-thirds of the children are born into families that are unable to buy them these types of luxuries.
Infrastructure and corrupt port authorities are also some of the reasons multinationals decide the risk isn’t worth it. But that will be what gives locals like Okoya the edge. Moreover, Reuters points out, the longer that big companies wait to invest, the more time Okoya and others will have to build their businesses and shape them to the needs and tastes of their customers.
According to Reuters, Nigeria’s three largest ethnic groups, Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba, are all represented in the Queens of Africa dolls. The dolls sell from about $8 to $22 for special-edition models. Okoya makes a net margin of approximately a third of the price and sells in his home country, as well as increasingly churning out sales to the U.S. and Europe.
And his plans aren’t over. He intends to expand the dolls to include other ethnic groups from Africa and is currently negotiating with Massmart’s South Africa’s Game (part of Wal-Mart) to sell in 70 shops across the continent.
Okoya also has one more design plan that he is determined to undertake. He wants to make the dolls larger-bodied.
According to Reuters, Okoya’s dolls are similar in figure to Barbies (aka, incredibly thin), a body ideal that a lot of Africa does not like. Okoya said that he wanted to make bigger-framed dolls, but the children did not take to them. Still, he hopes that will eventually change.
"For now, we have to hide behind the ‘normal’ doll," he says. "Once we’ve built the brand, we can make dolls with bigger bodies."
Four Women: Simone, Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, Angélique Kidjo
"Four Women" by Nina Simone Recording session: “Sing The Truth”, Jazz à Vienne 2009 by Simone, Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, Angélique Kidjo: Four Women Featuring the Original Nina Simone Band: Al Shackman, guitar Chris White, bass Paul Robinson, drums Leopoldo Fleming, percussion Jeremy Berlin, piano
Angelique Kidjo - Afirika
From the CD: Black Ivory Soul
"Open your eyes, ears and hearts and surrender to the sights and sounds of Africa."
Great song from a great African woman, set to the pictures of a great African civilization - The people of the Surma and Mursi tribes.
Tribal Decoration of the Omo Valley - Pictures by: Hans Silvester (Africa on Lens)
The people of the Surma and Mursi tribes live in the Omo Valley of Southern Ethiopia are body painters: they paint their bodies with pigments made from the earth as an immemorial and quotidian practice mothers paint babies, children and adults paint themselves and each other in a tradition that seems unchanged for thousands of years. Their paintings range from abstract designs of circles, lines, dots and swirls, sometimes focused on specific body parts, to all-over patterns of flowers, zig-zags and fingerprints that form a dazzling array on the entire body. White, yellow, orange and ochre; the natural pigments that they use are derived from the soil and rocks of their surroundings. The tribes daily paintings are an essential expression of their lives more elemental to them than music or dance. Fascinated by the Surma and Mursi tribes painting practices and astounded by the beauty of their ephemeral art.
Silvester captures the diverse and extraordinary effects that they achieve through their ancient tradition.
Angélique Kidjo - Batonga (1991) Official Music video
An excellent artist and a wonderful person. It’s incredible feeling to hear her voice first time in live concert, go and see when she is performing near you! I hope owners of the rights want to see this as an honor to this artist, which it really is. You can see this very same video freely also elsewhere in the internet. My hope is that everyone can just listen to this wonderful musician. Enjoy! And all of her albums are still rather easy to find!