Girl, Ebony

"That Girl"

Not Marlo Thomas.
Definitely Not Maxi Priest and Shaggy.
Think Stevie.

Op-Ed: Race, American Ideology, and Militarized Police

sarahbalakrishnan:

Militarization of police units is also deeply enmeshed with the rise of a prison industrial complex that relies on early and repeat incarceration of society’s disenfranchised. Many Americans are unwilling to challenge a system that quietly funnels a staggering number of black men into its machinations.”

So much yes. 

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14 hours ago - 3

Top 20 Anti-Sexist HipHop songs

dearebonyandjon:

So we often hear (usually from racist, white “feminists”) about how HipHop is filled (FILLED, I SAY!) with sexism and misogyny (from people who readily listen to Rock, Alternative, Country and other genres that are filled with sexism — with NO sense of hypocrisy about this). I thought it would be helpful to highlight some progressive, sex-positive and subversive songs from HipHop artists. [In no particular order…]

None of Your Business - Salt N Pepa

Oh that’s right, there are women emcees! Yes, yes racists, there are women emcees. I can’t say anything about this song that couldn’t be better relayed by the chorus “If I wanna take a guy home with me tonight/ It’s none of your business/ And if she wanna be a freak and sell it on the weekend/ It’s none of your business.” Got it? Good.

Brown Skin Lady - Black Star

Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (the artist formerly known as Mos Def) brought us this wonderful smooth song challenging the notion that lighter skin is more attractive. The intro is a clip from Chameleon Street, an 80’s film about a con artist from Detroit. From beginning to end it is a celebration of darker skinned women that addresses light skin privilege and eurocentric beauty standards.

U&Me&EveryoneWeKnow - Jean Grae

In this ill, cathartic release Jean unpacks the challenges of a relationship that’s not working to get to a point to let go. Relatable lyrics that show how we can get caught in cycles despite our best intentions of making things better. In the end she is able to acknowledge her love for him without compromising her love for herself. Looking forward to when she releases Cake or Death.

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theweekmagazine:

These real-life Rosie the Riveters changed the face of labor

Vintage photos from the library of congress capture a time when the country ran on womanpower

forgetpolitics:

yoncehaunted:

*SHOUTING TO THE HEAVENS*

WHHHHAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTT

Ok, that was a good payoff.. *slow claps*

Me: "*says literally anything about Black womanhood to another Black woman on Twitter*"
White man: "Well, rationally speaking, with no lived experience, knowledge or emotional investment, while denying your humanity or intelligence, I would just like to say, BLAH."
Black man: "Well, the real issue is you aren't worshipping Black men enough. Unity. Blah. Me. Blah."
White woman: "ALLLLLL WOMEN. ALL. ME NOT YOU. ME ME ME."
Non-Black PoC: "Oh yes, this specifically Black issue that has literally nothing to do with me is about ALL PoC. So let's discuss ME instead. Let's discuss absolutely any WoC except the Black women this is about."
mynaturalsistas:

But are you paying attention to what’s going on??? My heart is so heavy….. so heavy…
An attorney for the family of John Crawford III, the man fatally shot by police in an Ohio Walmart store, says surveillance video contradicts the police department’s version of events. Officers say Crawford refused to drop the pellet gun he was holding, but the video allegedly shows them gunning him down “on sight.”
Crawford, 22, was shopping at the Beavercreek, Ohio store on Aug. 5 whenpolice responded to another customer’s report that Crawford was carrying an AR-15 rifle. He was actually holding a pellet air rifle he had just picked up from a shelf in the store’s toy department.
Attorney Michael Wright says he viewed surveillance video that shows Crawford was facing away from the cops and talking to his girlfriend on the phone when police spotted him, and didn’t have the toy gun raised. Hetold WDTN Crawford probably didn’t see or hear the officers before he was shot.
"John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,"Wright said, according to Reuters.
#johncrawford #rip #justice #dontshoot

mynaturalsistas:

But are you paying attention to what’s going on??? My heart is so heavy….. so heavy…

An attorney for the family of John Crawford III, the man fatally shot by police in an Ohio Walmart store, says surveillance video contradicts the police department’s version of events. Officers say Crawford refused to drop the pellet gun he was holding, but the video allegedly shows them gunning him down “on sight.”

Crawford, 22, was shopping at the Beavercreek, Ohio store on Aug. 5 whenpolice responded to another customer’s report that Crawford was carrying an AR-15 rifle. He was actually holding a pellet air rifle he had just picked up from a shelf in the store’s toy department.

Attorney Michael Wright says he viewed surveillance video that shows Crawford was facing away from the cops and talking to his girlfriend on the phone when police spotted him, and didn’t have the toy gun raised. Hetold WDTN Crawford probably didn’t see or hear the officers before he was shot.

"John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,"Wright said, according to Reuters.

#johncrawford #rip #justice #dontshoot

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incaseyuhnevaknow:

chrises77o7:

convolutednormality:

sancophaleague:

Donald Andrews Jr. A Black man  and Business Owner from New York was cleared just last April After being Arrested on Drugs Charges in Scotia, New York.    Police were “suspicious” of Donald Andrews Jr.’s store, which sells incense and smoking paraphernalia, and sent undercover informants several times in March. In one of the informants visits he is seen on Andrews hidden camera planting Crack Cocaine on the counter in Andrews Store.

Andrews was arrested in April  2013 and cleared only after he asked a Grand Jury to watch the surveillance footage from his store. The informant used a cellphone photo he took of the planted drugs as evidence that Andrews was dealing, leading to his arrest.

*YES THIS IS FUCKING REAL LOOK IT UP*

The police claim that the informant has now “fled” and they haven’t found his whereabouts. The sheriff “claims” his investigators didn’t purposely framed Andrews and have the “informant” out to be some rogue agent.

FYI this same “informant” has lead to seven other drug-related arrests the Report says. 

Sounds like a Movie right? But yall still out here calling people “conspiracy theorists”. 

Andrews is now in the process of suing NYPD.

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#sancophaleague

Signal boost

Nice! Stick I too em.

Police planting crack to lock up Black people is no conspiracy theory. It’s American History (1980-present).

http://www.businessinsider.com/police-informant-allegedly-plants-cocaine-in-mans-business-2013-7

Link for further reference

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Click here to support Freedom Ride To Ferguson by Monica Dennis

sonofbaldwin:

A coalition of volunteer medics, community organizers, cultural workers, artists, media specialists, counselors, and legal professionals (from New York, New Jersey and Phildalephia) are organizing a freedom ride to Ferguson, Missouri in support of and in solidarity with local activists and civilians in an attempt to bring attention to and justice for not just Michael Brown’s family, but for justice for all black people particularly as we battle against institutionalized racism.

Yes, this is being funded through Go Fund Me, which I know some people are boycotting. But my perspective is that Go Fund Me is merely a tool that some racists are using and we can likewise use it in an anti-racist manner.

I just donated.

If it is within your means to donate to this effort, please do.

Every little bit helps.

If you cannot help, please find it in your heart to share this list far and wide.

Thank you, fam!

6 days ago - 34

The small city of Jennings, Mo., had a police department so troubled, and with so much tension between white officers and black residents, that the city council finally decided to disband it. Everyone in the Jennings police department was fired. New officers were brought in to create a credible department from scratch.

That was three years ago. One of the officers who worked in that department, and lost his job along with everyone else, was a young man named Darren Wilson.

Some of the Jennings officers reapplied for their jobs, but Wilson got a job in the police department in the nearby city of Ferguson.

On Aug. 9, Wilson, who is white, killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown after Brown and a friend had been walking down the middle of a street.

Wilson, 28, has completely vanished from public view. He has not explained publicly what happened in that brief, lethal encounter.

from The Washington Post

(H/T Sarah Dresser)

(Source: sonofbaldwin)

The police can go to downtown Harlem and pick up a kid with a joint in the streets. But they can’t go into the elegant apartments and get a stockbroker who’s sniffing cocaine.

Noam Chomsky

I’ve seen more drugs behind the brick walls of my private college than I have ever even heard of back home in my hood.

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Noam Chomsky is also everything.

(Source: newwavefeminism, via mynaturalsistas)

wintergrey:

James Baldwin on “looting” (via x).


Baldwin is everything

wintergrey:

James Baldwin on “looting” (via x).

Baldwin is everything

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The Secret of War

sonofbaldwin:

In America, a very large group of people—not just white people, but people of various races and ethnicities—are terrified, wary, and weary of entertaining conversations about racism, specifically, anti-black racism.

These individuals are united in their belief that black people are either imagining or exaggerating any obstacles we face or any oppression we endure as a result of anti-black racism. They go even further in believing that any difficulties experienced by black people are brought on by black people ourselves; that black skin, black hearts, black minds, black beings, black existence are, in and of themselves, symbols of defective and savage pathologies that self-fulfill a life of degradation, violence, death and woe. Biblical is their understanding of us as children of the cursed son of Noah.

And so sympathy is shriveled up.

And habbages are pulled up.

And black children’s brain matter is scattered carelessly about the streets.

And the rivers run red with the blood of black women.

And black men are turned into Christmas ornaments for the trees of folks who celebrate unholy things.

And little Ethan and little Madison sleep soundly knowing that the people whose boogey they imitate but can never duplicate have been put in their places.

And all is right in Amerikkka.

For they have discovered the insidious secret of war:

Slow and steady wins the race.

When you have made black people lower than domesticated animals;

When you have used technology to convince the world that they are a deadly abyss;

When you have elected one of them as a cipher;

When you have picked them off one by one, rather than rounded them up by the thousands…

No one will call it by its name.

No one will call it genocide.

livingsingle-tv:

The cast of A Different World on Living Single:

  • Dominic Hoffman (Julian Day) as Patrick
  • Cree Summer (Freddie Brooks) as Summer
  • Charnele Brown (Kimberly Reese) as Jackie
  • Kadeem Hardison (Dwayne Wayne) as Marcus Hughes
  • Lou Myers (Vernon Gaines) as Milton Hampton
  • Jennifer Lewis (Dean Davenport) as Delia Deveaux
  • Bumper Robinson (Dorian Heywood) as Ivan Ennis
  • Jasmine Guy (Whitley Gilbert) as Dr. Jessica Bryce
  • Darryl M. Bell (Ron Johnson) as John
  • Karen Malina White (Charmaine Brown) as Shayla

This made my day.

Laziness

So we all know DJ Mustard is recycling that one ass beat, right?

Kid Ink’s Show Me

Jeremih’s Don’t Tell ‘Em

Ty Dolla $ign’s Paranoid [tw: blood, implied murder]

Kid Ink’s Main Chick

How do you have one beat in your whole repertoire?!

It’s really crazy to me that this kind of laziness is allowed, encouraged really.

And it’s not even a good beat!

sonofbaldwin:

White dude in St. Louis named Kevin Miner was wanted for burglary.He eluded police officers until they conducted a search of a resident’s home and found him.He attacked both officers, breaking one cop’s hand. The media even alludes to Miner being forced to “fight back” against the police because of how he was being apprehended!Miraculously, the cops managed not to punch him in the face repeatedly, put him in a chokehold, or shoot him six times including once in the face and once in the head.He, in fact, barely had a scratch on him.Imagine that.The next time someone says to you:"BUT IT’S NOT ABOUT RACE (Patent Pending)!"Throw your tea dead in their face Dominique Deveraux-style and pump on away from them like Naomi Campbell.

sonofbaldwin:

White dude in St. Louis named Kevin Miner was wanted for burglary.

He eluded police officers until they conducted a search of a resident’s home and found him.

He attacked both officers, breaking one cop’s hand. The media even alludes to Miner being forced to “fight back” against the police because of how he was being apprehended!

Miraculously, the cops managed not to punch him in the face repeatedly, put him in a chokehold, or shoot him six times including once in the face and once in the head.

He, in fact, barely had a scratch on him.

Imagine that.

The next time someone says to you:

"BUT IT’S NOT ABOUT RACE (Patent Pending)!"

Throw your tea dead in their face Dominique Deveraux-style and pump on away from them like Naomi Campbell.