Girl, Ebony

"That Girl"

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

Doin’ the Pigeon. 

Memories don’t live like people dooo!


Doin’ the Pigeon. 

Memories don’t live like people dooo!

This is the best thing on the internets right now.
[Thanks, Tasha!]

This is the best thing on the internets right now.

[Thanks, Tasha!]

I don’t usually talk about WWE on my tumblr, but wanted to share this somewhere. If you’d have told me years back that goofy Mike from Real World: Back to New York would actually become a wrestler and be one of my favorite characters at some point, I’d have laughed my ass off. But he’s been incredible lately.

Next to Mark Henry’s swerve last year (which was amazing and he should have gotten the world title) I think The Miz is doing the best work we’ve seen in sports entertainment in a good minute. The self-important, arrogant wrestler has been done over and over again, but he’s made it interesting by connecting to his actual acting career. Also the way he plays it straight is just genius.

Him, Star Dust and Alicia Fox are definitely the wrestlers to watch right now. Though I fear they’ve already begun to bury Alicia. I hope I’m wrong and I hope all of them are able to continue as they’ve been in the past few weeks.



'Columbusing': when white people think they discovered something they didn't

Want more examples of ‘Columbusing?’ watch the full video here.

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To Male Relatives


Dear Fathers/Brothers/Uncles/Cousins/Play relatives and the like,

Please stop with the “protective” comments about your daughters/sisters/nieces/etcs. It’s silly, cliched and creepy.

"I better get my gun ready!"

"As soon as a boy walks up to the house, I’m bringing out the bats!"

"I’m taking karate classes now!"

Being a human chastity belt is not nearly as endearing as you all seem to think it is.

What exactly are you worried about? That your female relatives will… date? Do you really not want them to have relationships outside of their relationship with you? Because that makes you less of a concerned family member and more like a controlling lover. Being worried that she might have sex makes you the same.

Why do you have no concern about your male relatives’ dating/sex lives? It’s fine if the family doesn’t rally around to preserve the chastity of the sons. They can “sow wild oats” and all of that, but daughters must keep an aspirin between their knees and you will shoot any boy that looks like he might want to hold her hand. Do you not see how creepy you look, fellas?

The role of jealous boyfriend isn’t even a good look for jealous boyfriends. So how do you think it looks on you as an uncle?

You would like us to think you’re worried she will be taken advantage of. If that’s the case, why aren’t you training your sons/brothers/nephews and peers on how to not rape?

Haha. Har de har har, Ha.

It’s not funny, boys. It’s not cute and it’s not funny.

Your role should be to remind her that she has control of her own body. That she can make decisions for herself. Not the guy she dates and not you. Because if you control her body, then another man can take over your role. If she learns she must turn over her decisions about her body to you, then what prevents her from turning over those decisions to another man?

Don’t “protect” her by threatening her date, support her by empowering her right to choose.


Girl, Ebony

A Different World DVDs

As much as we all love A Different World, I know Tumblr can get this petition to its goal.

Release Seasons 2-6 of A Different World

천 달러 미만을 아동 친 가족에게 제공해 주면 아동이 친가족과 함께 살 수 있는 상황에서 아동을 해외입양하기 위해 수천이나 수만 달러를 소비하는 것은 윤리적으로 맞는지 우리는 질문해 봐야 한다. We must ask ourselves if it is ethical to spend thousands of dollars (or tens of thousands of dollars) to arrange an intercountry adoption, when aid of less than a thousand dollars would have kept the child with their birth family.

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reblog every time this hits my dash.

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As an adoption worker, I totally agree.

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Dark and Harsh

There are so many times my neutral statements are perceived as aggressive. And while I am sure that sometimes that is just a fact of how blunt and matter-of-fact I can be, I am just as sure that often it is also due to my being a darkskinned Black woman. I sometimes find myself making my voice lighter, airier and tempering my language for fear of being perceived as “harsh” or “threatening” based not on what I am saying, but solely on who I am.

First they’ll criticize our slang. Make us seem uneducated for using it, when the reality is they’re mad we can code switch. Then they’ll use our slang mockingly. Like they really don’t want to use it, but it’s so absurd they can’t help themselves. Then they’ll make money off our slang, t-shirts, cups, bracelets, etc. Then they’ll convince us it was never really ours. It’s been public domain forever.

Feel free to replace the word “Slang” with neighborhoods, and music too.

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Long and

One of the most common ways the TNC article has been described is variations of “long but.” I definitely include myself in this. In my trying to get people to read it (and have you yet? Because you should!) I said, in essence, that it was worth the read despite being long.

There is something so sinful about that. What with is our equation of length with “not goodness?” Why “long but?” As if there is something inherently bad about long form. In fact, his piece is good because it is long. It is good because he used the words needed to fully and adequately explain the point. It would not be as good, if it were not as long.

We should not be averse to something because it is long. We should be intrigued about why the writer decided that topic was worthy of longer prose. I’m going to be more careful about making that false equation. The piece is fantastic and its longness is a reflection of that.


Free Figure's Black Power Rally at VCU!

Sad I missed this!!! I will be attending this Fall.

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The Case for Reparations

If you have not yet read Ta-Nehesi Coates’ amazing article on reparations, do yourself a favor and sit down to read it.

This is coming from someone who usually doesn’t like his writing style. My feeling is he usually directs his blog posts to white people. The result of which is annoying and obnoxious to me. His writing tends to feel like it needs to explain or justify Blackness and Black folks’ humanity. Where this article is more like a plainly (yet thoughtfully and thoroughly) stated declaration of a truth that you must acknowledge, while not begging you to do so.

It’s long, but extremely well-written and, if nothing else, is a great historical outline of the pervasive, perpetual, engrained and systemic nature of racism and it’s effects far beyond slavery.