blackchildrensbooksandauthors:

Dyamonde Daniel Book Series

Author: Nikki Grimes

Illustrator: R. Gregory Christie

Books

Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel

Rich

Almost Zero

Halfway to Perfect

thesmithian:

The first African-American to win a Tony Award, Juanita Hall. It was on April 9,1950.

thesmithian:

The first African-American to win a Tony Award, Juanita Hall. It was on April 9,1950.

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In a way, her strangeness, her naïveté, her craving for the other half of her equation was the consequence of an idle imagination. Had she paints, or clay, or knew the discipline of the dance or strings; had she anything to engage her tremendous curiosity and gift for metaphor, she might have exchanged the restlessness and preoccupation with whim for an activity that provided her with all she yearned for.

And like any artist with no art form, she became dangerous.

"
Sula” by Toni Morrison (via yearsofmagicalthinking)
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MAYBE WOC WERENT AS REPRESENTED IN THE RIOT GRRL COMMUNITY BC THEY WERENT INTERESTED IN PUNK? DID THAT EVER CROSS YOUR MIND?
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ttfkagb:

#MaybeNoWOCRiotGrrlsShowedUpToTheAudition

Whitewashed: Black Women in Punk Rock

"'Just because I got an Emmy nomination doesn't mean the lives of trans people aren't in peril every day.'"
Laverne Cox (via postgenderfemmerobot)

gradientlair:

I created this Street Harassment and Street Harassment + Misogynoir BINGO card (latter particular to intraracial misogynoir and street harassment as experienced by Black women), cataloguing the most common excuses provided to justify this violence towards women. It’s been on my mind for a while as excuses said to me, some of which I wrote months ago in 10 Common Ignorant Replies Made To Women Who Discuss Experiencing Street Harassment, but also surfaced in response to some of the excuses being used to derail an upcoming anti-street harassment chat #YouOkSis (hosted by @Russian_Starr and @FeministaJones) scheduled for Thursday, July 10th at 12pm.

As you know and I’ve shared here, I’ve experienced this violence for almost 23 years now, and have written about street harassment for two years in detail in my Street Harassment Is Violence (Essay Compilation) with perspectives from a variety of angles including: what I experience most which is intraracial street harassment, street harassment from White male cops/White men who associate Black womanhood itself with sex work and violently so, experiencing PTSD because of street harassment, some Black people’s demands for silence and derailment on this topic because of fear of the White Gaze coupled with lack of compassion for and recognition of Black women’s humanity and call Black women speaking truth to power “divide and conquer,” how it is in fact violence about reclamation/affirmation of power and not “flirting,” the racist and anti-intersectional mainstream media framing and centering of White women as the only victims of street harassment with Black men as only perpetrators, and how that removes other men’s culpability and silences Black women experiences, and many more perspectives. 

Please join for the #YouOkSis chat if you can/able though be aware that racist, sexist, misogynoiristic men of a variety of backgrounds have planned to derail it and harm, however, as there are organized and disorganized campaigns to silence Black women online, in general. And while the focus is Black women— because margin needs to be centered versus silenced—understanding how women oppressed at multiple intersections and dehumanized via anti-Blackness and misogynoir actually facilitates the illumination of the understanding of those usually centered, and this facilitation doesn’t have to occur through erasure or co-opt via generalization. Margin to center is womanism. It is anti-Blackness and misogynoir (and often [trans]misogynoir as Black trans women face brutal street harassment and worse) to suggest Black women don’t deserve the space or time to analyze our experiences and value our own lives, to be clear. Specificity is not “oppression olympics” but is a matter of survival for Black women. 

The chat isn’t only for Black women either; Black men who KNOW that they are more than a violent portrayal of a White supremacist and anti-Black construction of masculinity (and reject performing masculinity as such) and want safer and healthier experiences for Black women and our communities are welcome to be there. In fact, one of the moderators is a Black man. And since non-cishet or non-cis or non-het or non-binary gender Black people also experience street harassment, of course all of these voices matter.

This violence and the excuses have to stop. The demand for Black women to be silent has to stop.

thoughtsofablackgirl:

Rhonda A. Lee  the Black woman who was fired from her meteorologist job in Shreveport, La., after defending her natural hair on the station’s Facebook page, has just accepted a job with a national weather channel in Colorado.

Lee announced on her Twitter and Facebook pages that she has accepted a meteorology position with WeatherNation in Denver. “By all accounts, it is my dream job and I am thrilled to be a part of the WeatherNation family,” she said Thursday night on Facebook. Lee told NewsOne that she accepted the position a week ago but wanted to fine tune some particulars before making an announcement.

The offer came soon after the veteran weather woman had lost hope of ever working in television again.

“A month ago, I told my husband that I’m pretty sure I would never work in weather again,” she said. “I had completely lost faith, but in a matter of a week or so, all of a sudden, three people showed interest in me. It was an awakening is what it was. I really had given up.”

Lee had several offers in other markets, including a chief meteorologist position, but went with WeatherNation because it’s a national network that reaches millions of homes. Lee doesn’t know when she will be on-air, but says she will be on Channel 361 on DIRECTV. She, her husband, and their 10-month-old son will be moving to Denver in a few weeks.

More than a year and a half has passed since Lee was fired from KTBS 3 News, an ABC affiliate in Shreveport, after she responded to users on Facebook who complained about her natural hairstyle. The station said Lee was fired for violating its social media policy. She has filed an EEOC complaint against the station and is in mediation to resolve her dismissal. Lee said she has no regrets about defending her natural hair and says her dispute with the Shreveport station hasn’t been an issue with her new employer.

“It wouldn’t require anything more than a brief explanation,” she said. “My new boss said, ‘I heard about that,’ and we moved on so that was it. Every once in a while in life, you find good people with good sense who know talent when they see it and know a good employee when they see it.”

Despite the frustration that comes from refusing to change her hair style to have a more mainstream, broadcast aesthetic, Lee says sticking to her values made the pain of unemployment worth it.

It’s revealing to me that you should never give up,” she said. “I tell people that all the time in any speech that I give. For me to actually follow my own advice is a pretty beautiful thing.”

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mangoestho:

dynastylnoire:

support Jada at all costs

jada is incredibly brave and powerful for this! god bless! let’s stand with her

blackcontemporaryart:

Conceptual artist Nikita Gale explores the language of advertising, one photograph at a time by Wyatt Williams

When an artist uses a camera to make art, it usually qualifies her as a photographer. By that rubric, describing Atlanta-based artist Nikita Gale as a “photographer” is technically accurate but misses the point. Gale is a conceptual artist working with ideas about advertising, technology, and language and, at various points in her creative process, a camera is used as a medium for portraying or exploring those ideas.
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blackcontemporaryart:

Conceptual artist Nikita Gale explores the language of advertising, one photograph at a time by Wyatt Williams

When an artist uses a camera to make art, it usually qualifies her as a photographer. By that rubric, describing Atlanta-based artist Nikita Gale as a “photographer” is technically accurate but misses the point. Gale is a conceptual artist working with ideas about advertising, technology, and language and, at various points in her creative process, a camera is used as a medium for portraying or exploring those ideas.

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leanin:

Laverne Cox makes history today as the first out transgender performer to be nominated for an Emmy. Badass. 
More at BuzzFeed (image credit: Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

leanin:

Laverne Cox makes history today as the first out transgender performer to be nominated for an Emmy. Badass. 

More at BuzzFeed (image credit: Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

gradschoolswag:

You can see why they’re friends.
via The Sartorialist

gradschoolswag:

You can see why they’re friends.

via The Sartorialist