A few of my followers/friends know that my grandmother has been ill for a while and passed two days ago. Sadly we are really struggling with getting the money together for her funeral. My cousin decided to create a gofundme which is already getting donations. I appreciate a dollar, signal boost, kind words, anything you can give!
Thank you~ Mod Natalie

Hi, many of you may know me from YouTube or other social media. Two days ago my grandmother passed suddenly from complications while staying in the hospital. This time is especially hard for my family and we are stretching ourselves thin trying to finalize the funeral arrangements. I am asking each of my followers to donate $1 or $2 if you can spare. I appreciate all the love and support that I receive from each one of you. My grandmother was the type of person to give her last and her all to anyone in need and I want to do the same for her. If you are unable to donate it’s okay your positive prayers in this time will also help my family to get through this rough time. Again I thank you for your time and consideration and I pray for the well being and health of you and your family members. Best, Ashley Gadsden aka “thehappyhairshow”

http://www.gofundme.com/cblhnw

A few of my followers/friends know that my grandmother has been ill for a while and passed two days ago. Sadly we are really struggling with getting the money together for her funeral. My cousin decided to create a gofundme which is already getting donations. I appreciate a dollar, signal boost, kind words, anything you can give!

Thank you~ Mod Natalie

Hi, many of you may know me from YouTube or other social media. Two days ago my grandmother passed suddenly from complications while staying in the hospital. This time is especially hard for my family and we are stretching ourselves thin trying to finalize the funeral arrangements. I am asking each of my followers to donate $1 or $2 if you can spare. I appreciate all the love and support that I receive from each one of you. My grandmother was the type of person to give her last and her all to anyone in need and I want to do the same for her. If you are unable to donate it’s okay your positive prayers in this time will also help my family to get through this rough time. Again I thank you for your time and consideration and I pray for the well being and health of you and your family members. Best, Ashley Gadsden aka “thehappyhairshow”

http://www.gofundme.com/cblhnw

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fitlatina:

Irma (short film)

Irma Gonzalez is an old ‘luchadora’ (female wrestler) who bears the marks of a life spent battling in the ring, performing daredevil moves. Every day she goes to the gym to rehearse the moves that made her a star. Children watch her curiously. Somewhere in the distance, a song plays: Irma was once a singer, too. In her memory, grainy images of old television clips flicker. Shot in Mexico City, the film is a tender portrait of the multi-talented luchadora and an unusual meditation on athleticism and aging.

Interview with director of Irma, Charles Fairbanks.

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)
A message from Anonymous
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.