YOU DEMANDED IT! Check out the full-length official trailer for Dear White People before it hits theaters this weekend.
Definitely going to see this.
Throwback - Celebrities Recreate Iconic Covers for Ebony Magazine’s 65th Anniversary (2010)
To celebrate its 65th anniversary issue and icons of the past and present, EBONY magazine asked their favorite entertainers to pose in modern-day recreations of those covers for a one-of-a-kind look back at the past.
Featuring: Regina King (as Eartha Kitt), Mary J. Blige (as Diana Ross), Nia Long (as Dorothy Dandridge), John Legend (as Duke Ellington), Lamman Rucker (as Richard Roundtree), Taraji P. Henson (as Diahann Carroll), Blair Underwood (as Sidney Poitier), Jurnee Smollett (as Lena Horne), Usher Raymond (as Sammy Davis, Jr.), and Samuel L. Jackson (as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), among others.
This is pretty cool.
We recently got an ask from someone who was wondering if we could (privately) please explain the difference between saying “colored people” and “people of color.” This, in tandem with the amount of asks we’ve gotten where people use the term “colored person” I thought it was important to make this clear for why we don’t like this term. And even though this is easily Google-able, we’re sick and tired of seeing people using this in our askbox so here’s a one stop source.
The term “colored people” has been around for a loooooong time. White people used it to mean anyone who was nonwhite, but was mostly used to refer to black people in a derogatory and patronizing way. “Colored people” was invented by white people in order to be Othering and discriminatory. Now we understand the term means something different in some places, but when we hear/refer to this term, the definition we just gave you is the one that matters to us.
The term “people of color” as we use it today is much more recent, gaining popularity in the 1970s and 1980s in order to mean any person who is nonwhite. Franz Fanon is often credited as first using the term in order to talk about racism in a more inclusive way. “People of color” as we know it was coined in order to connect “minorities” (ugh) in order to celebrate our differences while acknowledging the racism and prejudices that we all face.
Some people do not like the term PoC because it can be erasing if individual groups and people, but I think it’s more about being in solidarity with one another. It is a term that we have created and that we chose to identify as. Sometimes PoC use the term “colored people” to refer to themselves or their works (like Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf) and that’s okay because that’s our word to reclaim and our word to use.
But at the end of the day if someone is asking you not to call them something because it is offensive then do not call them that. We do not want to be referred to as “colored women,” and will delete any ask that comes at us using the term “colored people.” So stop using it.
- the mods
It’s looking like I need to post something about this again…
What Really Happened in the Congo: Belgium’s ‘Heart of Darkness’
Leopold famously said when he was forced to hand over the Congo Free State to the Belgian nation: “I will give them my Congo but they have no right to know what I have done there,” and proceeded to burn archives.
Did y’all know about this?
I just ordered this book from Amazon.
Revisionist History strikes again. Exclusion isn’t erasure, buddy.
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*orders box even though I never have sex..just in case*
*Dead @ the bolded*
When will kids understand this. Although I don’t think it justifies racial profiling since no one should ever be legally or socially judged by their dress I find it ridiculous that this has even been associated with black & hip hop culture.
… someone is about to misapply the term ‘respectability politics’ in 5 4 3 2 …
I’m going to label this a reach. Here is why: Sagging pants is not prison culture. It is indeed a part of Hip Hop culture. The same way leather jackets are associated with biker culture, baggy clothes are associated with Hip Hop culture. Styles of dress contribute greatly to any culture. Hip Hop is no different. In prison you typically aren’t allowed to have a belt— for fear you might hurt someone or yourself. Why on Earth do people try to create that parallel in this instance? Think about hand me down clothing. If you had an older sibling who wasn’t quite the same size and shape that you are, would their clothes not fit you loosely? Would those larger pants sag— even with a belt? Of course they would. When you cannot afford fitting clothing, you make due.
There should be no criminal aspect to sagging pants because it isn’t a criminal act. It gives no one the right to criminalize you based on what you are wearing. Adding to that, no one ever seems to criminalize white people who adopt the very same style of dress. Whether it’s the baggy pants, caps turned backwards or expensive shoes, those aren’t viewed as criminal acts when white people participate in them. Yet the argument is that we as black people shouldn’t sag our pants because it makes us “look like criminals”. (As if white people don’t commit crime. WTF?) Pardon me for refusing to accept what I feel is BS.
Plenty of black people affiliated with Hip Hop culture and rap music sagged their pants. Aaliyah sagged her pants; I never saw her as a thug or criminal. Russell Simmons sagged his; he still created jobs in entertainment for those same black men (and fewer women) who weren’t given the chance in other fields. That’s not a criminal act. TLC sagged their pants, but Left-Eye’s criminal record had absolutely nothing to do with her baggy pants. Yet that criminalization is somehow earned now? How did this epic leap occur? And are we just doing this because we’re falling in step with what has been long perpetuated by media, law enforcement and people who just don’t apply any knowledge to baseless comments such as these?
Do I want to see pants completely hanging off of someone’s ass, no. But as a 26 year old black woman, who loves rap music, there was a time when I sagged my pants. I wear nearly every cap I own backwards, love cool sneakers and have more hoodies than I know what to do with. Yet I have no criminal record, and don’t intend to. The problem isn’t about how these people are dressed. The actual problem is the criminalization of these people. Yet another reason to throw someone in jail— For something that isn’t even a crime— Until you make a law regarding it. So there is yet another thing to disproportionately contribute more black faces to the prison industrial complex. But it’s because they won’t pull their pants up. Suuuuure.
This country has proven time and time again, no matter what, there is an insinuated criminal aspect attached to every black man, woman, boy or girl. For example: A black man wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a university versus a white man wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a university. Only one of them will labeled be a hoodlum in a headline. The other will simply be referred to as a college student. And you think the problem is sagging pants. How is this argument any different than people alleging the way a woman is dressed should dictate the way she is treated by a man? That defines respectability politics. The refusal to treat me like a decent human being based on how you feel I should dress, conduct myself or speak is not about sagging pants. Honestly, it says more about you. To think it has any merit in the justice system is just as bad as the people casting them out for “making us look bad”.
I’m not saying that all sagging pants are due to rap music’s influence. Again, people annoy me with their entire ass hanging out. But some people sag just enough for you to see the waistline on their boxers. Because they like seeing the brand. Where is the crime? Where is the criminal act? Why is the criminal element falsely attributed? It is a bunch of BS. Sagging pants are the least of our worries, folks. The police are literally killing black men and women for no reason, and you want to discuss baggy pants. Get real. Peace.
Coming to you live from PG County, it’s an overcast Thursday. Today is finally a day off for me. Errands all day sounds like the plan. Not even mad, I just want to get through the day without any BS. Might watch some Netflix or something. Hell, need to do a grocery store run. Eh, we shall see what happens. Let’s be extraordinary together. Peace to the Beautiful, Loved & Blessed.
olivia pope hair porn in season 3 (so far)
Ooh that tag! 😳😔👍
Olivia with a spine (AGAIN) would be a lovely thing. Not counting on it and yes, I am salty about her devolution. VERY SALTY.
They need to stick her photo on OPA’s wall , and see if they can find Olivia again.
OPA? What’s that? Bruh, there were some glorious moments for her hair being laid. But I just needed a better effort from these damn writers.
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