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Indiegogo for Sistah Sinema Online (Only one day left!)

sourcedumal:

They are so close to their goal of 5000 dollars guys!!!!!

This is Queer People of Color here trying to get their voices heard:

Sistah Sinema needs $5,000 to create a queer women of color (QWOC) video-on-demand channel, Sistah Sinema - Online, on BuskFilms.com. Sistah Sinema is a monthly event hosted in various cities screening QWOC cinema. BuskFilms is a video-on-demand site that showcases the best in lesbian/queer content. Sistah Sinema and Busk Films are collaborating to create an online portal to make QWOC films easier to find and watch. If we do not raise the $5,000, this channel will not be created.


THEY ONLY NEED 614 DOLLARS GUYS!!!! SIX HUNDRED AND FOURTEEN!!!!!

I KNOW WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

I HAVE 1000 FOLLOWERS! COME ON!!!

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It Will Never Be The White Man’s Fault.

queervomit:

TW: rape, murder, killing.

I’ve always noticed how in cases of mass tragedy, and even smaller, less-national-covered cases, that white men have been treated differently in comparison to people of color. And since this Connecticut shooting has occurred, I’ve noticed that it all runs in a circle, and every representation of the shooter has a template.

White men can never take the blame. With ‘The Dark Knight’/Aurora, Colorado massacre, the shooter, a white man, was never represented as acting a completely “sane”, responsible-for-his-own-actions man. His shooting was because he wasn’t “mentally stable”, or that he was stressed to things going on in school. You see, he didn’t mean or want to kill them. This was just a manifestation of his environment and mental heath.

With the Columbine shooters, both white teens, their musical and fashion interests, and the fact that they were social outcast in their schools, were named as why they were driven to kill. Apparently Marilyn Manson and the goth culture have mass murder written in them.

With George Zimmerman, who is white and latino (but is viewed and treated like a white man), in the case of Trayvon Martin, he was simply “standing his ground”; protecting his upper middle-class neighborhood from a potential “thug” - a brown boy in a hoodie. He didn’t do it because of nothing. He did it because it was a natural instinct to protect.

As you can see, white men can’t act alone in crimes with a clean conscious. Something has to bewrongwith them. They have to have some mental illness, or be influenced by outside,otheredforces, or they simply have to be doing their “white man duties” of protecting or acting on natural instincts.

Another way white men are backed up in cases like these is by their education and background. They are mostly pictured as ‘grade A’ students, cut straight from the cloth of the American dream. And this serves as the template for things to wrong. The Aurora, Colorado shooter was a “genius”, a “prodigy with promise”, who was having problems and stress at school, which led to his killing of over a dozen folks. It always goes down that way.

With brown folks, and other racial minorities, their intent and reason of committing crimes is written in their skin - or in their faith and communities. People won’t question why brown folks murder, because it’s been socially inscribed in their identities. Black men don’t kill because they were having issues at school. They kill because they are black men. Brown folks from the Middle East don’t kill because they are protecting something. They kill because of their god. Yellow and orange and red folks don’t kill because they were people living with mental illnesses. They kill because of their communities’ historical grudges with America, or because they were involved some-which-a-way with drugs, etc.

In this past decade, a study was done by the University of Columbia on cases of rape of white women. Out of the many cases studied, the study found that court systems, lawyers, and the media-at-large, held a overwhelming bias against men of color. Men of color were pictured and framed as rapists and guilty of the crime-at-hand because they were “brutes”, came from communities where this kind of behavior was prevalent and “normalized”, etc. White men were found to only rape because they were led on, or because of the victim’s state (i.e.: being intoxicated, flirtatious, etc.) - furthing leading to victim and slut shaming. Not only did this show immense prejudice - seeing as the study also found that the lesser the evidence against men of color, the higher the rate of conviction - but it also showed how society-at-large mirrors these findings.

The reason racial minorities kill is written in their identities. They kill because of their skin color. They kill because of gangs, violence, and hate - all synonymous with their the amount of active melanocytes in their skin. White men kill because of outside forces affecting them. Their whiteness is clean of intent. THIS is how the media, journalists, and society-at-large treats white men.


This entire process also shows a major exposure on resources to people of color. Men of color can’t kill due to stress at school, because men of color are viewed as being uneducated. Men of color don’t kill and come from stable, loving, “American” homes because they are viewed as coming from broken homes and as being in some regard less-American.

And a overall by-product of this prejudice is the damaging of other communities - namely those living with mental illnesses. Right now, in the case of the Sandy Hooks shooting, people repetitively attach mental illness as the driving reason as to why Adam Lanza, a white man, would do such a thing, further attaching murder as something people with mental illnesses are capable of; further subjecting people with mental illnesses to ridicule, regulation, and policing.

White men kill because they are sane, consenting individuals who willingly made the decision to. They can kill without being mentally ill. They can kill without some sort of trauma in their life. White men kill because they know no one will put the full blame on them. White men kill because they know they have a larger chance of getting away with it than people of color.

We will never progress in this country unless everyone is held to the same, equal, fair expectations.

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alostbird:


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OMG THE CUTE!!!!!

queennubian:

alostbird:

Pow Wow Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI :: 1

OMG THE CUTE!!!!!

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a-spoon-is-born

Why is Breast Cancer Killing So Many Black Women?

girljanitor:

Although 1 out of 8 women will develop breast cancer in the United States, it remains deadliest for Black women.  A recent study by the Sinai Urban Health Institute in Chicago, IL reveals that African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer not due to genetics, but because of racial disparity and inequality in health care.  Subsequently, nearly five Black women needlessly die everyday because they lack the proper information and quality services.

The realities of inadequate health care, access, and poverty in the Black community are also mixed with fear, silence, and suspicion of the medical system who only fifty years ago purposefully infected 400 poor Black men with syphilis in a medical study known as the Tuskegee experiment

Mistrust and historic disenfranchisement greatly impact those battling breast cancer, a disease that has a 98% survival rate if caught early.  In an interview with Dr. Regina Hampton of the Capital Breast Center the Washington Post writes of this skepticism:

“… Hampton and others think [Black] women also carry angst stemming from a historically unhealthy relationship between African Americans and a medical system that was inaccessible. Often lacking the money or insurance for preventive care, many [Black] people didn’t seek medical help until they were seriously ill.”

In addition to Black women, Black male breast cancer patients and survivors like African-American icon Richard Roundtree who played John Shaft in the 1970s Blaxploitation action film Shaft, face the same barriers compounded with the social stigma with having an illness that rarely impacts men.  Because male breast cancer accounts for just 1% of all breast cancer diagnoses, Black men are even less likely to visit their healthcare provider upon discovery of a lump.  Roundtree, a breast cancer survivor since 1993, is an outspoken advocate male breast cancer and encourages others to break the silence and seek treatment.

Yet beyond the silence, institutional barriers and discrimination in the American healthcare system persist.  In Texas, Governor Rick Perry recently moved to cut $5 million in funds to the Texas Women’s Health Program allotted to Planned Parenthood.  The “war on Planned Parenthood” launched by Republican politicians and the pro-life lobby threatens the organization, which provides millions with vital breast cancer screenings and mammograms nationwide.  With the rate of uninsured African Americans rising to 20.5% in 2010, Planned Parenthood has seen an increase in Black patients rise to 36%, including an increase of 27% of Black males.

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month and October draw to a close, the efforts to spread awareness of breast cancer and secure life saving services should continue.

Early detection and screenings remain critical and The American Cancer Society recommends the following::

●      Breast self-examination starting in the 20s

●      Yearly mammograms starting at age 40

●      Clinical breast exams as part of a periodic health exam and yearly for those over 40

Check out “The Wisdom of Survivors,” featuring African-American breast cancer survivors sharing personal experiences and how they overcame the disease and the barriers to access here.

(note on article content: during the Tuskegee Experiment, the men experimented upon were never told they had it and never given information or an access to the cure-instead, they withheld treatment, allowed them to spread it to their wives and children, and watched 400 men go insane and die of a horrific disease that would have been easily cured with antibiotics. I’m unaware of any evidence that shows that the men were initially infected on purpose, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they weren’t, nor does that make it any less terrifyingly nightmarish.)

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lightspeedsound:

True Story: White people insisting that western society is the most advanced and the most unoppressive and the most liberating is them trying to forget the fact that Non Western civilizations basically invented all forms of higher math, astronomy, zoology, chemistry, medicine, anatomy, organized religion, gunpowder, architecture, calligraphy, paper, routine bathing, sunscreen, birth control, and, OH YEAH, MOTHERFUCKING CIVILIZATION AND A NON-HUNT AND GATHER SOCIETY

…when white people were just sitting around in caves going “oogh” when they died at age 20. 

Or did you forget about Mesopotamia (IN THE MIDDLE EAST, YOU IDIOT) , Egypt, China, The Moorish Empire, Japan, the Incas, the Mayas, and basically all the Native American tribes ever?

Did you forget about how when you came to America, you basically pissed your pants and died of being idiots when it came to growing shit in the ground?

Did you forget about how the Moors basically owned your asses for a huge part of your history, and how you basically tried to stomp out all their academic advances because you thought they were “infidels”? 

Because you were SO DAMN SUSPICIOUS of things like cleanliness that you CUT OFF THEIR HEADS FOR BEING BLASPHEMOUS?

Jesus Christ, white people. Stop harping on about science and religion and math and philosophy.

Like that’s old news, dude.

Quit trying to teach your gran how to bake. 

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Little Rant on all the POC Bullshit Lately

polerin:

crazyhippiechild:

1) Shut the fuck up! If someone (no matter their color) is bitching, let them bitch, hug them, then walk away. Don’t agree, don’t disagree. Allow them to speak their minds, but bite your tongue, all you will do is fuel their fire.

2) Remain colorblind. No, it doesn’t mean you don’t care about color-problems. It means that you will stand for what is right, regardless of color. If you have a white person and a black person (Yes, I said black, get over it. I did not mean it offensively, and you know I didn’t.) are arguing, stay out of it. If there is a huge problem and you need to step in, then listen to both sides and give colorblind advice. If the black person is wrong, say so. It’s not racist, it’s common sense.

3) And lastly, NEVER EVER EVER bring race into it. No matter what color you are, do not use it as an excuse. “The only reason I wasn’t picked was because I’m black, white, purple, etc.” Bullshit, you weren’t picked because you weren’t qualified. Unless you absolutely know it was racism that disqualified you, don’t make yourself sound ignorant by bringing an unrelated topic into it.

I am 17, and white, and female, and I am so tired of stupid people blowing up my tumblr because you guys find a point in arguing about race. Yes, there are still racist idiots, but there are sexist ones, and religiously biased ones, and age-ist ones too. Get over it, you can’t change someone else, but you can change your reactions to it.

If some of you were offended, sorry. No, I am not sorry for saying it, but I am sorry that you took it the way you did.

Jesus Christ, I know you’re 17, but if you step up to say some fucked up shit I’m going to treat you like an adult.  1 and 2 are just… ugh.  Go look up “Colorblind racism”.

#3 though?  Who the fuck are you to dictate how someone else talks about their life and experiences?  What in hell makes you think that you, as a white girl, have the right to set the terms of any discussion about race?  We’ve dictated the terms of race discussions for centuries, and it’s brought nothing but pain, murder, rape, and genocide.  We need to back the fuck off and listen.

YOUneed to step the fuck back and listen.

What people don’t understand because of the way the Civil Rights era has been mythologized

hamburgerjack:

Was that in many cases, in addition to trying to get people to vote and organizing people for marches or other cases of Civil Disobedience

Most of the “civil rights” movement was organization of neighborhoods and people

To help each other. To help the poor.

To find jobs, to keep lights on, to feed children, to clothe children.

And adults.

Shut out of the system, shut down by the system, oppressed by the system

the NAACP and other local organizations or sometimes those notorious bussed in agitators, came with legal help and advice, workshops, training, food, skills

Sometimes just fucking money.

Money to help people get on their feet.

And sometimes, the results weren’t always positive.

White folks have one, never liked Black folks and they especially have never wanted to see us do well.

Add in the factor of “outsiders” and they were continuously losing their shit and ratcheting up the violence to put people in “their place”.

Build a house, they’d burn it down, get something new, they’d ruin it. Finally have funds to buy something, they’d deny you, maybe beat you up or take your money or over charge you.

Maybe they’d put the men in place by going around in groups to beat them up, usually to lynch and kill. Maybe they’d ride through neighborhoods, not dressed up as the notorious KKK, but just with their guns to teach them niggers their lesson.

On the few nights that in certain places Blacks were allowed in town, the White folks would show up with guns and hate and intimidation to ruin it, and they would show up in our bars and clubs and stores to do the same.

They would rape women, going to and from work, school girls, any woman to prove their point and put them in place.

It has always been their intention to break us.

And that’s why what we really do and what we really speak on is survival.

Once again, marching in the streets don’t mean shit when the folks you claim to support are starving, can’t pay their bills, and can’t join you because they have jobs they can’t leave.

Folks do realize in those early days when organizations realized folks couldn’t help them because of those things, they reached in their hearts and pockets and said, “We’ll pay you, we’ll feed your children” and things like that?

“We’ll watch your kids, we’ll teach your kids”

Folks don’t realize that.

The danger of the Black Panther movement was not only did they want to do those things, they added the element of self-defense.

The problem with the now sanitized and mythologized Civil Rights movement is, the danger was mostly large groups of agitated Blacks int he streets. It psychologically scared White people.

But with the self-defense aspect added, they really could not have potentially armed and knowledgeable negroes mobilizing.

The leaders of the Black Panthers were educated men who sought to pass that education on, our history, our place, a sense of pride.

If Marcus Garvey hadn’t been deported and hadn’t committed some financial foolery, they eventually would have killed him. And that’s the truth.

They did kill/jail/discredit the leaders of the Black Panther movement.

They continue to do this till this day, but now, since they’ve got the grips on the education of Black youth, they don’t have to do as much work to discredit, because they’ve got an army of Kool-Aid men to do it for them.

That and all their little child satellites spouting the “equality” rhetoric that holds no weight or water and isn’t based in reality.

Not every Black person from that era was “involved”, even as “involved” as conscious survival. Some Black folks turned their children away from those ideals purposefully because they didn’t see “survival” in it. Sometimes they throw their lot in with the enemy, figuring it is more “fortunate”. And the results are often terrible. Haven’t you seen those Sifu Kisu posts? It doesn’t matter if you grow up through it, there’s something about the conditioning of having White folks green light you continuously that poisons the heart and the mind.

Some Blacks really think they’re protected by all that White money, they really do. They don’t realize that they regard us as a dime a dozen and if they can find someone White to do it they surely will and that your ass is replaceable as soon as you make them mad.

“I just want work!”

“I just want money!”

“I just want…”

What Price a Soul, you decide.

We all have to decide.

That’s the lives we lead.

It’s a lot more than money or happiness.

It’s literally choosing to ignore a reality and a suffering and murder and genocide and rape and ruin and erasure

to throw your lot in with people who don’t want you, have never wanted you, and if they do “want” you its to fill your roll as a money maker, no matter how high you think you are.

I think Oprah is finding that out right now. Even Tyler Perry’s dumbass, despite his disfunctions, knows what would happen to his happy ass if he turned his powers and money to actual supporting and uplifting narratives. For now, he gets away with his Minstrel Mammy shows and the narrative they play against Black women. But if he turned into someone like Spike Lee? He’d always be scrambling for money, just like Spike Lee.

There are projects right here, talked about on Tumblr, by PoC being pulled down, torn down, set on fire because Whites don’t want you to have a lick of success, especially without them. Someone is on here saying, “I’ll make up what I have to!”

That’s how they’ve worked, that’s how they’ve always worked and when you point to their crimes and say, “Look and see!” they’ve got a whole system and network to tell YOU to shut up, to hush up, to rationalize and justify and okay it.

But don’t let you do it. Don’t let you begin to do it. And even if you don’t, even if you’re above board, even if everything is a row

The very fact that you’re a PoC means there’s something SUSPECT about it all.

So there’s no win.

There’s no win but to help each other and to deed each other and to clothe each other and to educate each other.

And that’s not to exclude those folks who actually do get it, who actually continue to learn (because it’s not a one note thing. There’s no test to pass and be in and stay in, you have to STAY learning and unlearning)

That’s not to discredit and dismiss the White folks who did help when we were or are hurt and while we’re still helping

But we sought to help each other first, we should seek to help each other first, we should be prepared for the timeless reaction which has been historically documented and literally happens every day when we choose to help each other or when we try to succeed without them.

I am always thankful to those who are sincere in their help, but I won’t truck with the chest pounders and the gold star winners and the cookie monsters. I won’t.

Those who live with a myth of what activism is or was and what are struggles are or were need to go away. Immediately. “Oh I know about the struggle!”

I’m sure you do, I’m sure you read about it every February First then forget about for 364 days.

So to end it, don’t ever tell us what we do or are not doing isn’t “true” activism when you’re on some warped white text book shit that says what is or what isn’t because definitions and actions have been set up and promoted to benefit them ONLY. The only actions they want you to engage in, them and their Kool-Aid men are those that help Whiteness and spread Kool-Aid smiles.

Put your hand over the cup and walk away.

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deluxvivens:

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theburgerkhaleesi:

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unholyglee:

eponis:

Pardon my crappy graphics skills, but this is what yesterday’s announcement looked like to me.  (I’m still going to watch and squee over the movies, but really, Marvel.)

#welp

I HATE WHEN Y’ALL ARE RIGHT

no amount of butts can make up for zero POCs in these movies tbh

Sooo…are we just ignoring Nick Fury here?

And…really? I’m sorry, but I don’t get how this is a race thing. The Hunger Games uproar, I get. The Avatar uproar, I get. I was so pissed about Avatar. 

But I don’t really get it here. I really don’t. How is this offensive or racist? Those are the most popular characters in the comics, so it’s natural that they’d get a movie. Producers would want to pick the biggest characters in Marvel to make a movie on. Why does race have to have anything to do with it? Can someone explain because honestly I’m really skeptical about SJ people these days. They will cry foul at literally anything and everything because they want to.

Oh no no no no no.

She must be mad because people are telling this white fairy pussy ain’t shit to deal with and instead of going back to her corner with the rest of the Mayo Mafia she wants to make her special fucking snowflake opinions heard.

Quick background on me: I had to wait nineteen damn years to get a Disney princess who looked remotely like me and they had to go make her a frog for the whole damn movie because apparently we just can’t have nice things. And now I want a damn super hero to look like me and you feel the urgent pressing need to tell me I’m wrong to do that. Okay, I’ll bite.

You mentioned Nick Fury as a shining example of Colordom for all of us to fly our NAACP flag under and salute.

OH WAIT.

Oops, my mistake, you mean THIS ONE

You mean the minor character whose SOLELY VITAL ROLE in bringing the Avengers together is constantly overshadowed by the special sacrifice of a white man? You mean those five minutes of screen time he got compared to what was an otherwise entirely white cast? You mean Nick Fury, played by and modeled after Samuel L. Jackson, who plays the same damn angry black man jumping out of exploding vehicles in every movie?

Is that the Nick Fury you’re talking about?

And yes it IS about race.

When was the last time we had a Black, Asian, Latino, or First Nation superhero? And don’t tell me “the most popular ones are white.” Let me refer you to Justice League, a great animated version of DC Comics favorite super heros from 2001-2004, which features a B L A C K Green Lantern. Here is a visual aide that will likely add to your white shock. I’ll wait and let it sink in.

Yes, it is about race because there was still an outcry for stepping away from the Original White Blend (TM) Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern. Now to be fair, Lantern wasn’t the only POC…..let’s take a look at the WHOLE Justice League used from the series:

FOUR! POSSIBLY FIVE (one is so far back and insignificant to JL I can’t tell! HOORAY FOR MULTICULTURALISM!!!!!!!!)

Now, if my valid criticisms about the super hero media are based solely on race then tell me why there are NO POC SUPER HEROS WITH FUN COOL MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR MOVIES BACKED BY AMAZING DIRECTORS AND ENSEMBLE CASTING. WHY CAN I COUNT THE NUMBER OF POCs IN THESE MOVIES ON ONE HAND AND WHY ARE THEY ALL ONLY MEN (Nick Fury, Heimdell, Hogun, and Gabe Jones)? HOW IS THIS NOT VALID TO YOU. YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO HELP ME OUT. EXPLAIN YOUR WHITE “THOUGHT” PROCESS, GIVE ME A GLIMPSE INTO THE MIND OF A SIMPLE BITCH LIKE YOU.

You say producers need to use those characters to make money. Well, these are comics. Aka, someone drew them. Aka, they make changes to the character. (Do you see where I’m going with this?) So since we can change the way a character looks because they’ve been drawn and aren’t real, we can do this: change their race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. to appeal to a wider and more diverse audience so that they can relate and identify with the characters instead of giving the people Veganaise on Wonder Bread white folk with “baggage” aka “All this money I have still won’t fill the gaping whole my parents left when they died/abandoned me.” These so called most beloved superheros that we all know and are familiar with were created by and for a period of time in which POC, esp. women, LGBTQ, the disabled, were completely absent from this fantasy world. So yes, update characters to support a wider, more diverse audience demand, if you’d like to ignore the human decency factor and go straight into capitalism.

I love Avengers. But I’m not about that life that excludes POC, women, LGBTQ, the disabled from popular culture. As part of a group that is constantly ignored, fetishized, and/or misrepresented in media, I am using my personal experiences to express my anger over representation of said group. I feel left out, unimportant. IT’S. NOT. FAIR TO ME OR ANYONE ELSE LIKE ME.

Or to quote you: “I am crying foul at literally anything and everything because I want to.” Because my opinion as a WOC doesn’t matter. :D*~*~*~*~*

Word of Advice: Don’t try to get in POC business with your white opinions. Don’t try to get into business your ass has no reason to be in. Go read a book or whine to your white friends on Facebook or go swimming in the Arctic Ocean, I don’t know. But don’t come in here, reblogging shit that was not meant for you with your own racist ignorant opinions. I am not here for that GIRL BYE.

Somebody just got sonned to death. SON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

she said… she said “mayo mafia.”

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nuestrahermana

The Black Feminist Manifesto: Seeking Cover Art & Important Deadlines!

nuestrahermana:

I am extremely proud to say that The Black Feminist Manifesto has received excellent submissions & it has become a wonderful safe space for POC. A few things:

  • We are currently looking for a POC artist submission for cover art for its first ever publication!
  • August 20th is the final deadline to submit your work to be published in the first edition!
  • Please signal boost & subscribe. Allies are welcome to subscribe and read but discussion & submissions are strictly for POC by POC.

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a-spoon-is-born
wretchedoftheearth:


Think of one coloring book centered around a puffy-haired character of a darker hue.  Can you think of any?  I sure could not.  When I was a little girl, all that were presented to me were the complete opposite.  
I was raised being exposed to infamous, lovable characters like Belle of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderalla, Snow White, Tinkerbelle and a countless amount of other characters that I looked nothing like. These characters were all over television and graced various products in stores.
Although I still love those classic characters to this very day, there was a phase that I went through as a child where I felt ashamed of my appearance, thanks to the various media that was always presented to me. I do not want my daughter to end up with the same identity issues that I did as a child.  I want her to feel free to be herself inside and out.
I first resorted to only buying her books that contained non-human characters, but thanks to family members, she would still received books with human characters that she did not relate to.  Rather than having her throw those books away, I taught her how to alter the lines into something that she could relate to.
I then realized that there should already be a coloring book with a character that she did not have to alter.  So to combat this issue, I created a puffy-haired character named “Miss Zee.”  Miss Zee represents my daughter and all the other little girls who are often left out.
Miss Zee Coloring Book Project

The previous link seems to be older, this one works though: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/missgee/the-miss-zee-coloring-book-project

wretchedoftheearth:

Think of one coloring book centered around a puffy-haired character of a darker hue.  Can you think of any?  I sure could not.  When I was a little girl, all that were presented to me were the complete opposite.  

I was raised being exposed to infamous, lovable characters like Belle of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderalla, Snow White, Tinkerbelle and a countless amount of other characters that I looked nothing like. These characters were all over television and graced various products in stores.

Although I still love those classic characters to this very day, there was a phase that I went through as a child where I felt ashamed of my appearance, thanks to the various media that was always presented to me. I do not want my daughter to end up with the same identity issues that I did as a child.  I want her to feel free to be herself inside and out.

I first resorted to only buying her books that contained non-human characters, but thanks to family members, she would still received books with human characters that she did not relate to.  Rather than having her throw those books away, I taught her how to alter the lines into something that she could relate to.

I then realized that there should already be a coloring book with a character that she did not have to alter.  So to combat this issue, I created a puffy-haired character named “Miss Zee.”  Miss Zee represents my daughter and all the other little girls who are often left out.

Miss Zee Coloring Book Project

The previous link seems to be older, this one works though: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/missgee/the-miss-zee-coloring-book-project

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