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Once I had a discussion with a white anarchist girl, and she said something like “sometimes I just listen to shitty music, like Destiny’s Child” and it was one of the most jarring things I’ve ever heard. I might begrudge a baby girl the “guilty pleasure” argument once or twice on account of False Consciousness, but I do not have patience for any person that wouldn’t question calling Beyonce “shitty.” Not just ‘cause DID YOU JUST CALL BEYONCE SHITTY.
Find me something that’s shitty about this album. Try to make that argument. Try to argue that the collective of best-selling female artists of all time just produce “shitty” music. Try to degrade the songwriting and narrative sophistication of these women. Tryyy to argue that this isn’t really a really fucking complicated and innovative album. Ignore the fact that it basically changed the game of pop music forever. MOTHERFUCKER TRYYYY.
I hate to make the “there is no other reason except racism” argument but there is no other reason except racism.

Beyonce and Destiny’s Child NEVER get enough credit for how powerful some of their messages were. This album is full of songs about feminine desire and independence and respect that the band wrote themselves but they weren’t Bikini Kill so I guess it’s not ‘radical’ (read: white) enough…
(And then on Beyonce’s first solo album a few years later, there was a song about consent and how some guy acted a damn fool when she says ‘no’ and I DARE SOMEONE TO TELL ME THAT THAT SONG IS SHIT WHEN IT’S THE SONG THAT INTRODUCED THE CONCEPT OF CONSENT TO MY SISTER, I DARE YOU)

i’m reblogging this because i’m looking at some of the comments on this and people are like ‘what so i don’t like destiny’s child so i’m racist?’ um. no. that was NOT THE FUCKING POINT. YOU MISSED. THE. POINT.
the thing is not saying you dont’ like beyonce therefore you are racist. that’s not how that works. but here’s the thing- the writings on the wall is one of the most popular albums of all time, and it’s inherently womanist, ok? like, Black women are treated like fucking mules. we have to support everyone. we’re hypersexualised. destiny’s child was, for a lot of Black girls, including myself, THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY NO TO SEX IF WE DON’T WANT IT. THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO LET MEN USE UP ALL OUR MONEY AND RESOURCES WITHOUT CONTRIBUTING (BILLS BILLS BILLS), THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY NO TO HARASSMENT (BUGGABOO), THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE RESPECTED IN MONOGAMOUS RELATIONSHIPS (SAY MY NAME).
‘writings’ was one of the first albums we were given like this. and it’s pop music. and it was popular. 
no one is fucking saying you had to love that album. but if you don’t realize how ingenious the fucking concepts are, and if you don’t realize how important that was to Black women, then yeah. you probz are racist tbh.
p.s. the song thenmozhi is referring to is ‘yes’ and it’s from the album dangerously in love. and its fucking brilliant. again, you don’t have to like the song. but THE CONCEPT. IS PERF. THE END.

Keir, you are perfect ilu <3
I really need us to have a discussion about how black girls do radical, mind-bending shit without getting any credit for it - until someone white can work out how to co-opt it. About how anything that speaks to black girls is slated as false and cheap and manufactured. About how Bikini Kill and Le Tigre and Liz Phair are not the be-all end-all of 90s feminist music. I want to organise my thoughts on this because every time I see someone try to talk about what Destiny’s Child and TLC and Aaliyah and Lil Kim and Kelis meant to them in their formative years, someone bursts in with that and I am not here for that shit.

^^^
i grew up listening to this ish and all the hype around it since i was from the same part of town that beyonce lived in, and it was really fabulous. it meant a lot to me as a child of color. even when i couldnt articulate the issues around me, being a brown child in a poor school full of brown kids who were really hung out to dry in so many ways, we used to listen to destiny’s child and roleplay on the playground (‘I’M BEYONCE!!!!!! U CAN BE THAT ONE THAT LEFT!!!’) and it wasnt going on with many of the white artists that were out at that time. like girls were actually connecting to these songs and then translating it into their day to day interactions with boys, even at a young age, and those interactions were about SELF-RESPECT and demanding more from the boys. all those times girls would sit around and say ‘HE A SCRUB I AINT MESSING WITH HIM’ *flips hair*

All of this! I actually vividly remember getting this album for Christmas when I was 8 or 9 and being so excited. Destiny’s Child along with a few other artists were people I could look up to, and the same for my friends. And we did role play them in the playground, and sadly I never got to be Beyonce. But seriously, all their songs and the fact they ran the game. As a black child, surrounded with non-white peers. Destiny’s Child were everything. Music on point, always and they went through all styles and genre’s and vocal talent was always there. Tbh, I can’t believe people would ever deny their place and presence. This is the same for TLC, Aaliyah, Mariah Carey etc. They ish they taught me, not here to see ppl downgrade ‘em. Love the commentary too!

OMG YES ALL OF THIS.
I’m so tired of white folks and their bullshit ‘analysis’ of music they know NOTHING about, calling them ‘garbage.
Missy Elliot, TLC, and Destiny’s Child did more for me than Bikini Kill’s ass EVER WILL.

YES TO EVERYTHING

The bolded!! Well everything, but the bolded!! Fuck a Bikini Kill. 

false-catalyst:

babsissuchafuckinglady:

sourcedumal:

lookingforthesteel:le-kif-kif:thenmozhi:blooming-white-tea:thenmozhi:rgr-pop:

Once I had a discussion with a white anarchist girl, and she said something like “sometimes I just listen to shitty music, like Destiny’s Child” and it was one of the most jarring things I’ve ever heard. I might begrudge a baby girl the “guilty pleasure” argument once or twice on account of False Consciousness, but I do not have patience for any person that wouldn’t question calling Beyonce “shitty.” Not just ‘cause DID YOU JUST CALL BEYONCE SHITTY.

Find me something that’s shitty about this album. Try to make that argument. Try to argue that the collective of best-selling female artists of all time just produce “shitty” music. Try to degrade the songwriting and narrative sophistication of these women. Tryyy to argue that this isn’t really a really fucking complicated and innovative album. Ignore the fact that it basically changed the game of pop music forever. MOTHERFUCKER TRYYYY.

I hate to make the “there is no other reason except racism” argument but there is no other reason except racism.

Beyonce and Destiny’s Child NEVER get enough credit for how powerful some of their messages were. This album is full of songs about feminine desire and independence and respect that the band wrote themselves but they weren’t Bikini Kill so I guess it’s not ‘radical’ (read: white) enough…

(And then on Beyonce’s first solo album a few years later, there was a song about consent and how some guy acted a damn fool when she says ‘no’ and I DARE SOMEONE TO TELL ME THAT THAT SONG IS SHIT WHEN IT’S THE SONG THAT INTRODUCED THE CONCEPT OF CONSENT TO MY SISTER, I DARE YOU)

i’m reblogging this because i’m looking at some of the comments on this and people are like ‘what so i don’t like destiny’s child so i’m racist?’ um. no. that was NOT THE FUCKING POINT. YOU MISSED. THE. POINT.

the thing is not saying you dont’ like beyonce therefore you are racist. that’s not how that works. but here’s the thing- the writings on the wall is one of the most popular albums of all time, and it’s inherently womanist, ok? like, Black women are treated like fucking mules. we have to support everyone. we’re hypersexualised. destiny’s child was, for a lot of Black girls, including myself, THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY NO TO SEX IF WE DON’T WANT IT. THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO LET MEN USE UP ALL OUR MONEY AND RESOURCES WITHOUT CONTRIBUTING (BILLS BILLS BILLS), THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY NO TO HARASSMENT (BUGGABOO), THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE RESPECTED IN MONOGAMOUS RELATIONSHIPS (SAY MY NAME).

‘writings’ was one of the first albums we were given like this. and it’s pop music. and it was popular. 

no one is fucking saying you had to love that album. but if you don’t realize how ingenious the fucking concepts are, and if you don’t realize how important that was to Black women, then yeah. you probz are racist tbh.

p.s. the song thenmozhi is referring to is ‘yes’ and it’s from the album dangerously in love. and its fucking brilliant. again, you don’t have to like the song. but THE CONCEPT. IS PERF. THE END.

Keir, you are perfect ilu <3

I really need us to have a discussion about how black girls do radical, mind-bending shit without getting any credit for it - until someone white can work out how to co-opt it. About how anything that speaks to black girls is slated as false and cheap and manufactured. About how Bikini Kill and Le Tigre and Liz Phair are not the be-all end-all of 90s feminist music. I want to organise my thoughts on this because every time I see someone try to talk about what Destiny’s Child and TLC and Aaliyah and Lil Kim and Kelis meant to them in their formative years, someone bursts in with that and I am not here for that shit.

^^^

i grew up listening to this ish and all the hype around it since i was from the same part of town that beyonce lived in, and it was really fabulous. it meant a lot to me as a child of color. even when i couldnt articulate the issues around me, being a brown child in a poor school full of brown kids who were really hung out to dry in so many ways, we used to listen to destiny’s child and roleplay on the playground (‘I’M BEYONCE!!!!!! U CAN BE THAT ONE THAT LEFT!!!’) and it wasnt going on with many of the white artists that were out at that time. like girls were actually connecting to these songs and then translating it into their day to day interactions with boys, even at a young age, and those interactions were about SELF-RESPECT and demanding more from the boys. all those times girls would sit around and say ‘HE A SCRUB I AINT MESSING WITH HIM’ *flips hair*

All of this! I actually vividly remember getting this album for Christmas when I was 8 or 9 and being so excited. Destiny’s Child along with a few other artists were people I could look up to, and the same for my friends. And we did role play them in the playground, and sadly I never got to be Beyonce. But seriously, all their songs and the fact they ran the game. As a black child, surrounded with non-white peers. Destiny’s Child were everything. Music on point, always and they went through all styles and genre’s and vocal talent was always there. Tbh, I can’t believe people would ever deny their place and presence. This is the same for TLC, Aaliyah, Mariah Carey etc. They ish they taught me, not here to see ppl downgrade ‘em. Love the commentary too!

OMG YES ALL OF THIS.

I’m so tired of white folks and their bullshit ‘analysis’ of music they know NOTHING about, calling them ‘garbage.

Missy Elliot, TLC, and Destiny’s Child did more for me than Bikini Kill’s ass EVER WILL.

YES TO EVERYTHING

The bolded!! Well everything, but the bolded!! Fuck a Bikini Kill. 

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crunkfeministcollective

Striking Teachers are Also Parents

crunkfeministcollective:

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After a civil and frank discussion, the House of Delegates voted NOT to suspend the strike, but to allow two more days for delegates to take the information back to the picket lines and hold discussions with the union’s more than 26,000 members throughout Chicago. Teachers and school staff will return to the picket lines of the schools at which they teach at 7:30 a.m. Monday and, after picketing together, will meet to share and discuss the proposal. (http://bit.ly/PeaKVD)

When I look at this picture I see striking teachers and staff, but I also see mothers, grandmothers, fathers, aunties, workers just out of college, homeowners, community members, taxpayers, etc.  When I look at this image I see folks that look like the parents and children that are most effected by the strike and have been most impacted by high stakes testing policies.  To be clear, these policies have not produced significant gains for poor, working poor, and working class students of color in Chicago or nationally, but they are doing other types of political, social, and economic work.  Unionized workers have less political voice, schools are largely re-segregated (public/private), and testing is big business.

I recently spoke with a friend who used to teach in Atlanta Public Schools, which has been devastated by test cheating scandals and subsequent school closings( largely in black communities).  She now works at a Kipp charter school. When I asked if there was a significant difference in administrative support for her as a teacher her response was, “Not really.”  But now she works from 7:30am-5:30pm.  I keep hearing the “whatever it takes” mantra often from male administrators in elected office, charter management companies, and school officials.  What I do not hear is any recognition that my friend may want to have children or that many teachers do have children which should not decrease their ability to be teachers.

My experience working in labor taught me that I had to look at the whole person.  A teacher is not just a worker, then a parent, then a spouse, then a daughter, then a grad student, then an active church member, then an involved member of the polity, then a block captain for her street.  She is all of those things at once.  A ten hour work day, with impromptu mandatory meetings at 5:30pm, or an Open House at 6pm after the ten hour day is exactly what unions should be fighting against.  The lions share of the burden for improving our children’s education can not rest on the shoulders of women.  Teachers need protections and they must have the ability to exercise their voice to fight for the rights of children in the classroom, and to protect the best interests of their households as members of Chicago communities.

26,000 teachers and staff made a decision to strike in a Chicago climate where youth violence has been horrific, a housing crisis has wrecked communities, and the financial “crises” have destroyed households.  There is so much more to the story of Chicago education woes.  I have to believe that recent college graduates who choose to go into this profession and veterans who choose to stay in this profession, knowing that all the difficulties the city experiences show up in the classroom everyday; I have to believe that they are bargaining for long-term investments not only in our children, but our collective future as a nation.

For more than a decade now teachers have been vilified as the reason for poor educations standards.  In this moment they are making themselves visible and speaking back in a collective voice.  I for one, as a parent, am listening.

For more on the Chicago teacher’s strike check out the following links:

THE STRIKE IS STILL ON!

The Chicago Teachers’ Strike: Its National Significance

Why I Support Chicago Teachers and Parents: $15 Billion Wasted on NYC Teacher Evaluation System

Mayor Rahm-Ney’s Attack on the Chicago Teachers Union


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takealookatyourlife
labrownrecluse:

que-viva-la-vida-xicana:

takealookatyourlife:

FACE OF DISBELIEF: Qatari writer and film-maker, Sophia al-Maria (right) exhibits video, Cinderazahd: For Your Eyes Only, depicting female friends and relatives preparing for a family wedding without their hijabs or veils. 
Al-Maria asked for the video to be viewed only by women, as it was filmed in a female-only area of the home. 
White guy (left) complains to Human Rights Commission on basis of gender discrimination. Paul Young, 60, said it was deeply offensive that the exhibit could be allowed to blatantly discriminate against men.
Are you kidding me? Her expression here perfectly captures my current feelings.
Public reminder: It is NOT your basic human right to view women’s bodies. Their consent needs to be given. Even in a public forum. That is all.

Ugh, this guy.

just look at this motherfucker. the entitlement just kills me. i bet that all of his 60 years he has believed that woc’s bodies belong to him. i hate white men.

labrownrecluse:

que-viva-la-vida-xicana:

takealookatyourlife:

FACE OF DISBELIEF: Qatari writer and film-maker, Sophia al-Maria (right) exhibits video, Cinderazahd: For Your Eyes Only, depicting female friends and relatives preparing for a family wedding without their hijabs or veils. 

Al-Maria asked for the video to be viewed only by women, as it was filmed in a female-only area of the home. 

White guy (left) complains to Human Rights Commission on basis of gender discrimination. Paul Young, 60, said it was deeply offensive that the exhibit could be allowed to blatantly discriminate against men.

Are you kidding me? Her expression here perfectly captures my current feelings.

Public reminder: It is NOT your basic human right to view women’s bodies. Their consent needs to be given. Even in a public forum. That is all.

Ugh, this guy.

just look at this motherfucker. the entitlement just kills me. i bet that all of his 60 years he has believed that woc’s bodies belong to him. i hate white men.

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janedoodles

Possible candidates for a WOC Disney Princess

masteradept:

Queen Liliuokalani: Hawaiian princess during the 1800’s who must defend her land from a scorned volcano spirit that swears to destroy all of Hawaii.
Princess Kaguya: Japanese folktale princess who is raised by the emperor and soon discovers her inherent alien abilities as a resident of the Moon, deals with social exclusion while simultaneously butting heads with a kitsune.
Calamity Jane: Native American non-princess a la Mulan who deals with mystical creatures she must defeat while on the Western Frontier because she is the only one who knows the dangers of the land (like Wendigos and Cactus Cats).
Maria Pistolas: Hispanic non-princess who rescues unjustly arrested revolutionaries during the Mexican Revolution against Spain.
Queen Hatshepsut: Egyptian pharaoh who is cursed to become a wolf at night by the Egyptian gods and must discover a cure after realizing she has killed her entire family and become monarch.
Princess Romanework: Ethiopian princess who must venture into Italy in hopes of escaping death due to being a twin and experiences culture shock.

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nuestrahermana

nuestrahermana:

Gabby Douglas’ Mother - Natalie Hawkins on how she supported & sacrificed for her daughter to be where she is today. Gabby has had an amazing support system and a huge part of it is her mother & family who went above and beyond to make sure she had the support to back her amazing talent. 

Watch this, it’s important and beautiful. So much love for her and her family.

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plantaplanta

blck-grrl:

“With dynamic performances from poets and musicians alike, THE REVIVAL weaves a salon styled night of artistry, libations and genuine fellowship. Historically, queer collectives have hosted artist ‘salons’in their homes— because there was nowhere else to go. This effort honors a tradition born out of necessity, and is at once a sanctuary (every leg of the tour takes place in a private home) and a concert”

The Revival is a salon styled poetry tour of Queer Women of Color poets,artists,and allies.

Please donate to their Kickstarter project (Which ends by Tuesday the 17th) in order for them to take their badassery all over the U.S & Canada by helping them pay for food/travel/lodging 

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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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karnythia

Sex, Race, Kink, & Being A WOC in the middle

rebekahloves:

karnythia:

I’ve been reading all of the talk around 50 Shades of Grey, & noting how often developing a BDSM relationshionship in romantica/erotica is written as though sex comes before trust & then running into convos on & offline that center around the idea that kink is something white women do. That being sex positive is a movement that requires you to discuss your sex life with all & sundry & be white to boot or you’re a problem & not a person. Somehow the fact that WOC not only have kinky sex, but enjoy it is a hard concept for some folks to grasp. And things get more complicated when you factor in our high rates of sexual assault, violence, & cultural norms that mean our sexuality is often something we share with partners but not with the public for our own safety. WOC can figure as props in the sexual fantasies of others, but people seem to think that we don’t deserve any agency over ourselves for our own pleasure. And that makes conversations about sex in general & kink in specific really hard to have, especially when it comes to kink, how WOC may choose to engage in it & whether or not we utilize the same spaces for connections as white people. Our voices are erased from so many media outlets (see the casual moments of racism in 50 Shades of Grey and how little has been said about that), and what we speak of when we do speak to each other is often not for public consumption. But not talking to or for outsiders isn’t the same as not talking at all.

So, let’s talk about what it means to stand at the corner of Madonna/Whore as Mammy/Jezebel & how that impacts our expressions of our sexuality. Let’s talk about why sites like Fetlife being underpopulated with WOC doesn’t mean WOC aren’t interested in kink. And let’s talk about what a cultural history of being unrapeable legally might do to the idea of sexual freedom. If we’re seen as whores from birth regardless, what do we do to own our sexuality? How do we navigate kink in our minds & with our bodies? How do we find partners & what do we disclose & when? For those of us in kinky relationships, what does it mean to play? Do we attend munches/classes/parties? Are those environments safe for us? And what about things like race play, how do we reconcile ourselves to that if it is or isn’t part of our kink?

ive given this issue a lot of thought recently. my kink life started with a connection with one person, not through a munch, or a play party, or an online link up on a kink website. ive since attended play parties and munches and joined kink websites and i have to say not many of these places are spaces that make WOC feel safe and this is a problem. a KEY element of the BDSM lifestyle is trust. ive been approached by many white men because of their attraction to my picture. these are the same white men who chose to ignore that fact i am already taken. this information is right next to that picture. these are the same white men who collect black female submissives on fetlife and the same men who think that my fantasies involve being treated like the “black beast that i am”. its crazy. its backward, and for me, it’s not safe.

as i read more erotic fiction, fiction that starts with intense bondage scenes after a two second conversation between strangers im left thinking, who the hell is conducting their sex life like this. i know its fantasy. i know its fiction, but what message is it sending to people outside of the lifestyle. there’s a different between getting off on pain and putting your life in danger. if you met a guy in a bar would you really just go home with him and let him tie you up? no? then would you do it just because he says he’s a Dom? or because he’s rich? or because he seems to know what’s best for you? that’s crazy. that’s not BDSM. that’s abuse.

here’s the thing about submission, if im going to give my mind AND my body to you, i have to know that you are interested in me as a person. i have to know that you are looking for the signs that i am being pushed too far and not because you don’t want to be accused of rape or that you might literally break me. i need to know what you are respecting me, loving me and doing everything you can to help us both express our sexual needs. and you need to know that simply saying “you look so sexy dear” wont make my legs fall open.

this is nearly impossible if you make it known before i have even given you that trust that your only desire is procuring a WOC for your stock. that shit is not gonna fly. i live my life with my safety at the forefront of my day to day. i don’t trust strangers. i face enough danger as is. do you know how afraid i am to get pulled over by LAPD? i don’t need to be bound and naked when that danger makes itself evident.

i’ve been pretty open about my kink life online, but the details aren’t for anyone but me and my partner. does that mean im not a legit member of the community? no. its just means i don’t want to talk to strangers about what exactly i do in my private time. you know why? because strangers like to take the little bits of information they do know about you, like the size of your cleavage or the color your skin, and use it to make judgements and further assumptions. they use that information to create their own fantasy with your image at the center (or most likely at the periphery) and that’s the wrong foot to start on.

so for me it’s definitely relationship first, kink second. i can put the kink on hold if my partner isn’t into it, but i can’t put my well-being on hold just to get off. i say this because there are people in the lifestyle and people interested in the lifestyle who take the approach the other way around.

Yes! Just all of this right here is what’s in my life & my brain.

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bellamyyoung

waterfights:

The Awevengers: In which everyone is a woman of colour and the world is a better place.

Tracie Thoms as Nik Fury / Kerry Washington as Stephanie Rogers / Sofia Vergara as Antonia Stark / Zoe Saldana as Thor / Aubrey Plaza as Beth Banner / Rihanna as Natasha Romanoff / Agam Darshi as Claire Barton / Grace Park as Maria Hill / Jasmine Guy as Philippa Coulson / Sophie Okonedo as Loki / Freema Agyeman as Pepper Potts

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