I’m noticing a trend.
did y’all forget about
Oh yes, that grand fantasy where POC (mainly black people) allow that one special “down ass” white person to become a part of the clique.
Poc as pets and props 101
this is what I was talking about yesterday when I was hollerin bout the fetishization of black bodies in white culture
black bodies exist as pieces
black bodies are sex and servitude and spirituality and swag to be dissected and consumed
the mere general proximity of a black body to a white one conveys to the viewer that the white actor has some sort of ability to transverse cultural lines
Let’s not forget fashion’s use of PoC props to contrast how Glamorous the white person is compared to the poor PoC
Pro tip: If you hear why somebody wants to get an abortion and you start to think to yourself “that’s not a valid reason”
And say “it doesn’t matter. My personal opinion doesn’t matter” over and over again. Shout it. Sing it. Whatever. Until you get it through your head that you don’t get to decide what another person can and cannot do with their body.
Kill the idea that naivety is an unforgivable flaw but cynicism is just wisdom, murder it, chop it up and serve it for dinner, I don’t care, just end this bullshit idea that it’s better to hate than to love and better to rot in miserable bitter resignation than to hope for the best.
Black women who made the Time 100 List For 2014. Creative singer, dancer, artist, philanthropist and feminist Beyoncé, creative outspoken actor, artist and feminist Kerry Washington, tennis legend, philanthropist and business owner Serena Williams, Chicagoan and now head of U.N. World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin, Nigerian economist and past Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Ugandan activist Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, South African human rights lawyer Thuli Madonsela, and Kenyan tech guru Ory Okolloh.
Laverne Cox and Janet Mock DIDN’T make the list though. Clearly both had a major impact in 2013. Both have been outspoken about Black trans women and trans women of colour’s rights and lives, both have created remarkable and important art and both have been influential and highly visible. They should’ve been there. Easily.
Beyoncé made the Time 100 List in 2013 as well, but this year has the cover after a successful and influential year in 2013, from her Super Bowl performance, to her world tour, to her incredible visual album BEYONCÉ, to being more outspoken with her feminist politics through her music, and through other projects—some I like (speaking, writing, fundraising, philanthropy), some I’ve critiqued (i.e. #BanBossy/Lean In)—all while being committed to her family, her marriage to Jay-Z and motherhood to Blue Ivy.
As I wrote about yesterday, there is a DIFFERENCE between the legitimate desire for representation of Black women’s humanity in the media while still creating our own media (as ignoring the mainstream does not erase harmful messages about us are placed there) and "oh that’s White approval!" This distinction and understanding of how media representation impacts us is important.
but why the fuck is laverne cox not on this list though???
HOW IS THERE A GIF IN THIS SCREENSHOT I FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE
Do you really think a screen shot is powerful enough to stop Beyonce from flipping her hair?
I’m choking oh my fucking god I CAN’T EVEN HOW IS THIS SONG SO PERFECT
IT’S BACK HAHAHAHA YES
BRINGING IT BACK AGAIN
the big bang theory was a lot funnier when i was unknowingly sexist