|—||Patricia Hill Collins (via staying-true)|
“During the civili rights struggle, Birmingham canceled high school prom for many black teenagers. This weekend, the dance went on for the Class of 1963”
The people who were teenagers during the Civil Rights Movement are still alive, y’all. Their lives were affected by blatant, government-sanctioned racism. It astounds me that people act like it was thousands of years ago.
|—||Melissa Harris-Perry and Karen Finney (paraphrased), commenting on a recent New York Times editorial wherein black farmers were all but vilified as ‘lazy takers’ who gamed the system —for winning an historic discrimination lawsuit against the USDA: Pigford v. Glickman (via odinsblog)|
Street harassment is not a compliment.
we will be having non of your shit yahoo
you stay away from our porn >:I
It is for this reason that the Black body, and subsequently Black culture, has become a hungered-after taboo item and a nightmarish bugbear in the badlands of the American racial imagination. Something to be possessed and something to be erased—an operation that explains not only the ceaseless parade of troublesome Black stereotypes still proferred and preferred by Hollywood (toms, coons, mammies, mulattoes, and bucks, in Donald Bogle’s coinage), but the American music industry’s never-ending quest for a white artist who can competently perform a Black musical impersonation: Paul Whiteman, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Sting, Britney Spears, ’N Sync, Pink, Eminem—all of those contrived and promoted to do away with bodily reminders of the Black origins of American pop pleasure.
It is with this history in mind that African-American performance artist Roger Guenveur Smith once posed the question: Why does everyone love Black music but nobody loves Black people?
Greg Tate, Everything But the Burden (via wretchedoftheearth)
Greg Tate taught my Afro-Futurism class. it was something
HOLY FUCKING HELL
i’ve been ranting about this for weeks, this is exactly the thing I needed to see for my thesis
i’m so happy right now
African American Female Biopics:
Diana Ross as Billie Holiday in “Lady Sings The Blues”
Lynn Whitfield as Josephine Baker in “The Story of Josephine Baker”
Angela Bassett as Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got To Do With It”
Halle Berry as Dorothy Dandridge in “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”