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blackacrylic:

23.01.11

I had a really interesting discussion about identity, self hate, cultural capital etc with my BFF today and it got me thinking of Margaret Bowland’s selection of paintings of young black girls in white face. When asked to comment on ‘Kenyetta and Brianna’ Bowland that ‘It is a commentary on how women still have to jump through all these hoops to be desirable. These girls are still visible beneath all those layers of crap … they’re still looking back at you.’ I think that a lot of black girls looking at Bowland’s paintings would say that the metaphor transcends beyond the art world. For many black girls Bowland’s paintings are a life metaphor - reflecting a reality where black girls are often marginalised by European standards of beauty. I agree with Cherise Kramarae when she states that ‘For women of color who are viewers, trying to achieve idealised femininity entails not only adjusting or refining one’s body, but also rejecting one’s identity and certain characteristics altogether. To resist this artificial standard is to stand apart from beauty as defined by society’. The frustrating thing for me is that even if you put the fact that there is very little aesthetic diversity across all media platforms to the side, in the black community we impose European standards of beauty on each other with a vengeance. It’s black men that make fun of Alek Wek and it’s black girls arguing about natural hair v relaxer/weave war (e.g ‘These little nappy headed hoes need a terminator’ - Nicki Minaj) etc. It’s this infighting that is the real tragedy.

Somebody told a lie and we believed it.

(Source: blackacrylic)

thisisblackwomen:

Pam Newman aka Awesome Every Day has released her first rockin’ single, We Party Cause We’re Alive which is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Spotify!

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thisisblackwomen:

Pam Newman aka Awesome Every Day has released her first rockin’ single, We Party Cause We’re Alive which is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Spotify!

Hey look, it’s me!

rebellookingforacause:

“Did I die and go to Simple Bitch hell”

I fucking love this show. Need more.

rebellookingforacause:

“Did I die and go to Simple Bitch hell”

I fucking love this show. Need more.

imnothatingimjustsaying:

Black babies as alligator bait during slavery.  Not far fetched as a thought, but this is a fact, I have heard about this in the South before.

Please watch this video right now.

wtfhellokitty:

Sammy Davis Jr. subbed for Mike Douglas and Muhammad Ali was one of his guests.  Here is part 2.  Their exchange is fascinating.  It shows the times, two Black American men coming from vastly different backgrounds discussing hot topics.  History frozen on video.

Observe what Sammy is wearing.  For so long he had been associated with White Hollywood, the Rat Pack, and he was challenged for that, for dating and marrying Swedish actress Mai Britt (for which they received death threats). Don’t know if Sammy had converted to Judaism. So at this point Sammy was coming to terms with his role in entertainment, dominated by White American males.

(Source: wthellokitty)

minnieuf:

So maybe I am just going on this ‘black movement’ that many women of color go through when they are in institutions of higher learning i.e. College, but i do feel like my eyes have been opened to a lot of things that have been instilled in many of us at a young age. This is not bashing any…

This is a really wonderful and insightful perspective written by a young black woman about our people.

I suggest giving it a read.

(Source: blueinstein2)

So wait, there’s still discussion about people doubting Obama?
I gotta say: I’m still black, so is he, and he’s not a monster.
As long as those things stay the same, he’ll have my support.

So wait, there’s still discussion about people doubting Obama?

I gotta say: I’m still black, so is he, and he’s not a monster.

As long as those things stay the same, he’ll have my support.