To attribute the rehabilitation of R. Kelly as a musical hero to his music alone would be lazy. I believe who his victims have been — and, crucially, what they look like — plays a massive part in our collective willingness to embrace a predator. They were all little black girls.
Recently a trending topic on Twitter called #fasttailgirls was started by @karnythia and moderated by @hoodfeminism. It discussed the sexualization of young black girls and how, due to no fault of their own, young black girls are made responsible when their bodies are violated. In this context the victims are criminalized and chastised, and the perpetrators valorized.
As I read the trending topic and watched women boldly share their truth, it occurred to me why R. Kelly’s comeback disturbs me so much. If R. Kelly’s victims had looked different, had fit the archetype of what we believe victims typically look like (whiter, blonder and more in line with what we’re taught to associate with innocence), maybe there would be uproar.
The bodies that R. Kelly has violated belong to girls we do not believe are worthy of protection or uproar. In fact we’re taught to believe this type of girl “asked for it” or did something to warrant her abuse.
We lost a great one today, people.
Mrs. Evelyn Lowery, the founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference/WOMEN (Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now) passed away earlier this morning.
In 1979, two years after her husband, the Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery (you might remember him from 2008) became president of the SCLC, (Sidebar: Dr. Lowery was the 3rd president of that organization, following two no-names: Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy) she formed SCLC/WOMEN to give women more of a voice in the movement. She dedicated the rest of her life to make sure that women and young girls had the opportunities that others were provided by instituting GED programs and mentoring. She also devoted countless years to raising money for HIV/AIDS awareness in the black community and partnered with women’s rights orgs the world over. I will go on record as saying she’s one of the most underrepresented feminists in history.
In addition to all of that, she took part in the Selma to Birmingham march with Dr. King and her husband and re-created it many times over the years to commemorate the occasion.
If she isn’t Peak Blackness, then nothing is. My condolences to the family.
Danielle Brooks and Uzo Aduba — better known as Taystee and Crazy Eyes of Orange Is the New Black made a Christmas video for the ASTEP (Artist Strive to End Poverty) charity.
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I’m going to love Social D and Mike Ness forever. They go against all my general musical tastes since it’s just generic ’90s punk sung by a guy who sounds like me, which is generally not good. But I love it. When I feel lousy, there’s very little that’s better to yell along to while I’m driving.
“Holy Mary at the Crossing”, 1886, Giovanni Segantini.
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Social Distortion - Alone and Forsaken (Hank Williams cover)
The roses have faded, there’s frost at my door
The birds in the morning don’t sing anymore
The grass in the valley is starting to die
And out in the darkness the whippoorwills cry
Alone and forsaken by fate and by man
Oh Lord, if you hear me, please hold-a my hand
Oh, please understand
I am for me and those to whom
the thirsty drunkenness for
freedom presents everything with me,
and for everyone as well, because everyone
I love as well, - love.
I am among the most noble
the most noble
and among those who requite
the ones who requites most
I am human, I love
death and love
Abstract Painting (910-3), 2009
Oil on canvas
84 x 84 cm
the men’s rights movement doesn’t amount to much more than “i heard the girls’ bathroom has couches”
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Someone gave me a shirt for my birthday with a weiner dog on it that says “Always root for the underdog.”
izafoundthis asked: Ok. Well I just want you to know that I do respect you and hope that one day you'll look back at all this and realize you were sort of being mean and counterintuitive. This message should be absent of skin color. This is a message from a human to a human. <3
whites are so condescending. fuck you cracker. society dont see you as “colorless” but if you wanna claim thats what you are fine. but im black and proud! whites always wanna take away somebodys identity…
I’m still not sure what the shit is so counterintuitive about anything in nayyirah’s response or original poem.
just because some white EUROPEAN missed the point doesn’t mean she was being counterintuitive
they mean: telling white people they can’t do something is counter-intuitve to the white privilege that informs them everything belongs to them, even as they try to convince you nothing belongs to anyone.
refers to the conservative christian owners of the giant Hobby Lobby chain of stores having won an injunction against Obamacare’s birth control requirement, allowing the for-profit company to withhold contraceptive coverage from its employees. The Supreme Court is now to review the case ..(here)
Guess where NOT to buy felt this holiday season?
REST IN PEACE NELSON MANDELA
for real, though, if you’re dating a writer and they excuse any of their awful bullshit with “but I’m a writer, we’re supposed to be emotionally unavailable and cold,” give them a thousand Hogan Leg Drops
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