Zoe Saldana shouldn’t be playing Nina Simone, but not because she’s not “Black” enough.
Two disclosures upfront.
One: I like watching Zoe Saldana on screen. I think she’s talented and she has presence and I have sat through many awful productions just because she’s entertaining to watch (Rosemary’s Baby much?).
Two: I don’t see a problem having a Dominican woman playing an African-American woman, just like I didn’t have a problem with Zendaya playing Aaliyah even though Zendaya is biracial.
My only problem with Zoe is she doesn’t consider herself Black and she is playing a woman to whom Blackness was a central focus of her life and her art. And that’s disrespectful.
1:06 pm • 28 July 2014 •
Look at this photo.
nah, they portray her as white because she was white.
Next they’ll demand history books to be re-written in order to not be racist.
Wait, I think they’re already doing that.
Cleopatra was part of the Ptolemaic dynasty, who were Macedonian Greeks who served Alexander the Great before his death. Because they followed the Egyptian custom of marrying siblings they had little to no actual Egyptian blood in them. Thus having an actual Egyptian woman portray Cleopatra would be historically incorrect.
I laugh at people who don’t know Cleopatra technically wasn’t even Egyptian.
People believe what coincides with their opinions.
I knew she was white but I didn’t know she wasn’t actually Egyptian. Hmmph. The more ya know
I never participate in these kinds of tumblr-speculation-circle-jerks because the formatting looks weird and unpleasant to me. But I just wanna drop in and say we don’t know what Cleopatra’s heritage was. We don’t know her father’s mother’s background (though she was most probably a concubine of Nubian or Egyptian heritage) and we don’t know the background of her mother’s mother, who could also have been a concubine (as was very common even given the claims of the ruling Macedonians being very insular and only marrying relatives). The point is, the evidence for and against Cleopatra being White, North African, Sub-Saharan, or (most likely) a mixture of the three is about equal and largely speculative, but the depictions of her are almost ALWAYS WHITE because white is still the default. She might be white should not always be interpreted as “Cleopatra is white” in every popular representation on screen.
(Source: adeesparks, via allonsy-mywayward-sociopath)
8:10 pm • 25 July 2014 •
NYPD taking steps to coverup “chokehold murder.”
First, they misdirected focus to the first responders on the scene (who were then taken off duty). Now, the NY Daily News has the police report from the incident where the chokehold — the sole reason Eric Garner died that day — isn’t even mentioned.
I’m not trying to indict the entire NYPD even though I certainly have my own history with that racist, bullying institution. Other people have already taken up that banner with protests and “remember whens?” back to the time Police Commissioner Bratton was chief in the 90s and locking up brown people left and right under his “broken windows” policy (x). I want to take this down to what it really is — one cop who got out of control and should be punished.
4:09 pm • 22 July 2014 •
News from my home state: KKK handing out candy; Leader implies he’s not racist
I love when South Carolina makes the news because I get to remind people the Palmetto State birthed me and I still made it out alive, whole, and fabulous.
This past weekend the Klan left little bags of candy and literature in folks’ driveways to recruit some fresh rednecks to their cause. In all honestly, it’s not the worst idea in the world. I personally would do quite a few questionable things for a Reese’s cup right now.
3:50 pm • 16 July 2014 •
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Man shoots himself. Tells police a Black man did it.
If I wrote a little blurb about every white person that blamed a crime on an Imaginary Negro, that’s all I would have time to write about. This story in particular caught my eye because I can’t figure out the motive, and you know how I hate being unable to suss out racists folks’ reasoning.
I’m about 87% sure this is the waste of skin in question (more on that later):
But I’m 100% sure he’s a worthless racist.
11:58 am • 16 July 2014 •
Look at this photo.
Can’t decide if this is Postracial America or Musical Chairs. #PleaseHelp
12:06 pm • 11 July 2014 •
Aspiration vs. Authenticity vs. Appropriation
I just got a message from a friend of mine about white people in hip-hop (or other Black artforms) so I wanted to make a quick note about it publicly so y’all can discuss and tell me why you agree or disagree.
You have spoken somewhat frequently in your writing about the problem with artists such as Iggy Azalea, Macklemore, etc. While I generally don’t enjoy these artists as a whole, it’s not particularly for the political reasons that you take issue with them. I think I’ve always interpreted what they do as more of a desire for cultural “participation,” rather than any desire to co-opt and take “ownership” of another culture. From what I’ve always seen, it always looks like the aforementioned artists have genuine reverence and deep respect for the talent of rap artists and the efficacy and legitimacy of that method of expression. I feel like these artists, whether we agree or not, believe that this particular mode of expression (in this case, rap) speaks to them more strongly than different modes of expression and they genuinely want to be accepted by the communities that they revere so intensely.
10:21 am • 11 July 2014 •
Go to this link.
Pet peeve of the day: Gay white guys with a Shaniqua Complex.
I would like to revisit this since there is a Time article going around today instructing gay white men to stop stealing Black female culture.
It’s still not cute. I’m glad other folks agree.
5:27 pm • 9 July 2014 •