12 Years a Slave won Best Picture because it’s about slavery.
No one wants to be the one to say it, so I will, because it’s the Internet and you can’t throw anything at me. You also can’t revoke my Black card and ban me from the potato salad line because I do more than my fair share of pointing out racial injustice. Still, let’s call it like it is: 12 Years a Slave won the Best Picture Oscar because any other result would’ve caused a firestorm of controversy the Academy would never live down.
The Oscar voters knew this and they voted accordingly, and now, some of them are even admitting they didn’t even see the movie.
4:06 pm • 7 March 2014 •
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Dominican Republic defends KKK costumes in Carnival parade.
And this is why we can’t have nice things.
Black & brown folks are so busy trying to differentiate themselves and make sure someone is on the bottom other than them, everyone is distracted from the very real task of dismantling white supremacy. This is ridiculous and I can’t believe DR’s culture ministry is trying to defend it.
12:04 pm • 7 March 2014 •
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Look at this photo.
Clearly The Huffington Post is going to change or delete this tweet shortly, but I wanted to preserve this for posterity. I also want to know what the hiring process is like. Do that just do a cattle call for the most vapid white folks they can find who have no sense of decorum or common sense at all? And then the editors don’t have any taste either? I just be hella confused looking at mainstream publications sometimes like….does anybody think EVER or nah?
Chelsea Handler already has all the side eye for naming her book Uganda Be Kidding* Me when people like me are LITERALLY BEING KILLED THERE, and HuffPo wants to promote that fuckery tied to a historic win for a slavery themed movie written by, directed by, and ABOUT black folks? Come ON…
(* I read it as Killing the first time around because Chelsea Handler is obnoxious and I assumed she was that daft.)
3:14 am • 3 March 2014 •
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Pack of Hanes is probably my favorite thing I’ve randomly come up with this year. [GO]
Jimmy Fallon is probably my favorite thing about any iteration of any late-night program. [GO]
More exposure is probably my favorite thing about HAIM covering Beyonce last week. [GO]
3:01 pm • 2 March 2014 •
Kim Kardashian was black for a day.
KimmyKakes was over in Vienna performing her greatest talent — no not that one, the one where she’ll go to whoever is writing the biggest check — but she had to cut her date short because of a little blackface and n-word dropping.
So we’re going to take that Honorary Black Person Award away from Teena Marie today and let Kim borrow it. Teena is dead anyway, so she won’t miss it for a quick second.
2:00 pm • 28 February 2014 •
Black college student jailed for reporting a crime.
My dad told me when I was younger not to meddle in “white folks’ affairs.” I took it with a grain of salt, ignored it, and pretty much just brushed it off as another one of his famous “be wary around white people” lessons held over from growing up during the age of segregation. The older I get, the more those lessons creep in. Last year his “don’t get into cars with white people you don’t know” lesson hit vividly close to home, and after what happened to NCUU sophomore Lewis James Little, I may think twice about “meddling” as well.
12:04 pm • 27 February 2014 •
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In light of the gay marriage discussion dominating airwaves the past couple of weeks, I thought this list of interracial couples would be an interesting aside. It’s interesting how similar the marriage equality map is to the interracial marriage map below…
**Reposted from Feb. 4, 2012**
This US map depicts when anti-miscegenation laws were struck down in different areas of the country. The states in grey never had laws against interracial marriage. The states in green repealed their interracial marriage laws prior to 1887, while the states in yellow repealed theirs between the years of 1948 and 1967. The remaining states in red had anti-miscegenation laws on the books up until June 12, 1967 when the Supreme Court struck down the last remaining holdouts with its ruling in the Loving v. Virginia case.
Because of the historical significance of that case, last year Listverse placed Richard Loving & Mildred Jeter at number one on their list of the most fascinating Black/White Marriages in history. The other nine couples are equally interesting and they’re after the jump.
10:07 am • 27 February 2014 •
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I don’t have to say “some” white people in the context of race, and this is why.
Look at me y’all, responding to internet comments TWICE in one week. I hope you know this means I won’t be doing this again until June because I could be writing about Ciara's pregnancy or something and instead I'm explaining the nuances of racial discourse on the internet.
Going back to that New Jersey black dummy hanging one more time, let’s talk about why a blanket statement like “white people are the worst” isn’t really a blanket statement.
4:01 pm • 25 February 2014 •