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mscarmalita: My Five Year Old Son is Afraid to Wear a Hoodie — Bassey Ikpi
And then this comment from my XOJane piece about...
Chris Barnes wrote: You really ought to be ashamed of yourself. As a journalist, it is your responsibility to do a little fact checking before deciding one what to write. To wit - it is becoming more and more clear that Treyvon was not the innocent little kid the popular media trying so hard to make him out to be - and that the neighborhood watch guy very well may have been in a...
Free Write: Apology To My Brown Boy
A few years ago, I wrote a poem called Apology To My Unborn about my fears for my then unborn son. My son is now 5 years old and has been asking me about Trayvon Martin. I’ve done the best I can to answer him in ways that make sense to him but I’ve become incredibly saddened by the weight of it. The fact that there are conversations that I’m going to have to have with him as he...
Stop everything and take 20 minutes to watch this. No Kony but seriously watch this!
Archive: Blame My Teflon Heart
Today is the anniversary of this break up. Last significant, committed relationship. The rest have just been space fillers and time keepers. Never been this close to love before or since. It needed to end, I ended it but it scared me for moving forward. It ushered in a lot of difficult and painful years ahead. My brain marks this time as the last time it was “normal”. The last time I...
My Name is Elon James White...: We Have A Serious... →
elonjames: To raise awareness about the #millionhoodies march and general online campaign I’ve posted the picture below on my social networks. This was the response on one of them. [REDACTED]: Um no. This guy IS suspicious. I would totally purse clutch and traffic dodge to avoid and I’m not sure of…
Comment I just received on my XOJane article.
Chris L. Robinson wrote: Interesting article, but I can’t help but feel the author’s real problem is that she thinks the “Stop Kony” push and other humanitarian efforts in Africa are about her. And since neither she nor her Nigerian parents were born into abject poverty or pitiable circumstances in Africa she is frustrated at being lumped in with Africans that are....
Welcome to the land where it’s open season on civilian/welcome to a place...
"But I have promises to keep...": Indefensible... →
redbeandreams: “And that’s a crime, in this fucking free country. You’re suppose to be somebody’s nigger. And if you’re nobody’s nigger, you’re a bad nigger…” - James Baldwin, If Beale St. Could Talk Trayvon Martin wanted a snack. Like every other human being who has ever watched any sport…
Writing about Kony #1: Ebony →
Are there problems? Of course. But there are problems everywhere and if you don’t take into account both the context in which these problems are presented and the gaze of those showing you the images, you can end up causing far more damage.
Writing about Kony #2: XOJANE →
As an African in America, it’s difficult for me to dismiss this type of activism as “well-meaning.” Critics and supporters of the “movement” are debating whether or not it even matters if the people behind Stop Kony were 100 percent truthful when it came to factual information about the country they’re trying to save. Of course it matters. It serves no one, least of all Ugandan...
Untitled: Met Les Twins @Juste Debout →
When I saw that they were holding a session during Juste Debout, I felt the same way. As an artist, it’s disrespectful and rude. Just like being late to rehearsal is disrespectful and rude. They’re amazing dancers but they need to learn humility quick. They won’t be young and cute and flexible forever. strongshow: It was great to see them dance live, but wasn’t too happy...
"Fuck fear. Love anyway."
@huny whyimsingle: The goal is to be unafraid when you love. To turn your shoulder towards the winds and push on. To be relentless in your pursuit of it. To be fearless and unafraid. We are so bold in anger and confrontation and so scared and meek in love. Quick to tell someone off or to give them a piece of your mind. Slow to place your heart in their hands and say, “Take care of...
Blackness is not an act of violence. It should not be punishable by death.
You don’t become a poet, singer, producer, actor or whatever else when the world...– Indigo Williams (via thestufflifeismadeof)
mysticmelodies asked: out of pure curiosity, do you think there's a difference between east african parents and west african parents? like do you think west african parents are more strict with their children? or have you not really seen a difference? just wonderin' ^_^
I do not like that the “white saviour” of popular culture has now been shifted to activism. I have huge problems with that. It’s intellectual colonialism. It’s reductive. It simplifies both the damage done to the continent since the brain drain of slavery and the triumphs that Africans have made despite the pillaging of resources. I can’t dismiss it as...
Me: Dude! Are you eating a cookie before bedtime!?
Boogie: No! I mean yes! Grandpa gave it to me!
Me: Dad! Did you seriously give this kid a cookie right before bed??
Dad: He told me you said I should give him one!
Me: And you believed him!
Dad: He caught me off guard!
Dad and me: ELAIWE COME HERE!
Me: Did you lie to get a cookie??
Dad: Did you lie to me get a cookie??
Me and dad: Well??
Boogie: This is awkward...
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