Olympic Games of Exclusion [a reblog]

I asked a friend to travel with me to Brazil for the Olympics this summer. I don’t know why it didn’t work out.. maybe lack of proper planning? The stars never aligned? Anywho, I’m glad we won’t be there. Don’t even think I can watch the events anymore after reading that much of the press documenting the games are being housed on sacred land.. then this:

by Felipe Araujo If there was ever a microcosm for the unfair struggle between everyday citizens and huge corporate interests (including a repressive state) then Rio de Janeiro’s Vila Autódromo neighbourhood might just be it. The impoverished community, which has been fighting eviction for years, sits right alongside the Olympic Park. People here have been […]

via Dispatch from Rio: These are the Games of Exclusion — Media Diversified

Black Every Friday

Well, if one only wishes to know how justice is administered in a country, one does not question the policemen, the lawyers, the judges or the protected members of the middle class. One goes to the unprotected – those, precisely, who need the law’s protection most! – and listen to their testimony. Ask any Mexican, any Puerto Rican, any Black man, any poor person – ask the wretched how they fare in the halls of justice, and then you will know, not whether or not the country is just, but whether or not it has any love for justice, or any concept of it. It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.

-James Baldwin

week 06 || 2016

lmtlssPronoia

Psychology

Pronoia is a neologism that is defined as the opposite state of mind to paranoia: having the sense that there is a conspiracy that exists to help the person. It is also used to describe a philosophy that the world is set up to secretly benefit people.Wikipedia
And if we break it down, pro-, of course, means supporting; favoring. And -noia is defined as thought; (condition of the) mind or will.
I’ve been getting plenty of those tingly pronoia feelings these last few months, but I’ve always said the universe is working in your favor, girl! Yessssss!  And I’ll probably just continue to say that because pronoia sounds like I need to work on my paranoia pronunciation. Interesting nonetheless.

Is the universe working in your favor?

[photo cred: getty images] 

New Fashion Web Series “The Reclaim” Aims to Change the Negative Imagery of Black Men (VIDEO)

It’s Monday, right 🙂

GOOD BLACK NEWS

The New Stereotype: The Reclaim The New Stereotype: The Reclaim (photo via Shadow And Act)

A new web series on Vimeo has been launched this month called “The New Stereotype: The Reclaim” which aims to change the perception of black men in the media.

Conceived by Harlem-based Marquelle Turner-Gilchrist, who is an assistant buyer for a luxury fashion company, he says that he came up with the idea for the series to “show the diversity and strength of black males.”

He then reached out to friends and others willing participants through social media to be a part of the project, and created it to be all inclusive, taking into account skin tones, fashion styles, careers and backgrounds from all over the world, such as Ghana, the Virgin Islands, North Carolina, Brooklyn, New Jersey, and Georgia.

The result is basically a fashion show for young, successful, upwardly mobile brothers (or “dandies” as I call them)…

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I just wanna thank…

lieb.pngWow, so I’ve been nominated for yet another Liebster! Thank you. AND, I also graciously accept my very first Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! Thank you!! My next place will need to have a  trophy room at the rate I’m going.

A Liebster and an SWB seem pretty similar. In my own words, they both are a means to thank bloggers you love and get to know them a little better. It also lets me know that you guys are watching and appreciate what I do, reminding me why I do it. And who doesn’t like talking about themselves, right??! So here we go:

How would you define your style? uhmmmmmm..me? I really like to look and feel my best so I make sure I love every article of clothing I put on. I’m into juxtaposing hard and soft, masculine + feminine, after 5 + casual. [Very telling of my personality, I think.] And I love a good statement piece, especially big earrings to counter my nearly bald head. So whatever that is.

Who are your style icons? Solange is number one. Tracee Ellis Ross is a close second. Lupita Nyong’o hasn’t been doing it long enough to be first, but I see you, L! She always looks amazing.

What is a social issue that you are passionate about? Like Sache’t, I am very concerned with the amount of Black bodies disappearing in amerikkka. I also want to help my people get back on track to understanding, accepting and loving who they are.

What is your favorite style trend this season? Ankle booties! Not really a trend but a staple! can’t get enough can’t get enough

What is your niche for blogging?  (i.e) – fashion, hair, DIY, social issues, everyday life, etc: Yea. All that. I blog about whatever- in my words, my perspective. [I don’t have a niche. I don’t think. Do I?]

What was it that made you want to start blogging? Initially, I wanted to share my passion for clothing and accessories.

What is one of your goals as a blogger? I want to bring light to subjects that are less known and/or completely overlooked. From music to visual art to underrepresented stories in the news, I rep for the underdogs.

Are you into art?? If so who is your favorite artist? (Feel free to leave a link to their work) What?! Art is me. I am art. I see other people as art as well, along with artists who create music and food and graffiti murals and poetry. There are so many categories and facets that I cannot choose just one favorite; every artist I encounter is such an inspiration in their own way.

What is your favorite social media site/app? Does youtube count? If not, I guess it’d have to be instagram [because it’s the only one I use.]

Which blogger(s) do you admire the most? Again, I can’t choose just one. I love all the bloggers I follow. I love the unapologetic types. They all express themselves in different ways about different things so I appreciate them for that. I love anyone who freely expresses themselves that can teach me something but is still open to learning something new/hearing a a different view.

sisaward.pngWhat does the definition of sisterhood mean to you? Sisterhood is always being there for your sisters, in the physical world and online. It’s being a shoulder, a tough love giver. Although there are many things that some sisters do that I don’t agree with, I still love them and I’ll remain an adamant defender, even if it’s loving from a distance.

What is your purpose in life? I think the long answer will be ever-changing, but right now, the short answer: my purpose is to be my true self, unapologetically. I love my life. I am happy and free and I believe my purpose is to inspire others to live freely and be their authentic self.

A big thank you to my sisters over at Visionarie Kindness and  Everyday Sache’t! This was fun.

 

Black Every Friday

I hate to admit that I watched a tiny bit of local news this week. I saw plenty of coverage of the Planned Parenthood “shooter”, the San Bernadino “attacks” and the Chicago protests….. but NOTHING in regards to the case of the inhuman Daniel Holtzclaw. Not a peep.

In short, Holtzclaw is/was a POLICE OFFICER who RAPED AND ABUSED SEVERAL BLACK WOMEN all while ON DUTY. I believe he did it because 1). he’s a sick fuck, and 2). he knew he’d probably get away with it.

This case got me deep into my dormant volcano mood; I have yet to read or hear the entire story because it’s pretty disgusting and painful. I just hate that our bodies, Black bodies, are constantly disregarded. Let’s be real, if this were several white women, Holtzclaw would probably be on death row right about now. Nancy Grace would be working double shifts to chew up this monster. I don’t trust or expect much from mainstream media, but with the obvious lack of coverage, it’s just very disheartening [and often overwhelming] to be reminded that the safety and well-being of my people doesn’t matter.

Where are all those feminists when you need em?

Where’s Al at? Jesse Jackson? Tito? Anybody?

***crickets***

My solace? He was convicted last night. Hopefully he’ll get ass raped everyday for the rest of his days.

Are/Were you following this case?