What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals...– Frederick Douglass, Independence Day speech 1852 (via amnasaeed)
How resistance to white-on-black rape launched the... →
manifestfreedom: That story is central to DANIELLE McGUIRE’s new book, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance – A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power.
It wasn’t that they didn’t give a damn. It was just, I suppose,...– Paule Marshall, “Reena,” in Toni Cade Bambara’s The Black Woman: An Anthology, (1970, 2005), 26
I must learn to love the fool in me- the one who feels too much, talks too much,...– Theodore Isaac Rubin (via kari-shma)
Black Girls Tipping on the Sexual Tight Rope →
Today I did my “big” group lecture on Black Womens Bodies and Rap Music, using Nicki Minaj as a unit of analysis. Moya say this and tweeted me a video of the poet Jasmine Mans. What follows is a discussion about her work vs. Nicki’s. And then @Kismet4 Joined the convo.
Every single empire in its official discourse has said that it is not like all...– Edward Said, in the Preface to Orientalism (via trastorn)
More than half of transgender bullying victims... →
feelssomuchlikefalling: As shocking and depressing as this is, I’m not “surprised.” I hate how jaded I’ve become….. “A new survey indicates more than half of transgender and gender non-conforming people who were bullied, harassed or assaulted in school have attempted suicide. ‘From our experience working with…
Dear Sister Anthology: Call for Submissions →
Via website: Dear Sister primarily seeks letters but will accept poems, prose, essay, and drawn art that can be scanned for entry. Maximum word count is 1000. Deadline for submission is November 1, 2010. Individuals of any race, creed, background, citizenship or non-citizen, ability, and identity are encouraged to submit their words and work to uplift others in the healing stages of post...
The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants...– Noam Chomsky (via stfuglennbeck)
Editorial - New York’s Wasteful and Ineffective... →
kameelahwrites: New York State will spend an extraordinary $170 million this year on 21 juvenile facilities. The system has more than 2,000 employees to oversee fewer than 700 children. This would be monumentally wasteful under any condition. The fact is that these facilities are disastrously mismanaged, and as many as 80 percent of the young men who serve time end up committing more crimes...
bespangled: “Inspired by the work of Marlon Riggs young filmmaker John Dargan decides to make a homage to Rigg’s critically acclaimed “Tongues Untied.” Dargan explores the contemporary face of voguing; the power behind identity and self-expression, the connection between safe spaces and the true robustness of spirit that comes to these young men with the beat of every up tempo mix they vogue to....
Raymond Castro, Stonewall Legend Dies →
projectqueer: One of the original Stonewall rebels, 68-year-old Raymond Castro, passed away from stomach cancer Saturday in Madeira Beach, Fla. According to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Castro was inside Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn on June 27, 1969, during “the first night of the uprising and is documented as the only person arrested that evening who was known...
Exhibiting "Others" in the West →
“Saarjite Baartman, a young Khosian woman from Southern Africa whose body was the main attraction at public spectacles in both England and France for over five years, is perhaps the most infamous case of a Khosian body on display. Baartman, who became known as the Hottentot Venus, was brought to Europe from Cape Town in 1810 by an English ship’s surgeon who wished to publicly exhibit...
Sarah Baartman, At Rest At Last →
“Sarah Baartman, displayed as a freak because of her unusual physical features, has finally been laid to rest, 187 years after she left Cape Town for London. Her remains were buried on Women’s Day, 9 August 2002, in the area of her birth, the Gamtoos River Valley in the Eastern Cape. Baartman was born in 1789. She was working as a slave in Cape Town when she was “discovered” by British...
Meanwhile investigation of the subject had by no means stood still, for Sanids...– John R. Baker. ”The ‘Hottentot Venus’.” Heretical.com
The exhibition in 1810 of Saartjie Baartman, also called Sarah Bart- mann or...– Sandra L. Gilman, “Black Bodies, White Bodies: Toward an Iconography of Female Sexuality in Late Nineteenth-Century Art, Medicine, and Literature,” Critical Inquiry 12 (Autumn 1985), 204-242, 213
"Bring back Saartjie Baartman," Sister Namibia...
Bring back Saartjie Baartman. (1996). Sister Namibia, 7(5&6), 21. Retrieved October 12, 2010, from GenderWatch (GW). (Document ID: 506057041): Bring back Saartjie Baartman A Quena woman who was shown in Europe as a circus freak last century is to be the subject of a documentary to revive the memory of South Africa’s aboriginal people, writes Eddie Koch from Weekly Mail &...