Samburu Men, Kenya
Streets of New York, 1960’s
I need a leopard suit
YASSS!!! I’ve been waiting for someone to do this.
Indigenous people of Brazil trying to prevent their eviction from an old indigenous museum which they have been living in for the past 7 years.
On March 22nd all of the inhabitants and their supporters were forcibly removed or arrested.
The building is being destroyed to make a parking lot :(
Studio portraits by Edouard Méhomé taken in Porto-Novo, Benin.
From “Life and afterlife in Benin” edited by Alex Van Gelder, Phaidon, 2005.
Been making “Green Monster” smoothies for the past 4 days.
Who knew that adding spinach to my classic protein shake with banana, frozen strawberries, almond milk, vegan protein powder and flax powder would INCREASE the taste?? “Not I” said the cat!
And I noticed improved energy from day 1. Here’s the website where I got the inspiration from.
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SYMBOLS & MYSTICISM #18
Appropriation or Representation. How do we decide?
Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra from the 1963 epic drama of the same name.
I say it’s more alarming than both those things. White people actually believe that the Egyptians were White and that Cleopatra was White. That’s why the West is obsessed with Egypt (forming multiple Egyptomania crazes). They have adopted it as their own exotic history. For that to happen, they must imagine the Egyptians and Cleopatra as White. They ignore the fact that Egypt is in Africa and that ancient Egyptian civil ization shared more in common with other African civilizations than it did with the White civilizations around the Mediterranean Sea. They portray Egyptians as White or, recently, tan. I’ve seen this in multiple so-called “historical” documentaries on the “History Channel.” That shit is simply not accurate. The reason they make them White is because they’ve literally appropriated the history as part of their own history. It was the greatest civilization in ancient history and for that reason, White supremacy insists ancient Egyptians were White.
And they’ve been claiming it for so long now that they have seriously forgotten that the ancient Egyptians were African.
African Egyptologist Cheikh Anta Diop documents how early Egyptology invented the myth that ancient Egyptians were white in The African Origin of Civilization.
Also, Cleopatra was not White. With the way they keep making stories about her, you would think they know a lot about her. But they actually don’t know much about her at all. What they do know mostly comes from Roman sources which were written hundreds of years after her death and the Romans hated her (because she was a woman, she had power, and she was foreign) so they didn’t have any reason to be particularly accurate. She was the ruler of one of the richest empires in the world and yet today she’s remembered as a seductress. It’s preposterous.
So, no. I don’t think its simple appropriation or representation. I think it’s mythologizing and whitewashing. If Egyptian civilization can be turned White, any ruler.. any group.. any achievement.. can also be White washed. That’s scary to me.
And White people will pretend like it doesn’t matter. But if it didn’t matter, then why do they keep trying to make them White?
Yolanda Spivey Writes:
First, I created an email account and resume for Bianca. I kept the same employment history and educational background on her resume that was listed on my own. But I removed my home phone number, kept my listed cell phone number, and changed my cell phone greeting to say, “You have reached Bianca White. Please leave a message.” Then I created an online Monster.com account, listed Bianca as a White woman on the diversity questionnaire, and activated the account.
That very same day, I received a phone call. The next day, my phone line and Bianca’s email address, were packed with potential employers calling for an interview. I was stunned. More shocking was that some employers, mostly Caucasian-sounding women, were calling Bianca more than once, desperate to get an interview with her. All along, my real Monster.com account was open and active; but, despite having the same background as Bianca, I received no phone calls.
ASIAN AMERICAN DISNEY PRINCESSES:
by Kim (annakimskywalker) & Donnie (donniekompany)
11x17 inkjet prints
Most of us grew up watching Disney classics featuring the beautiful Disney princesses we all know and love. Disney was and continues to be a staple in the lives of many children. However, despite how much we admired these princesses, it was difficult relating to them because they didn’t physically represent us. Take a look at any Disney princess product and you will see the preference towards the White princesses, white washing of princesses of color (skin color, facial features, etc), and the shoving of these princesses to the side.
In the 76 years since Snow White was released, there have been 11 (soon to be 12) Disney princesses, only 4 of whom are women of color (Jasmine in 1992, Pocahontas in 1995, Mulan in 1998, and Tiana in 2009). It took 55 yearsto portray a woman of color as a princess, and these portrayals also came with problematic and inaccurate representations of their respective cultures & histories (not to mention Tiana was a frog more than half of the movie).
How are young APIA children supposed to believe in “happy endings” when we don’t see them happening to people who look like us?
All of the above was the inspiration behind this photoshoot. We believe physically showing some of our favorite princesses as Asian American women will allow us to build more of a connection with the princesses who weren’t women of color, but who still possess qualities we admire and/or see in ourselves.
**These are just 5 of the 15 we recently showed at our university’s Asian American Studies Expo.
Andrea as Sleeping Beauty
Henna as Belle
Cat a s Cinderella
Young as Snow White
Jenny as Tinkerbell
Editing: Kim & Rachelle
"It is not the destiny of Black america to repeat white america’s mistakes. But we will, if we mistake the trappings of success in a sick society for the signs of a meaningful life. If Black men continue to do so, while defining “femininity” in its archaic European terms, this augurs ill for our survival as a people, let alone our survival as individuals. Freedom and future for Blacks does not mean absorbing the dominant white male disease.
-Audre Lorde, “My Words Will Be There” (via theraceproblem)
As Black people, we cannot begin our dialogue by denying the oppressive nature of male privilege. And if Black males choose to assume that privilege, for whatever reason, raping, brutalizing, and killing Black women, then we cannot ignore Black male oppression. One oppression does not justify another.
As a people, we should most certainly work together to end our common oppression, and toward a future which is viable for us all. In that context, it is shortsighted to believe that Black men alone are to blame for the above situations, in a society dominated by white male privilege. But the Black male consciousness must be raised so that he realizes that sexism and woman-hating are critically dysfunctional to his liberation as a Black man because they arise out of the same constellation that engenders racism and homophobia, a constellation of intolerance for difference.
Until this is done, he will view sexism and the destruction of Black women only as tangential to the cause of Black liberation rather than as central to that struggle, and as long as this occurs, we will never be able to embark upon that dialogue between Black women and Black men that is so essential to our survival as a people. And this continued blindness between us can only serve the oppressive system within which we live."
Shampoo and Sexual Development Among Black Girls - Y'ALL.
This three part series discusses the possible role Hormone-Containing Hair Products (HCHPs) play in early sexual development among African American girls and the need for further research on this topic.
Article Referenced: Hormone-Containing Hair Product Use in Prepubertal Children
Originally Reprinted in: Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Vol. 156, pg. 85, Jan. 2002.
Can access article at above archives via online journal/database or at: http://www.nobreastcyst.com/shampoo.html