Lorna Simpson New York Artist + Photographer, The Edit Magazine.
To see a work by Lorna Simpson in person is feel chills unlike any other. The first work I saw, I felt like someone had creeped inside my mind and spilled the guts of my insecurities and history. I wrote more about my love of Lorna back in 2012.
This is crucial information, particularly crucial to Western feminists who need to keep in mind that there is a fight, a struggle, for basic female equality beyond our immediate domestic concerns. We ally with our sisters around the world and advocate for them, always.
The psychological effect Israel’s war crimes have on Palestinian children is rarely talked about. Israel says ‘you teach your children to hate’ but they will never tell you that they kill so many parents. They deprive so many Palestinian children of a father, a mother, someone to help calm their fears.
The top photo is of a relative of Ibrahim Mansour, 26, who was killed by Israeli soldiers as he was collecting gravel to sell from his donkey cart, during his funeral in Gaza City today, February 14, 2014, and the bottom photo is of his son at the hospital morgue yesterday.
Never forget the children of Palestine. Never forget their struggle of growing up.
(Photos: Suhaib Salem / Reuters)
Quote is from her good essay The ‘Fierce Black Woman’ Inside You Doesn’t Exist on Poejazzi, in response to Perez Hilton’s racist, misogynoiristic tweet “Inside every gay man is a fierce black woman!” Must read essay! Now, the very lazy response is for people to pretend like Perez is the only White gay man who has ever said this (as White privilege involves persistent attempts to individualize systemic issues as to deny accountability) or pretend that his specific awfulness (and yes, he’s awful) is the issue, not misogynoir itself which makes this is a common thing that many Black women hear every single day. I (that would be me, @thetrudz/@GradientLair) directly tweeted him too. His response to every Black woman was ignorance that got increasingly worse over time that day, including him eventually enacting Godwin’s Law.
If you notice carefully in this conversation, no one suggested that gay men do not experience homophobia or that when the conversation is about some Black women who treat gay men as “sidekicks” (which of course is wrong) is discussed, it should be discussed. So that derailment in the name of intersectionality (while of course ironically ignoring intersectionality origins) is not needed when it only happens as a gay man is being called out for misogynoir. As for the other predictable derailment, Perez having a Latina mother does not mean this is not about White supremacy, that he no longer has White-passing privilege, that his male privilege has evaporated nor means he is incapable of misogynoir and anti-Blackness. Finally, the derailment via male privilege and misogynoir—that Black women are empty and just “copying” and appropriating gay men—is not needed.
I know Perez thought this was an acceptable response to Pia’s video and she’s a Black woman but that is irrelevant. Privilege does not evaporate based on who you know that doesn’t have it.
Black women are not costumes to be worn or objects solely for consumption, period.
Today In Black History: February 6, 1990 - Harvard student Barack Obama becomes the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review; this role is considered the highest student position at Harvard Law School.
In 2010, third-year Harvard Law student and Review editor Stephanie Grace circulated an email that began “I absolutely do not rule out the possibility that African Americans are, on average, genetically predisposed to be less intelligent.” The email was forwarded to the entire Black Law Students’ Association.
The Harvard Law School has been described as a "racist breeding ground," and Stephanie Grace’s email represents just one of many more incidents that still contribute to a hostile climate for students of color at Harvard Law and other college campuses nationwide.
John Arthur "Jack" Johnson
Arrived to us on March 31, 1878 and departed this life on June 10, 1946.
Six feet-two inches and two hundred pounds of self proclaimed Free Man!
Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashād
(1st salute to Black Sisterhood!)
Born Phylicia Ayers-Allen on June 19, 1948 (Ageless at 65 years)
Born Deborrah Kaye Allen on January 16, 1950 (Forever young at age 64)
Reblogging for all the kids under 25 who dont know that they are sisters
black excellence. also I’m under 25 and DEFINITELY knew they were sisters.
I thought it was common knowledge that they are sisters. Who doesn’t know that? You ain’t real if you don’t know