Women

Penny Dreadful’s Lily/Brona Croft Takes Charge – YouTube

For “Penny Dreadful” enthusiast, this was an over the top performance for Billie Piper.

Published on Jun 22, 2015

Frankenstein monster having a feminist oscar-wining moment. Totally unbelievable.

via Penny Dreadful’s Lily/Brona Croft Takes Charge – YouTube.

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Crystal Valentine – “Black Privilege” (CUPSI 2015 Finals) – YouTube

Crystal Valentine performs her poetic analysis of Black Privilege. It will amaze you. Thrilling performance.

Performing for NYU during finals at the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. NYU won the tournament.

via Crystal Valentine – “Black Privilege” (CUPSI 2015 Finals) – YouTube.

Eric Casebolt: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com

McKinney, TX 2015

A McKinney, Texas, cop has been placed on administrative leave while his department investigates his actions in a video that shows him cursing at juveniles, violently detaining a 15-year-old girl and pointing his gun at two unarmed teens at a community pool party.

He has been identified as Corporal Eric Casebolt, a 40-year-old Navy veteran who has been an officer in McKinney for nearly 10 years, according to Fox 4 News.

Casebolt is white, while the teens he is seen arresting and yelling expletives at are black.

The video, posted to YouTube, went viral on social media, prompting police to review it and put Casebolt on leave. The incident happened Friday, June 5 and he was suspended Sunday.

via Eric Casebolt: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com.

51-Year-Old, Self Taught Developer Creates App to Help Women Escape Abuse | Hypepotamus

Love my tech women. Love Environmental Justice projects. Alicia Carr is a superstar in my book. She has created an app that encompasses technical prowess with an environmental justice momentum. Read on. Alicia Carr, The Purple PocketBook

Alicia Carr isn’t your typical tech founder. Having discovered her love for coding later in life, she’s using her newfound talent for a good cause. Her app, The Purple PocketBook, was established as an effort to empower women experiencing domestic violence with the essential tools required to develop a safe, secure exit plan. As someone who’s had family and friends fall victim to domestic violence, Carr wants her app to help the millions suffering from abuse across the country. We recently connected with Alicia to get the scoop on her and her app.

via 51-Year-Old, Self Taught Developer Creates App to Help Women Escape Abuse – Hypepotamus.

Stop Telling Women To Smile | FILMS FOR ACTION

“I AM NOT HERE FOR YOU!”

Stop Telling Women to Smile is an art series by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. The work attempts to address gender based street harassment by placing drawn portraits of women, composed with captions that speak directly to offenders, outside in public spaces. 

Tatyana Falalizadeh is an illustrator/painter based in Brooklyn, mostly known for her oil paintings. Having recently branched out into public art as a muralist, STWTS was born out of the idea that street art can be an impactful tool for tackling street harassment. 

via Stop Telling Women To Smile.

Toni Morrison interview: on racism, her new novel and Marlon Brando | Telegraph

“This world is interesting and difficult,” she would say. “Happiness? Don’t settle for that.”

This particular article by Gaby Wood tributes Morrison like no other I have read. It reminds me why each time I read one of Toni Morrison’s novels, it felt as if I held my breath until the last page. We all know that is impossible, but the world she creates within her texts redefines the past, present, and future. There are no spaces for outsiders or interruptions. I read “A Mercy” in two days, dry-mouthed, sleep-deprived, but never abandoned.

Morrison’s take on race and spaces have never been secret within the pages of her books. Like truly talented individuals, she is blunt, unforgiving, unyielding, and delivers at every turn – just what we need our leaders to aspire.

Toni Morrison

she wrote from the point of view of little black girls in her first two books, of 17th-century slaves in Mercy, of a child killed by her mother to save her from suffering in Beloved. She combined the metaphorical stories of her grandparents with the facts on the ground, and arrived at what she calls “imaginative resistance”. To tell a tale, you have to pick up its pieces, she once suggested, comparing storytellers to Hansel and Gretel. “Their momma doesn’t want them. They leave a little trail. That trail is language.”

via Toni Morrison interview: on racism, her new novel and Marlon Brando – Telegraph.

20 Rare Photos You Need to See from Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way | The Daily Scoop

Continuing our coverage of Black History Month, BroadwayBox brings you a preview of some of the 300 rare photos that appear in Stewart F. Lane’s Black Broadway: African Americans on The Great White Way. The new book by the six-time Tony winner chronicles the journey of black theatre in America, alongside a running timeline of African-American history, and celebrates the performers, playwrights, songwriters, directors, choreographers and designers who changed theatre throughout America and the world. Scroll on to marvel at 20 rare photos that appear in the book, and pick up your edition of Black Broadway: African Americans on The Great White Way to see all 300.

via 20 Rare Photos You Need to See from Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way | The Daily Scoop.

8 Black Women of the Civil Rights Era Who Don’t Get the Praise They Deserve – Atlanta Blackstar

8 Black Women of the Civil Rights Era Who Don't Get the Praise They Deserve - Atlanta Blackstar

Mary Seacole (1805 – May 14, 1881)

Mary Seacole was a Jamaican nurse who cared for British soldiers at the battlefront during the Crimean War. She assisted the wounded at the military hospitals and was a familiar figure at the transfer points for casualties from the front. Her remedies for cholera and dysentery were particularly valued.Septima Pointsette Clark (May 3, 1898 - Dec. 15, 1987)

Septima Poinsette Clark (May 3, 1898 – Dec. 15, 1987)

Septima Clark was an American educator and civil rights activist. Clark developed the literacy and citizenship workshops that played an important role in the drive for voting rights and civil rights for African-Americans in the American Civil Rights Movement.

Clark, along with future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and others, worked on a 1945 case that sought equal pay for Black and white teachers. She described it as her “first effort in a social action challenging the status quo.” Her salary increased threefold when the case was won.

via 8 Black Women of the Civil Rights Era Who Don’t Get the Praise They Deserve – Atlanta Blackstar.

Ernestine Johnson Performs ‘The Average Black Girl’ on Arsenio Hall Show – YouTube

Published on Apr 14, 2014

Ernestine Johnson kicks off the show with an amazing and moving performance of “The Average Black Girl.” You will get chills from this performance. Booking: Aris@xceltalent.com

Website: http://www.ernestinejohnson.com

via Ernestine Johnson Performs ‘The Average Black Girl’ on Arsenio Hall Show – YouTube.

Study: Black Girls Are Being Pushed Out of School : Code Switch : NPR

Columbia University law professor Kimberle Williams Crenshaw and her associates, Priscilla Ocen and Jyoti Nanda, set out to explain in their study, Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected.

They examined data from public schools in Boston and New York City, and the results are startling: Girls of color, and especially black girls, are subject to discipline that is harsher and more frequent than that of their white peers, and are six times more likely to be suspended than white girls. The racial disparities in punishment are greater for girls than for boys.

via Study: Black Girls Are Being Pushed Out of School : Code Switch : NPR.