‘MeToo’ Creator Tarana Burke Talks Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’ Honor — Black America Web

TIME has named The Silence Breakers – the brave voices who sparked a movement in coming forward with their stories of sexual harassment – as its 2017 Person of the Year. The magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal revealed the selection Wednesday on “Today” along with the cover, a composite group photo that includes actress Ashley Judd,…

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Stop Telling Women To Smile | FILMS FOR ACTION


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. 

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Why We Can’t Feel Black Men’s Pain – Melissa Haris-Perry – YouTube | #OYRchallenge

Melissa Harris-Perry points to examples in medicine, society, and police testimony when determining that African American pain and pain management is considered less than that of Whites during times of illness, physical treatment, and mental anxiety. 
Melissa Harris-Perry on why the recurring murders of young black men, America just can’t seem to put themselves in the shoes of black males. From Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC.

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After Ferguson, my feminism will never be the same | #OYRchallenge

The raw silence spoken of by Tina Mbachu in this article rings back to my vision of small enclaves peppered with frightened aged African Americans in America. She points to white feminists’ singular focus on their backyard and their circus. Similarly, the last few years of heightened African Americans murdered and elder malaise leaves one to gasp with each news flash, each video of gunfire spurting from a sea of blue.

After Ferguson, my feminism will never be the same

“This coming Black History month plagues me the most, as I look back over my social media posts. We have become numb to those sepia and black and white photos of the sixties. They dramatize the void between then and now. They ceased to represent hope so long ago that our Black politicians forgot what they truly represented and are to represent. And so, this paraphernalia becomes an addition to our term papers, articles, festivals, and blogs. We market them to the forlorn instead of justice. We pull them out to wipe our brows after we have sold the community to feed our bellies.

“We are fighting the same issues, yet our children are forming new ideas — new means of protest,” one social media poster said. And I grunt. Another prided the police’s traffic control prowess during our local march. I am still stunned from the vision of a young man shot to death by police just a few years ago on our streets that ended in silence; and her politicizing the mother’s grief. I digress because the she is a woman, a mother, and Black; and the message she sent is “No mother. Your son’s death is not important here. Our borrowed crinoline skirts must remain intact.””

So Tina Mbachu’s indictment against white feminist can be broadened to include a hubris and selfish protest adopted by all of us for too long. The selfish protest our children are now rejecting. The protest that used them as blame, shields, and sacrifices to what we labeled Black Progress. I hear Mbachu clearly when she states:

After Ferguson, my feminism will never be the same
Traumatic transmission across generation is the leftover pain, the unbearable weight of it on our mothers, our fathers. This grief is transferred to us across multiple vectors. The transferring of trauma is also a transferring of tasks. Once solidarity is created in the process, the new generation must now find ways to deal with the pain. We must find new ways to represent our pains, to discuss them, and to heal.

As a feminist, whether a white liberal or radical feminist, you are absolutely wrong to question how I express this pain.

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Why Democrats Got Trampled On Election Night | #OYRchallenge

A population can say more to those who are really listening, by inaction rather than their actions. Congress’s inaction during the Obama regime is a prime example. So why do we ignore this election’s cycle non-supporters? Is it because we would need to make necessary alterations to a tragic comedy played out by the gatekeepers of minority and low-income communities? Still, Democrats address the inaction as causation for crimes against their communities and loss of civil and citizen’s rights. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Democrats Get Trampled On Election Night

Democrats thought they had it all in the bag so the only necessary rhetoric to minorities and poor was “Get out and vote.” This election cycle, Liberal racism showed its head and most minority community leaders simply ignored it in hopes of future opportunities to rise in power. After 150 years of waiting, the educated young and some older African Americans are speaking out by not speaking at all.

Hip Hop artist and activist, Talib Kweli explains his views on the premise of politics and the values that should be associated with voting. “We have an intrinsic value system that celebrates giving people nothing and extracting everything from them.”

The questions no Democrat thought we want answered are:

      “Vote for what?”
      “Where are our issues represented?”
      “Other than handouts, what anti-discrimination local and national bills do you support?”
      “What have you done with the Environmental justice bill initiated by Bill Clinton back in the 20th century?”

“On Feb 11, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed Executive Order 12898, “Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations“,” See: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/basics/ejbackground.html. And there it slowly became a secret to the masses. Environmental Justice covers healthy social and concrete spaces — openings for liberals to engage desperate and marginalized communities, yet the party talking points were handouts and how to survive poor, yet desperate.

Think Progress‘s October 1, 2014 article, “Federal Judge Guts The Nationwide Ban On Housing Discrimination” 

“In the housing sphere, a recent study on behalf of the Department of Housing and Urban Development found that black and Asian homeseekers are shown or told about 15 to 19 percent fewer homes than whites with similar credit qualifications and housing interests…According to a study conducted on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, African Americans and Asians who are looking for a new home are shown or informed of 15 to 19 percent fewer listings than white homebuyers with similar credit and housing interests. Similarly, African Americans with good credit were 3.5 times as likely as whites with similar credit to receive higher-interest-rate loans during the subprime lending boom. Latinos were 3.1 more likely than whites to receive the same loans. The Federal Reserve determined in 2009 that African Americans were twice as likely to be denied a loan as similarly situated whites. ” – Think Progress, http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/11/04/3588462/federal-judge-guts-nationwide-ban-on-housing-discrimination/

Marginalizing statistics greatly impacting the productivity of any group in this country and the lack of politicizing rhetoric towards this end speaks greatly to our priorities when choosing candidates. This particular article was released a month before election day. The information is readily available, especially to our concerned politicians.

Democrats depended on liberal and minority politicians, through incentives, to strong arm and shame its people into continuing a game with no winners and no attempt at addressing key issues. Oh, let us not forget fear of the GOP agendas.

The politically selected issues were women and seniors. Domestic violence against women took the threshold and we imagined millions of women battered and bruised across America, while African American families witnessed horrifying news of children shot and sprayed with tear gas. An entrée to this meal was the seasonal attack on Black athletes, despite the overwhelming examples and statistics of law enforcement employees’ domestic violence cases.

The article by Huffington Post’s Black Voices is an opening to relevant conversations beyond the “Black People don’t vote,” chosen Democratic talking points, and media manipulation of this past disgraceful election cycle. Their political rundown for 2016 strategies is refreshing.

Candidates across the country shunned the president, with one famously refusing even to say whether she voted for him; they ran from the party’s signature accomplishment, national health care reform; and they panicked when the White House considered doing broad-based immigration reform by executive action. Instead, a robust get out the vote operation was supposed to save the party, which rested its hopes in shifting demographic trends and fear of GOP extremists. But when you don’t give your voters much to “get out” for, what’s left?

“We gave Dems no reason to run,” said an adviser to President Barack Obama. “We ran as Dems-lite.”

Too light.


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12 Reasons Why Writer Jamaica Kincaid Is A Total Badass | Huffington Post

12 Reasons Why Writer Jamaica Kincaid Is A Total Badass

Who is Jamaica Kincaid?

She’s humble. Very humble.
When asked about her writing process, Kincaid said it changes with every book: “I don’t really have a standard. I’m not really a professional anything, a professional teacher or a professional writer. I suppose I’m a professional breather of oxygen.”

She doesn’t like taking life too seriously.
“I’ve never thought of myself as having a profession because then I’d have to take life really seriously,” she said. “I hate taking life seriously, because there’s time enough for seriousness. What is death if not serious, and that seems to last forever.”

She saves her nice side for students.
When Henry Louis Gates Jr. asked Kincaid to teach at Harvard, where she’s taught since 1992, she said had “never really thought of doing it before” and didn’t feel particularly drawn to it.

However, she says she enjoys it: “It forces me to be kind and to be in a very present state of mind. Writing requires its opposite — it requires no kindness or consideration of others. It forces me to be a nice person.”

via 12 Reasons Why Writer Jamaica Kincaid Is A Total Badass.

List of works from Wikipedia
Annie John (1985)
Lucy (1990)
The Autobiography of My Mother (1995)
Mr.Potter (2002)
See Now Then (2013)
Uncollected fiction
Ovando” (1989), Conjunctions 14: 75-83
The Finishing Line” (1990), New York Times Book Review 18
Biography of a Dress” (1992), Grand Street 11: 92-100
Song of Roland” (1993), The New Yorker 69: 94-98
Xuela” (1994), The New Yorker, 70: 82-92
Short story collections
At the Bottom of the River (1983)
Nonfiction Books
A Small Place (1988)
My Brother (1997)
Talk Stories (2001)
My Garden Book (2001)
Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalayas (2005)
Uncollected nonfiction
Antigua Crossings: A Deep and Blue Passage on the Caribbean Sea“(1978) Rolling Stone: 48-50.
Figures in the Distance” (1983)
On Seeing England for the First Time” (1991), Transition Magazine 51: 32-40
Out of Kenya” (1991) New York Times: A15, A19, with Ellen Pall
Flowers of Evil: In the Garden” (1992) The New Yorker 68: 154-159
A Fire by Ice” (1993) The New Yorker 69: 64-67
Just Reading: In the Garden” (1993) The New Yorker 69: 51-55
Alien Soil: In the Garden” (1993) The New Yorker 69: 47-52
This Other Eden” (1993) The New Yorker 69: 69-73
The Season Past: In the Garden” (1994) The New Yorker 70: 57-61
In Roseau” (1995) The New Yorker 71: 92-99.
In History” (1997), The Colors of Nature
My Favorite Plant: Writers and Gardeners on the Plants they Love (1998), Editor
Children’s Literature
Annie, Gwen, Lilly, Pam, and Tulip (1986)
Selwyn Cudjoe, “Jamaica Kincaid and the Modernist Project: An Interview,” Callaloo, 12 (Spring 1989): 396-411; reprinted in Caribbean Women Writers: Essays from the First International Conference, ed. Cudjoe (Wellesley, Mass.: Calaloux, 1990): 215-231.
Leslie Garis, “Through West Indian Eyes,” New York Times Magazine (7 October 1990): 42.
Donna Perry, “An Interview with Jamaica Kincaid,” in Reading Black, Reading Feminist: A Critical Anthology, edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. (New York: Meridian, 1990): 492-510.
Kay Bonetti, “An Interview with Jamaica Kincaid,” Missouri Review, 15, No. 2 (1992): 124-142.
Allan Vorda, “I Come from a Place That’s Very Unreal: An Interview with Jamaica Kincaid,” in Face to Face: Interviews with Contemporary Novelists, ed. Vorda (Houston: Rice University Press, 1993): 77-105.
Moira Ferguson, “A Lot of Memory: An Interview with Jamaica Kincaid,” Kenyon Review, 16 (Winter 1994): 163-188.
Awards and honors
1984 Morton Dauwen Zabel Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for At the Bottom of the River
1984 Shortlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for At the Bottom of the River 1984.
1985 Guggenheim Award for Fiction
1985 Finalist for the International Ritz Paris Hemingway Award for Annie John
1997 Shortlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for The Autobiography of My Mother
1997 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for The Autobiography of My Mother
1999 Lannan Literary Award for Fiction
2000 Prix Femina Étranger for My Brother
2004 American Academy of Arts and Letters
2009 American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2010 Center for Fiction’s Clifton Fadiman Medal for Annie John
2011 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Tufts University
2014 Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award for See Now Then
Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award.

Remembering the Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde | Irene Monroe

Huffington Post Blogger, , reminds us of Audre Lorde’s struggles and many contributions to womanist theory. Lorde pioneered the appreciation for African American womanhood and motherhood through poetry, essays, and living a life well served.

Remembering the Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde | Irene Monroe


Lorde was shaping contemporary feminist and womanist thought well before her seminal 1984 book, Sister Outsider, a collection of speeches and essays unflinchingly depicting black lesbian women’s lives as interlocking oppressions — sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and classism — and a clarion call for change and activism:

As a Black, lesbian, feminist, socialist, poet, mother of two including one boy and member of an interracial couple, I usually find myself part of some group in which the majority defines me as deviant, difficult, inferior or just plain “wrong.” From my membership in all of these groups I have learned that oppression and the intolerance of difference come in all shapes and sizes and colors and sexualities; and that among those of us who share the goals of liberation and a workable future for our children, there can be no hierarchies of oppression.

Among scholars and activists today, Lorde’s depiction of “hierarchies of oppression” is lauded as an important theory on intersectionality.

via Remembering the Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde | Irene Monroe.

We should all be feminists: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at TEDxEuston – YouTube

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the self-proclaimed Happy African Feminist, discusses the scope of feminism in the modern world. In her delightful style of comedic and educating insights, Adichie explains how we stunt the growth of our men in their humanity, especially towards women. Men have to be hard, she posits, resulting in their weakness. Her commentary on culture, sex, rape, marriage, and pretending is priceless in the value of scholarship.
Adichie follows up this essay in her book by the same title, We Should All be Feminists.

We should all be feminists: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at TEDxEuston – YouTube.

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Gut-Wrenching Images Show The Brutal Reality Of The Ebola Outbreak In Liberia

Ebola dead are carted away to cremation without burial rites and rituals. Their families cast aside as refuge. All of the victims are not Ebola deaths, however. Under legitimate fear and the subsequent necessary forced cremation policy, all dead are now being carried away while their families look on in horror. The photo below tells some of this story. The associated article and photos tell the rest. Sacred social rituals are easily disposed of among the most poor of any community.  Ebola dead buried without ceremony

A woman throws a handful of soil towards the body of her sister as Ebola burial team members take her Mekie Nagbe, 28, for cremation on October 10, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Nagbe, a market vendor, collapsed and died outside her home earlier in the morning while leaving to walk to a treatment center, according to her relatives. The burial of loved ones is important in Liberian culture, making the removal of infected bodies for cremation all the more traumatic for surviving family members. John Moore/Getty Images

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