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Who determines if Black Women are Beautiful? | Mommafucious

While catching up on Season 2 of the “Being Mary Jane” television series, I came upon a scene in Episode 9 where Gabrielle Union as Mary Jane Paul hosts a discussion on the Black woman’s image. Is she ugly?

The guest are real life activist and scholars, singer-songwriter, actress, musician, and record producer India Arie; Mark Anthony Neal a Professor of African & African American Studies and the founding director of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship (CADCE) at Duke University; and Michaela Angela Davis, image activist, feminist, and CNN contributor. Professor Neal hosts many Black scholars on his weekly webcast, “Left of Black,” so this was right up his alley.

The question is: Black women. Do you feel Beautiful?WE have to say we are magic,” says Davis. Watch and Learn!!!

5 of Brooklyn’s Best Black-Owned Restaurants | Brooklyn Magazine

Brooklyn Magazine features Black Owned Restaurant Month. Food is how cultures keep their traditions alive. Wherever populations roam, the one thing they can always bring with them are their recipes – the kitchen smells, salty sweet tastes on their tongues. So for Brooklyn, one of the most diverse boroughs of New York City, the food industry is an introduction to multiple cultures. Why highlight Black Restaurants? Brooklyn Magazine reaches out to Brooklyn’s most prominent Black restauranteers and patrons for the answer.

via 5 of Brooklyn’s Best Black-Owned Restaurants | Brooklyn Magazine.

“Black Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population and will have a buying power of $1.4 trillion by 2019,” Jamilah points out, “but how much of that money flows back into our communities?” As rents in New York City rise (and rise, and rise), long-standing businesses struggle to stay afloat. Historically, gentrification has disproportionately displaced minority communities, and with them, minority-owned businesses. BORM is one of many relatively new resources designed to foster support for businesses owned by African Americans, including the online directory Support Black Owned and apps like Around the Way, which locates nearby black-owned businesses. BORM is designed to celebrate some excellent restaurants that New York City Restaurant Week might’ve missed, and also to foster support for businesses in communities facing gentrification.

BORM lasts from September 9th to 30th, with 13 restaurants in Brooklyn and Harlem offering custom $35 three-course prix-fixe menus from Monday to Wednesday each week. Here, participating Brooklyn restaurant owners tell their stories and offer sneak peeks of their prix-fixe menus.

Noam Chomsky: How America’s Way of Thinking About the World Naturally Produces Human Catastrophes | Alternet

Tavis Smiley interviews Noam Chomsky. In this article, Alternet lists him as a linguist, but he is so much more. Chomsky’s study of linguistics or studying the methodology and origin of language has given  him a broader understanding of how the world works.  

via Noam Chomsky: How America’s Way of Thinking About the World Naturally Produces Human Catastrophes | Alternet.
If the earth is a sphere–think about this–if the earth is a sphere and we’re constanAlternettly in motion, what is to be gained by drawing consistently certain countries on the top half and other countries on the bottom half? What is to be gained by that?

Chomsky: What’s to be gained by that is a graphic representation of the fact that we are more important and better than them. We’re the north, they’re the south. We dominate because of our essential superiority of character, qualities, righteousness and so on.

It’s a graphic manifestation of the we are better than them conception that, as I said, is unfortunately pretty natural and is greatly enhanced by when it’s associated with power. So when you actually dominate others, that enhances the natural we are better than them conceptions.

Bryant Gumbel: ‘My Son Was Arrested for Walking While Black’ (Aug. 6, 2015) | Charlie Rose

Bryant Gumbel to Charlie Rose:

“It’s like, NO! Stop! Stop! This has nothing to do with the victims. This has everything to do with the culture of demeaning a person of color. And… and there is no justification for society where my son has a far greater chance of being stopped, held, killed than your son.”

Bryant Gumbel‘s statements in this video isolated the main point of the #BlackLivesMatter movement away from the detracting “blame the victim” or the personal claims of those in communities with a lesser chance of experiencing institutional brutalities en masse.

Social Media has been ravaged with videos, memes, and postings decrying #BlackLivesMatter with Black on Black crime scenarios. We would expect this backlash from the ignorant and racist poor counterculture. Sadly, however, some Black individuals, too ignorant of the separation in discourse, have also hijacked the same rhetoric, not realizing its self-deprecating and dangerous implications.

Whites killing Whites, Hispanics killing Hispanics, Blacks killing Blacks, Europeans killing Europeans, and Africans killing Africans need their own hashtags. They are not to be commingled into a conversation which is politically, visually, and academically set apart to be addressed. In other words, if you are so concerned about the amount of violence in your ethnicity, race, class, or gender, study it, write about it, encapsulate it to the point that when those outside of that intra-conversation attempt to open their mouths, their breaths are as starved as their brains for lack of oxygen.

Published on Aug 6, 2015

via Bryant Gumbel: ‘My Son Was Arrested for Walking While Black’ (Aug. 6, 2015) | Charlie Rose – YouTube.

Watch the First Black Woman Who Served in the US Senate Go Off on the Confederate Flag | Mother Jones

Carol Moseley-Braun’s 2014 interview on her 1993 Senate struggle to establish a case to abolish the Confederate Flag. The titled article includes the original video of the then Senator Moseley-Braun’s actual speech on the floor of the Senate. Riveting.


On July 22, 1993, an impassioned Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois—the first African-American woman to serve in the US Senate and its sole black member at the time—took the floor to rebuke conservative legislators including the late Jesse Helms, who were backing an amendment to secure the Confederate flag as the official design for the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Moseley-Braun said: “The issue is whether Americans such as myself who believe in the promise of this country, who feel strongly and who are patriots in this country, will have to suffer the indignity of being reminded time and time again that at one time in this country’s history we were human chattel. We were property. We could be traded, bought, and sold.”

via Watch the First Black Woman Who Served in the US Senate Go Off on the Confederate Flag | Mother Jones.

http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4457005/senator-moseley-braun-remarks-confederate-insignia

Noam Chomsky: White America’s Cruelty to Black People Far Worse Than South Africa | Alternet

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If you listen to the rhetoric on Martin Luther King Day, it’s instructive. It typically ends with the “I Have a Dream” speech and the voting rights. And Martin Luther King didn’t stop there. He went on to condemning the war in Vietnam and to raising class issues. He began to raise class issues and turn to the North. At that point, he fell out of favor and disappeared. He was trying to—he was assassinated when he was trying to organize a poor people’s movement, and he was supporting a sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis. There was supposed to be a march to Washington to establish a poor people’s movement, appeal to Congress to do something about class issues.

via Noam Chomsky: White America’s Cruelty to Black People Far Worse Than South Africa | Alternet.

White Separatist Learns He’s Black, Home Vandalized by His Followers – YouTube

When the universe imposes its own justice.

–After learning he is part black, white supremacist Craig Cobb has his home vandalized by a former follower

via White Separatist Learns He’s Black, Home Vandalized by His Followers – YouTube.

Tavis Smiley Rips Obama: Stop Going on TV to Lecture Black People – YouTube | #OYRchallenge


Tavis Smiley appeared on Sean Hannity‘s show tonight and had some pretty harsh words for President Obama, ripping into him for “lecturing” black people on recent events. Obama appeared on BET in an interview that aired tonight in which he said that America’s race issues will “take time” to deal with.

Smiley said, “With all due respect to our president, Barack Obama, black folk don’t need lectures on Black Entertainment Television. You go to Black Entertainment Television, Mr. President––respectfully––to lecture black folk, and then you’re wrong––respectfully––when you tell them that these things take time.”

He also scolded Obama for rejecting comparisons between today and 50 years ago, saying, “Tell that to the parents of these kids who have been gunned down in America’s streets. It is open season on black men, and it is in many ways as bad as it was 50 years ago.”

Smiley concluded, “Why go to BET and give black folk a lecture then go to Stephen Colbert and tell jokes? I don’t get that.”

via Tavis Smiley Rips Obama: Stop Going on TV to Lecture Black People – YouTube.

The Illipsis: on Ferguson, riots and human limits – YouTube | #OYRchallenge

Published on Nov 26, 2014

In this second installment of The Illipsis, Jay Smooth looks back at the week’s events in Ferguson and asks how we can truly apply Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s advice that “riots are the language of the unheard.”

via The Illipsis: on Ferguson, riots and human limits – YouTube.

This Rare Tupac Interview is an Awesome Assessment on Why It’s Hard For Some Black People to ‘Bootstrap’ Themselves Out of Poverty – Atlanta Blackstar | #OYRchallenge


Rapper Tupac perfectly explains why it’s so hard for Black people to ‘bootstrap’ themselves out of poverty.Video by americanafricaneducation radio.

via This Rare Tupac Interview is an Awesome Assessment on Why It’s Hard For Some Black People to ‘Bootstrap’ Themselves Out of Poverty – Atlanta Blackstar.