African American women

White Supremacy and Global Black Beauty Standards – YouTube

Published on Sep 29, 2014

This is How White Supremacy Works. A primary goal of white supremacy is to tear black people apart.

via White Supremacy and Global Black Beauty Standards – YouTube.

9 Qualities of Confident Women | Kali Rogers | #OYRchallenge

Kali Rogers

Kali Rogers lists the 9 attributes of Confident Women. My favorite is #2, and hard won. Learning to say ‘no’ in a charity driven community.

2. They say no.Now, some people may think this practice is betchy the PC version of b*tchy, but in reality, it’s pretty respectful. Confident women don’t overcommit and they don’t make false promises. They just say no. Why? Because they’d rather state the truth and decline rather than tell a white lie and then flake out later. And, they don’t have time for everything. No one does. The difference is, burnout simply isn’t on a confident woman’s agenda, so she makes sure to commit to things she’ll actually enjoy instead of piling every little thing onto her calendar for the sake of other people. Truth bomb.FYI: Confident women do RSVP, because, well, not doing so would actually be betchy.

via 9 Qualities of Confident Women | Kali Rogers.

– These Kids Are About To Charge The Chicago Police Dept. With Genocide At The United Nations VIDEO | #OYRchallenge

The charge of Genocide has been levied upon various countries across the globe. We watch the horrors broadcast on American television, and we return to our lives without recognizing the historical genocide attempted against African Americans in the US. The United States refused to sign the UN Convention on Social and Economic Equality. Mike Brown was sacrificed, but his life will now have meaning as the question of national genocide by authorities is no longer a question. The children are fighting for their lives. The UN is their only hope. Support them in their efforts. The ultimate #OYRchallenge
via – These Kids Are About To Charge The Chicago Police Dept. With Genocide At The United Nations VIDEO.

A group of youth social justice leaders plan to go to Geneva, Switzerland this November to deliver testimony about the experiences of young people, people of color and other marginalized communities who face targeted violence by police in the Chicago area.The grass-roots group who call themselves, We Charge Genocide, will speak before the United Nations Against Torture. Their name comes from a petition that was delivered to the United Nations in 1951. Using stories and data from their Youth Hearing On Police Violence the delegates where they will speak out against the crimes against humanity that  are the norm for minority groups in Chicago and across the nation.


In honor of my little brothers Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, and the other young African Americans dying before they lived.

Published on Mar 22, 2014


9 Things Everyone Needs to Stop Saying to Black Women Immediately – Mic | #OYRchallenge

9 Things Everyone Needs to Stop Saying to Black Women Immediately – Mic. by Erika Turner

Below is a 2012 comic video by chescaleigh, where she mimics microaggressions Black women are subjected to daily.

It’s not that talking to black women should be hard work, but people need to make a sincere effort to undo several years of unchecked, subtle racism and sexist microaggressions. And in the interest of elevating the conversation beyond the ridiculous tropes, here are a few of the most common statements that everyone should strongly consider avoiding while speaking with a black woman. 


Black Women Are Already Dead in America | Kali Nicole Gross|#OYRchallenge

Kali Nicole Gross

Associate professor and associate chair of the African and African Diaspora Studies Department at The University of Texas at Austin

A mix of outrage, horror and despair probably best describes many people’s responses to the recent coverage of and reactions to the violent assault of black women. It conjures up questions about how race may have played into it. Would Ray Rice been dropped from the Ravens quicker if the first video showed him dragging face down a white woman he beat unconscious from an elevator? Would we have needed to see the second video? Would media outlets have used the second video sparingly, out of consideration for the victim, if Janay Rice was white? But let me also ask this: how different might media coverage be of Daniel Holtzclaw, a police officer from Oklahoma City who faces 16 charges for allegedly raping several black women while on the job, if he was a black officer accused of the rape and sexual assault of eight white women during traffic stops? The answers lead to one cold, hard conclusion: black women’s lives do not matter. They simply do not matter. Not in mainstream America at least, and not in black America either. #OYRchallenge

via Black Women Are Already Dead in America | Kali Nicole Gross.

Toni Morrison Nobel Lecture (1993)

The most historic utterances of a prestigious African American author.
“The systematic looting of language can be recognized by the tendency of its users to forgo its nuanced, complex, mid-wifery properties for menace and subjugation. Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge. Whether it is obscuring state language or the faux-language of mindless media; whether it is the proud but calcified language of the academy or the commodity driven language of science; whether it is the malign language of law-without-ethics, or language designed for the estrangement of minorities, hiding its racist plunder in its literary cheek – it must be rejected, altered and exposed. It is the language that drinks blood, laps vulnerabilities, tucks its fascist boots under crinolines of respectability and patriotism as it moves relentlessly toward the bottom line and the bottomed-out mind. Sexist language, racist language, theistic language – all are typical of the policing languages of mastery, and cannot, do not permit new knowledge or encourage the mutual exchange of ideas.”

Black Women are the Most Educated Group in the United States

For the first time in the history of data collection by the National Center of Education Statistics as reported by the US Census, Black women have surpassed every other group in this country based upon race and gender. What does that mean? For the first time in our history, African-American women have surpassed all groups in college entrance based upon race and gender. That’s right. African American women enroll in college more than Asian men, white women – you name the group, either race or gender, African American women are number one.

via Black Women are the Most Educated Group in the United States.

The Modern Black Woman and Politics of Respectability

Nigerian-Canadian Artist Kosisochukwu Nnebe

As a black woman, I struggle to reclaim the image of my body. I may have reconstructed, re-envisioned and reinterpreted it, but in the eyes of another, those attempts fall to pieces and my body takes on a different meaning. In a fashion that dates back to colonialism, slavery and past and present ethnographic exhibitions, our bodies take on contrasting roles as tools of both our oppression and our liberation.

via The Modern Black Woman and Politics of Respectability.

Healthy Body: How To Get Rid Of Cellulite On Your “Behind”

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Many women avoid wearing bathing suits and therefore avoid swimming, beaches and other fun activities. The common reason why a lot of women will avoid having fun in their swimwear is often cellulite. What frustrates a lot of women about cellulite is that it can be very hard to get rid of.