Remember You — Adventure Time
Say hello to “Marceline” that’s my uke.
This song is dedicated to all the rhythmless adventure time covers out there.
And all the POC who can’t sing but sure as hell can keep a beat.
If you blame Native American communities for their poverty, remember that the entire continent was stolen from them.(via nativnuance)
If you blame Black American communities for their relative poverty, remember that Black Americans were stolen from a continent, trafficked, and enslaved for nearly 300 years.
Tell me again about how your family ‘started from nothing’ when they immigrated. Didn’t they start from whiteness? Seems like a pretty good start.
The American Dream required dual genocides, but tell me again about fairness and equal opportunity. Tell me about democracy, modeled after the Iroquois Confederacy. Tell me your proud heritage, and I will show you the violence that made it so.
There should be a missed connections for humans and animals. Like:
I saw you Saturday afternoon at the dog park. You had a beautiful golden coat and I had the stick that you fetched a couple of times until your human decided it was time to go. Maybe we can do it again sometime.
[Image: Three photos. The first shows Laverne Cox, a beautiful Black trans woman with long light colored hair seated, head tilted, across from CeCe McDonald, a beautiful Black trans woman seen from behind, as they speak. The second photo is a shot of a row of prison cells. The third is a picture of CeCe McDonald speaking with the back of Laverne Cox shown.]
FREE CECE, the new documentary with Laverne Cox, explores the roles race, class and gender played in CeCe McDonald’s case. McDonald’s claim of self defense was rejected by Hennepin County prosecutors. The documentary explores the implications of CeCe’s story as a survivor, housing trans women in male prisons, and the practice of keeping trans women in solitary confinement.
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B O O S T
Barack Obama holds a photo-op in Nelson Mandela’s former prison cell as Obama’s administration carries out the largest suppression of political dissent since like the first Red Scare, encourages American capitalists to annex basically all of Africa and the global South via the WTO, and is systematically detaining undocumented people. This is the new “socially conscious” face of liberalism
Melissa Harris Perry in response to Michelle Cottle’s ”Michelle Obama is a feminist nightmare” (via wocinsolidarity)
“Dear Michelle Cottle, are you serious? You and your handful of ‘feminist sources’ claim that First Lady Obama is not a feminist because she says her most important job is being mom-in-chief to her two daughters…Given how simplistic your piece is, let me make this very simple: you are wrong. You misunderstand the place that Michelle Obama occupies as the first African American First Lady.
You seem to think she’s trying to steer clear of the angry black woman stereotype. When she calls herself ‘mom-in-chief,’ she’s rejecting a different stereotype: the role of Mammy. She is saying that her daughters — her vulnerable, brilliant, beautiful black daughters — are the most important thing to her. The First Lady is saying, ‘You, Miss Anne, are going to have to clean your own house because I will be caring for my own’ and instead of agreeing that the public sphere is necessarily more important than Sasha and Malia, she has buried Mammy and has embraced being a mom on her own terms. So you can call that your feminist nightmare, but for a lot of us, it is our black motherhood dream.
Also, on a strategic note, Ms. Cottle. Before we enter the 2016 election cycle and the feminists come around asking black women for our support for your candidate, you might want to read up a little on black women and our feminism. I’m happy to send you a syllabus.”
It’s nearly 11 and I should be in bed, but I’m a little drunk and all I want to do is play Jet Force Gemini, but I have to get up at 6am and whyyyyyyy.
white people. you need to find better ways to express the evolving consciousness of your humanity. and it should not begin by relaying to a person of color : ‘you have taught me.’ ‘you have helped me be a better person.’ ‘you have given to me.’ ‘you have changed my life.’ this is still placing yourself in the receiving space from us. it is still disrespectful and privileged to assert yourself as the main recipient of who we are and what we do. you are not always/or often our target audience. with regards to my work you are being asked to appreciate, respect, and honor from the sidelines. just as i would not assume that a japanese play, or an indigenous peoples gathering is meant solely for me/ or that i should participate in it, you should not assume that you need to participate in and engage everything from your perspective. you have a limited perspective when it comes to people of colors’ beings, cultures, and life expression. there are some things in this world you do not, will not, can not understand because it is not yours, thus making your presence a hindrance and an imposition instead of a natural inclusion. i write this because, since i have had this blog, I have had the same experience over and over of white folks sharing with me how i have feed them, altered their consciousness, helped them, and this is not okay. if I have helped you, if you have really done/ begun the work of decolonization you would comprehend that placing your fulfillment in the forefront, bringing your emotions about your evolution to my inbox, is still a very self centered, self satisfying, and you-focused act. this is white privilege. do not do it. it is not welcomed here. it is not my work to tell you what better, more honoring ways there are to share your growth with poc, that is yours. i am simply saying your emotions about oppression are not my responsibility to care for, they are yours and seeking to make them my focus is just another stab of white privilege.nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
UNLOCKING THE TRUTH IS THE MOST BRUTAL SIXTH GRADE METAL BAND EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER
Last Thursday I took the L train to the end of the line and caught up with Unlocking the Truth, a heavy metal trio composed of three sixth graders, Malcolm Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins and Alec Atkins. We were first made aware of these guys after we saw some of their videos on YouTube, which show the trio absolutelydestroying Times Square. Some people have referred to them as “childcore,” but those people probably can’t play music well enough to appreciate the epic crushiness these 11-year-olds pump out. These guys play seriously brutal metalcore, and they’re better than whatever sixth grade band you were in. This is what we’re talking about:
Does your mom listen to metal too?
Malcolm: No. She listens to R&B.
Jarad: She listens to house music.
Are you guys trying to educate your parents about metal?
Jarad: No. My mom just likes the songs we make. She doesn’t like the songs that we listen to.
Where do you guys get the ideas for your songs?
Jarad: Well, people judge Malcolm about… he wears nail polish and I dealt with it once and I see what Malcolm felt because everybody judged him, but I ignored it and I think he does too.
I see on the wall that you guys have a lot of dates lined up for summer—Webster Hall, Lincoln Center—are those for real?
Jarad: No, those are our imaginary tour dates. Places that we want to go when we get big and successful.
Oh. Huh. Are you guys just into metal or do you like other music?
Malcolm: I’m into metal and pop.
Jarad: I’m into metal and hip hop and R&B.
Alec: I’m into metal and dubstep and pop.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
Jarad: We like to listen to Motionless in White. Malcolm and Alec like Escape the Fate, but I don’t. Mainly my favorite band right about now is Chelsea Grin, a deathcore band. They haven’t stopped touring since 2008, they have an EP called Evolve which I listen to almost everyday.
Malcolm: This is our interview not theirs.
Jarad: I know.
These are the raddest fucking kids, ever.
Do they need roadies? I’ll tune their guitars, I’ll carry their drums, I’ll get them juice boxes, whatever.
next time someone tells you Muslim countries oppress women, let them know Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Turkey, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, and Senegal have all had female Presidents or Prime Ministers and 1/3rd of Egypt’s parliament is female but the US has yet to even have a female vice president and can’t say “vagina” when discussing female reproductive rights