August 17, 2014
"I begin with the rather remarkable fact that the constellation of words describing this concept “normal,” “normalcy,” “normality,” “norm,” “average,” “abnormal”—all entered the European languages rather late in human history. The word “normal” as “constituting, conforming to, not deviating or different from, the common type or standard, regular, usual” only enters the English language around 1840."

— Normality, Power, and Culture by Lennard J. Davis

August 16, 2014
2013: No More Black Owned TV Stations in America

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In 2006, there were 18 African American owned TV stations,.

In 2012, there were 5 African American owned TV stations.

In 2013, there are no African American owned TV Stations.

Roberts Broadcasting, a black-owned media company, just announced a deal to sell its three…

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August 16, 2014

2damnfeisty:

"14-year-old Parkview High School Freshman, Caleb Christian was concerned about the number of incidents of police abuse in the news.  Still, he knew there were many good police officers in various communities, but had no way of figuring out which communities were highly rated and which were not.  

So, together with his two older sisters: Parkview High School senior Ima Christian, and Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology sophomore, Asha Christian, they founded a mobile app development company– Pinetart Inc., under which they created a mobile app called Five-O.

Five-O, allows citizens to enter the details of every interaction with a police officer.  It also allows them to rate that officer in terms of courtesy and professionalism and provides the ability to enter a short description of what transpired.  These details are captured for every county in the United States. Citizen race and age information data is also captured.

Additionally, Five-O allows citizens to store the details of each encounter with law enforcement; this provides convenient access to critical information needed for legal action or commendation.”

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August 16, 2014

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August 16, 2014

katrinathorn:

Cold Specks at the Drake Underground 

31 July 2014

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August 16, 2014

mocada-museum:

MoCADA 2014 Soul of BK Events

MONDAY, AUGUST 18
JAZZ, BREW, & BBQ
Bed Vyne Brew (370 Tompkins Avenue)
TRAIN: C to Kingston-Throop
7 - 9PM | FREE

TUESDAY, AUGUST 19
BLACK ACROBAT x Body Waves 
The Kymberle Project (1332 Atlantic Avenue)
TRAIN: A, C to Nostrand
7 - 9PM | FREE

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20
SET IT OFF! Celebrating Queer Black Women In Film
Dumbo | Sky (10 Jay Street) 
Brooklyn, NY 11201 
TRAIN: A, C to High St., F to York
7PM -10PM | FREE

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21
BLKKANGAROO Trunk Show 
MoCADA (80 Hanson Place)
TRAIN: 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q, R to Atlantic-Barclays Center, C to Lafayette, G to Fulton
6 - 9PM | FREE

FRIDAY, AUGUST 22
The KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy
Fulton Park (Fulton Street and Lewis Avenue
TRAIN: A,C to Utica
7 - 9PM | FREE

BLACK WEIRDO
Littlefield (622 Degraw Street)
TRAIN: R to Union
11PM - 4AM | Advanced Tickets: $12 | 21+ 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 23
HYCIDE Photo Mural Project
Walt Whitman Houses Basketball Court
(Park Avenue and Cumberland Street)
TRAIN: B,Q to DeKalb Ave., A, C, F, R to Jay St./MetroTech,
3:30 - 5:30PM | FREE

mocada.org | @MoCADA | mocada.org/soulofbrooklyn

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August 15, 2014

mijajaja:

hmelt:

brentknepper:

It’s been an incredibly difficult five days with what’s happened in what I look at as my back yard. Last night watching the live feeds of what was happening in Ferguson, MO was absolutely unbelievable and I spent the entire night refreshing twitter feeling total shame and despair.

Today though, across the country there were little glimpses of light at this very dark tunnel. Being consumed by this level of anger feels exhausting, and take that with an incredibly huge grain of salt because that’s just what I with the privilege of being a white male am capable of feeling. I’m not capable of comprehending the real pain. At today’s NMOS14 demonstration in Chicago, an incredible number of people gathered on short notice. The assembly was peaceful. We listened to people express their hurt, their hope, their anger, and their drive to change things. Once my camera died (again, short notice on this rally), I biked straight to my computer to share the solidarity- if only here in Chicago.

I know this isn’t really the stuff I normally post on here, but I figure the one time I’m literally crying while taking pictures is probably a good time to post stuff. My gratitude goes to everyone organizing today, and not just here but everywhere.

this portrait of malcolm is especially powerful. it makes my heart heavy.

some of the most powerful, wonderful human beings i have ever met are in these photos. this is the truth.

August 7, 2014
"Let a black person have…"

African American Proverb—usually said after a white person commits a ridiculously illegal or immoral act and remains in possession of his life, fortune, and/or freedom. Ex: “Let a black person have run up on some cops like 'I'm on 'shrooms!' Dead in two seconds. Two. Tasers? Chile, please.” 

For maximum effect one must lean forward and point vigorously during the words let, black, and person.

Alternate versions:

  • "But let my black ass have…"
  • "Now you know damn well if one of us had…"

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August 7, 2014
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August 5, 2014
Lorenzo Veracini: Settler Colonialism and Decolonisation | b o r d e r l a n d s e-journal

Appraising the evolution of settler colonial forms during the second half of the twentieth century can contribute to an appraisal of decolonisation processes. This is both because settler colonial forms have existed in a variety of sites of European colonial expansion (and have survived in a number of postcolonial polities), and because, contrary to other colonial forms, settler colonialism has been remarkably resistant to decolonisation. This article calls for integrating two non-communicating discursive fields: adding an appraisal of settler colonialism to discussions of decolonisation, and introducing decolonisation to analyses of settler colonial contexts. It briefly outlines a history of decolonizing settler colonial structures, and it reflects on the intellectual and historiographical shifts that have accompanied these processes. This paper also suggests that an appraisal of a narrative deficit - a specific difficulty associated with conceptualising settler decolonisation - can contribute to explaining widespread reluctance in enacting meaningful postcolonial passages.

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August 5, 2014
christinapaik:

Rose from Belgium ~
for Nike
JULY2014 NY, NY

christinapaik:

Rose from Belgium ~
for Nike
JULY2014 NY, NY

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August 5, 2014
"COMPLIMENTS THAT AREN’T ABOUT PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

1) You’re empowering.
2) I like your voice.
3) You’re strong.
4) I think your ideas/beliefs matter.
5) I’m so happy you exist.
6) More people should be listening to what you have to say.
7) You’re a very warm hearted person.
8) It’s nice seeing such kindness.
9) You’re very down to earth.
10) You have a beautiful soul.
11) You inspire me to become a better person.
12) Our conversations bring me a lot of joy.
13) It’s good to see someone care so much.
14) You’re so understanding.
15) You matter a lot to me.
16) You’re important even if you don’t think so.
17) You’re intelligent.
18) Your passion is contagious.
19) Your confidence is refreshing.
20) You restore my faith in humanity.
21) You’re great at being creative.
22) You’re so talented at ____.
23) I don’t get tired of you the way I get tired of other people.
24) You have great taste in ___.
25) I’m happy I stayed alive long enough to meet you.
26) I wish more people were like you.
27) You’re so good at loving people."

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August 5, 2014

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August 5, 2014

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August 5, 2014

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