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CFC Talks Love with Author Kiese Laymon

Hey Crunk Family, We are incredibly excited about the next installment in our annual love series. In this video, CF Crunktastic interviews author and professor Kiese Laymon.   Kiese has written beautifully about the politics of love among Black men and women, not just romantically, but in rough political times like these. Below, we are providing you links to two of his most recent essays, links to both of his books which are awesome and will give you your entire life. But first watch the interview. It’s a great way to kick off your week. You’ll be so glad you …Read more »

Twerkers Beware: Juicy J Thinks Reading is Fundamental

  Yesterday, Juicy J announced the winner of the $50,000 twerking scholarship that he began advertising in October in a partnership with World Star Hip Hop.   The winner, 19 year old biology major Zaire Holmes distinguished herself from many other applicants by deciding not to twerk. It turns out twerking was not required.   Congratulations are in order for Ms. Holmes. She is not only a student, but also a full time single mom, with a clear cut set of goals for becoming a doctor and achieving her dreams. That’s awesome and I  am peacock proud of the sister …Read more »

Open Letter to Bishop Joseph Walker and the Members of SHIFT

  [Note to our readers: One of the things we are passionate about is challenging structures of domination. Crunktastic is especially passionate about challenging those structures in the Church, which plays a disproportionately significant role in the lives of Black women and women of color. So the open letter printed below is in response to an egregious act of sexism recently committed by members of the Full Gospel Baptist denomination of the Black Baptist Church. Thanks for reading and sharing.]   December 12, 2013 Open Letter to Presiding Bishop-Elect Joseph W. Walker III and the “By Invitation Only” Attendees of …Read more »

5 Reasons I’m Here for Beyonce’, the Feminist

Last night while we were all still trying to get our lives after the Scandal Season Finale Part I, Beyonce’ stealth dropped a new self-titled totally unpromoted album.     The fact that she managed to pull that ish off undetected means we can conclude only one thing: #BitchBad!       Yes, I said, “Bitch bad.” Didn’t even do the watered down version “Bish.”Sometimes to make a statement you have to use all your vowels and consonants!     Since I usually be feeling kinda spent after the weekly rendezvous with Scandal, I fell asleep. But woke up to …Read more »

On Black Men Showing Up for Black Women at the Scene of the Crime

Two nights ago I showed up to the Brecht Forum in Brooklyn ready to have a conversation about what we mean when we say “ally, privilege, and comrade.” I showed up to have that discussion after months of battle testing around these issues in my own crew. Over these months I’ve learned that it is far easier to be just to the people we don’t know than the people we do know. So there I sat on a panel with a white woman and a Black man. As a Black feminist, I never quite know how political discussions will go …Read more »

De-Tangling Racism: On White Women and Black Hair

Pictures from a new exhibit by photographer Endia Beal called “Can I Touch It?” showcase several white women, all corporate execs, who agreed to get a “Black hairstyle” and then have their portrait taken. Apparently, this very quotidian fixation with Black women’s bodies and Black women’s hair is now the stuff of art exhibits. This project started when Beal began permitting many of her white corporate colleagues to touch her big red ‘fro, to pull it even, while she photographed them doing it. Over the summer, a friend and I happened upon the “You Can Touch My Hair” exhibit that …Read more »

Twerking Makes the Oxford Dictionary on the Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

What do twerking and Hurricane Katrina have to do with each other? Absolutely everything. I know that y’all have been inundated with discussions of twerking since Miley’s unfortunate, insidious, and downright bad performance at the VMA’s earlier this week. There have been some really great pieces about all that is wrong with her performance here and here. So I will not retread this ground. But when I woke up this morning to discover that the word “twerk” is now being added to the Oxford English Dictionary, I felt some type of way. I felt the same type of way years …Read more »

Moving Forward

Dear Readers, We have been moving through a season of transition here at the CFC. We are choosing to be transparent with you, our community of readers, about these transitions because we are accountable to you, not only for what we say publicly but for the integrity that undergirds our message. Some members have formally decided to leave the collective. Many of you read Moya’s farewell post last week. The CFC simply would not be the group or entity it is without the labor of love that Moya provided for the past three years, and we are deeply grateful for …Read more »

The Time Isn’t Right, But It Is Now: Processing Our Anger for Trayvon the Black Feminist Way

I am still angry that Trayvon Martin’s murderer is a free man. I know many of you are still reeling, too, and that you share my sense of despair and helplessness. Every time I see George Zimmerman’s defense team, Mark O’Mara and Don West, give another interview and brazenly suggest that it is Zimmerman who is the victim, Zimmerman who is in danger, Zimmerman who was unfairly racially targeted, I alternate between wanting to throw something at the tv and wanting to summon all my evangelical roots to call down the fire and brimstone of an Old Testament God who …Read more »

Tyler Perry Hates Black Women: 5 Thoughts on The Haves and Have Nots

  ****Spoilers**** Welp. I watched the premiere of  Tyler Perry’s latest train wreck on OWN last night for two reasons. A.) Morbid curiosity and B.) I didn’t wanna hear negroes’ mouths about how I didn’t give it a chance and was therefore uninformed and unqualified to speak on his show (despite the 12 or so movies and 2 stage plays of his I’ve paid to go see and time I spent watching episodes of his existing tv shows that I can’t get back.) Anyway. Here are my thoughts. 1.) Tyler Perry is a cultural batterer:  the cultural equivalent of an …Read more »

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