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Bodies Have Histories: Musing on Makode Linde and ‘that’ Cake

Image via The Graph.com Bodies have histories. When I first saw the images of the now infamous “Painful Cake” I had questions. Who created this? What went through their mind? Why is a Black female body being consumed both literally and symbolically by White women? What did the people in the room think? What was the climate in which this cake was created? Apparently Makode Linde, an Afro Swedish artist created this cake in order to bring attention to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and apparently, to critique Western ideas around Blackness and the ways in which Blackness is read as …Read more »

Reconciling the Non-Profit “Post Industrial” Complex with Black Girls in Mind

Who is Anna Julia Cooper? Click here to learn more. Awesome FIRST wave Black Feminist. On Monday, I went to visit the Score Small business mentoring office to learn about the benefits and limits of a 501 (c) (3) versus an LLC or a conventional corp. #planning. #wingsup. I was REALLY surprised to learn that a 501 (c) (3) is seen as being owned by the public because of the tax exemptions that it receives. I was really surprised to learn that there was an entire series of tax exempt classifications. I also learned that, To be tax-exempt under section …Read more »

Some Thoughts on Jay-Z and Those “Occupy All Streets” T-Shirts

Sometimes, for the life of me, I cannot figure out why we expect rappers to be invested in social justice. Rapping is a job. This is not to say that they can’t be. I only ask why we expect them to be. When Kanye showed up at OWS NYC, I thought this is interesting. The US has an interesting history of Black celebrities using their voice to advance causes on the behalf of those who have less social power than they do. Think Muhammed Ali. Think Sidney Poitier y Harry Belafonte. Think Lena Horne. There are countless others. There were …Read more »

Black Feminist Love and Amber Cole

The last time I was speechless after seeing images of a young Black woman on the internet was June 2009 when John at The Smoking Section ( a rap blog) posted what were then believed to be nude images of Rihanna Fenty. I contacted him and asked him why he did it, we had a conversation, and he then refused to give me permission to blog about the conversation. To this day, I still find it problematic that he published what is believed to be images of singer Rihanna Fenty. I always ask permission to write about conversations. Consent. Get …Read more »

Author Martha Southgate on Why the Film “The Help” is a Symptom of a Larger Issue: My Thoughts.

Author note: Post written last week. In Entertainment Weekly, one of my favorite authors, Martha Southgate (@mesouthgate) discusses the film “The Help” stating that, There have been thousands of words written about Stockett’s skills, her portrayal of the black women versus the white women, her right to tell this story at all. I won’t rehash those arguments, except to say that I found the novel fast-paced but highly problematic. Even more troubling, though, is how the structure of narratives like The Help underscores the failure of pop culture to acknowledge a central truth: Within the civil rights movement, white people …Read more »

“And You Even Licked My Balls: A Black Feminist Note on Nate Dogg”

***Note: This piece is from the blog vault of CF ReninaJ, who maintains her own spot at newmodelminority.com. As the 24 hr news cycle goes, it’s easy to miss great commentary on popular culture. Occasionally, then, we’ll share with you pieces that we think you should read, which you might’ve missed. We hope you enjoy the reflection below on Nate Dogg’s life and music for those feminist, Hip Hop enthusiasts among us.*** So I have been thinking of Nate Dogg in general but rap music in particular and the difference between how I as a Black woman and how White …Read more »

Arielle Loren Asks “Is Beyonce the Face of Contemporary Feminism?” My Response

We need to be clear about who we are trying to be equal to. In her blog post Arielle Loren asserts that most women do not identify as being feminists even if they share its core ideologies, that there has been a shift in the contemporary agenda for women’s equality and that women are tired of rhetoric of hardcore oppression and patriarchy. She goes on to say that “frankly, all of the traditional feminist criticism of her “Who Runs The World (Girls)” video is just another example of the disconnect between intellectual theory and real life.” Beyonce is the face of contemporary …Read more »

Musing on Black Women Writing

My post Black Women x The Streets x Harassment has 114 comments on Racialicious. I don’t think I have ever written something that has received such a massive response. The comments are illuminating because they demonstrate the ways in which people may or may not see how racial sexism is at play when Black men harass Black women, White women, and other women of color in the streets. As a writer, as a Black woman, and as a feminist I am incredibly grateful to have spaces to have my work read and responded to in real time. To that end, …Read more »

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