On Commenting

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44 thoughts on “On Commenting

  1. crunkista, your list is a good one and familiar to me. pls allow me to unscore your suggestion for excercising and going to the gym. i’ve found the deep breathing, stretching and endornphine release to be profoundly vital to my emotional and psyhcological recovery after a break up. indeed, i’ve flipped the script and actually LOOK FORWARD to a post breakup workout regime…if nothing else i want to look good should i run into my former beau…more importantly i affirm my self-worth, discipline, will power and self-care when i expend my energy taking care of myself instead of allowing myself to deteriorate.

    after a breakup i ask myself what lessons do i need to learn about myself for future relationships. i forgive myself for being less than skillful in the relationship and i offer forgiveness to the one i was attracted to in the first place but somehow lost on out path. FORGIVENESS.

    lastly i listen to BLUES MUSIC week-after-week. the one recording that gets me ovah everytime is The Delta Meets Detroit: Aretha’s Blues, by Aretha Franklin.

    shanti om

  2. About non-famous black women, check out HANDS ON THE FREEDOM PLOW, accounts by 52 women who worked with SNCC, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, in the South in the 60;s. A few famous ones here (Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Diane Nash major theoretician of nonviolence and strategist of the Freedom Rides), but mostly the non-famous students including high school students and younger and family women in the community who were the backbone of that movement. Issued this autumn by University of Illinois Press, edited by Holsaert, Noonan, Richardson, Robinson, Young, and Zellner

  3. These videos are awesome. I am 27 years old and these little girls are inspiring to me. I agree that there is too much of this hate, drug, killing, and woman bashing going on in our music today. Keep up the good work! To all the kids in the videos, you did what no adult would have done, you made a stand!!

  4. crunkista, your list is a good one and familiar to me. pls allow me to unscore your suggestion for excercising and going to the gym. i’ve found the deep breathing, stretching and endornphine release to be profoundly vital to my emotional and psyhcological recovery after a break up. indeed, i’ve flipped the script and actually LOOK FORWARD to a post breakup workout regime…if nothing else i want to look good should i run into my former beau…more importantly i affirm my self-worth, discipline, will power and self-care when i expend my energy taking care of myself instead of allowing myself to deteriorate.

  5. Not sure this is the right place, but could you do a book list of 2011 anytime really of must read or recommended books for young black women or women of colour?

    That touch on different subjects like depression, development, dealing with failure and so on and so forth? Anything really, even pure entertainment.

    The sales are coming up and there is no one I rather hear from more.


  7. I love the concept of your blog and you are very articulate and powerful writers–but just a thought, I think you mean to say “where crunk meets ‘consciousness’ or ‘conscience'”

    Now keep on doin’ what you’re doin’ ladies!!!

  8. Thank you for today’s post, “Evolution of the Down Ass Chick”. I really appreciate the spotlight on this nuance of Black Love….I, too, was that 17 yr old.

  9. “crunktastic” is 100% my fave intellectual right now..reading the abuse piece n her responses? smh..is dr. cooper or cfc on twitter?

      • got it, thx. your responses, especially to jingle bells..almost had me crying. the piece was well written and well-reasoned, whether ppl agree or disagree with your conceptualization and conclusions.

  10. Hi, my name is Kelly and I’m the Kelly Hannah Peterlinz who held the racially offensive sign at the slutwalk last year. I know this may not matter to you at all at this point, but I want to apologise for everything that happened involving that picture. I first want to say that I regret getting heated and saying things that I now regret and see as immature. I’m not sure if you saw, but the first thing I said on Facebook about it was an apology. I want to say again that I’m so sorry for the hurt, anger, and frustration I caused. Neither Erin or I meant to cause harm and clearly didn’t think our decisions through properly. I know it may not seem like it, but I was fourteen when that picture was taken and now I’m fifteen. I don’t judge people by things such as their appearance or where they come from. I really do love and care about all people in this world. I know you may not believe me or not want to believe me, but I can’t hold that against you. You had and have every right to be upset and I hope you can forgive me as a person because my actions involving that photo don’t reflect my true intentions, feelings, or personaltiy.

  11. I’m sorry, but I wanted to add that I didn’t see us as white and black, male and female feminists. I saw us all as people who wanted to end the fear a woman feels when she walks down a street alone at night or when she wants to go out and have fun but feels the need to hold back so she won’t be attacked. I never meant for anything but unity and strength to be felt.

  12. My Sister’s we should not be surprised when “White America” not supporting us as they so their own…That’s why as African Americans let’s support “our” as well as they do…Gabby Douglas is awesome and she deserves all the praise, yet she has been raised to know and understand that if she doesn’t encourage herself then she has already failed…bottom line…So personally she is standing strong and not letting “White America” get on her nerves…I Love it and appulad her for it…Stay strong Gabby Douglas…for your not only encouraging yourself but some other young African American as well…

    • please don’t think this about all non african people. i hate it that america is so devided and the history is horrible. but that is not the case all over the world. in england racism towards ‘black’ people (im sorry if im not using the correct word but we just say white and black), isn’t a huge issue. people from pakistan and india recieve way more abuse here. which i can’t stand. but anyway, i want you to know that you are living in a country that is famous for being prejudice. not everyone thinks that way. we actually used to have something called the mobo awards – music of black origin. but all colours had no interest in it and it was discontinued. i don’t want you to call me white. i dont think its fair to put me in group based on that. i understand why you feel that way but i hope you don’t think the same about everyone. no one is the same.

      you are so much more than a colour. and so am i. we’re the same.

      kisses from englandddddddd. have a nice day 🙂 xxxxxxxxx

  13. Hey there!

    I’m using a quote from your blog in make/shift magazine and would like to know if there’s a particular author to quote from the “When the Church Fails Its Women: 7 Truths We Need to Tell About Creflo Dollar, Black Daughters and Violence” post. Sorry if this isn’t the best place to ask, but I couldn’t find another place on the website to ask.

    Thank you!

  14. Hello, CFC. I nominated you for a Readers Appreciation Award. See my latest blog post “They Like Me! They Really Like Me!” for the acceptance requirements (just a few tasks)

    Tracey Parker

  15. Dear CFC. First let me say thank you for all of the insightful, heartwarming, solidarity creating blogs. I found out about this website from a friend several weeks ago at a time when I was in desperate need of hearing other black women. Tell stories, give advice, rant, joke, create, etc, etc. I feel like I have been living in a desert and have just come across my very first oasis. When I read a blog and hear about women experienceing the same microaggressions and macro aggressions (economic, political, etc) that I am going through, it completely validates my life and encourages me to stop seeing my experiences as wholly my own fault!! I mean to just be able to do that has purged out of my system a tsunami of guilt and humiliation, and I am grateful. And on that note, I experienced something today, which frankly, I didn’t know who else to say it to or where else to talk about it except here. The police has been notified, but I want to pour out my emotions here. And it’s about the fact that as a woman, you constantly have to be aware and actively working on your safety because otherwise bad shit could happen to you. And as much as my colleague and I, who was walking down the street with me early on, thought we were good about that, it did not stop the following from happening: we were walking on a street in broad daylight, in the middle of this big intersection, with a whole bunch of people walking around. The pavement was narrow so I was walking slightly ahead of my friend. And then, I hear a commotion and turn around, and out of no where, this young man had walked up to my friend, and all I see is that he had his hands around her neck. I had no idea what he was doing and what was going on. I just started screaming. And he snatches the gold chain she had been wearing and runs down the street and around the corner, disappearing from our sight. The whole thing happened in less than 5 seconds…what the fuck?! an hour later, after telling the police, we were sitting down, just having a drink and trying to calm down. And my colleague and I started telling each other stories of other times when our (and our other female friends’) safety was threatened and we were confronted by robberies, attacks, attempted violence and so on. And even when the perpetrators fail to harm us in a serious way, the experience always leaves you at least shaken up. I mean it’s scary to think that just walking down the street can result in something bad happening. And as a woman you ALWAYS have to be completely aware of your surroundings and your personal safety. I mean, I am one of those people who always thinks that I’m super woman and can no body hurt me, no not really, cuz I can take care of myself. But then something like this happens, and it’s like back to square one. That was one hell of a day. ONE HELL OF A DAY!! Anyway, I just wanted to share with ya’ll what happened, because that was pretty scary. Thanks for giving me the space to do that.

    • Wow. I’m sorry you and your colleague had to go through that. I’m thankful you were there and raised your voice. I’m sure it helped. And I’m glad this blog space is here for you, and that you felt comfortable enough to share your story with us. You are so right about always having to be on hyper-alert as women about our surroundings. Sometimes our independence narratives run right up against the rampant violence that many of us have encountered. I hope that you and your friend both take care of yourselves. Consider doing a few sessions with a therapist, taking a self-defense class, or something else that will help you feel safer in your environment again.

      Take good care.


  16. I look forward to digging deeper, mining your posts, exploring your wise words and generously shared musings. Today, I just want to offer my congratulations as I lift my chin a bit higher and feel renewed in the belief that this work, and struggle are, indeed, worthwhile. Having attended your panel this afternoon, I’m ready to put my back into it and feel the peace of knowing that there are beautiful, brilliant young womyn talking –and walking–as scholars/activists/sisters/Creators.

  17. Actually I just have a question, as a long time blogger I have found it quite difficult getting my words across to many spectrums of people, I am just curious to how CFC got through any of those roughs months, if any experienced at all? Although I have been following for only a short while I am def glad to be in the space in which you are share on a constant.

    Thank You.

  18. Has anyone seen the last couple of episodes of Love and Hip Hop and Sisterhood? they both have situations of overt racism – one involving the word “plantation” and the other involving a white woman saying to a woman of color, something to the effect of “I’ll succeed before you do because I’m white!” I really cannot wait to see how these story lines end. I really want to see how they resolve or not resolve these race-based conflicts. For one thing, there is that fad where a white person partakes in something overtly racist and when that person gets called on it, they get defensive over it, and upset that they got called a racist! But what I definitely hope is that maybe, without shying away from the truth just because of guilt, the white women involved would at least see WHY or HOW it was a racist thing in the first place.

  19. Hello I wanted to say something about The Silliest Girl in Vagina Class, or Why Women’s Studies is Needed Now More Than Ever. I kind of desagree with the way you describe this girl and conentate only on her “stupidity”. I don’t have enougth information to say she is stupid. But Her responses are actually interesting. It show society did her work. In our society compliment women for two thing: giving birth and being pretty. Other than that she is actualy hard with girl. If you are a woman and don’t want to have children, it leave yoou one choice to not be deviant being pretty. Society wont compliment you for having a good job or reliving your sexual need. We always try to control women, and men even other women feel the right to give their opinion on every thing women do and ask for explanation on thing we would normaly leave man alone.
    Some women don’t want to be mother but still can’t escape society rules, so they chose to concentrate on their look. That’s why we need those class, it take time and help to correcly look at our culture, and ignorance is always a part of the play. By the way theie is a difference between stupidity and ignorence, one can by cured not the oher. She was surely tried to cure her ignorence.

    Ps: hating reading don’t make you stupid. Reading is socialy valued. I know people who don’t like to read and are still very intelligent. Personaly if i had the choice betwen reading and sleeping I would chose sleep. I only do it because I have no other choice. (I suerly overacted on this point)

    I hope my english is understandable. Bye

  20. I stepped to this side to apologize for, for feeling so much on this Trayvon/zimmerman tip. I am hoping I did not come across disrespectful expressing myself vs. religion/god. I am not one to judge and/or offend, though I know it has happened many times in my experience of expression/writing. I just am so weighted about these types of things, about my black ppl/poc in general. I chuckle at myself in wonder of if there are support groups for those of us who are tired of just being black, and tired of being treated less than for it. I am tired of my ppl dying/being murdered for these. My restless, and thoughtlessness in this all has been weighing on my soul.

    Again, if any one was offended I wish to apologize to you all. CFC is one of the greatest spaces I have found to come to where I know ppl voice and respect is always presented. I also re-thank all of you for such diverse opinions and expressions as well.

  21. I have a feeling I was blocked on tumblr. I have no idea why this would be. The only time I brought up stuff to the CFC was when a mod was leaving and was a huge advocate for queer issues and I mentioned that I wanted to also see queer POC represented.

    Is this the case? And if I was blocked for speaking out about it, is it that I’m speaking out of turn as a white queer (if I did, then I’m sorry for speaking out of turn) or is it because there were mods who were queerphobic???

    my tumblr handle is thelma_sleaze

    • As far as I know, no one blocked you. So I’m unsure what the issue is. Feel free to email our gmail account if the problem persists. Thanks.

  22. in response to the mindy project…

    finally. someone unapologetic or burdened by the fact that they are a minority. mindy is ditzy, selfish and slightly overweight. and lets be honest… it’s the norm for women in the public eye to take on the role of being a ‘feminist’ and being the exact opposite. excuse my language but fuck that. im a woman and i love it. i like women who have the same outlook. yes mindy isn’t white, but she thinks about that as much as i do… not very often. i dont want to listen to her repeatedly point out that shes ‘different’ because in my opinion she isnt. i love finding out how little she knows about her religion/heritage as it’s on par with my knowledge of my background. why is it ok for people to get pissed off about that? we’re the same. we’re people.

    i love parks and recreation and tom haverford is my favorite character. and its not because he’s asian, it’s because he’s him. i don’t care what his ‘real’ name is. it’s as important to me as andy’s band name. he should not have to take on the responsibility of making people aware of his roots. if he he is not interested in it then it is not ok for people to judge him and pressure him into behaving in a certain way. he is not a race. he is a person. and skin colour is not important.

    so people need to treat mindy kaling in the same way. her role is not to be a gender or a race. it is to be a comedian. and if you don’t like her then stop watching her instead of highlighting something as trivial as race/sex. that my friend, is racist and sexist.

  23. ebola in the united states, first case stated today…Dallas Tx a predominately black/poc city. they say, other passengers on this man’s flight “should not” be alarmed because he showed no symptoms. are you kidding me….i may not show signs of having the flu immediately but at some point, if i do in fact have the flu, symptoms will begin to present themselves?

    dear goddess, this could get out of control vastly. i ask again, is this history beginning to repeat itself?

  24. Dear Crunk, in my quest to support positive dialogue I just pressed your button to make a small donation via PayPal, where I keep some US spare change. Well what do I see but some other chick’s name after I’d carefully entered my login details.

    I am really not all about hunting down sisters with cyber -terrorist tictacs! I know an arms crisis when I see one. So yes, I got on Spike’s bus to the Minister’s march b/c sisters were not allowed. But while the world was watching Oj I heard the message live on tv: a day of Atonement.

    Tracey-Anne Clarke aka ama

  25. Dear Moderator,

    I would have to say that not until Gordon Gartrell Himself decided to sashay down the runway at London Fashion Week would some people begin to see the organised confusion, no, distortion between the US & UK pact to try to rule the world. Neither is politically correct at this time. What is real to some are jokes to others. It’s the “middle class” who travel, workers, tourists, and when they get home they try to impress their friends with the latest slang. But you know limeys, I know niggaz w/attitude. So proud to be Crunk I can’t tell ya.

    Yes I have a WordPress acct too. I honestly don’t remember my password and I’m too old to try to remember any more.

    I believe it may be stepping season at Morehouse, at Emery, and all HBCs. I do not bank in Hong Kong!!! Lols.

  26. Hi Gals,

    I’ve been a long time fan of the blog.

    I wanted to share an interesting video that I think is extremely relevant to woman’s rights and human rights in general. It’s a music video for a song called Gender Game. The artists is from Saudi Arabia and, as I’m sure you know, women don’t have equal rights there. Her message is about inspiring women to stand up for their rights an be who they want to be. I think it’s an important message for women everywhere.

    I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.



    Gender Game Music Video:

  27. Wow. I am absolutely amazed right now at what I’ve found in this blog. So inspiring! Truly beautiful to see such an emphasis on sisterhood by a very brilliant and qualified group of leaders. I cannot wait to read more about all the various topics! I also cannot wait to show this to my girlfriends! I’m a writer and feminist trying to raise a child and put myself through school. This is the encouragement I needed at the time I needed it. One day I dream of doing the things you all have done while leading and teaching others in the same direction. Thank you.

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  30. Unable to post on the mindy project article, so thought I’d add my 2 cents here. As a guy, I just cannot get past the fact that she is a no talent Paki woman with purple skin where it matters the most (too a guy) sorry, but that’s what I think when I see her

  31. I adore this great site I just stumbled on as I listen to Bambi Sacedo (sic). I love listening to her. At age 14 l became a member of GAA at the old fire house on Spring Street in NYC. It was there I met Marsha and loved her forever. From 14 to ,16 Iwas always with MArsha & her best friend … Gene Harlow for thvge two years I hustled Manhatten before I left a.d went to Laguna Beach, CA. 1972…1974…Marsha was a, great love to me of greater meaning …for lack of a better word. Marsh was never at any time a transsexual. Her incredible work for transsexuals along with her comrad in arms, Jean Harlow, and everything she did for you you may never know. She was adrag queen extraordinary street artist. If you read otherwise either the writer just doesn’t know or a Marsha was pulling someone’s. Ha!

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