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Angela Davis Is More Than A “Symbol” 
It would help (though I know they aren’t going to do it) if colourist, misogynoiristic men who fetish old images of Angela Yvonne Davis—old images, as in she’s still alive now, is an educator/activist now, doesn’t have an afro anymore, and is 70 years old, still emanating brilliance—actually read some of her work. Or knew about her life. Or know that she’s a queer Black feminist. Or know that she’s always critiqued both racism and sexism/anti-Black misogyny (in addition to the general intersectional lens she applies to her theory and praxis on classism, immigration, reproductive justice etc., especially radically so regarding dismantling Prison Industrial Complex).
She’s a person. Black women are people, not just symbols for some abusive men, particularly some Black men, to use to try to oppress other Black women, based on the politics of respectability/misogynoir etc., in an effort to silence Black women and engage in patriarchal dominance. (In this generation, they often use Janelle Monae’s image this way.)
I mean…most Black women I know have seen those violently ahistorical memes (that mostly Black men create) that juxtapose photos of Black women activists of the past to Black women who dance (usually twerking/stripping) now. As if both dancers and activists didn’t exist both then and now. As if activists don’t dance. As if dancers cannot be activists. Ignorant patriarchal binaries here.
They really need to change their avis and/or habit of plastering her image when it’s done in this manner. I…don’t think they deserve her image there until they acknowledge that she and the everyday Black women they harm are actually human. People. Complex. Like they are! They need to stop being so damn simple and so damn harmful with images of Black women.

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Angela Davis Is More Than A “Symbol” 

It would help (though I know they aren’t going to do it) if colourist, misogynoiristic men who fetish old images of Angela Yvonne Davisold images, as in she’s still alive now, is an educator/activist now, doesn’t have an afro anymore, and is 70 years old, still emanating brilliance—actually read some of her work. Or knew about her life. Or know that she’s a queer Black feminist. Or know that she’s always critiqued both racism and sexism/anti-Black misogyny (in addition to the general intersectional lens she applies to her theory and praxis on classism, immigration, reproductive justice etc., especially radically so regarding dismantling Prison Industrial Complex).

She’s a person. Black women are people, not just symbols for some abusive men, particularly some Black men, to use to try to oppress other Black women, based on the politics of respectability/misogynoir etc., in an effort to silence Black women and engage in patriarchal dominance. (In this generation, they often use Janelle Monae’s image this way.)

I mean…most Black women I know have seen those violently ahistorical memes (that mostly Black men create) that juxtapose photos of Black women activists of the past to Black women who dance (usually twerking/stripping) now. As if both dancers and activists didn’t exist both then and now. As if activists don’t dance. As if dancers cannot be activists. Ignorant patriarchal binaries here.

They really need to change their avis and/or habit of plastering her image when it’s done in this manner. I…don’t think they deserve her image there until they acknowledge that she and the everyday Black women they harm are actually human. People. Complex. Like they are! They need to stop being so damn simple and so damn harmful with images of Black women.

  
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recoveryisbeautiful:


Personal Victories  //  Alyse Ruriani, 2014

This is fucking AMAZING.

recoveryisbeautiful:

Personal Victories  //  Alyse Ruriani, 2014

This is fucking AMAZING.

  
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blackmagicalgirlmisandry:

anarcho-queer:

Kudo’s to this brave activist^^
During today’s ‘Flood Wall Street’ protest, he climbed a phone booth and led some anti-capitalist chants. 
He gave a small speech about being a member of the IWW and demanded that the working class and organize and take total control over the means of production. Soon after, the NYPD pointed him out to be arrested.
Over 20 officers piled on top of him and brutalized the activist in front of a dozen news camera’s. It was the first official arrest of the day.
His arrest led protesters to chant anti-police slogans and to remove the barricades that surrounded us.
(A video of the arrest will be posted shortly).

It’s been brought to my attention that this protestor uses they/them pronouns

blackmagicalgirlmisandry:

anarcho-queer:

Kudo’s to this brave activist^^

During today’s ‘Flood Wall Street’ protest, he climbed a phone booth and led some anti-capitalist chants. 

He gave a small speech about being a member of the IWW and demanded that the working class and organize and take total control over the means of production. Soon after, the NYPD pointed him out to be arrested.

Over 20 officers piled on top of him and brutalized the activist in front of a dozen news camera’s. It was the first official arrest of the day.

His arrest led protesters to chant anti-police slogans and to remove the barricades that surrounded us.

(A video of the arrest will be posted shortly).

It’s been brought to my attention that this protestor uses they/them pronouns

activism  us news  
  
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Poets for Ferguson | Call for Poets of Color

fuckyeahpoetryslam:

poetsforferguson:

Michael Brown was an 18-year old boy, shot and killed by Officer Darren Dean Wilson, August 9, 2014 in Ferguson, MO. Officer Wilson rode up to Michael and his friend Dorian Johnson, ordering them to move out of the street and onto the sidewalk. In the midst of an altercation between Officer…

Hey Everyone checkout this project and POC poets submit to this project! 

  
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hannughunt:

sometimes I get sad but then the world does this and everything’s okay

  
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Sept. 21 8:53 pm

justice4mikebrown:

ferguson  
  
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viria:

do you ever want to see someone, talk to someone, just TOUCH them and see their smile, but they are just so fucking far away….

  
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viria:

do you ever want to see someone, talk to someone, just TOUCH them and see their smile, but they are just so fucking far away….

  
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discreetmuse:

Me (April Alexander) by Jamille Rene Graves

discreetmuse:

Me (April Alexander) by Jamille Rene Graves

  
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the-wistful-collectivist:

revolutionary-afrolatino:

Fox 8 Cleveland angry with LKWD Music Fest after Communist musician calls for end to capitalism on live TV

FOX is tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight

FOX News: “Well, Boots, tell us a little bit about your band and the lineup people are going to hear today?” asked Fox 8 reporter Autumn Ziemba.

RILEY: Well, we’re a punk/funk/Communist revolution band.

FOX News: OK.

RILEY: And we are from Oakland, California, and we make everyone dance while we’re telling them about how we need to get rid of the system.

FOX News: Mmm.

RILEY: How exploitation is the primary contradiction in capitalism. And that if we want to express our power, we’re going to have to be more radical in our actions.

this is an all-Black band, from Oakland, and they’re called "The Coup." *buys CD*

Watch Fox News lose control

black excellence fucking up more white-controlled media

  
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Call For Submissions For a Buff Babes Zine!!

buffbabeszine:

Hey guys, you wanna know what this world is severely lacking??

Strong muscly women!!

You wanna know what would be hella rad?? 

A zine about strong, muscly women!!

I’m looking for people to contribute to this zine and make it the best thing since egg white protein powder. So! Here’s the downlow:

Who can contribute?

This will be an ART and WRITING zine, so if you can write, flex those writing muscles!! If you can draw, lemme see those defined quadriceps!! If you want to team up with someone to create a piece, go for it!! Don’t have someone to team with but want to? Send a message and I’ll pair you up!!

Note: This will be a CURATED zine to help attain the highest quality possible. Writing accompanied by art is preferred, as this is mainly an art zine.

What should I draw/write about?

Anything, so long as it is about a buff woman/women. Personal stories to favorite/inspiring athletes to workout routines to self-indulgent eyecandy are all acceptable!! Even lady on lady romance is a-ok!!

Note: No erotica (this time around). Vulvas gotta be covered, nips can only be shown if it’s TASTEFUL. Showing the booty is fine. Though, you can have them doing that pretty much deliciously pornographic thing where they have a thumb in their waistband, pulling down their underwear to show off their 8-pack, privates barely covered, in fact it’s almost encouraged…

How many pages/words can I submit?

Poems: up to 500 words

Short story: up to 4000 words

Illustration: 2 pages (can be separate pieces)

Comics: 4 pages

Illustrated story: 4 pages (4500 words, about 1 page of small/spot illustrations)

What size should I draw at? Will this be in color?

5.5in x 4.25in with a 3.75in x 5in active area (1/4in bleed on each side).

YES this will be in color!! Please show off those glorious, glistening skin tones!!

When do submissions close?

Sunday, December 21 and midnight. That should give everyone ample time to complete their pieces.

I got another question!! / There’s something you didn’t cover!!

Oh snap really?? Shoot me an ask and I’ll answer it!!

Have fun kiddos!! Keep pumpin’ those creative muscles!! Lookin’ forward to seein’ all the cool stuff you guys make!!

  
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puellapeanut:

Friendly reminder that this was all drawn by hand. And it is fabulous.

- Since people are not sure, this manga is called Otoyomegatari, or A Bride’s Story and it is by Kaoru Mori. It is a Seinen historical work, that is stunningly drawn, and beautifully researched. This same author also drew and wrote Victorian Romance Emma, another amazing, historic series and my personal favorite of her works.

All works by this author are great to read.

  
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dykeamethyst:

bi-characters:

inkdefense:

dykeamethyst:

forever amazed how ppl can look at two characters in a work of fiction and be like “i think theyre lesbians”, and ppl will jump on that like "nah they had a relationship w a dude that one time remember that means they have to be bi and if u say otherwise ur bein monosexist"

like yea in a work of fiction written by straight dudes the lady character was in a relationship w the dude character, that shouldnt be a surprise

so if i want queer headcanons, im required to headcanon any character thats been w a dude as bi

if i want lesbian characters, i can only headcanon characters that have either never been shown or mentioned to be in a relationship, or have only dated women b4

in other words, in most shows i just cant have lesbian headcanons, cuz thats  monosexism

bcuz compulsory heterosexuality totally isnt a thing

but i mean, why bother thinking thru the shit ur saying when u can just yell at lesbians for wanting to see lesbians

dating/fucking/kissing/being in love with a man is not a lifelong binding contract 

i’ve had plenty of boyfriends but now i’m a lesbian

don’t headcanon me as bisexual 

i get that there are very very few canonically bi characters and it’s super fucking frustrating. i been there, i know. but at the same exact time there are SO so few canonically lesbian characters out there that we all just gotta headcanon who we want to see, because we’re all underrepresented in media

and fuck the term “monosexism” because lateral violence exists but it is nowhere near the danger that heterosexuality itself is, all by itself. 

Compulsory monosexuality is also real, though.

And yes, certainly, the danger/damage of straight folks against bi/pan folks is quite a bit higher than the danger/damage of lesbian/gay folks against bi/pan folks. But then, the danger/damage of white men against women of colour is quite a bit higher than the danger/damage of white women against women of colour…same for the danger/damage of straight men against women versus gay men against women…so on and so forth…

So heterosexism is a useful term, even though straight men and straight women and straight nonbinary folks all experience heterosexuality differently…monosexism is also a useful term even though lesbians and straight women and gay men and straight men and gay nonbinary folks all experience monosexuality differently.

The rest of this conversation is actually somewhat wearying…because I always gotta ask myself, why do lesbians (in particular) feel so very threatened by an interpretation of a character as bisexual? And the answer, I think, is because lesbian identity is widely under threat by a mainstream culture which doesn’t really believe that lesbian identity is real.

But don’t confuse that with a culture that believes bisexual women are real, because the same mainstream culture which erases lesbian identity also erases bisexual identity…especially bisexual women’s identity.

And ask yourself how invalidating (not merely frustrating, but invalidating and invisibiling) it is for bi/pan folks to see a character who has expressed clear sexual/romantic interest in multiple genders be headcanoned as lesbian or gay. 

compulsory monosexuality is not real

the only type of monosexuality thats ever been compulsory is heterosexuality

being lesbian has never by any measure been compulsory lmao

monosexual is not a useful term cuz whereas all het ppl are able to structurally exploit all non het ppl, lesbians r not able to structurally exploit bi ppl the way het ppl and gay men r

"why do lesbians (in particular) feel so very threatened by an interpretation of a character as bisexual?"

did u even bother reading the original post? i dont give a  shit if someone headcanons a non canon queer character as bi, fucking go for it, im tired of headcanoning non canon queer characters as lesbian and getting shit for it cuz they were w a dude once, as tho that isnt something that happens to lesbians all the fucking time

but nah dont bother responding to what was written

  
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sales-aholic:

Calling college students! Microsoft is giving away a FREE download of Office 365 to qualifying schools. You’ll need to enter your college email to see if your school qualifies. If you do, then you’ll be able to install Microsoft Office to up to 5 computers and mobile devices. Hurry though, this awesome freebie is valid for a limited time only. My university was eligible :D Be sure to spread the word, so all of us students can take advantage of this free software!
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sales-aholic:

Calling college students! Microsoft is giving away a FREE download of Office 365 to qualifying schools. You’ll need to enter your college email to see if your school qualifies. If you do, then you’ll be able to install Microsoft Office to up to 5 computers and mobile devices. Hurry though, this awesome freebie is valid for a limited time only. My university was eligible :D Be sure to spread the word, so all of us students can take advantage of this free software!

For more:  DealsFreebiesSweepstakes
  
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bagelbitesofficial:

hey everyone. my birthday is this week (specifically Sept. 25) and i know im probably not getting much for it from family. im running a little low on money and i have a number of upcoming expenses (mostly car related) that i may not be able to cover on my own. so that being said id really appreciate if you could throw some money my way (my donate button on my blog still works i think) or reblog this post. thank you

  
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