Y’all even realize how many Black people are getting abused everyday and don’t even know that it’s some type of abuse because it happens so often and it’s so widespread. And when someone in the Black community points out it’s abuse they get hushed the fuck up about.
get outta here, people can be abused and be strong people. Being abused doesn’t happen because a person is weak and deserves it.
I heard the birds the other day outside of my window and I thought to myself, damn spring is upon us. And with spring comes the ever essence of trendy springness and my internet addicted self on Beautylish. Well, one of the most popular trends in the beauty/nail world is definitely nude nail polishes. Nude nail polishes are fun and simple, with classic minimal colors. If they chip if won’t be much trouble to fix and obvious. While offering delicate funky designs you can do to a basic foundation of color that is close to your undertone or skin-tone! But looking at the recent Nail collections that were and are going to be put out, POC (people of color) specifically my brown skin darlings, where were we at in these collections? I see all the beige and boring white mayonnaises but WHERE OH WHERE are my Mahogany browns, my mauve earth bronzes, golden-orange sizzling twany’s! I want to see US in these collections and somehow even with the recent uproar on the POC end of the cosmetic world. We still sufferin’ at the drugstore levels of beauty.
Well here’s a small list in the millions and millions of nail polishes. I tried to make them cohesive with skin-tones mostly but their are quite a few you can use for undertones as well! Enjoy Lovelies
4. Ginger + Liz Brown Sugar ( Black owned company!!! -squeals-) Retails at $12.00
Another cool brown! If you’re in the range of Laura London, Vanessa Williams or Elle Varner I think this brown will be your friend. Plus this is a Black owned company and is vegan friendly. Without the promise for the 4 harsh chemicals, this color is gorgeous and looks very creamy.
(Image found on company website)
5. Revlon Hot for Chocolate Retail $4-$6
Literally a beautiful chocolate brown, I can almost taste the chocolate in this color. I’m aching to buy it, this is beautiful deep rich color that has plumy red undertones. Perfect for my darker skinned lovelies.
Another deep chocolate this one is definitely more burgundy red. This is definitely for red undertones but richness to it makes it feel creamy. Butter london’s lacquers are well made and better be for that 15 price tag.
The article is just reblogged is so good and reminds me of the acceptable Blackness i encounter like in academia and that Black americans from the hood are sometimes not acceptable if not most times
but it’s interesting to hear and read about the east African girl line like the article stated this isn’t the first time reading about that and the white anthropologists claiming “Afro-asiatic” and that’s what they try to create Egypt as to although not in East Africa Egypt is acceptable Black in fact so acceptable there is no way that anyone in Egypt is in fact African or Black they just have light to white brown skin.[sarcasm]
“the Unwritten Rules” is a web series based on the book, “40 Hours and Unwritten Rule” (Butterfly Ink Publishing, 2004). The series follows a Black woman’s, Racey Jones, journey in a predominantly white workplace with real situations, truthful thoughts, and honest reactions.
Yesterday I was in my first class of the day minding my own business; being in the state I was in from the recent lost in my family, I definitely wasn’t in the mood to be questioned by the sudden change of my hair.
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While I was doing my work my Professor (whom is a white) decided to come up towards me in front of everyone and ask ” Is that a wig?”
I instantly held my breath and felt my muscles clench. I wanted to ball my fist and call her a clueless white woman (as usual) but knowing I needed this class to pass it. I just laid it all out and told her I had gotten a weave to protect my own hair and give it a break. I didn’t go any further, she asked me
and I simply responded because I wanted too.
This isn’t the first time white people have come up to me asking to touch and pet and asking me how do i comb my hair when it’s nappy. How many times do i wash it? Saying it’s exotic and different not as nappy.
To make a blank statement obvious:
As a white person should you ask Black people about their hair?
No you shouldn’t, do you know why? Black people don’t ask you about your hair because your hair is normalized. Your hair is what Black people for years have been torturing ourselves over in order to be closer to whiteness. Through internalize racism Black people have been straightening and weaving their hair (not all but this is a big indication of why straight hair is preferred in our communties)
Our hair becomes! a political playground because having natural hair IS TURNED INTO a political statement. Majority of our identify has been tied into OUR hair not by us but by white society. The identity of what white society thinks Black identities should be and not by us! To us our hair is our hair and it comes in many different forms and ways that white hair cannot compete with.
So when my Professor asked me IN FRONT of every person in the classroom if my hair was a wig. There was no need.
She would have never asked a white woman if their hair was a wig, she would have never thought a white woman to wear their hair as a wig, or that Black people cannot have straight hair naturally.
This mentality, this act, it’s embarssing, and it’s disrespectful. After years and years and oppressive behaviour white people participate in surrounding our hair (calling it pubes and gross and unkempt and unprofessional) and created boundaries still in place today! to bluntly ask in front of a huge amount of people about Black hair. Is unnecessary.
I’ve receieved several your hair looks better from people in the Black community ( internalized racism) and from POC whom are non-Black. I’ve also received a smirk from my higher up manager because of the change in my hair. These little acts are indication that wearing my hair in it’s most natural state (white people wear their hair in natural state and no one EVER thinks about it being a political statement because once again your hair is normal and what every other POC so strive for it to be like)
I’ve been on interviews and around white people who have the nerve to say my hair is unprofessional. Because of the racialized system put into office jobs. Black hair is unruly and gross to the Professional world. When really this is an indication they want me to strip me of my Blackness and identify into whiteness. Because my Blackness is threatening to them. It SCARES them.
If you REALLY feel the need to ask and it’s a burning desire PLEASE go read, do research, THERE ARE LITERALLY TONS OF BOOKS ON BLACK HAIR BY BLACK PEOPLE. Youtubes, blogs, websites dedicated to Black hair! BY BLACK PEOPLE Don’t ask other POC that are Non-Black, Don’t ask us directly because that is disresectful and exoticfying us, go do your research. We’re not your educators. The oppressed do not educate oppressors.
I will say ONLY if only you know the person closely ask them in private.
It’s a touchy subject because again our hair has been politicalized. This has to do with the break down of Black people, anthropology, and exotification of us while denying us our rights as humans.
I’ve highlighted the most important parts of the study for you all to read:
Discrimination was pervasive for all respondents who took the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, yet the combination of anti-transgender bias and persistent, structural and individual racism was especially devastating for Black transgender people and other people of color.
Black transgender people live in extreme poverty with 34% reporting a household income of less than $10,000/year. This is more than twice the rate for transgender people of all races (15%), four times the general Black population rate (9%), and over eight times the general US population rate (4%).
Black transgender people are affected by HIV in devastating numbers. Over one-fifth of Black respondents were HIV-positive (20.23%) and an additional 10% reported that they did not know their status. This compares to rates of 2.64% for transgender respondents of all races, 2.4% for the general Black population, and 0.60% of the general US population.
Nearly half (49%) of Black respondents reported having attempted suicide.
Black transgender people who were out to their families found acceptance at a higher rate than the overall sample of transgender respondents.
50% of Black respondents who attended school expressing a transgender identity or gender non-conformity face harassment.
Half (51%) reported discomfort seeking police assistance. Thirty-five percent (35%) of Black transgender people had been arrested or held in a cell due to bias at some point in their lives.
Physical and sexual assault in jail/prison is a serious problem: 29% of Black respondents who had been to jail or prison reported being physically assaulted and 32% reported being sexually assaulted while in custody.
Health outcomes for Black respondents show the appalling effects of social and economic marginalization, including much higher rates of HIV infection, smoking, drug and alcohol use and suicide attempts than the general population.
21% of Black transgender people reported being refused medical care due to bias. Over half of Black transgender people reported having postponed care when they were sick or injured due to fear of discrimination (34%).
Black transgender people had an extremely high unemployment rate at 26%, two times the rate of the overall transgender sample and four times the rate of the general population.
Thirty-two percent (32%) of Black transgender people lost a job due to bias and 48% were not hired for a job due to bias.