Sometimes I look at my skin and I’m just in love with the way it looks. I used to be really jealous of light-skinned girls because people tended to prefer them when I was in junior high. I was jealous of my sisters. But, I share the same skin tone as my handsome brother. When light hits it at the right angle it almost appears that I have fine bronze/gold glitter specks all over. I’ve always taken good care of my skin so people tell me it’s soft and smooth.
A lot of mornings I look in the mirror and I think my skin looks like dirt. I frown and I get upset about the dark spots on my face. However, when I smile it looks like chocolate. Like the warm gooey chocolate in chocolate chip cookie. When I blush it’s like someone dropped a little milk in their morning coffee. Every color looks good next to my brown.
Many days I am so bitter that I am the only one of my sisters who has darker skin. Some days though, I am so proud
please keep yourself in positive environments you’re beautiful! here is the submission i received from her
I started following your blog and I know it seems strange but a steady stream of beautiful dark skinned women on my tumblr feed made me appreciate/see my own beauty as a dark skinned black woman. So your blog inspired this post. So I thought I’d submit it.”
Sister Citizen: Shame Stereotypes and Black Women in America
MSNBC commentator, columnist for The Nation, and Professor of Political Science at Tulane University, where she serves as founding director of the Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South, Melissa Harris-Perry examines black women’s political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images in her new book, “Sister Citizen.”
With wit and family anecdotes, Harris-Perry elaborates on how the shared struggle to preserve an authentic self and secure recognition as a citizen links black women together in America.
Witchsistah: She broke it DOWN! If you don’t get it, I can’t help you. Go in the corner and color. If you don’t WANT to get it, then please, eat all the dicks.
“World Record for Longest Marriage held by Black couple
In a day when marriages begin and end with the greatest of ease, Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher are a rarity. The James City, N.C., husband and wife have been wed 85 years and hold the Guinness World Record for the longest marriage of a living couple
Banners and signs celebrating that record decorate the front lawn of their ranch-style home. They’ve captured the attention of newspapers, magazines and websites everywhere. And just recently, they received a signed commendation from President Obama with a promise of an official invitation to the White House to meet him.
The hoopla over their accomplishment doesn’t faze them at all. Zelmyra, 101, scorns the idea that there’s some secret to the longevity of their marriage. “No secrets,” she says. “There isn’t any secret. It was only God that kept us together.”
Herbert, 104, is amazed at their longevity. “I didn’t know I would be married this long,” he says. The retired Coca-Cola Bottling Co. mechanic still has a sharp mind, though his hearing is failing. Revered as a hard-working husband and father, Herbert built the family home in 1942, and he and his wife still reside there. His diligence and aggressive saving paid for the college educations of the couple’s five children. They also have 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.”
This is awesome. :-)
I’m so happy to see this. After all the statics and attack on black women, people, and their marriage (cough Michelle Bachman) lets just look at this for a bit. It’s not even the fact that they’re married (if you are not a fan of marriage or don’t believe because of your preference) it’s the fact that as a monogamous couple they’re loved and been with each other that long. That’s beautiful honestly.
Our film, BLACK GIRLS CODE is a semi-finalist for the Focus Forward Film Competition. Black Girls Code is an amazing non-profit organization that bridges the digital divide. By engaging young girls of color into the digital field, they empower young women everywhere to go forth within computer, science and technology and make their own changes.
Focus Forward is a film competition powered by GE. It takes innovative film based towards science, education and technology – and pushes them forward. We are honored about becoming semi-finalists, and hope that all of our followers, friends and family will help us!
Since we are in the running to be semi finalists, we have the power to become audience favorites. So please help and vote! Our link will posted tomorrow. Let’s let the world know about Black Girls Code! Winning films will be distributed world-wide to major film festivals.
Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe invites visitors to explore the roles of Africans and their descendants in Renaissance Europe as revealed in compelling paintings, drawings, sculpture and printed books of the period. Vivid portraits from life both encourage face-to-face encounters with the individuals themselves and pose questions about the challenges of color, class, and stereotypes that this new diversity brought to Europe. Despite the importance of the questions posed for audiences today, this is the first time they have been addressed in a major exhibition. Organized by the Walters, the exhibition opens in Baltimore on October 14 and at the Princeton University Art Museum in February 2013. It will feature about 75 works of art drawn from the Walters, major museums in the U.S. and Europe, and private collections.
October 13, 2012 - January 21, 2013 at the Walters Museum, located @ 600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.
I’m posting this in the Lancelot/Once Upon a Time tag because, though i don’t follow Once Upon a Time, I keep seeing people on my dash upset that Lancelot is black because “there were no black people in Europe at the time”. this exhibition proves that wrong beyond a shadow of a doubt.
(degrading) A person with dark skin, especially (but not necessarily) one from northern Africa [quotations ▼]
a blackamoor slave, a blackamoor servant; and hence any slave, servant, inferior, or child [quotations ▼]
(heraldry) a stylized Negro Argent, three blackamoors’ heads couped sable, capped or, fretty gules.
So, this is from Dolce & Gabbana’s 2013 collection. Let’s talk about the decision to re-purpose the racist imagery of the past as fashion for the future! While we’re talking about that, let’s also talk about the process from conception to execution for a collection which only images of black people as servants, and yet no actual black models were present on the runway. What does that thought process look like & how exactly will people try to spin this as harmless? Oh right, I’m certain any references to actual history will be met with the insistence that things are different now, and it just happens that the only black faces in this collection belong to images of slaves.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs is calling attention to the fatal shooting of Kendall L. Hampton, a gender non-conforming person who had allegedly engaged in acts of sex work.
The 26-year-old victim was discovered in the parking lot of a Cincinatti convenience store last Saturday, reported FOX19. Hampton was pronounced dead later that night at the city’s University Hospital. Police are currently searching for the gunman.
The NCAVP, along with the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization, is working to determine if gender identity or race were motivators in the crime. Apart from Hampton, the organization has learned of the murders of eight people this year who identified as transgender or were gender non-conforming.
According to a recent report by NCAVP, 87% of the 30 reported hate murder victims in 2011 were LGBT people of color. The organization encourages those affected by violence to contact their nearest anti-violence program, which may be found on its website.
To contact police regarding Kendall Jackson, call (513) 352-3040.
This makes me so angry and sick to my stomach.
We need LGBT folks to fucking get trained in weapons—this means knives and guns—and in unarmed self-defense techniques. This is a war.
meanwhile a shitstorm over pussy riot’s mofucking 2 years in prison. as tpoc (particularly black trans women) are DYING. not here for it. you can call it training violence, i’ll call it teaching survival.
I had to make this because I was planning to write an extended rant about the long-standing obsession with dehumanizing, de-feminizing, disrespecting, marginalizing and silencing Black women, but I honestly don’t know what I can add to the discussion at this point. Re-blog if you adore Black Women.