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ntcreativenough4this:

feministblackboard:

Did you know that Hattie McDaniel was the first African American woman to ever be nominated for an Academy award?She was not even allowed to attend her own movie’s premiere. The movie, in case you are unfamiliar, was 1939’s Gone with the Wind. Her career began with radio in which she played a maid who went by “Hi-Hat Hattie.” The radio serial was called “The Optimistic Do-nut Hour.” She was paid so little for her role (especially in proportion to her white counterparts) that she had to work as a real maid off to the side in order to make enough money to live. She also got criticism from different groups such as the NAACP, who felt she, like other black actors at the time, were only perpetuating stereotypes of African Americans. She decidedly kept working as she did saying, “I’d rather play a maid for $700 a week than be one for $7.”

dropping knowledge! 

ntcreativenough4this:

feministblackboard:

Did you know that Hattie McDaniel was the first African American woman to ever be nominated for an Academy award?

She was not even allowed to attend her own movie’s premiere. The movie, in case you are unfamiliar, was 1939’s Gone with the Wind.

Her career began with radio in which she played a maid who went by “Hi-Hat Hattie.” The radio serial was called “The Optimistic Do-nut Hour.” She was paid so little for her role (especially in proportion to her white counterparts) that she had to work as a real maid off to the side in order to make enough money to live.

She also got criticism from different groups such as the NAACP, who felt she, like other black actors at the time, were only perpetuating stereotypes of African Americans. She decidedly kept working as she did saying, “I’d rather play a maid for $700 a week than be one for $7.”

dropping knowledge! 

(Source: feminist-blackboard)

theotherblack:

Alvin Ailey dancers

theotherblack:

Alvin Ailey dancers

karnythia:

xicacha:

Lord jeebus.

OMG, there was this white guy who told me he liked black girls because our breasts look just like those cookies with the Hershey’s kiss in the middle. He never did figure out why he had no chance.

Protip: DON’T SAY THIS SHIT!!!! 

karnythia:

xicacha:

Lord jeebus.

OMG, there was this white guy who told me he liked black girls because our breasts look just like those cookies with the Hershey’s kiss in the middle. He never did figure out why he had no chance.

Protip: DON’T SAY THIS SHIT!!!! 

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Cee-Lo Green joins ‘Sparkle’ cast

notime4yourshit:

Cee-Lo GreenCarmen EjogoTika SumpterOmari Hardwick

“Sparkle” director Salim Akil has already cast Whitney Houston in Sony’s music-themed drama, and now another Grammy winner has enlisted in the ensemble, as Cee-Lo Green has joined the cast along with Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter and Omari Hardwick.

Additionally, R&B artist R. Kelly has signed on to write original music for the soundtrack.

“American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks stars as the title character, a music prodigy who struggles to become a star as she overcomes issues that are tearing her family apart.

Ejogo and Sumpter will play Sparks’ siblings, Sister and Dolores, respectively, while Houston plays the trio’s mother. Green will play a singer who serves as the girls’ opening act.

Pic also stars Derek Luke as Stix, an aspiring Motown manager who discovers the sisters and eventually falls for Sparkle. Hardwick will play his cousin, Levi, who falls for Ejogo’s character but turns to a life of crime after she’s stolen from him by Detroit comic Satin Struthers, who will be played by Mike Epps.

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Why are they tryna make Sparkle Pt 2 happen, #doe? Why?

For those not following the Melissa Harris-Perry race debacle here’s a little summary….

notime4yourshit:

MHP theorizes about how race effects Obama’s Presidency

Gene Lyons accuses MHP of “whining, compares her to Michele Bachmann & says PhD’s are trained to find racist symbols in passing clouds

Joan Walsh gets into the act 

As does David Sirota

As does Taylor Marsh

Angry Black Lady rebukes Gene Lyons critique of MHP

As does Elon James White

As does Radically Queer

As does The Reid Report

As does Tiger Beatdown

As does Bob Cesca

As does Graceishuman

As does Feministing

As does Racialicious

As does EJ Graff

MHP responds to criticisms of her criticisms

Gene Lyons can go eat a bag of expired, sour dicks and also!

More on Black Americanness

lebanesepoppyseed:

zorascreation:

We get shat on by everyone. Whites, non-Black POC and non-Black American Blacks. Treated like impositions for breathing. 

For no fucking reason. For shit that isn’t even our fault.

The folks hating us won’t even dare to study our real history, they’ll just consume the watered down public school bullshit and then grow up with folks telling them we are some uneducated degenerate godawful immoral sin-cult. And then believe it. Fuck allat.

But these same anti-Black Americaners will be quick to use our lingo, co-opt our experiences and our culture in a heartbeat.

Truth. As an African-descendant person who isn’t African American, I always saw Afro-Latinos and Latinos in general go about shitting on African Americans yet it’s all cool when it’s time to use the N word or listen to hip hop and act like a “thug”, some fucking bullshit. Fuck that noise, you’re either with them or you’re not, you can’t shit on the people then steal from them. Go the fuck away.

Whatever the white man has done, we have done, and often better.

Mary McLeod Bethune (via unapproachableblackchicks)

If you use the term “African American” I probably hate you.

sourcedumal:

stfuandlistenwhitepeople:

jillian-marie:

Seriously. I probably think you’re a fucking moron and hate you for it.

Why would you hate someone for using that term? Like, seriously. I’m completely dumbfounded as to why you would dislike it.

LOL @ this white bitch telling AFRICAN AMERICAN folks what to call themselves. I call myself African American all day every day. WHO THE FUCK GON CHECK ME BITCH?

And yo triflin ass got the nerve to tag this “colored??”

As much as I don’t like the term African-American for myself, I would never in my right mind tell somebody how the fuck they can identify, AND I’M BLACK (and I personally prefer Black or Black American, but again, that’s for me)!!!! The fuck you think this is? White lady, relax. 

Billy Crystal’s blackface at the Oscars

karnythia:

thegoddamazon:

javitmyway:

There is this blog that is the second google link for “billy crystal blackface” and it is this woman going on how blacks should not be offended by the blackface skit at the Oscars done by Billy Crystal. Tumblr, you know what to do. BTW I can’t wait for the white opinions to show up.

http://www.chicagonow.com/when-you-put-it-that-way/2012/02/billy-crystals-blackface-controversy-puhleeeease/ 

Teppi is such a racist & she always always plays the “I choose to see through rose colored glasses” routine when she’s challenged. She’s going to play the victim no matter what anyone says to her.

Somebody buy this for me. PLEASE!??!?!?!?!

Somebody buy this for me. PLEASE!??!?!?!?!

sociofreak:

telafrictv:

African versus African American

“African versus African American” is a controversial and hard-hitting human interest documentary that addresses the little known tension that exists between Africans and African Americans. The documentary opens with an honest look at how Africans and African Americans view each other, then looks back at our shared history to seek out the genesis of these misconceptions. By weaving in the wisdom of our elders, brothers and sisters we want to build the bridges of understanding, reconciliation and homecoming.


Our hope is that this documentary stirs up the hearts and minds of the children of the African Diaspora, inspiring them to look at their roots and dare to understand each other better. But the core lesson of this documentary is universal making it a powerful tool for people who find themselves on opposite sides of history. We hope that it inspires us all to shake off the perceptions we have of each other that are based on fear and ignorance and start building bridges of understanding across racial, gender, tribal and religious lines.

im looking forward to this, although things like this always make me feel a certain way

Welp…………..this could get interesting.