Tuesday, January 31, 2012
i love watching films and especially independent or foreign films for various reasons, but one in particular is that i like that they break from the typical white supremacist, heteronormative, partriarchial trope that hollywood is in(famous) for. however, after watching this film last night i realized that i prefer hollywood's omission of people of african descent from films over these depictions:
|i expected to see this doll during this scene and of course it was carried around (in juxtaposition to a white barbie-esk doll) by the little girl for the duration of the film|
|i had a feeling the film was about to get ugly with this man's forewarning...|
|more on the "guijes" below:|
Los guijes y las tradiciones en Cuba (the guijes and cuban traditions)
watching this "cute" film with these disturbing stereotypes makes me not only want to watch "black in latin america, cuba: the next revolution" and "ethnic notions" again but to show these film to the director, the cast, and anyone whoever thought that this film was appropriate.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Conscious or Conflicted? Are They The Truth Or Just Troubled? | Madame Noire | Black Women's Lifestyle Guide | Black Hair | Black Love
as if this was surprising. shit is disturbing! note: you don't need to understand spanish to understand this video. check out Black In Latin America and Afrolatinos for other perspectives. lastly, the question on my mind: "who taught you to hate yourself?" ~ malcolm x
located the english version:
Saturday, January 28, 2012
"To summarize, Eddie Murphy making oodles of money as a successful director, producer, writer, and actor in films featuring him as a doctor, a veterinarian, a dedicated father, and the voice of a beloved donkey in the second highest-grossing animated film of all time is considered some sort of failure, but playing a jive-talking thief is redemptive. Huh?"
"Eddie Murphy called out the movie industry’s racism at the 1988 Academy Awards during his presentation of the Best Picture award: “I’m going to give this award, but black people will not ride the caboose of society and we will not bring up the rear anymore. I want you to recognize that.” Two decades later, Murphy finds himself riding the caboose, furnished by the creators of Tower Heist."
Thursday, January 26, 2012
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Saturday, January 21, 2012
Will Black Cinema Survive if Red Tails Fails? Yes | Madame Noire | Black Women's Lifestyle Guide | Black Hair | Black Love
Friday, January 20, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Yeah She Said It The Voice For The Urban Sophisticated Black Woman » If Skin Bleaching Is Self Hate Then Isn’t Tanning The Same? Not Really.
it's important to acknowledge that we live in a white supremacist world, where whiteness is so often desired by people of color worldwide. skin bleaching is rooted in colonialism and racism, there is no way to separate that from the practice of one or many people. tanning on the other hand has a completely different motivation when practiced by white people. as has been said by another person posting, tanning is temporary (generally) but the motivation isn't to look like a different ethnicity and it is by no means a way to lose one's unearned white privilege, in fact its often the opposite. if a white person is able to have a tan in a climate that doesn't receive a lot of sun like let's say london or seattle, white people are able to give the impression that they are quite comfortable financially to be able to travel to tropical climates to get that tan. it should be painfully clear that skin bleaching and other self-hating/harming practices done by people of color are deeply rooted in european notions of beauty. we also live in a patriarchal and sexists society that targets women at a constant to make modifications to their appearance. this very same toxic (racist and sexist) culture we live in is one that is insanely superficial and wants nothing more than our discomfort and most importantly our money. if we can be consumed with wanting to have his abs, her breasts, their skin color, etc. we will place ourselves in unsafe situations in order to better blend in, conform. one final comment for the author, "blacks and latinos," are not mutually exclusive when you consider that there were more enslaved africans brought to latin america than the u.s., "latino" is a culture, not a race.
"As Yale historian Matthew Frye Jacobson has asked: 'Why is it that in the United States, a white woman can have black children but a black woman cannot have white children?'"
"I've never felt more self-consciously black than while holding our little white girl's hand in public."
"African-Americans represent almost one third of the 510,000 children in foster care, so black parents have a relatively high chance of ending up with a same-race child. (Not so for would-be adoptive white parents who prefer the rarest thing of all in the foster-care system: a healthy white baby.) But the dearth of black families with nonblack children also has painful historical roots. Economic hardship and centuries of poisonous belief in the so-called civilizing effects of white culture upon other races have familiarized Americans with the concept of white stewardship of other ethnicities, rather than the reverse."
Saturday, January 14, 2012
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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
i truly appreciate this documentary being put together and it's well worth discussing. i also agree with the statement made by the man of african descent from the u.s.--he suggested that this sort of behavior would not be tolerated in the states whatsoever. a building in the states bearing the infamous "n" word would no doubt be defaced and/or then some. however, people of african descent in the u.s. certainly have a different history than the aborigines do in australia because we are talking about a population imported (stolen from their land) versus an indigenous population (whose land was stolen). certainly being deemed "black" by the dominant (white) group in the u.s. and australia is a common thread both marginalized groups share, but i think it's worth considering how the indigenous in the u.s. are still mistreated (to say the least) just like the aborigines of australia. consider the ongoing objectification of the indigenous as mascots in professional sports like the washington redskins.
resources on the "redskins" and other instances of objectification of indigenous people:
in whose honor?
the racist redskins
redskins: racial slur or symbol of success?
washington redskins and the stigma of racism, is there a compromise?
redskins, sambos, and whities-racism in sports mascots