1. Happy 100, Bayard Rustin…


  2. I guess I had one more thing to say, other than this, about Spike Lee’s gentrification rant

    Well, maybe another thing — I grew up in a neighborhood in Brooklyn where Italians, Jews, and folks of African descent were completely cool with sharing their cultures. No one attempted to turn the neighborhood into one culture, and everyone felt free to contribute their share. I don’t see much of that in these gentrified neighborhoods today…


  3. John E. Ferguson and his wife Harriet, both people of color as well as slave owners, petitioned a Richmond, VA court in 1853 to declare the couple, as well as their six children, “not negroes.”

    Virginia Memory has more about the Fergusons…


  4. Concord, CA high school serves fried chicken and watermelon in honor of Black History Month.

    Source: NBC Bay Area News


  5. A sad state of affairs that can be changed for the better…



    From the Daily Mail (UK):

    A Family Feud contestant left host Steve Harvey and fellow competitors reeling when in answer to the question ‘Name something you know about zombies’, she slammed the buzzer and blurted out: ‘Black.’

    ‘They’re black. Okay…,’ said African-American presenter Harvey who was barely able to suppress his laughter as he turned to the board.

    'I don't know if they're white… or… I… just… probably,' Christie fumbled perhaps sensing that her bizarre answer could be construed as racially charged.

    The punchline came when someone told the other to “Shut up,” but I’ll let you read the rest of the story or watch the embedded video to find out what happened…


  7. If you want some laughs, ask folks for their definition of “acting sufficiently black.”


    In Moms Mabley’s time, she experienced racism from whites. I can recall in the ’80s and ’90s, you, Whitney, Michael Jackson and Oprah, you all experienced this backlash from the Black community, saying you weren’t “Black” enough. Were you hurt by those comments from your “own people?”
    I didn’t understand it! [Laughs] When somebody says to you, as dark as I am, “You’re not Black enough,” it’s like, “What are you talking about?” It’s not like I got up yesterday and I was Asian. What do you mean? Oh, you just want me to be your idea of what a Black person is? You just have to say, “You’re right, I’m probably not Black enough for you. So why are you here?” I am who I am.  I’m never going to be anybody’s ideal. So I’ll just be Whoopi.


  8. summersumz:


    Javon Johnson making me cry in approx 30 seconds. 

    As long as “walking while black” is a risk factor, there is the hard work of justice to be done. This truth is a truth that we all own, even if it impacts us disproportionately. It is a truth that should become history, not reality.

    (Source: arabellesicardi, via summer-sumz)


  9. TANYA FREE - PODCAST - SEP 25 2013

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    Tanya Free & Friends podcast - Sep 25, 2013:

    • More congressional budget drama
    • Cutting food stamps
    • NRA’s idea to give more guns to the good guys
    • The death of Jonathan Ferrell by a Charlotte, NC police officer (“Four shots, pause; four shots, pause; two more shots.”)



  10. Damn. GE couldn’t even give the kid white teeth…


  11. Via eternallybeautifullyblack:

    Photos: Survivors of North Carolina’s Eugenics Program
    Photographs by Andy McMillan / Text by Maya Dusenbery

    Between 1929 and 1974, North Carolina sterilized more than 7,500 of its residents. Most were operated on without their consent, having been deemed “feebleminded” and unfit to reproduce by the state Eugenics Board. Eighty-five percent were women; about 40 percent were black or Native American. As many as 2,000 victims are thought to still be alive.  [Read more.]

    See also Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet Washington.

    (via guerrillamamamedicine)


  12. To Blacks & Latinos who complain about #stopandfrisk in #NYC: be thankful. It could suck harder… #Race


  13. Not only are some of her best friends black, but she also wears dashikis…


  14. dalithesquilly:




    Six seconds well spent.

    It was. It was.

    Best six seconds of my entire week right here.

    LOL this was wonderful

    In #NYC, he’d be stopped & frisked for a nipple gun… #Silly

    (via youngblackandvegan)


  15. Says Dr. Cornell West to The Guardian (UK) about President Obama.

    If the subject matter wasn’t so serious, I would joke about how there’s nothing like a crisis to force those fabled post-racial green shoots to appear across the land. Oops…

    song currently stuck in my head: “think tank” - pat martino