Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Reading



How “Empire” Is Reshaping the Love and Hip Hop Motif In a Really Gay Way
by Vianca Masucci
On the night that the season finale of Empire aired, I dragged myself to my QTPoC support group and grudgingly disconnected from Facebook in fear of seeing any finale spoilers. I walked into the usual meeting space only to find the ‘sharing circle’ quite sparse. Our group leader stood indignant in the middle of the circle rocking the hardest stank face I’ve ever seen.
Read More at Black Girl Dangerous


My body is not an invitation
by Key Ballah
But they don’t teach you how to recover from feeling powerless in school, how to spot a wolf in the skin of a man. They don’t give you a step-by-step guide to claiming or reclaiming your voice, a how-to on finding your agency when you are scared and your skin is crawling. So, like the sticky-fingered boys in elementary school, I ignored his disregard for the boundaries of my womanhood, my humanity.
Read more at Love, InshAllah


Fantasy’s Othering Fetish, Part 2
by Phenderson Djèlí Clark
In modern fantasy, with its fascination with medieval Europe, it seemed almost fated that acts of “othering” would take root. Some of Western Europe’s founding notions of non-Westerners trace back long before colonialism, as early as the medieval era, where xenophobic fears (rational and irrational) of Muslim, Tartar or Mongol enemies were part of popular, religious, state and academic culture. We know this in part from the literature of the time, where non-Europeans (and non-Christians) are depicted as less than human and prone to wickedness.
Read More at Media Diversified


Light Skin vs. Dark Skin? What About Me? (A “Peanut Butter” Chick’s Story)
by DeAara Lewis
“Teach me how to flirt.”  I awkwardly asked my best friend.  That had to be it.  That had to be what it was, why I felt like the twin sister of the “Invisible Man” when she and I went out together.  “Um, okay.  You just make eye contact,” she responded as she continued applying her make up.
Read More at One Chick Army


Is There a Place Where White People Are More Committed to Faux Race Blindness than South Africa?
by Sisonke Msimang
The first thing that strikes you when you arrive in Australia is how racist this place is, and yet how committed many Australians are to not talking about race. As a South African I recognize this purposeful, focussed commitment to faux race blindness. Even as someone slags off Aboriginal people and immigrants, and rants about the need to “reclaim Australia,” many here will insist that they are not racist.
Read More at Africa Is A Country


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