Brown Girls in the Rain

This blog is a safe space for women of color. We blog about racism and ignorance we ourselves have experienced and skin color related social issues happening elsewhere in the world.
youngblackandvegan:

theblackcollegian:

mylifesimplee:

onlyblackgirl:

trebled-negrita-princess:

nappysupastar:

3rdeyechicago:

Miss Black America Beauty Pageant (1972)

What happend to this?

It had to be stopped because it was “racist against whites”.

Had to be stopped because it ignored white beauty standards. 


Can we start this again?  theblackcollegian

Yes, Ms. Naomi, the Deity - AKA BeyondSlay! mylifesimplee

It doesn’t need to be started to again. It already exists

youngblackandvegan:

theblackcollegian:

mylifesimplee:

onlyblackgirl:

trebled-negrita-princess:

nappysupastar:

3rdeyechicago:

Miss Black America Beauty Pageant (1972)

What happend to this?

It had to be stopped because it was “racist against whites”.

Had to be stopped because it ignored white beauty standards. 

Can we start this again?
theblackcollegian
Yes, Ms. Naomi, the Deity - AKA BeyondSlay!
mylifesimplee

It doesn’t need to be started to again. It already exists

(via exquisiteblackpeople)

niramcity:

WOC on the NYC Subway

Subway Stories: The Red Shoes (N’Bushe Wright)

Subway Stories: Honey-Getter (Sarita Choudhury)

Just Another Girl on the IRT (Ariyan A. Johnson)

Subway Stories: Love on the A train (Rosie Perez)

Subway Stories: Sax Cantor Riff (Taral Hicks)

Feelin’ So Good- Jennifer Lopez

What I find to be attractive has changed

I’m so glad my white boy thirst for Leo Dicaprio has dissipated like dust in the wind. He’s a great actor, probably one of the best in Hollywood. I’ll leave my admiration for his work as a final remainder of my once fangirl love of him.

Weirdly enough, a lot of the “hot” white actors that were around when I was growing up just don’t do it for me anymore. They haven’t for a long time. In highschool, I remembsr other brown girls like me having the faces of Orlando Bloom, Johnny Depp, Dicaprio, and Justin Timberlake plastered all over their lockers. These were a few of the men we believed to symbolize male beauty and sexuality.

Weird enough, when I was younger I didn’t find any actors of my own ethnic origin to be good looking, but that’s changed. I can see the beauty and attractiveness in a male face that is similar to mine in ethnic makeup.

But it was a gradual process in reaching this point. And it started when I realized the complete and utter whiteness of the world shown to me by tv shows, movies, news, and magazine covers.

I rarely got to see people like me in movies and shows. And when I did, I noticed that their love interest was always a white male. Or someone who was significantly lighter skinned than they were. It seemed like if I wanted to be happy, I had to find myself a white male to love me. Anything else would be a step down from having it all.

1863-project:

tigertwo1515:

did-you-kno:

Source

Damn

OKAY, LET’S TALK ABOUT ROBERT SMALLS (BECAUSE HE HAS A NAME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH).
ANYWAY.
Robert Smalls was born into slavery in 1839 and at the age of 12 his owner leased him out in Charleston, South Carolina. He gravitated towards working at the docks and on boats and eventually became the equivalent of a pilot, and in late 1861 he found himself assigned to a military transport boat named the CSS Planter.
On May 12, 1862, the white officers decided to spend the night on land. Smalls rounded up the enslaved crew and they hatched a plan, and once the officers were long gone they made a run for it, only stopping to pick up their families (who they notified) along the way. Smalls, disguised as the captain, steered the boat past Confederate forts (including Ft. Sumter) and over to the Union blockade, raising a white sheet his wife took from her job as a hotel maid as a flag of truce. The CSS Planter had a highly valuable code book and all manner of explosives on board.
Smalls ended up serving in the Union Navy and rose to the rank of captain there. He was also one of a number of individuals who talked to Abraham Lincoln about the possibility of African-American soldiers fighting for the Union, which became a reality.
After the war, Smalls bought his owner’s old plantation in Beaufort and even allowed the owner’s sickly wife to move back in until her death. He eventually served in the South Carolina House of Representatives (1865-1870), the South Carolina Senate (1871-1874), and the United States House of Representatives (1875-1879) and represented South Carolina’s 5th District from 1882-1883 and the 7th District from 1884-1887. He and other black politicians also fought against an amendment designed to disenfranchise black voters in 1895, but it unfortunately passed.
Smalls ended his public life by serving as U.S. Collector of Customs in Beaufort from 1889-1911. He died in 1915 at the age of 75.
And now you know Robert Smalls.

1863-project:

tigertwo1515:

did-you-kno:

Source

Damn


OKAY, LET’S TALK ABOUT ROBERT SMALLS (BECAUSE HE HAS A NAME, THANK YOU VERY MUCH).

ANYWAY.

Robert Smalls was born into slavery in 1839 and at the age of 12 his owner leased him out in Charleston, South Carolina. He gravitated towards working at the docks and on boats and eventually became the equivalent of a pilot, and in late 1861 he found himself assigned to a military transport boat named the CSS Planter.

On May 12, 1862, the white officers decided to spend the night on land. Smalls rounded up the enslaved crew and they hatched a plan, and once the officers were long gone they made a run for it, only stopping to pick up their families (who they notified) along the way. Smalls, disguised as the captain, steered the boat past Confederate forts (including Ft. Sumter) and over to the Union blockade, raising a white sheet his wife took from her job as a hotel maid as a flag of truce. The CSS Planter had a highly valuable code book and all manner of explosives on board.

Smalls ended up serving in the Union Navy and rose to the rank of captain there. He was also one of a number of individuals who talked to Abraham Lincoln about the possibility of African-American soldiers fighting for the Union, which became a reality.

After the war, Smalls bought his owner’s old plantation in Beaufort and even allowed the owner’s sickly wife to move back in until her death. He eventually served in the South Carolina House of Representatives (1865-1870), the South Carolina Senate (1871-1874), and the United States House of Representatives (1875-1879) and represented South Carolina’s 5th District from 1882-1883 and the 7th District from 1884-1887. He and other black politicians also fought against an amendment designed to disenfranchise black voters in 1895, but it unfortunately passed.

Smalls ended his public life by serving as U.S. Collector of Customs in Beaufort from 1889-1911. He died in 1915 at the age of 75.

And now you know Robert Smalls.

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thechanelmuse:

Photos that speak: Fuck your fountain. Fuck your tree. Fuck voter suppression. Fuck your labels. Fuck your stereotypes. Fuck your hatred. Fuck your restaurants. Fuck that dude. Fuck police brutality. Fuck white supremacy. 

(via hungary-hippos)

bitteroreo:

the-goddamazon:

bitteroreo:

askaboutnikki:

"White girls like you. Creepin up, takin our men. The whole world aint enough, you gotta conquer ours too"

- Nikki played by Bianca Lawson (Save The Last Dance 2001) 

It really says something that in this movie they decided to make the Black Woman pointing out the white girl’s privilege, be the villain.

Yup. She was the villain and we were supposed to sympathize with the poor lone white girl who was just trying to ‘fit in’.

They actually pull this twice in the film because Kerry Washington’s character (Derek’s sister) speaks and defends Nikki, telling her that yes, you are a white girl, and your privilege gives you the benefit of pretending to be black, and then they vilify her too.

But honestly this movie was some bullshit, because they made Nikki out to be bitter, only to have the lone white girl stand up for herself against the mean black girl. But hold up, because Fredro Starr’s character tells her the same shit, only more blunt, less polite, and less profound “You’re like milk and he’s like oil you just don’t mix.”…but no one says shit to him doe.

Let’s talk about how she got into Julliard because she learned some cool black dances like the “Heel Toe” for example. I don’t see the Bianca’s in the world getting Julliard scholarships for doing moves that been apart of the Black Community since ever. I mean the reasons we’re given to sympathize with Julia Stiles character is some side eye worthy shit.

She’s from working class, living with a single parent, loss a parent in an crucial time in her life. Like I’m sure a good chunk of those Black kids living in Chicago, experience the same shit, but loner white girl is the “special snowflake” doe.

(via kyleandmaxinesdaughter)

disneyvillainsforjustice:

-teesa-:

7.23.14

George Takei describes the moment when he and his family were sent to an internment camp.

"Another scene I remember now as an adult is every morning at school we started the day with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag…there was the American flag flying over the camp but I could also see the barbed wire fence and the sentry towers pointing at us from my schoolhouse window as I recited the words ‘With liberty and justice for all’." - George Takei, The Daily Show (July 24, 2014). 

Full Episode (apologies, The Daily Show website does not have the best video player). 

To Be Takei documentary official website. 

- Mod Dawes Sr. 

(via memewhore)

Strolling - Cecile Emeke

This is a BRAND NEW episode of the documentary series. I took a stroll with Michelle. We talked stolen african artifacts, the queen, religion, weed, charity, the world cup & more. Tweet your opinions with the hashtag #strollingseries

See ALL previous episodes at http://strolling.cecileemeke.com