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Yep – Fuck 2016

15 Nov

Groundbreaking journalist Gwen Ifill lost her battle with cancer. May she rest in peace. Let’s add her to the list of those we’ve lost this year. The American people elected a piece-of-shit President. Congratulations white people, you did it! Close friends of the family are battling serious illnesses. I wish them well. And yeah I still miss Prince.

Here’s to hope for the better in 2017. Perhaps Trump will get impeached? Cross your fingers folks.

Check out this hilariously honest clip from this week’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

And if you haven’t watched the episode in its entirety, you can check it out here.

PS

Issa Rae’s HBO show Insecure has been renewed for a second season; so that’s a bright spot. Find joy where you can.

Best Twitter Rant Ever @beeyroyce

23 Mar

So I know Yeezy has been getting all the attention due to his recent tweeted soliloquies but I stumbled across this glorious thread by @beeyroyce that I endorse wholeheartedly.  Words to live by ladies, for sure.

Beey Rant 1

Beey Rant 2

 

 

Oh and this just in, black Men in the DMV only attend sporting events. I know this isn’t news for most of us single black women living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area (hence the sarcasm).  But I do appreciate VSB for vocalizing it.

Now if only they could clone eligible Idris Elba-esque versions of themselves.

Akilah Johnson Wins Doodle 4 Google Competition

22 Mar

Akilah Johnson Google

Akilah Johnson, a sophomore at Eastern Senior High School in Washington, DC just won the national Doodle 4 Google competition.  Her artwork titled “My Afrocentric Life” was featured on Google’s home page yesterday. This year’s competition theme was “What makes me….me.”

Akilah writes on Google’s web site:

Of all the things I chose to include, the six most special to me are the Symbol of Life (the ankh), the African continent, where everything began for me and my ancestors, the Eye of Horus, the word “power” drawn in black, the woman’s fist based on one of my favorite artist’s works, and the D.C. flag—because I’m a Washingtonian at heart and I love my city with everything in me!

Akilah will be awarded a $30,000 college scholarship and her high school will receive a grant of $50,000.

MHP Exits MSNBC #MSNBCSoWhite

29 Feb

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It’s the end of an era. Sadly the Melissa Harris-Perry Show has come to an abrupt end after fours years on MSNBC. Early Sunday morning, Melissa posted the above picture on social media confirming what I hoped would not be, her farewell to #Nerdland. Over the past few weeks, MSNBC has preempted the MHP Show for extensive primary election coverage as well as coverage of the  Blizzard of 2016 (if my memory bank fails me not).

Although the details have yet to be fleshed out completely and who knows if they ever shall, Melissa Harris-Perry released a letter to her staff, later published on Medium.com. Check out this snippet.

Here is the reality: our show was taken — without comment or discussion or notice — in the midst of an election season. After four years of building an audience, developing a brand, and developing trust with our viewers, we were effectively and utterly silenced. Now, MSNBC would like me to appear for four inconsequential hours to read news that they deem relevant without returning to our team any of the editorial control and authority that makes MHP Show distinctive.

The purpose of this decision seems to be to provide cover for MSNBC, not to provide voice for MHP Show. I will not be used as a tool for their purposes. I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by Lack, Griffin, or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back. I have wept more tears than I can count and I find this deeply painful, but I don’t want back on air at any cost. I am only willing to return when that return happens under certain terms.

Apparently MSNBC asked Harris-Perry to return to her show this past weekend. She declined. And it was announced that MSNBC had severed ties with the Wake Forest Professor, subsequently confirmed by Harris-Perry’s farewell post on Twitter and Instagram.

I am truly saddened to see the MHP Show end. I watched it religiously. Not only was it intelligent, diverse, progressive, and informative; the MHP Show offered a platform for all. It provided a necessary outlet for those typically ignored and silenced by mainstream media. The contribution of the MHP Show cannot be overstated and its impromptu demise shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Some on social media have called for a boycott of MSNBC. Melissa Harris-Perry’s departure is seen as pattern of the network’s poor treatment of its minority show hosts. Politics Nation with Reverend Al Sharpton was moved from weekdays at 6:00PM to a now Sunday at 8:00AM time slot. Joy-Ann Reid’s The Reid Report fizzled out after just a year. Now with Alex Wagner was cancelled this past summer. The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart was under fire at one point. MSNBC threatened to cancel and/or shorten the weekday show.  A former MSNBC employee shared that MHP Show staff members  “watched all of this happen and felt like it was only a matter of time for them.”

So yeah let’s boycott. I’ll miss the contributions of Joy-Ann Reid, Rachel Maddow, and Chris Hayes but I’ll live. There’s CNN and PBS for what it’s worth. And I follow them on the Twitters.

I wish Melissa Harris-Perry and her staff continued success. I thank them for tremendously blessing us with their painstaking, intellectually-vigorous, and groundbreaking work. The MPH Show was indeed a joy and a weekend highlight for me that will be missed sorely. Hopefully #Nerdland will reemerge in space where its valued, respected, and rewarded.

I’ve included below a public dialogue between Melissa Harris-Perry and cultural critic bell hooks on “Black Female Voices: Who is Listening.” It was filmed at The New School in 2013.

Who is listening indeed?

Another Round | The Podcast

1 Feb

 

Another Round

In the midst of this severe television drought, as we eagerly await the return of How to Get Away With Murder, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead; may I recommend the podcast Another Round. It features two black women writers for BuzzFeed Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton. Their show discusses any and everything from race, cat daddies, politics, squirrels, and dating; you name it. There’s even a drunken debate segment. Yes! You get your freedom and foolishness all in one episode.

During their show Tracy and Heben were blessed with the opportunity to interview two of my favorites — Roxane Gay and Melissa Harris-Perry. Color me green with envy.

If you’re into podcasts, Another Round is definitely worth a listen.

Congrats ladies and much continued success!

 

 

 

Life According to Rashema Melson

22 Dec

Rashema Melson

Money? Hmm. Got to get more of it.  (Rashema Melson)

Today I listened to a wonderful Death, Sex & Money podcast on Rashema Melson. She made national news for becoming the valedictorian of her high school while living in a homeless shelter with her family in Washington, DC.  Melson is now a sophomore at Georgetown University after receiving a full scholarship. Amazing!  I’m surprised I wasn’t aware of her story until today considering I live in her area. But Melson is so much more than the homeless valedictorian that she is often referred to as and she wants you to know it.

During the interview Melson was poised, bright, and confident.  You can check out her website to learn more about Ms. Rashema. If you want to contribute to her academic pursuits, you can do so at her GoFundMe page.

 

bell hooks Interviews Kevin Powell on Black Masculinity

21 Dec

Over the weekend I listened to the below interview sponsored by my alma mater, The New School. bell hooks (my favorite feminist social critic) interviewed author and activist Kevin Powell, focusing specifically on black masculinity as discussed in Powell’s recent memoir The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood.

There were so many nuggets of wisdom that I took away from their discussion. In all honesty, most of them don’t focus on black masculinity. I’ve included them below and yes they’re all bell hooks quotes. What can I say? I’m fascinated by her simple candor.

Girl, get your money straight.   

He listens when I critique him.  -hooks on her relationship with Kevin Powell

We all think that we can be loving even as we hold onto all of this toxic energy and toxic stuff. 

I’m fed up with images of black women that are diminished and degraded.  -hooks on why she didn’t see the film Straight Outta Compton

I don’t have to be angry to be clear.  

Emotionally intelligent  (I absolutely love this term.)

I don’t think we can have revolution without humor. 

Here’s the interview below in its entirety. It’s worth the listen.

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