Last week Atatiana Jefferson's mother passed away, just months after her father... both passed after Atatiana was shot and killed by police while playing video games with her nephew. Both passed of heart attacks. The trauma caused by injustice takes a toll on family members and communities... I got to write about how this has become a pattern within the past decade. Please read & share.
R&B Lovers Unite!
I've been a die hard music fan all of my life. My friends will tell you that I know every rap lyric to every song. This is true, but I have the same love for R&B. And I'm especially passionate about the lack of radio support there is for our R&B artist. Yes, we now have streaming services, but let's be real that's not where the money is for artist. So I marched to Twitter and created @RnBAgenda - a platform so that R&B music can be shared and promoted. Follow us!
ZoraMag curated a list of 100 greatest books ever written by a BLACK woman. If you are an educator, writer, justice advocater, etc. you NEED this.
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Since time began European hair was the astute hair to be modeled after.
She could fix it anyway she pleased and it was for the world to exhale over.
A Black Queen would wear cornrolls and it was what style of hair is that?
Farrah Fawcett takes a picture with her hair curled and it becomes iconic of all times!
A Black Woman takes an afro photo shoot picture; she is ridiculed in her natural state of beauty.
Show me a Black Woman with curly hair; show me a Black Woman with natural hair. She will be censured for her individuality.
Why do we have to have a law against discriminating or desegregating Black Women's Hair?
Where is the law against Caucasian women hair in the natural workplace?
Why do a Black Woman need to show grace to the offender of her birth right?
When we see a Caucasian woman with braids our world don’t stand still in awe.
Chocolate, Mocha Vanilla, Brown Sugar, Carmel Candy, Redbone, Vanilla, Soft Black Coal and African Sweetness is the coalition and diversity of a Black Woman's Beauty!
My hair is your fascination; my hair is your deterrent of you; my hair is my elegance of look; my hair is my gracefulness; my hair is my crown of beauty in my own being.
Written by Theodore Mosley
December 13, 2019
Thank you for the art you've left here with us on earth....
Alexa, please play Solange "Don't Touch My Hair"
Early December I got the opportunity to be a guest writer for the Huffington Post. I wrote about myexperience in the work place as a Black Woman who changes her hair often. How I was treated as a spectacle, and truly didn't feel it was my job to explain Black hair. I got trolled for it. I was told I was being hypersensitive. I was told that maybe this was only MY experience. Early Saturday morning, this video (below) hit Twitter sparking outrage.
Many people, in my opinion blamed Gracie (the young Black lady in the video) for allowing her white counterparts to touch her hair. This is equivalent to victim blaming. Why not ask why her counterparts have their fingers in her hair?
DON'T tell me they are curious. This is inappropriate and MUST stop. Gracie is clearly uncomfortable and unsure how to stop them from invading her personal space. Who knows what is running through her head in this moment. Many are commenting that they "would've" done this, and she "should've" done that. But like mentioned in my Huffington Post article, there are fears associated for speaking up as a Black Woman. We all watched Gabrielle Union lose her job, we don't know what consequences Gracie would've/could've been.
We've all been Gracie. Afraid to speak up... when we truly shouldn't have to be. We need to use our voice the best way we know how. Whites & Non-blacks, acknowledge that there are many things that you do that are microagressions (they are petting her, for God's sake). We know that our hair is different. We don’t need a daily reminder, and we certainly don’t need you touching us.
One of the emails I received from my HP article asked me to be patient with my counterparts and “teach” them. My answer is still no. I will speak up on how I feel when offended, but please educate yourselves on what it truly means to be inclusive in the workspace. I responded to the emailer asking her if she was comfortable with the thought that her behavior could be making her coworker nervous to come into work as their true authentic self.
Ask yourself this question. Acknowledge and make the change.
Tammy that is. I identify as a creative. I've been writing my entire life and love music. If you're here, you're in my brain.