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@The Working Home Keeper @sunflowerraven I'm Jamaican, and I grew up hearing the word "plait" instead of braid.  Whenever my mom was ready to do my hair, she would say "come, I'm going to plait your hair". Like you, my mom used to do my hair in just a few plaits because that's what she knew how to do.  If I wanted smaller braids or cornrows I had to ask my aunt to do those styles since she was the go-to hair person. If she did my hair, my braids would last for a week or two if I protected the style with a cap at night, 

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@Melony234 Bravo, to your post. You stated everything that I had been thinking  I also think that darker skinned black women/people need to realize that if they do decide to date and marry interracially, then guess what, they might have a child that is going to be light/fair skinned.  What is their attitude going to be if their light skinned child gets bullied for his or her complexion.  How are they as parents going to feel about that? Are they going to tell their own children to shut up and get over it because it's not as important.  Are these people who have this kind of attitude toward lighter skinned individuals going to set up a dynamic in which their own children who may have lighter skin will feel unprotected and like their experiences don't matter.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on How Blackistanis Police Their Own: Girl Gets a Beat Down for “Acting White” (And Being Too Light)

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I've spoken a little bit on here in previous post comments about my own experience growing up as a lighter skinned black woman, and this entry actually validates some of the points that myself and a few other light skinned black woman who visit this site have tried to express. From my own experience, when I was in elementary/middle school school during the mid to late 90's, I didn't know anything about skin complexion and how big of an issue it was until I started going to a predominantly black middle school. There were several black girls there who seemed to make it their priority to let me know that I was light skinned or "high yellow" and whatever other terms they called me regarding my skin color. They also made fun of me for "acting white" because of how I spoke, the clothes I wore, and how my hair was done.  I had long hair that was natural, and my mom used to fix it in a few braids in the morning before I went to school. They made fun of all of that.  Before going to this school, I had attended a very diverse elementary school and none of the kids treated me like that, including other black students.  And outside of school,  none of my family members  and peers had ever made a big deal out of skin complexion. It was only through attending predominately black schools or having a lot of black people in my classes that this stuff became more of an issue.  I'm just lucky that no one ever tried to fight me.  Some of them may have verbally tried to bully me, but they never tried to be physically confrontational.  But obviously other people haven't been as fortunate and have dealt with some traumatic experiences.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on How Blackistanis Police Their Own: Girl Gets a Beat Down for “Acting White” (And Being Too Light)

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@Sfbta I'm not sure I understand what you mean.

3 months ago on How to Talk to Your Partner About Racially-Charged Issues

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@The Working Home Keeper @introvertedwanderer @darkandlovely There are definitely white and non-black people who don't agree with te use of the word and would never even think about using it. However, there are also other people who will use it amobg themselves when they aren't around black people or simply seem to think thst it is ok because the word is used so frequently now in the media by black comedians, rap artists and others in the entertaiment business.  This is why I don't even agree with black people using the word.  I believe that black people have done themselves a disservice by trying to co-opt the word.

3 months ago on How to Talk to Your Partner About Racially-Charged Issues

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@darkandlovely  "Anyway, I have a friend who won't date WM because of things like this and has said to me many times, what happens if you argue and he calls you the dreaded "N" word?  All bets would be off. "


This is why establishing boundaries around arguments is something that needs to be established early on and I do think that white people need to know that not everyone tolerates the "N" word.  There are too many people walking around now with this sense that it's ok to use the N word since they hear it in music lyrics and hear it among some black people in casual conversation.  It needs to be made clear that not all black people use that word and that not all black people tolerate it even casually. 

3 months ago on How to Talk to Your Partner About Racially-Charged Issues

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@Sfbta Well the anxiety comes in because some issues are just hot button issues that have the potential to lead to conflict and tension in relationships. It doesn't even have to be a romantic relationship, but friendship, etc.  


"Every now and then she'd

come from work and say she can't stand white women or white people and we'd discuss what happened. Big time learning experience for me."


Even though you and your wife were comfortable discussing these issues, and you were willing to listen to her feelings in order to get a better understanding of her point of view, I do think that these kinds of statements can potentially be a turn off for the other person in the relationship.  This reminds me of the movie, Something New, in which the main character, Kenya, a professional black woman, decided to take a chance on an interracial relationship with Brian, a white man. While Brian was a cool guy, there were times when he would get annoyed with Kenya's seemingly incessant need to make racial statements and expect him to just understand her or drop whatever he was doing to listen to her complain about white people.  When he confronted her about her behavior, she became offended.  As a black woman viewer of the movie, I was also annoyed with Kenya.  I wasn't annoyed with her for wanting to have talks about race, sometimes, but the way in which she would do it was inconsiderate to her partner, in my opinion. And sometimes Brian simply did not want to talk about race because it's a topic that can be very draining. 


I think the tips that are presented here are very good because they can defuse the tension that may surface about heavy topics.

3 months ago on How to Talk to Your Partner About Racially-Charged Issues

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I think if nothing else,  white people should at least be aware that racism is not just a bunch of individual acts but is an institutionalized problem and also that the black body is pathologized and criminalized.  And it's not just about black men being treated a certain way by the police but about how black people as a collective are often viewed and treated as a result.  As a black woman, I don't mind having discussions with my non-black bf about these issues, as we did recently in the case of Mike Brown.  We listened to a couple of interviews from eyewitnesses of the incident and then shared our opinions. While I respected my bf's opinions, the one thing that I wanted him to understand, from my point of view, is that because the black body is already pathologized, it makes a lot of black people skeptical of law enforcement and one never knows what the outcome of a black person being stopped by a cop on a routine stop might be. It's very scary to think that what should be a routine stop could turn into someone being killed and then having police falsify reports and putting the blame on the person who died. And it's not just about black people being treated unfairly, it's really anyone that is deemed vulnerable.  There have been cases of cops raping women during routine stops and if the woman cooperates, then the cop lets her go. There is a cop who has been in the news recently for this very behavior. Based on some recent situations that I have read about, some of these cops just seem unstable, like in the case of the married cop couple who ended up shooting each other during a domestic dispute.  I think the husband ended up dying and come to find out that the wife had been written up several times by the department for other incidences. 

3 months ago on How to Talk to Your Partner About Racially-Charged Issues

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@EarthJeff @mim86 I've also realized that black people won't necessarily understand other black peoples hair care routines, either.  I talked to my sister a few weeks ago about my hair care routine and issues that I have with my hair, and at the end of that discussion, she definitely had more insight into my thoughts about my own hair. She and I have different textures of hair, so the way she takes care of her hair is not how I would take care of mine.  I've had relaxers and used certain products in my hair while my sister barely knows anything about relaxers and whose hair reacts differently to different products than my hair would.  I had to explain to her about this stuff.

3 months ago on (Bonus) QOTW: “How Can I Talk About My Culture with My White Boyfriend?”

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@EarthJeff @mim86  "The idea that hair can be different is just not considered by most white people"


 I disagree with this to some extent.  With the whole controversy surrounding the natural hair movement and who has a right to be included, I think that white people, specically white women who have decided to share their own experiences about their own hair maintenance have shown that they may indeed understand to some extent, especially as they are exposed to the experiences that other women, specifically black and biracial/mixed women have with their hair through dialogues about hair care experiences.  It's more so that hair care to white people does not come with as many layers and complexity as it does for a lot of black people due to the history of their hair and what hair has meant on an individual/family/ community level and also politically for black people. Not all black people have the same texture of hair and therefore have different hair care routines just as white people do.  So white and black people who have thicker/curlier/wavier hair may have different hair care routines than people with finer/thinner/looser hair. I think an important aspect is to try to see some commonalities and similarities of experience rather than always thinking of how another person/group of people just don't understand and couldn't understand. I think the more dialogue that is created, especially through hair care discussions shows that often times people deal with the same or similar hair care experiences and benefit from similar hair care tips.

3 months ago on (Bonus) QOTW: “How Can I Talk About My Culture with My White Boyfriend?”

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@chocolate_fashionista @introvertedwanderer


While I agree with you about those common traits, that DOES NOT mean that it will be easy for your average person to be able to pinpoint the nuances of these disorders in casual interactions, though.  That was the point I was trying to make in my comment.   The traits that you mentioned are easier to spot while the nuances of behavior may be much harder, and may throw people off.  This means that they might not have a clear understanding of what they are experiencing UNTIL they get out of that romance/friendship/coworker relationship and start reflecting on what they experienced.  If one has the ability to engage in this kind of reflection, then that gives one the ability to apply that understanding and awareness in other relationships.   But in my opinion, it usually takes some time to get to this point.  Information and awareness is power, and often times people are not armed with these things when they wind up in some kind of relationship with someone who is disordered.


While I've never been in a romantic relationship with someone who has one of these disorders, I have been around paternal family members and also a couple of coworkers who either had a high level of narcissism and in once case, I think I dealt with a coworker who was probably sociopathic.  The tricky part about interacting with these people is that their disordered ways of engaging with others often manifests uniquely to each person.


For example, with my paternal relatives with whom I am now estranged, one thing that I recently reflected on about them is that they LOVE information.  They have an overwhelming need to know other peoples business.  Now, to people who only have casual, sporadic interactions with my family members, that desire for information that they have, might not be as easily recognizable as a disordered behavioral pattern.  But to other family members who have had a long time to observe the behavior, the behavior is recognized as being either highly annoying or disturbing. My mother completely disengaged herself from these people when she was still married to my father, because of their ways.  she knew that there was something off about them and she didn't want any parts of having to deal with them.  Now, someone who isn't in that position, may think, "wow, that's a harsh step to take, completely cutting these people off" which is understandable, because the nuanced understanding of the situation and having to deal with those distorted behaviors is not there.


So anyway, I think more so than the main common traits of behavior, I think it's also important to let people know how ordinary behaviors and casual interactions may be distorted by these individuals.  I've read an excellent blog on narcissism in which the blogger consistently made it a point of saying that it's not the behavior/thing itself BUT how often a person engages in the behavior or uses something in their interactions. So anyone may have an empathy fail from time to time and try to make amends, but people who have these disorders lack empathy in most situations and will not think to apologize because they don't care enough about how the other person/people have been affected.

9 months, 1 week ago on Do You Recognize a Psycho When You See One? Jordan Harbinger, “Swirlr” Co-Host Interviews an Admitted Sociopath

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I've known about Sam Vaknin since I started doing searches online about Narcissism a few years ago.  I never paid a lot of attention to his work, but he has been around for a while now.  He also does YouTube videos, too. 

Narcissism is a tricky disorder to spot in other people, if one is not familiar with the nuances of the disorder.  It's only really upon reflection of certain behaviors that a person may have exhibited in a relationship, that one begins to understand how narcissism operates, and then you can take that understanding and apply it to other relationships, so as not to waste time on other people who may display high levels of narcissism.

9 months, 1 week ago on Do You Recognize a Psycho When You See One? Jordan Harbinger, “Swirlr” Co-Host Interviews an Admitted Sociopath

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@MySmile @introvertedwanderer


Hi, MySmile, I think you took my comment as meaning that I always fall for the shy guys or that the guy has to be shy for me to appreciate him, and that isn't the case, really. As I said in my comment, I have found myself attracted to men who display some shyness, but I also wouldn't want someone who is socially awkward, has social anxiety, has trouble communicating, etc. I mean, there are differences between these behavioral traits, and how much one will exhibit.  I definitely also appreciate traits such as confidence, assertiveness, ability to make decisions, etc.  As someone who is introverted, and who has struggled with assertiveness and decisiveness, I have gotten better at these behaviors over the years, and since I have gotten better at these behaviors, it has also deepened my appreciation of these behaviors in other people, as well.  So I definitely don't think that confidence is a bad thing.  I mean, a healthy level of confidence/narcissism is good since it allows people to meet their own needs while still respecting the needs of others.


Now, having clarified that, I still do think that a guy who is somewhat shy, quiet, or at the very least not attention seeking is attractive.  That's just something that I personally find to be endearing. 

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Listen white guys, you REALLY need to get over your fear of the black man’s penis.

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I really don't care that much about swagger and never thought much about guys who had the extremely confident strut and behavior. I am in a relationship, so I am not thinking about how I want a guy to approach me, at this point, but in general, I actually find that I am most attracted to guys who are a bit shy, and don't have the so called swagger behavior.  As long as the guy isn't extremely shy and isn't struggling with extreme social anxiety, then I don't think being a bit shy and a bit more quiet and reserved is a problem.  I'm introverted, so in general, I can more so understand guys who are somewhat reserved and have a quieter approach and aren't braggadocios or showing to much machismo.   There is a young white guy who works at the grocery store that I frequent, and I find him to be adorable. I can tell just from having observed his mannerisms that he is more so shy and quiet. And I find his way of being so adorable.  Plus, he is quite the looker, as well, but unlike other guys who may be good looking/very good looking and quite aware of it, I don't think that this guy is even thinking about his looks, really.  He just seems nice and considerate, and THAT'S what I like.


Not all black men are extremely confident/arrogant and persistent to the point of obnoxiousness, either.  I think that there are just certain black men who feel like that's how they NEED to act, and some who think that the way they act is attractive, not realizing that their way of approaching women is a turn off.  Any guy who immediately approaches and asks for a woman's number, and is saying things like "Hey, ma, can I get your number" is displaying bad behavior, lack of etiquette, lack of tact, and lack of discretion" which means poor interpersonal skills.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Listen white guys, you REALLY need to get over your fear of the black man’s penis.

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@WorldTravelingChic @introvertedwanderer


Yeah, the best thing to do is to know how to respond to critical people.  I mean, sometimes the criticism is correct, especially constructive criticism, but  some people just criticize because they feel like it and get pleasure out of doing so.  It all depends on context.  The thing about celebrities is that they are in a position where they are kind of dependent on "normal" folks to support them, in a way.  So they will have their "haters" and people who like/love them. If they don't have people talking about them, then it's kind of a wrap.

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Wow, I don't have an intense hatred for celebrities, but there are definitely some with whom I am unreasonably annoyed, so I just try to block reading anything about them or I turn the channel if they happen to be In a show or movie.  One of those would be Ashton Kutcher.  I can't even stand to look at him.  With people in real life, I just try to avoid them like the plague, and not give them much thought, instead of spending my time trying to come up with ways to insult people.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on LMAO Haters are Hilarious!

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@Jamila @introvertedwanderer


Agreed. She either knew or turned a blind eye, but in any case, she most likely knew something, especially since she knew Apollo before he went to prison the first time.  Didn't she even defend him in that first case.  But yeah, I don't see Phaedra as being an innocent, manipulated, or put upon black woman in this situation, and many people who watch the show don't think of her as such, either. Sometimes like attracts like, and there is a "Wicked Attraction" type of situation that goes on.  Also, I think the reason why Angela Stanton came forward  about Phaedra, while Apollo has kept his mouth shut about her, is because Phaedra didn't keep up her end of the deal to help Angela's family when Angela did time a few years ago, and Phaedra and Apollo have gone on to give a certain image of themselves as a family and individuals, and that didn't sit well with Angela. Angela made her own bed, which she has acknowledged, but she is ticked about the image that Phaedra is trying to present, which is why she wrote the book.


I think a better example of a woman just making a bad choice in mate is more so Cynthia than Phaedra.  Cynthia married a man who is basically using her for her money, and whom already had several kids with other women. Cynthia was a model, and could have used her looks and her status to her advantage when it came to whom she married but she picked an opportunistic, incompetent business man.  While Phaedra, on the other hand, picked someone whom she most likely was involved with doing criminal activity from the start, which is a different situation.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Apollo Nida, Husband of RHOA Star Phaedra Parks, Gets Indicted AGAIN

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From all that I have been reading about Phaedra and Apollo and people who have known Phaedra over the years, it does seem like Phaedra may have been the "master mind" behind some of these schemes, and is not just some successful black woman who married down because she didn't feel like she had any other options.  I don't know if this situation makes that case, because of how suspect Phaedra herself is. In other situations, yes, it might be a clear case of a black woman not taking advantage of options, but I seriously don't think that that is the case for Phaedra and Apollo.  Another thing  that makes Phaedra suspect is that it seems like she also hired Apollo's brother to work at her law practice at one point.  And guess what Apollo's brother has been up to,  Yep, that's right, Apollo's brother is also a career criminal, as well.  I think he just got sentenced to a hefty prison term, as well, and like Apollo, he was just recently released from another prison term a few years ago.  I think that all of them, INCLUDING Phaedra are a bunch of criminals, it's just that Phaedra has found ways, so far, to not get herself into trouble, while the people around her have gotten arrested and have done time.


I don't watch the Real Housewives series all that much, but from what I have seen and from what I have read on the various blogs and sites for the series, a lot of these cast members are shady and have skeletons in their closets.  And Bravo probably knows about a lot of this stuff when they decide who will be cast for the show.  The network already knows that these people will bring some juicy controversy.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Apollo Nida, Husband of RHOA Star Phaedra Parks, Gets Indicted AGAIN

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@Dandelion100 Dandelion, I love reading your comments.  I tend to agree with you about a lot of things on here, whether I reply to you or not, and this comment is not the exception.  I can relate almost totally to your experience growing up as a lighter skinned black girl.


"I can with all honesty say that despite growing up around all black people, going to all black schools and living in an all-black neighborhood, I grew up blind to colorism. Sure when I was younger my cousins would tease each and call each "blackie" or "charcoal" and I would hear kids and school calling other kids "dark and crispy," I honestly did not understand the complexities of colorism until I reached my twenties. I had never even heard "red bone" or "high yellow" until one of my boyfriends (black) referred to me as high yellow. "


I grew up in diverse neighborhoods and went to mostly racially diverse schools, with the exception of middle school.  And I was also blind to colorism because my own family never made color of skin a big issue.  When I did hear comments toward darker skinned black students in middle school, such as "black and crispy"  I didn't know how to interpret that.  I didn't realize that those comments were really about colorism.  I also got called high yellow, as well, by darker skinned black girls and even a few light skinned black girls as well.  Reflecting on it now, I think the lighter skinned black girls called me that because they were trying to fit in with the darker skinned girls and by putting attention on other light skinned girls who didn't fit in, they felt more part of the group.  I just remember thinking that their mentality just didn't make sense.  They were lighter skinned like me, yet they were pointing out my complexion as something to be singled out. 


"Unlike the author, I was never praised or fawned over for having lighter skin. In fact for most of my life I never thought of myself as light-skinned I just thought of myself as having an arbitrary skin color. Of course I knew that I was "black" but there were some doubts even with that since I would always get asked "what are you?" "You Puerto Rican?" etc. I remember in middle school my little group of friends made a game of guessing what ethnicity I was. One girl even signed my yearbook saying "PS Where are you from?" lol"


I never really thought of myself as being lighter skinned, either.  I really only started to pay more attention to my skin color after other people started to point it out.  Now, when my sister and I have conversations about colorism, and she tells me that she considers me lighter skinned, I disagree with her.  I consider myself to be a medium complexion and I have yellow undertones.  But a lot of other people do consider me to be light skinned.  I got the "what are you?" questions as well.  I could always tell when that question was coming based on how people were looking at me.  I've been asked if I'm Cuban, etc, also.  I identify as black or to be more specific Afro-Jamaican, since my family is from Jamaica.  I could also identify as Afro/Indian-Jamaican, but I don't.


"My entire childhood was filled with bullying and being outcast so I certainly was not popular or held to a higher standard because of my skin color. Since I was quiet, bookish and nerdy I never really had too many friends and most kept to myself. In fact one of my best friends in middle school was dark skinned. People would say that we looked like twins even though we were totally different skin colors. And she was the more outgoing one that commanded attention while I was always in the background."


I am introverted and I've mostly been a loner, so I think that my temperament actually kept me blind to colorism until I got older.  I wasn't around other people enough to get a lot of the comments that have profoundly affected both lighter and darker skinned black women.  A lot of the stuff that I now recognize was not stuff that I grew up with or heard through socializing with others of various complexions.  But like you, what I did see when I was growing up was that darker skinned girls/teens were actually the ones who got more attention and were more popular.  I was the shy, introverted one, and light skin or no light skin, I didn't get much attention.


"So as you can see, the colorism thing completely eluded me. I never was told nor did I think I was better than because of my skin color...In fact I always thought I was ugly because I have a broad nose and fuller lips on top being skinny."


I always thought I was ugly as well.  The look that people tend to have in their mind's eye when they discuss lighter skinned black women is not a look that I necessarily have.  I have fuller lips, I've never been slender, more like average build, and although I had long hair as a child, my hair is also very thick and is not silky smooth.


I think a huge part of what people go through is based on the experiences they had growing up.  As I said, with my family, none of us cared about skin color, really.  My mom, as a light skinned black woman, was with my father, a brown complexioned black man.  My sister is much darker than me, but we were never compared or treated differently because of it.  My brother is about the same complexion or a bit lighter than my sister. We were taught to respect each other and other people, and skin color was more of an after thought.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine: The Lighter Side of the Colorism Coin

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Did anyone see Lupita on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon? I don't watch the show, but I saw the clip of her appearance, and Jimmy seemed kind of nervous around her.  It was a nice interview, and Lupita was cool, but Jimmy seemed in awe of her.  It was cute.

10 months ago on The Media Message: Lupita Nyong’o Is Another Man’s Treasure

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@bellechose


" 1st the light-skinned brigade came out to denounce this post."

This is clearly an exaggeration.  In fact, from my posts, and a couple of others that I think are light/lighter skinned on here, we were saying that it's great that Lupita is getting attention, and that she is definitely beautiful. Most posts have been about praising Lupita, and keeping the focus on her, and rooting for her success.  If anyone was trying to denounce this entry, then that kind of praise would not have been given.

"Now we have a select few saying there is nothing special about Lupita, stop celebrating her."

People have their opinions.  I've seen on a few other sites, a few people who also think that the praise of Lupita is a bit too much.  I don't personally agree with that opinion, but I don't think they are wrong for having that opinion, either. The thing is that most people seem to be praising Lupita, so contrasting opinions seem to be the minority not the majority, anyway.

10 months ago on The Media Message: Lupita Nyong’o Is Another Man’s Treasure

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@Driving Miss Britt  Leo has definitely started to age, imo, especially since I remember him being so lanky and youthful up until his late 20's.  But Jared is another story.  Jared does look older, but the changes have been gradual, and he still looks very youthful for a man who is in his early 40's.  I think Jared is a vegan, and has a very healthy lifestyle, so he's been taking care of himself over the years.

10 months ago on The Media Message: Lupita Nyong’o Is Another Man’s Treasure

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@Savannah1812

Well, often times one group of people does get thrown under the bus in order to uplift another person or group.  That's just the way people tend to operate.  However, when I made my initial comment, I wasn't trying to start some long conversation about light skinned women being picked on, and by no means was i trying to manipulate anyone into coddling me. But I will give you credit for making some very interesting assumptions, though.  My main objective was just to get it out there that one group of people does not have to be disrespected and called all kinds of names in order to give credit, props, kudos, and respect to another person or group. And that goes for more than just light/dark skinned conversations, that's just for issues in general.  Now, if you have an issue with me doing that, then that's on you. and no one else had to answer my initial comment, but some chose to do that.  Brenda said that she agreed with me, and that was fine. That could have been the end of the conversation.  You then made  a comment, and I responded, by basically letting you know that I agreed with you, and that white men's preferences just seem to be an individual thing based on what I have seen with my own eyes and my experiences so far in my own life.  That's it.    If I wanted to make a comment over on the Bossip site, I could have, absolutely, but that's one site I barely ever visit because I don't care for it.  The only reason I even knew about the comments on there was because the article was referenced for this entry, and I wanted to see it over on the other site, so I clicked on it, and immediately saw comments I did not like.  I chose to mention it on here, because the article was referenced on here.


Now, if you want to think that I was trying to manipulate people and trying to veer the whole conversation to another topic, then that's on you.  I will not allow you to put motives on to me that I did not intend.  Keep trying to do that, and I will respond to you, because I don't appreciate it. Thanks.

10 months ago on The Media Message: Lupita Nyong’o Is Another Man’s Treasure

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@cns "There seems to be something a little extra going on here with her and Jared Leto (with his fine ass). He looks like he’s in love or something. It’s love, not lust. LOL. The way he held her waist when talking to her and in the pic’s they already look boo’d up."


I was definitely most surprised to see images of her and Jared, and not because I don't think it's possible to see Lupita with a guy like that, but Jared, when have we ever seen him with a woman who wasn't the likes of Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johansson, or another actress like that.  I'm definitely loving this, and I hope to see more pics of him and Lupita together.  Man, it would really be something else, if they actually did start up a romance.  I think it's funny how stuff works, too, because as soon as Jared gets back into acting, here comes Lupita, and they have the opportunity to meet being at these awards events and racking up all these awards, too.  I think the whole thing is lovely.

10 months ago on The Media Message: Lupita Nyong’o Is Another Man’s Treasure

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@uninterracial@introvertedwanderer@CALOVE


"AA's are so afraid what "others" think we hide under a lot of accessories such as wigs, weaves, excessive make-up and jewelry. It is rare to see a woman, any woman for that matter, who looks 100% comfortable in her own skin and doesn't need excessive adornments to do so."


Well, I definitely can't argue with you on this point.  There are definitely a lot of women who go out of their way to look different from their natural selves.  I think it's sad really, and in that way, I can see why Lupita is being celebrated.  I am one of those women who really doesn't care about always wearing make up, jewelry, never worn a wig or weave in my life, and wouldn't even know where to begin with most of those things, so I myself can't really relate to other women when it comes to trying to conform through the use of most of those things. But  never the less, I get your point.

10 months ago on The Media Message: Lupita Nyong’o Is Another Man’s Treasure

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@CALOVE I think that this a great point to bring up.  I've seen a lot of praise for Lupita, which I think is well deserved and I do think that she is a beautiful woman.  But  some of the comments that I have seen about her beauty, nationality and background and stuff like that, I'm just like "huh, there has to be some othering going on there".  As if Lupita is not the typical black woman, she's something special, to be put into a different category.  To keep it just to black American actresses, there are a lot of them who are just as beautiful, also went to top colleges, ivy league schools, and also have interesting backgrounds, as well. But some of the comments that I have seen definitely imply that Lupita is somehow different, and uplift her while undermining other actresses, and even trying to make it seem like these actresses are jealous of her.  I've seen the comments comparing her to Kerry Washington,even, talking about how Kerry must be jealous of her.  I definitely don't think that Kerry is jealous.  Kerry has carved out a great path for herself over the past few years.  If anything, I think that she would be proud of Lupita and would want her to continue on a successful path in the industry.

10 months ago on The Media Message: Lupita Nyong’o Is Another Man’s Treasure

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@Dandelion100 I haven't gotten tired of seeing her, either.  She is really a breath of fresh air, is what she is, and I'm happy that she is getting as much attention as she is.  Hopefully, once this wave of attention dies down, after the awards events are over, that she will continue to have opportunities and maybe even be a lead actress every once in a while. That will be the real test when it comes to this particular actress.  Black actresses have a hard time getting roles, so I'm hoping that Lupita will be the one to start kicking that problem down.  If not, hopefully  she will create her own opportunities by working behind the camera, as she has in the past.

10 months ago on The Media Message: Lupita Nyong’o Is Another Man’s Treasure

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@phillychick I agree with you.  I think that her features are perfect, and they come out even more with the right shades of make up.  I was watching YouTube videos of her last night, and I was like wow, she is really beautiful. She is one woman who can really pull of very short hair, too.  Lucky.  I have short hair now, not as short as hers, and I wish I could pull it off the way she does.

10 months ago on The Media Message: Lupita Nyong’o Is Another Man’s Treasure

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@Savannah1812@Brenda55@introvertedwanderer


Actually, I never stated that light skinned women were victims.  I even stated that I think it's great that Lupita is getting a lot of attention for her talent and her looks.  I personally think that she is beautiful, and many others think that as well, regardless of what color they are.  I put that comment about light skinned women being called b*tches based on the Bossip site that was referenced.  Appreciating skin tone and attraction doesn't have to include hostility toward one group of women, was all I was getting at.

10 months ago on The Media Message: Lupita Nyong’o Is Another Man’s Treasure

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@KingsDaughter. I'm not a fan of 30 Seconds to Mars, with the exception of their latest song, City of Angels.  But I do think that Jared is a wonderful actor, though.  And it's amazing how young he looks, as well.  He's over 40, and still looks years younger than that.

10 months ago on The Media Message: Lupita Nyong’o Is Another Man’s Treasure

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I think it's great that Lupita is getting all of this attention, and I think that she and especially Jared Leto have a lot of chemistry in their photos together, but reading those comments just makes me realize even more how ugly people can treat each other.  Just because white men may say that they like darker skinned black women, doesn't mean that lighter skinned black women have to be called every name in the book, in the process.  I am a lighter skinned black woman, who has seen white men with both darker and lighter skinned black women, and I thought it was great.  People are attracted to whom they are attracted.  But to call lighter skinned women every kind of b*tches, is not cute.  Having said that, I do think it is nice to see at least a friendship developing between Lupita and Jared.  Jared seems like a big flirt, who has chemistry with just about everyone he comes into contact with, for example, the way he was flirting with Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones.  So who knows how he really feels about Lupita. It will be interesting to see more pics of them together, since there has been a photo of them together at almost every award show, it seems.  Also, Lupita had a crush on Leo DiCaprio from years ago, so her finally getting to meet him and actually socialize a little bit, must be like a dream to her.

10 months ago on The Media Message: Lupita Nyong’o Is Another Man’s Treasure

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 @phillychick I really want to see this movie, as well.  I am happy that Chiwetel Ejifor is the lead in a much talked about movie, since he's such a great actor who has been underrated until this movie. Thank you to Steve McQueen and Brad Pitt for really valuing this true story.

1 year ago on Let’s Talk Movies 3

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I'm not a fan of Tyler Perry's work because I think that the stories he creates are too extreme, and because of that, what could potentially be decent story lines are ruined and characters become caricatures. I saw a couple of his Madea movies and the Why Did I Get Married movies, but after the WDIGM ones, I decided not to watch anymore of his movies, at least for a while, because of the way Perry approaches storytelling and character development.

 

Recently, I saw a movie on Netflix, called The Good Doctor, starring Orlando Bloom.  A movie with Orlando Bloom isn't usually high up on my must see list, but I had heard about this one at the beginning of the year, and was drawn to it for some reason.  I was pleasantly surprised by Bloom's acting, and the story.  Bloom stars as a young doctor named Martin, who is interning at a hospital.  He is somewhat of a loner and is trying to cope with the stress of his chosen profession and the lack of  respect and encouragement from his colleagues.  When he starts treating a teenage patient, he sees an opportunity to finally get the respect and acknowledgment that he desires, which leads him to desperate measures. Aside from Orlando, Taraji P. Henson (Benjamin Button) has a small role as an outspoken nurse who butts heads with Martin early on. I mention Taraji because  I have to say that I think that Bloom is one of those actors who just seems to have chemistry with black actresses.  I say that because of each of the projects that he has done in which he was in an interracial paring, such as in Haven with Zoe Saldana, Romeo and Juliet with Condola Rashad, and even though he wasn't paired with Taraji in this movie, they still had wonderful chemistry.  I actually wanted to see more scenes of them suspiciously eyeing each other because they played so well of each other.  If only the movie industry was a bit more willing to put this kind of pairing together and see the potential that's there.

1 year ago on Let’s Talk Movies 3

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As an introvert, remarks like "too quiet" and "too serious" don't bother me like they once did.  I don't  really perceive those remarks as criticism anymore, more so expectations that others have about appropriate behavior for a given situation.  If I view those comments as that person's expectation of me, and not necessarily a problem I have, then the comments don't really mean as much to me.  I'm not saying that these behaviors are never an issue, because sometimes they can definitely pose a problem and a discussion needs to take place, but other times, there really isn't anything wrong, just someone's perception that something is wrong because an expectation is not being met, which is when the conversation about personality types and temperamental preferences needs to be had.

1 year ago on How Introverts Should Respond To Criticism

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Since I mentioned John Hughes before, I just want to let people know that Sixteen Candles is on now on ABCFamily.  I just happened to flip through the channels and saw that it is on, but its over 30 minutes

into the movie.

1 year, 2 months ago on Lets Talk Movies

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 @Law Wanxi I usually do category 2 as well.  I don't know what it is, but I think I have ADD the inattentive type, lol, so it's hard for me to concentrate on one thing for too long.   So when I decide that I am gong to watch a movie, I end up watching about 30 minutes of it on the Play Station Netflix application, and then another few minutes of it on the iPhone, and then later maybe back to the PlayStation or another devic, until I'm done with the movie.  Thank goodness Netflix keeps the same movies for instant viewing for  a while, otherwise I wouldn't finish movies.

1 year, 2 months ago on Lets Talk Movies

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i think that parodies have been mentioned here, and I have one to recommend.  It's called La Casa de Mi Padre, a Spanish language film, and it stars Will Farrel.  I'm not a fan of his but I watched this movie on Netflix recently, and it was funny.  I didn't know anything about the movie when I started watching it, but I quickly realized that it's a parody of telenovellas and drug movies.  I don't watch telenovellas but I have viewed a few scenes from  some of them, so I was able to understand some of the nuances and why certain aspects of the movie were funny and why scenes looked a certain way.

1 year, 2 months ago on Lets Talk Movies

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 @Jenn Jenn  Thanks.  I am actually afraid to click on the link that you provided because I can just imagine, and I don't know if I'd be able to get through the previews of some of these movies.  But I might when I am in a daring, "I don't care" kind of mood, lol. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Lets Talk Movies

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 @ElfeV I watched Some Kind of Wonderful and Pretty in Pink, but didn't like them as much as Sixteen Candles and Breakfast Club.  I remember when I saw Anthony Michael Hall's series, The Dead Zone, from the early 2000's.  I was so surprised that it was him.  I never saw Weird Science, but I ended up watching some of the series that was based on the movie, so I'll have to give the movie a try at some point.

1 year, 2 months ago on Lets Talk Movies

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 @CAPT SMOOTH  @introvertedwanderer I like IMDB so I definitely will check the info on Hughes.  Thanks.

1 year, 2 months ago on Lets Talk Movies

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 @CAPT SMOOTH I'm definitely going to have to watch some of the movies you mentioned.  I was only familiar with the Brat Pack ones, and also Uncle Buck, which is definitely a hilarious movie.  John Candy had me laughing from beginning to end in that one.

1 year, 2 months ago on Lets Talk Movies

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Does anyone like the "Brat Pack" movies by John Hughes?  When I say Brat Pack, I mean the actors and actresses who were usually cast in his movies. The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles are two of my favorite Hughes movies.

1 year, 2 months ago on Lets Talk Movies

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 @CAPT SMOOTH  @introvertedwanderer  Yeah, I watched the Americanized version of The Ring, but not the original.   If you've watched both, how would you compare them.  Is the original more eery in tone?

1 year, 2 months ago on Lets Talk Movies

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I like the horror genre, and am usually up for watching a horror movie, but one horror subcategory that I have avoided has been Asian Horror movies.  I have watched a few clips online from a couple of these movies, but the atmosphere of them have just been too eery and the plotlines and characters are very twisted.  Is anyone here into Asian horror movies?

1 year, 2 months ago on Lets Talk Movies

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To answer a few more questions, a couple of years ago, I took my then three year old daughter to see The Lion King in 3D.  It was her first movie experience.  I had seen The Lion King in its original run, and it is one of my favorite Disney movies, so I was happy to take her to see it for her first movie.  Well, we got there, I bought the popcorn and beverages, and that's about the only thing she enjoyed during the movie.  She watched a little bit of it, but started to get antsy and bored, and I was also bored, because even though I like the movie, the price of admission for the 3D screening and the fact that I wasn't a ten year old anymore and am not really into animated movies anymore, was enough for me to want to leave early.  But we ended up staying for the whole movie.  The next movie I took her to was the latest Ice Age movie and she had a much better time.  

 

The movie going experience isn't really a big deal to me anymore, so I don't really get that desire to go and see a new release movie at the theatre.  I'd rather wait for a movie I'd like to see to come on Netflix, On Demand, or I sometimes rent movies from RedBox.  At this point, I much prefer older tv series over movies, anyway, so anytime I'm on Netflix, I mostly search for series like  Twilight Zone or  Alfred Hitchcock Presents series.  Which has led me to realize that  I now prefer Mystery/Suspense and Supernatural based dramas over other categories.  I ended up watching a movie called The Tall Man starring Jessica Biel.  It's about a poverty stricken town in Washington, I think, and year after year, the kids of the town have been going missing, never to be found.  It was on Netflix for a while, so I finally decided to watch it and I was glad I did, because it had the elements that I like done in creative ways such as mystery, suspense, drama, interesting action sequences, and Jessica Biel's acting pleasantly surprised me, which made me realize that she is much more dynamic in this type of movie, instead of the romcoms, comedies, and other movies in which she might be more likely to get a role.

 

Another movie that I really like that was a low budget movie is Teenage DirtBag.  It's really a gem of a movie, in my opinion, that a lot of people haven't heard of and if they saw the movie cover and Title on Netflix or something, they would most likely skip by it, but I would recommend it, especially to people who came of age in the 90's.  it really has a realistic 90's feel to it, and explores the burgeoning friendship between two high school students, a guy and a girl, who once disliked each other, but end up learning more about each other because of a poetry class they are taking.  It's one of those movies that stayed with me for a while after the credits started to roll.  It's a story about learning to see the complexities of a person instead of judging that person by his or her facade, and also appreciating what's right there in front of you, and taking chances in spite of what other people might think.

 

1 year, 2 months ago on Lets Talk Movies

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 @CAPT SMOOTH  @introvertedwanderer   Yeah, even though I haven't watched many films with Natalie Portman, one thing I can say about her is that I have never really considered her a "child actress".  She always had a more mature quality about her that probably allowed her an easier transition into more adult roles, unlike other actors who have gotten typecast because of roles they did as children.  About family dynamics in movies, I think another point is that they can make a viewer appreciate the type of family he or she has even more, if the family being portrayed happens to be dysfunctional in multiple ways.

 

LOL, I also recognized that pattern for the type of actor that I enjoyed watching.  Not only did i like Dean, Brando, and Clift, but when I saw Running on Empty, I just had to know more about River Phoenix. There aren't many actors now a days that genuinely have that brooding quality.  Now, it's more affected, like Johnny Depp and all of his little faux mannerisms, and I used to enjoy Johnny Depp, but now he just seems kind of phony.

1 year, 2 months ago on Lets Talk Movies

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When I was younger, like in my late adolescence to early 20's, I would have considered myself a cinephile to some extent.  I loved watching movies, and if I wasn't at the cinema, I was a regular patron at the local video store, where I often sought out independent and sometimes foreign language films. I also liked watching the American Movie Classics Network, where I was introduced to James Dean, Marlon Brando, and Montgomery Clift.  I remember the first time I saw James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.  As a teen girl, and a brooding, introverted one at that, II felt like that movie  had been personally made for me to watch.  Then seeing Brando in On the Waterfront, and Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun.  I felt like I was in Heaven watching these guys in all of their rebelliousness. 

 

In my mid-childhood, I remember bonding with my dad while watching crime movies like Scarface with Al Pacino, and The Godfather.  Those were my fathers favorite movies and whenever he would sit down to watch one, I was right there with him, ready to see Tony Montana  and Don Corleone in action. Although many parents would have banned their young kids from watching those movies, my parents were lenient when it came to television and movies, so I watched pretty much whatever they watched, and there was no problem, and looking back, I can appreciate their trust in my maturity level to watch things on screen and not be negatively influenced or anything like that.  My relationship with my father is pretty much non-existent now, but whenever I'm flipping through the channels and one of these movies happens to be on,  I remember a good time in my life with my Dad.  

 

One of the movies that had a big affect on me was  The Professional, with Natalie Portman and Jean Reno. Portman was a young child when filming this movie and it was mostly her and Reno in scenes, and I'm telling you the both of them were perfect in their chemistry.  I almost never see that much chemistry between a child actor and an adult actor. The movie is about a hitman and the young girl that has basically chosen him to be her protector.  It is a foreboding and poignant movie, making the viewer think of things that could have and might have been but also evoking a sense of hope and moving on with life.

 

 

1 year, 2 months ago on Lets Talk Movies

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 @Tammy_Ghalden I disagree that the ridicule is because she is ugly.  I don't particularly think that Miley is good looking, but I think most of the backlash simply stems from her outlandish behavior.


Brittney Spears was also criticized for provocative performances and being a bad role model, but she most certainly was not as outlandish as Miley.  What Brittney did was tame compared to what Miley is doing now.

1 year, 2 months ago on Miley Cyrus Isn’t the Only Dingbat Co-Opting What She *Thinks* is Black Culture.

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a lot of people do not know what the defition of racism really is.  I was reading an article earlier today about Miley Cyrus's weight.  And in the comments section someone was annoyed at the writer for discussing Miley's body, and said that it wasn't fair to skinny woman and that it was racist.  I didn't know whether it was a  joke or if the poster was being serious, but I've seen a lot of comments like that in which racisim is given a completely different definition.

1 year, 2 months ago on Miley Cyrus Isn’t the Only Dingbat Co-Opting What She *Thinks* is Black Culture.

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Yeah, and the whole "shocking for the sake of being shocking" doesn't really work anymore. I think at this point, the shocking thing is when a performer can actually go on stage and really sing, play an instrument, and really show their talent, without all of the theatrics and "extraness". involved. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Miley Cyrus Isn’t the Only Dingbat Co-Opting What She *Thinks* is Black Culture.

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