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@PoetOfDarkness @onmywayup @Cami2210 @Cherrysoda I agree with this as well. Though I'm medium-to-dark brown with African hair, when I was growing up and we put on talent shows to dance and lip sync, my white friends always suggested I play Paula Abdul or Mariah Carey, even though they were technically closer to them in phenotype than me!
1 week ago on Kanye’s Comments About Amber Rose Highlights How White Women Are “Always” Virtuous No Matter How Skeezy Their Past.
@lily ot valley @Christelyn @PhillipBrown2 Yes, she is completely nude. Look at that evil white man taking advantage of Christelyn. Instead of a embracing at a vineyard he should've grabbed her boobs to show us bitter black women what Real Love is.
1 week, 1 day ago on Kanye’s Comments About Amber Rose Highlights How White Women Are “Always” Virtuous No Matter How Skeezy Their Past.
@Christelyn @PhillipBrown2 Oh no Christelyn. All your photos of your family vacations at beach resorts, hosting neighborhood 4th of July parties, and your popping journalism career are no match for a selfie in a Motel 6 with random naked chick that may or may not have been "compensated."
@Cami2210 @Maxine @Christelyn @caribbeanlady @itsgoodtobeme @MamieMooney Yes that's how it is with my sister-in-law and her family. And until I moved out West where blacks are only 10% of many cities, I didn't know there were so many blacks ignorant of this (and I don't mean biracial, but people who've been classified as Negro/black/colored for generations). In California I see the reverse one-drop rule where many black women, unless they're the shade of Alek Wek, claim every speck of remote "other" blood in order to seem exotic, and to garner more acting roles in a racist entertainment industry.
1 week, 2 days ago on Kanye’s Comments About Amber Rose Highlights How White Women Are “Always” Virtuous No Matter How Skeezy Their Past.
@Chicago404 Well he was with this girl before Amber Rose, but notice they didn't get the couples spotlight like Rose-West and Kardashian-West. http://www.buzzfeed.com/naomizeichner/kanye-west-alexis-phifer#.hyZ7AD3PeK
@Cami2210 OK I didn't want to go there but you took the words right out of my mouth. Thighs and butt like that do not come from Scotland lol.
@Myka Fisher Speaking of Disney....*cough* Miley Virus I mean Cyrus *cough* ....Can you imagine a black girl getting away with that???
@GoldenPrecious "The part that offends me the most is the idea of holding a Black or half-Black woman as a placeholder until the woman of his dreams is available. A lot of successful BM do this and think it's okay, even though they are wasting the woman's time and youthful years."
Eddie Murphy comes to mind.
@Christelyn @caribbeanlady @itsgoodtobeme @MamieMooney Her mom looks like thousands of Creole women in Louisiana.
@candi79 @Brenda55 Is it me or are the most successful stories--at least profiled on BB&W recently--are the ones where the people live in different states or even different countries? Extra motivation I guess!
1 week, 3 days ago on Kelly and Vallina – Put No Limits On Love
@Brenda55 Oh really? Looks like I've been missing out by not riding the train lately...
They look so happy and cute in that pic at the cruise dining table. I love these stories of real life couples!
I've never heard of Mary Seacole but am happy to learn of her story, plus I'm happy Octavia Spencer is getting work. If our story is left out of history books, perhaps the entertainment industry can fill in the gap. Stinks that that's what it takes, but if that's what it takes to get the information out there...
1 week, 3 days ago on Octavia Spencer to Star in Biopic of Mary Seacole
Wow this is so interesting. We were surprised to learn of Chinese ancestry in my own family when a relative did some digging. A Chinese man married into the family in South Carolina but now I wonder if he came over as one of the MS Delta workers. Thanks for this!
1 week, 3 days ago on Black Women’s History (Kissing the Asian Guy): Chinese and African American Marriages in the Mississippi Delta
@sparel @Maxine I didn't think I needed to Google search because I do remember prenatal ads in real life, before Google existed. And like the Internet is never wrong...
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Open Thread: Is Fighting Against the Black 72% Out-of-Wedlock Rate a Lost Cause?
I remember the billboard of which you speak. It was addressing the dangers of pregnant women who smoke, drink, or do drugs. It was basically a PSA for prenatal care.
This was a great idea and very interesting to watch. Unlike other commenters, I had no clue who he'd pick. I like that her personality was still able to shine through without sound. I hope they hit it off. Oh and excited to see this done with the sexes reversed!
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Update! So Who Did Wes Pick??
Well you knew this was coming. Came across this on my facebook timeline. A black woman defending Kanye's jerkishness as black self-love. Not sure when rudeness and insulting another person's talent became equated with self love. http://www.buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/in-defense-of-kanyes-vanity-the-politics-of-black-self-love#.jkLY216R2
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Zac: “ I wish a muthaf#^%*a WOULD,” and Other Kanye West Observations
Well, Tom Mison didn't mince words about his character's feelings for Abbie. If the lead actor can see it, hopefully the writers can too. http://www.tvguide.com/news/sleepy-hollow-abbie-vs-katrina-ichabod/
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Sleepy Hollow is on the Verge of Cancellation. What Happened?
I so agree with Christelyn regarding the profile picture. Smiling is KEY. A woman conveys so much to a man with her facial expressions whether she realizes it or not! I know selfies can be hard so she probably doesn't realize it but....with her head tilted that particular way and her eyebrow cocked, she is literally looking down on the viewer. It is a somewhat cynical, sassy expression that can be intimidating, particularly to a 22 year-old white guy who is clueless about black women. Also, she is wearing all-black in the photo. On a subconscious level, dark colors do not convey a femininity or openness to relationships that light or vivid colors do. Some color would look great with her beautiful skin, pretty lipstick, and cute hairstyle.
1 month, 1 week ago on QOTW: Twenty-Something I.T. Girl’s Swirling Woes in New York
Yes! I have always suspected skiing that was a great way to meet fun, open-minded, financially solvent white men (or other non-black men). Unfortunately my black girlfriends are allergic to the outdoors and my white girlfriends are either sun-and-sand bums or went skiing with their families as children and are now over it. Thank goodness for the Internet so those of us of like-mind can connect!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on What Skiing in Big Bear Taught Me About Interracial Dating Prospects for Black Women
Beautiful pics and a beautiful couple!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Winter Wedding!
@ShunJack Wringing of hands, wailing and gnashing of teeth. #ReverseRacism
2 months, 2 weeks ago on As Much as I Love Christian Bale, I WON’T Be Watching “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”
@Uvo I have one of Diop's books. The ancient Egyptians trace their lineage, in their own annals of history, from the south. Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt, albeit smaller ones. And people need to realize Arabs aren't indigenous to Africa but invaded and colonized from SW Asia over several centuries long after there was no more ancient Egypt, Greece, or Rome.
@Michael Miles @chocolate_fashionista @ADWPDX North African, Sub-Saharan, and Middle Eastern are not scientific terms but modern political terms created by the United Nations to denote majority Arab areas. They have nothing to do with that region of the world 3000 years ago. In fact 3000 years ago there was no Sahara Desert--it was a fertile plain, not a dry boundary preventing travel from the south.
@dani-BBW @Brenda55 I believe Ridley Scott that studios won't finance a picture of this caliber with an all-black cast, or with the four main characters black. Egyptian royalty PLUS epic figures from the Bible? No way is that happening. Then it wouldn't be a tentpole movie but a "black" movie. On the other hand Joel Edgerton and Aaron Paul are not A-list actors. Their names do nothing for box office. Will Smith is a proven international draw and would be a bigger name as Ramses. And adding a black Zipporah (I doubt her role is that big anyway) probably wouldn't hurt.
I'm so glad you called out this mess, Christelyn. I sincerely hope this movie flops. Christian Bale is a beautiful but very pale WELSH man and it makes zero sense for an African man to look like that, even if it is North Africa. People love to bring up Cleopatra's Greek lineage, but she was born over 1,000 years after Exodus. Look at how Joel Edgerton looks in real life. He literally wears "brownface" for this movie--they have painted him bronze the same way they painted white men to play Native Americans in Westerns and Mickey Rooney squinted his eyes to play Asian in Breakfast at Tiffany's 50 years ago. That braided wig stuck on Sigourney Weaver's head looks ridiculous. In what white civilization is it customary for the women, esp. royalty, to stick African-textured hairstyles on their heads?
I actually went to see the Ramses II Smithsonian exhibit about 20 years ago when it toured the country. It was chockfull of paintings, little figurines, and statuettes. ALL of them looked like the typical black African with dark brown skin, cornrows, and full lips. It was plain as day. I did not see one image of light-skinned, white, or mixed royalty either. North Africa was not even Arab-occupied until the 7th century AD! People think they know history but what they know is what's repeated from racist 1950's textbooks and the same overplayed images of a mixed Egypt right before its fall.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on As Much as I Love Christian Bale, I WON’T Be Watching “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”
@Lei "Moses was of Hebrew or Jewish descent so it would be nice if they used the correct ethnicity for him as well. Which means that the actors playing Moses and his family would more resemble Seinfeld or David Schwimmer(Ross on Friends)."
Not even. That is what they look like now after 2000 years in Europe. A Jewish population living in Egypt around 1200 BC would've looked more brown/Middle Eastern.
@balexander0136 And Cleopatra was later in Egyptian history, when they'd already been ruled by and mixed with Greeks and Asiatics. The people 1200 years earlier, during the rule of Ramses II, would have been even darker.
@_Toni_ Didn't Whoopi defend him too? Then again she said Roman Polanski didn't commit "rape rape" and that Mel Gibson's not racist cause he played with her grandkids.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on The Official Bill Cosby (Alleged) Rape/Rant Thread…
@friendswmimi Oh yeah I remember when she did that movie (though I didn't see, and never will). I thought he actually tried to dissuade her from doing it, told her it would be bad for her reputation and career? It seems he only targeted white actresses who didn't have a foothold in the industry yet.
@ShunJack @alecsilva I thought it was bad to mock Bristol and I agree MHP's comment about the black Romeny baby was out of line, but this is NOT a one-to-one comparison. Neither Sarah Palin nor Mitt Romney were the sitting President of the United States. Bristol was an adult when her mother was on the ticket. Harris-Perry joked about the fact that there was a single black baby in a photo of 20 white people; she did not scold the baby's looks or behavior or say a single word about whether the parents were raising the baby appropriately. And finally, a TV anchor is not a paid staffer of a politician who's currently in office. As communications director is she is official word of a man making legislation. No comparison between that and a talking head trying to get laughs and ratings.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Resignation of GOP Staffer Proves What Happens When Black Womanhood is Protected
@Ri74 By this time next year she'll have a job just as influential and lucrative, if not more so. I'm reminded of Joe what's-his-face in SC who shouted out "You lie!" during the State of the Union and went on to raise more money than ever.
3 months ago on Resignation of GOP Staffer Proves What Happens When Black Womanhood is Protected
@trinigirl1 @pioneervalleywoman But Malia is tall with long legs. The standard issue skirt will always look short on her.
@Statuesque " I'm not sure what preppy nerd bar she thinks these teenaged girls are going to dressed as"
Some bar near Harvard, or any top tier school that the Obamas girls will likely attend...much to the chagrin of bitter Becky.
@SweetGardenia Yes the hatred is astounding. Even as children they can't escape the black woman stereotype of being hypersexual with bad attitudes. And this from a fatty with too much makeup, a bottle in her mouth, and a shoplifting record!
@kennaGransberg If they did dress up she'd accuse them of putting on airs and alienating the common folk with their elitist celebrity ways.
Oh. My. God. A corpse with a straw wig on its head. It's truly sad that someone raised in a nearly all black country feels compelled to do this. She's had a modeling career and landed a wealthy Canadian so why the need to mutilate herself?
3 months ago on Are African Women More Desperate to Look White Than Black American Women?!
@ole'skool I agree with you. What is the highest compliment one can pay to a women in today's "black" music? Being a "bad bitch."
3 months, 1 week ago on Black Female Aggressiveness at Epic Levels. Why?
@McKenzieGirl @dani-BBW @mlank64 @Shanda Panda To be fair, Shonda didn't create and doesn't write for HTGAWM. She's a producer but it's created/written by Peter Nowalk.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on I’m Taking a Hard Line. Either You Are With Us, Or You Are Against Us.
@jazzyfae45 I feel the same way. Without character flaws you have no conflict and without conflict you do not have a television show. Drama is different from the family sitcom where the parents are intended to be role models, i.e., Claire Huxtable. And Scandal went to great lengths to portray the presidential marriage as already dead in the water and a matter of political convenience before Olivia came along.
@Olivia2016 Exactly. These shows make it look like being a black woman is like being in the mafia. Constantly on edge for every little bit of behavior and every word and every perceived slight is blown out of proportion.
THANK YOU Christelyn. We do need to draw a hard line. We can't be so desperate for entertainment and a black female face on screen that we support what's essentially a minstrel show. Make no mistake that these "characters" are created just like any soap or scripted drama. As cynical as it sounds, people really are dumb enough to believe what they see on TV and do make broad generalizations based on race when they're hammered with these images over and over. Especially when the behavior is done by real people. We don't have the luxury of being seen as individuals and this hurts us all.
@rexy012 Oh you said it. Hollywoood knows how to market what it wants. Nene Leakes no doubt was pushed to the front as a star because she fits multiple stereotypes at once. She was the one most out of control with her emotions--not only the loudness and anger but the crying and breakdowns. She's super tall (read: masculine), started out as a stripper (oversexed black harlot), and the ridiculous platinum hair and nose job she got on camera lets us know the racial inferiority complex is there, she's still a black woman who's beauty ideal is white so she's not threatening as a female icon. And the idiots at Ebony, who put her on the cover, bought into it.
@jazzyfae45 And the fact that these women have millions of dollars sends the message that no matter how rich or business-savvy a black woman is, or how much access she has to privileges that only 1% of the planet joys, her basic nature is still classless and savage. It's the worst.
@Cami2210 @Maxine @Statuesque There is evidence that good nutrition lowers your risk of sun damage. This includes carotenoids and lycopene in red, yellow, and orange vegetables ; omega-3 fatty acids from fish; vitamin C and vitamin E. http://feelhappiness.com/natural-sun-protection-without-sunscreen/
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Asset Maximizing: Black Women Have the ‘Ageless Advantage’
@Cami2210 @Statuesque I question it too. We don't see black women living on the equator dying en masse of skin cancer. Makes no evolutionary sense. I also don't like to slather chemical goo (what IS it?) to be absorbed into my skin just because there's a 0.01% of black people developing melanoma.
@coco78728 @SacLove76 I agree. I think contouring is unnecessary unless you're acting on stage or screen or under the flash bulb of paparazzi. I also think that unless you're using natural or mineral makeup, putting all those cosmetics on your skin every day will eventually age you.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Asset Maximizing: Black Women Have the ‘Ageless Advantage’
3 months, 3 weeks ago on So…Street Harassment is Important Now That White Women Are the Focus?
@LadyHumor @Maxine I don't like it so hot I'm sweating all the time, but I never shy away from warmth. I like how the sun brings out the golden glint in brown skin. People are starting to buy this now in lotions (which grossed me out when I learned that it's fish scales).