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This is awesome. I won't be able to make this trip due to work, but please tell me there are more coming! I have been trying to find an [international] travel group for black women and the fact that we get to check out the "local offerings" is a nice bonus!
5 months, 1 week ago on Want To Marry a Kiwi Guy? New Zealand is Ripe for IR!
This is great. I can't wait for your book!
The Two that stood out for me were:
The couple who were kicked out of the London hotel - I thought, even back then, that the UK (and Europe in general) was far more progressive in race relations and interracial couplings than America, so that was interesting to read; and
Doris Day not congratulating her father on his interracial marriage - I wonder if she ever came around and accepted it.
9 months, 1 week ago on Swirling in History Part Ten: Vintage Swirl
@foreverhopeful You make such a good point about blacks stereotyping other blacks. I used to be guilty of it too - then I realized that the same assumptions I'm making of that black person, someone else might be making them about me too, and it didn't matter how many degrees I had, where I worked, how I carried myself. One of the worst instances of blatant racism I ever experienced happened in a store I went to on my way home from work - in full corporate attire. And the person who treated me discriminatorily wasn't white! It was a cold slap in the face that made me realize that my achievements and lifestyle do not isolate me from being stereotyped.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Harsh Reality: Ghetto-Girl Mentality Has Little to Do With Economics, More About 'Fitting In'
@Toni_M @tracyreneejones @Christelyn I think that the kids in the suburbs, who come from perfectly good two-parent homes, are trying to model behavior that they think is cool and that represents a standard for blackness.
Unfortunately many of the people that teens and young adults are looking up to (musicians, athletes, reality stars) come from broken, dysfunctional environments steeped in ignorance (think of how many rappers grew up in the projects, with crack-addicted parents, were in and out of jail for most of their lives before they hit it big). But these individuals have become popular and they set the trend for what is cool and, unfortunately, what is "acting black". If these are the main images of black people that black kids are seeing in popular culture, they come to associate that behavior and image with what it means to be black.
And it's not just black kids - think of non-blacks, who don't normally interact with black people, who also see these same images and come to sincerely believe that this is the way all black people are! And there are plenty of non-black young people who are modeling their behavior by this standard.
Wow, I had a very different reaction to that story your daughter told about the fight. I thought: "How sad! That girl probably has very serious self-esteem issues and reacted terribly to being humiliated by a boy". Now, of course her reaction was not appropriate, but I can only imagine she's in a lot of pain internally and uses her exterior as a coping mechanism - that includes the weight, the weave and the tough-girl exterior. I guess I'm sensitive to these issues because of where I grew up and how I used to be before high school, but a lot of these girls are dealing with issues that cause them to behave that way. It's just tragic all around and we really need to do better.
Maybe it's my age group (late 20s), but I'm surprised that there are a lot black women with hang-ups regarding oral sex. I only know one black woman who expressed disgust with the act - and that was a few years ago so she might have changed her mind by now. Maybe I just came of age when the act had become "normalized" (kind like how anal sex has become normalized for a lot of teens and early 20s).
But sex, in general, is a normal part of life and, especially if you're in a relationship, an important part. People really should discuss their preferences and deal-breakers before they become serious and definitely before they get married. It must be devastating to find out after the fact that someone is really prudish or has [deviant] sexual desires that you find revolting. I can't imagine a relationship surviving that.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on What Black Men Say When Black Women Aren't Around
They did this for publicity, plain and simple!
There is no other topic more provocative than race. If you want to guarantee controversy and page views (or sales) just race bait! Every publicist and PR person in the world knows this.
The publishers of this magazine knew what they were stirring up and they are benefitting from it because yesterday, I'm willing to bet, most of us had never even heard of this magazine. Now, we're all talking about it.
Black people are used as pawns in the media.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on White Model in Black Face (or Black Body), a New Fashion Statement?
@Jamila *Defendant's actions (not plaintiff)
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Why You Should Care About the Fact that Lil' Wayne Has Disrespected Chris Bosh's Wife, Adrienne Bosh
@Jamila Clean Hands is a legal term. The Clean Hands Doctrine basically says that if you bring claim against another person/entity you must show that you did not play a part in the wrongdoing that you're suing about - basically that you were an innocent victim who deserves some type of relief for the plaintiff's actions.
I just finished an intensive law course last semester and that term immediately came to mind when I was reading this.
I'm sorry, but I really can't bring myself to care about any of the individuals involved in this situation. As far as I can tell this type of trashy/tacky behavior is par for the course in the entertainment industry. Groupies and the men who bed them and sometimes marry them are nothing new, and neither is the gossip and scandal surrounding said people. None of these individuals have "clean hands", as far as I can tell, so there's no one to feel sorry for.
And Lil Wayne is beyond repulsive - he reminds me of that snake-god thing that James Earl Jone's character morphs into in a scene from one of those old Conan movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. *shudders*
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Why You Should Care About the Fact that Lil' Wayne Has Disrespected Chris Bosh's Wife, Adrienne Bosh
My mother is the perfect example of this. Most of her life she has been providing some type of support or assistance to her mother, sisters, nieces and nephews and the children of those nieces and nephews. This despite the fact that she has always been struggling to stay afloat herself and, when it comes to my grandmother, despite the fact that she was abused and treated the worse out of all 5 sisters. My grandmother is a selfish woman who mistreated all but 1 of her daughters and my mother took some of the worse physical and psychological abuse from her. Yet, my mother has financially supported my grandmother for the last 20 years or so and every time she needs something my aunts and cousins are calling my mother.
Throughout my life I sat by and watched my mother struggle, get used by her family members and now that she's in her 50s she has very little to show for all the years of toil. I made a firm commitment not to let that happen to me! I sometimes get angry with her and get on her about how she ended up in this predicament mainly because she was taking care of other people when she should have been looking out for us. She thinks I'm cold and heartless because I believe in completely cutting lecherous and treacherous people out of my life, even blood relatives. She refuses to understand my attitude towards her family, despite the fact that one of her own sisters and niece, who she thought she could trust, stole money from her!
Like I said, it won't happen to me. I've learned from all the mistakes my mother has made in her life and done the opposite. I've accomplished a lot education and career-wise, and I'm committed to making wise investments and building wealth for myself and future children. Because of the way my mother handled money I already know that I will have to financially support her in her old age, I don't want my own kids to have to be in that position.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on Racial Wealth Gap Is Partially Explained by Blacks Willingness to Help Their Poorer Relatives
Sorry, I skipped over the part where you identified yourself by name.
Thank You, Phyllis.
10 months ago on Letter From a BB&W Reader: "I don’t want someone else to wake up and realize they made a mistake."
Wow. I nearly cried while reading this.
Once I complete my masters in a few months, I'll be embarking on a new and very demanding career with a large corporation. It's one that has tremendous opportunities for financial gain and mobility but I've often thought about what it will do to my social life. I've been thinking about whether I should just look for a similar, but less rewarding position at a smaller company. It's a difficult decision and just the other night I thought to myself: "Well, I guess it doesn't matter anyway - you don't have much of a love life now. You might as well just give your life to your job!" Like the writer, I was beginning to resign myself to a life of loneliness and nothing but work, despite the fact that I really want to be a wife and mother.
This letter has completely turned me around!! It was so poignant and forced me to re-examine my thinking. I need to do something fast. I don't want this to be my regret.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Whoever you are, you just impacted this black girl's life.
I used to get riled-up and indignant about these videos. However, the constant bombardment of this type of thing has just made me weary and brought me to my "aha moment" of clarity. I don't know these people - they are not my relatives, my friends, associates, neighbors...heck, they don't even live in the same city as me. I have no influence on them, why should I allow their behavior to influence me? I can't control what they do and how they do it, but I can control what I do and how I do it. I don't behave this way and no-one I associate with behaves this way. I carry myself with dignity and respect and surround myself with others who are dignified and respectful.
We need to disavow and disassociate from any claim to these types of people and reject any claim they may have to us, simply because we are of the same race/color. Our peace of mind depends on it.
10 months, 1 week ago on When Hood Boogers Attack, Black Kids Wish They Were White.
Since when is Star Jones and authority...on anything???
10 months, 1 week ago on Why the Star Jones Twitter Fiasco Is the Death Knell of the NBAB Borg Collective
@Christelyn I only mentioned it because of the "Black and Panamanian Union" title. I guess in this instance it was meant as Black American
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Swirling and Marriage: Candice and Alvaro
This was nice, but umm...there are "black" panamanians (i.e Panamanians of black African descent) - I know because there are Panamanians in my extended family. Actually, most Panamanians I personally know are "black" (which includes those who are mixed). Though I do realize there are many who are Indian/European mixed.
“Tarantino’s behavior reeks more of fascination with the Black experience, complete with an N-word fetish; not respect or reverence. Not to mention, his cavalier use of the word even outside of the film realm (i.e. backstage at the Golden Globes) gives me great, great pause.”
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Do We Really Owe Spike Lee an Apology?
@Bunny77 Yeah...exactly what I was talking about.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on "Jezebel" Gives Me a Concrete Example of Why I Hate Some Facets of Modern Feminism
I don't always agree with the pieces on Jezebel (and yes, the writers are often crass and irreverent), but I get the point they are making about the breastfeeding "Nazis".
I don't have any children yet but even I know that there is this tremendous pressure placed on women to breastfeed, and those who don't (or can't) are made to feel like failures and bad mothers. In NYC, after an effort spearheaded by [elitist nanny goat] Mayor Bloomberg, many hospitals have agreed to only provide formula when medically necessary (whatever that means).
We've all have heard about the health benefits of breastfeeding, but there were generations of Americans raised primarily on formula (I'm sure many of us were formula babies) and they survived and thrived. I often think people make too much of the health benefit claims of breast milk. Those who are expecting their breast-fed baby to be some type of genius who is invincible to forms of childhood diseases will be sorely disappointed.
What I think it boils down to is women are being made to feel like they have no choice in the matter, and isn't that what feminism is about - the freedom to choose your own path as a woman?