"I’m glad that Shonda Rhimes saw me and said “Why not?” That’s what makes her a visionary. That’s what makes her iconic. I think that beauty is subjective. I’ve heard that statement [less classically beautiful] my entire life. Being a dark-skinned black woman, you heard it from the womb. And “classically not beautiful” is a fancy term for saying ugly. And denouncing you. And erasing you. Now … it worked when I was younger. It no longer works for me now. It’s about teaching a culture how to treat you. Because at the end of the day, you define you."
Photo Credit: Derek Blanks
The number of people to which I have wanted to say this to…
"The Fairytale Life of Sonam Kapoor" by Jatin Kampani for OK magazine
You must be wondering why you ever put a nobody like me on a pedestal. Some people are famous because of what they do. l’m infamous for what I do. Vulgar, disgusting, sexy, dirty, those are the words that are applied to describe me. Just so someone’s film could take off. l was used as a boarding pass. Yet people say I’m vulgar. You made me dance but nobody noticed my effort or my sincerity. You were busy noticing something else. Yet you label me disgusting… sexy. Don’t you worry, i’m leaving, because except for me, everyone else here is honourable. But l must say, your honour is unbelievable. You make films about sex, you sell them, you watch them, you show them, you even present them with awards… but you’re scared to acknowledge them. Wrap yourself with your so-called-honour and l will carry on shedding my clothes.
With all the heat Anita Sarkeesian gets for her Tropes series, you’d think it was a new topic, but Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert had a discussion on a similar theme when they were talking about the influx of slasher movies on their show in 1980.
34 years later and this is STILL relevant
Selina Kyle in ‘Selina Kyle’
You don’t know true frustration until you’ve dug several times through a pile of black clothing, in order to find a SPECIFIC article of black clothing.
"She [Blue] does like her mother’s music—she watches [Beyoncé’s concerts] on the computer every night. But my album came out and I don’t know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album—she’s only 18 months old and I don’t play my music around the house. But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more … Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the “Magna Carta”, the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that’s not like a cliché. I’m really serious. Just to see her—‘Daddy song, more, Daddy.’ She’s genuine, she’s honest, because she doesn’t know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it."
- Jay Z
Vanity Fair, October 2013 (x)
Virginia in October
Don’t date men who disrespect women, doesn’t matter if he’s nice to you. If he’s constantly disrespecting other women, nah.
Do not test Reza Aslan.
We must train and retain our ability to listen and process critically.
Nobody told me that @RezaAslan knew how to read.
(Not read as in books, but read as in reveal your scalp to the world.)
Because homie read Bill Maher, Don Lemon, Alisyn Camerota, Benjamin Netanyahu, and just about everyone else for points.
Hair all over the damn floor like it was a barbershop and nobody had a broom.
He got ALL his kee-kee’s in.
Transcription available here: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/09/30/reza_aslan_mahers_facile_generalizations_of_islam_the_definition_of_bigotry.html
Reblogging again cuz it was that amazing and also for the comments.
YES THIS NEEDS TO BE ON MY BLAWG