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Feminist Friday

So I was totally gonna wait to do her, but as my favorite director and favorite person in the world, I have to show much love to Ava DuVernay! I know you all have seen her name on this site several times but she is my shero!

One of many things I love about Ava is that she does only the projects that mean something to her and she’s worked her butt of to have that right. Every film, documentary and television show that she directed has a message, has a meaning.

She knows that she speaks for an entire group of people and she is inclusive. She reaches back and picks up people along the way, and supports every step. On her Instagram feed she is showing not only support cast, but the people in the background that many don’t give props to.

This amazing woman has worked hard for years as a PR but started with Documentaries. She writes everything she directs and has her hands and input in every part of making the film. She WORKS hard!

Her current film in theaters is “Wrinkle In Time” an adaptation of the children’s book by Madeleine L’Engle first published in 1962. She brought the magical movie to life with the faces of Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Mandy Kaling, and newcomer Storm Reid. As the film opened Ava traveled the world with the cast and walked in to movie theaters to welcome and thank people. Before the film starts she has a small recording of her thanking people for their support of her vision.

Ava laughs, she’s animated and passionate when she talks and most of all she stands up for what she believes in. She is definitely a woman to follow and my inspiration behind everything I do.

To find more about her, google her, look around, then on the tv she’s there! And go watch Wrinkle in Time, it’s amazing. I will post my review soon!

She is us… we are her… we could be.

Someone has lost their life… this is not a time to be petty and childish…

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Justine Damond, her name is something important, yes she is a white woman, but WHY DOES THAT MATTER? This woman, called the police for protection and instead she was shot dead in the street as if she was the person that was going to hurt them.

The media is spinning this again and making it a white vs black issue, just as they did with all of the others that was shot dead for no reason. I have seen some hateful things that black people are saying, acting as ignorant as the ones that spoke against our sisters and brothers who were murdered in the streets. Some even claiming blue lives, when we know there are no such thing as Smurfs.

The problem, as its always been, is there is a problem with the system. They have put officers who are supposed to protect us out on the street without proper training. They are so short of staff that they don’t have the time and resources to properly train them. It used to be shoot to disarm and now these officers are shooting scared.

“Their feared for their lives,” I have never heard a military man or woman say that and they are placed in the middle of war. They are taken through a training and protect us everyday with their lives. What happened to the police that did the same? My father and brother were dedicated war heroes who served on the Chicago police force. They were both attacked and they never killed a soul while on duty, at least not that I know of.

What happened to police officers who only wanted the job because they wanted to provide a safe place for people to live. We see the few and far between who are video tapped playing with children, delivering gifts and helping the community, but if they are placed with an officer as a partner who was corrupt would they stand up to him/her or would they stand behind them?

We are always told to be loyal to those who are loyal to us, but there comes a time and place when we have to stand up against whats wrong.

This was a woman, this was a human being, this was an innocent. We need to stop with racism and stop thinking its okay to hate anyone do to their skin color.

I know its a stretch, but if we come together and face the real problem, the system. They are fighting scared, and using a glitch in the laws to protect them. We need to fight back, fight back and change the system so that it protects us instead of killing us.

They need to be held accountable for the same standards as the rest of us, and they need to question why these law enforcers are so easy to scare, so easily afraid for their lives. They can’t protect ours and put their lives before us.

Stand together, because separate all it looks like its we are complaining. Lets make a real change and protect our childrens futures.

 

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Any discrimination is unacceptable!

-Isms… I’m done with them all.

Why is it that is you stand for one thing you can’t stand for something else. In America, there is a thing called privileged but if you are not a straight white male, you don’t know the true meaning of that word, nor does it pertain to you.

I know some believe that all white people have a privilege attached to them, but if they were born with a vagina, that is simply not true. If that are attracted to the same sex, its not true.

I can feel my ancestors kicking me in my back and a few stares from my black peers. Yes racism is strong, and yes our black people are being killed in these streets for being a color that they cannot control. But its not just us. As much as we want to fight for equality, we should also hear the next persons complaints on why they are oppressed.IMG_7128

There are latinos who are still getting stereotyped in Hollywood and called Mexicans, no matter what country the originate from. They are portrayed as a sex symbol and men definitely don’t respect their women. For all points and purposes they are treated like our black men and women.

Asians, Muslims and Jewish are all disrespected. Women are disrespected, as well as the LGBT community.

We are all dying for the same rights. We are all fighting the same fight. Why can we not fight together?

I had a friend, whom out of respect I will remain nameless, who debated with me and thought because I was speaking up that I was only speaking up for the LGBT community. As if my blackness and me being a woman was thrown out the window because I am a member of that community. Last time I check I am still black, I am still a woman.

I have three strikes against me according to the current administration, so why do I have to pick one over the other to stand up for? I stand for justice for all. IMG_7194

Today I am pissed for several reasons and one is the results of the Philando Castile murder. He was murdered as a friend put it but we just don’t know who. Apparently the video his girl posted wasn’t enough for a conviction. The screams from her and his daughter wasn’t enough to put a man in jail for shooting his weapon in cold blood.

I am angry because a year after the Pulse shooting, people still have the nerve to think that we deserved it because we are sinners. As if their best friends sleeping with their husbands wasn’t a sin. As if the kids they had out of wedlock and the pointing fingers and judging others wasn’t the same. I am angry that people are using the Bible, the word of God, as a means to spread hate.

I am angry that Amber Rose posted a racy picture in honor of the annual Slut Walk and all people could do was call her the very thing she’s standing up against. Her biggest haters were women who wish they could post a picture of the same or who do but hate that she added a feminist words to it. A woman body is objectified daily and looked at as a means of sexual gratification whether we allow it or not. If she was topless it would be a problem, if she only showed thigh, it would still be a problem.

I am angry that everyone in the world is worried so much about how others live their lives that they will ruin their own to make someone else miserable. Gay marriage was voted in federally to be allowed in the United States and it has been a fight ever since. If two men get married how is it bothering your daily life? If two women are raising children in a household of love, why is that harmful but your house full of abuse and hatred isn’t?

I am tired of the hatred in this country, in this world. I feel like the current administration gave people who are filled with hate a platform to express it. Yes there is freedom of speech, but why is it ok for you to disrespect me, but not ok for me to respond? Even if nothing I said is laced with hatred.

America is no where near being great, I have no idea what era Trump was talking about. It seems to me that America is hate. Everyone is hating everyone else, yet everyone is fighting for the same thing. Respect!

The best way to get respect is to look internally and start respecting yourself. Then and only then will you gain respect of others.

Standing Up – In Any Way – Its Necessary!

“Dear White People” – Not your ordinary review!

So I just finished Netflix’s original “Dear White People” directed by Tina Mabry (http://www.morgansmark.com/) and baby let me tell you. First of all, Samantha, aka Sam, was me from the beginning, minus the romantic part. I have always been the girl that was questioned about what my racial heritage is –  I am black mixed with black mixed with why the hell does it matter? I am a black woman who is tired of being called the angry black woman when I cannot be treated the same as every one else, let alone every other woman.

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My black is beautiful

This show brought up so many emotions as I thought about how we are condemned for standing up for ourselves and yet ridiculed when we are quiet. We are told we should stop crying about the past, but who has learned from it? Not this current generation, but how can they when they are being taught the wrong thing. When has being kidnapped from your home, sold on a chopping block and beaten for being who you are considered being an immigrant? How can centuries of families torn apart, murdered tortured and killed called being treated right unless we misbehaved? These were grown men and women that were treated less than an animal. Had less rights than their unborn son or daughter and less to eat than a pet. Humans treated as if our color was a sin.

Yet we are supposed to forget and stop being so angry. Many of our black women weren’t angry until we have been walked over, used and abused. We are taught that we are all the same and we bleed the same, but yet why is my blood treated like its contaminated?

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Truth

I know it seems like I am all over the place, but Tina, baby you are to blame! There are so many emotions flooding through my mind from this show. It touched so many issues, some that I feel could’ve been deeper. You made me remember the reasons I fight, the reasons I am tired and the reasons I need to stand up for everything I believe in.

If you haven’t watched it yet, then you need to go to Netflix.com and if you don’t have an account, get one, its totally worth it! Check out “Dear White People”, I finished it in one night and now I am mad I have to wait for the next season. By the way, excellent job on the cast. They really deliver each character with passion.

Let me tell you, this show is real, and deals with real issues that black people deal with on a daily basis. Now while looking up cast and director information, I used IMDB.com and the nerve of them to classify the genre of this show as comedy. Another reason we will never learn, because our issues are never being taken serious. The comments on the Youtube trailer was that the video promotes racism to Caucasians. (I swear that’s a topic for another post… I have to process that mess.)

Until next time – Love and Peace!