1. No Disrespect | Bitch Media →

    When neo-soul singer Erykah Badu announced her third pregnancy in 2008, some fans attacked her for having children outside of marriage with more than one father. One online commenter labeled the singer, known for rocking a mega ‘fro, “trash with great hair.” A Zimbio.com article that referred to Badu’s “growing list of baby daddies” featured a “Knocked Up Again” headline. A blog article wondered baldly if the singer was “a ho.” She was derided as a poor example of black womanhood. The storm got so heavy that Badu bit back in a lengthy and poetically unapologetic online post about her family that ended with an entreaty to “Kiss my placenta.”

    Three years later, when Beyoncé announced she was expecting, she was publicly applauded for doing pregnancy “the right way,” and celebrated for being a model of black womanhood. Even Diddy’s 18-year-old son, Justin Combs, weighed in on Bey’s proper use of her uterus. Combs tweeted: “Beyoncé dated, married, THEN got pregnant…young ladies take notes.” (No word on whether Combs’s dad, who has never married but has five children, is also taking notes.) (x)

  2. 99percentinvisible:

    The Color Thesaurus

  3. thegeekyblonde:

    welcome to the FEMINIST CULT, today we’ll talk about terrifying topics such as BEING NICE TO YOURSELF and PROPER SEX EDUCATION

  4. (Source: nayyirahwaheed)

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  6. Ala. woman opposes recognition of dead son’s marriage →

    It’s hard to understand how a mother’s “deeply held moral and religious objections to homosexuality, the gay lifestyle, and same sex marriage” cannot be trumped by the loss of her son. What an important story of the painful cost of the march towards progress.

  7. "Police Pepper Spray Wake County Teen Inside His Home After He’s Mistaken for Burglar." The story of a deeply racist country and an overeager police force that can’t learn from mistakes.

    "They was like, ‘Put your hands on the door,’" said DeShawn. "I was like, ‘For what? This is my house.’ I was like, ‘Why are y’all in here?’”

    [first seen here]

  8. 2 Q-C women marry after 72 years together →

  9. I will say this, if you want to read books read The Hunger Games books. Those books are great. Book three is not great but all three books of Hunger Games are A BILLION TIMES better than the Twilight books.

    — Jason Mantzoukas (x)

  10. bluemantle:

    Recently my grandmother found out I’m queer. Her response was to tell me that she disapproves of me living with my “friend” (i.e. my girlfriend) and that I should give up my vile queer ways and become a Christian (Lol). She even sent me a bible.  Here are its remains, which I made into black-out poetry.

    Poem 1: Bisexual (from Leviticus 19:9)— “Have sexual relations with her.  Have sexual relations with him.  Have sexual relations with both a woman and a man.  Have sexual relations with yourself. Vomit on everyone who does not respect you.”

    Poem 2: Fisting (from Judges 8:5)— “water/ lap the water/ drink/go down to drink/your hands/go down/I give into your hands/go down/encouraged/down/on the seashore/the whole hand/your hand/inside/I get to the edge/and shout/grasping/crying out/Beth/Beth/Beth/Beth/Beth/God/I came”

    Poem 3: A Letter to the Exiles (from Jeremiah 28:13) — “Ze said: ‘Do not let lies name you, nor harm your heart. Gather. Raise the sword against them. They scorn and reproach, for they have not listened— again and again have not listened.’ “

    Poem 4: Child (from Ezekiel 16:22) — “Your father and your mother rubbed salt in. No one looked on you with pity or had compassion enough for you, for on the day you were born you were despised. Live! Grow.  I looked at you and saw you were enough.”

    Poem 5: Father (from Ezekiel 16:22) — “You never adored us. You became very angry. You took some out on us. Your sons and daughters were not enough? You slaughtered— in all your detestable practices— our youth.”

    Poem 6: Misandry (from Acts 27:41) — “Dangerous men should be broken.”

  11. From “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes

    O, let America be America again—

    The land that never has been yet—

    And yet must be—the land where every man is free.

    The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—

    Who made America,

    Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,

    Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,

    Must bring back our mighty dream again.

    (x)

  12. Ten Things White People Can Do About Ferguson Besides Tweet →

    7. Educate yourself about the systematic inequality that leads to civil unrest.

    The St. Louis American ran a powerful editorial today that fleshes out the history of Ferguson. When you finish reading that, go somewhere quiet for a bit and settle down with Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Case for Reparations.” Don’t stop there.

  13. America Is Not For Black People →

    There are reasons why white gun’s rights activists can walk into a Chipotle restaurant with assault rifles and be seen as gauche nuisances while unarmed black men are killed for reaching for their wallets or cell phones, or carrying children’s toys. 

  14. amandaonwriting:

A Map of the Introvert’s Heart

    amandaonwriting:

    A Map of the Introvert’s Heart