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Most of the time I’m pretty confident about my skin tone, like I will just love it to pieces and think it’s so sexy. But sometimes, it does get to me when guys state how they light skinned or mixed raced girls are better. Recently a guy I was really into said I was very pretty but thinks mixed raced girls are better and is currently going out with a gorgeous mixed race girl. I’m annoyed that sometimes I’m bothered by this. Advice?
*New York based visual artist Abbensetts created this mock cover to communicate the absence of black and brown women on Pharrell’s upcoming album cover.*
Black G I R L Brown G I R L : Black Women, Black Skin and Representation
Over the past 6 years, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with mainstream hip hop and the omission of black women from visuals that accompany popular artists songs. Increasingly, lyrical content has become more blatantly “anti black woman” and more “pro exotic white woman”. What does that articulate to the masses, the millions consuming our culture and music genre at rapid speed?
Which brings me to Pharrell Williams, acclaimed music producer, artist, designer and black man. Set to release his anticipated 2014 solo project entitled “G I R L”, the musician released the cover art for the album last week…and I immediately was taken aback. Glaring at me was what looked a “J Crew does the spa” ad. It had to be. Because the Pharrell I wanted to remember used beautiful black and brown skinned women in his videos, so why would he completely omit black skin, black women from an album called G I R L? But to my discomfort and disbelief he chose to feature 3 women of varied shades of LIGHT to WHITE. Regardless of the chosen women’s ethnicity, it was clear that black and brown skinned women were excluded. As that J Crew-esq cover glared at me, it personified a cluster fuck of black male artists who seemed to be omitting dark skin and black women from their visuals at rapid speed.
When I took to my twitter to briefly express this earlier today, my mentions and the mentions of other sistas who spoke on it rapidly filled with hateful messages from mostly black men telling us in no uncertain terms to “STFU”. One after another asking “why do you care?”, “You just bitter!!” or my favorite”it doesn’t matter, why does he NEED to include a black woman?!”
People can come up with a million reasons to explain away the message promoted on the albums cover and in mainstream hip hop. But the erasure of black women, dark skin and african features in hip hop and popular culture is a trend thats been growing in popularity since damn near the inception of hip hop. This G I R L album cover is just one more example. “Light is right” and “exotic but not black” are sentiments becoming more popular as the genre progresses, projected by some of todays most popular rappers. The more mainstream rap becomes, the less black women and our beauty is seen featured in videos or esteemed in their lyrics. The less its deemed important to celebrate black women AS WELL AS other races. The persistent anti black woman/anti dark skin narrative within the hip hop genre and the larger white media is impossible for me to ignore.
Pharrell and other black artists are free to create and market their work how they choose. Art should never be silenced, but critique and analysis will always be necessary. And black women are free to comment on our representation or lack there of. But to some, black women speaking on our erasure is seen as a sign of weakness, bitterness or my favorite: blind anger.
Not hardly. I will always love H.E.R. Hip Hop runs through my veins, mixed in my blood and DNA. Hip Hop as an art form and culture has influenced the world and will continue to do so.
But I love black women and I care about our representation in the mass media more. There is no denying that dark skin is being systematically erased and that black musicians feel the pressure to conform to white societal standards to “appeal” or “crossover”. I find it lame, sad and shameful that certain black men and black artists deem it passe to be inclusive to their race, to dark skin. Does that make me dangerous or an undesirable because I speak on the dire need for equal representation of black women in art and media? Maybe, but I love Black women, dark skin and our African aesthetic too much to sit silently while we are erased.
June, 1964. Black children integrate the swimming pool of the Monson Motel. To force them out, the owner pours acid into the water.
And white folk wonder why
My mom was born in ‘64, kay? So, what that means is… THIS SHIT WASN’T THAT LONG AGO AND Y’ALL NEED TO STOP ACTING LIKE THE SHIT WE TALK ABOUT IS ARCHAIC AND OLD-HAT.
my mom was still in trinidad when this happened but seriously it could’ve happened to either my aunt or uncle who were 12 and 15/16 respectively
I think photos like this need to exist, not because I like the subject matter, but because it helps immortalize events that many people want to forget ever happened (and work pretty hard to make it so). It makes us face it. I’ve seen this picture before, but don’t know all the details. I hope the children in this photo were okay.
I’m always going to reblog photos like this. People are always like “Oh just get over it already”. Well, no.
Reblogging this picture AGAIN. Because NEVER FORGET.
This is awful, no human being should be treated like this. However, I’d just like to point out that not all white people were like this or are like this. Many people might be annoyed by the fact that anyone with a lighter complexion is grouped in with savages such as the man depicted above pouring the acid
^Wtf is wrong with White people though?
Like, I really want to know what the fuck is wrong with y’all? I really want to know what possesses y’all to hear, see, eat, shit, and breathe nothing but White people, White ideals, and White history all fucking day long… and then when you see ONE thing circulating that doesn’t involve White people and sunshine, lollipops, and teddy bears, you feel the need to “point out” something????
THIS IS NOT AN OFFENSIVE AGAINST YOU. THIS IS SIMPLE HISTORY. THIS IS WHAT YOU DID AND DO TO PEOPLE!! And instead of fessing up.. White people have only ever denied and averted attention away from true facts of the matter. They never want to talk about what IS there. They wanna talk about what ISN’T there. Any other time, it’s exactly what’s in the photo. But only when confronted with their racism, white people look away and suddenly think, “Well.. what about what’s not there.” Is it like looking in the mirror and not liking what you see?.. I mean, wtf is that? Why did you have to poke in your little irrelevant opinion?
Sure there are “good White people.” NO DUH! But I’ll tell you one thing… seems like it’s a billion White people online ****all**** thinking they’re “good.” But racism against people of color still exists… from the economy.. to education…to the government…. to dating… to simple online gaming… RACISM STILL EXISTS. Not only are people of color talking about it…. It is documented. It is quantitative and qualitative.
So where the fuck are all you “good” White people?????????????????
I guess too busy trying to defend your “image” and apparently not “good” enough to get off your “good” asses and make changes in this country.
Here is THE ONE THING I’ve learned about “good” White people. You go to their blog…….. They sit on their asses blogging nothing but White models.. White television shows, White book characters…. White White White.. all day….and then the ONE TIME they decide to blog anything .. anything about racism at ALL…. they still manage to somehow make it about White people’s “goodness”. Oh.. everybody doesn’t do that. I can’t possibly be grouped in with those other people. I’m diet racist-lite now with Splenda.
I wish I could take every “good” White person I’ve run across online.. line them up in a row, and spit in their faces or at least physically shake them…. maybe toss a glass of wine in their face. Something ANYTHING to get them to WAKE THE FUCK UP and realize YOU ARE NOT THE GOOD WHITE PERSON THAT YOU LIKE TO THINK THAT YOU ARE!!!!!!!! Racism is alive and prospering in the country that it built… we are living history right now. And when they look back on our present times, you will not be counted among the “good” White people.
And has the nerve to talk about being annoyed.
You don’t know what it’s like to be annoyed ‘til you had a conversation with a “good” White person about racism.
And for the record, in my entire life, I’ve met 2 racially conscious White people… and lemme tell you, they don’t derail conversations about racism so that they can put more unnecessary positive White affirmations out into the world.
Bitch when I tell you the comment above me is everything.. it’s everything.
Damn…. I was Bout to leave a comment like that until I read it … True shit
This is exactly how I feel when I talk to White people about race, racism, privilege, etc…It’s exhausting and confounding at the same damn time.
"Maybe black people aren’t interested in my job." …….::Flips the table and walks out::
First she says, “Why bring [race] up if its not a problem for you..” First of all, I honestly don’t believe that all white people are racist or prejudiced. I am not going to hate an entire race of people based off of the ignorant behavior that some possess. HOWEVER it is very apparent to me that everyone wants to try to pretend like a difference doesn’t exist in how minorities are treated vs. White people and it really is infuriating. You mean to tell me that you cannot see it or is it that you don’t want to see it?
I would like to see the full video anyone got any info in it
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1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.
2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.
3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.
4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.
5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.
6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.
7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.
8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.
9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.
10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.
11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.
12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.
14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.
15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.
16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.
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