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I feel like this incredibly well-written reminder is called for, now that the news outlets have seemingly stopped caring about the aftermath of just happened in Gaza. 

But R. Kelly is an actual predator. It’s well documented. He has actual victims. That’s the other side. He confirms not just the suspicions around black male sexuality, but that of black women’s sexuality. Kelly’s victims are young girls. Had they been young white girls, the collective “we” would have been much more outraged, because their “virtue” is to be protected. Not only do we not care about black girls, we believe their sexuality is something over which they exercise no control. They are jezebels and vixens from an early age. Their sexual appetites are insatiable, and their desire to use their sexuality to “destroy” men is not repressed. They crave the attention. They aren’t human beings with healthy sexual urges or agency. They are hottentots incarnate.

R. Kelly beat the charges against him and went on to produce more music, win more awards, make more money, and establish himself as a pop cultural icon. In his path are the lives of young black girls, now women, that he abused.

Understanding the R. Kelly phenomenon — and then ending it, Mychal Denzel Smith, Feministing  

Mychal’s writing continues to blow me away. If you’re not already following him, please do. In addition to writing for Feministing, he also contributes to The Nation.

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I want this game so badly now…WHY CAN’T I HAVE NICE THINGS, GUYS?



I’ve touched on this topic a few times. People from academia have a hard time understanding why I would deign to respond to some of the comments and messages that I receive that are obviously unfounded attacks on my credibility.

It’s hard for people to…

THIS is a must-read if you want to understand why internet trolls, do, sadly, matter in the grand scheme of things.

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Yet again, Yahtzee Croshaw takes down pretty much everything smart people hate about the Call of Duty franchise. And it’s hilarious. 

For similar truly amazing content, I’d recommend visiting the host site. The Escapist is pretty much the only thing that NC people such as myself have in the world of nerd/geek fandom. And - make no mistake - it is spectacular.

Not gonna lie. I may or may not have lost my shit at this.





“After this I go to work at a pizza shop. My wife and I were college professors in Bangladesh. I taught accounting. But one dollar in America becomes eighty dollars when we send it back home.”

People forget, when immigrants come to this country they start from scratch. They could have been lawyers in their home country, but in the means nothing. You think a HS diploma from Bangladesh means anything in this country? My mom was a top student in the country, went to all the best school and got the best of everything…but when she got here it meant squat and she was cleaning other people’s homes and scrubbing their toilets. This is why I get pissed of when people talk smack about immigrants. They at least are doing something…..heading for a goal..making sacrifices…what are you doing with your life? 

^ My parents were college-educated teachers in their home country and came to the U.S. with nothing but empty pockets, a dash of hope, and a belief in God. They also scrubbed toilets in people’s homes to make enough to provide for their children, and that’s probably not something a lot of educated professionals would be able to do. I know I wouldn’t be able to do it. Pride would get in the way.


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The Immigrant You Won’t See in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Bling Ring’

Last year Diana Tamayo became one of six people charged in thefts involving more than $3 million in stolen goods from the homes of young Hollywood celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Orlando Bloom. Tamayo was indicted on one count of first-degree residential burglary, one count of receiving stolen property and one count of conspiracy.

She was part of a group of six young adults that gained national attention for breaking into homes of the rich and famous. The celebrity gossip site TMZ dubbed the group “the burglar bunch” while Vanity Fair referred to them as “the bling ring.” Their capers briefly brought them the same kind of celebrity that they were drawn to target. 

The ring was largely made up of young women who attended a continuation high school in Agoura Hills, an unincorporated area just outside Los Angeles that sits next to Malibu. Agoura is an especially affluent area where the median household income is over $108,000, compared to Los Angeles’ $56,266 median

Tamayo was different from the other girls in the ring. She lived in one of the few apartment buildings in nearby Calabasas with her family. She was elected class president and named “best smile” in the 2007 Indian Hills yearbook. And she’s an undocumented immigrant, according to Vanity Fair, citing reports from police officers. 

At her court hearing in October 2012, the Los Angeles Times noted Tamayo “shed tears as a statement was read in court, noting the potential for deportation because of the conviction.” During court proceedings, Tamayo’s lawyer also said police officials threatened her and her family with deportation if she didn’t cooperate.

Director Sofia Coppola’s new film “The Bling Ring” is based on a 2010 Vanity Fair story about Tamayo and her fellow young burglars. But Tamayo’s experience is nowhere to be seen in the film. The film’s lead roles went to two white actresses, an Asian American actress and a white male. That’s the sort of omission that would typically spur an outcry from culture watchers—Colorlines included!—whom have decried Hollywood’s long, frustrating record of whitewashing people of color from history and culture. But there’s been no uproar over Coppola’s Latino-free version of the “Bling Ring.” There’s not been the expected stream of articles and blog posts blasting the director for erasing Tamayo from the story.

Why the muted reaction? In the era of Deferred Action and comprehensive immigration reform, are we more or less interested in seeing the full range of immigrant life portrayed in popular culture? As the political debate turns on defining good immigrants vs. bad immigrants, would seeing characters like Tamayo in films be a good thing? I asked some smart people in film, who also happen to be undocumented, and the answer is, well, it’s complicated.  

“With immigration reform talks going on, I believe it’s a bit tricky because you don’t necessarily want to portray anyone bad at this moment. But at the same time not all DREAMers, not all undocumented students are top of the class people,” said Frisly Soberanis, a Tribeca Film Fellowship alumni and college student. 

“Not all DREAMers are getting full rides to school and not all DREAMers have a clean record, and that’s something that as a community we have to start emphasizing,” said Soberanis, who’s also an undocumented immigrant. “Not everyone gets the same opportunities as other people.”

But showing the complexity of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. through films and television is easier said than done.  Roles for actors of color are already scarce and when the roles make it on the screen they’re not often the fully developed roles that leave positive, lasting impressions on viewers.

National Hispanic Media Coalition study found that non-Latinos who have positive opinions about Latinos have less favorable opinions when exposed to negative entertainment or news narratives.

The study [PDF] found that after viewing just one minute of media content, people change the way they view Latinos. “When asked about Latinos’ intelligence,” the authors write, “those who consumed negative news and entertainment pieces were much more likely to rate Latinos as unintelligent, while those who consumed positive pieces were much more likely to rate Latinos as intelligent. This is only one example of many from the poll that demonstrate that media content influences peoples’ opinions about Latinos.”

Marco Galaviz, a third-year film student at New York University who was undocumented until recently, says that if we don’t talk about immigrants with criminal backgrounds, they will always be excluded from immigration reform proposals.

“I have friends who got in trouble with the law for a variety of reasons, for driving without a license or for doing something else bad,” Galaviz said. “But that doesn’t mean their rights should be taken away, that doesn’t mean they should be excluded from immigration reform.”

Galaviz believes it’s important to show characters like Tamayo’s because “it is important to show these roles, to be able to show the complexity of undocumented people that are living in the U.S.”

Galaviz says that if we’re only talking about the “hard working immigrant whose only crime was to cross a border” or the immigrant “who loves this country, never commits crimes, goes to school and becomes successful,” then “we’ve essentially eliminated any other narratives specifically for undocumented youth and undocumented older folks who have had run-ins with the law.” 

Tamayo is now working on a career in the nutrition and fitness industry, according to the L.A. Times.

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  • PoC: here's reasons why racism is bad and is affecting me and other PoC and actively stopping me from foing what I got to do
  • a white: but racism goes both ways
  • PoC: what the hell are you talking about
  • a white: I said racism goes both ways
  • PoC: well we're discussing how white supremacy is a system of oppression that has prevented people from getting jobs, turned police and military forces against us, demonized us in the media and is even getting us killed on a day basis. If you look at this chart/study/book/other academic resource-
  • a white: okay but what about the time I was twerking in the club and this black laughed at me and called me whitey
  • PoC: that sucks but that's not quite the same as a black person getting a longer sentence for committing the same crime as a white do you understand
  • a white: racism goes both ways
  • PoC: .........

If these charts don’t at least make you question the “War on Drugs”, then you are a lost cause & a shitty person.


The trial starts next week and things are getting very very ugly.


So this video started going around my facebook today, with about a dozen of my female friends sharing the link with comments like, and “Everyone needs to see this”, and “All girls should watch this,” and “This made me cry.” And I’m not trying to shame those girls! I definitely understand why they would do so. And I don’t want to be a killjoy. But as I clicked the link and started watching the video, I started to feel a slight sense of discomfort. I couldn’t put my finger on why that was, exactly, but it continued throughout the whole thing. After watching the video several more times, I have some thoughts… 

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In recent years, the quickening arrival of drills and trenchers from China and Canada has provoked a militant resistance that unites the local indigenous and campesino populations. The stakes declared and the violence endured by this battle-scarred coalition is little-known even in Ecuador, where Correa has made muscular use of state security forces in arresting activists and intimidating journalists who threaten his image as an ecologically minded man-of-the-people. This repression has only intensified in the run-up to Correa’s expected reelection on Feb. 17.


im going to reblog this everyday for the rest of my tumblr. #1


im going to reblog this everyday for the rest of my tumblr. #1

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my liberal coworkers are teaching me all kinds of things about this cool good thing called ‘diversity’.
so far from what ive gathered diversity is something that happens after you move into a Black/Latino neighborhood and then cafe shops and art galleries open up, and then most of the Black and Latino people leave, and then what is left over is called ‘diversity’. before that it is called ‘not safe’ or ‘ghetto’.

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