Jeralean Talley is 115 years old
the oldest living American
These are her hands when she was 113
I hope her kids, grandkids, great grandkids, whoever her family is, is taking advantage of being in the presence of living history…
Treating Black People As A Consumable Good ≠ Valuing Black Life
Black and other people who protest the extrajudicial execution of Michael Brown and protest anti-Blackness and State violence themselves brought that protest to the recent St. Louis Rams versus San Francisco 49ers game. Of course they were met with everything from indifference/annoyance to outright acts of hatred because of it. I was so proud to see them upset that space though.
There, White people, many of whom are clearly racist (I mean…just watch some of the after the game videos posted all over Instagram) consuming Black bodies (and let’s be clear, how the NFL operates has a lot to deconstruct in terms of the use of primarily Black bodies; see Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete; and discussion of Black athletes in this context is not absolution of intraracial gendered abuse/crime) as a product, a good, an entertainment, but then during the game and after the game were confronted with the reality of State-sponsored Black death and what that means for Black people in America because of the nature of anti-Blackness. And some could not deal.
It doesn’t take every White person at that game to respond as some did for racism to be real. Again, structural violence on Black people in multiple forms exist not only to the benefit of Whiteness but in part helps define Whiteness itself. Where “Black” is treated as diametrical, as the ultimate inferior. (And for the willfully obtuse thirsty for a derail, when you juxtapose intraracial crime with State violence, you’re suggesting that the type of crime that every race experiences between “citizens” becomes a reason to justify State violence on Black people, specifically. When you suggest a Black victim was “no angel” you suggest State violence is acceptable on Black people by standards only Whites can determine. Anti-Blackness.)
This thought about Whites’ response to the resistance during the game just reminds me about how I wrote about White consumption of Black culture or womanist/Black feminist scholarship is not proof of compassion or anti-racism praxis. And because of how White supremacy is socialized, there are fellow Black people who process White consumption as an “elevation” or validation of Black cultural production and think that’s something to be “flattered” by. It isn’t. Furthermore, Whites appropriating Black culture is not proof of valuing Black life. At all.
Black life is treated as non-human life and a “debatable topic.” What is a Black body but a buffet or a store or a meal or an object if the value of the experience of consuming it matters more than the intrinsic value of Black people..where only in the context of White pleasure does a Black person matter?
“Control your boy/girl.”
— A phrase of warning addressed to the more-sensible associate of someone who is behaving inappropriately or otherwise getting on one’s nerves (via blkproverbs)
Blue being the most adorable baby ever. ♥
(Source: thequeenbey, via msagyemang)
"Sometimes you’ve just got to du-rag you. This vegan leather du-rag has a tie closure at back and is unlined. Perfect with a black tee dress and slide sandals." (source: x)
i give up. this planet is not for me.
I was actually talking about this phenomenon the other day. This whole thing, along with the trend I’ve seen in SoHo/East Village/LES area for the last few months of white women wearing extremely expensive designer outfits with Nike or Adidas tall socks and sandals, represent white people grasping at anything that has touched blackness and trying to make it fashion.
Like the whole “Nike/Adidas socks and sandals” thing is mostly something black kids wear to or from playing basketball or while running errands around the neighborhood (or for black and Latina mothers to discipline their children), not a fashion statement. But white people see anything black people wear as simultaneously done for fashion, inherently stylish, inherently comedic and worthy of derision, and by definition ready for adoption and “elevation.”
These trends represent white people’s thirst to copy everything black people do, which is so deep that things don’t get looked at critically before they’re stolen.
Alternate summary: this woman has never so much as seen a wave and throwing a fake leather durag on her head’s not going to change that no matter how much you mark up the price.
This Photo Series That Shows Adorable Kids As Latino Heroes Is Challenging All The Stereotypes
It’s this lack of positive representation for latinos that photographer Eunique Jones Gibson is seeking to address with her project, "Por Ellos, Sí Podemos." Gibson photographed 31 Latino kids ages 2 to 14 for an empowering series that pays tribute both to the trailblazers who broke ground for the community and to the kids who will one day pick up the reins.
Anonymous said: This is gonna sound so stupid but what is a fuckboy? lol
- timothy over here askin’ for nudes when all u did was say hello
- connor who won’t calm down with his axe spray tryna infect ya lungs
- colin adding #420 to his bio when he smoked weed one time
- gregory mad cause u didn’t blow him after the first date
how to spot a fuckboy:
- white nike tube socks with his adidas sandals
- he wants to play 20 questions (!!!!!!!!! do not play !!!!!!!!!!! especially if there’s a “;)” involved)
- relies on his mom but doesn’t respect women
- looks like he just read one of jaden smith’s tweets in all of his selfies
- can’t find the clitoris
fuckboys come in all shapes and sizes and results may vary but when he a fuckboy…he a fuckboy…and u will know