Not even the never-ending battles for control of oil, precious metals and human cargo is new news. 1984-style monitoring was a) already predicted b) ongoing across several previous administrations (it’s a major plot point on The Americans and their timeline is the 1980’s). When we discussed the perils of making a martyr out of a criminal, I warned of the future blow-back where the plight of an actual innocent would be sullied.
Nope, while you were sleeping some vested interests
enemies are steadily challenging or chipping away at hard-fought power balances. The Voting Rights Act is being “adjusted” before our eyes. The Supreme Court left Section 5 standing, but now Congress will be allowed to update the formula determining which states need pre-clearance. States with a history of discrimination are required to obtain approval prior to making any changes to voting laws in their jurisdictions. While it isn’t 1965 there were a record number of voter intimidation and suppression cases during the 2012 election cycle.
On another note, Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) was tossed and the Court refused to hear Prop 8 at all. You know the aftermath of Prop 8 will go down in infamy. From an activist Mormon church with tax-exempt status spending millions to sway politics in another state, to the tiniest percentage of voters being blamed revealing the true lack of solidarity coming on the heels of a historic Presidential election, the repercussions are still being felt.
Continue reading “I Know It’s Hard To Believe, But There Is More At Stake Than Defending Paula Deen, What KimYe Named Their Baby Or The Weekend Box Office.”
There’s a Twitter account named White Feminist that uses satire to expose racism according to the Editorial staff. I heard about it because Cosmopolitan magazine wrote a positive review about it (humph) and it showed up on the blog’s Twitter feed last week.
Here’s a gem of a sample of what awaits you:
#FathersDay because it’s blatantly #racist. Many #SistersOfColour don’t know who their father is, so please #HaveSomeRespect
Hmm…where have we seen satire/parody unveiled with regards to racism that has successfully combated it?
I can’t think of one example. Can you?
You can’t because there isn’t one.
HIPSTER RACISM = REGULAR RACISM.
Continue reading “Satire Account “White Feminist” Is Meant To Expose Racism..But May Perpetuate It Instead”
Thank you to the awesome women who’ve connected via social media. So many reached out to offer kind words, encouragement and practical solutions when I wrote about an issue I’m trying to resolve.
On a separate (but cohesive) note, I’ve been exploring the connection between Mind/Body/Spirit but haven’t quite come to terms with what being “positive” really means (as opposed to magical thinking and shirking responsibility), how to create an effective and satisfactory spiritual practice and what I’ll call “Life Accessibility” to achieve a measurable happiness threshold.
Continue reading “The Process Of Building Faith, Hope, Love & Trust”
Did I catch the long tail of anti-black woman gendered racism from non-blacks reaching its peak? Or is there an increased awareness due to the extended social justice efforts of BWE that the lifestyle changes have spurred an even bigger cultural shift than we’ve realized?
Between recent coverage of Majora Carter, Dr. Dambisa Moyo oh and the pushback against the ongoing everyday assault on black women within the dead black community aka Blackistan, we’re witnessing an unprecedented number of attacks…but are they more likely to be recognized with more countermeasures in place?
The aggression may still occur, but it is not business as usual! The discrepancy between those demanding back women do this, cater to that, respond with “x” and serve their purposes without respect or reciprocity are over.
Continue reading “Despite The Blatant “Open Season” Disrespect, Many Black Women ARE Setting Boundaries!”
Access matters! We’re so lucky here in the United States and other Western countries to be able to use computers in public spaces like the local library and have so many open wifi hotspots.
While I don’t think it wise to dismiss the ongoing talk of a digital divide, we shouldn’t be so quick to feel defeated either. Women in developing nations tend to have less access and more barriers. Economic upheavals in the West also necessitate finding ways to stay above water in different ways than merely relying on a shifting status quo. Nothing beats having your own personal computer and 24/7 internet access that’s portable, affordable and reliable.
It’s rural access for residents in outlying areas that will become the biggest challenge in the “wealthy” countries. While “urban” users do have challenges, many times it comes down to priority versus convenience. Looking at the comparison of conditions for women across regions certainly helps bring perspective to barriers, entitlement and expectations.
An organization created the infographic (view after the jump), while Pew Internet released it’s latest research findings mid-February. In case you think this is data heavy let me share two key areas of interest. First, as of December 2012, 71% of women polled use social networking sites. Second, Blacks (and Latinos) are its biggest users. Facebook is the most widely used social networking site. Between lead generation for growing companies, to funneling support for lifestyle movements, to connecting without borders now is the time to create and capitalize on opportunities!
Continue reading “Infographic On Women’s Use Of The Internet Around The Globe”
Be Like “Cindy”!!
Early readers of Acts of Faith In Love & Life will remember how well my post on re-examining the Cinderella mythos, Cinderella: Guerilla Training Manual resonated with so many of you. I’ve debated how to expound on its theme of empowerment and due to the requirements of building this forum (not to mention my own growth and pursuit of key interests), I needed time to weigh my options.
If you go over that essay, you’ll notice how much the landscape has changed for the better since it was originally published. Which was the point! The BWE social justice initiative was successfully integrated into the fabric of modern black society, whether it is accepted by the masses or not. The result of which we see by the added knowledge base of individual black women choosing to expand their “realities” by increasing opportunities in higher-standard living. As well as by taking note of the infiltrators, traitors and opportunists who try to refute, misdirect or marginalize key messaging.
Continue reading “The Cinderella Experience Is Yours”
Perhaps because I’m observing some rather dense interpretations amongst certain women who miss the forest from staring a tree leaves, it poses a question (legit or false) about our place in society and free agency. Does the legality of Marriage Equality granted to same gender-loving people negatively impact hetero couples? Does telling single black women to seek out viable partners regardless of race prevent two people from the same ethnic group from being together?
How does marriage between consenting adults open the possibility for legalized incest between an adult and a minor (or a father and adult son as actor Jeremy Irons recently asked)? Will an open marriage between a couple of different genders negate a monogamous one between others? There are inherent norms, assumed positions and things people do — but don’t talk about. Then there’s wholly dysfunctional, abnormal, exploitative, manipulative actions under the guise of “matter of fact”. Then there’s lying to yourself and others about less than stellar circumstances and acceptance of mediocrity.
Then there are things that fall under the realm of I don’t have to agree with it, but I don’t need to oppose it either.Juvenile antics are the anti-thesis of wise actions, yet without a learning curve we’d miss opportunities for growth. Some people love to blame, some want greed or messages controlled by a few to prevail. Where are your are allies, opportunities and obstacles? Continue reading “What SOCIETY Do You Want To Be A Part Of?”
I just heard Lillian Lopez, the lead singer of the disco-era group Odyssey passed away. I don’t think I need to mention the power of the influence of art forms like music. This song definitely encouraged my desire to live in Manhattan when I listened to it as a child.
Continue reading “Universal Laws Do Apply Whether We’re Aware Or Not”
Here’s a few things to consider as we continue to move into a higher plane of consciousness, raising the bar for our expectations:
Is it conceivable during an election year, where a sitting President is running for a second term to ignore a gathering at the largest Civil Rights organization in the country? Was there some nuclear bomb crisis or death in the family we weren’t aware of?
Can you think of any other MAJOR ORGANIZATION, GATHERING or GROUP the President would have dismissed so easily? Especially one where his OPPONENT attended? I don’t care that Romney is being reported to have flailed. The NAACP invited him. He knew he’d be appearing before an unenthusiastic and skeptical crowd [if not outright hostile]. He went anyway.
Continue reading “So Mitt Romney Decided To Attend The NAACP Convention But Obama Didn’t. Thoughts?”
I was catching up on posts at Newbies Guide To Publishing and noted how another author contemplated the decision to leave his corporate career to write full-time. Read the entire guest post by Jude Hardin and Joe’s response. There are certain things that are advised to be put in place before taking huge leaps. Of course, you can always chose to do something you feel strongly about regardless.
The question is should you?
Continue reading “Wanna Know What Taking A Calculated Risk Looks Like?”