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got sisterhood?

dc’s sister’s circle is a space for black women to meet monthly and receive love, affirmation and support. with both structural and interpersonal attacks on our well-being, building positive relationships with one another is an act of resistance.  as poet lucille clifton said, “come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed.”

all black women are welcome to join! please note our space is queer and trans* affirming. visit us on facebook for upcoming details on october’s meet up.

the only thing i’ll say about jay z and solange

the only comment i’ll make about the jay z and solange elevator ufc match was captured on saturday night live over the weekend.  maya rudolph as beyonce at the end was genius.

after much scrutiny, props to the show’s black cast for knocking this one out of the park.

quvenzhane wallis will steal your heart as annie

proving that roles traditionally played by white actresses are ours for the taking, oscar nominee quvenzhane wallis is portraying the sassy orphan annie.  she joins cameron diaz and jamie foxx in the cutest remake of the musical that you’ve ever seen.  produced by jay-z and will smith, the movie debuts christmas day 2014.

a little link love 2.20.14

1. i’m flabergasted that a florida jury allowed yet another man to murder a black teenager without a murder conviction.  i’m sickened by the constant reminder that the lives of black children are less important than those of their white counterparts.  watch as jessica williams of the daily show does a tongue and cheek run-down of white america’s omnipresent “fear goggles” that can make “four black teenagers taking a calculus test look like a scene from the wire.”

2.  yayadon’t you just love yaya alafia (nee dacosta)? i remember her season of america’s next top model and the way she schooled tyra banks on the origins of kente cloth.  the ivy league grad  is now an actress, wife and mother who was recently interviewed by michel martin on npr’s tell me more.  listen to her thoughts on her role in lee daniels’ the butler, colorism and why she calls herself an african in america.

3. have you heard the teaser to beyonce’s drunk in love remix featuring kanye?!?! it made me jump up and run around my apartment full speed — the only appropriate response when one of your favorite songs from beyonce’s new album gets better.

4.  it’s not every day that you hear an artist reference brandy, bun b, bounce music and kirk franklin as their inspirations.  in a recent interview with npr’s new r&b and hip hop show, microphone check, i fell in love with solange all over again as she rattled off a list of 90’s hip hop and r&b that only a person raised in the south can appreciate.


crips 4 christ: black folx can’t take a joke

issa rae is one of my favorite actresses.  she’s smart and absolutely hilarious — if you haven’t seen the misadventures of an awkward black girl then i suggest you go to youtube and get your life.  evolving into a media mogul, issa recently ventured into the world of satirical christian hip hop.  now i always chuckled at the idea of christian rap music, i mean it’s something about spitting 16 bars about christ that just doesn’t get at the essence of hip hop.  issa takes this idea a bit farther by creating a HA-larious song thanking jay dot cee (read jesus christ) for her exploits as a gangster.

some black folx have been up in arms about issa’s song and video, calling it disrespectful (see the comments under the video).  okay, maybe if you’re a die-hard christian, then i can see how the concept may make you uncomfortable; however, my bigger issue is that black people just don’t seem to understand satire.   if we can laugh at tyler perry’s meet the browns, a blatant play upon negative stereotypes, then we can certainly find the humor in the paradoxical idea of issa rae as a christ-loving-crip-walking rapper who throws up the cross as her gang sign.  i can’t be the only black person who goes to church once a month that finds this funny…