what do black people text about?
Life's Disciple: tell me why when i look up clam nigger incident on google, chris brown breaking windows comes up?
Life's Disciple: I'm done with this world. So very done. i can't tell if this black history month has been exceptionally awful or if it is always this bad and i've just changed?
negrosunshine: nah, i think this one has gone cray cray. I blame The Help
Life's Disciple: I concur wholemuthafuckin heartedly. fuck that movie. fuck the oscars. and fuck keri hilson!
*keri hilson has nothing to do with the help... we just share a mutual hate of her mediocrity.
“Be the Help” Campaign & Black Disappearance among... →
author: Tamara K. Nopper source: bandung1955.wordpress.com “In sum, Black disappearance, then, is more than the numerous missing Black bodies never recovered but definitely missed by relatives, friends, and lovers. It is also the attempt to absorb African American critiques and political opposition to anti-Black racism in politics and pop culture” (emphasis mine).
jeromeiznice asked: Your thoughts on Keeling's "Poetry from the future"?
Of Ambivalence: The Help, Obama, and the Ultimate... →
author: Omar Ricks source: thefeministwire.com
Lauryn Hill, “To Zion” (rehearsal),...
Anonymous asked: you look so cute, i just wanna see your pretty lil face
an aberration? no. just black queer living
830pm: text from coworkers, “come meet us at Uncle Fatty’s in Lakeview” contemplates to self, shall i pry myself away from this bottle of wine and book to do something social? uncle fatty’s in lakeview? that will be very hetero and very white. i suppose i can suck it up (no queer pun intended) and make a night of it. 9:15pm: standing in shower speaking with self and...
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lightofthespring-deactivated201 asked: Where in the world would you most like to travel to/visit? Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
America’s racial regime works best in blackface– Professor Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, University of Chicago talk (02/23/11): “The Invisible Weight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday Life in Contemporary America”
do you have the time?
so i pull up to the gas station to put some air in my tire. i run into a brother named toussaint. so the day is going well. if you dont know who toussaint is. look it up. quickly. if the revolution happened to bust out right then and there. at least i was with a brother whose name would imply he was ready to get loose. i digress. im walking up to the cashier to tell him to turn the air on. and...
Anonymous asked: who are your favorite musicians?
sooo0oo000, ima drink Smart Water for the rest of...
do i spy idris elba in slightly too tight pants? lawwwwd, jesus, yes. hallowed be thy name! hallowed be thy name! do i spy idris elba in a form fitting v-neck and leggings?
Anonymous asked: Do you think homosexuality is choice? Do you think some individuals actually choose to be gay?
random thoughts: Jeremy Lin and (a Peculiar) Black...
im opening this up for discussion, and perhaps for someone else to pick up the thought and run with it (talk about it in your community organizing circles, write an article, or make some art). An idea has been circling around in my head now for the past few days, and i can’t find the energy to actually do the research needed and write the article it deserves. And that is not a laziness nor...
Back to Basics, a series of doodles by...
negrosunshine, “PETA” 2012 negrosunshine, “Ryan, why don’t you show us where you come from?” negrosunshine, “gay is the new black” 2012 negrosunshine, “gay is the new black, 2” 2012 negrosunshine, “i didn’t know black women could be raped.” 2012 negrosunshine, “oh, but i don’t see color”...
3am sense-making thoughts of a Black queer
as my family slowly but surely becomes at ease with my queer identity, i realize i can start conceptualizing my ‘love sacred ceremony’ with a majority of my family in attendance (no longer just my younger aunts, uncles, and cousins). and as i settle into the idea, i’m not sure i’m okay with everyone being so comfortable. so, in effort of queering it up just a bit more and...
‘We Don’t Have Anything to Call Our Own Yet’:...
The recent surge of media coverage on New York Knicks overnight sensation Jeremy Lin has been an almost Cinderella story (replacing pretty-white-poor-female, with handsome-skilled-Asian-men’s basketball player). And though his success on the court is undoubtedly due to his athletic abilities, the narrative painted for him on the sidelines (and beyond) has brought to light the complex issue of...
my father and i used to hate each other, now we...
dad: do the gays celebrate valentine's day?
negrosunshine: not the single ones.
dad: oh. and how is that going for you?
negrosunshine: if i could marry this bottle of wine i would.
dad: well, i voted no on 8
i am a black queer writer activist revolutionary. this act of writing is forging my meditation into an archive of resistance. it is my most intimate, if not my only intimate, space. the merging of black queer writer activist revolutionary dictates, shapes, and precedes the relationships i develop, ways i speak, and positions i take. the way i see and interact with the world is unique, and this act...
that awkward moment when...
you’ve gone downstairs to 7/11 to buy a slurpee and cookies to properly mourn the passing of whitney. and on your way back up, you happen to share an elevator ride with the cute neighbor from downstairs. now you feel crunchy as hell because you came out the house wearing rainboots, sweat pants, a ratty sweatshirt, and scarf, with no items of clothing matching in color or style. you wonder,...
the private lament of a would-be home-wrecker if...
if it wasn’t completely antithetical to keeping it cool and normal between us……..i’d write you a valentine poem, and make it real sweet……..i’d deliver it on tuesday, or perhaps monday and sign it ‘anonymous’ after the beat………though you and i, and only you and i, know its not so secret, or at least one i could...
Bastard Song (for H.F.)
Since I am neither truly one, nor really true the other, Can you not see that I must be the third-the first two’s brother? For it is true I am not black and just as true not white, But when the day gives sudden way, dusk stands ‘tween it and night And dusk is just as true a thing as either night or day And if the dusk smells faint of musk, turn not its scent away- Night perfumes dusk’s...
negrosunshine and withrevolutionarycries
*earlier today i posted a critique of viola davis, octavia spencer, and tavis smiley. @withrevolutionarycries responded to my post with a critique of my argument. i responded back, and per her request i open the dialogue up to the...
the above video clip is viola davis and octavia spencer being interviewed by tavis smiley the plight of the Black artist is truly a unique struggle. and though this video will most likely be categorized as a conversation (or heated debate) within the “African American community” about representations of blackness; i struggled listening to Viola, Octavia, and Tavis search for ground on...
Canon Fodder: ‘The Girl Who Fell From the Sky’ and... →
abolitionista: Baseball. Apple pie. Buying items in bulk. Buffets. All help create Americana, that itchy, dry-clean only fabric that bonds even the most disparate of us. As fixated as Americans are with the aforementioned, perhaps no pastime has been more consistent than toeing, monitoring, and often crossing the color line. Heidi W. Durrow’s first novel, The Girl Who Fell from the...
negrosunshine on 'gay is the new black'
when i hear critiques of “gay is the new black,” sometimes i feel the critique actually misses the frightening truth of the statement. “gay is the new black,” imagines a celebratory ending to black struggle, while also erasing the peculiar position of being black and “gay” in this society. it eliminates the possibility of intersectional analysis proffering a...
what do black people text about?
negrosunshine: i spy two white people in popeyes who ordered a twenty piece for dine-in
lifedisciple: shiiiiit. you should grab that twenty piece, run out, and scream, "REPARATIONS!!!"
negrosunshine: perhaps i will, but i was thinking, "IN HONOR OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH!!!"
black people talking
im finding it hard to concentrate in my coffee shop today. a duo of (very beautiful) black women are sitting next to me having a wonderful conversation. the kind of conversation where all those involved are glowing and eagerly intrigued with what the other person is saying. the type of conversation where ive paused the music i was playing, continue to write and read, but catch little bits here and...
provokingnaught asked: I was listening to NPR one day and a panel was discussing the Occupy Movement. One panelist was asked what cause ought the youth of today focus on most, since even with the Occupy Movement there seems to be little focus. He said the injustices of the American prison system. What are your thoughts?
Anonymous asked: What are some of the books that are most important to you?
wrcsolace asked: list 10 songs that would be on your next sex mixtape, (if i've already asked you this before--or just because) name three of physical attributes that you find consistently sexy on people
i think we need a new word for radical. folks go around saying it, like its...– Whitney Shepard, on the recent ruling of proposition 8 as unconstitutional; and sparked by negrosunshine’s quest for more radical Black queer thought and activism. (i thank the brave few writing and organizing across the country)
thinking aloud 6: sexual violence and the art of...
at the panel last night (on the social construction of sexual violence) i was getting a bit frustrated with the white man on the panel who dominated the conversation. it wasn’t necessarily that he was talking too much per say, more that his smug sense of self importance irked me, especially since he had the most to offer in the way of getting at how we confront perpetrators of sexual...
CA rules Prop 8 unconstitutional...
*raises eyebrow* *looks at screen* great, now middle and upper class white queer people can be just like middle and upper class white people. middle and upper class queer people of color can keep on acting like they’re just like middle and upper class white queer people. and the rest of us can continue on struggling. *rolls over, pulls sheets over head, clutches pillow* no 50% chance my...
ive never done this gif thing before, but the...
on friday i went to the dusable to hear a panel on Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. Hortense Spillers was one of the speakers. The entire 16 minutes she spoke, I was like… (that would be paradigms shifting) after the panel, i went up to her, introduced myself, fumbled my words around as i nervously asked her a question. she began a response, shook my hand and then i was like… ...
Listening to African Queers by Gukira →
fyeahafrica: A few weeks ago, I broke a longstanding personal rule and left a comment on a mainstream, very popular, award-winning U.S. gay blog. A long string of comments by mostly gay men (if web identities count for anything) supported the U.K.’s decision to consider sexual rights in granting aid. Many of the commentators condemned not simply homophobia and transphobia in Africa, but African...
toward a self-analysis: police television, the...
im known among my close friends as a cop-show obsessed individual. i’ve long had a soft spot in my heart for Law & Order, even back when i was kid and didn’t really know what was going on, i would watch it as my mom watched it. i would lay at the foot of her bed (silently, hoping she would’t send me to my room since it was usually past my bed-time) and we would watch...
that moment when...
a girl walks past you on the train and you glance at her as she walks by, then suddenly realize the boy across from you was watching her too and is now staring at you in a kind of bonding moment (male gaze at the female body). and all you can think is: oh no sir, i was checking out her boots, while you were staring at her booty.
because (good) house music saves lives. come on...
one of my favorite moments in music
hearing georgia anne muldrow rip something new in the first one minute and forty-five seconds of “Master Teacher,” then Erykah’s melodic and enchanting sound comes floating in with a repeat of the same message ‘i have longed to stay awake, a beautiful world im trying to find…” And right as i think i cant get any more relaxed, funked out, and lost in the groove,...
Anonymous asked: what do you think of transpeople?
Anonymous asked: you overall seem to be an angry person. is that accurate?
jcoleknowsbest asked: What has been the hardest(physically, emotionally, etc) thing for you to write about?
poemsofthedead-deactivated20120 asked: What is your "bliss" or greatest passion? Are you following it? If not, why? If yes, what has been the greatest reward/joy in being able to do so? (That's not too complicated on wine-and-laptop-Thursday-night, is it? LOL)
floranova-deactivated20120826 asked: How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
thinking aloud 5: a segregated city
when folks talk to me about the transit system in chicago i cringe. if you digested whole-heartedly the chatter, you would be led to believe you were for sure going to be robbed, and just might get killed if you step foot on ANY of the ‘L’ lines. and it is quite funny the dissonance in consensus on the violence of each line. Red, Blue, Green, Pink, Orange, Brown all have been deemed a...