Witnesses say they asked Britney why she shaved her head and her response was, “I’m tired of plugging things into it. I’m tired of people touching me.”
i can never not reblog this
T-Pain: “That was the most beautiful thing in the world. Do you know why she was shaving her head? Because it was so important to other people. She is like, “Listen. Don’t touch my hair anymore. Stop touching my hair.” People were like, “We’ve got to make your hair before you go outside. You can’t leave.” She went … “Now I don’t have hair. What you going to do?”
That was supposed to be just a quick and simple mermaid drawing, but then I did a background. What’s gotten into me?!
Fundraising For Reagan Gomez’s Webseries Surviving The Dead
If you don’t know her from Twitter via her incredible Black feminist perspectives on media, motherhood, Black culture and more, you probably remember her from the 90s Black sitcom The Parent ‘Hood, the film Carmen: A Hip Hopera, and/or as the voice of “Roberta” on The Cleveland Show. She also acts in and produced the webseries Almost Home (links: season 1, season 2), a great webseries about a Black brother and sister who pursue their dreams in the music industry and deal with the loss of their mother, while making new friends and finding love. Because I love this webseries, I am definitely interested in seeing her webseries Surviving The Dead come to fruition!
She mentioned this on Twitter about Surviving The Dead:
Our main character Shayla is a nurse. A mysterious “flu” takes over the city while she’s at work. The hospital is crazy with sick people coming in. No one knows what’s going on. Shayla has to flee the city with her younger sister Lucy. And it turns out, this “flu” is a lot more serious than anyone ever imagined. The sisters also find out their father a scientist, is somehow responsible for the virus. And he’s been kidnapped. So not only do Shayla and Lucy have to keep away from the virus AND rescue their father, the Government is now hunting them. They want Shayla and Lucy dead. Why? They have to find that out too. The two know that only their father can stop the virus. But where is he? And why are they being hunted?
That’s the premise of the show. And turns out their father was something of a survival nut, so he trained BOTH of his daughters to be able to defend themselves. Lucy is 12. When have you EVA seen a 12 year old Black girl kicking ass in the Apocalypse?
I am SO interested! She mentioned that she already put up half of the money and needs $8,500.00 more. As of the date/time of this post, they are at $1,506.00. The campaign closes October 17, 2014.
Please DONATE or signal boost if you cannot donate, so that they make their $8,500.00 goal. We need Black creators making dynamic content in a variety of genres and this is what she is doing! Please support! ❤
I know that Black creativity has saved your life many times before. I know, because I’ve seen it happen. I’ve listened as non-Black people in my communities raised on Hip Hop talked about how it was the only relatable, empowering culture they found that also educated and radicalized them as a youth. It was formational. I’ve watched people become politicized, shaping their new political identities after bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Assata Shakur, Angela Davis and Frantz Fanon. I’ve watched as folks become activist celebrities using radical ideas from Black Power and Civil Rights movements to shape programs that do not benefit Black people. I’ve watched as people make livings and loads of social capital off of DJing Black music, dancing, walking and dressing like Black people, selling the Black aesthetic to others. I’ve heard that friends use Nina Simone and Sade to sing them back from depression, Rihanna and D’Angelo to get them in the mood. So many people in my communities, lately, have been using Octavia Butler to renew their hope for radical futures. Without Black people, what would your lives be? You might be thinking, you know, it’s so much more complicated than all this, race is complex, we’re all part of the human family, etc., etc…
Black art is not free for all damaged souls. When Nina sang about strange fruit, she was talking about a lynching…of Black people. When Black rappers say Fuck the Police, they speak to a state system of lynching…Black people. Your pain and isolation, however real it may be, is not the same as being Black. Your self-adoption into hip hop and djembe drumming and spoken word, makes our art forms all about you. You, however well meaning, have stolen Black labour and invention and used it for your own purpose. It warps the medium and changes the message, the magic, the healing. From now on, consider how the cost of consuming, appropriating, regurgitating, and getting your life in multiple ways from Black art, Black culture, and Black peoples’ creative genius detrimentally impacts our lives. Being Black in an anti-black world means experiencing daily attacks that threaten our dignity, our happiness, our freedom, and often our lives; and in order to enjoy Black culture, you’re going to have to take action to help get these back.
But because Black people’s labour, language, intelligence, creativity, and survival arts have always been considered free for the taking, you probably didn’t feel ways about using it. You probably didn’t think twice. Black culture is the most pilfered, the most ‘borrowed,’ the most thieved culture, and we’ve seen this happen time and tie again.
Quote is from her essay Black Art Is Not A Free For All on Black Girl Dangerous. Read it all. Truly exquisite writing, especially as non-Black people continue to use, consume, pilfer, plagiarize and be appropriative of Black cultural production and art while simultaneously suggesting that Black culture, especially that Black American culture, does not exist.
I’ve also watched non-Black people suggest Black people contribute “nothing” to anti-oppression theory or praxis while their ENTIRE FRAMEWORK for approaching it is via Black cultural production or Black women’s epistemology.
Like…the cognitive dissonance proffered via perspectives shaped by anti-Blackness is astounding.
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