Monday, February 24, 2014

White People Have Gone Mad (AGAIN)

So one time in band camp I was called a racist.

I usually take these things in stride but this woman was so up in arms and clearly not the brightest bulb in the pack.  Let's start with the picture and her first comment:

Illegal Immigration started in 1492: Now let's see what is that year tied too? That's right when Columbus sailed the ocean blue. What in the hell does that have to do with her immigrant people coming through Ellis Island? NOT A THING.

But more importantly does history not teach us (now hold on people) there were NATIVE PEOPLE living here and having a grand ole time before they were invaded?  But apparently that didn't matter to our commenter because there were no LAWS. I mean none. There was an entire civilization thriving, but no laws.. OKAY BYE FELICIA!

Pay attention here because this is when it all goes FOX NEWS on me, quoting (via a google search)  a great American to let me know how foolish I was being. Thank You Abraham Lincoln as I have now seen the wrongs in my life.

Moral Law.. WHO CARES. There were no laws, Savages don't have laws.

When I asked why do we only speak about Black and Brown folks when we discuss immigration she striked! : Missy You ARE A RACIST, even though I'm the one talking about fences, illegals taking people as slaves (when did that happen?), raping women and children, and killing! Wait was Zimmerman an "illegal" cuz....

So anyway I'm a racist and I'm so ashamed. I'm going to go conquer some white people's land, make them feel bad about their skin, hair and just being, then have lunch. Whose with me?  Applications will be accepted when Black History Month ends... WAIT why is there no WHITE history month. #RACES

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It Didn't Happen To You

When I read Jen Caron's It Happened To Me on XO Jane I was immediately annoyed and offended. Not because I'm Black and have practiced Yoga for 15 years, but at the notion that Yoga belongs to a certain group because of affluence, color (read white) and weight. It is infuriating!

I have practiced with all races, sizes, financial brackets and it has never mattered because my focus during practice is MY spiritual journey. Whether at home, a new swanky studio or the gym my practice and the universe allow me to become one with those around me. There is no judgment, fat, black, poor, only bodies moving in unison to reach a spiritual level.

I practice Yoga to calm my mind.
I practice Yoga to allow my body to become one with the Universe.
I practice Yoga to create a safe space.
I practice Yoga to heal through my breathe.
I practice Yoga to relieve stress.
I practice Yoga for fun and flexibility.
I practice Yoga to commune with my ancestors.
I practice Yoga on the railroad, subway and at work because Yoga is not simply about the Asanas it's a way of living.

Something the author of this piece should really re-evaluate.

And just so Jen Carson knows there are other a black Yogis and Yoginis out here. Don't believe it go here:
Black Yogis


Friday, January 3, 2014

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Other....

I've been a dancer my entire life, at one point in my life it was all I wanted to do. For me dance was a release, it was a safe space for me to grow, shake off my shyness and not to toot my own horn but to outshine everyone around me. From jazz, ballet, pointe to dancehall, once I hit the stage/floor I would leave everything there. So when I see kids enjoying dance the way I did it makes me happy. What doesn't make me happy is all the judgmental grown ups on the Internet. The ones that stop and leave negative comments about these kids. ESPECIALLY the Black kids.

Every time a child of color dances we don't need to say the following:

* But can she read and write at her grade level
* Where are he/his parents?
* That's so sexual.
* We can't talk about little girls being overly sexualized then post videos like this!

If you've posted comments like this please drink from this chalice of STFU happily. Dance is an art form and these kids have a talent that should be nurtured.

So let's look at some dancers...Shall we!

Care to guess which video got the responses I listed above? Care to guess why? Well I'll tell you. BLACKNESS, that's why!

So to all of you judgey McJudgies, dancers like the girl dancing to Beyonce often become this

and this!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Leave It All Behind

Life has gotten the best of me again and I missed Festivus and the Airing of Grievances. I even wrote them down this time but between keeping Le Munchkin from taking over the world at the kids Christmas Party and fighting a nasty stomach virus (kids are petri dishes and parents suffer for it) I just couldn't find the time. But don't fret, there is still time for my end of the year post where I plead with you to leave all the BS in the past year.. SO here we go.

1. Celebrities: This year it feels like we've spent so much time focused on what celebrities were doing, are doing or shouldn't be doing and it's time to say no more! I won't begrudge you all of your escapism but there is so many important things going on in the world we SHOULD be focusing on. I also want people to stop blaming celebrities for their kids wayward ways. Parent your children and cut the blame game. Beyonce rocking daisy dukes, blonde weave and singing about being drunk in love ain't got a damn thing to do with your child because you control what she/he is exposed to. Michael Jordan doesn't make boys go out and fight for those sneakers, you fostering commercialism in your home does. SO STOP!

2. White People: Don't be alarmed! I'm not saying you need to cut off all the white people in your life but in 2013 white people have been making a pretty penny off victimizing people of color more openly. From the attacks on a murdered teenager to black women and their appeal to others it's been a free for all when it comes to our community. I believe these things must be challenged but I also wonder what happens after? I've been following some amazing women that challenge and then do the work. They have been a great source of strength for me and I'm grateful. In 2014, I would say let's try to stop focusing all our collective energy on how they see us and start investing that same energy in creating a better, stronger community. Challenge the BS but also work to change the narrative (as much as we can) and force the world to take notice.

3. Not Being Intelligent: Nothing irked me more this year than seeing people who are relatively smart post unintelligent comments on social media. I'm not saying you need to be a know it all but don't say stupid shit like "OH I didn't know who the Black Panther Party was" just google that shit! The Google Machine is your friend! And when you find out then share what you've learned, you can even let people know that you did a little research. Sharing your ignorance just makes me lower my specs to glare at you.

4. Policing Opinions: Everyone in the world will NOT agree with you and they have their right to their opinions and you don't have the right to police their feelings. I have watched people jump into ongoing conversations armed with nothing but their police opinion badge to tell others they are overreacting...STOP IT! This goes especially for those of you brave enough to discuss race in this country, you had better be ready for what others have to tell you and learn to disagree without the oh you're being sensitive BS that is often spewed. It's inappropriate and condescending. STOP IT

My festivus list was much longer but I'm trying to work through all that and bring the new year in on a high note. What are some negative things you'd wish people to leave behind?


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

In Look At Me News: Kanye West Is At It AGAIN

No it's not Chris Brown, though he's been acting the damn fool this week too. It's the constant seeker of attention and music industry idiot savant, Kanye West. 

I've made a point not to comment on his antics this year because look his existence is plagued with The Carters fabulous life, his diamond teeth, comedians making fun of him, million dollar tours and homes....Wait what am I talking about?  Kanye and his first world problems get no sympathy from me. Dude needs to stop trying to buy his way into the ultra white world of fashion and buy his way into the best therapist office he can find!  Kanye ain't been his mother passed and there doesn't seem to be one person in his circle patting their sofa and letting him rest his head on their shoulder. So I've looked passed his three year old behavior until today.... 

Kanye thought it was a good idea to yet again embarrass himself by speaking in public. This time he's comparing his "girl" Kim K to the FLOTUS. 

“There’s no way Kim Kardashian shouldn’t be on the cover of Vogue. She’s like the most intriguing woman right now. She’s got Barbara Walters calling her like everyday,” West told Ryan Seacrest in an interview on Tuesday.
West said that “collectively” he and Kardashian are “the most influential” couple in fashion – especially compared to President Barack Obama and the first lady.
"No one is looking at what [President] Obama is wearing," he said. "[And] Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day."
*SIGH* Seriously Kanye?
  • I'm not even going to get into him calling her his girl or that in praising her he reduced her to a booty shot on IG. 
  • I won't get into how  the only thing intriguing about Kim K is how she's made a fortune off of a sex tape. 
  • I won't lay into him about how he should strive for more than to just be influential in fashion because that is as fleeting as his current career. I JUST WON'T DO IT!
  • I refuse to speak on the fact that Kanye is comparing his reality star girl to a woman that spends her days with dignitaries from other countries, speaking to kids about health and just representing  for Black Women in a world that has deemed us Enemy Number One.
  • Or that we should be encouraging our young girls to want to be more like Michelle Obama, former corporate attorney and FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES!