[I started writing a personal post about a beer, a bath & a book
but then I thought
lol who gives a shit. Tumblr is for famous people, dog pix & out of context quotes
& certain butts
man…. shut the fuck up. Tumblr is way too big a part of my life than it rightly should be, but what gets you followers or pushes them away shouldnt fucking matter. Post what you want because you want to. And don’t whine that it isn’t popular just for existing.
Oh, no I didn’t mean I had a problem with not having popular posts. Is that how that came off? I meant more that I don’t think this is probably the right venue for me to post personal stuff. I can’t ignore the fact that I have an audience & sometimes I feel fuckin weird about it.
Trans women of color are magical, powerful, skilled and wise, yet there is still no international network for us. This network gathering will change that.
We still have $13,978 to meet our fundraising goal and just over two weeks. Please help us meet this goal. In organizing this network gathering, it’s been clear to me why this is so historic and important, why I’ve never heard of a gathering like this before (and please correct me if I’m wrong about that), it’s because so many trans women of color are struggling with multiple oppressions. The coordinators of this gathering are all making an intense personal effort in difficult times to make this happen. We realize that this won’t happen unless we can fund most of the travel costs for participants in this gathering.
If you believe that trans women of color and non-binary trans feminine people of colour as well, which includes, but isn’t limited to, people of colour who identify as bakla, hijra, fa’fafine, third gender, genderqueer, should have a day to meet each other face to face and imagine our collective futures, then please donate, ask your friends to donate, and help us spread the word.
If you believe in the visionary politics of the Allied Media Conference that starts by listening, proceeds by assuming our power instead of our powerlessless and creates a space for imagining the future, then ask yourself who gets to imagine the future and why, and help us bring more trans women of color into the conversation.
And lastly, if you want to help us build a network of connected trans women of color who will work for all oppressed people’s liberation by working for their own, then help make that network a reality by donating, asking your friends and organizations to donate and spreading the word everywhere!
“Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.”—bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions (via strawberry063)
She considered this now, from a bed on the floor of her father’s finished basement. After the first night they’d moved the mattress from the old pull-out couch to the floor because it felt like sleeping on a mouse trap.
“When you are young, you can’t assign a name to it, this thing, this ‘depression.’ You think it is just a part of life, something that comes along with breathing and aging and carrying a heavy mammal brain. Left untreated the first bout of depression will usually lead to another several years down the road. From there the half-life continues to decrease until a handful of minutes is all that stands between the dawn and the dusk of a depressive episode. For me, I am old enough now that there are no longer horizons on which to seek shelter. It just comes on, a quickly spreading net of thoughts and inaction. There is no refuge, no chance to turn back. It just comes.”—Trace Ramsey, Quitter #7 (via wearepioneerspress)
The romance industry conflates finding love with looking a certain way, and it’s hard even for the strongest of us not to internalize messages about the way we look. And worse, these messages are normalized. Just think of things people say when they are getting ready to date someone: ‘He’s cute,’ ‘He’s short,’ ‘He’s kind of chubby,’ ‘He’s tall and fine.’ Or men: ‘I prefer slender girls,’ ‘I’m not really into fat girls,’ ‘I prefer Asian chicks,’ and on and on. It is completely acceptable to say the most appalling things about the way people look when it comes to dating, and if someone is called out for it, their opinion becomes a matter of ‘preference.’
What gets ignored in calling this level of categorization ‘just preference’ is a history and culture of mainstream advertising that impacts our psychology, causing us to actually want to respond to certain things over others. It’s hardly a coincidence that people are attracted to images of femininity that have been beaten into their psyches….We are taught to prefer certain things over others, and when we repeatedly see the same exaggerated images of femininity and masculinity, we internalize a specific standard of beauty and begin to strive for it unconsciously. Considering the exaggerated nature of these kinds of images, preference is not really a ‘preference’; it is more like a culturally sanctioned fetish.”—
Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Outdated: Why Dating Is Ruining Your Love Life (via o8x)
"Considering the exaggerated nature of these kinds of images, preference is not really a ‘preference’; it is more like a culturally sanctioned fetish."
They refuse to let Native voices go unheard any longer.
You’ve likely heard Angel Haze, the insanely smooth, mixed-race indigenous rapper, spitting lyrics from your speakers. The uber-talented 22-year-old MC might be one of the best known Native names in hip hop today (she even speaks Tsalagi, a Cherokee dialect), but she’s part of a larger, thriving First Nations underground music scene, in which men and women are using their rhymes to tell the stories of lives often unseen and voices often unheard.
Hip-hop remains a vehicle for many people of color to share their experiences and incite change, and there’s a certain strand of political and social commentary running through Native hip-hop in particular. This might be because our communities can be hyper-aware of the ways in which we interact with government. Or because we’re faced with so many questions regarding legitimacy — like who’s “native enough,” and who receives federal recognition. Or because we’re grappling with issues of cultural survival as our language and traditions die out. Or maybe it’s just because, as independent musicians, there is more room to voice controversial opinions and experiment with sounds.
With so many musicians rumbling deep underground about environmental policies, poverty, life on the reservation, elders, legacy and generally hustlin’, it’s a wonder we haven’t heard their noise all around the globe.
1. Frank Waln
Sicangu Lakota and member of the hip-hop group Nake Nula Waun, Frank Waln is one of the most outspoken young rappers in the indigenous music scene today. His song “Oil 4 Blood” takes a political stance on the Keystone XL pipeline controversy, which embroiled indigenous groups in a political battle when it became clear the TransCanada oil pipeline would need to run under Native lands.
Waln raps over a trippy beat:
My ancestors studied numbers and astrology / Lakota philosophy / Keep them haters off of me / Keystone XL you smell like an atrocity / To my home and my ancestors I am loyal / Build that pipeline and I’m burning down your oil
Supaman, also known as Christian Takes the Gun Parrish, told NPR in 2011 that the stories voiced through Compton’s gangsta rap weren’t far off from life on the reservation: “Hip-hop was talking about the ghetto life, poverty, crime, drugs, alcohol, teen pregnancy; all that crazy stuff that happens in the ghetto is similar to the reservation life. We can relate to that.”
Since that 2011 interview, Supaman has continued to make music that speaks to the indigenous experience. Just last week he released “Prayer Loop Song” onto YouTube, mixing regalia, flute music, beat boxing and rap to create an ingenious and danceable bit of socially-conscious hip-hop.
I wasn’t furnished / With language and traditional ways of my peeps / Yeah, I used to feel like I wasn’t truly indigenous / Now I say miigwech gichi-manidoo / For showing me my true roots, definitely Native
Take responsibility for being educated / My people and customs originating from early phases / Of history, it’s deeper than fry bead / And contest pow-wows, tears shed in the sweat lodge
The recognition of his roots and the call for education in traditional and historical ways is a political act, as indigenous groups all around the world have been systemically targeted, marginalized and silenced. The chorus of “Prayers in a Song” is the perfect act of defiance: It’s a prayer in his traditional tongue.
4. JB the First Lady
Canadian aboriginal rapper and beat boxer, JB the First Lady, calls her music “political but positive.” Her sound is easily mainstream and speaks overwhelmingly to a woman’s experience, regardless of racial and cultural lines. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t also out there protesting and singing traditional songs.
This four person group from New Brunswick dropped their undeniably catchy debut last June. Their sound is reminiscent of Los Angeles’ grittier urban hip-hop, easily mainstream and full of the ego and heavy bass lines that make a great rap album. They may not be calling out oil companies or land developers, but they’re drawing attention to modern Native experiences in the city; it’s not all about fancy dress and tribal drums, and most indigenous people are living the urban hustle.
Reddnation disbanded in 2013, but for years they were creating Native-focused music and using hip-hop to call people to political action. Their song “Take a Stand” specifically sheds light on environmental concerns many have regarding the potential sale and development of Native lands, and the continuation of environmentally-unsound practices that affect their communities’ cultural survival.
MC Madjikal opens the track with a straightforward call to action:
Time to rise up, take a stand / To protect the children, protect the land / Protect those waters and everything in it / Because another government is changing minute by minute
7. Miss Christie Lee/Crunch
An aboriginal woman and rapper, Miss Christie Lee became known in underground hip-hop circles for her track, “Experience,” whose lyrics are almost entirely in her Musqueam dialect. As Lee explains to the Vancouver Courier, what makes the song so powerful is the fact the Musqueam language was nearly in the grave before elders worked to revitalize its use among youth. It’s only through young adults like Lee and their pursuit of linguistic and cultural studies, that Native tongues are still being heard in areas of North America today.
“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.”—Angela Davis - from a lecture delivered at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. February 13th, 2014. (via ninjaruski)
“It turns out procrastination is not typically a function of laziness, apathy or work ethic as it is often regarded to be. It’s a neurotic self-defense behavior that develops to protect a person’s sense of self-worth.
You see, procrastinators tend to be people who have, for whatever reason, developed to perceive an unusually strong association between their performance and their value as a person. This makes failure or criticism disproportionately painful, which leads naturally to hesitancy when it comes to the prospect of doing anything that reflects their ability — which is pretty much everything.”—
I’ve posted this before but I’m posting it again because it’s just so important and really gets at the heart of why so much advice about procrastination, much of it targeted at people who have ADHD but are just considered “lazy,” fails. Before you can tell someone to “just do it already,” you need to think about the reasons they’re NOT doing it, like all the meanings they’ve attached to vague terms like “success” and “failure.”