Hi, I live in an area that is under a shelter-in-place order due to COVID-19. A few of my friends have been inviting me to activities that violate …#1261: “Scripts for Shelter-In-Place Peer Pressure.”
How is everyone holding up? Well, I hope. And for those who are not, you have my deepest sympathy, and hope that things get better for you.
I’m writing this, because like everyone else, I’ve been watching too much Youtube, and was given the advice to treat this event like a diary moment, because it might actually be helpful, at some future time, when we experience this again.
Like many of us I am sheltering at home. I’m feeling okay, after a mild cold, and my allergies aren’t kicking my ass as hard as they were last week. Trust me, it is a very unique feeling, during a global pandemic, trying to convince people you don’t have the virus, while issuing multiple sneezes!
Don’t worry about me. Unlike many others, I am not having financial difficulties. I have not lost my job, just kind of sidelined for the moment. I’m a civil service worker, so none of us are allowed to go to work, but we are at least being paid. I am sickened by my nation’s political response to this event though, but in truth, I expected no better. They have taken every opportunity, in the past three years, to show their stupidity, greed, and incompetence, so it’s not a surprise they’re not handling this event well. At least we know better not to rely on them for anything, and take care of each other, and ourselves, on our own.
I live in a city that’s a little over 60% black, and for a number of reasons, the pandemic has not hit us as hard. Yet! Reasons like, most of us actually are sheltering in place, and by sheltering, I mean actually staying in the house. When I do go out, I have seen people standing the correct distances in the store, and wearing gloves and masks. I don’t know if this is a surprise to people, (why would it be?), but most black people have a really healthy fear of getting any kind of illness, and we actually do care about each other’s well being, even if we sometimes say we don’t, so most of us are actually are following proper precautions.
I do have to take my mother to dialysis, three times a week, so I get to see how empty the streets are, and after the initial flurry of shopping activity, the stores are mostly empty of people, and have restocked. I’m not allowed to go inside the Dialysis center lobby, the way I used to, though. It’s not safe, since everyone there has compromised immune systems, except for the tech workers. Everyone there, including the patients, wear masks, and gloves.
Yes, I take precautions when shopping, which I do once a week. Mum and I pick one store, (we used to go to multiple stores), we wear gloves and masks, and we have found Lysol and Clorox wipes to be of immeasurable help. I used to let my mum come in the store with me, but we’ve instituted a policy of her not accompanying me at all (to which she strenuously objects), or waiting for me in the car, while I suit up and go inside, after which I follow all the precautions for disinfection, before I get in the car.
I am writing things, but very, very slowly. It’s weird. It’s like I’m recuperating my energy from something. I spend a lot of time asleep. No, it’s not anxiety sleep. I actually feel very sleepy, so I’m taking it. Other than that, and catching up on my Netflix, I’ve been knitting like a fiend. I’ve already finished a hat and scarf for my mum, am working on a couple of sweaters, and planning a scarf and hat set for me and a co worker, should I see her again.
I’m not gonna tell you my plans about posting, because I just know it’s gonna go out the window, on a whim. Whatever posts I finish first will be published. I do have several long form posts, I’m working on. (For some reason, you guys actually seem to like my long winded diatribes about pop culture, more than my reviews!)
I hope all of you are well, and that your loved one are well, that you are sheltering in place, and maintaining your mental health, as well. Remember, when you get discouraged, that we do this not for ourselves, but for our loved ones, and other peoples loved ones. Those of you experiencing difficulties, I cannot, in any concrete way, help you, but I can send virtual hugs, and perhaps my little sillinesses and frivolities, can distract you from your troubles, for a brief moment.
Be well! Stay Safe!
Even if you’re disappointed to have yet another old white guy as president, even if you’re angry that Bernie (or Warren, or Kamala, or anyone else) isn’t getting the nomination, even if Biden was never your choice, he is still light years ahead of the malignant orange tumor sitting on the WH steps for the past four years.
Please read this:
Are they absolutely everything we want immediately? Maybe not. Are they a solid Democratic agenda anyway? Yes they are. Are they better than Trump?
His Violence Against Women plan is lengthy, detailed, and pays specific attention to violence against Native, lesbian and bisexual, low-income, disabled, rural, transgender (especially trans women of color) immigrant, domestic abuse victims, and other vulnerable women. He calls for replacing and expanding Obama-era policies and funding for campus sexual assault programs that DeVos trashed, and for providing money for culturally specific services that are sensitive to the diverse backgrounds of survivors. He also notes that sexual assault, while it predominantly affects women and girls, needs to be taken seriously and addressed for people of all gender identities.
His gun safety plan is forceful and lays out several steps for banning assault weapons, taking existing weapons from offenders, closing gun purchase background check and other legal loopholes, addressing the intersection between domestic violence and weapons ownership, and reducing or eliminating weapons and ammunition stockpiling.
His plan for tackling climate change and creating green jobs is also lengthy. He makes the connection between economic, environmental, and racial justice. He pledges to immediately rejoin the Paris Agreement and restore American leadership on the issue in pushing for even stronger climate standards, make climate change a central part of our trade, international, and justice goals, demand a worldwide ban on fossil fuel subsidies and tax breaks (!!!) and if the Green New Deal is passed, to sign it, as well as for the U.S. to achieve 100% clean energy and zero percent net emissions by 2050.
His healthcare plan is decent. It offers an immediate public option for all Americans regardless of private, employer, or no coverage, and generous new tax credits to put toward the cost of coverage. It strongly protects abortion rights and federal funding for Planned Parenthood, as well as rescinding the “gag rule” that prevents U.S. federal aid money from being used to provide or even talk about abortions in NGOs abroad. It attacks generic and drug price gouging. It calls for doubling the capital gains tax on the super-wealthy (from 20% to 39.5% paid on capital gains by anyone making over $1 million) to help fund healthcare reform. He also has a separate plan on the opioid crisis in America, and on older Americans and retirement, including the protection and re-funding of Medicare and Social Security.
His immigration plan is lengthy and detailed. He apologizes for and acknowledges the excessive deportation that occured during the Obama-Biden administrations, pledges to do better, and attacks Trump’s current inhumane acitivities on every front. The policy of children in cages, indefinite detention, the metered asylum system, and the Muslim Ban are gone on day one. In this and his LGBTQ plan, he notes the vulnerability of LGBTQ refugees, incuding LGBTQ refugees of color. He proposes streamlining of visa applications and prioritizing the immediate reunification of families. It also specifically states that ICE and CBP agents will be held directly accountable for inhumane treatment.
Speaking of which, his LGBTQ plan is comprehensive. It pays attention to multiple intersectional issues, down to the high rates of incarceration among trans people of color. (He also notes the rates of violence against trans women of color particularly.) He calls for a complete ban on conversion therapy and the discrimination against HIV-status individuals, as well as removing the ban on blood donation from gay and bisexual men. He will remove the transgender military ban immediately. He calls for funding for mental health and suicide prevention among LGBTQ populations.
His plan to empower workers calls for raising the federal minimum wage to $15, as well as indexing this to median hourly wages to ensure that working-class and middle-class wages grow closer to parity, and implementing strong legal protections for unions. He expresses support for striking workers and to empower the National Labor Relations Board in workplace advocacy. Farmworkers, domestic workers, gig economy workers, and other non-traditional labor groups are included in this. He will restore all Obama-Biden policies related to workplace safety and regulation.
His plan to restore American dignity and leadership in the world calls for immediately investing in election security and reform, restoration of the Voting Rights Act, immediately restoring White House press briefings and other Trump refusals of information, tackling criminal justice reform and systematic racial discrimination, calling for campaign finance reform, and basically blowing up all the stupid things the Trump administration does on a daily basis. It also calls for an end to all ongoing wars in the Middle East, restoring the Iran nuclear deal, and new arms control treaties with Russia, among general repairing of international alliances.
His plans for K-12 education and post-high school education call for greatly expanded funding across all levels of 2-year, 4-year, and other educational options. There will be no student loan payments for anyone making under $25,000 a year; everyone else will pay a capped amount and be completely forgiven after a certain period. Public servants qualify for up to $50,000 in loan forgiveness. This is not total loan forgiveness for everyone, which is obviously important for me and many of us, but it’s acceptable to start with. Additionally, his wife is a teacher and has a proven track record of calling for education investment and supporting public school funding.
His plan for housing addresses the needs of formerly incarcerated, LGBTQ, veteran, low-income, sexual assault survivor, black and Hispanic, and other vulnerable populations at risk of losing housing. It calls for a tax on companies and corporations with in excess of $50 billion in assets to fund comprehensive new housing initiatives, including $100 billion in accessible and low-income housing development. It includes extensive investment in public transportation and a high-speed rail system. This ties into his plan to repair infrastructure and invest in new technologies across the country.
His plan for criminal justice reform calls for the end of mass incarceration, the decriminalization of marijuana, the automatic expunging of all cannabis convictions, and an end on jail sentences for drug use. It highlights systematic institutional racism and the impact on black and brown people particularly. It calls for an end on all profiteering and private prisons. It focuses on reintegrating offenders into society and funding the needs of people released from prison. It proposes to “expand and use the power of the U.S. Justice Department to address systemic misconduct in police departments and prosecutors’ offices.” It broadens funding for social services and other programs for people who are otherwise placed into the prison pipeline.
There are more plans, which you can find here. These are the ones I read top to bottom. I am not by any means a Joe Biden fangirl; he was not my first choice, my second choice, or really anywhere on my list. However, having carefully read through his policy documents, I can say that:
- He has at the least a good team of advisors who are keenly aware of the political climate, and is willing to both restore Obama-era standards and to improve on them where necessary. Obviously, all politicians’ promises are politicians’ promises, but this is a solid Democratic platform with obvious awareness of the progressive wing of the party.
- If progressive legislation is passed in the House and Senate, he will sign it, including the Green New Deal.
- He represents a clear and definite improvement over Donald Trump.
- Is he everything we want? No. Are his policies better than I was expecting? Yes. I advise you to read through them for yourself. It has made me at least feel better about the likelihood of voting for him.
- I realize it’s an unsexy position, especially on tumblr, to advocate for an old centrist white man. I’m not thrilled about having to do it. However, speaking as someone who was very resistant to Biden and still doesn’t agree with all of his previous legislative track record, that’s my consensus. He is a candidate who broadly aligns with values that I care about. His policies represents a concrete end to the damage of the Trump administration and gets us on the right track again.
Joe Biden, if he is the Democratic nominee, will receive my vote on November 3, 2020. I urge you to consider what I’ve laid out above and join me.
From Tumblr ; 3/12/2020
Sad bit of news to report today at the House. Hollywood legend and Swedish actor Max Von Sydow has passed away, just a few weeks shy of his 91st birthday. Born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Sweden, Sydow was the son of an ethnologist professor and a school teacher. While […]
My latest post on Medium.com is up and running. Its a little different from what I usually post here, as its something a bit more personal. The post was prompted by a writer on Medium by the name of Elle Beau, and her question was what did the world teach you about how to be a woman. Her question was prompted by an article titled How to Be a Lady, calling out conflicting narratives of how the world wants women to behave.
Head on over to :
What the World Taught Me About Womanhood
I Ain’t Never Gonna Be A Lady
I have a Tumblr blog where I follow certain people and conversations. I’m not on Twitter or Facebook ,as Twitter eats up far too much time, and Facebook is largley useless to me, for talking about issues. I talk about different things on Tumblr than I do here, and I noticed my manner there is more blunt and direct than here. I feel like when I’m on there I need to say what I need to say as fast and with as much clarity as possible, not like here on my own blog, where I can take my time to make my point.
On Tumblr, I can send some quick missives off into the ether, and maybe I’ll get some feedback, maybe not but its a good way to dash off some thoughts about something before forget what was being talked about. Here’s a few (largely unedited) hot takes I made in response to whatever issues were being talked about on my dashboard.
Tired Of Superheroes
These are just the thoughts that occurred to me after I had a conversation with a friend of mine (who is white, btw), and she and I got into a discussion about why she feels anytihng at all about movies she has no plans to ever see, and doesn’t care about. I’m genuinely baffled at the idea of people being angry about certain types of movies getting released. My friend knows nothing about comic books, or superheroes, so I get her disinterest. If she said she didn’t care for the quality of such films, I would understand, but that’s not what she said.
I was having a conversation with a friend of mine yesterday,and she proclaimed that she was getting really tired of superhero movies, and that they should start making other films. I had to get on her case about that, because I’m pretty sure she doesn’t know how she sounds. Hollywood does make other kinds of movies, but people don’t go see those. She certainly doesn’t go see them. Maybe if she went to see the other kinds of movies Hollywood makes, they would make more of those types of movies.
First of all how are you going to be mad about Hollywood making movies that you don’t ever go see, and are not particularly interested in? I mean how does it work that you’re upset that other people are making certain types of films popular. I also told her that these kinds of movies are still a relatively new thing, especially since the technology has caught up with out ability to imagine absolutely anything. Its really only been about ten years that this has really been kicking off, and that’s mostly due to the MCU.
Hollywood is going to keep making superhero movies as long as we keep giving them money and making them blockbusters. Now I happen to like superhero movies. I like their action, colors, and inventiveness. I prefer the comedies, and the straight up actioners, and I just enjoy watching the onscreen version of characters I’ve always only ever read about in books, and you know what? I simply don’t pay any attention to movies I’m not interested in. I hate watching Rom Coms, and Hollywood keeps making those, but I’m not angry they are making movies I don’t like. I just don’t go see those films. How you gonna be mad that other people are excited about movies you’re not interested in seeing? I’ve never understand that kind of thinking.
I also think it’s mighty funny that I’ve been hearing this refrain a lot more often, now that women, and poc are starting to get superhero movies made about their favorite characters. I’m not saying people who make such statements are racist, but it doesn’t look good, that the only time I hear so many people talking about how they need to quit making so many superhero movies, is when poc and women start to get theirs. When it was just white men, I heard this complaint a little bit, but not as much as I did after Black Panther was released. Now suddenly after Captain Marvel, and BP, Hollywood needs to stop making these types of movies.. That’s just an interesting observation.
White Feminism in Fandom
This is part of the continuing conversation to be had on Tumblr where we discuss intersectional feminism in movies and shows.This time it was about the treatment of Uhura, specifically her relationship with Spock, in fandom. Black women on Tumblr are forever trying to get white female fans to understand that the way Women of color are traditionally treated onscreen, is not the same as white women’s treatment, and how the treatment of black female characters in fandom is often full of racist tropes. As white women you cannot demand the same things of Black female characters that you can of white ones.
What white feminists want is for black Woman to be”strong and not need no man”. Uhura is just supposed to be unloved and single, like she was in the original series, like every black woman in genre narratives. I’ve been watching the original series since I was a little girl.
Don’t get me wrong. I grew up on Spirk, I read a lot of Spirk, and that was my thing for two decades because I knew no one was ever gonna let Uhura be loved, but when I saw that JJ had went there in the new movie, I stood and I applauded.
As a little girl I used to dream about being as beautiful and elegant as Uhura, and I was sure I was gonna marry Spock when I grew up, and I finally got that representation at my old age, but I guess the dreams of little black girls don’t mean shit to white women who just want, yet another, after another, after another, mlm ship, in yet another show!
Teen Wolf, The Flash, Walking Dead, in every single show where there is a black female love interest with the white male lead, white women fans always show their whole duplicitous asses, about the black woman not being worthy of their white male love, and how she should be replaced with any compatible white woman, any same age white male he’s ever locked eyes with more than once, and even the villains who have tried to kill him, and his love interest, multiple times. We’re not talking about your individual ship, or attacking you personally. We’re telling you you need to examine why you need yet another mlm ship in yet another show or movie when fandom has dozens of such examples, all of that while ignoring canon male interracial ships, at that!
Why do all the ships need to be white!
This is a pattern across multiple genres, for more than two decades! This is racism!
Fandom is not the same for black women as it is for white women. The stereotypes for black women are the opposite compared to white women, though the objective of those stereotypes may be the same. Where white women get damseled, we don’t. We get to be strong onscreen, white women don’t. White women in movies get to be brides, while WoC only get to be side pieces, and murder victims.
Ship what you want, but be mindful of what you’re doing. Be mindful of how it looks to black women. Be mindful of what you say in defense of your ship when someone says something to you about. Our biggest issue isn’t always with the shipping you do, it’s the deceitful and racist manner in which y’all defend said ships that piss us the f*ck off!
(Spirk= Spock +Kirk; mlm = men loving men)
This was said during a discussion about how the failure of BoP at the box office,(which is not a compete failure, but that’s another discussion), is being spun by the “manosphere” to say that movies that include feminist thoughts and ideas, are all going to be failures. I think this is once again just part of white men’s agenda to only have films made that center them and their needs.
One of the biggest complaints about BoP before its release was that none of the female characters were sexy. That said, the movie is unapologetically femme! So, the answer to that was “not sexy according to white men, no.” Now that the movie has under performed at the box office, these same men are using that to say that if the movie had given in to their demands to make the female characters sexier for men to look at, it would have done better.
Birds of Prey and Quality Films
This was a response to some white guy on Tumblr who was upset about Black people not wanting to interact with white people, calling it racist to not trust them. This sounds exactly like men who are upset that women have difficulty trusting that men won’t hurt them and refusing to interact with them, because as men, they are individual,, special beings, that women should be able to tell, just by looking, that they would never hurt anyone.
Habitual Foot Steppers
Every day, PoC in this country have negative, sometimes even violent, interactions with white people. Hell, they probably often have such interactions with members of their own culture, but it’s only white people, especially those who control mainstream public messaging through media, who are constantly advocating that white people are individuals who don’t represent their group, and need to be forgiven for those negative interactions, without a single one of them making any effort to bring those types of interactions to a halt.
In fact, many of them will simultaneously argue that not only should such actions be constantly forgiven, overlooked, or gotten over, they will also insist those interactions don’t happen at all. It’s the equivalent of people stepping on your foot every time they see you, and when you complain, or tell them to stop it, them telling you they didn’t do it, to prove they didn’t step on your foot, and it didn’t happen because they didn’t notice it, or intend to do it. You would naturally be well within your right to not only avoid that people in the future, and probably be more than a little pissed that they didn’t listen to you when you told them they hurt you.
All these different people, from the same cultural group, insist on stepping on your feet, while proclaiming loudly to their audience that not only didn’t they intend to do it, that it’s not hurting you, they didn’t actually do it, and you’re too sensitive and should get over it. And when you get angry about it and avoid them and express resent,ent over their behavior, they call you a racist, for not trusting them, and deciding to protect your feet by avoiding them.
These are some of the hot takes I left on Medium.com. This one was about men who think, if they pursue a woman hard enough, long enough, she will eventually give in to his desires, and this is an idea that is prevalent in Pop culture media.
Stalking for Love
One of the reasons some men are like this is because they are socialized to do so, from the moment they start consuming the culture. Songs after song, books upon books, movie after movie, and TV shows after show, are really good at imparting one major message. That women are prizes given to them for persistence, correct behavior, owning the right car, shoes, house, and sometimes just for having a penis!
They have been shown again and again, that if they pursue a woman hard enough, stalk her long enough, just keep asking, and asking, and asking, they will eventually wear her down, she will reach enlightenment, and of course, dispense her charms. “No”, in Pop culture, really just means, “Not right now.” or “Keep trying!” This is what they’ve been sold, and you can tell which ones have fully bought it, because they are the ones who get enraged when women go off-script.
They are behaving exactly the way they’ve been taught to behave, having fully, and uncritically, drank the Kool-aid, that persistence wins the girl. Almost nothing in our culture tells men they need to have the correct character, or hold certain virtues. Too much of Pop culture teaches men that they don’t have to be genuinely good, or kind, or gentle men, to attract women. They are taught that women are fickle creatures that need to be tricked, or hounded into wanting them.
This is not a hard and fast rule because there are plenty of men who have, somehow, managed to avoid this kind of thinking, but it is definitely an element in the thinking of these kind of men. I don’t think there is a causality, so much as a life long influence.
These responses I wrote as comments on Medium.com.
Both of these responses ended up being tangentially related to each other. The first was a response to an article about White people’s hypocrisy in calling PoC racist, whenever we express any form of unhappiness (or sarcasm) at the existence of White people in a public sphere. I remember that Asian woman who lost her journalism job over tweets she made years ago, where she joked about white people. It is important to keep in mind that these people are reacting to things that progressives have been doing, and its been the tactic recently of marginalized people not just to talk back to the kinds of people who victimize us on social media, and in public, but to see that such people be ostracized by society, by contacting their families and employers.
This particular article was about a young African American woman, who made a public statement about there being too many white people in her college’s Multicultural Center, and white (mostly men) opinionators in the news media, having a full on meltdown, and calling her a racist. For the record, I think what she said was kind of stupid, but it doesn’t make her a racist. It just makes her very young and silly.
Since reactionaries have a tendency to lack imagination, they have this nasty thing where they appropriate the tactics that have traditionally been used by marginalized people to fight their oppression. Its especially galling when such people use those same tactics against, not just the people who invented the tactics, but whom they have traditionally bullied. Marginalized people invented the tactics out of desperation, to teach a lesson, or to make the harm they cause have consequences, but what reactionaries are doing (as so much of their behavior is often motivated) out of pure spite.
I definitely think this is a backlash against white people being called out for everything they’ve gotten wrong for centuries. They’ve been calling everyone who isn’t white, straight, or a man, nasty slurs, since the invention of American English. They still do that on the regular today, and these same people are the ones who like to argue about saying the N*word, but let some anonymous black girl make a dubious statement, and they lose the entirety of their shit! I’d be angrier, except it’s amazing to behold.
But then: Never, in the history of this country, have white people been spoken back to, and challenged, by marginalized people, in such great numbers, as much as they have, since the invention of the internet.
(Every time they say anything, they are reminded that white people have caused an incredible amount of damage to other people, and are still doing it. No one likes to be called out for behavior they have always known is wrong, but are reluctant to change, because they derive emotional benefits that they are unwilling to acknowledge, what Du Bois called “the psychological wages of whiteness.”)
And this isn’t like before, where your garden variety white person was largely unaware of all this “talking back”, and could simply quash any talking back, they encountered by screaming, and extreme violence. Now its impossible to not know how marginalized people feel, and our pushback against oppression, and injustice, is often immediate, and intense. They are working desperately to reestablish their equilibrium, by upholding the status quo. But someone once said to me, that’s what Conservative means: to conserve. To keep things as they were.
They’re so used to simply ignoring any form of oppression, but now it’s constantly being thrown in their face. They can’t ignore it anymore. (This is mass white fragility (rather than individual).
I commented on this very thing in another post. I think it’s time for us to stop focusing so much on just black pain and racism. Although we can still make such stories, I think it’s time to start imagining ourselves in new environments, new types of stories, and in the future, which is why I’m a huge supporter of Afro-Futurism.
Part of the reason white fandom acts the way it does is that so often, those have been the only type of stories they’ve been exposed to, in mainstream media. Black people know there are other types of fun, lighthearted Black oriented, movies out there, that are not associating our race, yet again, with crime and slavery (even positive depictions still associate our race with these two topics). These are often the only ways that white audiences know us, even though we can list a dozen or more films about Blackness that don’t center either of those.
I think part of this is also a “white lash” against the pop culture demands of black people in the past ten years, demands which are finally, slowly, being answered. I know it’s not because we’re taking over white characters roles, because even with original roles, in original stories, black actors get harassed and vilified by white fandom. So it’s not about any of the reasons they state, and in quite a few cases, it’s simply an excuse for some of them to engage in the anti-Black bigotry they’ve always wanted to express, in the real world, but can’t do so without being called a racist bigot. I think that’s something that’s never going to change.
It’s because Black People are being highly visible, everywhere, and demanding, not asking, not begging, to be included in any industry that takes our money. We are demanding they include us, or we will give our money to someone, or anything else, or make our own, and rake in that dough (look at Fenty Beauty!)
There’s also an increasing sense of white male irrelevance, which is the kind of backlash that happens, every time there’s a pop cultural shift of any kind. This sort of behavior happens every time white people start feeling like they are no longer in control of the culture. It’s happened in music for nearly a century (Jazz, Rock, Rap). This is also currently happening in even the most innocuous subjects, like the knitting community, and Romance fiction.
I’ve been thinking about this, studying this, and trying to put it into some kind of historical context, for a while. This kind of behavior from (primarily) white people is far from new. It’s been going on for decades.
I hope you’re all having a good Thursday, if not a happy one. I’m still around, and watching thangs. Today, I expect to bingewatch the second season of Altered Carbon, starring Anthony Mackie. I’ll give my views on that sometime in March perhaps along with the other shows and movies which caught my fancy. But for now:
Here’s the new Candyman trailer. it looks interesting, and I like the lead actor, (I just saw him playing a full frontal god in the Watchmen TV series.)
Aww, crap. I first learned about her in the movie Hidden Figures, which you should see if you haven’t already, where we learn that a black woman was a crucial element in doing the math that got men into space and to the moon. Now she has died after a long and distinguished career, at…
This isn’t a personal attack. Bloomberg’s public record shows that he is the candidate that is most like Donald Trump, and I will not vote for him.
From Vice: Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner (1912–2006) always had trouble sleeping when she was growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina.…
‘Fast & Furious’ Dawn of Justice For Han
I love this Bernie Sanders speech by of all people, Killer Mike, quoting one of my favorite writers, James Baldwin! I have pretty much narrowed my focus to voting for Bernie Sanders, (who I would have voted for the last time, if Clinton hadn’t won the nomination, instead).
TV has experienced something of a Black renaissance in the past ten to fifteen years. Its not perfect, but it is pretty darn good. For every questionable depiction of Blackness, there’s at least a couple of good shows, that get it right, or is at least trying to get it right, and in the last three years television shows which prominently feature Blackness, as a subject, have exploded into American mainstream consciousness. iI is a relief to note that not all of these are comedies, an area which has had a preponderance of Black shows, however there still needs to be improvement in representation, because there is still too much emphasis on crime and criminality.
Here’s a list of the most prominent shows with all Black casts, major Black characters, and /or creators and writers. This is not a complete list, and its possible you may not find your personal favorite here, but I tried to be as thorough as possible. The Starred shows are the ones I am watching or have watched. I did not include reality shows or talk shows, as I don’t watch any of them, and know nothing at all about them. For the record, though, just because a show doesn’t have a * doesn’t mean I know nothing at all about it. I try to keep track of as many Black shows as my mind can keep up with, so I end up knowing at least a little bit about a show, even if its just the show’s premise.
Some of these shows are still on the air, some are in their first seasons, others in the second and third seasons. At least a couple have been canceled, while others concluded their run as their creators moved on to new projects.
*Atlanta – Now entering its third season.
Underground – Canceled
*The Watchmen – Will only have one season.
*Raising Dion – Will be returning with a second season
*Desus & Mero – Still on the air
Queen Sugar – Still on the air
*Key and Peele – Finished its run.
*Black Lady Sketch Show – Just finished its first season.
Scandal – Finished its run of seven years.
Dear White People – Aired on Netflix
The Boondocks – Finished its run
*American Gods: Season One – Readying for its third season, has run into some major issues.
How to Get Away With Murder – Has been renewed for a sixth season.
*Black Lightning – Now in its third season, airing on the CW.
Power – Aired on the Starz network for six seasons.
Claws – Has been renewed for a fourth and final season.
Being Mary Jane
Orange Is The New Black
The Haves and the Have-Nots
This is Us
*Pose – The only show which prominently stars actors and characters who are are transgender. Airs on FX Network
*The Get Up – Now canceled. Airing on Netflix.
*Random Acts of Flyness
Dear White People
The Last OG
She’s Gotta have it
*Cannon Busters – Airing on Netflix, futuristicanime with an entirely Black cast.
I “cut the cord” and no longer have any cable channels. However, I do have a Firestick, and know how to torrent. What that means is that I know longer watch shows as they air, and only watch them whenever I remember that they aired. This not changes the output of when I talk about a show, but what shows I will be talking about.
it’s Monday, so have a nice selection of shorts I came across on Youtube, to start off your work week. Some of these are sweet, some are frightening, and others are cautionary tales.
This video is hilarious, and very probably true. I once lived in a duplex apartment, with some young neighbors, who would make weird noises all night long, seemingly for hours at time, non-stop. It sounded like someone slowly moving a large dresser back and forth across the room, but also completely un-localized. I wish I’d known about these people back then, but YouTube didn’t exist yet.
Hair Love has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short category. This is done in a classic Disney style, and it’s really, really, cute!
This sweet little short depicts the friendship between a little ol’ gramma, and her little ol’ robot, and imparts the message that newer doesn’t always mean better.
This young man just wants to make a celebratory breakfast:
These three videos depict social issues, and an indictment of life n the modern western world.
I thought this video was especially chilling because there are people who think like this, and they would feel right at home in such a world Also, check out the director’s making of and commentary for this short. It’s very enlightening.
And finally, this tearful, and chilling, story about a little dinosaur robot: