NICCCKKKKIIII LOOKIN GOODD
if i die young bury me in my freakum dress
is that a vespa
SING TO ME PAOLO
reasons I can’t: Zayn on a vespa
goodbye friends I’m quitting life
Someone be the Paolo to my Lizzie
Let me publicly embarrass you and laugh you off the stage and take over for a flyass solo performance.
Chaka Khan 59 and bad as hell.
Photos by Gustavo Rodriguez
Dress and Zoot Suit by Me, Amelia (Itzpapalotl)
La Mission, Balmy Alley November 2007
I love when White people try to turn achieving or interesting minorities into exotic clowns or mascots, those same minorities turn around and snatch wigs by being WHO THEY ARE and recognizing their race instead of ignoring it to please Whites, so that they can be labeled as “transcending race.”
Exhibit A - Psy. Whites love Gangham Style and Psy being their “exotic clown” but they are not here for him winning awards or critiquing American imperialism. Ha. Tough.
Exhibit B - Gabrielle Douglas. Even though they never fully embraced her (and were always shoving Jordyn or Aly in our faces over Gabby’s achievements) they still embraced her more before the story surfaced of the racism that she experienced, her mass media coverage and she herself speaking about the racism she experienced. No, she was just supposed to vault and swing and never speak of her life. Oh and I am sure that they are loving that she just appeared on Al Sharpton’s show PoliticsNation a few days ago. (Oh and before boringly predictable Whites try to speak about how “ALL” Blacks bashed Gabby for her hair, read this and this.)
At a certain point, many Whites will have to accept that people of colour do not exist solely to keep them amused. Some celebrities (unfortunately, not all) of colour WILL speak out.
Below are links to videos of two who did in their time…videos that give me LIFE!
Related Post: Artists and Activists
How can I not reblog Perle Noire?
Actor Robert Earl Jones photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1938. The father of James Earl Jones, he appeared in Oscar Michaeux films, on Broadway and with Robert Redford in “The Sting”. In the 1930s, he was a boxer and the sparring partner of Joe Louis. Blacklisted in the 1950s, he appeared in an uncredited role as the club employee who offers Harry Belafonte a “piece of iron” in the 1959 film noir “Odds Against Tomorrow”. Mr. Jones died in 2006 at the age of 96.
“You and me, will always be tight”
I would love this even more if Dijonay was plus size
Just look at him. LAWD! Goodness now that’s a man of style, taste, and that special blend of black arrogance that white folks to this day still can’t imitate
This man was recording rock ‘n’ roll music — i.e. blues rhythm, chord structure, and melody, driven by a strong backbeat — in the 1940s. Almost a decade before Elvis recorded his first number one hit Heartbreak Hotel.
For you, Leslie Knope.