Afrolatiqueer

Self-identified genderqueer artist/scholar/activist of African American and Boricua descent. Constantly questioning boundaries and definitions.

standwithpalestine:

Keep Palestinians living in Gaza in your prayers. They are looking under rubble for their loved ones or burying them all while watching the skies for their own safety.

Remember those in West Bank and present-day Israel, some of whom are living in fear of being kidnapped and burned alive, like 17-year-old Mohamed Abu Khdeir was, or attacked simply for being Palestinian. 

The above photos were taken today after family homes were pounded as Israel continued its aerial bombardment of Gaza, killing at least 15 Palestinians - including children - and wounding 100.

Never stop searching for the truth and never stop spreading it once you find it. Hell will freeze over before Western media does so it’s down to us.

(Photos: Mohammed Salem / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters)

(Source: standwithpalestine, via treeofcolor)

negritadocumentary:

CASTING CALL
NubianLatina Productions is conducting a nationwide search for Afro-Latinas who are willing to share their stories on camera about their cultural backgrounds, family life, careers, and whether or not you have experienced racism/ discrimination within your own families, circle of friends, in the classroom or workplace.
TIME TO PUT YOURSELF ON CAMERA!
In a 2-minute video, please provide the following information:
Name
Profession
Birth place
Current resident town/city
ethnic/cultural background
Do you identify as Hispanic/Latino? Black/ African-American? or Other?
Does your family openly discuss race or avoids talking about it?
Have you traced your family’s African lineage?
Why are you interested in participating in our documentary?
How to Submit Your Video:
Upload your video, marked “private”, to Vimeo or Youtube. Email your video link along with your video’s password to NubianLatinaprods[at]gmail[dot]com, subject heading “Casting”. Please make sure that your video will be accessible at least until the end of August 2014.
Submission Deadline:  JULY 28, 2014
Thank You!
_______________________________________________________________________________________
NubianLatina Productions lleva a cabo una búsqueda nacional de Afro-Latinas en los EEUU que están dispuestas a compartir sus historias en cámara sobre sus antecedentes culturales, la vida familiar, carreras, y si tuvieron experiencias con el racismo o fueron discriminadas dentro de su propia familia, círculo de amigos, en la escuela o lugar de trabajo.
En un video de 2 minutos maximo, por favor proveen la siguiente información:
Nombre
Profesión
Lugar de nacimiento
Pueblo / ciudad de residencia actual
Origen étnico
¿Cómo se identifica Ud.? Hispana / Latina? Negra / Afro-Americana? o Otra?
¿Su familia charla francamente sobre la raza o evita hablar de ese tema?
¿Ha buscado el linaje africano de su familia?
Una breve descripción explicando por qué Ud. está interesada en participar en nuestro documental
Como Subir Su Video:
Suba su video, marcado como “privado”, a Vimeo o Youtube. Enviar el enlace de su video junto consu contraseña a NubianLatinaprods [arroba] gmail [punto] com. Por favor, asegúrese de que el vídeo se podrá acceder por lo menos hasta finales de agosto del 2014.
Fecha Límite: el 28 de Julio 2014
Gracias!

negritadocumentary:

CASTING CALL

NubianLatina Productions is conducting a nationwide search for Afro-Latinas who are willing to share their stories on camera about their cultural backgrounds, family life, careers, and whether or not you have experienced racism/ discrimination within your own families, circle of friends, in the classroom or workplace.

TIME TO PUT YOURSELF ON CAMERA!

In a 2-minute video, please provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Profession
  • Birth place
  • Current resident town/city
  • ethnic/cultural background
  • Do you identify as Hispanic/Latino? Black/ African-American? or Other?
  • Does your family openly discuss race or avoids talking about it?
  • Have you traced your family’s African lineage?
  • Why are you interested in participating in our documentary?

How to Submit Your Video:

Upload your video, marked “private”, to Vimeo or Youtube. Email your video link along with your video’s password to NubianLatinaprods[at]gmail[dot]com, subject heading “Casting”. Please make sure that your video will be accessible at least until the end of August 2014.

Submission Deadline:  JULY 28, 2014

Thank You!

_______________________________________________________________________________________

NubianLatina Productions lleva a cabo una búsqueda nacional de Afro-Latinas en los EEUU que están dispuestas a compartir sus historias en cámara sobre sus antecedentes culturales, la vida familiar, carreras, y si tuvieron experiencias con el racismo o fueron discriminadas dentro de su propia familia, círculo de amigos, en la escuela o lugar de trabajo.

En un video de 2 minutos maximo, por favor proveen la siguiente información:

  • Nombre
  • Profesión
  • Lugar de nacimiento
  • Pueblo / ciudad de residencia actual
  • Origen étnico
  • ¿Cómo se identifica Ud.? Hispana / Latina? Negra / Afro-Americana? o Otra?
  • ¿Su familia charla francamente sobre la raza o evita hablar de ese tema?
  • ¿Ha buscado el linaje africano de su familia?
  • Una breve descripción explicando por qué Ud. está interesada en participar en nuestro documental

Como Subir Su Video:

Suba su video, marcado como “privado”, a Vimeo o YoutubeEnviar el enlace de su video junto consu contraseña a NubianLatinaprods [arroba] gmail [punto] com. Por favor, asegúrese de que el vídeo se podrá acceder por lo menos hasta finales de agosto del 2014.

Fecha Límite: el 28 de Julio 2014

Gracias!

Dear, Hollywood I Need You To Realize That There Are

thoughtsofablackgirl:

  • Black vegans exist
  • Black lesbian exist
  • Black gays exist
  • Black romantics exist
  • Black people with mental disorders exist
  • Black people with eating disorders exist
  • Black people with adopted kids exist
  • Black Nerds exist
  • Black entrepreneurs exist
  • Black inventors exist
  • Black teachers exist
  • Black doctors/surgeons exist
  • Black scientists exist
  • Black people who are quiet exist
  •  Black head chefs exist
  • Black CEOs exist
  • Black teachers exist
  • Black families exist
  • Black authors exist
  • Black poets exist
  • Black people with cancer/terminal or chronic illness exist
  • Black musicians (who aren’t just rappers) exist
  • BLACK BEAUTY EXISTS

I went back and look at the first list with some of you guys responses

Keep the list going.

thotterbox:

amen-negrodamus:

edmbreeze:

angelclark:

VIDEO: Man Dies After 5 Police Jump Him — Chokehold Him For Selling Untaxed Cigarettes 

A Staten Island man died Thursday after police placed him in a chokehold as they attempted to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes.

According to authorities, Eric Garner, 43, went into cardiac arrest and died at Richmond University Medical Center following the arrest that was filmed by several witnesses.   

In the video, Eric can  be seen telling police that he had not been selling cigarettes, repeatedly saying, ” I didn’t sell anything,” before insisting, “I’m minding my own business, please leave me alone.”

After a standoff, five officers tackled the 400-pound asthmatic Ericwith one placing him in a chokehold – and wrestled him to the ground as they attempted to put handcuffs on him.

As Eric lay on the ground, with one officer pushing his head into the pavement, he can be heard saying, “I can’t breath. I can’t breath,” over and over.

As the video ends, Eric appears to be unconscious as police clear onlookers while waiting awaiting paramedics.

According to his family, Eric, a married father with six children and two grandchildren, suffered from asthma.

“When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” Eric’s wife, Esaw, told reporters.

Police stated that Eric has been arrested multiple times for selling untaxed cigarettes, and records show he was due in court in October on three charges, including pot possession and selling untaxed cigarettes.

Witnesses at the scene claim Eric was breaking up a fight when police arrived, with Eric’s family stating that he didn’t have any cigarettes on him or in his car at the time of his death.

“They’re covering their asses; he was breaking up a fight. They harassed and harassed my husband until they killed him,” Eric’s wife said.

Within hours after Eric’s arrest and death, residents in the area hung handwritten posters on telephone poles near the scene with phrases like “no justice, no peace” and “Another innocent black man has been killed by police brutality. The NYPD must be stopped!”

http://noarmycanstopanidea.com/video-man-dies-after-5-police-jump-him-chokehold-him-for-selling-untaxed-cigarettes/

We need a new world order, no matter how bad it sounds.. we need to go back to mideval ages, i’m tired of cops doing their sick bullshit 

NYPD are a bunch of pigs !!

They’re more than pigs

El INAH, a través de la Coordinación Nacional de Antropología, y la Red de Mujeres Afromexicanas invitan al Primer Encuentro de Mujeres Afromexicanas 25 y 26 de julio, en Santiago Llano Grande, Oaxaca

El INAH, a través de la Coordinación Nacional de Antropología, y la Red de Mujeres Afromexicanas invitan al

Primer Encuentro de Mujeres Afromexicanas

25 y 26 de julio, en Santiago Llano Grande, Oaxaca

simplysheerene:

7.15.14||”Hairspectations”

I got so much crap when I cut my hair the second time. All I heard was, “you have such beautiful hair why did you cut it?” When my hair got long enough I got loc extensions. I heard nothing but praise. “Now you look like a woman.” “Don’t ever cut your hair again, you look so much better.” Until I went home and my grandparents gave me crap for having locs.

I am not my hair. And no matter how I choose to style it, I look beautiful. My hair and what I choose to do with it does not define me nor does it concern you. And no matter how I wear it I look divine because of who I am, not what is on my head.

(via hornrimmedrefugee)


[Photo of a Black-Boricua Taino person with a short hair cut and glasses. They are wearing an orange t-shirt with an orange and white plaid shirt over it. They are standing in front of an orange wall with a drawing of a naked person over their left shoulder.]

Black-Boricua Taino Two Spirit Performing Artist and Educator

Ignacio G. Rivera



Are you ever misgendered?

Oh yeah, all the time. I think that my caring about it has shifted a lot. When I first first first came out as trans… I told people, “I want you to refer to me as ‘he’ and ‘she’ simultaneously, like in the same sentence. I don’t want to be just he or just she, but use [the pronouns] like that. People took that to mean that they just chose and most people chose ‘she.’  Again I felt invisible and that people weren’t honoring my identity, so I decided I was going by he and I went by ‘he’ for about 2 years. That still felt weird to me, it just didn’t fit right. I ended up meeting another genderqueer person who was going by ‘they’ and it just clicked for me. I really liked it because it doesn’t indicate anything. So when you’re talking about me to somebody, they just don’t know – female, male, what am I – and I like that. I like the idea of people not knowing, so I started using they. But, they is very complicated for people because people don’t use they as a pronoun, although it is quite proper [laughs]. We just haven’t used it as much, and I think genderqueer, queer folks have been reviving that. In the Spanish language, it’s also an issue, but I came up with my own. My community, my chosen family, they say they to me all the time, but when I’m outside in the world: sir, lad, man, lady, miss, ma’am. Or sometimes people are completely confused. A couple of times, which I loved, were instances where people literally were like, “May I help you, ma’am… Yes, sir… Thank you again, ma’am…” They went from “ma’am” to “sir” waiting for me to correct them, but I wouldn’t! And I loved it because they were [thinking], Please just tell me what the fuck you are, so I can just say it right. And I’m not, I’m just gonna let you do that, and I’m fine with it. In the beginning it pissed me off because I was so fresh in expressing my identity that I wanted people to get me. Now, yeah, sometimes, it irks me a little bit, but I’ve gotten to the point where I really don’t give a shit because if I have my community and my people validating my identity then I’m ok with it. I answer to ma’am… I know they’re trying to talk to me and they aren’t being malicious, unless they are. I think the way my physical appearance has been changing lately because three months ago, I decided to go on T… I’ve been out as trans for almost a decade now, and I’m 42. I’ve taken my time, I’ve rode every wave that I’ve been on and I’ve loved it. Now I’m on this and I wanted to see what it feels like… I’ve also decided that I don’t want top surgery. The way I envision myself, the way that makes me beam with happiness, if I could draw a sketch of myself… it would be… with a little mustache, like my father, and I wouldn’t bind anymore. I would not even wear a sports bra because to me, that encompasses my genderqueer/gender non-conforming identity. I’ve never seen myself as a man and at one point, I saw myself as a woman. I have that history and I honor that history: woman – that’s God to me. I see myself as a combination of those things or another entity altogether. Sometimes, I gotta use that language because that’s all we have and I want to be viewed that way. So if I’m on T and I happen to get a mustache or beard, I want to have my chest there to balance that out for me; I don’t want to pass as a man…- Excerpt from interview with Ignacio G. Rivera for Lxs Afrxlatinxs: Queer Afrolatin@ Storytelling Project

[Photo of a Black-Boricua Taino person with a short hair cut and glasses. They are wearing an orange t-shirt with an orange and white plaid shirt over it. They are standing in front of an orange wall with a drawing of a naked person over their left shoulder.]

Black-Boricua Taino Two Spirit Performing Artist and Educator

Ignacio G. Rivera

Are you ever misgendered?

Oh yeah, all the time. I think that my caring about it has shifted a lot. When I first first first came out as trans… I told people, “I want you to refer to me as ‘he’ and ‘she’ simultaneously, like in the same sentence. I don’t want to be just he or just she, but use [the pronouns] like that. People took that to mean that they just chose and most people chose ‘she.’  Again I felt invisible and that people weren’t honoring my identity, so I decided I was going by he and I went by ‘he’ for about 2 years. That still felt weird to me, it just didn’t fit right. I ended up meeting another genderqueer person who was going by ‘they’ and it just clicked for me. I really liked it because it doesn’t indicate anything. So when you’re talking about me to somebody, they just don’t know – female, male, what am I – and I like that. I like the idea of people not knowing, so I started using they. But, they is very complicated for people because people don’t use they as a pronoun, although it is quite proper [laughs]. We just haven’t used it as much, and I think genderqueer, queer folks have been reviving that. In the Spanish language, it’s also an issue, but I came up with my own. My community, my chosen family, they say they to me all the time, but when I’m outside in the world: sir, lad, man, lady, miss, ma’am. Or sometimes people are completely confused. A couple of times, which I loved, were instances where people literally were like, “May I help you, ma’am… Yes, sir… Thank you again, ma’am…” They went from “ma’am” to “sir” waiting for me to correct them, but I wouldn’t! And I loved it because they were [thinking], Please just tell me what the fuck you are, so I can just say it right. And I’m not, I’m just gonna let you do that, and I’m fine with it. In the beginning it pissed me off because I was so fresh in expressing my identity that I wanted people to get me. Now, yeah, sometimes, it irks me a little bit, but I’ve gotten to the point where I really don’t give a shit because if I have my community and my people validating my identity then I’m ok with it. I answer to ma’am… I know they’re trying to talk to me and they aren’t being malicious, unless they are. I think the way my physical appearance has been changing lately because three months ago, I decided to go on T… I’ve been out as trans for almost a decade now, and I’m 42. I’ve taken my time, I’ve rode every wave that I’ve been on and I’ve loved it. Now I’m on this and I wanted to see what it feels like… I’ve also decided that I don’t want top surgery. The way I envision myself, the way that makes me beam with happiness, if I could draw a sketch of myself… it would be… with a little mustache, like my father, and I wouldn’t bind anymore. I would not even wear a sports bra because to me, that encompasses my genderqueer/gender non-conforming identity. I’ve never seen myself as a man and at one point, I saw myself as a woman. I have that history and I honor that history: woman – that’s God to me. I see myself as a combination of those things or another entity altogether. Sometimes, I gotta use that language because that’s all we have and I want to be viewed that way. So if I’m on T and I happen to get a mustache or beard, I want to have my chest there to balance that out for me; I don’t want to pass as a man…

- Excerpt from interview with Ignacio G. Rivera for Lxs Afrxlatinxs: Queer Afrolatin@ Storytelling Project

Here is how the internship scam works. It’s not about a “skills” gap. It’s about a morality gap.

1) Make higher education worthless by redefining “skill” as a specific corporate contribution. Tell young people they have no skills.

2) With “skill” irrelevant, require experience. Make internship sole path to experience. Make internships unpaid, locking out all but rich.

3) End on the job training for entry level jobs. Educated told skills are irrelevant. Uneducated told they have no way to obtain skills.

4) As wealthy progress on professional career path, middle and lower class youth take service jobs to pay off massive educational debt.

5) Make these part-time jobs not “count” on resume. Hire on prestige, not skill or education. Punish those who need to work to survive.

6) Punish young people who never found any kind of work the hardest. Make them untouchables — unhireable.

7) Tell wealthy people they are “privileged” to be working 40 hrs/week for free. Don’t tell them what kind of “privileged” it is.

8) Make status quo commentary written by unpaid interns or people hiring unpaid interns. They will tell you it’s your fault.

9) Young people, it is not your fault. Speak out. Fight back. Bankrupt the prestige economy.

The moral bankruptcy of the internship economy | Sarah Kendzior (via brutereason)

solarbird added: see also the intrinsic fraud of the prestigious internship. (via solarbird)

this comes from the top rope.

(via bainard)

I pretty much hit reblog on this after point 1 alone.

(via tomewing)

(via xicanapoeticscholar)

senjukannon:

dangerbabegang:

thecrustychicano:


GAZA UNDER ATTACK NOW.

192 notes?

important world update:
Gaza + Palestine are under attack by Israel, death toll currently at 27 :(
This has been a long and destructive period between Israel + Palestine. If anyone has any reliable sources to learn more about what’s going on at this current moment, please let me know

Goddammit.
The Guardian: Israel pounds Gaza with air and naval strikes in move against Hamas
Al Jazeera: Israel steps up deadly Gaza Strip offensive; at least 27 dead, 130 wounded
New York Times: Israel and Hamas Trade Attacks as Tension Rises
RTE News: Israel launches major offensive against Hamas
BBC: Israel ‘ready for escalation’ of Gaza conflict

senjukannon:

dangerbabegang:

thecrustychicano:

GAZA UNDER ATTACK NOW.

192 notes?

important world update:

Gaza + Palestine are under attack by Israel, death toll currently at 27 :(

This has been a long and destructive period between Israel + Palestine. If anyone has any reliable sources to learn more about what’s going on at this current moment, please let me know

Goddammit.

(Source: thefallenverses, via backwashed-barrel)