then, now, never, always


"If you have to have someone who looks like you in the media in order for you to relate then maybe you’re the one who’s racist"

"children don’t see/care about race"




"Color doesn’t matter! It’s about the actor/story!"





These are some Filmmakers of African descent we loved in 2013!

1. Steve McQueen for his behemoth 12 Years A Slave. So many things we love about him, but our favorite is his side eye. 

2. Ava Duvernay, award winning filmmaker extraordinaire. From publicists, to black film activator, distributor and director. She even broke Twitter with her Scandal episode. Girl crush!

3. Bradford Young, cinematographer that makes everything look amazing. Mother of George and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints this last year. How can a machine make so much poetry? Someone give this man an award. 

4. Andrew  Dosunmu, photographer turned director, with Mother of George this year. An auteur, leading us into the philosophy of the African aesthetic in film. Everytime, he, without visual effects, turns Brooklyn into an unbelievably gorgeous African city…How?

5. John Ridley, Screenwriter. 12 Years A Slave. Period. 

6. Jahmil Qubeka, director, Of Good Report. This guy burned his passport when his film was banned. The world paid attention, and were not disappointed. What a great little film. Gorgeous black and white picture, and a story that is difficult to ignore or forget.

7. Chika Anadu, Lawyer turned director, winning awards for first feature ’B for Boy’. A grown up, female-driven drama that challenges archetypes for African women and female (mother/daughter) relationships on screen.

8. Frances Bodomo, for the short film that stole our attention ‘Afronauts’. A scifi short with a distinctive visual aesthetic based on the African space race. We can’t wait to see more!

9. Kibwe Tavares, director, Jonah. If you’ve seen this scifi short, set in Dar Es Salaam, and partial commentary on tourism and the environment without sacrificing the entertainment factor. Such great visual effects, notably the whale!!! I cannot wait to see what he does next!

10. Akosua Adoma Owusu, director, Kwaku Ananse. Currently rebuilding and opening the Rex Cinema in Ghana, Akosua’s body of work has the mark of a cinematic force to be reckoned with. All of it thoughtful and deliberate, with a distinctive artistic intention and style, we loved Kwaku this year and can’t wait to see her helm a feature length script.

There are many more filmmakers that made 2013 interesting, including those from the Carribbean, and other diaspora…Reblog with your additions!



"Junior Gong"




"Many cultures celebrate the passage of a child towards adulthood. Among the Krobo of Ghana, young girls carry on an ancient tradition. Every year, girls undergo a transition to adulthood.In the beginning of the Dipo, each woman enters a house where they shed their clothing representative of their childhood and put on a new, mature set of clothing by their ritual mother. Then, they shave their heads and wash in the river which is meant to cleanse the body and spirit in preparation for womanhood. During this ceremony, they dance to music to celebrate their passage into womanhood, represent their families by wearing handmade beads passed down for generations, but most importantly, to impress a suitor and the tribe’s chief with their new found grace and beauty.Anthony Pappone

lecherous thursst.


Final for my Time Arts class. Nothing gets you in touch with your own anger quite like listening to this and thinking about all the times you’ve been objectified and belittled.

Seeing this… Hearing this…Experiencing this…Spoke to my soul!



Effective Parenting 101





I need to remember these sometimes.




You got this raff , so when we have kids


“Education should not be a debt sentence.”


“Education should not be a debt sentence.”




directed by dream hampton

transcript for this video:

News correspondent with Fox 2: 19 year old Renisha McBride is dead. Police telling us, “she took her last breath on this porch on Outer Dr in Dearborn Heights.

Person 1, not seen: Southeastern Michigan is one of the most segregated in the country, that’s a fact. It has been a fact for decades. It’s a kind of apartheid, where the city of Detroit is 80%+ Black and, um, it’s surrounded by very segregated suburbs. Dearborn Heights is what we call “a sunset town” and it’s basically, you know, towns that historically Black people shouldn’t be caught in after dark. It’s something that, um, was very common in the 50’s and it continues today. (Sighs)

Interviewer, not seen: would you walk around that neighborhood at night?

Person 1, not seen: Um, I should be able to. (Pause) They’re telling the media that this is an accident, if this was an accident, the last time I checked that’s manslaughter, you know. But I, personally, am outraged that a 19 year old girl was shot in the face less than 36 hours ago and no one’s in custody? I find that, um, outrageous.

Group of people at a rally for Renisha: Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride!

Person 2, white man at rally: It doesn’t make any sense why right now, he isn’t locked up in a cell and some sort of charge of murder, manslaughter, whatever. It’s not just. Why is he still at home?

Person 2, Black woman at rally: Renisha could have easily been me. She had a life that was worth us gathering here today

Person 3, Black man at rally: Every life in our community is valuable, whether you’re in Detroit,  whether you’re in Dearborn, whether you’re in Easter.  In particular for us, Black life. The fact of the matter is, here’s a, here’s a person who was in an accident and she tried to seek help: gets a bullet in her head.

Person 4, Black woman at rally: I’m sick and tired of seeing Black woman murdered, raped, beaten, shot and nobody’s talking about it. I’m sick of the apathy, I’m sick of the apathy in the community, I’m sick of the apathy in the media, and it’s – and enough is enough. Where is this man? Who is he connected to? And why don’t we know who he is?! (in background, the crowd says, “that’s right!”) And why is he not in there?! (pointing to the jail). If I, if my child, 19, if my son was 19 and shot somebody, he would be under that jail! This is wrong. This is wrong and everybody needs to be out here complaining about it. This young woman is dead.

Person 5 in the background: this is wrong, this is always wrong.

Person 1, Black woman at rally: This is nothing new, this is nothing new. Dearborn is a city of restrictive covenants, right? This is a place that said we prefer our own kind to live here, right? They had to take that to the supreme court. This is thorough ground for the new apartheid.

Person 6, Black man at rally: Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy, she needs to step in and charge this man with something. (the crowd agrees and various people say, “that’s right! Call her out! Call her out!”) If it hurts, US Attorney Barbara McQuade, on a federal level, may need to investigate (someone in the background says, “everybody!”) her civil rights being violated according to federal law. We need some justice here. No Justice?! (crowd responds, “No peace”) No Justice?! (crowd responds, “No peace”) No Justice?! (crowd responds, “No peace”)

Group of people at a rally for Renisha: Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride! Renisha McBride!


Dave Chappelle speaking some truth.


Wanna know chakras? Here you go!


Avocado Chocolate Pudding - A tasty, healthy alternative that’s vegan friendly. Enjoy! Video RECIPE





Phonte has it all figured out.

I want more!!! This is the best ever! I mean, the Mad Men=Eminem connection is fucking profound.

this is glorious

Phonte has always been my number 1.


Dia De Los Muertos Is Not Your Halloween by Nuestra Hermana

As we all know, Halloween in America is right around the corner. Kids & adults alike will be dressed up in costumes, consuming candy, attending parties, navigating through haunted houses and thoroughly enjoying their night. Think about your last Halloween and look at the images above.

These are still shots of Dia De Los Muertos in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, California & Arizona. They are small snippets of a vibrant, important and REAL holiday for Latin@s. This is not your Halloween.

Dia De Los Muertos developed out of over 2,500 years of indigenous ritual celebrating death and paying respects to loved ones who have passed away. Scholars state that the Aztecs originally held a month long festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl, the ruler of the afterlife.

After Spanish colonization and many attempts to eradicate the rituals & festival, a new merging with the Catholic holidays All Souls Day & All Saints Day developed over time to what is now Dia De Los Muertos.

Dia De Los Muertos is celebrated November 1st & 2nd (in alignment with All Saints Day & All Souls Day respectively). It is NOT celebrated on October 31st, it is not tied in with Halloween in America at all.

In Mexico, November 1st is dedicated as Dia De Los Inocentes, a day to honor and respect the innocents, children & infants to be more specific. November 2nd is Dia De Los Muertos, the day to honor deceased adults.

On these days, altars are made in honor of them. People build them on their loved ones graves, at home or anywhere they find rightful to honor their loved ones. They make ofrendas (offerings) to the dead of their favorite foods, toys (for children), pictures, pan de muertos, sugar skulls and many other things that help guide the spirits of the dead safely to the altars. Marigolds, known as the flowers of the dead, are usually prominent in the altars.

In Mexico, many people sleep overnight at the graves. Every ritual & altar is not the same everywhere. Many places have their own traditions and ways of honoring the dead. One thing is for sure, Dia De Los Muertos is not Halloween. It is a sacred time and holiday for Latin@s everywhere.

So, when you’re dressing up for Halloween remember: doing this, this, this or this is not only disrespectful but it is also a erasure of someone’s real life culture. Think before you walk out of that door.