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#BlackHistoryMonth #tbt: Being the first African American woman to travel to space is one of Mae Jemison’s many accomplishments. A dancer, Peace Corps doctor, public speaker and astronaut, Mae went to college at age 16, holds 9 honorary doctorates and has founded many STEM-related programs for students. 

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Jessica Watkins came to Caltech to collaborate with scientists and engineers across disciplines—and, of course, as a fan of space exploration, to be a part of the Caltech-JPL connection. For a recent PhD interested in studying Mars and mining the trove of information being collected by the Curiosity rover, there was no better place to pursue postdoctoral study. Today, as a member of the Mars Science Laboratory Science Team, Watkins is helping to plan the rover’s activities and analyze its data to understand the history of how the Gale Crater on Mars was formed. She also finds time to assistant-coach the Caltech Women’s Basketball team, write short stories, rock climb, and fly planes.

In this video, Watkins, a Chair’s Postdoctoral Scholar in Caltech’s Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, talks about her longstanding passion for Mars’ geology, why it’s an exciting time to be studying the Red Planet, and how her privately funded fellowship fuels her creativity.

Astronaut candidate Jessica Watkins discusses her research with the MSL team!

“When you say ‘black music,’ understand that you are talking about rock, jazz, R&B, reggae, funk, doo-wop, hip-hop, and Motown. Black people created it all. Being Puerto Rican, even salsa music stems back to the Motherland [Africa]. So, in my world, black music means everything. It’s what gives America its swag.”

What I didn’t get about Black Butler fans and their relationship with some of the women like Meyrin/Lizzie is that they only liked them after they found out they were badass.

“Oh well I used to hate Lizzy, but now after the Campaigna arc she’s totally awesome!” “I hated Meyrin before I found out how badass she is!" 

Really? 

Now this may just me, but I always have a firm belief that a character is introduced for a reason. Of course the Phantomhive Servants had to be at the manor aside from their main job, because they were so horrible and they’d have been fired by now.

Meyrin seemed to have an enigma about her anyways, and it didn’t really surprise me when they revealed her to be ‘badass’. Which don’t get me wrong, she is-but that’s not all she is. Meyrin is super sweet and super loyal to her friends and her young master.

She tries her best to do what she needs to do, even though she messes up. She doesn’t let that deter her either, and it’s sort of sweet in a way because you know that the intention is all good.

Also a lot of the hate Lizzy gets to me seems so….misogynist. If I may be bold about it for a moment.

I said this on my Bard account [or maybe somewhere else, I think on my previous blog] but Elizabeth only reacts to Ciel in a bratty and horrible way in one chapter. Afterwards she was extremely regretful, and she’s always trying to do things to help Ciel. 

She wants to protect Ciel, she wants to protect everything about him and that includes his dignity. She wanted to be able to let him protect her, but she wouldn’t allow him to get hurt if she could help it. Even if it meant shattering her 'cute’ image that she had.

Lizzy is the most honest and sincere characters in Black Butler, and the amount of hate she gets stems that people think she gets in the way of their yaoi ships. [mainly sebastian/ciel, which I hate-but that’s another story] 

She’s also a teenager, who gave up wearing a lot of the things girls her age to make herself seem childish so Ciel would be able to feel more adult. She sacrificed a lot for him, and god damn he doesn’t even deserve her. [oops] 

Meyrin and Lizzy were great characters before they were found out to be badass. 

Women don’t necessarily to be 'badass’ and conform to your ideals for them to be good characters.

thank you.

anonymous asked:

I honestly do not understand, why should Keith apologize to Allura? What did he do wrong? How is he to blame for his DNA?

Keith should apologize because by pulling the “Not all Galra” card he was pretty much invalidating her feelings towards the race that destroyed and killed everyone she ever knew plus her home. 

And he’s not to blame for his DNA, but Allura pretty much hasn’t interacted with him enough to confirm that he would try anything. We know he wouldn’t do anything to hurt her now but from her point of view he’s literally just a dude the red lion chose and she has to deal with.

Now I’m not saying how she handled the whole situation was right (But my wife is learning and is working to remedy whatever rift this caused as we saw in that one episode I fucking forgot the name of jfc) but you can’t really blame her for acting the way she does.

And I think alot of the hate towards Allura stems from white people/non-black people that would never understand that situation she was put through or her whole background/history with the Galra.

Just gonna out myself here that if people are upset at the shit Jeffree star said 12 years ago (which was inexcusable and I’m happy he acknowledged that) then I better delete myself over some of the shit I said when I was younger bc I was probably worse than him

People only associate “ghetto/ratchet” with subhuman because in their minds black people are both. If black people spoke nothing but “proper English” and only drank out of wine glasses, then people would associate “classy” with subhuman (except it would be called “prissy” instead), because black would be the common denominator. If black people owned tractors and spoke with slow, deep accents and sang country music then “Southern” would be associated with subhuman except they would now call them “bumpkins” instead of just “people from the South” and if black people spoke twelve languages, were leaders in all STEM fields, and consistently graduated top of their classes then people would associate “smart” with subhuman and if black people made up the majority of players in every major sport and could run the mile in 20 seconds and ate healthy meals all the time and never touched junk food ever then people would associate “athletic/fit” with subhuman do you see the pattern here

black gay* kids who go viral online never get widespread attention and popularity for being themselves and being influential like a non black gay* kid will. Black gay* kids and adults alike don’t get recognition for being funny and entertaining as much as they deserve. A lot of the time these non black gay* kids simply have to toss the word hunty and snap and roll their necks enough times to rise to fame on vine or instagram. I love seeing all gay* kids be accepted and supported gaining popularity doing things they enjoy, but a lot of the time non black gay* kids gain this at the expense of black people and our culture. The whole sassy white gay trope stems from black culture quite frankly. It’s interesting that we even know the names of lohanthony, Brendan Jordan and and Bretman Rock compared to the other black gay* kids who have half the following and are on social media being themselves and are naturally just as more entertaining as them without having to appropriate someone else’s culture.

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How three black women helped send John Glenn into orbit
A new film, Hidden Figures, tells the story of the maths wizards who Nasa relied on
By Edward Helmore

When John Glenn was waiting to be fired into orbit aboard Friendship 7 in 1962, there was one person he trusted with the complex trajectory calculations required to bring him down safely from his orbital spaceflight: Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked in Nasa’s segregated west area computers division.

“Get the girl, check the numbers,” Glenn said before boarding the rocket. “If she says they’re good, I’m good to go.”

Johnson was one of three female African-American mathematicians known as the “computers in skirts” who worked on the Redstone, Mercury and Apollo space programmes for Nasa. Now, thanks to an award-tipped movie, Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan are about to become more widely celebrated.

The film, Hidden Figures, stars Taraji P Henson of TV series Empire, soul singer and actress Janelle Monáe, Octavia Spencer from The Help movie, and Academy Award winner Kevin Costner.

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it’s crazy how many people’s negative perceptions of black people stem from shitty film and television stereotypes rather than actually knowing any black people

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How history forgot the black women behind Nasa’s space race
In the 1940s, a group of female scientists were the human computers behind the biggest advances in aeronautics. Hidden Figures, an upcoming book and film tells their remarkable, untold story
By Emine Saner

Growing up in Hampton, Virginia, Margot Lee Shetterly was surrounded by brilliant female scientists and mathematicians who, like her father, worked for Nasa. “I would see them in the context of community organisations or church, or you’d run into them at the grocery store – they were my parents’ friends,” she says. It didn’t seem unusual to her that, within her community, so many women had enjoyed long careers at Langley, Nasa’s research centre – and so many of them were black women. It was her husband, on a trip back to visit Lee Shetterly’s parents, who pointed out how remarkable it was.

In 1940, she points out in her book, Hidden Figures, just 2% of black women got a university degree and more than half became teachers. But a few defied all expectations and obstacles and joined Naca (the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which would become Nasa). Their work underpinned some of the biggest advances in aeronautics, during some of the most defining moments of the 20th century – the second world war, the cold war, the space race, the civil rights movement, and the adoption of electronic computing.

While some of this generation of female black scientists were recognised – in 2015, Katherine Johnson was awarded the US’s highest civilian honour, the Presidential medal of freedom for her work, which included calculations that helped the moon landing – the fact that there was a crack team of all-female, all-black maths whizzes is largely unknown. “For a long time, African Americans were not allowed to read and write,” says Lee Shetterly. “We forget but it was not that long ago. Women were barred from studying at many colleges. If you are not able to read and write, then you are not going to be able to tell your own story. There haven’t been critical masses of women, minorities, whatever, and I think that’s something that is changing now.”

Lee Shetterly’s book, and the story of how a group of African American women – transcending racism and sexism to embark on some of the most important scientific work in the world at the time – has been turned into a film, starring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P Henson and Janelle Monae. Henson plays the brilliant mathematician Johnson. It was the real Johnson, now in her nineties and whom Lee Shetterly knew, who first told her about Dorothy Vaughan (played by Spencer).

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jenn1236  asked:

i think that person meant that afad does not have the same impact that blackout did. blackout was so popular and absolutely everyone knew about it (which is awesome btw.) i think a lot of us asian people want something to the level of blackout, with the same reach and impact. but im wondering why we never created something like that before?

Honestly, that’s a great question to ask yourself!! Tumblr is full of picture of white people, white models, white tv stars, white everything. So for the people whining about how we don’t have an Asian version of Blackout: why didn’t you think of it before?? Why is it only AFTER YOU SAW BLACK PEOPLE HAVE SOMETHING that you decided you want the thing too? 

I saw conversations about #Blackout happen before it became a thing. From what I saw, the first conversations about it stemmed from a lot of Black people on Tumblr being frustrated with the fact that Black History Month was over, that Black History Month is only ONE month out of the year, and that in most schools, people learn about the same Black figures in history year after year. It stemmed out of frustration about erasure of Black people from history. And Blackout was a hit! It was amazing! 

What will we have to say about asianinvasion or a Tumblr-wide AFAD? Literally every motivation about it that we’ve seen has been “because Black people got to have a thing, we should have the thing too! ” Think about how different those two motivations are.

The sudden desire to have #asianinvasion was well-intentioned but just because it was well-intentioned doesn’t mean it’s not selfish, short-sighted, and disrespectful. 

And yes, Asian people have been erased from western histories too. But we can talk about that without co-opting the ways that Black people use to combat their erasure.

I am really sorry to all the followers who keep seeing these same asks and answers about this over and over again, but AFAD keeps getting hyped so I think it’s a good thing to keep answering them so non-community members can actually see what we’re about.  -Kat

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Google gives Black Girls Code $2.8M space inside its NY headquarters

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The nonprofit hopes working near Google will provide better opportunities for students and increase diversity in the tech industry.

For young girls of color, the distance between first getting interested in computers and eventually landing a job in tech is long and marked with exit ramps.

Nonprofit Black Girls Code and search giant Google are hoping to shorten the distance between that initial spark and an actual job by putting coding students in the same building as Google’s New York office.

via Google gives Black Girls Code $2.8M space inside its NY headquarters

No Country for Black Men

Let’s be clear. This country wasn’t built for black people like me and my family and friends. It was built for white men and continues to serve their interests.

The Second Amendment gives white people the right to carry assault rifles in public but does not allow black people the right to even look at a gun without incurring suspicion from the white gaze. It’s become (and perhaps was designed to be) another racist tool to suppress black people.

I wrote a Huffington Post article two years ago: Does The Second Amendment Only Apply To White People? I wrote it after John Crawford was shot in a Walmart in Ohio for looking, just looking, at a BB gun on the shelves. Then Levar Jones was shot for obeying police orders to get his ID from his car in South Carolina.Then Tamir Rice was killed for playing with a toy gun in a park in Cleveland. And then hundreds of other black people have been killed by the police in the past two years. And this week Alton Sterling was killed in Baton Rouge and police used a gun as an excuse to execute him at point-blank range. And now Philando Castile, a licensed gun owner, was shot and killed by police in Minnesota after he told police he was going to reach for his ID. Police even shot through the car while Philando’s girlfriend and a child were seated inside. This is reckless disregard for the lives of black people.

But already, I hear the police apologists justifying these two murders with all the familiar, predictable arguments.

  • They’re just isolated incidents.
  • What about “black-on-black crime?
  • We don’t know all the facts.
  • It’s just a statistical probability that some people are going to be killed during police encounters.

At what point do white people stop making excuses and start taking our complaints seriously? When four Americans who volunteered to serve in a dangerous war zone were killed in Benghazi, Libya, Congress spent millions of dollars, held 33 hearings and issued 13 reports to find out what happened. But when hundreds of black people are killed in the streets in our own country, we hear nothing. If only our leaders cared as much about black lives in America as they do about 4 people killed in Benghazi.

Just yesterday, a prominent public figure asked why we need to have a BET, an NAACP and HBCUs. Well, it’s because white America doesn’t value our lives. They don’t value our economic well-being. They don’t value our health. They don’t value our education. If they did, they would have done something centuries ago, or even decades ago, or years ago, to eliminate the glaring and persistent disparities in opportunities for blacks and whites in America. But we’re taught to treat the abnormal as normal, as though there’s nothing wrong with a society where the black unemployment rate is always twice as high as the white unemployment rate, and where black people are less likely to have health care coverage, less likely to attend good schools, less likely to have access to affordable housing. We’re supposed to assume that all those things are the result of our own failings as a people instead of acknowledging their connection to a long and sordid history of slavery, segregation and state-sanctioned racial discrimination

The open-ended murder of black people stems from the cultural devaluation of blackness and the dominant belief system of white supremacy. Even when other people of color, including other black people, commit acts of violence against us, it too reflects the influence of the dominant belief system that devalues our existence. Until we attack and destroy every vestige of that belief system, more of us — black men and black women, black gay, straight and transgender people, black poor people and even black rich people — will die at the hands of white supremacy.

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Pinterest's seventh employee on being black in Silicon Valley

Justin Edmund is the seventh employee at Pinterest. He’s also one of the few African Americans in Silicon Valley.

*Good article… Minus the part where they claim he “rejected Black culture”. That was very much unnecessary. They just through that in there to make him seem like an exception..

Sylvester James Gates, Jr. (born December 15, 1950), known as S. James Gates, Jr, or Jim Gates, is an American theoretical physicist, known for work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. He is currently a Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, a University of Maryland Regents Professor and serves on President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

Gates received SB (1973) and PhD (1977) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His doctoral thesis was the first at MIT on supersymmetry. With M. T. Grisaru, M. Rocek and W. Siegel, Gates coauthored Superspace, or One thousand and one lessons in supersymmetry (1984), the first comprehensive book on supersymmetry.[3]

Gates was nominated by the Department of Energy as one of the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s “Nifty Fifty” Speakers to present his work and career to middle and high school students in October 2010.[4] He is on the board of trustees of Society for Science & the Public.

Gates was a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at MIT (2010-11) and was a Residential Scholar at MIT’s Simmons Hall. He is pursuing ongoing research into string theory, supersymmetry, and supergravity at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics. His research focuses on Adinkra symbols as representations of supersymmetric algebras.

On February 1, 2013, Gates was a recipient of the National Medal of Science

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kbtfenton-deactivated20140129  asked:

I hope one day you guys figure out that as long as you have thugs and rappers calling women sluts hoes and bitches. And rapping about almost exclusively drugs and sex. And being very vulgar and explicit about it. Racism will never go away. There's a difference between black people and niggers. Most racism stems from hatred of niggers not skin tone.

By your own words, nigger and Black are the same. Here’s why: For one, you’re still using it to describe ONLY Black people, and if you did call someone else a “nigger,” it would likely be due to them acting in a way that you perceive as “acting Black.” You’re using “nigger” to describe a “type” of Black person. You’re using a racial slur to label what you think is a sub-category or subgroup of the Black race… But guess what? That still makes it a hatred of Blackness and Black people. I love how you think you have a right to separate “those Blacks” from “these Blacks.” You sound like you’d fit right in during slavery.

There is no difference between the two, despite your idiotic protests. That’s simply how you attempt (and fail) to justify your hatred. It’s an argument/stance that has more holes than Swiss cheese. You can try to (very poorly) rationalize your racism all you like, but rap isn’t the root of racism.

Racism existed before rap existed.

As an aside, when mainstream rap had a more positive message and promoted Black pride and unity, White folks wanted no parts of it. During hip hop’s golden era, artists with more positive messages were just as viable and popular as artists who had these negative messages. And the culture reflected that. Even so, Whites still demonized it, and it was not until White people realized how much they could capitalize off of it that they hijacked it and caused the decline of rap; leading to what it is today. I find it interesting that you mention the sexism and misogyny in mainstream rap—which I fully acknowledge is there—while likely excusing and/or ignoring the sexism, materialism, and misogyny in other genres of music (i.e. rock, which was once ours, too, might I add). Your issue isn’t the negativity found in the music. Your issue is the race who dominates that genre of music.

To get back on track, racism is not caused by music. Racism is not caused by the victims of racism/marginalized groups/minorities (i.e. any non-White person in the U.S. and any other White-dominated country). Racism is caused by a group of people who wish to subjugate another on the basis of racial superiority. It’s caused by a group who uses their power to create systems and institutions of oppression for anyone who falls outside of said group. Conversely, they also create systems of privilege that maintain and spread their power. In-fighting and other divisive ploys (i.e. anti-Black racism, lateral racism) are put in place to create a diversion from the issues that truly plague the different marginalized groups.

When we were in our lands, White people justified their racism by saying “look at these subhuman savages & their unholy rituals.” They used our cultural differences to justify enslaving, murdering, raping, and in all other ways brutalizing us. The same was done to the Native Americans, who are now on the verge of cultural/racial extinction. And similar atrocities have been committed by Whites on each and every land they’ve stepped foot on. They even oppress other Whites (i.e. the Irish). White people created race, so that they could build the institution of White supremacy/Racism. White people have put mental and physical disease in the Black communities, and then blamed Black people for being sick. They created a multitude of disparities between Black and White people (in the favor of White people), and then said, “LOOK! These differences are due to Black people not being equal/human!” “These differences are due to White people being the superior race!”

Racism is caused by lazy, hateful, small-minded bigots who find poor, illogical, self-fulfilling, and falsified bases for their erroneous, baseless beliefs in their own group’s supremacy.

Racism will never go away, because of people like you… People who would rather justify hatred than find a way to fix what’s wrong with this society. People who wish to ignore history in order to appease what little conscience they may have. Racism is here to stay, because most white people don’t have to deal with racism. They are in predominantly White communities, schools, businesses, churches, etc. They live in a society that caters to and applauds their Whiteness. Racism is here to stay because most White people don’t want to give up their power and privilege. They’d rather seek the type of validation from other White people like the nonsense you just said to me.

Furthermore, “nigger” has never been reserved for a specific type of Black person. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was called a nigger. Barack Obama is called a nigger. No matter how educated, how affluent, how articulate, how courteous, how peaceful, how successful, or how wonderful a Black person may be, we will ALWAYS be niggers to the racists. So you can try that shit with your White friends. But you can’t pull that shit with ME.

Reminder: I’m always on the lookout for poc + black people in Science/STEM articles, posts, or even well written pieces/ opinion pieces to feature on to #Science. So if you’ve seen such articles and think it’s not already featured please send me a link to it via fanmail so I can check it out and feature it if I have any features left or the article meets the guidelines. The importance of doing this is there are not a lot of editors in the Science section who are actively representing poc in science (many do it once in a blue moon to meet their representation quotas among their white supremacist science) so we can make a slight difference by pointing to the articles floating around that deserve some recognition in the science tag. You never know what article featuring a poc you shared was the one that incited some little kid who’s hardly represented the desire and passion to do the science necessary for a better future.