Stupid Shit White People Say... Pt. 2
  • White People:I'm not a racist, but...
  • White People:Why does everything have to be about race??
  • White People:I'm not a racist! I have a black boyfriend/girlfriend!
  • White People:Do you mean, "ALL Women Are Beautiful"?
  • White People:Not ALL White People are racists!
  • White People:You're stereotyping and generalizing us! That's just as bad as racism!
  • White People:Eminem is the best rapper, hands-down!
  • White People:Can't we all just work together and move on?
  • White People:*Talking about Slavery* I will not apologize for what I did not do!
  • White People:Never Forget... (On September 11th after 10 years.)
  • White People:If you want to be successful, you have to work hard like everyone else.
  • White People:Why can't it be "All Lives Matter"???
  • White People:Can you please cite your source(s)?
  • White People:White people live in the projects too!
  • White People:I'm really starting to feel sad ever since our race has been called out on racism...
  • White People:People really need to stop with the #StopWhitePeople. It's not funny!
  • White People:Can you stop with the "White People be like..." posts, that's racist.
  • White People:I know my race is shitty, but I'm not like that...
  • White People:Obama is the U.S. president, that means racism is over!
  • White People:If you don't have any privileges, then why do black people have their own television channel?
  • White People:Learn to speak our language or get the fuck out of our country!
  • White People:These people are savages for rioting over a verdict.
  • White People:Well he shouldn't have worn baggy jeans and a hoodie in the first place
  • White People:Maybe if s/he was to follow the cop's orders, s/he wouldn't have been killed
  • White People:Haha! You would order fried chicken 'cause you're black!
  • White People:*Squints eyes and imitates Asians driving*
  • White People:*Wears Native-American headdress for a sporting event*
  • White People:*Claims to be "more black" for listening to rap/hip-hop*
  • White People:*Wears turbans and hijabs and imitates middle easterners for halloween*
  • White People:You can't call me a 'Cracker', that's just as bad as the N-word!
  • White People:Martin Luther King Jr. would be disappointed by you guys, if he was alive today.
  • White People:I don't care if you're black, white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet and etc...
  • White People:We are one race; The human race!

E! Fashion Host Giuliana Rancic has issued a heartfelt apology to Zendaya Coleman after Monday night’s “Fashion Police” fiasco. 

After Rancic commented that Zendaya’s faux locs probably “smelt like patchouli oil … or weed,” the entire internet blew up. This was a particularly lazy racial stereotype and the history of black hair criticism is intimately and deeply felt in the African American community. 

So basically, everyone was mad at Rancic. 

However, I don’t think anyone expected Rancic’s apology to be so heart-felt and sincere. I definitely didn’t. 

“I’d really like to address something that is weighing very heavy on my heart. I want to apologize for a comment that I made on last night’s “Fashion Police” about Zendaya’s hair. Now as you know, “Fashion Police” is a show that pokes fun at celebrities in good spirit, but I do understand something I said last night did cross the line. I just want everyone to know that I didn’t intend to hurt anybody. But I’ve learned it is not my intent that matters; it’s the result. And the result is that people are offended, including Zendaya. That is not OK.

Therefore, I want to say to Zendaya, and anyone else out there that I have hurt, that I am so, so sincerely sorry. This really has been a learning experience for me — I’ve learned a lot today — and this incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of cliches and stereotypes, how much damage they can do, and that I am responsible, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further. Thank you for listening.” – Giuliana Rancic

I for one, am very proud of Rancic, and I hope others will take note of her eloquence the next time they say something stupid. 

This was a hard post to make because, as you guys know, I have decided I DON’T GIVE A FUCK ABOUT AN OSCAR. Look, fuck the Oscars, fuck the Grammy’s, fuck Emmy’s, fuck the SAG Awards, fuck the Golden Globes, fuck the Tony Awards, and fuck every single one of these antiquated, outdated odes to white supremacy. But I am doing the photo challenge and we’re almost to the end, so instead of skipping today entirely, I decided to do a post on Black OSCAR winners that you haven’t heard of… Aka the ones that won the award for technical skills or for ANYTHING other than playing a slave!

1. Top left: In 2012, Black director T.J. Martin won the Best Documentary Feature Oscar for his film, ‘Undefeated,’ which documented the struggles of a high school football team, the Manassas Tigers of Memphis, as they attempt a winning season after years of losses.

2. Second left: In 2009, Black director Roger Ross Williams won the Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar for his film, ‘Music by Prudence’ which documented the story of the now 24-year-old Zimbabwean singer-songwriter Prudence Mabhena. Mabhena,who was born severely disabled, went on to form a successful band of all-disabled musicians.

3. Right corner: In 1988, Willie D. Burton became the first Black person to win the Best Sound Mixing Oscar for his work on the film, ‘Bird,’ which was a biographical tribute to the life and music of Black jazzsaxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker.

4. Bottom pic: And in 1989 and 1990, Russell Williams became the first Black person to win multiple Academy Awards, when he won the Best Sound Mixing Oscars two years in a row: for ‘Glory’ in 1989, and for ‘Dances With Wolves’ in 1990.


Greetings, earthlings.

The last month has been crazy. I feel like I grew 26,000 new brain cells. I’ve been performing a lot and learning so much about attention, presence, power, confidence, consciousness. All of this I’m putting to good use in my new show American Flag, which I will perform March 22nd & 23rd at REDCAT in downtown L.A. I’m very excited to present a show with full tech in a theater. Music, video, & lights!

But back to attention, presence, power, confidence, consciousness:

All the stuff that I’ve never been sure exists in the way people talk about it, but it totally does. Self-help books, successful people, yoga teachers, advertisements just say to like… “Be Confident,” or like “Love Yourself,” or “Be Yourself” “Call Upon Your Inner Power,” but it ain’t even like that. I mean it’s like that, but for me it’s been… an actual shift in consciousness that has required me putting myself in a different place in relationship to other people i.e. being on stage. So unlike the superficial feeling of "uhh I don’t like what’s on this TV channel, I’m gonna ‘shift’ the channel," it’s the feeling of turning off the TV and going outside.

One of my friends and I have been talking about Attention – coming to the realization that we, as humans, have the ability to capture people’s attention, hold people’s attention, and that we can do something with it.  My experience this past month has been one of basically acquainting myself with that power via performance. It’s been a real process of awakening: to start to be able to pay attention to how people pay attention to me and just the simple fact that they do. In coming to this awareness via performance, I’ve started to see how it appears in other parts of life. 

Almost all my life I’ve held a lot of false notions about myself when it comes to lovability and relateability. Even if I knew, intellectually, that these insecurities were unfounded, they still have had a hold on me because I wasn’t paying attention. Similarly, I think gratitude is much harder done than said – to go beyond making a list of what you’ve been given, and to act based on those gifts. e.g. “I’m grateful for my body so I’m actually going to do something healthy,” or “I’m grateful for my family so I’m actually going to do something for them,” or “I’m grateful for my family so I’m actually going to let them do something for me,” or “I’m grateful for the pleasure I get from drawing so I’m going to draw.” The things you can be grateful for are actual facts in your life. They are actual resources.  I wasn’t paying full attention to the facts of my life. I was simply not paying attention to the fact that I, like everyone, draw attention. And that is a powerful thing. 

A great example of attention is when you’re in a room, any room, with a lot of other people. And someone walks into the door. Everyone looks to the door, no matter where you are in the room. Everyone wants to know who just came in, or what’s going on. We’re wired to be curious in that way. We’re wired for excitement. If you’re the person walking through the door, you might feel uncomfortable having everyone’s eyes on you; you might feel like something is expected of you simply for having entered the door, and the moment people see it’s “just you,” their attention goes back to their conversations, and you’re invisible again. Being out of the attention may be either be 

a relief – “I don’t know what people want from me, but I don’t have it.”

a cause of anxiety – “No one cares about me.”

or feel totally neutral – “I’m just a person who walked in the door.”

I think Confidence without a ton of ego is “I don’t know what people want, but I have what I have. I’m just a person who walked in the door, and this is the reason why they care.”

I’m moving towards confidence, but I have spent so much time in the anxious mind. “No one cares,” or “I’m not the one they were expecting,” which when you think about it is so silly. No one was expecting anyone to come through the door!! So how could anyone be “the one they were expecting.” It’s also possible to be the one people were expecting without them even knowing it yet. That’s what advertising is about. 

So I’m not sure if I’m unlocking some meaning to life or becoming a good saleswoman, or if they’re the same and that’s the evolutionary function of Capitalism. BUT, I’m finding that confidence comes from the same place as fear, which is almost nowhere. There is really just as little reason to be confident in something you’ve never done before, as there is reason to be afraid of something you’ve never done before. The difference is that fear produces more stomach aches. 

Fear offers a weak protection, but confidence is actually like this magnetic force that you can feel. And like fear, it’s a muscle. The more you use it, simply by knowing that there’s no way to let down the people in the room by entering it – i.e. people are not automatically disappointed in your existence i.e. people are curious about what you have to say i.e. people are ready to see you in whatever way you present yourself – the stronger that feeling gets.  

Now that I’m getting more confident with just being on stage, I’m starting to find a feeling of responsibility. Not the more immature one that I previously felt to “not let people down,” but rather the responsibility to do something that I think is important to do and important to say. And so I am really excited about American Flag because I will be saying quite a bit about quite a few things.

I can’t believe this why don’t you white people understand that you can NOT use the word
Using nigga is the only privilege that black people have oh but white people your live is so hard because you can’t say iT we have the privilege to say nigga you have privilege in everything else that’s how iT is
White people don’t experience racism
And if you don’t agree please explain to me how
I can’t believe you people
Always complaining About something when you can get a job easier than my people
Life is way easier for you people
Cause there are alot of things that white people don’t have to deal withYou don’t get. Arrested als fast als my people
These white people just don’t understand