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this was a really cute black queer short film.

also it was just very real and had no contrived storyline or character elements or anything.  just regular interactions. it’s like 20 min and i highly recommend to other folks who share the same identity intersections.

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Hey Tumblr!!! 

My Name is Ahsante Sankofa (They/Them/Their or It/Its), tomorrow, August 8th,  (yes I might be a sensate heheheh) is my 🎉🎊birthday🎉🎊. 

I was wondering, can I get a lot of notes for my birthday? I think that would be the best birthday present evers!!! So please like and reblog!

💖Thank you 💖

This a call for help.

My partner and I both have a very hard time asking for help but we are in a situation now where we cannot go without it and we don’t have family we can rely on or turn to for help.

We are currently in danger of not being able to afford our food and our home.

I know many other people are in similar situations but if you can’t help by donating, please pass this along. 💕

About a year ago my partner sprained their ankle on the job and was not reimbursed for missed hours. They are still paying off the medical bills as am I. Because of this, my sweetie and I had to move in with some dear friends into, well- -basically an old college party house for the cheap. I love our roommates but our paychecks don’t align and the heat is currently shut off and it’s starting to get cold.

I was recently let go from a steady (read: insurance included)- but god awful- job for bringing up the need for diversity training in the workplace as well as equal treatment. They gathered up other reasons so they didn’t have to say this was the actual reason.

We are both freelance artists and between our art and side gigs the money doesn’t always add up- even though we each have more than three jobs. It’s very difficult to find jobs that are fair to non binary queers (my partner and I) and to poc (myself) where we live. The town is so focused on who you knooow. So much so that I recently had to start a group for queer and/or trans people of colour in town to build a community.

We finally found a new place to rent together that is reasonable for us and our two cute kitties. They raised the rent from what they originally quoted us after we applied and then neglected to mention a $500 pet fee until after receiving our deposit and days before our move. In the area we live, there is no way to find a less expensive place because of severe gentrification across the city and we have already given notice that we are moving out.  

To add to the worries, my car has stopped working properly and it isn’t in drivable condition. So not only are we down to one car (whilst we each have three separate jobs) but we have to find a way to replace the other car before winter.

We have very little time to work this all out and even less due to constant working and awful doubles.

Please help us and our kitties stay afloat through this transition. Even $10 helps sooo much. My talented partner has offered to draw a rendering of your profile picture or other portraits if you donate $15 or more. Send it through Venmo and then send me a message that reads something like, “Draw me like one of your French girls”.  With the name you use on Venmo.

We appreciate your support and love so much.

Queerly Yours,

B+B 💚



PayPal: paypal.me/blissss


Venmo: https://venmo.com/code?user_id=1935080268234752934


hey y’all! i’m making my very first collaborative zine! the deadline to submit is dec 3rd! the goal is to get enough submissions 2 make a ~very cool~ free digital publication and also continue this again.

this zine is about queerness: anyone can submit, but voices of color will be given focus as they are the most marginalized.

if you have any questions, feel free to ask me on here, or email me at willisbn@vcu.edu.

when submitting, make sure you submit a name/pseudonym, title of work (optional), brief bio (optional), or contact (optional, but can be an email/blog/twitter/etc)

please reblog if you can!

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Hey guys 😁

I go Spelman College which is historically women’s* and also an HBCU and after coming out to my entire school and Alice Walker (yes, THE Alice Walker) as a trans man, our neighboring school’s (Morehouse College) newspaper, The Maroon Tiger, decided to include me in their newspaper/magazine/narratives which was the “Black Man Edition”.
It’s been all over Twitter but I realized I haven’t posted it on Tumblr.
This is such a huge deal to me especially going to an all women’s*, all black institution. To be recognized by the black community as trans and as a man is a win, especially for these institutions.

So please watch as I talk about attending an all women’s* institution as a man, my new name, starting T & the significance of it all✨

White queer people LOVE trying to align themselves with anti-black racism to prove that they’re the most oppressed group ever.

And then they prove that they don’t know anything about our issues or experiences.

The most hilarious example that I’ve encountered is in discussion of if uniformed cops should be welcome (and celebrated) in Pride.

And there’s always that ONE person going “They’re still gay! Being a cop doesn’t stop them from being gay! Do Black people say Black cops aren’t Black?! Do they kick them out of their community spaces?!”

And so I just have to be like “Umm…yes. Yes we do. We don’t like Black cops. We expect Black cops to prove that they’re still with us.”

But it doesn’t stop there. There’s always SOME THING popping up, some kind of discourse in queer spaces that just shows that they got so high off reading about Black social justice leaders that they actually didn’t think of what leads to a lot of our terms and practices and definitions of oppression, that they took NO time to think, “waitaminute, I don’t think this could actually WORK for queer activism.”

Does anyone else experience this? Or is it just me?

Beyonce Gets Political, and I Get Snatched Bald: An Overview of Themes and Motifs in the Formation Music Video

It is important that you know, I am not even a Beyonce stan like that. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the post I am going to relate. If we were not perfectly convinced of Jacob Marley’s death before the play began, then there would be nothing remarkable about him showing up at his “business” partner’s house to bitch him out in the middle of the night.

It’s also important to note that Beyonce usually doesn’t go in for this sort of thing. She’s not really the Artist/Activist type. This video is the most political she has ever gotten, and I swear it took the convergence of Black Lives Matter, Black History Month, Mardis Gras, a Nat Turner Rebellion movie, the blatant disrespect of casting a white man to play Michael Jackson, and all the planets to bring us this blessing. Many have said Formation is the phrase, “I love my blackness, and yours.” given physical form. It is all that and more.

Originally posted by lahnvahn

This opening line prepares us for the realness to come

Let’s start with the fact that Formation features a voice over by Big Freedia the Queen Diva of NOLA Bounce. If you don’t know Bounce music, or you don’t know Big Freedia–and if you don’t know Bounce, you won’t know Big Freedia–let me direct you to Youtube so you can educate yourself. I recommend you start with Excuse, and Y’all Get Back Now. Big Freedia also has a very nice feature in Ru Paul’s Peanut Butter.

All throughout this video we are treated to imagery from Black queer culture, from Big Freedia’s voice-over, to dancers, to queens just slaying in the beauty shop. Again, if you are unfamiliar with the richness of Black queer culture, I direct you to the internet, because there’s just too much to explain. Start with Paris Is Burning on Netflix and go from there I guess? Like, literal books have been written and it is too big an undertaking for me alone. But Formation is an anthem for Black Femmes as much as it is for Blackness in general.

Originally posted by yoncehaunted

Beyonce heard all y’all talking that shit about “Why is her hair always done, but she can’t make sure her baby’s hair is done?” Uh, because Blue is a child, and that is her NATURAL HAIR, and she clearly is ROCKING IT.

In fact, this video features A WEALTH of natural hair, textured hair, weaves, perms, braids, Black hair in general.

Note: Baby hairs are small, fine, wispy hairs on your hairline that your mother would brush or gel in a specific way. If you don’t know what a baby hair is, ask a Black person, or someone with “ethnic” hair (gag).

Originally posted by yoncehaunted

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Originally posted by 711vevo

In fact, every single person in this video is Black except for the cops.

And let’s talk about that scene

Originally posted by ecstasyformyears

A little black boy dancing his heart out in front of a line of cops in riot gear,

and the cops put their hands up. YES YES YES YES YESYEYSYESYES!!!!!

Originally posted by dorawinifredread

Please note the multiple nods to Majorette culture (okay ladies, now let’s get in formation, prove to me you got some coordination, slay trick or you get eliminated) which is very southern.

Formation is very southern

Originally posted by nerd4music

From Southern Gothic imagery

to people dressed for Mardis Gras

To the scenes with people dressed in 19th century Creole garb, in their parlors, with fans.

Now let’s examine some of the lyrics:

My Daddy Alabama, Mama Louisiana

This is more than a statement about Beyonce’s roots. The vast majority of Black Americans can trace their ancestry to the South, after many of us moved to northern cities in the Great Migration. To this day, the majority of Black people in the US live in the South. I’m a New Yorker for generations back on either side, but guess what? The family reunion each year is held in Virginia, because that’s where my people come from.

I like my negro nose and Jackson Five nostrils

There has literally never been a more full-throated, stalwart, stark as hell positive affirmation of Blackness in mainstream, popular media since the original Black Is Beautiful movement in the 60′s. Maybe not since the Harlem Renaissance? I predict In a few years, people will be inverting their contours and getting plastic surgery to achieve the coveted Jackson Five nostril. Only by then they’ll rename it something more palatable to the mainstream (Read: white people).

I got hot sauce in my bag

Let me tell you something about my septuagenarian Grandparents: they literally always have a bottle of hot sauce in their car. Like many retirees, they like to travel, take cruises, do old people stuff. Never have they ever gone anywhere without a bottle of hot sauce. Never has my grandfather been in a restaurant and not requested hot sauce–even though he always has his own.

As I type this, I have a bottle of hot sauce on my night stand, next to my bed. Why? Because I put that shit on everything, and it’s just more convenient to keep it handy. I put hot sauce on pepperoni pizzas. Sometimes I sip out of the hot sauce bottle like it’s a fine wine.

I make all this money, but they’ll never take the country out me

A reminder to never forget your roots, a statement about preserving your identity under the pressures of assimilation, or commentary on respectability politics–no matter how much money you make, how famous you become, you’ll always be Black to the powers that be? Trick question. It’s all three

Originally posted by northgang

BLACK AS HELL

Note: Red Lobster is known to be the de-facto Black date night restaurant. I have no idea why.

All of this culminates in Beyonce, sprawled atop a NOLA police car, sinking into the flood waters of Katrina. She metaphorically drowns the police in a flood caused by the colossal abdication of responsibility by those in power at the expense of the disenfranchised. She is prostrated on the symbolic corpse of the oppressor as it is subsumed by water.

I Literally Can Not.

Other images that made me want to praise dance:

  1. Black man riding a horse down the street. Little known fact, Black people were some of the first cowboys in the American west. For the most famous example, see the actual man The Lone Ranger is based off of.
  2. The newspaper with the picture of Martin Luther King and front page headline that read, “More Than A Dreamer.” A reference to the #ReclaimMLK movement, which is about countering the sanitized, white-washed, commodified version of his message with the reality of his radicalism.
  3. The fact that the portraits on the walls of the mansion are of Black women
  4. I slay, I slay, I slay

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