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These four Black women are #BreakingBarriers… in #KPop? Meet Insooni, Alexandra Reid of RANIA, Yoon Mirae, and Michelle Lee!

“In South Korea there are K-Pop stars who don cornrows and Jordans and assume the mannerisms of Black people. So why aren’t we more visible in their culture when it comes to music? Besides the fact that we are seen as less beautiful, something that every K-Pop star “should be”, there just isn’t many of us there.”

READ MORE about these four Black KPop idols: http://bit.ly/1KgSkUt

Nyle DiMarco is the ☆first deaf person☆ to win America’s Next Top Model of Cycle 22. Cycle 22 is the last season!!! So sad to bid farewell to this amazing show that made so many people dreams come true! So happy Nyle won, I know this is going to change the deaf community and open up plenty of opportunities. Congrats Nyle!!! You deserve it!! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡Lots of Love BeautyxMayhem

Comedian and actress Melissa McCarthy just made history by becoming the first woman to win the Comedic Genius award at the MTV Movie Awards over the weekend. “I may be the 1st woman to receive this award but I am certainly not the first to deserve it. I am a walking human patchwork of other remarkable funny women who I loved and studied over the years, and I have been stealing from these amazing women and so many people are here that I could add to the list.” It’s only fitting that an actress whose latest movie is titled “Boss” has won this.😂🎭🙊#melissamccarthy #comedian #genius #MTVmovieawards #breakingbarriers #boss #history #badass #instagood #picoftheday

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Today in 1915, Ernest E. Just, a biologist and educator received the first NAACP Spingarn Medal or outstanding achievement by a Black American. Ernest graduated from both Dartmouth and the The University of Chicago.

The Howard University professor, pioneered many areas on the physiology of development, including fertilization, experimental parthenogenesis, hydration, cell division, dehydration in living cells and ultraviolet carcinogenic radiation effects on cells.

Just helped found Official Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in 1911, the first black Greek letter organization founded at a historically black university.  

In 1930, he became the first American to be invited to conduct research at the Kaiser Wilhelm Society Institute in Berlin, Germany. His research ended when the Nazis took control of Germany in 1933. He was held briefly in a prisoner-of-war camp until rescued by the US State Department and brought back to the US in 1940. 

Break the Box

It never ceases to amaze me how difficult understanding is to come across. Now, understanding is a pretty big concept, but here I’m talking about the understanding of human sexuality. Because it seems to me, few people have true understanding.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am in no way asserting that I completely understand human sexuality. Because I don’t. Not in the slightest. But I’m strong enough to admit it and I’m not bull-headed enough to overtly, blatantly and ignorantly tell someone that their sexuality doesn’t exist. Because that, well, that’s just plain ridiculous and a little bit like telling someone that their eyes aren’t really blue when they, in fact, are.

What spurred this little tirade? For the holidays I gathered round with a few of my closest high school friends and I, finally, am completely out to them as potentially biromantic asexual. I had hoped for a little acceptance, a little tolerance, and a whole lot of support since, you know, they’re my best friends from high school. Through thick and thin and all that. Instead, I was met with two horribly heart-breaking responses:

1.Bisexuality doesn’t exist. It’s not possible to love both men and women, dontchaknow.

2.Asexuality doesn’t exist. Everyone has sexual attraction. It’s biological. It’s evolutionary. It’s integral to the human existence.

Ha.

At that point, I just felt tired. Tired of meeting resistance with the few people who should accept me for who I am, since they chose to be around me in the first place. Tired of trying to justify myself, the way I love and the people I love to others. Just tired.

Now, however, I’m just frustrated. I’m not sure how to approach people who are stuck in the homo-hetero duality scale or refuse to step outside of their heteronormative box. What I’d like to say is – what I’d like to scream is – educate yourselves.

I’ll be straight up honest with you – I have not researched bisexuality at all. Why? Because bisexuality seems pretty intuitive to me, just as intuitive as homosexuality or heterosexuality. I’ve never, ever, ever questioned it. So I can’t offer places to go for education here. I can just hope that someone who does question it will learn more. And you’ll bet I’m going to figure some stuff out myself.

Asexuality, on the other hand, is something I can draw a map for. Why? Because it confused me, too. But instead of becoming belligerent or remaining ignorant, I educated myself (novel idea). I found AVEN, the Asexuality Visibility Education Network, which finds its home at asexuality.org, and I used it as a jumping platform. I learned the basics: what asexuality is, who is asexual, a big on why asexuality and the different types of asexuality. I learned it was normal.

I found the research of Anthony F. Bogaert, a man who studies human sexuality and found that about 1% of the human population is asexual and that it is, indeed, a sexual orientation. He provided evidence against the claim that asexuality was pathological, not natural, and something to be cured. I discovered that Nicole Prause, Cynthia A. Graham and Kristen S. Sherrer all continued Bogaert’s research on asexuality and made moves to separate asexuality from pathology. In short, there most certainly is research validating asexuality as a natural part of the human experience.

It would be nice if people would look for this type of research and stop attacking asexuality as a pathological issue. It would be nice if people would stop invalidating the community some people call home. It would be nice if people would cease calling people who are different than them broken, wrong, or unreal. Because let me tell you something. I am not broken. I am not wrong. I am certainly real. I’ve never had any traumatic experiences, sexual or otherwise. I am not seeking attention. I do not have special snowflake syndrome. I am biromantic, I am asexual. But most of all, I am me.

So this is me. Educating myself. Stepping outside the heteronormative box. Tearing the box into tiny little pieces. Lighting the remnants on fire. Watching it burn and feeling warm.

So, what are you going to do with your box?

Want to learn more? Check out these articles:

Cerankowski, Karli June and Megan Milks. “New Orientations: Asexuality and Its Implications for Theory and Practice”

Bogaert, Anthony. “Asexuality: Prevalence and Associated Factors in a National Probability Sample.”

Bogaert, Anthony. “Toward a Conceptual Understanding of Asexuality.”

Or hop on over to AVEN:

www.asexuality.org

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Today in 1962, Jackie Robinson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Robinson’s professional career started with the Negro league in 1945, after accepting an offer with the Kansas City Monarchs. He became the first Black American to play in the major leagues in the modern era broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn (now Los Angeles) Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947. The Dodgers, by playing Robinson, ended racial segregation that had relegated black players to the Negro leagues since the 1880s. 

The iconic player was very active in the civil rights movement, Dr. King said that he was “a legend and a symbol in his own time”, and that he “challenged the dark skies of intolerance and frustration.”

In 1965, the UCLA alumni served as an analyst for ABC’s Major League Baseball Game of the Week telecasts, the first black person to do so. In 1966, Robinson was hired as general manager for the short-lived Brooklyn Dodgers of the Continental Football League.

FACT: In track and field, Robinson won the 1940 NCAA Men’s Track and Field Championships in the long jump, jumping 24 ft 10 1⁄4 in (7.58 m).

(pictured above with wife Rachael “Rae” Robinson (on the right) at the Hall of Fame ceremony)

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Manhood is BEING LOYAL TO YOURSELF

“I remember I was volunteering and this young girl wrote a letter to me that said, ‘you being yourself made me want to be myself’. As a man I had to sacrifice bits and pieces of my self-esteem. It was hard. Going through all these social pressures telling me who I’m supposed to be. But my self-esteem was something I had to sacrifice only to gain back again. I love that I am doing things for myself now, not living up to expectations anymore. I love my genes, being mixed, to have this hair that I have. You define your own way of life. You don’t have to live up to expectations and someone else’s standards. Living up to other’s standards wouldn’t be living your life for yourself.” – Wayne Swart

Photographer and Marketing student, Wayne Swart, tells us how his life long journey of conscientizing has begun with the brave act of letting go of old ideas of manhood and black identity to formulating new ones that serve him and his happiness. “It really bothers me that black men are mostly perceived as dangerous or irresponsible, in the media. I think it’s because people are afraid of what a black man really is so they just show one skewed side and they shut the door. That’s all you get to see. But if men are continuously being praised to do whatever they want it means they don’t have to have responsibility. I could just go to another woman and they’ll praise me. I could have three children from three different women it will be okay because I’m a man.”

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