Today’s discussion in the group chat:

Ironic meme culture and the dada movement both produced decontextualized nonsense.

Memesters do it to amuse, and dadaists did it to offend, but much of the difference is in the social climate that receives the art.

Both are nominally anti-bourgeois and anti-traditionalist, both mock older art forms as well as popular culture, but dadaist pieces were meant to be confusing or off-putting, while memes, even ironic ones, are definitionally based on mass appeal.

Now, we culturally enjoy the absurd and illogical placed in the formats of the traditional or popular, or vice versa.  We think it’s funny.  Then, it was unappealing. 

So if two art movements create art/media with similar concept and content but with different expectations of reception, are they or are they not similar movements?

An Easy Guide To Understanding Why white Girls With Braids =/= Black Girls With Straight Hair or Weaves

1. Weaves aren’t exclusively a Black girl thing (white girls wear weaves, too- SHOCKER).

2. white girls do not have societal expectations to braid their hair. Black girls DO have societal expectations to straighten their hair.

3. white girls are not punished when they wear braids or other ‘ethnic’ hairstyles. Black girls ARE often punished (kicked out of school, fired and/or not even hired for certain jobs AT ALL, etc) when they wear braids or other ‘ethnic’ and/or natural hairstyles.

4. white girls are taught from an early age that they are inherently beautiful, that ‘it’s just hair,’ and that they can do whatever they want with it. Black girls are taught from an early age that their skin and natural hair texture makes them inherently ugly, that long, straight hair will improve their lot in life (from jobs to relationships- it’s certainly not ‘just hair’), and that they must adhere to Eurocentric beauty standards like long, straight hair to be seen as beautiful. When we attempt to ‘do whatever we want’ with it we are often met with insults and derision like, ‘When are you going to do something with that hair?’ (See: BLUE IVY CARTER) The closest white girls come to this are curly-haired girls being told to straighten their hair or control their ‘frizz;’ but even then, their white skin still grants them the privilege of meeting the standard of beauty.




#BlackHistoryMonth 2014

CultureHISTORY: The Civil Rights Movement

They were everyday people who became warriors for justice. They did it to give themselves and their families a better life and they did it for us. Those future generations seemingly so far off in the distance. For us they endured the lynchings, the beatings, the rapes, the murders, the attacks, the daily humiliations. For us.

Today, it is on their shoulders we stand. #NeverForget

1. The American South

2. KKK flyer (Citizens Council) - New Orleans chapter

3.  New York City - Miles Davis, 32, was arrested after fighting with a patrolman who had ordered him to move from a crowded sidewalk. Davis was hit on the head with a blackjack for which an ambulance had to be called. (1959)

4. 1951 - Southeast Maids with their employers children. Photo by John Vachon, LOOK magazine series “The South”

5. Segregated bus in Texas c. 1950s

6. March on Washington, 1963

7. Civil rights protest, New York, 1964

8. Memphis, TN Sanitation Strike, 1968

9. A young activist teaching a woman to read and write so that she could vote, Virginia 1960. Photo by Eve Arnold

Throwing no shade on the original creator but…….as black men who are proud of our African culture and heritage make no mistake……………we absolutely without a doubt love and adore black women with natural hair. And when I say black women (no offense to mix race women) I’m talking about black women with a majority of African ancestry. Is there ignorant self hating coon niggas out there who don’t like natural hair….of course but those self hating coons are a very small minority. The problem is about 80% of the black women that black men meet wear weave or perms. It’s to the point where some black men have to be reintroduced to natural hair cause some haven’t seen it in so long. And this is why I encourage my brothers out there to compliment black women you see with natural hair so other women who are unsure can see that yes we strongly prefer natural hair…………the things I love about natural hair are…………… 

1)It’s absolutely beautiful and aesthetically pleasing to look at short or long.

2)Variety of hairstyles. Cornrows, Braid outs, Box braids, Blow outs, Low cut, Faux locs……………ect. ect.

3)We can travel and be spontaneous, workout and swim together without the worry of sweating and getting her hair wet.

4)If we’re relaxing on the couch or being intimate I wanna know that I can touch it…………..with clean hands of course lol

5)I personally love black women who can fully embrace and celebrate their uniqueness which I find extremely sexy and attractive in women.  

6)This is the most important. If the creator blessed us with a daughter I want her hair to match her mothers because that sends a lasting impression that you’re beautiful the way you are.


fuck coachella fuck being told I don’t look indian “”‘as a compliment’“” fuck white people wearing saris but telling indian people who wear saris to go back to their country fuck having to hide my culture and blend in fuck spending a good amount of time getting rid of my indian accent to fit in fuck it all reclaim the bindi

漢服 (Hanfu) is a traditional dress of Han Chinese before the Manchu invasion of China and this one is called 褙子 (Beizi)

Beizi (褙子) was very populared at Song (宋) & Ming (明) Dynasties



The 1960s were an awfully turbulent time.


1. First man on the moon.

2. Vietnamese children running from the site of a napalm attack.

3. MLK in the march from Selma to Montgomery.

4. The self immolation of a Buddhist monk in protest of governmental anti-buddhist policies in South Vietnam.

5. Flowers are placed on the bayonets at an anti-war protest, otherwise known as “flower power”.

6. Woodstock music festival, attended by an estimated half million people.

7. The Beatles

8. Marilyn Monroe, who died August 5th, 1962.

9. President John F. Kennedy.

10. Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn in to office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

#reclaimthebindi and #coachellashutdown is so important to every single brown kid okay and let me tell you why:

I’m half black and half indian and all my life I was pretty scared of embracing either one of my cultures. I was scared that I wasn’t black enough but I was especially scared to be desi. I am terrified of the looks that my mom gets in public transportation, the looks that I sometimes get.

I am so terrified that when my mom wears her dupatta to work, that she won’t come back because of the stigma that society has about brown people. I don’t want them to call my mom a terrorist. I don’t want them to call my turban-clad sikh uncle a terrorist okay.

Lately, I’ve began to embrace my desi culture more. I covered my head on days that I felt like, I wore my kurti, my dupatta, my bangles….

But gosh I have been terrified to wear a bindi. Terrified to wear mehndi.

Because basic white girls and even a few non-desi black girls will wear them so freely.

The latest fashion trend or whatever.

I was scared to embrace my own culture because I don’t want to be labeled a terrorist but everyone else could wear it without a doubt in their mind.

And that’s why this movement is so important.

That’s what it means to reclaim.

The bindi. Mehndi. Bangles. Everything. It is not some dumb coachella trend. It belongs to you brown children, and you should never have to be afraid to claim what is yours.

Now I really need to buy some bindis to make up for the ones that I purposely lost as a child.