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Black history month day 24: dancer and entertainer Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson.

Bill Robinson was born Luther Robinson on May 25th, 1878. His parents died when he was eight and he was raised by his grandmother. From the age of five, Robinson begin dancing for spare change and was eventually chosen as a pickaninny for a local minstrel show (pickaninnies were cute black children who were basically extras and background characters in minstrel shows).

At age 13 Robinson ran off to Washington DC and did a series of odd jobs. Later he joined the Army as a rifleman during the Spanish American war. By 1900 Robinson became active full-time in a career of vaudeville performance, starring in dance troupes, comedy duos, and even blackface and minstrel performances.

At times Robinson came under some heavy criticism for his participation in and tacit acceptance of racial stereotypes of the era, with critics calling him an Uncle Tom figure. However, he did do many things to help improve the situation of blacks, including persuading the Dallas police department to hire its first African American policemen and lobbying President Roosevelt during World War II for more equitable treatment of African American soldiers.

Robinson was the best known and most highly paid African American entertainer in the first half of the twentieth century. He was especially well-known for his collaborations with child star Shirley Temple, and the two of them made the first interracial dance team in Hollywood film history. Robinson also starred with Lena Horne and Cab Calloway in “Stormy Weather”, a film loosely based on Robinson’s life.

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Amazon Go’s “just walk out” technology sounds like a headache for shoppers of color

Minority shoppers know this feeling all too well: A store employee singling us out, continually checking on us, issuing warnings. Store managers operate under the false assumption that people of color are more likely to steal. 

It’s an effort known as “loss prevention,” but it looks and acts like racial profiling. Which is why a store like Amazon Go is exciting, yet unnerving.

“In a world where even Oprah has been profiled for walking around a store, there are lots of people who might not want to risk trusting a store to treat them fairly,” tech CEO Anil Dash said in an email.

White people who have never been “randomly” followed around at a Walgreens may have no problem walking into a store, grabbing an item and leaving. But shoppers of color, who already see enough unwanted attention, may have their doubts. Read more

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The fetishization of “opinion” and “free speech” is horrifying, people thinks it means they can saying anything anywhere without ever being criticized or held accountable or disagreed with regardless of their education on a subject.   

stop the stigma that if a black woman shows anger sometimes that she’s automatically an angry person and has an angry side. stop the stigma that black women can’t be emotional and sensitive. stop the stigma that black women can’t have social phobia and anxiety. stop the stigma that black women can’t be depressed or suicidal. stop the stigma that black women can’t be suffering emotionally. stop the stigma that black women always have to be strong and independent. stop the stigma that black women can’t need someone to lean on.

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Team China swimmer Ning Zetao is shattering stereotypes about Asian men.

Twitter has a new thirst god and his name is Ning Zetao. That’s right, people on social media are freaking out over the 23-year-old Olympic swimmer, who will be representing team China at the summer games in Rio de Janeiro in the coming weeks. 

Ning will compete in the men’s 50 meter freestyle and the men’s 100 meter freestyle in Rio. 

But Ning’s thirst king status is not only lighting up your feed, it’s also shattering stereotypes that Asian men can’t be sex symbols. Somebody tell Chelsea Handler.

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but if a black woman is angry then so what? especially darker women are always put in situations where were labeled to be lesser of everyone. where people look at us like trash. if a black woman is emotionless or doesn’t show much emotion then so what? black women are forever put in situations where we’re forced to hide or tone down our emotion out of fear of being labeled as something we’re not so it almost becomes second nature not to show anything at times. so what if a black woman is guarded or doesn’t trust very easily? most darker girls have lived our whole life being the butt of jokes, or ridicule or slander. so it’s not the craziest thing in the world to think that subconsciously even if someone is saying good things, it’s too good to be true. so what if black women aren’t the poster child of happy, smiley, and being bubbly all the time? who the hell is these things all the time? let black women be HUMAN.