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Whether you agree with the means by which black people organize for their freedom or not, the Black Panthers, Black Lives Matter, or any other movement for black liberation would not exist if white people had not kidnapped and enslaved Africans, created racism, and then continued to this day to oppress, exploit, and exclude black people. The white supremacist founding of our nation and ongoing oppression of the black community and other communities of color is the precise reason black people build movements of resistance. So, if you really can’t stand Beyoncé’s race politics popping up on your television or YouTube feed, you’d be wise to get to work on dismantling white supremacy. It will be a lot more effective than calling her a racist.
Azealia Banks blasts critics of Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’

When Beyoncé dropped her new track and video Formation on Saturday night, it marked an unapologetic celebration of blackness, womanhood and heritage, with many hailing it as her most incredible (and political) creation to date. However, despite the widespread praise, others have somehow found it offensive, with the conservative US media drawing comparisons to the KKK, and a bunch of dimwits genuinely planning an anti-Beyoncé protest in New York this weekend.

Azealia Banks, who has always been vocal about the struggles faced by black artists, took to Twitter last night to call out the ludicrous response to “Formation”, particularly the “All Lives Matter” variety of commenter, and the input of white feminists. “No shade I could honestly throw up in a box watching all these white women go in about the damn formation song,” she began, adding: “‘Why only support black women? What about ALL WOMEN?!’ Sarah cried, as she pulled hot sauce out of her bag and used as eye drops…. And honestly look how as soon as Beyoncé decides to embrace her blackness and love herself the whole white feminist world turned on her.”

This isn’t the first time Banks has called out the priorities of white feminism. Earlier this year, the Harlem rapper started a dialogue with musician Ryn Weaver, who posted this armpit selfie on twitter. “I find that non-colored feminists cloud the feminist sphere with shit like free the nipple and hairy armpits,” Banks retorted. “Women everywhere are in much more dire situations than worrying about pussy hair or whether or not they can show a nipple on instagram.”

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Beyonce did her best to help her community. Only idiots can attack her for “Formation”. Where’s your empathy and solidarity, white women? It’s our joint activity!

~~ BLACK PANTHER ~~
Art by Francesco Francavilla

While Falcon was the first African American superhero in comincs, the #BlackPanther, created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby, was the very first black superhero in comics and one of the characters near and dear to my heart. Still feeling blessed to have been able to work on T’Challa for a couple of arcs with David Liss and Marvel. #BlackHistoryMonth #Day12

Cheers,
FF

Captain America: Civil War RUMORS

Source> Reddit: As mentioned, the rumor originated on Reddit which means that it is far from confirmed. As written, the new trailer will debut Tuesday, February 16, and between the various sequences it will be included these:
-Black Panther who fights Captain America
-Scarlet Witch and Vision together
-Ant-Man talk and run through a keyboard
-The shield of Captain America full of webs
-Spider-Man flitting around the Avengers Tower
-Captain America bruising the Iron Man helmet with a punch

italian version here: http://cinema.everyeye.it/notizie/-rumor-captain-america-civil-war-il-trailer-e-in-arrivo-nuovi-dettagli-252498.html

As I continue to here the reviews about the Super Bowl halftime performance, as I continue to hear about the controversy surrounding Beyoncé, her performance and the Black Panthers, even hearing this childish rant given by Tomi Lahren, it’s really sad to hear how uneducated and ignorant some people can be. People please educate yourself and stop running with this false portrayal of who the Black Panthers were.

The Black Panthers protected black people and the black communities that the rest of America didn’t give two craps about. The Black Panthers fought for who we are and more. The Black Panthers provided for our communities with food ,clothing, and education. With racism and oppression blooming, who else do you call on when even the police are members of the KKK, a group who opposed civil rights and were bent on using murder to suppress people of color?

So educate yourselves on the history of who the Black Panthers were and what they actually fought for, instead of this BS notion of a violent group of blacks.

And to those against the #BlackLivesMatter movement, just continues to show that people are missing the point and that we are still a long ways off. And no we’re not saying that black lives matter more. We’re pointing out the fact that we continue to get left out. It’s just really sad that people of color cannot project how proud we are of our skin and our culture , without “some” people feeling uncomfortable. So while you sit there and be uncomfortable, I will continue to say how unapologetically proud I am of my “…baby hair and Afros” and my “Jackson 5 nostrils” and the rest of my blackness. #BlackLivesMatter

Stupid Comparisons:  Beyonce’s Black Panther homage and the Ku Klux Klan

     Midway through the Super Bowl Beyonce took the field for a spirited performance decked in a Michael Jackson throwback of black and gold. With a black clad ensemble of African American women, the performance was an homage to Malcolm X and the Black Panther Party which was created 50 years ago. Before joining Coldplay and Bruno Mars, Beyonce sang through her latest song “Formation,” the video for which features the same Black Power motif of dark closed and raised fists. The production has caused an uproar from people who consider the images to be anti-police, racist, and inappropriate for the halftime show.
     The most flabbergasting complaint circulating the web is that replicating the look of the Black Panthers would be akin to a performance by a group dressed in the garb of the Ku Klux Klan. To be blunt:  this is one of the most idiotic statements floating around the internet, which is saying something.
     First, without diving too far down the rabbit hole of history, the KKK was (is) an organization founded around the civil war and the abolition of slavery and has, over the past century and half, been dedicated to the advocation of extremism in pursuit of “white supremacy,” “white nationalism,” and the “purification” of American society. This has involved a torrid history of murder, rape, immolation, and terrorization of African Americans throughout the United States, and especially in the South. A quick google search will reveal the worst horror imaginable and a staggering testament to the potential cruelty of man.
     The Black Panther Party was a Black Nationalist group of Civil Rights Activists in the 1960s that sought to militarize its citizens in order to combat police brutality and institutional racism. They were the militaristic counterpart to the more pacifistic preachings of Martin Luther King Jr. The organization is not without controversy; many believe it to be the most influential of the counter-racism movements, while others viewed them as little more than vigilantes or domestic terrorists.
     Either way, to view the Panthers as simply on the opposite side of the Klan, espousing the same ideas from the perspective of African Americans, is reductionist to the point of absurdity. The BPP was a belated response to hundreds of years of cruelty and maltreatment by those in power. The Klan was the main organization involved in that cruelty, an organization that literally was bent on the destruction of people for the arbitrary reason of skin pigmentation.  
     The difference could not be plainer.  
     If you punch a person in the face 100 times in a row and on the 101st time they punch you back, it’s not fair to call them violent and aggressive. At some point, when hitting someone repeatedly, one should expect the favor to be returned.  
     To put it another way, had there been no KKK and no systemic racism, there would’ve been no need for the creation of the Panther Party. And the instances of unwarranted and racially motivated violence running the other way - if they exist at all - pale in comparison to the unprompted evils orchestrated by those white-hooded, blood-thirsty maniacs.  
     In fact, the mere likening of the two reveals something sinister about the person peddling this notion. It takes an egregious level of ignorance to consider the oppressor and the oppressed to be operating on a par. There are no similarities. They are as opposite as their choice of clothing.
     The ironic aspect of this outrage concerning Beyonce’s performance is that it tends to come from people who are conservatives, people who consistently express the importance of the constitution. They fail to see that she is exercising her 1st Amendment right of freedom of speech. She has a platform and felt that she should use her celebrity to make a statement about police violence against minorities. Now even if you disagree with like-minded movements such as Black Lives Matter, you can still acknowledge that they have the right to gather and express their discontent. That’s what makes this country great.
     So no, Beyonce’s performance wasn’t inappropriate. And no the KKK and Black Panther Party are not comparable.  
     End of story.