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Hi guys, Me again! I don’t know if you guys know about my previous project with Tactical Media but if you haven’t, here it is: http://banshee-moanerlisa.tumblr.com/post/73581485089/hey-guys-for-those-of-you-that-dont-know-i-am-a 

To take my project even further, I ventured into the the disgusting parts of twitter/tumblr again. The racist trends and posts really hit a cord. I’ve made another collection because they are just too much right now. Here are some samples of them. Originally I didn’t cover the names of the tweeters (is that a word?) because I forgot. Now I realise that their tweets were made public for a reason. This is PUBLIC spread hatred toward black women. They are people who truly believe those things. If they cared, they wouldn’t say these things. Out of all the trends I explored #stopblackgirls2013 seemed to be the most viscous one. So I’m calling to all the black women that feel how I feel and grew up feeling inadequate to do one thing. Take that trend and make it your own. Use #stopblackgirls2014 to stop black girls from going through that as well. You can use it in situations like this “#StopBlackGirls2014 you are beautiful, you are not less than and you are worth the time, #StopBlackGirls2014 Stop listening to the noise. You ARE not to be ashamed of who you are etc…”.

Growing up Ethiopian in Canada for the past 6 years has not been easy. I went to a high school that was predominantly white (Ukrainian/Polish/Portuguese/Italian/Serbian) for some reason, I felt the need to hide who I was. I barely discussed my culture or my country. In moments that I heard some of the people I was friends with roll their eyes as the “black girl group” passed by, I laughed along. I had so much self hate that it was ridiculous. I wanted to be beautiful and I believed being white was the only way I could do that. Being in a community like tumblr has REALLY helped me develop a shred of confidence. Although I’m not fully there yet, I am slowly loving everything about myself. If I had someone like you guys during my high school days, would have saved me lots of time. So let’s all please take back what people say about us black women. Tell all the girls going through what we did to STOP hating themselves. We are here and WILL be there for them. #stopblackgirls2014 I am here for you. 

Transgender Rememberance Day! Please remember Jennifer Laude!

Jennifer Laude is a Filipina who was murdered by a US marine not so long ago.  Her murder has gone unjustly unsolved, and PFC Pemberton, her murderer, has seen no punishment to his crime.  This is due to the VFA and EDCA, two “agreements” which forces the Philippines into submitting to the demands and needs of the US military, which is practically occupying our country for no reason. 

When reblogging posts about her, PLEASE do not reblog posts about her from white people, especially white liberals, because they erase the fact that she was a victim of BOTH transphobia and racism, and white bloggers want to capitalize on her by erasing the fact that she was also a victim of racism and people need to remember this.  We cannot talk about the transphobic aspect of the crime against her without talking about the racism that caused her case to go unjustly unpunished in the first place. 

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NEGRITA is a documentary about the the Afro-Latina identity and experience in the United States.

We started developing NEGRITA in 2012 but were forced to halt production temporarily until we raise enough money to cover production costs. Our goal is to capture the experiences of Afro-Latinas in different cities across the USA, such as Chicago, Houston, Miami, and Los Angeles.  We’ve already started shooting in New York but in order to take this show literally on the road we need your help to raise $50,000 in order to cover:

  • Equipment rental 
  • Airfare and accommodation expenses for our crew
  • Crew wages
  • Crew meals
  • Insurance
  • Location fees
  • Music Licensing fees

We are offering unique perks in return for your donations, such as:

  • Exclusive digital download of behind-the-scenes footage
  • An official Negrita T-shirt
  • An official Negrita tote bag
  • A personalized Instagram Thank You video shot on set
  • One-on-one meeting with the Director
  • Associate Producer credit
  • and many more!

We know we can raise $50K with your support and word of mouth! With that money, we’ll be ready to bring these important and lesser-known stories to audiences worldwide.

Thank you! Gracias!

Hello! Can you please signal boost this? There is a new blog called blackpowerisforblackmen.

  • It’s a safe space for black women
  • This is mainly a space where you can submit your own #blackpowerisforblackmen statements. For example: #blackpowerisforblackmen because black on black violence never includes sexual violence against black women. (cite)

The blog is about how frequently Black men have overlooked the struggles/issues of Black women. 

Thanks!

jodie calling out daria's white privilege

Daria: Look Jodie, I’m too smart and too sensitive to live in a world like ours, at a time like this, with a sister like mine. Maybe I do miss out on stuff, but this attitude is what works for me now.
Jodie: Then you’ll understand what works for me now. At home, I’m Jodie–I can say and do whatever feels right. But at school I’m The Queen of the Negros, the perfect African-American teen, the role-model for all the other African-American teens at Lawndale. Oops! Where’d they go? Believe me, I’d like to be more like you.

Hi my name is Brenda Nguyen and I’d love it if WOCIS could help promote a zine I’m creating specifically for those of Southeast Asian descent just once more. Here’s a copy-paste from our about page:

At its core Tiger Balm Project grew out of a frustration with pre existing Asian collectives that talk about the Asian experience through a narrow (East Asian) lens. I want people to know that SE Asians still exist, have their own stories, and are more than what is represented through Western media. SE Asians even face discrimination from E Asians through colorism and prejudices about SE Asian culture. 

Like most Vietnamese kids I grew up with Eagle Brand medicated oil that came in the green bottle. It’s pungent, it burns to apply, but it worked every time to heal almost anything. Tiger balm is a similar product, just with a more provocative name. 

So the overarching theme of the project is healing and sensory stimulation. Issue 1 of the project is centered around the idea of Sight. Most people have taken this in the direction of beauty, colorism, stereotypes, and media representation. My original intent was for people to focus on the idea of vividness. 

Thank you again. I can’t wait to see what people have to offer! All inquiries can be directed to @tigerbalmproject’s ask box or tigerbalmproject@gmail.com

Dear White Women...

As a black woman in this country I wear my hair the way that I want, I eat what I want, I wear whatever I want, I listen to whatever I want and I watch whatever I want. I don’t spend my day thinking about you or what you’re doing I praise my fellow WOC for living their lives as they choose and I support the uplifting of WOC and POC. 

The only time I even consider white women is when I see one trying to demean and belittle the celebration of black women or WOC with this exclusion bullshit. Basically you’re saying that we can’t celebrate ourselves because me bigging up my fellow black, brown and asian folks somehow excludes you from whatever the hell it is that you think we’re doing. And it is in a way because we have to carve out space in a world of white just to celebrate the greatness that we all have. You complain about not having a White Girls Rock but every award show from music to television and movies celebrates your whiteness and that’s okay. But the second we celebrate ourselves and show support and love to the people that look like us, go through the same struggles as we do, and become a beacon for us to strive towards that’s when the shit hits the fan.

I will not include you in the celebration because you already include yourselves by trying to take away the positives that programs like Black Girls Rock or any celebratory/supportive medium that WOC have and try to turn the focus on your issues. It is not my job to make you feel comfortable, it is not my job make you feel welcomed, it is not my job celebrate you but it is my job to let you know that I see exactly what you are and to let you know that this movement of the solidarity of black women and WOC is growing and you can’t stop it. You are terrified because we as WOC are really recognizing our strength and that threatens your perch. But don’t worry because we don’t want your perch…we want way more than that.

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On Friday morning, Khmer-American artist Kat Eng set up a sewing machine in front of H&M’s Times Square location. The eight-hour performance was a response to the brutal military crackdown of striking garment workers in Cambodia. 

“I hate this website. No one listens to me cause I’m white. It’s just skin color, why can’t we all just get along?”

Oh wow that sounds terrible I can’t imagine what it’s like! Fuck, let’s be grateful that only happens on tumblr because no one off of the internet has ever been marginalized because of their skin color ever

#savethewhites2k14 

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Hey WoC in solidarity! I’ve been a huge follower of you guys for so long, and really appreciate all the work you’ve done to maintain solidarity in the WoC community. I’ve just finished working on a video for the contest “Team Oscar” that sends a lucky college student to the Oscars if they complete a video submission. I would LOVE a signal boost, to get people to like the video, and just get my name out there as a filmmaker who is a WoC. Thanks for everything you guys have done and will do. 

Mod note: SIGNAL BOOOOOOST! Good luck girl! 

WE ARE WOMEN - a brand new blog for all people who identify as WOC and non-binary POC to share and celebrate their art!

We Are Women is a safe, inclusive and supportive space for ALL women of color and non-binary people of color to share, celebrate and encourage their artistic endeavours. We aim to connect WOC and non-binary POC with one another, and rejoice in our cultural, (un)gendered and artistic identities.

We Are Women are just starting out and would love to see some submissions from WOC and non-binary POC artists!

We’re looking for:

  • Paintings
  • Drawings
  • Photography
  • Film/video
  • Selfies
  • Poetry
  • Short stories
  • Diary entries
  • Make-up/fashion posts/tutorials
  • Songs you’ve written/recorded
  • Zines you’ve made

…and anything and everything in between! Whatever you create, We Are Women would love to see it!

You can SUBMIT YOUR WORK HERE, or alternatively you can email your submissions to wearewomencollective@gmail.com.

Love from,

We Are Women XO