Mark Jimmerson died in Oklahoma County Jail — one day after his mom tried to save his life

  • Davey Mark Jimmerson did what many young adults might do in a moment of medical crisis: He called his mom. He’d been asthmatic for nearly his entire life, and his mother had plenty of practice tending to the various needs of her nine children.
  • Tonya Wilson, Jimmerson’s mother, had been there every step of the way for her jailed son as his criminal case worked its way through the system in Oklahoma City. 

  • He had been arrested in February 2016 on felony charges that included robbery with a dangerous weapon. In the scheme of things, an asthma attack was something Wilson could easily handle herself. Read more. (3/30/2017 12:05 PM)
Jasika Nicole on ‘Underground,’ Representation and Rewriting History
A good character introduction is one of the greatest joys television can offer, and in the March 8 “Underground” season premiere, viewers were treated to two of them. Harriet Tubman (Aisha Hinds) m…
By Maureen Ryan

“When character descriptions say something like, ‘Her father is black and her mother is white,’ that makes me know that’s going to be integral to who this character is,” Nicole notes. “Somebody has thought about this. When I think about my life growing up as a biracial woman in Alabama,” there were very few TV shows that she could identify with. 

 “I also know that I’ve gotten way more opportunities than black women who have darker skin than I do, because our skin color is still currency,” Nicole adds. “But when I see that [writers are] specifying those things about the characters, that makes me think they’re willing to have a dialogue, they’re willing to have those conversations. That almost beyond my comprehension.”

White thought of the day

I don’t need to fully understand why something is racist to stop doing it.

If a bunch of black people are telling me not to do something because because they say its racist and hurtful and I don’t know why its racist and hurtful and it does me absolutely no harm to just not do what I’m being asked not to do, why would I defend it with my ignorance that is obviously hurting someone and isn’t helping me?

I don’t get white white people shouldn’t have dreadlocks but most black people seem to understand why it is racist, it upsets them and I think that’s good enough reason to believe them.

I mean who is better to determining if something is racist? White me or black them? I think I’m ganna go with black them.

I don’t get straight or gay people I’m VERY pansexual and have a hard time imagining not being attracted to someone based on gender, but if someone tells me they are gay or straight I don’t argue with them, or tell them they are just being silly or close minded.

Who knows or understands the hearts and desires of gay and straight people better? Pansexual me or gay and straight them? I think I’m ganna go with gay and straight them.

You don’t need to understand why you should be respectful to be be respectful

You need to understand that everyone has different needs, and you should be aware of and tend to those needs to be respectful.

anonymous asked:

Part 1: I find it incredibly funny how one of the previous anons are coming for people for liking Robin Thicke, and called him a "literal abuser" who disrespects woman, and randomly brings up Beyonce out of literally no where.

Part 2: What’s even funnier is the fact that Beyonce’s own husband as well as other rappers in the rap industry have constantly disrespected black woman by calling us bitches, hoes, gold diggers, and baby mamas who are only good for sucking dick and

Part 3: and shaking our ass, but of course that anon happen to conveniently forget about that. Literally get all the way the fuck outta here with that hypocritical bullshit! You wanna come for come for Robin for making a song about sex,

Part 4: Because he’s white, but you’re giving these rappers a free pass when they constantly disrespect black woman in their music, and say waaaaay worse about women in general all the fucking time! Seriously fuck off!


The funny thing is that “Blurred Lines” features T.I. and Pharrell Williams and the latter was the primary songwriter. Does Tumblr shit on them for participating in the song or do they get a free pass?


Morrissey is selling a t-shirt with his lyric “black is how I feel on the inside” and a photo of James Baldwin

  • British singer Morrissey is in hot water after selling merchandise at concerts featuring the face of writer James Baldwin, who is currently the subject of critically beloved documentary I Am Not Your Negro.
  • Featuring Baldwin’s face is not the problem. On the shirt, hovering around Baldwin’s face like a racist halo, are the lyrics to the Smiths’ “Unloveable”: “I wear black on the outside ‘cause black is how I feel on the inside.” Yikes.
  • People on Twitter were quick to point out the racism of using Baldwin’s image to promote a lyric that has nothing to do with blackness — and doing so to make a profit. Read more (3/17/17 11:40 AM)

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48% of Republicans say there is a lot of discrimination against Christians 

  • A new survey from independent research organization Public Religion Research Institute has shed some light on Americans’ attitudes toward LGBTQ people, especially whether transgender people should be able to access the restroom that matches their transgender identity.
  • According to the survey, the 53% of Americans oppose laws that ban transgender people from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity. However, broken down by political party, Democrats oppose such bills 65-30 while Republicans favor them 59-36. 
  • Though Republicans favor limiting transgender access to gender-appropriate restrooms, they do favor LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinances, which are heavily favored across the board. 
  • According to the survey, 60% of Republicans and 70% of all Americans favor laws protecting LGBTQ people. 
  • 48% of people who identify as Republicans believe that Christians face a lot of discrimination. More Republicans reported widespread discrimination against Christians than against black Americans, lesbians, gays, immigrants and Muslims. Forty-eight percent of Republicans believed transgender people face a lot of discrimination. Read more (3/10/17 5:12 PM)
Steal this idea

Race concept: your father was not an ordinary mortal, he took on a human guise in order to breed with a human woman and spread his half blooded children though the world, he met a young woman (your mother) they fell in “love” and shared a night of passion creating you. Little did he know she was not a normal woman, she too was an otherworldly creature whom had taken human form to seduce a mortal, now here you are caught between three worlds. needless to say, you had an awkward childhood

We need Dave Chappelle’s humor in Trump’s America now more than ever

Like any timeless comic, Dave Chappelle offers up a mirror into which America can look and witness its own absurdities. It shows truth to power. In today’s case, the “power” — i.e., the Trump’s administration — has proven especially sensitive to criticism. When Melissa McCarthy brilliantly portrayed a petulant White House spokesman Sean Spicer, Trump — always aware and controlling of public perception — was reportedly rankled in a way that far outweighed the criticism he’s gotten from Democrats so far. Chappelle’s humor has similar bite.

Comedy is one of culture’s fiercest and most effective tools in moments of political strife. It allows viewers to make sense of their realities. It brings levity in times of chaos and fear. And, most importantly and at its best, it shows us that the world we live in was made that way by people who make very concrete choices about power, about policy, about everyday interactions and who suffers from them.

Nobody does this better than Dave Chappelle. Read more (Opinion)

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No African citizens granted visas for African trade summit in California
An annual African trade summit in California had no African attendees this year after at least 60 people were denied visas, according to event leaders.
By Sam Levin

Every single African citizen who requested a visa was rejected, according to the organizer of the African Global Economic and Development Summit

The African Global Economic and Development Summit, a three-day conference at the University of Southern California (USC), typically brings delegations from across Africa to meet with business leaders in the US in an effort to foster partnerships. But this year, every single African citizen who requested a visa was rejected, according to organizer Mary Flowers. 

Some are now questioning whether the denials to the Los Angeles event could be tied to the anti-immigration policies of Donald Trump, who is pushing forward with a travel ban against six Muslim-majority countries despite ongoing legal challenges.

Flowers said roughly 60 to 100 people from at least a dozen nations were denied entry to the summit, which went on as planned with a much smaller group last Thursday through Saturday…

Infant mortality rates are down — but benefits are divided down racial lines

  • The good news: According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. infant mortality rate dropped 15% between 2005 and 2014, CNN reported Tuesday
  • Infant deaths fell largely across the board, from 6.86 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births to 5.82 deaths per thousand births. Sudden infant death syndrome also decreased by 29%. 
  • The bad news: Benefits have not been equally distributed. The mortality rate was twice as high for “non-Hispanic black women,” than “non-Hispanic white women.” 
  • For American Indians and Alaska Natives, infant mortality rates remained relatively unchanged. Read more (3/21/17 1:24 PM)

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I’m not giving him the time of day. I’m interested in having conversations, Brooke, that will move people of all races forward in this country. I’m interested in having a conversation that will help us to admit the wrongs that were done in this country and how we move forward. I am not interested in trying to convince and change the mind of a bigot. Someone who will openly troll me and say things that are offensive, that he knows are not true.

I mean, it’s very frustrating and I’m tired of people telling me that black people are beneath a standard when we have to be twice as good all the time.  And that is why I said, I’m not interested in having a dialogue with someone like Joe who has demonstrated a propensity towards bigotry. And he did that on Twitter yesterday in 140 characters or less.

She said “Not today.”
She said “I shall not.”
She said “I have had it officially.”
She said “Don’t try me, try Jesus.”
She said “Go get a switch.”
She said “Look at these receipts.”
She said “Fuck yo couch.”
She said “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”
She said “Bitch please.”
She said “I coulda had a V8.”
She said “Bye Felicia.”
She said “You got the wrong one to put you in the right place today sir.”
She said “If you feelin froggy, leap.”
She said “Bless your heart.”
She said “There’s the exit.”

Angela Rye is fed up and she is channeling all of us on today.  I feel so blessed.