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Welcome to my humble chez-moi: a blog that shall be burdened with such glorious fandoms as Doctor Who, Sherlock, Avatar, Lord of the Rings, Avengers, and NCIS. Not that there won't be other random crap.

I am a college student who loves art, music, literature, science, and cultures. Except for L. casei. L. casei's a bitch.


Oh, and I have a personal tumblr. Which is nothing like this one I might add.

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    ohhowlucky:

    danteogodofsoup:

    killbenedictcumberbatch:

    standupcomedyblog:

    John Mulaney | The Salt & Pepper Diner

    THE BEST JOKE IN EXISTENCE

    GOD I JUST TOLD SOMEONE ABOUT THIS STORY

    This is one of the best pieces of comedy that I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. I love this. I have been looking for this online for awhile.

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    okay but whYYY IS IT CALLED ORPHAN BLACK

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    Evelyne Brochu for Elle Quebec.

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    Tatiana Maslany and the women of OB praising each other in the media
    ↳ I am so proud of all you did this year Tat. I miss & love you!! Your little monkey, Skylee

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  6.   asmartkid:

where do the lies end

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    asmartkid:

    where do the lies end

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    jackmeoff182 said: Do you feel like in the black community there's favoritism over "light skin" rather than "dark skin"? Btw I love your blog. :)

    weareallmixedup:

    gradientlair:

    Hi, thanks for the blog compliment!

    Absolutely there is preference for light skin over dark skin, and not just in the Black community but globally. The fact that people who are darker skinned in their particular culture tend to be poorer, more imprisoned, have more bleaching products marketed to them, are considered less attractive (or the flip side is fetishized but not truly appreciated), and are regularly dissociated from “beauty” and “goodness” is only the tip of the iceberg with this issue. 

    Alice Walker defined colourism (also spelled colorism) as “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color” in In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens. Colourism prevails intraracially and interracially for Black people because of the same reasons; the dominance of Eurocentric beauty myths via White supremacy, external racism by Whites and internalized racism by Black people, and rigid notions of femininity and masculinity as it pertains to race and complexion. White supremacy and anti-Blackness.

    In the Black community specifically, yeah, we have a lot to regularly unpack and deconstruct around colourism, how we proliferate it ourselves and how it impacts us when proliferated by Whites and hegemonic norms. Both things impact this favoritism. But to be clear, this is oppression and it is institutional and not solely interpersonal favoritism. Colourism is NOT just dark skinned Black women being “jealous,” not solely about the cishet Black male gaze, not solely about dark skinned Black women being “mean” to light skinned Black women or any obtuse simplification meant to reduce the fact that it is oppression and it is institutional for dark skinned Black people. It is NOT solely about cishet Black men not wanting to date dark Black women. And I get really angry when this complex global oppression is reduced to “jealousy” of light skinned Black women and dating cishet Black men versus the full nuanced picture that it is.

    When someone Black says that Black people treat them worse than White people do regarding having dark skin, they are telling a true story. That actually does happen sometimes to some Black people. But…they have to include in that story that White supremacy is the parent of colourism, Whites have the luxury of fetishizing dark skin without consequence, Whites may be interpersonally more nice but still be involved in discriminatory hiring practices, perpetrating stereotypical norms about beauty in media/legislation and supporting a State that regularly commits violence against Black bodies, especially dark skinned ones. So them not playing the dozens and insulting dark skin in the way someone Black might (as the latter has internalized White supremacist thinking because of oppression) does not remove their culpability in colourism as a system of oppression. They benefit from anti-Blackness even if they think dark skinned Black people are “hot.” 

    Something else to consider; while because of sexism and misogynoir, colourism tends to impact Black women more than Black men, colourism does impacts Black men. Like…there’s a reason why when you look at a collage of Black men who’ve been extrajudicially killed, they’re usually dark. While any Black men can deal with racial profiling and police abuse sanctioned by the State, the myth of the “violent thug” and “brute” is more closely associated with dark Black men and their bodies. I also mentioned how colourism shapes Black men in media when I wrote about the film Fast & Furious 6 and discussed Ludacris’ character versus Tyrese’s character. Also think about the Black men in Black films like Sprung and Poetic Justice; who were the “good” ones? Who’s usually “good men” in Tyler Perry films?

    Check out some of my past essays and posts specifically on colourism or ones that include its impact with other factors mentioned:

    Also see this essay list: On Beauty Politics

    (There’s a good HuffPo article by @blkgirlwithapen"You’re Pretty for a Dark-Skinned Girl": The Continuing Significance of Skin Tone in "the Black Community" that mentions not just beauty politics/media which I discuss a lot, but has some links to CJ issues, marriage etc.)

    Hope this information helps! Take care. 

    A really good discussion and resourceful post on colorism.

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    melusine-enraged:

    *Hairstyles and Cuts for Wavy/Curly Hair!*

    *Twenty pictures of women with hairstyles that have been blown out, flat ironed, and then curled*

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    mandopony:

    arewefadingout:

    videohall:

    Wait a second, am I tripping balls?

    HELP I CANNOT STOP LAUGHING

    Sometimes life is just beautiful.

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    neutroisenjolras:

    if you ever try to befriend me and you expect to be in frequent contact with me i am so sorry. i do that with maybe two people and even then i often go days or weeks without saying anything before talking daily for a while. 

    the point is if we dont talk that doesnt mean i dont like u and think about u a lot im just terrible at maintaining close relationships

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