"She [Blue] does like her mother’s music—she watches [Beyoncé’s concerts] on the computer every night. But my album came out and I don’t know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album—she’s only 18 months old and I don’t play my music around the house. But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more … Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the “Magna Carta”, the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that’s not like a cliché. I’m really serious. Just to see her—‘Daddy song, more, Daddy.’ She’s genuine, she’s honest, because she doesn’t know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it."
- Jay Z
Vanity Fair, October 2013 (x)
Can smokers PLEASE stop standing right next to the damn doors when they smoke outside? What even is the point of doing that, when the smoke still gets inside and still gets into other people’s lungs?
They bitch and complain all the time about their ‘right’ to smoke but are forever inconsiderate. -_-
Fucking White People.
When I say ‘I’ve never seen Dirty Dancing, any Aflred Hitchcock movie, any Star Wars film, the Die Hard series, the Terminator movies, that dancing one Kevin Beacon is famous for, Top Gun, a James Bond movie, etc,’ you should see the look on people’s faces. Black people who have immersed themselves in dominant culture kinda give me a ‘really?’ look, but white people are simply flabbergasted. They’re confused, lost, sometimes offended. But then if I ask them ‘well, have you seen Coming To America, Crooklyn, Lean On Me, Raisin In The Sun, Do The Right Thing, School Daze, Harlem Nights, Women of Brewster Place, The Color Purple, etc,’ those same white people seem taken back that they would have been expected to see those films/play.
It’s like this entitlement to have your cultural phenomena known and appreciated when you clearly refuse to even acknowledge the contributions of others.
Not only do people of color tend to be intimately familiar with the cultural tastes of white people while having our cultural contributions ignored when not being appropriated, we’re expected to…and that’s where I have a problem.
This!!!! This…is so important. I am tired of White supremacy being the standard by which what aspects of popular culture are determined to be valuable or not. And truly sick of Black culture being simultaneously hyper-consumed for appropriation, but erased through devaluation.
Sweet Jesus my white friends act like this 24/7. I’m clearly deficient for not watching Friends, thinking Monty Python is stupid, or not knowing who Jon Hamm is (seriously who is he??), meanwhile they’ve never heard of Living Single, never seen Love Jones, and tell me that Blake Lively is more famous than Sanaa Lathan (news flash: Blake Lively wishes). They will harass you into watching whatever new White Girl Centric Webshow they’ve found on YouTube but refuse to watch anything on Black & Sexy TV.
I’m not the one with the problem here.
This is so fucking relevant bruuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhh
I come here tonight and plead with you. Be proud of yourself and believe that you’re somebody. I said to a group last night, “Nobody else can do this for us.” No document can do this for us. No Lincolnian proclamation can do this for us; no Kennedysonian or Johnsonian civil rights bill can do this for us. If the negro is to be free he must move down into the inner resources of his own soul and sign, with a pen an ink of self-asserted manhood, his own Emancipation Proclamation. Don’t let anybody take your manhood. Be proud of our heritage; as somebody said earlier tonight, we don’t have anything to be ashamed of.
Somebody told a lie one day. They couched it in language.They made everything black, ugly and evil. Look in your dictionary and see the synonyms of the word “black.” It’s always something degrading and low and sinister. Look at the word, “white.” It’s always something pure, high. Well I want to get the language right tonight.
I want to get it so right that everybody here will cry out, “Yes I’m Black and I’m proud of it. I’m Black and beautiful.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr. -Somebody Told a Lie
I think about that quote whenever I see pictures of his gleaming white statute. They took a black civil rights leader that said things like that and they literally made him white.
On this day of independence for #Nigeria and also 170 days since these children were abducted from school, why does the sad but true question of their whereabouts still exist! !!!! !!!!! #BringBackOurGirls #wcw #wce
My mom told me a long time ago that what ever I said out of my mouth was open for anyone to use and repeat regardless of who is told.
So be prepared to own up and admit to what ever I said openly and honestly.
Growing up, me not following that bit me in the ass.
I’d tell someone something that I knew to be “trustworthy”…then somehow what I figured to be sacred… wasn’t.
A secret is only sacred if you keep it to yourself.
I still have to remember that today.