Angry Black Girls United

Inspired by the blog Angry Asian Girls United.

This blog is for Black women all over the Diaspora, to express ourselves, to have our voices be heard.

We are not your "sassy" Black women.

So, a kid in my class today started talking about how he was “African”. When people questioned him he said “Never seen a White African before?”

No. You are not African. White relatives living/from Africa does not mean you are African. Having African relatives, like aunts or uncles from a stepfather/mother does not make you African.

Being African means you are truly from Africa, it is your motherland.

shadesofblackness:

endofdayz:

Karyn Washington, founder of the For Brown Girls blog, has died of an apparent suicide, reports MadameNoire.com. The influential blogger was only 22 years old.
Washington’s blog celebrated self-love, particularly among dark-skinned women. She also launched the #DarkSkinRedLip project after rapper A$AP Rocky suggested that darker-skinned women should avoid crimson lips. Following her lead, thousands of women of color posted photos of themselves proudly rocking red lips using the hashtag.
While working earnestly to empower women of all races and colors, Washington was also dealing with personal struggles. According to a friend, she had been battling depression and was also finding it hard to deal with the loss of her mother.
http://www.bet.com/news/fashion-and-beauty/2014/04/11/for-brown-girls-blog-creator-dies-of-apparent-suicide.html
Black women, who often shoulder so much burden and to admit any weakness of the mind and body is to be considered defective. Vulnerability is not allowed. Tears are discouraged. Victims are incessantly blamed. We are hard on our women, and suffer as a result.
When your community tells you that you’re better off praying than seeking the advice of medical professionals and medication, you feel shame when you feel your mind is breaking. There is no safe place. To admit to any mental frailty is to invite scorn and mockery.
Mental Illness is Real
R.I.P.

😔

shadesofblackness:

endofdayz:

Karyn Washington, founder of the For Brown Girls blog, has died of an apparent suicide, reports MadameNoire.com. The influential blogger was only 22 years old.

Washington’s blog celebrated self-love, particularly among dark-skinned women. She also launched the #DarkSkinRedLip project after rapper A$AP Rocky suggested that darker-skinned women should avoid crimson lips. Following her lead, thousands of women of color posted photos of themselves proudly rocking red lips using the hashtag.

While working earnestly to empower women of all races and colors, Washington was also dealing with personal struggles. According to a friend, she had been battling depression and was also finding it hard to deal with the loss of her mother.

http://www.bet.com/news/fashion-and-beauty/2014/04/11/for-brown-girls-blog-creator-dies-of-apparent-suicide.html

Black women, who often shoulder so much burden and to admit any weakness of the mind and body is to be considered defective. Vulnerability is not allowed. Tears are discouraged. Victims are incessantly blamed. We are hard on our women, and suffer as a result.

When your community tells you that you’re better off praying than seeking the advice of medical professionals and medication, you feel shame when you feel your mind is breaking. There is no safe place. To admit to any mental frailty is to invite scorn and mockery.

Mental Illness is Real

R.I.P.

😔

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unrully:

Maintaining Healthy Ends

When I first started wearing my natural hair out i noticed that a lot of my styles looked messy and limp, and I realised that this was because my ends were in terrible condition. Although damaged ends are less obvious on naturally curly/kinky hair, they can really affect the look of twistouts/braidouts or any out style. 

Some people prefer to trim their hair on set schedule and this works for them. However, I have found that dusting my ends regularly is the best for me. It keeps my ends from ever getting to the stage where it causes more breakage to the rest of my hair. 

What I do - whenever my hair is in twists (i.e. when I am washing it or doing a twist-out) I inspect the ends of the twists. If I see that there is significant thinning like it pictured above, I trim.

So far, I have needed to do this dusting about once a month. As you can see above, I never have to cut a significant amount of hair and I haven’t noticed any difference in length retention from doing this. If I find that my hair is particularly damaged, I will do a bigger trim to make sure any split ends are definitely gone. 

whackedup:

artofwhack:

   I may come back to this later but here’s my brush styled portrait of Lupita done in Photoshop. Took me a minute but hey, this was reallyyyy fun. If reblog, keep text and credit to me, artofwhack.tumblr.com. Thank you!

Lemme know what ya’ll think! :3

Black Beauty. 

CW: SEXUAL HARASSMENT, STALKING

The man from in Chicago started posting harassing videos again.

Please everyone, contact the FBI branch in Chicago and report this. The number is (312) 421-6700 and the email is Chicago@ic.fbi.gov. The general information for the Chicago Police Dept is 312-746-6000 and their email is CLEARPATH@chicagopolice.org. If you have contact them already, please do a follow-up. If you have a xhamster account, please say something when you see his video in any section. The only people I witnessed saying something on xhamster are myself and other women but no men. If you are a man with a xhamster account, say something because he’s doing this to impress y’all. 

At the time of this submission, his last upload was 7 days ago and last log-in was 3 hours ago. According to this wall, he told a creep he took upskirt videos of minors but claims he won’t post them. He also told the same creep to take videos of the minors at his high school so they can trade videos. He changed his location to Mississippi but I think he’s lying. I do not know his exact location and just in case he isn’t lying, please contact the FBI branch in Jackson. Their contact information is (601) 948-5000 and their email is fbijn@leo.gov.

I don’t know why there’s no arrest yet. It’s possible his videos are staged but I doubt it. He encourages other men to copy him and talks openly about pedophilia. Fake or not, hopefully something gets done if we bother the police enough. I’m also emailing local news stations just in case the police refuse to stop him. Someone has to stop creeps like him!

blackpeopledoshittoo:

70sbestblackalbums:

BLACKMUSICLIVETHROUGHTHEYEARS

Women improve the world

Rock stars

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Naomi puts racist Russian model Kira’s ass on blast!

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Thoughts on being ‘exotic’ : an introduction for those not

Questions I have to answer weekly (if not daily):

What are you?
Where are you from?
Where are your parents from?
What is your mix?
Which parent is which?

People’s reactions when they find out “what I am” (usually a product of what they want to hear: my family’s backstory; my ancestry; a fucking family tree, idk):

Wow, what a beautiful mix!
I would have never imagined such a mix!
How interesting of a mix!
Well, no wonder you’re so beautiful.
I only asked because you’re so beautiful.
Oh, wow, I was just so curious!
Oh… I see it now (like my existence makes sense now—thx)!

'Compliments' I yet haven't found a response to other than 'haha':

Your children are going to be beautiful/perfect.
Can I have your children?
You’re just perfect, why can’t I be you?


Reactions to my hair:

You can just do so much with your hair—like no matter how hard I try, I can never get it to look like yours.
God. If I were you, I would never straighten my hair!
Can I touch your hair?
It’s so boingy! Ha!
Is that a weave (and no, not asked by people of color)?

Why it actually sucks to feel ‘exotic’:

(Before reading this, of course I have friends and family whom I feel comfortable around—I’m not saying that I don’t, but hear me out)

I don’t feel ‘normal’
I feel extremely black around my white family/friends and extremely white around my black family/friends
I don’t have the privilege of ever blending in
I always stand out
I have gotten used to being stared at
I don’t usually see anyone who looks anything like me, ever
(I don’t have a group of ‘mixed’ people to go hang around)
I don’t feel accepted by the ‘black’ community and I don’t feel accepted by the ‘white’ community

It feels like being that rare fruit in the farmer’s market that no one recognizes, but thinks is so ‘cool.’ 
people approach it, analyze it, take pictures of it, maybe try it, but don’t ever consider it a part of their weekly grocery trip.

It feels pretty alone.  And no, I’m not exaggerating.

http://mixedunderstood.blogspot.com/