Tagged: culture

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Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair explores the history of the charity fashion spectacle produced by Eunice W. Johnson that redefined the concepts of beauty, style, and empowerment for African Americans.

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“Got my back?” Check one: Y / N

There is no easy way to convey how on our guard or walking on eggshells some people of color (especially QPoC) are in predominantly white spaces.

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“…being offended is pointless”

Have been seeing “…being offended is pointless” and similar sentiments lately, usually when being told “there are more important things to worry about”, and I disagree.

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President Obama speaks at the NMAAHC Opening

President Barack Obama, speaking at the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, “We’re not a burden on America, or a stain on America, or an object of pity or charity for America. We’re America. And that’s what this museum explains, the fact that our stories have shaped every corner of our culture.”

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“Star Trek” TOS Enterprise at The Smithsonian

Neither Paramount Studios nor The Smithsonian couldn’t know the cultural impact Star Trek would have when they donated the original U.S.S. Enterprise model in 1974. After decades of neglect, it’s getting a proper restoration and display in the main hall.

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Hoax vs. Truth. Bias? Confirmed!

While a lot of the sites dealing in satire and hoaxes are making it easier to detect the real news from the fake, it still turns out that people would rather believe the hoaxes than have them debunked.

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Alexandria Library Sit-In (1939)

On August 21, 1939, five citizens of the city walked into library and sat at one of its reading tables. Though surrounded by the wisdom of the ages, they were denied access to the thoughts on the shelves around them for a reason as implausible as the color of their skin. For merely being in the room, they were arrested.

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psthatsme: Balloon Butt

Even when you know art is being not-so-subversively subversive, you can’t help but laugh. psthatsme’s “Balloon Butt” claims to be nothing more than it is…

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“I can’t go home again.”

Talking about systemic racism is a hard conversation, even more so when you’re talking about its effects in a community that is already marginalized. Trying to point out the intersections is often met with resistance and constantly exhausting for those who it most affects.

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WRDBNR (formerly wordboner)

I used to loathe the “see what you missed!” e-mails from tumblr and ello and the like, but this piece by WRDBNR caught my attention while going through my morning reads.