Ani DiFranco #FAIL

So, peeking in from my blogcation to post about the fail of Ani DiFrancoLong story short. white female indie singer DiFranco wanted to hold a feminist/social justice event on a plantation in New Orleans. Blah..well, of course, folk of color and ally white activists pointed out why it would be  wrong to hold this event on a plantation (slavery/symbolic of black oppression, you know).

Also, folks were offended that a supporter of the event basically did a “digital black face,” in which they pretend to be black and use a stereotypical dialect (there’s actually nothing wrong with not speaking “proper” English, but white racists usually use it in an exaggerated way/degrading way).

I would also say it would’ve sucked to hold it on a plantation, as black folks in the N.O. have been pushed out of the city after Hurricane Katrina. The plantation is  a reminder of the continued oppression of black folks.

After the RIGHTFUL outrage, DiFranco (an hour or so ago)issued a statement. I thought she was going to say “my bad, i was wrong to continue forward. i apologize. I understand how this could be offensive to people.” Instead, she was rude, offensive, and patronizing.  Double blah. And white feminists wonder why they continue to get the side eye from many women of color.


Happy Holidays!! (Blogcation)

I just want to give a shout out to all the folks who have been following this blog. The purpose of my blog is to deconstruct the images/representations of black women in media (movies, music, etc.).  It came out of the creation of my zine “See Me: Issues that Affect Our Lives, Acts of Resistance against Oppression, and Black Feminist Thought.” I hope to write more about zines/zine culture next year.

In the words of India.Aire “Now don’t be offended this is all my opinion, Ain’t nothing that I’m saying law”all my posts are my take/opinions on how racism, sexism, classism, and other “isms” affect black women’s lives.  I don’t have all the answers (unlike Sway ;). I am just trying to offer a different perspective…

If you celebrate, I wish ya happy holidays. I am going on blogcation. I’m not planning to do too much this holiday season. I visited the peeps last year, so I can wait until next year to go back 😉  But I plan to relax, catch up on my reading, etc. The blog will resume in early January 2014.

See folks next year!!



Randomness: Holiday Baking

I can go either way with the holidays, but I do enjoy eating all the treats this time of year. I have a hugeeeee sweet tooth. I’m not a big cook, but I sometimes like to pretend I’m one of those chefs on Food Network whipping up delicious dishes 🙂 I love making desserts.  It’s fun finding new recipes. I thought I would share a couple, as folks prepare for the holidays next week. I haven’t had time to try them out yet, but they sound yummy as hell!  Bon appétit!!

Butterscotch Brownies –6 tablespoons shortening, 1 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking power, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup chopped nuts, and 1 cup butterscotch bits.


Preheat oven to 350F. Cream shortening and sugar, add the rest in given order. Grease a 9″ x 13″ baking pan. Pour batter into pan, and bake 25 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and then cut into squares. Recipe from local newspaper

Raspberry Buttermilk Pie–(Pie Crust) 1 1/4 cup all-purpose floor, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, 1/4 cup water, plus 2 tablespoons. (Filling) 1/4 cup raspberries (frozen or fresh), 2 tablespoons sugar, salt, 3/4 cup white granulated sugar, 1 teaspoons all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, and 3/4 cup buttermilk.


In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar and salt. Using a box grater, grate the cold butter atop the flour mixture. Working quickly, and using your hands, break the butter bits into the flour until they’re evenly distributed and resemble the size of small peas. Add 1/4 cup of water and mix. The mixture will be shaggy at the point. From here, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until the dough comes together. I ended up adding about 2 more tablespoons of water, equaling 1/4 cup water, plus 2 tablespoons. Flour your counter and dump the dough onto it. Knead the dough a few times until it comes together; form the dough into one solid disc. Wrap the disc with plastic wrap and transfer it to the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour or overnight.

Remove the disc of dough from the refrigerator. Liberally flour your work surface and rolling-pin. Begin to roll the dough, being sure to rotate it every so often to avoid sticking, to a 12 to 14-inch round. Wrap the dough around the rolling-pin and unroll it over the pie tin. Gently fit the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the pie tin. Trim the dough around the pie tin and using your thumb and forefinger, crimp the rim of the crust into a v-shape. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Transfer the pie crust to the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes. 3. Score the bottom of the pie crust with the tines of a fork. Line the pie crust with foil or parchment paper and fill it with beans, rice, pennies or metal pie weights. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Carefully remove the lining and pie weights and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack until room temperature.

Meanwhile, let’s make the filling. In a small saucepan, combine the raspberries, sugar and pinch of salt. Cook over medium low heat for 10-15 minutes, intermittently crushing the raspberries with the back of spoon, until the mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour and lemon zest. Next, beat in one egg at a time, until the mixture is thick and thoroughly combined. Pour in the buttermilk and whisk until completely combined. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the par-baked pie crust. Using a teaspoon, drop small dollops of the raspberry mixture on top of the buttermilk mixture. Take a skewer and run it through the center of each raspberry mixture dollop, creating a pretty swirl design.

Carefully transfer the pie to the preheated oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, until the center of the pie is set. Allow the pie to cool on a wire rack until room temperature, about 1-2 hours. Slice and serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a la mode.  Recipe  from




Vanessa Bell Calloway: “In the Company of Friends”

Speaking of Tina Turner, Vanessa Bell Calloway gave a great performance as Tina Turner’s friend (played by Angela Bassett), in the film “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”  I’ve wondered what she’s been up to, as Hollywood is not kind to black actresses (and all actresses as they grow older). It’s nice to see she’s doing her own thang, with her new web series “In the Company of Friends.”   I want to do this with my friends now, just grub and have good conversation 🙂

“Eat the cake, Anna Mae.”

I’ve often wondered how does Tina Turner feel when Ike’s abuse is referenced in songs. And it tends to be referenced a lot in rap songs (I tried to Google to see how often, but couldn’t pin it down) Probably because a lot of rappers see nothing wrong what was done to Ms. Turner, as I’m sure most of them are probably abusing a woman themselves.   I’m sure it has to be triggering for Ms. Turner to constantly hear about the violence she suffered from Ike. And to hear it in songs that usually glorifies/jokes about it (especially in the black music), it’s probably like a stab in the heart. I can see why she gave up her American citizenship. She’s giving the deuces to all the fools who mock and shame her.

I’ve never cared for Jay Z.  He has been pretty unrepentant about his drug dealing days (that helped to destroy black communities/families), despite being married to the “hottest chick in the game” and now a daughter–still degrades women in his music, and has been running around the country (and other countries) encouraging white folks to sing “Niggas in Paris” over and over and over again. How wonderful for us black folks, when we travel outside the country *rolls eyes.* So, not surprised he would let domestic violence lyrics roll off his tongue, in Beyoncé’s new song “Drunk in Love…”

“I am Ike Turner…Baby know I don’t play. Now eat the cake, Anna Mae. Said Eat the Cake, Anna Mae”.

Beyoncé is such a walking contradiction (as we can all be at times), it’s hard to take her seriously. But what makes her more dangerous to me, is that she sells herself as speaking up for women and a lot of younger women of color believe it.  Why she would allow her husband to rap those lyrics on her new “feminist” album? She probably had no choice. Despite running around saying she’s a woman in charge, Beyoncé has always seemed submissive around Jay Z to me.  And with his public record of his attitude toward/about women, I’m sure he is not someone you can have a genuine conversation with about women’s issues.

Instead of wasting $16 dollars on an album that mocks domestic violence, I would encourage folks to donate that money to groups like INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence  and Black Girl Dangerous. These folks  not only speak out, but engage in real activism to empower women of color.

So, free yourself from the contradictions and oppression that is Beyoncé’s new music. She is an entertainer who is being used to make black women feel bad about themselves (and to create chaos amongst black women; arguments/debates about if she really represents us). We have to resist this manipulative agenda.


Esperanza Spalding – We Are America

I will never forget how some black celebrities bashed Esperanza Spalding after she won a Grammy over Justin Bieber. Really?! How insulting and sell out ish. Spalding shows off her political side in this video about the prisoners of Guantanamo Bay

We should all be feminists: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I’ve written about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie before on this blog. I really encourage folks to buy/support her books. She’s a good writer amazing cultural critic, and a witty feminist.  You can watch all of her fabulousness in this TEDTalk…Enjoy 🙂

Tyler Perry’s dramedy “Single Mom’s Club”

Noooooo! The film looks like it would definitely fail the Bechdel test  (as would the majority of Tyler Perry films).  I won’t even get into the stereotypical “heavy-set” dark skinned black woman character (a staple in Perry films). Meh. What do you think about Perry’s latest film?

The Problem With BeyHive Bottom Bitch Feminism

sums up my issues with “Beyoncé feminism” and the women of color feminists who champion it…

Real Colored Girls

Beyhive Booty

In Pimp Theory, a “bottom bitch” is the one in the whores’ hierarchy who rides hardest for her man. She’s the rock of every hustler economy and her primary occupation is keeping other ho’s in check and gettin’ that money. She isn’t trying to elevate the status of her sister ho’s. She isn’t looking to transform pimp culture. The bottom bitch is a token who is allowed symbolic power, which she uses to discipline, advocate for, represent and advance the domain of the stable.  In pop culture, she represents the trope of the chosen black female, loyal to her man and complicit in her own commodification.

In hip hop vernacular she has emerged as the “Boss Bitch” or “Bawse”, titles you’ll hear used liberally across urban/pop discourses – from the streets to rappers to the hip hop, basketball and ATL housewives.  What she represents is an appearance of power within…

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