My good friend afro_dyte aka RVC Bard has launched a new blog entitled Ars Marginal. Absolutely ingenious, it takes an honest progressive look at arts and entertainment. In addition to boosting the signal, we're also looking for contributors as well.
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I just thought I'd let you know that there is a new LJ community, damn_foreigners , set up for immigrants and immigrant allies. If you or anyone you know could benefit from such a space or want to open up a discussion there, please feel free to join. I thought this was relevant to the earth tone community and hope that some of the progressive attitude I see here ends up there as well.
This has been cross-posted to a few POC-places online.
The former star of Hootie & the Blowfish becomes the first Black man to win the Country Music Association award for best new artist.November 25, 2009
Hootie is the new Black. If you read that and thought “for real, though?” I have really, truly been enjoying former Hootie & the Blowfish front guy Darius Rucker’s country debut, Learn to Live, which just earned him the 2009 CMA Award for New Artist of the Year. For those of you thinking, “Doesn’t country music = white?” you’re right. Charley Pride was the last Black country music artist to have a number one in 1988 and the only one before Rucker to take home a CMA Award, winning two in 1971.
When Rucker’s album came out, I wondered what the media fallout, if any, would be. Would the country music press and fandom question the Charleston, South Carolina-born Rucker’s authenticity as a country performer? I was pleasantly surprised by the sales and chart success of the album (three consecutive number one Billboard singles; sales in excess of a million units), which seemed to render that conversation moot. Rucker had been accepted by country music consumers, listeners and radio. MORE
I hate country music like burning, but congrats to Mr. Rucker. And ya'll are the only music station which plays frigging music, for which I envy you GREATLY! Who in here likes country?
I ain't gonna front, this video had me cheering and getting choked up. Though my fellow comic book geeks will feel me on this one, I wanted to share this with all of you and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Why can’t my judgment be trusted when it comes to racism? You’d think 28 years of life as a POC in America would enable me to discern when someone’s being racist. Apparently I’m mistaken, because every time “the R-word” leaves my mouth or my fingertips, someone abruptly appears, like an ethereal genie from the spout of a just-stroked magic lamp, to debate me by suggesting every other possible motive for the questionable word or deed. (If you haven’t instinctively guessed by now what race said Great Debater tends to be, you need not proceed any further.) Such challenges usually carry the implication that I haven’t gathered all of the facts; that I’m being impulsive or hypersensitive; that I waste mental energy looking for ways to ascribe racist motives to every white person who has ever conflicted with a POC. I rebuke that implication: I’ve smelled enough shit to know when something stinks.
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I know I'm late to the game, but I recently discovered the awesomeness that is B.Scott.
A couple of months back, I was going through a situation and Scott's message really hit home.
Hopefully this video will be a blessing to you as it was for me.
There are youtube videos but they are not clear, so see her myspace.
Please spread the word about this.
On Monday May 18, 2009, we are asking anyone who identifies as a POC/non-white to post this banner, their speculative short stories, artwork, poetry or simply write a post on their favorite fandom on their blogs as an act of protest to show we will not be silent or invisible. The day of protest is entitled Fen Of Color United or more aptly, FOC_U.
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