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03 April 2009 @ 02:30 pm
This video was featured today on the slog lunchtime quickies, via the Stranger:

Though this Thai toothpaste commercial is disturbing and confusing in its intent (is it a commenting on racism? perpetuating it? both?), the commentary below it is even more problematic:

(lifted from: http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2009/04/03/lunchtime-quickie)

As much as we like to believe things have changed truth is they haven't and some people as exemplified by the comments here a high level of tolerance for racism. Until they see people hanging from trees they'll brush off reality as 'simplistic', I'll say this much though, no Thai business will get a penny from me until I see a denouncing of this garbage from the Thai community here in the states.

Thanks to cacahuate for pointing this out to me. Cross-posted to hella places.
29 March 2009 @ 05:09 pm
I'm having a rough time right now, but I'm still (mostly) of sound mind.

PLEASE, if any of you care about me, do what you can to make sure I don't end up like this guy.

Current Mood: nervousnervous
Current Music: Flying Lotus - BBC ESSENTIAL MIX. | Powered by Last.fm
11 March 2009 @ 03:54 pm
Stef's Best of 2008 – IV
Moving on. Hardships won't last. Proceed with caution. WTF.Collapse )
That's it, folks! In case you missed anything, here are some links to my other Best of 2008 posts: Part I // Part II // Part III. I hope you enjoyed these. Leave me some comments and tell me if you did or not, and why! Which one was your favorite? Was there a song you think I should have included that I didn't? Was there one I should NOT have included? Do you really think the Flying Lotus video should be banned all over the internet like this??!


08 March 2009 @ 09:23 pm
So in honor of Women's History Month, and also as my delayed Black History Month contribution, I'd like to share an article from my friend Chris Rabb's blog Afronetizen on one of my She-roes, Ida B. Wells Barnett. 
Not enough people know about her and what she accomplished and I'm happy to spread the word. 


Remembering Ida B. Wells

By Sikivu Hutchinson
Guest Contributor

 In their
landmark 1982 anthology on Black feminism, Gloria Hull, Barbara Smith and Patricia Bell Scott proclaimed that “all the women are white, all the blacks are men, but some of us are brave.”  Perhaps no pioneering activist more fervently embodied the spirit of this sentiment than Ida B. Wells.  A giant of the independent black press and early media literacy educator, Wells’ leadership and uncompromising vision continue to reverberate for black women. .....Whole Article Here

More on Ida B. Wells Barnett:





Current Location: Brooklyn
Current Music: David Copperfield (not the magician) on PBS
08 March 2009 @ 06:43 pm
This was my theme song during 2007 and even today it's still one of my all time favorite songs.

I share it because I think it's a great song and anytime I'm going through a situation or having a bad day, this song speaks to me and truly resonates. I figured some of you might enjoy it so I thought I'd share.


Through With People - Portastatic
06 March 2009 @ 08:49 pm

So last week I had this weird dream where, for some reason, people I knew (certainly not friends – my friends know better) kept trying to hook me up with random British dudes from shitty rock bands, and they were all blond (I tend to NOT dig blondes). If they had tried to hook me up with Adam Franklin from Swervedriver circa 1993 (far right in this photo), maybe thangs could have worked out, but I digress...

Then somehow I ended up on a semi-date-ish thing with Talib Kweli??? It was super casual, like, it wasn't even really supposed to be a date... but then he kissed me, which kinda gave me the "deer in the headlights" look/feeling. He said, a bit nervously, "I like this. This is nice." We kissed again, and I was kicking myself cos I knew it wasn't going to work out because my heart really belongs to Andre 3000. My alarm went off before I actually got around to telling him so.

What was your most recent weird dream about? And who is your celebrity crush??! Include a photo so we can all swoon over their hotnesses!
Current Music: Camp Lo – Black Connection
03 March 2009 @ 02:18 am
(Note: This post was actually [info]vitamin_love's idea, but she gave me permission to make it myself. I didn't even know that there WAS a Women's History Month until she pointed it out: if that isn't a clear-cut argument for the necessity of WHM, I don't know what is!)



Patriarchy hurts everyone. By affirming the value and rights of women, we work to uplift ourselves.

I'll start by posting about one of the most inspirational women in my life:
Alice Coltrane, my favorite musician.Collapse )
Current Location: the apartment
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Current Music: Autechre - Cipater | Powered by Last.fm
01 March 2009 @ 07:43 pm
...was seeing THIS awesome movie:

Chocolate" really IS the best contemporary martial-arts film I've seen since "Ong-Bak." 
It helps that Nicharee "Jeeja" Vismistananda is just as good of an actor as she is a martial artist. 
This trailer doesn't even do justice to the awesomeness of the
fight scenes.
If it piques your interest, watch this longer trailer!

What was the highlight of YOUR week?
Did you have to kick anyone's ass?  If so, why?
Current Mood: fullfull
Current Music: Alice Coltrane - Los Caballos | Powered by Last.fm
01 March 2009 @ 12:03 am
So, because my gf /  fiance's computer is working right now, we figured we would write a post that introduced both of us.

Her: Ariel icewomancometh
Where You At?: TX and 3 months from (an extremely delayed) graduation with a degree in Sociology
Interest: Music, Fashion, Manga, Video Games, beating down punks that jump up, calling out people on their sexism, racism and fatphobia
Last Book Read: Empowered

Him: Josh engine_no9
Where You At? Chicago, IL with a month left till (a mildly delayed) graduation from IL Institute of Art with a degree in Interactive Media Design
Interest: Music, Reading, Video Games, Sports, Books (Ones with and without pictures in them)
Last Book Read: Clawing At the Limits of Cool and Nextwave

How did we meet: We actually met on negroclash oh so many moons ago. Have spent money seeing each other between school and spent the last 2 Christmas' together.

DA FUTURE!: Hopefully by June or July we'll be living in the same city and (hopefully) in the same apartment. I'll be working at some web company making flash games and other doodads, Ariel will be finishing up school and looking for work. Wedding tentatively scheduled in Feb 2010. Bring gifts and/or checks!

Here's hoping for good times ahead.