In a damning piece for Black Ballad, its editor, Tobi Oredein, described how this series of Strictly had once again seen flawed and damaging stereotypes foisted on a black reality TV contestant. “The ‘problem’ the public has with Alexandra Burke exposes the hypocrisy and racism that still has tight grip around the neck of the British nation,” she said.
Oredein said the treatment of Burke was indicative of how some members of the British public remained uncomfortable with a black woman outperforming the white contestants. “Alexandra is a self-assured black woman who is infiltrating a world of entertainment that is seen as an extremely white space,” she added.
“To the British public, how can this black woman be better than her white counterparts, show emotion and be beautiful?”
Source: Alexandra Burke and the trouble with reality TV and race |The Guardian
Every cell in our body is like a workshop full of machines. The machines are embedded in mitochondrial membranes – microscopic energy centers. They serve to synthesize ATP (adenosine triphosphate) – sort of a fuel for humans that our whole body uses in order to function properly.
Source: ‘Human power plant’: How the cell’s molecular machines work – World
At a time when neo-Nazis, white nationalists and hateful right-wing extremists run rampant throughout the country with impunity, we must send a definitive message that the despicable acts of J. Marion Sims are repugnant and reprehensible,” Mark-Viverito said. “J. Marion Sims conducted horrific, painful, medical atrocities on non-anesthetized enslaved Black women with free rein.”
What is not in dispute is that between 1845 and 1849, in a makeshift hospital he built in his backyard, Sims inaugurated a long, drawn-out series of excruciating, experimental gynecological operations on countless enslaved African women. This was all done without the benefit of anesthesia or before any type of antiseptic was used. Many lost their lives to infection. It is their story that history has failed to tell and their legacy of courage and endurance that should be honored, not their captor’s. … Source
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There are times, like when watching footage of what happened in Charlottesville, Va., that racism bombards the senses like a virus, leaving your skin sore, your soul hardened and your spirit fatigued; a disillusioning, full-body wizening that disrupts, destroys and (occasionally) ends lives.
Source: The Most Racist Statue in America Is in … Pittsburgh, and It’s the Most Ridiculous Magical Negro You’ll Ever See
A baby was caught by a member of the public after being dropped from Grenfell Tower as it was engulfed with flames, a witness said.
Live feed of the Grenfell Tower Fire.
Source: Baby dropped from 10th floor of Grenfell Tower ‘caught by man on ground’
I laughed uncomfortably as we re-enacted scenes from “The Serpent and the Rainbow,” Wes Craven’s 1988 horror film
set in Haiti, which reached cult status within the genre.
“I want to hear you scream,” hollered my friend in a fake Haitian accent. “Don’t let them bury me, I’m not dead” was my response, mimicking the macabre gestures of a zombie.
After sitting for 90 minutes enthralled yet embarrassed, confused but entertained, there I was, a young Haitian-American, who, as the intellectual Frantz Fanon once articulated, felt the “weight of his melanin.”
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Demystifying Vodou: Sorting through distortions
The 31-year-old fencer from New Jersey said she was left in tears after allegedly being detained at US Customs and Border Protection for two hours. The athlete won bronze for her country in Rio.
Source: Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad allegedly detained by US
TrumpTrump gives Black power salute.
As they race to repeal large parts of the Affordable Care Act, President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are leaving behind nearly everyone but their base voters and a handful of conservative activists.
Source: Republicans charge forward with repeal of health care law, but few are eager to follow
The prospective attorney general and his allies attempt an image makeover, with an explicit appeal to African-Americans.
“There is a lot of rightful focus on the really divisive past of Sen. Sessions,” said Scott Simpson, the director of media and campaigns for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of civil rights organizations. “The key thing to understand is that Sen. Sessions hasn’t given any indication that he’s changed throughout his Senate career.”
Source: Sessions to African-Americans: Fear not