"I have been held up consistently as a token, as the ‘right’ kind of trans woman (educated, able-bodied, attractive, articulate, heteronormative). It promotes the delusion that because I ‘made it,’ that level of success is easily accessible to all young trans women. Let’s be clear: It is not."

- Janet Mock, “Redefining Realness”

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2 months ago on 3 August 2014 @ 5:52pm 5,784 notes

On the list of things that are very important to me: representation of a full range of black beauty in children’s fashion dolls.

2 months ago on 31 July 2014 @ 8:39pm 112 notes



Amanda Waller.

Milestone Media’s Rocket.




Representation matters, kids. 

2 months ago on 31 July 2014 @ 3:51pm 5,435 notes
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Black Excellence▶◀  ↪ Anika Noni Rose

"I think that one of the most detrimental issues with regard to the vision of black women in in the media is not having well-rounded images.You see one thing where you see the other, very much the virgin whore complex it is somebody is really really fabulously great like so great you like really I’ve never met that person or they’re so foul and nasty that once again you never met that person.”

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I love the #sisterhood #love in #Philly #twoc #blackisbeautiful #bless #brooklyngirl #headwrap #phillyhealthconference2014

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3 months ago on 23 June 2014 @ 1:29pm 46 notes


Black women who made the Time 100 List For 2014. Creative singer, dancer, artist, philanthropist and feminist Beyoncé, creative outspoken actor, artist and feminist Kerry Washington, tennis legend, philanthropist and business owner Serena WilliamsChicagoan and now head of U.N. World Food Programme Ertharin CousinNigerian economist and past Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Ugandan activist Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, South African human rights lawyer Thuli Madonsela, and Kenyan tech guru Ory Okolloh. 

Laverne Cox and Janet Mock DIDN’T make the list though. Clearly both had a major impact in 2013. Both have been outspoken about Black trans women and trans women of colour’s rights and lives, both have created remarkable and important art and both have been influential and highly visible. They should’ve been there. Easily.

Beyoncé made the Time 100 List in 2013 as well, but this year has the cover after a successful and influential year in 2013, from her Super Bowl performance, to her world tour, to her incredible visual album BEYONCÉ, to being more outspoken with her feminist politics through her music, and through other projects—some I like (speaking, writing, fundraising, philanthropy), some I’ve critiqued (i.e. #BanBossy/Lean In)—all while being committed to her family, her marriage to Jay-Z and motherhood to Blue Ivy

Several Black men made the list as well, including two of my personal faves, Oscar winning film director Steve McQueen and Super Bowl champion Richard Sherman

As I wrote about yesterday, there is a DIFFERENCE between the legitimate desire for representation of Black women’s humanity in the media while still creating our own media (as ignoring the mainstream does not erase harmful messages about us are placed there) and "oh that’s White approval!" This distinction and understanding of how media representation impacts us is important.

Complete Time 100 List For 2014 

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5 months ago on 24 April 2014 @ 11:21pm 7,403 notes


IG: Gloria_Zolanski

6 months ago on 23 April 2014 @ 8:58pm 1,038 notes


Celebration of natural hair.

Photos by Aurélie Flamand and Hairstyle by Sephora Joannes.

6 months ago on 19 April 2014 @ 3:18am 14,591 notes