Braden Summers traveled to six different countries to prove that no matter where you are, love is equal.

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This picture reminded me of the picture in 1965

“Hog-spitting – not just spitting,” Tonja Bulley emphatically clarifies.

“He just hog-spit at my baby. He hog-spit. He took everything out of him and spit in my daughter’s face. She is a minor. That’s the absolute worst thing you can do, when you spit on another human being. She was just saying ‘No justice, no peace’ and he hog-spit (at) and then smacked my baby. At that time — there was no more being peaceful.”

Bulley and her daughter, Brandy were released from jail last night after being arrested by police outside the St. Louis Rams game the previous day after a violent clash with football fans.

As the Rams were completing an impressive 28-26 victory over the Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks, Tonja and Brandy were outside the stadium participating in a non-violent protest calling for justice for Mike Brown, and the immediate arrest of his killer, Darren Wilson.

Tonja, known affectionately to her friends as “Tiny,” continued:

“We were peacefully protesting. We were saying something that this big, tall White man did not like. He should’ve been locked up, and they did not lock him up. One slapped my daughter and another hit her with his fist. Another woman threw her drink on me – and I retaliated. I’m not coming out to fight, but I have the right to protect myself.”

Tiny would eventually get punched and knocked to the ground. “I got hit by a couple people. I have a mark behind my ear.” She was initially charged with two felonies for throwing punches after the initial altercation. No violent Rams fans were arrested.

She says the racial double-standards were apparent: “We had a right to protest without anybody interfering. When the White people protest, there are no problems. Nobody is spitting on them. When we try to do it, the media goes around and acts like we started (the fighting.) We did not start it. I peacefully protest every day in Ferguson, and it’s never a problem.”

In Ferguson, Tiny and Brandy have been protesting since Brown was killed in August, and have become unofficial members of the Lost Voices—a spirited and well-known group of young leaders who led Sunday’s protest.


white people beat up a little black girl and mother and feminists are writing full articles about why being a basic bitch is a good thing

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Let’s get into it: Latin@ vs. Black


This post is too damn much for me to just sit here and see this kind of logic (or lack thereof, better yet) come onto my dash.

Identity is such a difficult topic to discuss, especially when it comes to race & ethnicity, as it’s a very personal expression and affirmation of our own experiences (in relation to a larger collective) and us navigating the spaces we create within that identity.


Black (person): any member of the African diaspora

Diaspora: the scattered population with origins within a smaller geographic location

African-American: a Black person living in the United States of America, with cultural traditions stemming from their displacement into the country by the Transatlantic Slave Trade (often interchanged with Black, although the two have separate meanings); created as a reaction to terms such as “Negro”

Afro-: prefix used to emphasize African heritage or influence on something, sometimes used as a reaction to invisibility or Otherness within that group

Hispanic: a term created in order to classify all Spanish speakers into one box on the census form; this term means “of Spain” and erases any Indian or African identity a person from Mexico, Central America, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, or South America might have.

Latin@:  a person from Latin America (anywhere in the above-mentioned regions); this term is preferred over Hispanic because it does not deny the large influence of pre-existing American Indian culture and African culture brought over by the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Spanish: a person from Spain; another word for Castilian, the most popular language of Spain and the majority of its former colonies (often interchanged with Latin@ although this is wrong as fuck)

Racism: institutionalized discrimination of an ethnic group, often based on phenotypical or linguistic differences

Shadeism/Colorism: discrimination of certain (usually dark but sometimes light) skin tones due to conforming within a Eurocentric standard of beauty; often happens in post-imperialist countries

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s make something clear: Latin@ and Black are not mutually exclusive terms. Meaning that you can be Latino and Black at the same damn time. Latin@ does not define a race, but rather expresses that people from Latin America come from miscegenation and often are multiracial. That’s why you have people like Celia Cruz, Roberto Clemente, and Arturo Schomburg identifying as negro and Latino simultaneously. Because Black is a term describing race and Latin@ is a term roughly describing ethnicity.

When Latin@s who are more visibly African in origins (or Afrolatin@s) deny what they are (like this lady) it’s due to anti-Black propaganda fed to the masses in Latin America largely due to North American influence (the last thing antebellum US wanted was Latino Blacks and American Blacks thinking they could be like Haiti and revolt against imperialist rule. In fact, most of the reason why Haiti’s economy remains abysmal is due to French and US influence but they don’t tell you that in US History II, do they?)

That’s why you’ll find loads of colorism within countries like Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Not to mention other countries like India, Brazil, South Africa, and even right here in the United States of America. The post-colonial identity is, largely, a reaction to what European rule did during their control. In countries with a huge American Indian influence, indio is an insult because calling someone out on their other-than-white heritage is hurtful; negro or prieto is also used derogatorily. 

Articles like that woman’s are problematic because it just falls right into that cycle of anti-Black (self-)hatred. Latin@s in the US often do not claim their Black heritage and opt for a raceless identification with the terms Hispanic and Latino. But the truth is that most of Latin Americans are mestizo or mulato, or a combination of both. This obsession with race and skin tone was enforced by the Spanish caste system which treated lighter or Spanish-educated people as better.

Black slaves in the US faced an entirely different struggle from Black slaves in Spanish colonies or Dutch colonies or Portuguese colonies. That’s why we all have a different culture but are still part of the African diaspora. So, being Afro-Dominican and being African-American are two totally different things, but for the most part we all have the same point of origin. And our differences in self-concept and self-expression are just due to who colonized us. (Did you know that babies born to Indian or Black mothers & Spanish fathers but educated in Spaniard customs was considered white in the Dominican Republic? It throws the contemporary American understanding of race out the fucking window, I’ll tell you that.)

Will Latin@s ever claim their Indian and African ancestry for good? I don’t know and I don’t give a fuck. But you won’t deny that shit in my presence because I’ll get your life together for you REAL quick. 

The island of Haiti & Dominican Republic was the first fucking stop for stolen Africans in the New World. The Black Experience in the Western Hemisphere STARTED in DR and Haiti, and denying that is an insult to every African man, woman, and child brought over on slave ships to our fucking soil.

REFERENCES AND RESOURCES FOR Y’ALL (taking y’all to college real quick wepaaaa)

Black behind the Ears: Dominican Racial Identity from Museums to Beauty Shops by Ginetta E. B. Candelario

Merengue : Dominican Music and Dominican Identity by Paul Austerlitz

The Dominican Republic: A National History by Frank Moya Pons

Race in North America: Origin and Evolution of a Worldview by Audrey Smedley

Introduction to Dominican Blackness by Silvio Torres-Saillant

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Shooting a short (3 minute) HD video student project at ACC. Each shoot

will only take an hour and a half of your life. No pay; but will supply DVD and/or link with credits of finished project.

SYNOPSIS: Clark has been having some pretty weird dreams lately. What better way to find meaning from them than asking a homeless man?


CLARK- Any ethnicity. Age 18-25. Clark is annoyed, without wifi, and just wants to make meaning from his bizarre dream.

DAVE- Any ethnicity. Age 18-25. He is very nonchalant, and not the best friend one could have. Leaves friend in time of need to go get lunch.

THADDEUS BUNSEN- Any ethnicity. Ages 22-40  He’s homeless, sketchy, and a little unsettling. Not the kind of guy you want to be alone with for 2 minutes.

SHOOTING DATE: November 12th and 17th, 2014 from 9 am to 10:20 am; but will need to schedule rehearsal times

If interested, please contact me via message (

Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices: Information and Application



I also want to add: this retreat was seriously one of the most welcoming queer places for bisexuals I’ve ever been in. I will be 100% honest: I was kind of nervous going, because I’m a really femme bisexual girl and I was worried because I’ve had a few experiences in my life where I’ve been made to feel “not queer enough” But the Lambda Retreat was the most welcome, open, accepting, encouraging and nonjudgmental queer spaces I’ve ever been in. 

I highly recommend any queer writers (and poets!) apply. There are scholarships available and you will make life-long friends and grow as a writer in ways you never thought possible. 

I’m really glad to hear that!   Also their YA/Graphic Novel section is being taught by Sara Ryan who is the bisexual author of Empress of the World so I hope the tradition of bi-friendliness will continue!

- Sarah   

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Coca-Cola is bleeding Indian towns dry — and now the farmers are fighting back

They’ve launched a successful mission to Mars, but India’s government still has a lot of work to do on a major domestic concern: managing the country’s dwindling groundwater resources. And there’ one clear party to blame.

In the state of Uttar Pradesh, in northern Indian, farmers are decidedly unhappy with the neighboring Coca-Cola plant that’s been rapidly depleting the decade-old area wells. It’s been happening for years, but the impact on local resources is finally coming to a tipping point, and the farmers living in remote villages have decided to take action against the corporate giant.

Bottle protest in the streets of Mumbai and New Dehli | Follow micdotcom 

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72 days, 4 hours since Mike Brown was killed.

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