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BRAND X

Orphaned transracial international ungrateful insurgent Class Bastard.

Posts tagged rip

Apr 2 '14
Mar 12 '14
mer-mage:

queeniman:

gelopanda:

il-tenore-regina:

drankinwatahmelin:

nydailynews:

BREAKING: Building explosion, collapse in Harlem
"We saw people flying out of the window…those are my neighbors." 
"It looked like the towers all over again. People covered in dust and covering their mouths."

#PrayForHarlem

OH MY GOD. 

I know so many people in this area. :/

INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILEYHI RAAJIOON

#looks like cheapskate landlords are killing POC again

mer-mage:

queeniman:

gelopanda:

il-tenore-regina:

drankinwatahmelin:

nydailynews:

BREAKING: Building explosion, collapse in Harlem

"We saw people flying out of the window…those are my neighbors."

"It looked like the towers all over again. People covered in dust and covering their mouths."

#PrayForHarlem

OH MY GOD. 

I know so many people in this area. :/

INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILEYHI RAAJIOON

Jan 30 '14
Jan 1 '14

UNCLE PHIL DESERVED AN OSCAR FOR KEEPING A STRAIGHT FACE THROUGH ALL THIS

(Source: brandx)

Jan 1 '14
mrcheyl:

Rest In Peace James Avery
You played the role of the stern but caring father that many of us looked up to and learned from. We thank you for gracing us with your presence for so many years, and we won’t soon forget you. Thank you

mrcheyl:

Rest In Peace James Avery

You played the role of the stern but caring father that many of us looked up to and learned from. We thank you for gracing us with your presence for so many years, and we won’t soon forget you. Thank you

Nov 25 '13
Nov 24 '13
theuntitledmag:

[Image Description: A animated screencap of Tura Satana in the desert in the film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! saying “I never try anything. I just do it. And I don’t beat clocks, just people! Wanna try me?]
femmefilipina:

but, bbygrl, why a tura satana appreciation day?

[tw : rape]
she’s a total babe. duh.
she’s japanese, filipino, cheyenne + irish. 
she was simultaneously a straight-a student in school while being viciously bullied for her heritage + size and punished by her parents for getting into fights. i mean, even without the straight a’s, she was strong and endured feeling isolated at home and at school.
she’s a fellow rape survivor — “Walking home from school at the age of nine she was gang raped by five men. According to Satana, her attackers were never prosecuted and it was rumored that the judge had been paid off. She tells how this prompted her to learn the martial arts of aikido and karate and, over the next 15 years, track down each rapist and exact revenge. ’I made a vow to myself that I would someday, somehow get even with all of them’, she said years later. ‘They never knew who I was until I told them.’”
she began living on her own at the age of 13, after her parents married her to a 17-year old and she wasn’t having that bullshit. i can’t even imagine what that was like.
she was an extremely successful burlesque dancer, and even when she got pregnant at 19 she danced through the first eight months of her pregnancy! and yeah, she still made BANK. 
faster pussycat! kill! kill! — a cult classic john waters apparently calls the greatest movie ever made. i still haven’t seen it, but from what i’ve read it portrays the three female leads (tura satana is the LEAD lead) in positions or power that normally men are portrayed in, and that’s allll the way back in the 60’s. she did all her own stunts and fight scenes. the majority of satana’s styling and one-liners, and some additional key concepts of the film, were satana’s own doing.
after being shot by a former lover and staying in a hospital, she decided to study nursing and she did just that. she even briefly worked as the dispatcher for the lapd.
tura satana passed away on 2/4/2011, but she’s still amazing and one of my inspirations as a woc, especially as a mixed-race asian rape survivor struggling to embrace my sexuality. <3 and that’s why i’m giving her her own day! just who she was makes me feel good about me.
all facts taken from tura satana’s wikipedia page

theuntitledmag:

[Image Description: A animated screencap of Tura Satana in the desert in the film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! saying “I never try anything. I just do it. And I don’t beat clocks, just people! Wanna try me?]

femmefilipina:

but, bbygrl, why a tura satana appreciation day?

[tw : rape]

  • she’s a total babe. duh.
  • she’s japanese, filipino, cheyenne + irish. 
  • she was simultaneously a straight-a student in school while being viciously bullied for her heritage + size and punished by her parents for getting into fights. i mean, even without the straight a’s, she was strong and endured feeling isolated at home and at school.
  • she’s a fellow rape survivor — “Walking home from school at the age of nine she was gang raped by five men. According to Satana, her attackers were never prosecuted and it was rumored that the judge had been paid off. She tells how this prompted her to learn the martial arts of aikido and karate and, over the next 15 years, track down each rapist and exact revenge. ’I made a vow to myself that I would someday, somehow get even with all of them’, she said years later. ‘They never knew who I was until I told them.’”
  • she began living on her own at the age of 13, after her parents married her to a 17-year old and she wasn’t having that bullshit. i can’t even imagine what that was like.
  • she was an extremely successful burlesque dancer, and even when she got pregnant at 19 she danced through the first eight months of her pregnancy! and yeah, she still made BANK. 
  • faster pussycat! kill! kill! — a cult classic john waters apparently calls the greatest movie ever made. i still haven’t seen it, but from what i’ve read it portrays the three female leads (tura satana is the LEAD lead) in positions or power that normally men are portrayed in, and that’s allll the way back in the 60’s. she did all her own stunts and fight scenes. the majority of satana’s styling and one-liners, and some additional key concepts of the film, were satana’s own doing.
  • after being shot by a former lover and staying in a hospital, she decided to study nursing and she did just that. she even briefly worked as the dispatcher for the lapd.

tura satana passed away on 2/4/2011, but she’s still amazing and one of my inspirations as a woc, especially as a mixed-race asian rape survivor struggling to embrace my sexuality. <3 and that’s why i’m giving her her own day! just who she was makes me feel good about me.

all facts taken from tura satana’s wikipedia page

(Source: petitsirena)

Nov 22 '13
wocinsolidarity:

gradientlair:

[trigger warning: transphobia, transmisogyny, racism, misogynoir, abuse]
November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. It was started in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith in remembrance of the murder of Rita Hester, a Black trans woman from Massachusetts. 15 years later, it is acknowledged annually regarding the deaths of trans people due to transphobia and transmisogyny at the hands of both citizens and the State. As Gwendolyn has written:

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is not an event for fundraisers and beer busts. It’s not an event we ‘celebrate.’ It is not a quick and easy one-day way for organizations to get credit for their support of the transgender community. It’s not something to trot out on the 20th of November and forget about. We should be working every day for all of us, living and dead.

This violence disproportionately impacts Black trans women and trans women of colour at higher rates than other people in the trans community and LGBTQ community. This year alone 21 year old Islan Nettles, 26 year old Eyricka Morgan and 32 year old Domonique Newburn were murdered. Both Islan (as Janet Mock so beautifully and painfully wrote about) and Eyricka Morgan were misgendered upon their deaths. Cece McDonald is still incarcerated (in a men’s prison) for defending herself against racist transmisogynistic violence. 
As Monica Roberts at TransGriot—a Black trans woman who is a trans activist and writer—so passionately notes in her her essay 238 Names:

We’re fed up with reading the names of so many young trans* women and sadly a few trans* men this year who will never get to experience another birthday.   Far too many of them who were killed this year were under the age of 35. We’re fed up with contemplating the disturbing fact some of the names we’ll be reading during these TDOR memorials hadn’t even made it to age 21 yet. We’re fed up in the African-American and Latin@ trans* communities of far too many of our people dying and our politicians, clergy and media pundits being cricket chirping silent about it. We’re fed up with legislative inaction on the human rights laws it’s painfully obvious trans* people need at the local, state and federal levels as a wide range of people from trans exclusionary radical feminists to right-wing politicians gleefully spread disinformation and lies to roll back or retard our progress. We’re fed up with our people dying and our people choosing suicide over life because you transphobic cisgender haters have made it so hostile and uncomfortable for them to live.

Below is some reading relevant to Transgender Day of Remembrance and the violence that trans women, especially Black trans women and other trans women of colour face. 
238 Names by Monica Roberts on TransGriot
Mourning Those Lost, Fighting for Our Lives: 2013 Transgender Day of Remembrance by Princess Harmony on The Feminist Wire
Black, LGBT, American: Laverne Cox (Threat or Threatened) by Laverne Cox on Advocate
Violence Against (Trans)Women Today by CeCe McDonald
Injustice At Every Turn: A Look At Black Respondents In The National Transgender Discrimination Survey [PDF] 
Transgender Advocacy Resources on Black Transwomen
Trans people’s lives matter and their safety is at risk. Black trans women face an incredible amount of violence and other social, legislative, medical, and financial/employment risks that have to change. This violence has to end.

!!!!!!

wocinsolidarity:

gradientlair:

[trigger warning: transphobia, transmisogyny, racism, misogynoir, abuse]

November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. It was started in 1998 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith in remembrance of the murder of Rita Hester, a Black trans woman from Massachusetts. 15 years later, it is acknowledged annually regarding the deaths of trans people due to transphobia and transmisogyny at the hands of both citizens and the State. As Gwendolyn has written:

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is not an event for fundraisers and beer busts. It’s not an event we ‘celebrate.’ It is not a quick and easy one-day way for organizations to get credit for their support of the transgender community. It’s not something to trot out on the 20th of November and forget about. We should be working every day for all of us, living and dead.

This violence disproportionately impacts Black trans women and trans women of colour at higher rates than other people in the trans community and LGBTQ community. This year alone 21 year old Islan Nettles, 26 year old Eyricka Morgan and 32 year old Domonique Newburn were murdered. Both Islan (as Janet Mock so beautifully and painfully wrote about) and Eyricka Morgan were misgendered upon their deaths. Cece McDonald is still incarcerated (in a men’s prison) for defending herself against racist transmisogynistic violence. 

As Monica Roberts at TransGriot—a Black trans woman who is a trans activist and writer—so passionately notes in her her essay 238 Names:

We’re fed up with reading the names of so many young trans* women and sadly a few trans* men this year who will never get to experience another birthday.   Far too many of them who were killed this year were under the age of 35. We’re fed up with contemplating the disturbing fact some of the names we’ll be reading during these TDOR memorials hadn’t even made it to age 21 yet. We’re fed up in the African-American and Latin@ trans* communities of far too many of our people dying and our politicians, clergy and media pundits being cricket chirping silent about it. We’re fed up with legislative inaction on the human rights laws it’s painfully obvious trans* people need at the local, state and federal levels as a wide range of people from trans exclusionary radical feminists to right-wing politicians gleefully spread disinformation and lies to roll back or retard our progress. We’re fed up with our people dying and our people choosing suicide over life because you transphobic cisgender haters have made it so hostile and uncomfortable for them to live.

Below is some reading relevant to Transgender Day of Remembrance and the violence that trans women, especially Black trans women and other trans women of colour face. 

Trans people’s lives matter and their safety is at risk. Black trans women face an incredible amount of violence and other social, legislative, medical, and financial/employment risks that have to change. This violence has to end.

!!!!!!

Nov 5 '13

(Source: nearlyvintage)

Sep 16 '13
nativeamericannews:

The Heart of Dance: Prima Ballerina Maria Tallchief Honored in BalletDuring opening night of Wahzhazhe, an Osage Ballet, the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa will present a one-night special tribute program to the late prima ballerina Elizabeth Maria Tallchief, who walked on April 11, 2013. (Related story: “Osage Ballerina Maria Tallchief Walks on at 88”)

nativeamericannews:


The Heart of Dance: Prima Ballerina Maria Tallchief Honored in Ballet

During opening night of Wahzhazhe, an Osage Ballet, the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa will present a one-night special tribute program to the late prima ballerina Elizabeth Maria Tallchief, who walked on April 11, 2013. (Related story: “Osage Ballerina Maria Tallchief Walks on at 88”)