“ International blackness may also be privileged, exceptionalized, exoticized where the same features, talent might be ignored had they appeared on the body of someone born, educated, shaped in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn or Detroit or Compton or Chicago. Enter Lupita Nyong’o, the Kenyan-Mexican actress nominated for a slew of awards for her viscerally powerful performance as Patsey in Black British director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. The Yale-trained actress is lighting up red carpets all over Hollywood with gown after gown of fashionista deliciousness. Lupita’s hair is natural and kinky, her skin is the deepest chocolate - her beauty is undeniable. It has also been universally acknowledged and defined as such - and so it should. So far, articles about Lupita have unsurprisingly noted how inspiring she is for chocolate skinned women who routinely haven’t made the cut as cover girl in this particular landscape. Vanity Fair’s ‘Hottest In Hollywood’ issue has often been critiqued for its absence of black actors and actresses. This year, Lupita stands centrally, in gold lame, looking like a chocolate goddess. That kind of cover-girl treatment has traditionally been reserved for bodies and hair unlike that of Lupita - and so part of the celebration, say some, has been Lupita’s unAmerican-ness - her international blackness. ”
yup, cause i’m for sure starting to feel some kinda way about Lupita and how folks are fawning over her - not at all saying that it should stop, but if homegirl looked the same, but her name was ShQuanika or Sharkeesha Jones and her accent and roots was southside Philly or the SWATS (Atlanta) and she only spoke english, BUT SHE STILL LOOKED EXACTLY THE SAME, would everyone still be so in love with her?
An oil spill has shut down a 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River to all water traffic, the result of a collision between a barge and a smaller vessel that occurred over the weekend.
As cleanup crews continue to work on the spill, the US Coast Guard said it did not know exactly how much oil had leaked into the river. Speaking to the Associated Press, Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough said only a sheen of oil was reported after the collision near Vacherie, Louisiana, almost 50 miles away from New Orleans.
A Note to Paul Ryan: Indian Health Funding Is a Treaty Obligation
Paul Ryan is wrong. Way wrong.On Monday the former Republican candidate for Vice President released a review of programs that attack the “war on poverty.” The House Budget Chairman said: “This 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty is an opportunity to review the record in full. And we should seize it.”