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Word of the Day, Sosa’s Date with Idris Elba, The Fuckable Body, Blackish, Black History Month, Black Comic Book Characters, Grocery store privilege, Gucci All Black Model Call, ANTM with Rita Ora.

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A Nerds In Luxury New Year’s Eve Spectacular!

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Thank you all for your support in 2016!

 

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A Piss Poor Example of an Interracial Relationship, Dave Chappelle on SNL, “The African-Americans”, Starbucks: The Centre of American Politics, That Safety Pin Means Nothing

Also, Word of the Day! with Ceedro, Situations with Sosa, Moments with Montaego

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“The author states that he does not personally endorse physical violence as a first recourse in managing conflicts but understands how quickly events can escalate so that it is necessary as a form of self defence. The true fighter for justice avoids physical violence so far as he can.” –VZ|NIL

 

12.10.16

                 A boy hit my nephew every day at primary school a few weeks ago. We only found out because another boy from his class told us. We complained to the teacher and she didn’t do anything. Then we complained to the head teacher. Again, no action was taken. So, I took my nephew aside and told him something. I told him to beat up the boy if he tried it again and make sure that it didn’t happen again, because it is completely justified to defend yourself when attacked.

It is a pathetic commonplace that fighting is an uncivilised form of behaviour. They (usually) try to root it out in schools. This attitude stems from a deep rooted cowardice and draws on Christian teachings to turn the other cheek and is historically located in the legal prohibition of forms of duelling in the modern period. The only duelling that is permissible, say the courts, is the duelling of the lawyers (middle class white men, as a general rule). And the only violence that is permitted, says the state, is the violence that we sanction. You can even kill when we say so, they say (even when they kill babies and women it is completely justified – this is the law).

Where was my justice? There was no justice that day. The White Man didn’t tell the boy off. He didn’t explain why it was wrong to call us slaves and property. He didn’t object to the malicious exultation of the boy from his own race. Instead, he smirked and carried on the lesson.

Of course, if I were to suggest that I have been in fights as an adult over racist incidents, then I would possibly get into trouble with the authorities. So, instead, I want to talk about racism and some fights at school and compare them with an incident in which the White Man took charge of the situation and managed it instead of letting things get resolved in a different manner in order to illuminate some of the points I will make.

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We have to laugh or else we’ll cry.

NIL: The Podcast with Hosts Veronica, Montaego, Sosa, Ceedro & Mister Wise!

President Elect Trump, POTUS BBQ, Movie Reviews, TV Reviews, What Are You Wearing to the Race War?, Black Sex and Murder

Shout Out to #TBGWT!

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Episode III: “Drunk With Friends”, “Get On The Elevator and Shut Your Fucking Mouth”, “Myth: The 5 Second Rule”, “Mall Security”, “Words With Friends”, “It’s My Day Off, Don’t Call Me”.

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960If you’ve been asleep this semester I would highly suggest some “Post Mid-Term Extra Credit Work”. Your professor won’t give a damn but you’ve done something for the audiophile in your life.

LISTEN: Noname – Telefone

TAKE AWAY: The best open diary of 2016.

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NIL: The Podcast with Hosts Veronica, Montaego, Sosa, Ceedro & MisterWise!

Episode II: “You Betta Don’t and Such Things Like That”, “All Power to Blac Chyna”, “Baltimore, it’s like war torn Chechnya”, “I Remember When Floppy Disks Were Floppy”, “Peggy Bundy is the Ultimate Feminist”.

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by: Zak Cheney-Rice

The most polarizing photo of Tyler Shields’ career shows a naked black man hanging a Klansman.

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The Ku Klux Klan is not happy about it, Shields says. Nor are a number of his artist friends, who claim the image is so loaded with painful iconography that they worry how viewers will react to it.

“It was too much for them,” Shields told Mic in an interview. “I have a photographer friend who looked at the image and freaked out: ‘You can’t put this out there. It’s too crazy. It’s too much.’

“[They] kept telling me, ‘People are going to ask you too many questions,'” he said. “‘I wouldn’t even know what to say.'”

None of this fazes Shields, however; in fact, it’s kind of the point. For him, the “challenge” of disseminating images like this lies precisely in not having a prepped explanation for what they signify.

“A lot of artists want an exact statement for everything they do,” he said. “But I never want to not create something because I’m afraid of what it might say.”

Even so, you might assume that the 33-year-old photographer from Jacksonville, Florida — who built his newest photo series around the civil rights era’s most potent images and symbols — is at least somewhat politically driven.

You might also assume that he has much to say about the state of American race relations, especially since the high-profile police killings of black men and boys like Walter Scott and Michael Brown.

But you’d be wrong — to a point. For starters, Shields is clear about how little he follows current events.

“I live in my own world,” he said. “I try to get my news the old-fashioned way, through word of mouth. So when it finally gets to me, it’s usually already a big story.”

And he’s relatively adamant about his lack of political involvement.

“I think this is the first time I’ve commented on anything politically,” he said. “I try not to be influenced by things.”

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Yet what may read as a convenient, even willful naiveté on the part of a white male “creative” in the most racially charged era in recent American memory gets complicated when you survey the rest of his work. In the past, he’s courted controversy for making loaded images without mulling their consequences — anti-domestic violence organizations were upset by one 2011 series in particular, which they claimed made light of abuse.

But while his willingness to provoke, whether intentionally or unintentionally, has caused him some notoriety, it’s not the biggest draw of his latest project. Historical Fiction — which goes on public display May 19 at the Andrew Weiss Gallery in Santa Monica, California — is, more broadly, about the collective trauma that violent events wreak on the American psyche.

What about that trauma, precisely, is unclear.

The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were his starting point, he says, but this series — which he began work on months before the August 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri — looks primarily at older historical events. Not all of them have to do with race and racism (though all the images included in this post do). But the ones that do often play with the idea of cultural role-reversal: How would viewers react if he presented black people as perpetrators of the violence that’s been perpetrated against them for so long?

“One of the first things I thought about was that people are very quick to do whatever they want to other people, no matter how fucked up,” he said. “It’s like, OK, you like to hang black people. That’s fucking disgusting. But if someone did that to them? Agh! It’s the craziest thing. They can’t handle it.”

So in a sense, the clearest takeaway from Historical Fiction is this: “You shouldn’t do it if you can’t handle it being done to you.”

It’s a simple message, rooted in a number of the artist’s own experiences — from the liberal use of the word “nigger” where he grew up to an article he vaguely recalls from his grandfather’s copy of the local newspaper about a black police officer saving the life of a Klansman. As for the seemingly endless slew of black men and women being killed by America’s police today?

“It just keeps happening, over and over and over again,” Shields said. “These photos suddenly became really topical because of that.”

The point of this being, most of what Shields has to say about these issues has to be read from the images themselves. “The work is my statement,” he said, bluntly. “That’s my take on it.” But whether you love it, hate it, don’t understand it or feel inclined to dismiss it, the potency of the images he’s created is undeniable. The statement they’re making might not be obvious, even to him. And that’s exactly how he likes it.

See more of Shields’ work on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and at his website.

People protesting against rape is far from over – in fact it’s only really just begun. The most recent brave and hard-hitting twosome to take on the topic aren’t scared to tell the internet what they think. “I’ll wear what I want even if it’s mini; it’s only a dress, don’t for a second think it’s a yes, say Pankhuri Awasthi and Uppekha Jain, a “rap duo” who call themselves “BomBaebs“.

Awasthi and Jain, both from Mumbai, deliver a hard-hitting message on sexual violence in India in their three minute rap. India is a country besieged by issues surrounding rape – earlier this month government officials controversially chose to ban the screening of India’s Daughter from national television, a documentary that focussed on a young woman who died after being beaten and gang raped on a Delhi bus.

This week, more tragedy struck the country when a 71-year-old nun was gang raped in India, prompting Awasthi and Jain to record and perform their #RapAgainstRape, a dextrous lyrical performance that flips between English and Hindu.

In the song, the two women ask men to “grow some balls and ban criminals in parliament.” The issue of women’s rights is a global one, but it’s currently dominating conversation in India, as people finally start to strike back against its poor record on rape.

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Words such as “domestic violence”, “assault” and “patriarchy” are held up on placards as they call for change. With protesters taking to the streets of India to shout loud about rape, Indian women rapping on YouTube and a worldwide spotlight thrown on India’s attitudes towards sexual violence, it seems as though some people in the country may be forced to change.

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