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This year’s #TheRoot100 list of honorees is a reminder of the beauty and brilliance of blackness!

Honoring the best and brightest of black America continues to be a revolutionary act and we salute this year’s honorees: trib.al/i0r9HAj
No. 100: Reginald Dwayne Betts (@dwaynebetts)

Poetry fueled Betts' drive to succeed while he was incarcerated. It lead him to publish 2 books on poetry & graduate from Yale Law School w/ a 4.0

Betts was also awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for his poetry trib.al/HkNVqM1
No. 99: Lezli Levene Harvell (@DoctorLezli)

Harvell is bringing the spotlight to chefs of color thanks to her amazing Iconoclast Dinner Experience events! trib.al/2DzPQAM #TheRoot100
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Na escravidão, a busca pela liberdade nascia no segundo em que grilhões fechavam os pulsos dos negros. Muitos lutaram para encontrá-la em vida, mas essa história desoladora é sobre aqueles que só a encontraram através da própria morte no evento conhecido como Desembarque Igbo
É impossível contar quantas vidas africanas foram ceifadas pelo tráfico negreiro. A única estimativa são de quantos chegaram às Américas pelo Atlântico (12 milhões). A mortalidade nos navios era grotesca, historiadores estimam que entre 15 e 25%
dos negros morriam
O tratamento era brutal, pessoas amontoadas abaixo do convés. O calor era implacável e a falta de ar era desesperadora. Nem as velas que deveriam iluminar o local queimavam. Se alguma suspeita de doença surgisse, centenas de africanos poderiam ser lançados ao mar.
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Just discovered this incredible Black artist -she has the most beautiful prints and notecards featuring Black icons and visuals. Perfect bridesmaid, hostess and birthday gifts for the Black Women & Femmes in your life. etsy.com/shop/MoInTheSt…
Check out this beautiful watercolor of Marsha P Johnson - etsy.com/listing/609228…
Need something to commemorate the passing of #ArethaFranklin - this is only $15 - etsy.com/listing/637155…
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More #BeyondLiteraryAnalysis #mentortexts for #CrazyRichAsians! Not one but two breakdowns of pivotal scenes from the film. Love using mentor texts like this to show Ss the intentional choices that creatives make in their craft. #DisruptTexts
And in case you missed it, don’t forget about this excellent analysis of a scene from #BlackPanther #DisruptTexts
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#CrazyRichAsians is headed for a monster opening, and it’s essential to look at why. A full 38% of viewers so far have been Asian—we’re COMING OUT for this film as we never have in cinematic history.

But another 24% of viewers are black or Hispanic: *viewers are 62% nonwhite*.
The book #CrazyRichAsians was based on was a NYT bestseller. When the target for the book is described by folks in publishing, they say “white female, summer read, book club, 35-54.” That audience isn’t who’s filling theaters—yet.

They’re the ones who might take this to $100M.
If you haven’t seen it yet, a small spoiler. After the first 15 minutes of #CrazyRichAsians, you will not see another nonwhite person on screen. Not even in background shots. And the only white people with speaking roles get played like dominoes. In the first five minutes.
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#thread My first exposure to planning came in my junior year of high school. I had discovered my passion for history and had worked for six years in local governance (prosecutor's office, community food co-op). #SoJustSuburbs /1
Learning urban design in a suburban context led me to ask questions about the limitations of traditional planning education. #SoJustSuburbs #SaturdaySchool /2
At the heart of these questions, I focused on the life of William Harris, a farmer worker with intellectual disabilities who worked on central NJ plantations, 1932-1961. The "rural" was rarely a factor in planning conversations. #SoJustSuburbs #SaturdaySchool /3
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So when The Oscars gonna bite MTV’s shit and add ‘Best Kiss’ LOL?
I mean if The Oscars are gonna jump the shark and start giving out a consolation prize that is the equivalent of that wack ass “Urban Pop” category from The Grammys, y’all might as well go all in 🤷🏾‍♀️
Personally this was one of my faves 😂
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Sirius the Jaeger is a new anime with chara designs by ex-Capcom luminary Kinu Nishimura (@nishi_katsu). It's about werewolves violently killing vampires in 1930s East Asia. Directed by Masahiro Ando (Sword of the Stranger). It's got everything I like!😃
Sirius the Jaeger has some compelling stuff going on! It's too early to tell, but I think the series might be drawing a parallel between Colonialism/Imperialism and Vampirism, which was also a strong theme throughout Blood: The Last Vampire.
Blood The Last Vampire was definitely a visual and tonal influence on Sirius the Jaeger. The Vampires in Sirius look very much like the Chiropterans from Blood (designed by GOAT illustrator Katsuya Terada!)
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Since we are talking about colorism again, I need all my friends and colleagues--be you lightskinned or darkskinned--to understand some important things:
Feelings are admittedly needed to have this discussion because we wouldn't talk about it if we didn't give a fuck.

Clearly.
But your feelings should not take precedence over folx who are literally and systematically being screwed over in real time. Like as we speak. And have been systematically screwed over for YEARS.
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After my talk on #Afrofuturism #Blackpanther and black video game characters at #feralvector, lots of people asked me for resources and recommendations. Here's a thread...
My talk was based on this article I wrote for @guardian theguardian.com/games/2018/feb…
Octavia E Butler is a black, feminist writer who is associated with afrofuturism. She tackles slavery, power, gender and sexuality in her books. Her most famous work is Kindred. Also the Xenogenesis series
wordery.com/dawn-octavia-e…
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I see the girl who wore the Chinese dress to prom retorted with "its a fucking dress"

(not linking to it directly cos no need for extra pile on)

What a disappointing response.
Back during the #BlackPanther run, @danikwateng talked with me about appropriation vs appreciation of traditional African clothing. You can read that here
teenvogue.com/story/african-…
Here's the rub really. You can absolutely (white folks) appreciate things from cultures that are not your own. That involves work on your part. It also involves a degree of humility when it comes to being called on those things.
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1/ Finally saw Ready Player One in Mumbai. It was even trashier than I expected. I mean, how could the world design be SO unimaginative?
2/ Nothing felt fresh, nothing breathed LIFE in it. Not even the damn headset design! Like, seriously?!? I mean how in hell anyone would think that in 30 years VR devices will still look like glorified ski goggles?!?!?
3/ On a more serious note, I feel that RPO, in polar opposite to #BlackPanther, just closes down our imagination rather than opens it up in terms of what we can be as human society & what is the reality we can create for future generations.
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Ok, a bit early but better late than never today.
Time to start the (semi) reviews of #blackpanther
#ReadyPlayerOne #PacificRimUprising and #Bladerunner2
First off, I will always love the first #BladeRunner always.
It put a lot of things in perspective...and had callouts to culture etc, etc.
The second movie was hurt immensely by the lack of new stuff Japan did over the last 30 years.
You cant say the same for #ReadyPlayerOneMovie
As a movie with a feel and a look #ReadyPlayerOneMovie is leagues better than #BladeRunner2049. This was the big mistake of the latter movie because even if it was more coherent than the former, its look and references were lacking killing the vibe.
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I wish this asshole would shut the hell up. I didn't even think Alexandra Shipp's lightskinned tears could get even more aggressive and annoying but lo and behold I have been proven wrong again...making light of colorism and citing Lena Dunham as inspiration...lol
It gets BETTER too. On top of Shipp dismissing colorism, she thinks colorism and racism can be defeated if you simply give lightskinned women more roles to prove that they are women.

Which kind All Lives Matter nonsense be this? Somebody come get ya girl 😩
And this is the nail in the coffin for me right here. Alexandra Shipp doesn't think it's the responsibility of lightskinned actresses to turn down roles they KNOW should go to darkskinned actresses because the studio will just give it to another lightskinned actress anyway.
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You remember some time ago where I mentioned that I was working on something I'd hope would be a nice alternative to the Bechdel test?

Well, here it is. The Kent Test. A test that specifically gauges whether WOC representation in a piece of media is pathetic or strong.
A month or so ago, I mentioned I was working on a secret project (in addition to the Representation in Media guide) and I am happy to finally be unveiling it this! On #InternationalWomensDay no less. Because obviously we deserve 💁🏾
Some background: after the wonderful @EqualityforHER and @BlairImani recruited me to work on the guide, I started to think about what else I could contribute besides terminology and sources for people to learn more about representation in media.
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So, I'm SUPER excited that everyone is enjoying my Nakia piece that I wrote for @WearYourVoice. And in that same vein, I am so, SO excited that #BlackPanther has inspired a lot of conversations on Pan-African and revolutionary thought.
That said though, this is a gentle reminder that the Erik Killmonger/Malcolm X comparisons do not *quite* work.
I say this because boiling down Malcolm's work & critical thought to him just being "violent" & uber militant foil to a de-fanged, de-politicized, & deified MLK Jr is not only the stuff of White liberal wet dreams (DID I STUDDER), but it is also qwhite, QWHITE off & has no basis.
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In my final piece on #BlackPanther, I count all the ways Nakia, not T'Challa or Erik, is the literal MVP of the aforementioned film.

wearyourvoicemag.com/more/entertain…
There has been much discussion #onhere about who was truly right or wrong in the film. And while I have actually enjoyed damn near all of it, I have been curious as to why many of these discussions are leaving out Sister Nakia 🤔
And by curious, I mean tickled because its exposing hella biases and I don't think people even realize it lol
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1/ Okay, full disclosure, I haven't seen #BlackPanther yet, but I just found out that the Wakandan language in the film is Xhosa and I am super excited. . . . fastcompany.com/40538025/the-l…
The Xhosa language is a Bantu language, spoken in southern regions of Africa. It is an official language in South Africa & in Zimbabwe.

Xhosa is part of the "Niger-Congo" family of languages, which is a BIG & diverse family of languages.
This map gives a pretty good representation of where Xhosa is located regionally.

Keep in mind, there are between 1500-2000 languages in Africa. Most people speak MULTIPLE languages.
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No, I was not downloading a bunch of #BlackPanther GIFs from Tumblr all like #WakandaForever.
What would give you that idea? Nakia is gorgeous and all but I'm not that pressed.
Yeah I agree, she's very beautiful @Lupita_Nyongo is half Yemeya Goddess, I feel you.

But you're missing the point.
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I absolutely love that #BlackPanther is bringing Pan-Africanism into the national dialogue. This is the hill I'll die on so I'm gonna share some things & connect them to children's books & education. THREAD!
Pan-Africanism, to me, means connecting to the struggles of people of African descent all over the globe. Not limiting awareness to just American racial politics.
Our kids are so excited about #BlackPanther but their understanding of Africa & Pan-Africanism shouldn't be relegated to fantasy. We've had our own IRL T'Challas & Killmongers, & even Dora Milajes.
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At the risk of black folks barking at me, I'm wishing for a different ending to #BlackPanther/1
At the end of the very first Star Wars, Darth Vader is vanquished, and his TIE fighter spins off out of control, but he lives. /2
The Star Wars universe needs Vader to live. He is evil. And the original trilogy, he's evil not because mommy and daddy didn't love him enough, but because evil exists. /3
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I wasn't kidding.

#blackpanther /1
I like good movies, comic book movies, and mass-market cultural touchstones. So obviously I was gonna like #BlackPanther

/2
And I was most interested in what it had to say about the legacy of colonialism and slavery, globalism and international responsibility, the refugee crisis, and race.

/3
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*Steps into pulpit*
*Pushes glasses up on nose*
*Opens text*
*Looks out at the congregation*

*Pauses*

🙅🏾‍♀️
Good evening, church. I trust we are all still high in spirit from journeying to visit our kinfolk in Wakanda. Amen?

I know some of you hoped I would pay tribute to #BlackPanther this week, but there’s still another sermon left in Black History Month.
Tonight we’re going to go in a mildly trifling direction. Tarry with me for a while..
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OK, we need to talk about why this is nonsense, and why it matters - and it's far more important than 'nerds being wrong on the internet':

#BlackPanther #Comics #ComicsHistory #FakeNews
That image is a tweet that went viral last week, spurred by the movie's success. I first saw it posted by @ fatherdog, but I don't know if that's where it originated and it's since been deleted. However, the issue is that it racked up over 4000 retweets - and is completely false.
Here are the facts:
-Yes, Jack Kirby created Black Panther, in the pages of Fantastic Four#52-54 in 1966
-But. Black Panther's first solo stories were published in Jungle Action, from 1973
-That series was written by Don McGregor, with art by Rich Bucklin & Billy Graham
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