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learning in public. activist. writer. educator. Black. saved by grace. #UNDISTRACTED host. @MSNBC contributor. @kidnoble’s +1. she/her. Ferguson forever.
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21 Jan
.@Spotify just put #UNDISTRACTED on their Best Podcast of the Week list and I....

We really make this thing from love and tenacity every week and we’re *so* new and still growing and I’m just grateful folks even be listeninggggggg!

😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
We said “let’s get a bunch of BIPOC women, femme and gender non conforming folks and make a podcast w an intersectional lens and give free ads to BIPOC businesses and launch it during a pandemic” and like... it’s really here and it gets made and people come on and people listen?!
That’s WILD. “God be Goddin.” -@kidnoble.
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21 Jan
Judging by the weather....it seems like...

a great day to cancel student debt @POTUS!

Glad to see repayments are further paused, and here’s more on why we can & should forgive far more than $10K. S/o to @StrikeDebt:

theguardian.com/money/2021/jan…
45 million Americans hold $1.6 TRILLION in student loan debt.

Trillion. With a T. You wanna talk about financial recovery in a COVID world and a jump start to the economy? Get folks off the hamster wheel of student loan debt ASAP.
I tried this “limiting reply thing” and meant to change it back before I pressed tweet...and I guess it can’t be changed midstream?

Oh well. We’re here now lol
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20 Jan
Ok wait....

WAIT.
MICHELLE THEE STALLION.
I know I said I was gone but Y’ALL.
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20 Jan
We can remain focused on the work ahead while honoring a historic moment and celebrating the immense fortitude it took from so many to get here.

We contain multitudes. The struggle continues, and joy is good fuel.

Be good to yourselves today, stay safe, and stay masked! 🖤✊🏾
I’m going to be spending my day *not* on here so I can just exist in this moment. And I’m going to be thinking of all those who did not survive this presidency, and all the scars we will bear. I will think of all we owe them, in our laughter and our tears and our striving.
I’m going to be thinking of all the people who did all the things to get us here to this moment, the names we know and those we do not, and pray their protection, their covering and that their cup overflow with abundance for all they have contributed.
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12 Jan
I'm trying to stay off of social right now because my spirit needs more rest than this timeline will allow.

I am past furious.
Y'all knew supremacists would wild out. We kept telling you. And you normalized them.

Meanwhile MEMBERS OF FREAKING CONGRESS are *inside,* refusing masks from Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester-a Black woman who statistically is at far more risk than them-and they scoffed.
The whole thing is violent.
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8 Jan
We should be precise about *why* this is dangerous. It’s not “we felt the same way” in ‘16.

White supremacy irrationally believes that a loss of white control, power and “purity” is Armageddon itself

Narratives like the dog whistle below want to legitimize fear based in *evil.*
So she doesn’t say “white power.” She says “they’re heart-broken they lost.” Lost *power* is implied.

She doesn’t say “they’re petrified Black people will do to us exactly what we did to them.” She says “they’re scared.” The rest is implied.
And they believe the evil lie so much they are, actually, honest to God afraid. Like, *for real.*

The trouble is that fear? It’s deadly. It is not based in anything good, Godly or true, no matter how much they may selectively Bible thump to support the ridiculous claim.
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7 Jan
I'm somewhere between "glad they certified it last night" and "how did y'all not arrest Josh Hawley and his band of seditionists on the Congress floor?"
I understand the desire to defy the intentions of violent white supremacist insurrectionists by certifying the vote.

But it also normalized and excused the members of congress who incited this. Including the ones who tried to save their lil footnote "legacies" by switching sides
Josh Hawley Josh Hawley
before the riots after the riots
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6 Jan
Everybody who voted for, supported, excused, worked for, and perpetuated this monster...and everyone who dismissed, invalidated, undermined and ignored the warnings and fears of Black folks and POC who TOLD you that it absolutely could and would come to this owns this.

Period.
You do not get to wipe the dirt off your hands when the seed you planted has sprouted.
We told you this could and would happen because it’s happened before, and you called us “crazy.”
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6 Jan
Black people didn’t save you. Black people saved ourselves, once again. Black people saved themselves in a state that tried VERY hard to prevent that from happening again.

But that’s the funny thing about justice:

When *Black people* win... *everybody* benefits.

Fancy that.
It’s almost like...the things that we Black folks are fighting for...end up creating more freedom for...*checks notes*

Everyone?!?!?

Woah.
Wow.
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6 Jan
1. Learn what suppression looks like in your state.

2. Support orgs that fight it. Don’t “clone Stacey.” There are plenty Stacey’s where you live-and LaToshas, Cliffs and Nse’s too. We need teams-not saviors.

3. Fund HBCUs. They gave you Abrams, Warnock AND Harris. They matter.
On voter suppression:

Part of why it is so effective is because it is opaque, complex and pernicious. It can vary state to state and county to county.

To fight it, you gotta get clear on what it looks like. To learn more, start here:

aclu.org/issues/voting-…
On teams:

Stacey Abrams is incredible. And *she’s* constantly reminding us: so are many more. They did this together. @MsLaToshaBrown, @cliff_notes, @StephLYoung and @nseufot are just four more.

Black talent isn’t magic or exceptional. It’s actually EVERYWHERE. Support it.
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5 Jan
I’m trying to find the words for how downright infuriating it feels to have just been about to press “publish” on a piece about the lack of police accountability and Breonna Taylor, only for my editor to tell me I needed to add Jacob Blake in now, too.

nbcnews.com/news/us-news/n…
And I don’t even want carceral solutions. I say in the piece-they’re inhumane and ineffective.

But the conclusion that *whatever* the system is, as long as it is built in the eye of white supremacy, it will never treat us equally is the kick in the gut. Even if it is familiar.
I’m an aspiring abolitionist (aspiring because the books on my nightstand prove I have a lot to learn & contemplate from folks smarter than me).

But it’s not the indictments or convictions or lack thereof for me.

It’s the naked hypocrisy. The double standard. The hate.
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4 Jan
PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD FIND A WAY to acknowledge what this tape exposed about Trump WITHOUT building a statue for a voter suppressor named Brad Raffensperger. Do NOT give him the cover.

Y’all gon celebrate your way right into a more suppressed GA two days before a #runoff!!
PLEASE support the organizations that support us ALL THE TIME and not just when they need to cover themselves like Brad. Orgs that are actually *for the people.*

Support them before the runoff so and long after!

@NewGAProject
@BlackVotersMtr
@fairfightaction
#GARunoff
Here. Are your. Receipts.

You can be glad for the tape without helping Brad screw us all more politely.

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4 Jan
Please do not come here to tell me that voter suppression is “less bad” than tossing out millions of votes when they’re the EXACT same thing.

Suppression is just more pernicious, protracted & affects mostly Black, Indigenous, low-income folks & PoC. THAT’s why y’all don’t care.
This is the exact reason why I had to read n*te s*lver. Y’all really tell on yourselves.

The second voting issues can affect white folks’ votes they got a lot to say.

But when it’s regular racist voter suppression it’s “less bad,” not urgent, and a “Black” issue. Tuh.
If Brad would have gone along with Trump, y’all would revolt.

But he tossed out 200,000 voters and is “investigating” Black and progressive voter suppression groups for the same “fraud” Trump claims and its CRICKETS.

Do y’all hear yourselves?
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4 Jan
1. These Trump tapes are what desperation looks like. And DT is particularly mad that the Black South did him in. S/o to the organizers and the Black electeds...

2. Brad Raffensperger ain't NOBODY'S hero. He's still a vote suppressor. Stay woke.

Discussed it w @PoliticsNation.
1. Desperate people do desperate things. The more desperate they get, the more desperate their behavior gets.

Trump calling a GOP SoS and talking to him in all caps *for an entire hour* like he ain't know a tape could be running is irrational because HE'S irrational & desperate
But also? I don't know if anything makes Trump itch quite like Black excellence. (See: His Obama obsession.) He hates losing-especially to people he deems "beneath" him. The fact that it was young & Brown & Black folks who beat him in GA? Oh he is MAD.

And I find it HILARIOUS.
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27 Dec 20
Tr*mp hasn’t vetoed the bill.

He’s just...holding onto it
Holding onto the bill is worse. A veto presents Congress an opportunity to override said veto.

Him twiddling his thumbs/golfing at mar-a-lago/knowing he has us hanging on by a thread while people need help is all petty, petulant egomaniacal narcissism.
It’s called a “pocket veto” if you hear that lingo going around but it’s unfamiliar. And yes, it’s as petty and evil in this scenario as you think it is:

senate.gov/reference/glos…
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27 Dec 20
The other holiday film I’ve seen recently that I loved was #SylviesLove.

I saw an early screener so I’ve been waiting to talk about it. But it’s such a beautiful film in that it’s Black people...living.

It’s the period piece we rarely get. @TessaThompson_x was so lovely.
It made me want to watch Claudine when I was done.

The producers worked so hard to to preserve the style and bring a story light that exists outside of Black resilience narratives and instead considered love, in all its complexity. Because we exist there, too. #SylviesLove
It also just made me cry and smile and laugh and do all the things we really want films to make us do during the Holidays, *especially* during this holiday.

#SylviesLove
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27 Dec 20
.@PixarSoul: Can’t crush a soul here. That’s what earth is for.

Me:
This movie really didn’t have to read us like this 😬 #PixarSoul
Somebody cutting onionssssssss 🥺 #PixarSoul
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26 Dec 20
I was just thinking about how many Black woman owned cosmetic brands I used this morning to get ready for @CrossConnection.

I’m old enough to remember that Fashion Fair, in its iconic pink packaging, was my moms only real (department store) choice for a long time.
I don’t think we talk about Johnson Publishing enough-or Eunice Walker Johnson nearly enough.

@bronze_bombSHEL gon ahead and write that up sis 😬
I use Mented, Lip Bar, and Fenty Beauty products nearly every single time I wear makeup.

It’s just beautiful to pick up a brush or a lipstick and know that a Black woman was on the other end of that, making it for me, giving me all the choice and variety that everyone should get
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22 Dec 20
The point here isn’t “there shouldn’t be LatinX Senators,” so pls don’t come here and say that.

The point, for me at least, is that we gotta fix our systems so our government actually looks like *all* the people.

A place to start? Ending voter suppression for good.
“What does this have to do with voter suppression?”

Well, without it, Democrats of color would have a lot easier time winning statewide office, like Governor and Senate seats

Case in point: Stacey Abrams

It’s not the only lever that needs fixing-but it needs fixing. ASAP.
So, pointing out that there won’t be a BW in the Senate (esp. when the CA voters voted for a BW) is right and necessary-and it doesn’t negate anything else.

Newsom didn’t even pick a woman which is...fascinating.

That was...a choice 😬
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17 Dec 20
There IS no #COVID recovery without centering race, gender, economic recovery for the already oppressed, and how we value disabled lives.

I’ve been infuriated by how little media covers it. So we did it ourselves.

Today on #UNDISTRACTED. apple.co/undistracted
We asked @choo_ek, who’s been out front on these issues since day one, about the intersections of medical recovery with race, gender and class.

#UNDISTRACTED

apple.co/undistracted
We asked powerhouse @FGossGraves how women-especially BIPOC women, essential working women, newly unemployed women, and the families so many support- recover from protracted and continual economic suffering in the face of this pandemic.

#UNDISTRACTED

apple.co/undistracted
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