if you aren’t watching Queen Sugar you are really missing out. i’m so in love. Ava Duvernay wrote and produced it (based off the book by Natalie Baszile) and every week a different woman directs the show. shine theory in action. i really like this little storyline and how it’s there but it’s not a big focal point to any of the epi’s. seriously though, Queen Sugar is Lemonade level for me. it’s exquisite, i tremble while watching it, i feel blessed/lucky to have the chance to watch this story unfold.
this week in Beyoncé: Viola Davis’ daughter is a stan. we don’t even need to give time to the fact that Bey was robbed of an Emmy.
Flint, Michigan has been without safe drinking water since April 2014. This week the state removed the Flint’s ability to sue.
“Right now, I need white women, particularly white feminist spaces, to go beyond the idea that their racism is just a passive, residual effect of violent white men’s anger and control.” white women and a revisiting of intersectionality. (thanks, ja!)
“…the existence of blacks in America is one predicated on the recognition, or rather nonrecognition, of others — politicians, police officers, department store managers, landlords. If you are black, you live provisionally. You exist somewhere in the in-between, oscillating like a pendulum amid an uncertain life and an immediate, certain end.” read more here.
a lot of white people don’t know where to start when they try to start to unpack their privilege and whiteness/learn about race. maybe start here. (again, thanks ja!)
Jay-Z made this video to raise awareness about the War on Drugs and black disenfranchisement (Molly Crabapple did the illustrations, dream hampton was involved in the development process). here is a response, the Herstory of the War on Drugs.
GBBO has been back for a couple of weeks. this week was bread week which is one of my faves. so is Val. (she does aerobics while she bakes). also, gonna start telling myself this all the time. thank you, Mary.
Jen Richards posted this video about cis actors, trans roles and the violence that is enacted every time a cis actor takes on one. she also sent this tweet out last week and it’s been on my mind ever since.
i feel like this week has gotten the best of me but here goes:
Beyoncé blessed us with a 15 minute vma performance this week. she has a way of uplifting me that very few can. sunday was a super hard day at work so, when i got my ass home monday morning it was the best thing to begin decompressing with. i cried a lot. the video has been taken down so if weren’t able to catch it, i’m so sorry. my friend kf sent me this Yoncé themed flash (i want all of it). leading up to the vma’s i was reflecting on memorable Bey performances and i was reminded of one, i think it was at last year’s MIA festival where she sampled this Eartha Kitt interview where she talks about love and compromise. it is FIRE. i should probably listen to it once a week or something. (HA! stupid.) in other Beyoncé news: not only did she put new merch up on her online store. (i NEED that boy bye sweater) she also has new merch out for the second lag of her North American tour (i also NEED that burgundy ruched sweater).
Thurst is gonna be the first dating app for queer people of all genders. COOL.
last friday i was stoked because a new Frank Ocean album was out but later that day i was also reminded that Lisa Hannigan had a new album come out as well. it’s been a long time coming and it’s so so lovely.
someone, i can’t remember who, told me to listen to the heart (formerly known as audio smut), a podcast/audio art project about intimacy and humanity. i’ve been listening to their whole back catalogue while i’ve been puttering around my new place. it’s kind of hit or miss for me. some epi’s i’ve had to skip cause they’ve been triggering. i’d also give a nsfw warning for it’s earlier epi’s especially. but, there was an epi early on about disability and intimacy called the Sensorium, another called Love Letters about, you guessed it, love letters, and, I just got done a really cute/weird episode about fan love/Aaron Carter. i think it’s worth checking out.
my most jam packed link dump yet! i’m moving tomorrow. this weekend is my one weekend off of the month. i’m gonna have the chance to finish Stranger Things and cook delicious things. frank ocean finally dropped a visual album. i am happy as a clam at high tide right now.
super into Stranger Things right now (like everybody else). i haven’t been able to plow through it though, due to being busy af. such a shame. obvs super here for Eleven. also, the soundtrack is SO GOOD. this Peter Gabriel cover of Bowie’s Heroes is *thumbs up emoji*
this resonates with me and the things i am learning about (my) developmental trauma and attachment.
got some shitty news this past week that has left me with super complicated, conflicting feelings as well as reliving some stuff i’d rather forget. having a hard time speaking/naming what i’m feeling because it is generally looked down upon to speak ill of the dead or to admit feeling relief. i’ve felt a lot of shame the past couple of days in my thoughts. luckily i reached out to the dearest of pals (<3 ja) that could hear me. i also searched the internet to help me out. this is the only half decent thing i found.
this thread: Be tender with one another. Be tender with yourself. Everyday we get up and give life another go & that shit is not easy.
this week’s been busy too. i swear ta gawd when i get moved into my new place next week and settled i’ll be working on doing other things besides dumping links.
@jaythenerdkid on twitter had two really good threads going on this week: this one about woke cis dudes and their responses to finding out that another trusted woke cis dude was an abuser is *fire emoji* then there is this one about her thoughts on being bipolar. i will probably use this in the future when i tackle a post about my r-ship w/ my mom.
Korryn Gaines and Freddie Gray’s deaths at the hands of the police highlight Baltimore’s lead poisoning crisis.
really enjoying this new podcast by W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu, mainly because i love Hari Kondabolu. the epi this week featuring dream hampton was great.
this is getting posted mainly because i am pissed at how Jared Leto treated Viola Davis. also just over dudes getting accolades for this kind of crap in general.
still really into chance the rapper. this piece about him is really lovely. i still can’t figure out how to give him my money, though (any help would be greatly appreciated). i also started listening to frank ocean this week to see what all the hype is about. i get it now. this is a great piece about reclusive artists and the demands they face.