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US cover The US cover is ridiculous. The protagonist is a poor girl from the Caribbean. Why on earth is she wearing clothing and standing in a house that marks her as middle class?

UK cover is much better. And I like the way that the stance is not sexualized either as most pictures taken from that perspective tend to be.


Jan. 26th, 2010 03:33 pm
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Melissa Harris-Lacewell: Citizenship is a Long-Term Game

In the wake of what some called the worst week for democracy since Bush v. Gore, with the Democrats seeming to give up after losing one Senate seat and the Supreme Court allowing unlimited corporate influence on elections, we turn to Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Princeton professor, Nation contributor, and author of Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought for some clarification–and consolation.
Harris-Lacewell offers some thoughts on why it’s lazy and dangerous to refer to political opponents as crazy, on the way the health care reform process has provided a valuable civics lesson, and how political campaigns are beholden to money.

Though as I listen I think it may be problematic in its use of the terms "crazy" and "mad". Am I right?

Raj Patel has spent a lot of time studying the way resources are distributed among people, and he’s watched spiraling inequality leave many people with nothing while concentrating wealth in the hands of the few. From the food system, which he studied in Stuffed and Starved, to the bank bonuses still being handed out, he argues that something has to change.
In his new book, The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy, Patel lays out some solutions. He joins Laura in studio to talk about consumerism, labor, violence against women, and the way we need to think about happiness.

ETA: Raj Patel's voice is hitting my British accent kink. And my intelligence kink. AHEM. Back to the point.
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with mention of at least two books I want to read.

Re-Whiting History Just In Time For MLK Day

From the comments of that article: A Time to Break Silence: By Rev. Martin Luther King

ETA: Switch the circumstances to today and its bloody eerie and disappointed just how current this speech is.

ETA: funny how that quote about the arc of the universe bending towards justice is so thoroughly divorced from its context in the cultural zeitgist.
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I NEED these books in my life. FOR THE COVERS ALONE

Full cover of King Maker and summary Honestly? I tend to HATe the varied retellings of Arthuur. This one I would read teh hell out of. I am THAT excited.
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New Yorker Review

These days, we can only dream about a federal program insuring that women with school-age children have affordable child care. If such a thing seems beyond the realm of possibility, though, that’s another sign of our false-memory syndrome. In the early seventies, we very nearly got it. In 1971, a bipartisan group of senators, led by Walter Mondale, came up with legislation that would have established both early-education programs and after-school care across the country. Tuition would be on a sliding scale based on a family’s income bracket, and the program would be available to everyone but participation was required of no one. Both houses of Congress passed the bill.

Nobody remembers this, because, later that year, President Nixon vetoed the Comprehensive Child Development Act, declaring that it “would commit the vast moral authority of the National Government to the side of communal approaches to child rearing” and undermine “the family-centered approach.” He meant “the traditional-family-centered approach,” which requires women to forsake every ambition apart from motherhood.

So close. And now so far. The amazing journey of American women is easier to take pride in if you banish thoughts about the roads not taken. When you consider all those women struggling to earn a paycheck while rearing their children, and start to imagine what might have been, it’s enough to make you want to burn something. 

*sigh* In view of our ridiculous healthcare debate, this bit of news infuriates me.

get When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present in combination with Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Clinton (This cover is fucking AWFUL)

and this too looks interesting: Separate Roads to Feminism: Black, chicana, and White Feminist Movements in America's Second Wave

and Dragon Ladies: Asian American Feminists Breathe Fire

any more suggestions leave in comments.

and one day we will get a fully inclusive one stop shop history. Excerpt from When Everything Changed
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Richard Aoki

Trailer for independent documentary film on Japanese American Richard Aoki, who was a Field Marshall in the Black Panther Party in Oakland, CA.

untold civil rights stories: asian americans speak out for justice

If you’re like me, growing up as a student, you heard a lot about civil rights history, but not much about the role of Asian Americans in those struggles. But wait! There’s a new book for you.Untold Civil Rights Stories: Asian Americans Speak Out for Justiceis the first educational textbook describing the role of Asian Americans in United States civil rights history. Recently published by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, it’s the first book created for students to learn and discuss the social struggles Asian Americans have faced for over a century in this country.
amricThe book tells the stories of Amric Singh Rathour, Beulah Ong Kwoh, Fred Korematsu, Joseph Ileto, K.W. Lee, Lily Chin, Peping Baclig, Philip Vera Cruz, and the enslaved Thai garment workers — real stories that are often forgotten in history texts. The goal is to fill an educational void and correct the “invisibility” of Asian Americans in United States history.MORE

Has anyone read Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White. Is it good?
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100% Cablinasian: Getting the Race Facts Right on Tiger Woods

This is what Tiger Woods’ Wikipedia page says:
Earl, a retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and Vietnam War veteran, was of mixed African American, Chinese and Native American ancestry. Kultida (née Punsawad), originally from Thailand, is of mixed Thai, Chinese, and Dutch ancestry. This makes Woods himself one-quarter Chinese, one-quarter Thai, one-quarter African American, one-eighth Native American, and one-eighth Dutch. He refers to his ethnic make-up as “Cablinasian” (a syllabic abbreviation he coined from Caucasian, Black, (American) Indian, and Asian).

As you know, I am not a fan of referring to mixed race people in terms of percentages and fractions. But I was startled to discover that
1) Tiger Woods is in fact more Asian than anything else.
2) Tiger Woods’ parents are also mixed race – both of his parents can (and probably do) identify as people of colour.


Maybe Tiger doesn't want to talk about race because.... )

Story of Americans with Native and black ancestry stirs deep emotions

Story of Americans with Native and black ancestry stirs deep emotions

Photo courtesy National Museum of the American Indian

Relatives and friends celebrate a 21st century wedding. The Foxx Family (Mashpee Wampanoag) is, from left, Anne, Monet, Majai, Aisha, and Maurice Foxx. At Mashpee, age-old family ties determine tribal identity, which transcends skin color.

WASHINGTON – An exhibition opening this fall at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian explores the identity of people whose ancestry is both African American and Native American.

“IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas” is an exhibition of 20 banners bearing photographs and text. It will be shown at the museum in Washington from Nov. 10 through May 31, 2010. A symposium on the topic of the exhibition will be held at 3 p.m. Nov.13 at the museum.

Guest curator Thunder Williams, a Washington, D.C., radio talk show host, is Carib Indian, African and European. “The exhibition touches a deep interest in African American communities because of their links with Native America,” he said. Published accounts estimate that 60 percent of African Americans may share Native American ancestry, he said.

“People in the U.S. tend to be black or white, linear thinkers,” Williams said. “We have been indoctrinated by a race-centered system where vestiges of the ‘one-drop’ of black blood rule persist. When I acknowledge my Carib Indian and European ancestors, it is not a disclaimer of my African heritage. I am all of them, my blood is indivisible.”

The exhibition takes the long view of history, traveling in a few short panels that illustrate the 1600s, when intermarriage and slavery brought Native peoples and African slaves together, to present-day families for whom this dual identity is indivisible.

“It’s a very provocative topic,” said curator Gabrielle Tayac, who is Piscataway. “The huge back story is that it all has to do with interactions brought about by the European, with practices of slavery on the continent.”MORE
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From her website

Shamim Sarif

Writer/director Shamim Sarif is one of the rare renaissance women of recent years. She is an equally successful author (the Pendleton May First Novel Award, Betty Trask Award), screenwriter and film director (World Cinema Best Director at Phoenix Film Festival, and Best Director at Clip (Tampa) Intl. Film Festival). She is an author of several published short stories and notable music lyrics, has script-edited a children's TV series and directed music videos. Shamim received an Afterellen.com 2008 VISIBLITY AWARD as "International Lesbian/Bi Woman of the Year".

An acclaimed novelist, Shamim has deep roots in South Africa, where her parents and grandparents were born and raised - a heritage that inspired her first, award-winning novel, The World Unseen.

The World Unseen won the Pendleton May First Novel Award, and then the prestigious Betty Trask Award. It was selected for inclusion at all the major UK book festivals, including Hay-on-Wye, Cheltenham and Edinburgh and sold out of its initial print runs. MORE


Via Wikipedia:

Shamim Sarif (September 24, 1969) is a novelist and filmmaker of South Asian and South African heritage. Her roots inspired her to write her award-winning debut novel, The World Unseen, which explores issues of race, gender and sexuality,[1] which she later adapted into a film starring Lisa Ray, shown at the London Film Festival in 2007.[2] She is the recipient of three Best Director awards for The World Unseen film - from the South African Film and Television Awards, The Phoenix Film Festival and the Clip (Tampa) Festival. The novel won the Pendleton May First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Award.
She lives in London with her partner Hanan and her two children.[1]



I can't think straight trailer 1,2

The World Unseen Trailer 2008 (Will You Marry Me)

Double DVD on Amazon

Interview with Melissa Silverstein

Top Billing Interview

I Cant Think Straight Interview with Shamim Sarif & Leonie Casanova

I Cant Think Straight - The Making Of the Movie (condensed version)

The World Unseen SAFTA Awards Interview Shamim Sarif & Hanan Kattan

Teh World Unseen at Outfest

I wanna be like her when I grow up!
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which is bloody HILARIOUS, considering the typical state of affairs, and to make matters worse:

via: [livejournal.com profile] racebending

Black belt jonesing: American martial arts culture's roots in the black community

Rumble in the Bronx
The fact is, African Americans were the first community to embrace martial arts in the U.S., and without that community's active support, Asian fighting disciplines would never have gained the foothold they now have in the American consciousness, as both a practice and a pop-culture influence.

"The story of martial arts in black communities is part of a much bigger narrative of African American interest in Asian culture," says Amy Obugo Ongiri, assistant professor of English at the University of Florida and author of the forthcoming book "Spectacular Blackness." "People want to read African Americans and Asians as being in conflict rather than engaged in creative exchange. But black interest in Asian culture has a long history, and what you see is that by the '60s and '70s, a bunch of factors led to the consolidation of that interest."
The return of soldiers from Korea and Vietnam; the growth of Asia as an export power; white flight from the inner cities, and the rise of black nationalism -- all of these phenomena set the stage for the unique cultural intersection that was the rise of martial arts cinema.
"As white people abandoned the cities, all these downtown theaters became spaces for people of color," says Ongiri. "Theater owners started screening stuff that was less marketable, mostly cheap imports -- and that meant martial arts movies."
And for generations of urban black youth who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, grindhouse theaters screening kung fu double features had an irresistible gravitational pull.

"We'd go and watch films all day," remembers Warrington Hudlin, best known as the producer behind films such as "House Party" and "Boomerang" and the children's television series "Bebe's Kids." "The whole time we'd be going, 'Oh man, how'd they do that?' Because it happened so fast, you'd have to screen a film three or four times to get the technique. So we'd be like, 'Okay, man, you watch his feet, I'll watch his hands, and we'll compare notes in the lobby.' Me and my friends, we used to live in those theaters."


"We were the early adopters of martial arts in this country," says Hudlin. "That's why it was so irritating to me that a movie like 'The Forbidden Kingdom' was made, in which Jet Li and Jackie Chan teach their skills to a white kid from Boston."

Cue heads exploding all over the place.

of course, Africans had their own martial arts, as [livejournal.com profile] yeloson recced me this Fighting for Honor: The History of African Martial Arts in the Atlantic World

this looks interesting too The Hidden History of Capoeira: A Collision of Cultures in the Brazilian Battle Dance
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Hathor's Legacy links to

Filament Magazine

A Quarterly Mag for women who like nekkid men and intelligent articles. Come on down!!!! Its British so they get the best price 7 pounds and 99 um pence?, for postage. Go buy! The rest of the world gets 7 pounds and 2 pounds 99 pence for airmail, which works out so far to about $16.20 US. If you can afford it, get it!
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New Liar Cover I am still pissed. That hair is not nappy and the girl is lighter skinned than in the book, but...at least she is actually fucking black now? Fuck this shit to hell. I am tired of saying "at least".

Anyway, go buy the book please. Its supposed to be a good read, and we need to prove their fucked up perceptions wrong so that we can force them to actually get it right sometime in the future.
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STOP WHITEWASHING YOUR BOOK COVERS!!!! You are actually LOSING customers because of that, assholes! I saw both of her books and decided against picking them up because I was sick and tired of white protagonists all day long and was looking for books with POC on them!

Speaking of which, I have REALLy got to congratulate my Barnes and Noble. I have complained before about the mostly white section of YA fic. In teh past few weeks, it has diversified to an ASTONISHING extent. There are book featuring black people with black faces on the covers, that aren't necessarily about blacks in the ghetto, all over the place! There was even a book written by an American of mixed Indian and African descent featuring an Indian/African American girl and her Hispanic stepsister! And historicals. With black girls wearing awesome dresses on the cover!! SQUEEEEE!!!

Now, I want more books featuring lesbian characters (seriously guys, it ain't only white boys who are gay WTF!!) more Muslim Americans and Hispanic and Latina Americans WHO AREN'T REPRESENTED BY WHITE OR HIGH BROWN PEOPLE ON THE COVER BECAUSE SKIN COLOUR OF HISPANIC AMERICANS ACTUALLY ENCOMPASS THAT AND FIRST NATIONS AND BLACK PEOPLE AS WELL AS THEIR VARIOUS MIXES AS WELL WTH IS WRONG WITH YOU!!! And trans teens as well as Native American books aside from "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian" would be nice! Great start! Now lets do more!!!

Also, the extra seating, especially those squishy armchairs, is GREATLY appreciated!

EDIT: Huh:Kimani Tru (YA African American fic) is an imprint of Harlequin! I didn't know that!

So willow is pointing out that the Kimani Tru Imprint has skanky SKANKY RACE AND CLASS ISSUES

And I remember that that there is issues with the way black teens are being presented in their YA books vs the way white teens are presented Oh my god. This is annoying the fuck out of me now.
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via: promethus 6

Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America (Hardcover)

In "Family Properties," she explains that it was not poverty that made black Chicagoans vulnerable to the likes of Jay Goran, because in 1960 two-thirds of the city's whites and 63 percent of its black residents had comparably modest incomes. Rather, she contends, the blame belongs squarely on "the racially biased credit policies of the nation's banking industry" and particularly the pre-1965 Federal Housing Administration.

Following procedures in effect since the 1930s, appraisers rated properties using a color scheme: green for all-white areas, blue and yellow for areas with some foreigners or Jews, and red for areas with black residents. "The FHA's appraisal policies," Satter writes, "meant that blacks were excluded by definition from most mortgage loans" and that "the presence of a single black family usually led to mortgage redlining" of an entire neighborhood. Non-commercial purchasers (white as well as black) found themselves unable to obtain loans in those locations. Speculators like Goran pressed frightened white homeowners to sell, then quickly "flipped" the houses to families like the Boltons, who had no alternative method for buying a home.
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My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park.

I'd like to thank [livejournal.com profile] sansa1970 for highlighting the rainbow list for 2009 and 2008

Without her highlighting of the list, I might have missed this wonderful novel when I went up to Barnes and Noble yesterday for a mental health break. There I was, rummaging around in the YA section, casting a jaundiced eye on the myriad books featuring vapid white privileged girls with lots of money getting into more trouble than can be realistically believed and mentally composing a blog post taking my branch of B & N to task for their lack of diversity on their YA book shelves; when I saw a book with a brown girl, flanked by two boys with their faces hidden by an umbrella. Hmm. I thought. Nice cover design. So I picked it up. Saw the title. Said to myself, "Self, isn't this a book that was highlighted on rainbow 2009's list?" My brain did a quick check and confirmed that it was. So I glanced through it, got a laugh or two, put it under my arm, and wondered around looking for more books to purchase. (never mind that my bank account had about $20 in there. my therapy is book shopping, i rarely ever buy just one.)

Anyway. I ended up with (trigger warnings for rape) Speak which I have been meaning to buy for least 2 years, (and now there is a movie? *goes over to Amazon, adds to cart*) and The $7 Meals Cookbook: 301 Delicious Dishes You Can Make for Seven Dollars or Less (don't ask me why. I HATE cooking.) Went around to the series sections, saw one about vampires, tried it, found it boring, and then FINALLY turned to My Most Excellent Year.

Ladies and Gentlemen? It blew my socks off.The characterizations were excellent, from Alejandra, who is the daughter of the ambassador to Mexico, a strong, intelligent girl (who is NOT boy crazy thank god); to brothers Augie Hmong, who is a Chinese American who loved musicals and is so full of life and laughter that I wished that I knew him in real life and TC Keller, a white American who is a great fan of baseball and likes Alejandra. I loved the way the story was told in the form of diary entries, instant messages, emails, private messages, and newspaper columns written by Lisa Wei Hmong (Augie's Bio Mom), who acerbically reviews musicals from a feminist and classist POV. And the bond between the Hmong family and the Keller family made me bloody jealous, they are so close that TC and Augie consider themselves brothers and call each other's parents Mom and Dad. In fact, both families seems have to integrated into one family unit, which includes whatever extended family that each may have. Did I mention that I am very jealous?

I especially loved the email correspondence between Craig Hmong (Augie's Bio Dad) and Ted Keller (TC's Bio Dad); that discussed topics ranging from whether or not Craig should let Augie know that he and Wei (Augie's Bio Mom, remember?) knew that Augie was gay and how he was looking forward to commiserating with Augie on his first crush; to Ted asking for advice on how to woo TC's school adviser Lori. I loved the touches of Chinese culture that were noted in the telling the story and I loved the easiness with which they were referenced, just as easily as American culture was referenced. And I loved the way the two main romances in the book, Augie and Andy and Alejandro and TC, unfolded. And I loved the relationship between TC and Hucky, a deaf little boy, abandoned by his mother due to his deafness; who lives in a group home and wants Mary Poppins to come take care of him.

Also, I love the fact that feminist themes are present and portrayed as a great thing, that the teens are activists and get things done, that stereotypes are pretty much avoided, and relationships and drinking and other typically silly gossip-girl-like activities are not their be all and end all, in short, these teens have substance and sense and don't leave me wondering what kind of adults they would make. And the book is as funny as hell.

I don't usually buy books at full price, because I buy so many that I can't afford to. But this is one book that I would make a great exception for. I bought it at $8.99 and I would have paid up to $14 without a murmur. Get it from your library, your online retailer, or your local bookstore. However you choose to obtain it, get it and come laugh, squee and enjoy along with me.
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Now This looks interesting: Surrounded: Palestinian Soldiers in the Israeli Military

The hilarious thing is that Amazon tossed it up while I was looking for books on sex workers and their rights.

Also this: Behind the Gates: Life, Security and the Pursuit of Happiness in Fortress America


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