Culture & Respect

Culture & Respect

I think it says a lot about how you were raised, your level of intellect and your ability to respect what makes us different when you visit someones home or country and embrace their culture open heartedly.

I’m an American of African descent (I’m black), my culture is American, I’m proud of my heritage no matter how dark it can be at times. It is what it is. But I also love meeting and speaking to people who come from different countries. One thing my mother taught me that I’m proud of, is when you go to someone’s home and they offer you food, you try it. Continue reading “Culture & Respect”

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The U.S. Department of Arts & Culture – #PSOTU2016

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“The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) is the nation’s newest people-powered department, founded on the truth that art and culture are our most powerful and under-tapped resources for social change. Radically inclusive, useful and sustainable, and vibrantly playful, the USDAC aims to spark a grassroots, creative change movement, engaging millions in performing and creating a world rooted in empathy, equity, and social imagination.

What we do:

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is an action network of artists and cultural workers mobilizing creativity in the service of social justice. Locally, we support creative individuals in leading arts-infused civic dialogues and change making initiatives by connecting them to a broader network of people, training, and resources. Nationally, we amplify impact through large-scale actions and calls for creative response, building momentum for positive social change and democratic cultural policy. We harness artists’ skills to address the issues of our day, while also nourishing the artist in all of us.

Why:

In this era of broken systems—from healthcare to energy to education to the way our entire economy is structured—citizens must be empowered to imagine and enact positive alternatives. To cultivate effective co-creators of new systems based in equality, non-discrimination, and sustainability, we must provide universal access to empowering creative experiences that build empathy and social imagination.

Active creative participation is a gateway to ongoing civic engagement and the capacity to collaborate is a key element of any resilient community. But for too long, we’ve believed that everything that counts can be counted, ignoring the vital role that arts and culture play in advancing equity, innovation, and democracy. Everything that is created must first be imagined, yet we’ve failed to fully invite and support people in every community to step up as artists and agents of change.” – USCAC 

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Dear Stacey Dash

Dear Stacey Dash,

I don’t know you at all and from what I do know of you; you’re gorgeous, you have mediocre acting capabilities and somewhere along the way in your life, you lost your way. Why do I say this? Because you’re constantly spewing illogical, idiotic and all the time offensive statements on behalf of black people across America.

I’d like to ask you, who made you the representative for black people? Who made you a representative for people at all? Why do you hate black people so much? And how do you sleep at night? I’m going to go ahead and assume you sleep well because your Fox check cleared and I’m also assuming it has to be a hefty check for you to go on television and make such a fool of yourself on a constant basis.

I honestly blame your parents, they probably taught you not to “see” color and this is the type of irrational individual, that mindset produces. You’re so disconnected from American culture let along African American culture in America.

I don’t want to repeat your latest offenses, because they’re just too fucking stupid to repeat.

I’m hoping that you are just super hard up for some coin and is doing this wholeheartedly on some “hoe shit” (in the words of Erykah Badu). That, I can make sense of, if you actually believe the shit that comes out of her mouth I really don’t know what more to say.

There is no doubt that you are indeed clueless, you may also be lacking or missing some extremely important brain cells and if that is the case I hope you get the help that you need.

And for the record, no one asked you to speak on behalf of black people please stop doing it, we don’t want or need your kind as a representative.

T

Shout out to Funky Dineva for renaming Stacey Dash – Confetti for brains Dash

Why I broke up with YouTube

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I can honestly say in the beginning I had an extremely unhealthy relationship with YouTube, I created my account about five years ago when I entered my natural hair journey. Scouring channels for information on how to care for my hair properly without the use of harsh chemicals. To my surprise there was an abundance of well versed vloggers on the topic, some useful most not. To my surprise the most popular natural hair vloggers where the curly haired non kinky vloggers which I had nothing in common with. My hair texture is basically soft wool with a hint of a zig zag and you can only see a zig or zag when I manipulate it.
I was in LOVE with YouTube, I could get beauty and hair tips all in one place for FREE at that. So how could something so good and free ultimately end in a break up?

Well I started noticing the tide change with most of the vloggers I subscribed to, it started to become less about informing the viewer and more about product placement, advertisements and paid sponsorship. unbeknownst to me I had become a means to an end, and that end being money. With the right amount of subscribers and popularity YouTube can become a big money maker. Now I’m not hating anyones hustle at all, get in where you fit in and make your money the best way you know how, but try to have some integrity and honesty.

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