We Got Next: Emerging Black Writers You Should be Paying Attention To
“I often think: How does a black artist maneuver wholly independently in a capitalist society founded on white supremacy? How does that happen? I don’t have an answer. I don’t know if there’s full liberation from that—but I do know there are ways to utilize that system that might help your people get a little more free.” – Hanif Abdurraqib
Of Blackness and “Beauty”: Morgan Jerkins’ essay relating Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom’s book Thick: and Other Essays to an art exhibit.
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I have this deep commitment to agitating the white majority, the white mainstream, the whiteness that assumes itself to be the norm. • Listen to Toni, watch her eyes and her face. Know that that same power moves through me. I share her commitment to speak up in the face of all of that “well intentioned” whiteness that is continuously trying to sneakily silence us. • Oh no baby. Not today. Your intent does NOT erase your impact.
“I don’t want to spend my time trying to measure the possible impacts of transphobia or coming up with new arguments against bigotry. The real price of transphobia and the daily attacks on trans people’s humanity isn’t just measured in legal protections or limitations on our ability to participate in public life. It’s not just counted in the trans lives lost to murder or suicide. It’s weighted in the thousands of small moments of joy and comfort stolen from us.” – Gwen Benaway in The real price of transphobia
Four people helped me write this essay: An investigation of authorship, community, and the value of informal collaborations.
“If you let whiteness in, it takes you for everything you’ve got.” Elissa Washuta writes on White Witchery.
I recently saw a 125mL jar of ghee sold in a hipster coffee shop for $25, so I relate to this article Noah Cho wrote about how Your Hipster Kimchee Could Never.
Since Parkland: “student reporters set out to measure the void left in homes and classrooms that have lost young people to the pull of a trigger.”
Dolly Parton is a BOSS. ASS. BITCH. pic.twitter.com/wpwMCrAijW
— Jacob🌹 (@BewilderBerry) February 14, 2019
“The number of times I’ve had to argue about the importance of understanding gender, and race, and trans identities, and disability, and all of these things in conversations with white, cis, able-bodied, often middle-class leftists who are insisting that all of these [so-called] “identity politics” are dividing the ranks of workers, as though employing “proletariat” is not an identity politic or as if “working class” is not an identity. It’s really maddening.” – Zoé Samudzi on Race, Class and Reparations.
“In honor of Women’s History Month, Out dedicates its March issue to women and nonbinary femmes. For the first time in our 27 years of publishing, our entire magazine only features and is photographed by, styled by, and written by women and nonbinary femmes.”
“Mass colonization of Asia was successful, in part, by ruling the sexualities and genders of native people as… wrong. Wrong in comparison to the shame-steeped literal nightmare that is European cis-hetero-monogamy; wrong in its multiplicity; wrong in its curiosity; wrong in its freedom. This redefinition of queerness as worthy of shame is an act of warfare so pervasive that not only do we feel it today, but we have learned to police ourselves with it, from the inside out, and to expect the same from the people we love.” – Aisha Mirza in A Kind of Decolonization I Can Feel at the Back of My Pussy
Our Digital Selves is a podcast exploring the relationship that BIPOC have with technology. Listen to the first episode, How the Internet Saved My Life (and Other Discussions Too).