President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stood in the frame of the Door of No Return on Senegal’s Goree Island on Thursday. The former slave house, now a museum, was the point of departure for many African slaves bound for North America. (Photo: Gary Cameron / Reuters via The Washington Post)
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Note from BW of Brazil:As you might or might not already know, police violence, oppression and murder are topics that are frequently discussed on this blog. The brutality with which the Military Police treats darker, poorer communities could arguably we defined as genocide, considering the unbelievable number of assassinations of citizens that are committed every year. The number of murders both committed by the police as well as murders committed by the general population (which are often committed by off-duty police who hide their identities), are comparable to the numbers of casualties of countries that are at war. The point of the following article is that the brutality that the world witnessed against participants during the historic protests of the past few weeks is just a sample of the treatment the Afro-Brazilian/poor/periphery communities experience everyday. The question? Why is it that this sort of treatment is only…
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1. OMG HOW CAN YOU COMPARE RAPPERS LIKE IGGY AZALEA AND KREASHAWN TO BLACKFACE MINSTRELS?
Blackface was all about white people acting out caricatured, fetishised depictions of black people for the entertainment of white audiences. Iggy Azalea, Kreashawn etc. are all about… well, you get the picture. Their entire careers rely on them perpetually acting, talking and behaving like college students at an ironic-not-racist-but-actually-racist ‘Ghetto Fabulous’ themed frat party.
The first woman to break the color barrier was Haiti’s black entrant Evelyn Miot upon gaining the right to compete for the semis during the 1962 Miss Universe Pageant on Floridian soil, what had seemed highly improbable days ago at a time when the black women were not allowed to participate in the beauty pageants in many states of America, Europe, Latin America, South Africa, Rhodesia (now known as Zimbabwe), and several islands on the Caribbean.
This amazing girl also was the first Haitian woman to enter the top 15 in the south Florida city of Miami Beach. In fact, she wrote one of the chapters most important in the history of Miss Universe, paving the way for a generation of black beauties. A year later, the Bahamian-born Sidney Poitier was the first African-American entertainer to win an Academy Award for his role in “Lilies of the Field”. SOURCE: Great Black Queens: The Untold Story of Miss Universe. Who Were the Key Beauties?
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Puerto Rican teenager Mónica Puig is not the only Caribbean player making news at Wimbledon this year. Jamaican-German player Dustin Brown today scored an impressive victory over former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt, as Dave Seminara reports in this article for The New York Times. Like Puig,, Brown has now moved to the third round, where he will play Adrian Mannarino of France.
When Dustin Brown strolled out onto Wimbledon’s Court 2 for Wednesday morning’s first match against Lleyton Hewitt he wore a pair of oversized headphones and a sleeveless shirt. He looked so relaxed that he could have been ambling through an airport, rather than onto the grounds of the All England Club to face a rejuvenated former champion.
When the match started, he stayed cool, nonchalantly flicking devastating forehands, gracefully curling drop volley winners and mashing aces with his easy, relaxed service motion. And when a Hewitt forehand…
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Wikipedia says: “Traditionally, babies’ heads were wrapped tightly with cloth in order to give them this distinctive appearance. The practice began dying out in the 1950s with the arrival of more Europeans and westernization. Because of this distinctive look, it is easy to recognize Mangbetu figures in African art.”
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