The reason why black women aren’t on mainstream magazine covers

In 2007, when Beyonce appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s annual “Swimsuit Issue,” angry white readers demanded subscription cancellations. One reason given by a white male subscriber: “My daughters grew up identifying with the models in the Swimsuit Issue, and wanting to be like them. How is my daughter supposed to see herself in Beyonce?” The white male — collectively — understands the potentially devastating effect on the white female psyche when a non-white female is elevated above the white female — even for something as trivial as a magazine cover. White males understand, collectively, that in order to validate themselves, they must validate and uplift the white female.

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Extract taken from Black love is a revolutionary act by Umoja

The case of Stacey Dash and white privilege

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We have to make up our minds,either we want to have segregation or integration. And if we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET [Black Entertainment Television] and the BET Awards and the Image Awards where you’re only awarded if you’re black.

If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard

No, I don’t think so, no. Just like there shouldn’t be a Black History Month. You know? We’re Americans. Period. That’s it.”

These were the comments of actress Stacey Dash on Fox news last week, since these comments social media has been ablaze with people in disagreement to Dash, but this doesn’t hide the fact that these comments are whispered by white people every year around February time, as Black history month is warming up
and every time they flick past BET.

“How come black people can have black history month, BET and black magazines and we don’t have white history month or white magazines”

What people who say this fail to understand is every other month is white history month, every magazine is a white magazine and all the TV channels are white TV channels, with a label that states for everyone. If these media outlets and history lessons were for everyone, there would be no need for black history month and BET, both of these were set up because black people have been excluded. Stacey Dash made a brilliant point at the end of her rant, when she said we are all American, as if to say we’re all in this together, we’re all the same, go tell that to Trayvon or Sandra oh wait you can’t, or even better go tell that to all those AFRICAN- Americans who died in every war the US has ever had, yet never even get a mention when history class, which apparently is for everyone comes around.

As soon as I hear a white person make this statement it indicates to me, how steeped in white privilege they are. Let me explain, when you are steeped in white privilege you fail to notice the struggles of other races around you and think because you’re doing ok, everyone else is fine too, for instance films with all white cast, magazines only catering towards white people, or flesh colour plasters, entitled normal, when you’re steeped in white privilege you fail to notice because it doesn’t have to effect your day, you have a choice, whereas black people don’t.

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A scene from Exodus Gods and Kings whose lead characters were all white, even though it was set in Ancient Egypt.

That choice you have is YOUR white privilege, the fact that you don’t have to know about black people, black history or even know a black person is YOUR white privilege.

If you looked at the daily media you would think that white people are the only people who live on this planet, yet it always entitled ‘for everyone’ yes its for everyone as long as you’re white. How many times have you picked up a magazine which is supposedly for everyone and seen a black face on the cover? or an article that is about black hair.

Now this isn’t right, but it’s ok, white people love their own race, and their own history but the problem is when they have a problem with others loving their own race and their history, let’s be honest here, it was off the backs of blacks that America was built, why should they be excluded from the history books?

There wouldn’t be a black history month if black people were included in history, there wouldn’t be black magazines if black people were included in magazines and finally there wouldn’t be any need for BET if black people were included in mainstream media, there was obviously a need for it otherwise it wouldn’t have been so successful.

White people have two choices either involve black people and I’m not just talking about a token black, like Stacey Dash in the film Clueless, or shut up and let black people do their thing, or I’m going to start a magazine billed ‘for everyone’ and I’m going to have 99% of the content aimed specifically at black people. Problem solved.

Brazilian Neo-Soul: Could Tássia Reis be Brazil’s answer to Jill Scott? With a mixture of Jazz, Samba and Rap, artist plans big things for 2016!

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Note from BW of Brazil: This blogger first became aware of the up and coming artist Tássia Reis perhaps sometime back in 2013 after seeing the video for her song “Meu Rapjazz”. Listening to her smooth Jazz tinged vocals and sparse Neo-Soul influenced productions reminded me of a number of mid to late ’90s/early 2000s black American artists experimenting with an updated take on Classic Soul sounds of the 1970s, particularly Jill Scott. But Tássia is no one’s clone! The moods she brings on her short 2014 EP debut come from her own soul…and what Soul it is! With a new year and the success of her first release, we anxiously await to see what she has in store for 2016! And if you’re not familiar with Tássia, who we briefly introduced to our readers early in 2014 and again late last year, be sure to check out the interview…

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Larissa Oliveira is chosen as Ebony Goddess in 37th annual competition exalting the beauty of black women in Salvador, Bahia

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Note from BW of Brazil: Continuing a traditional that we have covered here since 2012, a 22-year old was named the newest ‘Goddess’ of black beauty in a contest one of Bahia’s most important black cultural organizations, Ilê Aiyê. It shouldn’t be necessary to explain why a contest recognizing the beauty of visibly African-descended women is important in the context of Brazil’s Eurocentric standards of beauty, so we will simply allow Larissa Oliveira her moment, or in fact, year in the sun! Congratulations! 

While it may be true that there can only be one winner each year, all of the women who made it to the final round desire recognition! To see all of the candidates, click here

Larissa Oliveira is chosen as Ebony Goddess in Ilê Aiyê competition

Candidate of 22 years chosen out of 15 women on Saturday.

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9 Devastating Actions White Slaves Masters Took to Convert Black People to Christianity

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The Promise of Heaven

The most important aspect of Christianity for the enslaved was the promise of heaven — a promise made by plantation owners. This idea preached the notion that for all the suffering that is done in the physical world, your soul will be preserved and you will experience a hardship-free spiritual life, according to Slave Resistance, A CaribbeanStudy. What this did for enslaved Black people was give them hope for the future. Converted enslaved people’s belief in heaven allowed some to passively resist their plantation owners and focus on the afterlife. With that belief, all of the beatings and lashings meant nothing because in heaven the enslaved person would be rewarded and the master would be punished.

cottonculture-1875Constant Work

The vigorous, constant plantation work assigned by owners left the enslaved people hardly any time for themselves, and that included religious activities, according to christianitytoday.com. Some plantation owners required the enslaved to work even on Sunday, an intentional move…

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Integration was the worst thing black people ever did.

Over the past few weeks I have been reading a book called Black love is a revolutionary act by Umoja, which has completely blew my mind. I haven’t been able to put the book down, it has answered so many questions I had about the predicament black people are in and what we can do about it.

Over the next weeks I’m going to post articles inspired by the book with quotes.

Black and white people are not the same. The worst thing black people ever did was to integrate with white people, before integration black people were more powerful as a unit and relied on each other instead of a a group of people who constantly exploit them.

White people love telling black people to move on, but as soon as black people move on white people want to pull them back, because they love to be in control.

Never forget Black Wall St

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Pic via http://www.blackfinancialadvisor.com/2014/03/02/what-we-can-learn-from-black-wall-street/

Before integration there weren’t any latchkey kids, neighbours or elders in the neighbourhood would look after children until their parents came home. Elders were treated with respect and relished the opportunity to pass on their knowledge to the youngsters. It was safety in numbers.

In 1925, only three percent of black families were headed by women. The marriage rate for blacks during the Great Depression was higher than the marriage rate for whites, even though blacks were more likely to be poor than whites.

Before integration, the vast majority of black men had to get married if they wanted a home, children, respectability, and regular sex.

Black love is a revolutionary act
Umoja

 

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What happened?

What happened? We copied white people, we saw how they were living and thought it was better, we watched their TV shows and believed the hype, we began worshiping money and individualism, even though it felt wrong we did it anyway because we were taught to believe white was right, we turned on the TV to occasionally see a face that looked like ours and worshipped that face only to find out he/she wasn’t exactly black loving.

The rampant materialism of celebrities, athletes, and an increasing number of handpicked “showcase” blacks with their non-black spouses taught us what “real success” looked like — and it didn’t look like BLACK LOVING BLACK.

Character and kindness fell sharply on our “gotta have” lists and we focused more on competing with the kinds of lifestyles we saw whites leading on and off-screen. As the number of successful and professional blacks increased, so did our egos, vanity, materialism, arrogance, white-identification.

Black love is a revolutionary act
Umoja

We started to believe because we were ‘let’ into corporate America we were accepted by white people and began to belittle others that weren’t working in white collar jobs even if they had their own business, we began judging our partners by white standards, we started copying the white way of life even if it didn’t benefit us, we started building white america instead of black america and for what? to still live in fear of our children being shot or killed by the people we pay taxes to protect us.

We made the mistake of thinking we didn’t need other but we do, we need each other now more than ever.

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The Solution

We need to start loving ourselves and each other, that way we don’t need white validation, we need to build together and stop looking for social acceptance from white people because we will never get it and if we want to follow a model that works look at the immigrants that came to this country and become successful.

These non-white immigrants focused on ECONOMIC POWER, not on assimilating with whites. They STUCK TOGETHER, WORKED TOGETHER, and built strong ethnic families, communities, and mega-businesses together — usually right within the DIS-UNIFIED black community. Non-white immigrants know ETHNIC UNITY and STRONG FAMILIES are the KEYS to economic prosperity. They seldom seek social acceptance (validation) from whites because they know they will never get it (because they will never be white).

Black love is a revolutionary act
Umoja

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