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clatterbane:

piss-waif:

nawyougood:

codelens:

Enforcement Officials Beat & Kidnap a 12-yo Black Girl in Front of her Residence, Claiming She Was a Prostitute
"When her mother and father came outside after hearing her cries for help she was desperately holding a tree with one arm while plainclothes officers were beating her in the head, neck and throat.
Dymond Milburn, now 20-years-old, was an honor student attending advanced classes at Austin Middle School, when her life would be forever scarred by Galveston police.”
None of the enforcement officials who terrorized and beat Milburn were penalized.

smh….

officers were beating her in the head, neck and throat.
they were literally trying to kill her. this is a little girl. what the fuck.

Even better:After hung jury, girl won’t be retried in police assault case (2009)http://m.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/After-hung-jury-girl-won-t-be-retried-in-police-1601070.php
"Five of the six jurors refused to vote to convict Milburn of felony assault, said defense attorney Anthony Griffin and Assistant District Attorney Veronique Cantrell-Avloes.
An earlier attempt to try the case also ended in a mistrial after a witness made an improper statement in front of the jury.”
They tried to beat a young girl’s head in, and then charged her with felony assault on one of the officers. And there was at least one asshole juror who wanted to convict her at a retrial.

clatterbane:

piss-waif:

nawyougood:

codelens:

Enforcement Officials Beat & Kidnap a 12-yo Black Girl in Front of her Residence, Claiming She Was a Prostitute

"When her mother and father came outside after hearing her cries for help she was desperately holding a tree with one arm while plainclothes officers were beating her in the head, neck and throat.

Dymond Milburn, now 20-years-old, was an honor student attending advanced classes at Austin Middle School, when her life would be forever scarred by Galveston police.”

None of the enforcement officials who terrorized and beat Milburn were penalized.

smh….

officers were beating her in the head, neck and throat.

they were literally trying to kill her. this is a little girl. what the fuck.

Even better:
After hung jury, girl won’t be retried in police assault case (2009)
http://m.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/After-hung-jury-girl-won-t-be-retried-in-police-1601070.php

"Five of the six jurors refused to vote to convict Milburn of felony assault, said defense attorney Anthony Griffin and Assistant District Attorney Veronique Cantrell-Avloes.

An earlier attempt to try the case also ended in a mistrial after a witness made an improper statement in front of the jury.”

They tried to beat a young girl’s head in, and then charged her with felony assault on one of the officers. And there was at least one asshole juror who wanted to convict her at a retrial.

atane:

Short video of Christian Scott doing his thing last night.

He’s playing ‘No Church in the Wild’ by Jay-Z and Kanye btw.

sweetragedy asked: Short notice: Amazon is in the north ,u're as wrong as cnn,go learn geography

"Short notice"? You’re putting me on short notice? I guess you mean business then!

This is my fate thanks to this post. Awesome…haha

On the bright side, people contacting me to say that this is not actually a map of Africa has subsided, thanks in part to the fine people reblogging this post. The new thing however is people sending me rude messages to “correct” me about where the Amazon is, telling me that I’m wrong and that I should learn geography.

So for you sweetragedy or anyone else that cares about factual matters, I didn’t mention the location of the Amazon. Not once. People continue to remove my commentary and/or add theirs as they reblogged the post. As this is tumblr, some of the commentary is complete nonsense and inaccurate information. People are still reblogging this post, thinking it’s a map of Africa. I’d like to point out that it’s not my problem that you and others are reading other people’s nonsensical commentary as mine. That is entirely your mistake. In your zeal to fire off a rude message to a stranger on the internet, you didn’t even bother to see if the words you were reading came from the person you told off. This is clear. Perhaps you should check the original post before sending messages putting me on “short notice”. You wouldn’t want to look foolish…

The Dangers of Dating West Africans

atane:

When West Africans from different countries date, a day will come when you will have a debate about which country has the best jollof rice. Naturally, everyone thinks their country has the best. This is a dangerous day. Feelings will be caught, so tread lightly here. Some people take this very seriously and are sensitive about it. (cough - Ghanaians - cough)

Just look your babe in the eyes and tell them, “The most important thing is that I’m eating jollof rice with you. It doesn’t matter where the jollof comes from. I don’t care if it comes from mars, as long as I get to eat it with you.”

That corny explanation will satisfy most people, or buy you some time at least. Except with Ghanaians. It doesn’t work with them. They will force you to make a choice about who has the best jollof, especially if you’re Nigerian. They must have an answer immediately…lol

Deep down in your heart however, you know that Nigeria has the best jollof rice. Everyone knows this, they’re all in denial. :D

PS - I love Ghanaians. Don’t azonto your ass into my inbox with hate mail. Abeg.

This post was inspired by dynamicafrica's #interafrican dating conversation.

I had several samples of Ghanaian jollof rice in the Bronx recently. They were all dryer than a camel’s coochie. Let me just say that Nigerian jollof has nothing to worry about…lol

dynamicafrica:

Recent six-time U.S. Open winner Serena Williams has been called everything from the greatest American tennis player ever, to America’s greatest athlete. But, unfortunately, these are not the only names and titles she’s been given.
It seems with every astounding win, people are out to crush her through the most despicable means. A mixture of sexism and racism at play, Serena highlights one thing about America (and perhaps the world): black women, no matter how accomplished, are undeserving of their accolades and, at worst, are stripped of their humanity time and time again.
From “The Frisky”:

Buried within the comments section of such stories of American victory, tells the reality that a Black woman does not represent America to White Americans. Nor is she worthy of support or even much deserved congratulations. The general consensus by such White people? Serena Williams, like President Obama, should be dehumanized and ridiculed merely because of her skin color. Here are some examples that represent the general consensus reached by many White commenters:

This paints a more clear picture of a modern White America that is not only racially intolerant but openly hateful. Through that lens, Serena’s strength cannot be appreciated as the strength of a woman because she is a Black woman — an animal at best and Obama’s son at worst. A vile, disgusting monkey with an attitude problem. The racial stereotypes invoked within those comment threads are attached to names and faces of individuals who are real. People whose profile pictures are sweet images of little, innocent children and babies, soldiers, both young and middle-aged White men and women smiling at the world in simple head shots. White people who obviously do not view Black people as people.
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dynamicafrica:

Recent six-time U.S. Open winner Serena Williams has been called everything from the greatest American tennis player ever, to America’s greatest athlete. But, unfortunately, these are not the only names and titles she’s been given.

It seems with every astounding win, people are out to crush her through the most despicable means. A mixture of sexism and racism at play, Serena highlights one thing about America (and perhaps the world): black women, no matter how accomplished, are undeserving of their accolades and, at worst, are stripped of their humanity time and time again.

From “The Frisky”:

Buried within the comments section of such stories of American victory, tells the reality that a Black woman does not represent America to White Americans. Nor is she worthy of support or even much deserved congratulations. The general consensus by such White people? Serena Williams, like President Obama, should be dehumanized and ridiculed merely because of her skin color. Here are some examples that represent the general consensus reached by many White commenters:

This paints a more clear picture of a modern White America that is not only racially intolerant but openly hateful. Through that lens, Serena’s strength cannot be appreciated as the strength of a woman because she is a Black woman — an animal at best and Obama’s son at worst. A vile, disgusting monkey with an attitude problem. The racial stereotypes invoked within those comment threads are attached to names and faces of individuals who are real. People whose profile pictures are sweet images of little, innocent children and babies, soldiers, both young and middle-aged White men and women smiling at the world in simple head shots. White people who obviously do not view Black people as people.

(read more)

thefemaletyrant:

atane:

lagosianqueen:

Also I just stumbled into a forum on Nairaland full of Yoruba people bitching because they think other Nigerians steal our traditional clothes (like the gele) and how all of our traditions have been “Nigerianised”.

That sounds about right…haha

I used to post on Nairaland, but stopped because the ethnocentrism there can be pretty intense. There is a cabal of the major ethnic groups, though not many northerners post there. Igbo and Yoruba debates were most common when I was a poster there. They’re always yabbing each other. If they haven’t already, then an Igbo person will counter the gele talk by mentioning ichafu, which is the Igbo version of the head scarf and other traditional clothes. If they are silent, it’s because they haven’t seen the discussion yet. Diplomacy does not exist on that forum, at least not for long.

There’s also a weird fetishization of Fulani women on that site by a lot of men there. Not sure if it’s still like that now, but they used to have these long ass threads on Fulani beauties. I remember this guy saying “I like Fulani women for their delicate, soft features and they are yellow like ripe pawpaw.” That was my sign to log off…lol

LOL! Are they really talking about other Nigerians cultural appropriating Yoruba culture? Next they’ll be complaining about other Nigerians speaking Yoruba.

Also re weird fetishization of Fulani women, I haven’t come across the threads on Fulani women but I’ve come across a lot on Somali and Ethiopian women (obviously only with photos of light-skinned women).

Oh wow, it’s been years since I’ve been on Nairaland. I didn’t know the men over there are now fetishizing Somali and Ethiopian women. It’s not surprising though.

Nairaland is good for current events, politics and even history, as some smart people are there. Just avoid the entertainment areas of the forum. Those areas are basically full of ashawo teenagers…lol

atane:

Poison Fire - A short film about the Niger Delta region in Nigeria.

Synopsis

The Niger Delta is an environmental disaster zone after fifty years of oil exploitation.   One and a half million tons of crude oil has been spilled into the creeks, farms and forests, the equivalent to 50 Exxon Valdez disasters, one per year. Natural gas contained in the crude oil is not being collected, but burnt off in gas flares, burning day and night for decades. The flaring produces as much greenhouse gases as 18 million cars and emits toxic and carcinogenic substances in the midst of densely populated areas. Corruption is rampant, the security situation is dire, people are dying.  But the oil keeps flowing.

Poison Firefollows a team of local activists as they gather “video testimonies” from communities on the impact of oils spills and gas flaring. We see creeks full of crude oil, devastated mangrove forests, wellheads that has been leaking gas and oil for months. We meet  people whose survival is acutely threatened by the loss of farmland, fishing and drinking water and the health hazards of gas flaring. 

We also meet meet with Jonah Gbemre, who took Shell to court over the gas flaring in his village and won a surprise victory in the court.

Ifie Lott travels to the Netherlands to attend Shell’s Annual General Meeting. She wants to ask a simple question:  Is Shell going to obey the court order and stop flaring?  There is a demonstration outside  the meeting hall. Shell’s CEO shows up for the photo op and shakes her hand, and she meets the MD of Shell-Nigeria, Basil Omiyi.  She asks him about the spills and the flaring. He patiently explains Shell’s policies and efforts for social development, but what he says is at odds with reality on the ground.

Back in the Delta, Ifie returns to the communties and shows the taped interview with Omiyo to the victims of the oil industry…

Shell ignored the federal high court ruling. The oil companies continue the illegal gas flaring. Shell has set its own “flares out” deadline to end of 2009. But they have kept saying “next year” for a decade, and in the Delta nobody believes them.

Meanwhile, the oil keeps flowing.

Poison Fire

I’m reblogging this because of a twitter chat dynamicafrica had about incidents where lack of access to clean water and/or sanitation has caused a health crisis for communities. I immediately thought of the Niger Delta.

LAPD Confuses Black Actress Kissing White Husband for Prostitute »

A case of KWB (kissing while Black).

willyverse:

It’s been 8 years since I spent a summer in Nigeria, so I was a bit hesitant to make the trip. I had a couple projects I wanted to execute. ‘Something to do’ was not on that list

Every time people living overseas visit Nigeria, there’s a tendency to take pictures of people on the streets of Lagos. Pictures of hawkers, wheel barrow pushers and buses are some of the common ones you’d see.This time around, I just felt doing that would be typical and pointless. One fateful afternoon, stuck in traffic, I noticed a street hawker selling Calculators. I thought to myself, “on a hot day like today, why on earth would you be out selling calculators”. Then It dawned on me. He’d rather walk around in the hot sun cause there’s a possibility he might sell one calculator, than sit at home doing nothing. Though you could say he should choose some other, more profitable, product, at the end of the day, it’s Just Something to do. Ah! 

From there, it was all about challenging myself to take portraits of  locals in the area, craftsmen, sellers etc. I aimed to showcase a wide array of jobs people take on, regardless of how non-profitable it might seem. I always assumed that this would be easy, cause Nigerians are generally happy people. I was spectacularly wrong. Nigeria is in a state of paranoia at the moment. You point a camera at anyone without permission, and you just might get attacked. I didn’t get attacked, but I was reported by a mallam whom I thought was just ‘unlooking’. Some portraits were easier than others because my parents are frequent customers of these traders. Some took a lot of convincing, like the tailor.

All in all it was an experience I was/am thankful for. Getting out of my comfort zone, and convincing strangers to have their picture taken is not something I thought I was capable of.

'Something to do' speaks to the character of the citizens. With an almost non existent middle class, it could be so easy to look to crime as a resolve. But these people, and others out there choose to use their hands to make an honest living, no matter how little the income might be.

lagosianqueen:

Also I just stumbled into a forum on Nairaland full of Yoruba people bitching because they think other Nigerians steal our traditional clothes (like the gele) and how all of our traditions have been “Nigerianised”.

That sounds about right…haha

I used to post on Nairaland, but stopped because the ethnocentrism there can be pretty intense. There is a cabal of the major ethnic groups, though not many northerners post there. Igbo and Yoruba debates were most common when I was a poster there. They’re always yabbing each other. If they haven’t already, then an Igbo person will counter the gele talk by mentioning ichafu, which is the Igbo version of the head scarf and other traditional clothes. If they are silent, it’s because they haven’t seen the discussion yet. Diplomacy does not exist on that forum, at least not for long.

There’s also a weird fetishization of Fulani women on that site by a lot of men there. Not sure if it’s still like that now, but they used to have these long ass threads on Fulani beauties. I remember this guy saying “I like Fulani women for their delicate, soft features and they are yellow like ripe pawpaw.” That was my sign to log off…lol

Deadspin basically said “fuck professionalism”.

Deadspin basically said “fuck professionalism”.

autistikeit asked: atane(.)tumblr(.)com/post/95187422319/pax-arabica-see-their-tactics-see-how-they. The Herschel Rothstein twitter account is a troll, not an actual Jew.

Ok, that’s good to know. Nevertheless, I see people like him on twitter and FB that are all too real.