So excited to be starting the next chapter in YPOC community outreach. Weekly seminars will take place from 12-2pm every Saturday beginning November 1st (location in NYC tba) Seminar topics will include beauty/ self esteem, finance, music, fashion, stepping and nutrition, all through the lens of critical thinking and empowerment with a creative twist. Look out for the eventbrite link and be sure to like us over at Facebook.com/ypocinc and follow us on Twitter At @youngpplofcolor to stay up to date! #creativity #criticalthinking #empowerment #education #politics #grassroots #nonprofit #community #youth #theblackcommunity #blackyouth #blackparents #love #nutrition #finance #step #music #fashion #selfesteem
Phylicia Rashad gets more and more beautiful with age. Black don’t crack!
her hair yaaaaas
In case you’re interested, here’s the movie from which this still is taken. I haven’t seen it myself, but I believe in sourcing stuff when I can. ^_^
Love her always!
5 Reasons President Obama Should Release Leonard Peltier
Leonard Peltier was a leading member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), an activist group that was involved in promoting the rights of “traditionalist” Indians during a period of intense conflict in the 1970s. On June 26, 1975, during a confrontation involving AIM members on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota, FBI agents Ronald Williams and Jack Coler were shot dead.
Leonard Peltier was convicted of their murders in 1977 and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences. Leonard Peltier does not deny that he was present during the incident. However, he has always denied killing the agents as was alleged by the prosecution at his trial. Here are 5 reasons he should be released:
1) A key alleged eyewitness to the shootings was Myrtle Poor Bear, a Lakota Native woman who lived at Pine Ridge. On the basis of her statement that she had seen Leonard Peltier kill Ronald Williams and Jack Coler, Leonard Peltier was extradited from Canada, where he had fled following the shootings. Although Myrtle Poor Bear later retracted her testimony, the trial judge refused to allow Leonard Peltier’s attorneys to call her as a defense witness on the grounds that her testimony “could be highly prejudicial to the government.” In 2000, Myrtle Poor Bear issued a public statement to say that her original testimony was a result of months of threats and harassment from FBI agents.
2) In 1980, documents were released to Leonard Peltier’s lawyers as a result of a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act. The documents contained evidence which might have assisted Leonard Peltier’s case, but which had been withheld by the prosecution at trial. However in 1986, the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Eighth Circuit denied Leonard Peltier a retrial, stating that: “We recognize that there is some evidence in this record of improper conduct on the part of some FBI agents, but we are reluctant to impute even further improprieties to them.”
3) In 1991, Gerald Heaney, the judge who presided over Leonard Peltier’s 1986 appeal hearing, expressed his concerns about the case. In a letter to Senator Daniel Inouye, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs, Gerald Heaney wrote that he believed “the FBI used improper tactics in securing Peltier’s extraction from Canada and in otherwise investigating and trying the Peltier case.” He added: “Although our Court decided that these actions were not grounds for reversals, they are, in my view, factors that merit consideration in any petition for leniency filed.”
4) The U.S. Parole Commission has held a number of parole hearings on Leonard Peltier’s case. However, it has always denied parole on the grounds that Peltier did not accept criminal responsibility for the murders of the two FBI agents. This is despite the fact that, after one such hearing, the Commission acknowledged that “the prosecution has conceded the lack of any direct evidence that you personally participated in the executions of two FBI agents.”
5) Leonard Peltier is currently imprisoned in Florida, approximately 2,000 miles from his family in North Dakota. It is a physical hardship for his family to visit him, and almost impossible financially. As a result, he is very rarely visited by his loved ones. Leonard Peltier is now aged 69 and in poor health, suffering from diabetes, among other things.
In sum, Amnesty International has studied his case extensively over many years and remains seriously concerned about the fairness of proceedings leading to his trial and conviction. Amnesty believes that political factors may have influenced the way in which the case was prosecuted.
Leonard Peltier’s most recent petition for release on parole was denied by the U.S. Parole Commission in 2009, and Amnesty understands that he is not eligible for consideration for parole again until 2024.
Given that all available legal remedies have been exhausted and that Leonard Peltier has now spent more than 36 years in prison, Amnesty believes that in the context of these ongoing concerns, the U.S. authorities should order Leonard Peltier’s release from prison on humanitarian grounds and in the interests of justice.
#Leonard Peltier #Amnesty International #Free Leonard Peltier #clemency #political prisoner #justice
This is a life-size pre-cast clay sculpture of a naked fat woman. The model is Julie Srika. The sculptor is Ramon Sierra. I think it’s beautiful and important. Breathtaking, even. Two days ago I shared it on Facebook, with the permission of both the model and the artist. Many people responded to it as I did. Facebook then deleted the thread and removed the photo from the model’s account, citing it as being in violation of their “community standards.” Appeals to Facebook have yet to be answered.
I think this is a disturbing anti-art stance, particularly vexing, considering Facebook allows far more sexually suggestive photos and sanctions pages designed to promote bigotry and bullying. Yet an amazing piece of art depicting a fat woman in proud non-sexual repose must go.
So while this is not the traditional fare for Uppity Fatty, I’m posting it here so more people can see it without the small-minded interference of Facebook’s double-standards.
~ Substantia Jones
UPDATE ON CLAYGATE: I don’t know if this represents a caving on the part of Facebook, or merely an oversight, and I certainly don’t know if it’s an “our voices were heard, hizzah!” thing, but the model depicted in the sculpture has just tried reposting the image to her account for a third time, and this time it wasn’t taken down. So for now… a provisional hizzah! And thanks for getting cheesed off with me!
That’s what’s up. I remember reporting 3 separate ‘trayvoning’ pages to Facebook every day for months last year (think planking- but sick. And racist.) only to eventually see ONE removed so it’s absurd that this beautiful piece was removed and I’m glad the model was able to repost it.
>teenage actress’s private nudes get leaked
>teenage actress is reviled as a slut and a whore and a bad role model
>james franco asks a seventeen-year-old girl if he can meet her in a private hotel room
>james franco gets to go on saturday night live and joke about what a silly doofus he is for soliciting sex from a girl literally half his age
DO NOT DARE OVERLOOK THIS POST
In the wake of the death of 9 year old Antonio Smith at the hands of local gang members in Chicago and the seemingly endless string of poc murders at the hands of law enforcement I am posing this question to you beautiful folks in the hopes that I can inspire a more proactive approach to life for us all.. I don’t usually group these two events together because they are two completely separate beasts worthy of equal attention and in need of immediate eradication, but they both result in the senseless deaths of our people. Be clear, I am not one of those people who calls out black on black crime when a cop kills a black man. These are both year round issues and the time to make noise about the violence we inflict on one another is not when a police officer stands over a black corpse. Yall look crazy out here using one form of violence to justify another. But both issues need to be addressed regardless. Chime in below and let me know what YOU’RE doing in your everyday life and in your community to effect change. #loctalk #loctalkmondays #locloveliveshere #community #theblackcommunity #blackpeople #brownpeople #gangviolence #policebrutality
It’s truly terrifying that men can’t empathize with an abused woman unless they imagine her as a woman they know and love.
If you have to imagine that Ray Rice had hit your own mother/sister/wife/daughter in order to be upset about it, you have some serious thinking to do.