i know… i know… but this one is like seriously important.
So, TLC was on Arsenio Hall when they addressed rumors that they were HIV positive, stemming from their frequent wearing condoms and possibly T-Boz’s illness which was later revealed to be Sickle Cell. Anyway, when they addressed the rumors, they made sure to make the point that demonizing someone for being HIV positive definitely not the thing to do.
Left Eye: “I think if we had AIDS, that would be all the more reason to listen to us.”
T-Boz: “Some people do get naive or mess up, but if we had messed up like that it’s nothing to look down on us for. You should look at it like a learning lesson.”
and then when Arsenio tried to make a joke about them wearing condoms on their clothes (after the discussion no less), they remained clear in that safe sex was no joke to them.
Chilli: “We throw them [condoms] out every night at the show”.
it starts at about 5:45, after a performance of one of my favorites “Hat 2 The Back”…. love that damn song…
Hat to the back, i gotta keep my pants down real low
that’s the kind of girl I am.
Being that i am the kind of girl that i am, some people just don’t understand the things that i do….
So I’m not the only one still on my TLC kick. I’ve watched this interview a few times over the past week.
Like I said, NOBODY did what TLC did, stop trying to compare other groups to them! STOP!!
Hat 2 the Back is also one of my faves. Bout to go listen to it now.
Hey Sesame Street…you’re doing it right. :)
The textbooks I’m using in the classes I’m teaching next semester…”Our Schools Suck: Students talk back to a segregated nation on the failures of urban Education” “Ain’t no Makin It: Aspirations and Attainment in a low income neighborhood” “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” “That’s the Joint! The Hip Hop Studies Reader” and “The Social Construction of Difference and Inequality: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality” Yup, I’m ‘bout that nerd life.
Reading List: Books Released by African Authors in 2013
A. Igoni Barrett, ‘Love is Power, or Something Like That’
- A powerful short story collection from the author of ‘From Caves of Rotting Teeth’, Nigerian writer Igoni is also something of a literary activist, pioneering a 6-week reading tour by prominent African writers across 4 cities; and founder of the Book Jam reading series. Read more of his work on Guernica and AGNI.
NoViolet Bulawayo, ‘We Need New Names’
- Zimbabwean writer Bulawayo won the Caine Prize in 2011 for her story ‘Hitting Budapest’. She recently spoke at the PEN World Voices Festival in New York where she said “I write from my blood’. This is her debut novel.
Mukoma wa Ngugi, ‘Black Star Nairobi’
- The name gives it away: the Kenyan author - who splits his time between Kenya and the US - is the son of African lit giant Ngugi wa Thiong’o. He’s also a professor at Cornell University, and his first novel, ‘Nairobi Heat’, is being made into a film
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, ‘Americanah’
- Known worldwide for her speeches as well as her books, ‘Americanah’ is the Nigerian author’s third novel. The film adaptation of her bestseller’Half of a Yellow Sun’ (2006) starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor is due to be released later this year. Adichie is the founder of the Farafina Writers Workshop which is currently accepting applications.
Taiye Selasi, ‘Ghana Must Go’
- With endorsements by the likes of Salman Rushdie and Toni Morrison, Selasi is quickly establishing herself as a voice to look out for. Her linguistically experimental novel follows a family dealing with love, life-building and the pains of migration. She’s also known for penning the so-called Afropolitan manifesto ‘Bye-Bye Barbar (Or: What is an Afropolitan?)
‘There is a Country: Fiction from South Sudan’
- This anthology of eight stories from the world’s newest nation South Sudan is published by McSweeney’s and treats themes of war, migration and displacement as well as love, described as ‘a fresh and necessary account of an emerging nation, past and present’.
Alain Mabanckou, ‘Tomorrow I Will be Twenty Years Old’
- This is Congolese novelist, poet and journalist Mabanckou’s newest novel, based loosely on his childhood in Congo. It follows 10 year old Michel, his dreams and dramas with his 12yr old girlfriend Caroline all set against the ‘big’ geopolitical issues of the day. He’s the author of ‘African Psycho’ and 9 other novels.
Aminatta Forna, ‘The Hired Man’
- Forna is an author and documentary-maker of Sierra-Leonean and Scottish/British heritage. She’s the author of ‘The Memory of Love’ (2010) and her memoir ‘The Devil that Danced on the Water’ (2003) explored the conspiracy surrounding her father’s death by the Sierra Leonean government. Her new novel ‘The Hired Man’ is set in Croatia and looks at the ‘ethnic cleansing’ which followed the dismantling of the former Yugoslavia. It’s been praised by critics.
Summer 2013 Reading List
That. Bloody. PAPERCLIP.
i saw the loading mouse and honestly thought to myself “shit this is gonna take forever” because i thought it was my mouse—it literally took me back woah
This is like the opening of a horror movie…
Horror indeed… Tag your torture please.
Aint I a woman: Black women and black feminism
We real cool black men and masculinity
Feminism is for everybody
Black sexual politics
Black feminist thought
When and where I enter
Too heavy a load black women in defense of themselves
Guys guide to feminism
The End of manhood
The Black Woman: An Anthology
Sisters in the struggle
Living for the revolution Black Feminist Organizations
Autobiography as activism Three Black Women of the 60s
The Womanist Reader