1. Admit that multitasking makes you less effective – and don’t do it if the work is important. 2. Know when you work best – and schedule studying, assignments and projects for that part of the day. 3. Do the most important tasks first. For example, if a project is worth a large proportion of your grade, then make sure you spend lots of time on that (whether you like the subject or not.) 4. Check email, facebook, messages, texts etc at set times – such as on the hour. Don’t look at them at other times. 5. Know what works as a reward for you, and reward yourself when you complete a task. But don’t reward yourself until the task is done! 6. Have an organised to-do list, and work through it methodically. 7. Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked by friends, or unexpected opportunities. 8. Schedule in some leisure as you can’t work all the time.
When I say ‘I’ve never seen Dirty Dancing, any Aflred Hitchcock movie, any Star Wars film, the Die Hard series, the Terminator movies, that dancing one Kevin Beacon is famous for, Top Gun, a James Bond movie, etc,’ you should see the look on people’s faces. Black people who have immersed themselves in dominant culture kinda give me a ‘really?’ look, but white people are simply flabbergasted. They’re confused, lost, sometimes offended. But then if I ask them ‘well, have you seen Coming To America, Crooklyn, Lean On Me, Raisin In The Sun, Do The Right Thing, School Daze, Harlem Nights, Women of Brewster Place, The Color Purple, etc,’ those same white people seem taken back that they would have been expected to see those films/play.
It’s like this entitlement to have your cultural phenomena known and appreciated when you clearly refuse to even acknowledge the contributions of others.
Not only do people of color tend to be intimately familiar with the cultural tastes of white people while having our cultural contributions ignored when not being appropriated, we’re expected to…and that’s where I have a problem.
This!!!! This…is so important. I am tired of White supremacy being the standard by which what aspects of popular culture are determined to be valuable or not. And truly sick of Black culture being simultaneously hyper-consumed for appropriation, but erased through devaluation.
The New York Police Department reportedly told a group of black teenagers that they were not welcome to walk through a predominately white neighborhood unless they could prove that they were being productive members of society.
According to one witness, a group of five or six 16 year olds was ordered to leave the area of Park Slope immediately because the officer assumed they were up to no good.…
A Pennsylvania couple is suing three Collingdale police officers for entering their home without permission in an effort to confiscate a cell phone legally used to record the officers during a February confrontation in front of their home. In the lawsuit, Kia and Michael Gaymon say that Officer Carl White entered the home without…
VIDEO: Cops Break into Home Arrest Innocent Woman For Filming Them ~ watch it here: http://bit.ly/1BxvQ74
Officer Pedro Serrano (pictured), who also testified in Manhattan Federal Court Wednesday, secretly recorded deputy inspector Christopher McCormack telling him to stop “the right people, the right time, the right location,” at a Bronx precinct.
“He meant Black and Hispanics,” Serrano testified on the stand Thursday. Serrano can be heard voicing that suspicion on the tape:
“So what am I supposed to do: Stop every Black and Hispanic?”
McCormack is heard saying in response:
“I have no problem telling you this. Male blacks. And I told you at roll call, and I have no problem [to] tell you this, male Blacks 14 to 21.”
Tracee Ellis Ross: Black-ish is a family comedy about a black family. It’s one of the things that’s interesting about the show. We’re not a family who happens to be black. We are a black family dealing with their ish. So although the show is not about being black within the ish, a lot of cultural, identity, race, all those kind of things come up.
Angela Yee: I think the show would benefit you, DJ Envy.
Tracee: Oh ok.
Angela: Envy doesn’t want his kids to know that they’re black.
Tracee Ellis Ross: Oh! You don’t want them to know they’re black?!
DJ Envy: That’s not true.
Angela Yee: Envy doesn’t want black people around them.
Envy: That’s not true.
Tracee: This is fascinating.
Charlamagne: It’s true to a certain extant.
Tracee: Do you have kids?
Charlamagne: Yes, I have a 6-year-old daughter.
Envy: I have four children and I live in an area where there’s not too many of us there. So my kids are not gonna have that many black friends because there’s not that many black people in my area.
Charlamagne: I think me and Envy’s mentality is more like your character Rainbow [on the show], in the fact that, we’re not tryna teach them anything. Just let them live. Let them be who they’re gonna be.
Tracee: Anthony Anderson’s character on the show, he wants them to know where they come from. It really is that internal question that all of us are asking: ‘How do you give your kids more than you had and yet what is it that’s important as a parent to pass on to your children?’ And then at the end of the day, you end up learning from your kid. Because they are the ones living in this different society. It’s kind of a fascinating thing when you talk to young kids and you’re like, ‘Isn’t it extraordinary that we have a black president?’ And they’re like, ‘Why do you keep talking about the fact that he’s black? Why do you sound racist?’
Envy: My kids don’t care if Barack Obama is black, they don’t care what he is, he’s just a person and that’s what I love. That’s why I didn’t get as a kid. When I grew up in Queens, it was, ‘We’re black, we stay together,’ but my kids don’t care. They play with Tommy, they play with Jennifer, and Michelle.
Tracee: I understand, but then I have a question: So it is always a point though when it’s whether you’re pulled over, driving while black or when a Ferguson situation where there is a moment as a parent that you do want your child to understand the legacy of what we come from and how that does impact the decisions we make and possibly how you need to navigate the reality of the world. And yet, it is our children who are going to start to change the perspective so that hopefully these are not things we have to deal with, but we’re not quite there yet. I think that’s what the show straddles; it’s a comedy but we really are dealing with those issues.
Charlamagne: I like the show because it shows that racism is a learned behavior. Like the kids on the show, they really have no clue about race, but Anthony Anderson’s is tryna instill it in them like—
Angela: [chimes in] Yeah but until somebody calls you the n-word one day and you’re like ‘what?’ I grew up in a black neighborhood and then I ended up going to private school in seventh grade where there were barely any black kids and there was a lot of racism I never had to deal with before. They were writing the n-word in the locker room, sending out racist Valentine’s Day cards.
Tracee: I think a show like Black-ish allows us to show us having these conversations. A lot of times, race is a hard thing to talk about because everybody has a different experience of it and it’s a hot topic issue because there’s some real stuff around it. So to be able to have these conversations, I think is really important. Otherwise, I think people shy away from the conversations, so hopefully this is the kind of show that is the water cooler talk.
Charlamange: You’re a biracial woman. Did you have any identity issues growing up?
Tracee: No. I don’t know if it’s just the perspective that my mother raised me with, but being of mixed heritage was really exciting to me as a kid. I felt really excited that when I went over my dad’s house there was a Christmas tree in the living room and a menorah in the kitchen. I found that it really gave me an opportunity to connect with what was the same about me and somebody else. It made me comfortable in all environments. I do like, within the context of this show, Pops’ point of view, the Laurence Fishburne’s character that’s very old school, Dre [Anthony Anderson’s character] who kind of straddles that, and the kids who are very colorless in the way they see, Rainbow is right in the middle. She’s more colorful. It’s not that she’s looking for a colorblind or a colorless world. It’s actually a world that has all of it. That a good thing and the beauty of this country, honestly.
Charlamage: Was there ever a moment when you were made aware that you were black?
Tracee: First of all, I’ve never known that I wasn’t black.
Charlamagne: Like in a negative moment.
Tracee: I’ve had moments; I had moments where the cab has pulled up and pulled away, especially if my hair is out. They get a little closer and keep on moving. For some reason, I can’t think of stuff now but I’ve always known I was black. In an interview recently, someone said, ‘So as a mixed woman, why is it that you identify as a black woman?’ If I thought I could try being a white woman for a day and say that maybe I would. I was like, ‘I don’t know if anyone would buy it. No, no, no I’m white. I’m very tan…very tan. I get a perm.’ [laughs]
I will never understand why there are parents who don’t feel the need to talk to their children about race as if it doesn’t exist, it doesn’t matter, and it’s a bad thing. It’s important! Raising children with rose tinted glasses causes more harm than good on one’s identity as they grow, and goes hand in hand with culture, representation, and, most of all, history. There is nothing wrong with having differences. Kids are curious and love to learn. Race as well as ethnicity allows them to connect with other kids who are of the same race or ethnicity as them and learn about kids of other races and ethnicities (if they are taught in that manner) that differ from them but can still share similar likes and dislikes with them. Granted, there are kids that don’t speak in color—black and white—but they do speak in shades—lighter and darker. When kids are small they use all types of crayons to color people. However, by the time they begin grade school, they use crayons that are similar to skin tones. There’s no need to raise them in a fantasy world until something happens: they’re called a racial slur, they’re bullied because of the color of their skin, etc. This should be slowly instilled in them when they are young, bit by bit, so they can learn and grasp it over time, but not drilled in them so they can still be kids.
one time when my dad was in college these guys found a carpet on the sidewalk and they needed furniture for their dorm so they were like “hell yeah free carpet” and they carried the carpet upstairs and it was really wet and heavy so they unrolled it to let it dry and a dead body fell out
this is an interesting point, although mathematically inaccurate: assuming the women:men, 0.78:1 ratio is correct, men make $1.28 for every woman’s $1
A white man makes $1.34 for every dollar that a black man makes
A white man makes $1.52 for every dollar that a latino man makes
A white man makes $1.24 for every dollar that a white woman makes
A white man makes $1.44 for every dollar that a black woman makes
A white man makes $1.67 for every dollar that a latina woman makes
That’s some bullshit right there.
Let’s take it a step further. For every hour a white man works, a black woman has to work 86 minutes to earn as much money. 57.6 hours a week compared to the white man’s 40.
Take it another step further. Assuming a Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 job, from Thursday 12:45pm through Friday end of business, a white man gets paid for his work, a black woman is, by comparison, working for free.
“This is why those pious calls to “respect the law,” always to be heard from prominent citizens each time the ghetto explodes, are so obscene. The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer. To respect the law, in the context in which the American Negro finds himself, is simply to surrender his self-respect.”—James Baldwin (via jessehimself)
With a competitive election for governor of Wisconsin less than six weeks away, a federal appeals court on Friday narrowly decided against hearing arguments on a recently instituted photo identification requirement for the state’s voters.
Ta-Nehisi Coates made the case that America owes reparations to its black community. But he purposely left out the details of what a reparations program might look like. We will now make a proposal, for your consideration.
Why do you people have to make everything about race???
Long answer:White Europeans decided to colonize the rest of the world. They enslaved, massacred, segregated, displaced, tortured, disenfranchised, and raped other racial groups. They stole land, resources, and art. They put other races in zoos and death camps. They destroyed written and pictorial history. They suppressed the religions of other races. They dehumanized us. They refused to teach the history of these atrocities in their schools. They refused to acknowledge the achievements of other races. They used the theory of their racial superiority as their excuse. All social institutions reflect this history. All affected racial groups are still feeling the aftereffects of this. So it tends to come up a lot.