8.24.2015

When Negro Forgiveness Syndrome goes too far

No. To quote Jeffrey Almonte, "No, no, no, no, no, no."
In her time, [Eva Smith]’s encountered no crime so heinous for which she can’t find room in her heart to offer that gift. Even, she said, in recent months when she crossed paths with the man suspected of walking into Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church in June and shooting nine black parishioners.

The killings, described by authorities as a racially motivated hate crime, placed Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man, at the jail charged with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. He faces 33 additional counts on federal hate, weapon and other charges.

To Smith, though, Roof is merely a young man, like any other, in need of God’s love.

A mother of three and grandmother of eight, Smith, who is black, attempted to build a rapport with Roof by asking whether his parents had come to visit. Arms crossed, face scrunched, he replied no, she said. Well, what about a girlfriend, she asked.

“Then he looked up at me and he smiled,” she said. “You have to make him smile. ... I really feel that he’s going to get the help he needs because of the people who are saying, ‘I forgive him. I forgive him.’ The law’s going to do what it has to do, but we aren’t a people of an eye for an eye.”


~ Charleston County jail chaplain: Dylann Roof, Michael Slager, others ‘are just my sons’
Uh...ma'am? This kid doesn't need "help". He needs the electric chair. The families of his victims are the ones who need help.  Remember them?

Fuck no.  Fuck...no.  See, this right here?  This is a HUGE part of the reason this shit keeps happening.

Just...no.  I-I can't right now.

No.

8.20.2015

My Interview with Feisty Zine (an Excerpt)

Feisty Zine, a budding new online zine, was kind enough to reach out to me after reviewing my Selo & Inya series. Get a taste:
FZ: Do you have a writing soundtrack? If so, what have you been listening to? If no music, then what is your writing space? What’s it like?

Ankhesen: I do LOVE writing to music; I like to find music to fit what I’m writing though. I tend to go for moody, ambient tracks, or indigenous music from around the world.

FZ: What message do you want to convey with your writing? Is it purely entertainment for your audience and yourself or are you writing to create something you’ve never had? Such as how there’s a lack of representation for Women of Color that isn’t oppressive.

Ankhesen: I definitely write to create worlds I never had growing up. Selo & Inya is actually a perfect example of this; I grew up watching Xena: Warrior Princess. And while I loved Lucy Lawless to death, the lack of brown female leads on that show in that genre overall was so irritating. It made it literally impossible to fully enjoy the show. And I think that something our white counterparts don’t get; when we watch shows and films where we’re not correctly and abundantly represented, it’s not satisfying. We’re not happy customers. It ultimately feels like a waste of time and money. Cool wardrobes and special effects will only appeal to us up to a certain point. After that, we’re like, “…Why did I even bother?”

FZ: What writers influence you? What writer would you totally make out with?

Ankhesen: The folklore I grew up on from Cameroon (and West Africa in general) heavily influences my style, as it guides the way I think. So it’s not just one writer, but rather an entire custom of storytelling within the oral tradition.

As for the second question…there are so many insightful bloggers and independent artists who have enriched and entertained me (and flirted with me) ever since I first discovered “the blog life” six years ago. Let’s just say my make-out list is quite long at this juncture…but I’ll be taking those names to my grave.
Check out the full interview here!

8.18.2015

Whitewashing the Stonewall Riots

See Also

Miss Major Talks Stonewall
Soon To Be Released Stonewall Movie Is Whitewashing And Erasing Trans History
Straight Outta Stonewall


When blockbuster director Roland Emmerich decided to make a movie about the Stonewall riots -- the series of 1969 protests widely credited with starting the modern gay rights movement -- he may have thought that LGBT Americans would embrace the film. At first, they seemed to. Months before the trailer was even released, GLAAD acknowledged the film in an award to Emmerich for his work “in promoting equality.”

“Millions of moviegoers all across the world will see the harms of anti-LGBT discrimination and learn about the historic riots that forever changed equality in America,” GLAAD’s CEO told Variety.

Then, last week, the trailer was released.

Since then, more than 22,000 people have signed a petition vowing not to see Emmerich's film -- not because they object to LGBT rights, but because they believe the movie is going to present a version of history that focuses on white cisgender men to the exclusion of everyone else. The petition's creator is Pat Cordova-Goff, an 18-year-old college student who identifies as a transwomyn of color.

The "Stonewall" trailer (tagline: "Where pride began") focuses on a fictional blond man from Kansas, played by the English actor Jeremy Irvine, who moves to New York City and discovers the Stonewall Inn. Soon after, the man is throwing bricks through windows and climbing on cop cars.

Emmerich, who is openly gay and best known for apocalyptic blockbusters like "Independence Day" and "The Day After Tomorrow," has described the film as “a labor of love.” But critics say they believe Emmerich's movie, which comes out Sept. 25, is going to whitewash history and erase the contributions of the transgender activists, drag queens and people of color who were there at the beginning of the riots.

"To all considering watching the newest whitewashed version of queer history,” Cordova-Goff's petition says, “it is time that black and brown transwomyn and drag queens are recognized for their efforts in the riots throughout the nation.

...Some high-profile gay activists -- mainly white men -- have voiced support for Emmerich and the film. The playwright Larry Kramer, who has taken plenty of friendly fire from the LGBT community over the decades for his depictions of gay history, urged Emmerich not to “listen to the crazies.”

...Miss Major, a 73-year-old trans activist who participated in the riots, didn’t even make it through the full two minutes and 20 seconds of the trailer before she turned it off. “It was too much to watch,” she told HuffPost. “It’s just, ugh, they’re whitewashing it again. They’re burying us in the ground so when they step off of us, there’s no proof that we were even there.”
(Source)

8.16.2015

So I watched "Lila & Eve" (2015)


***spoilers to follow***

I'll be honest...I wasn't originally going to watch Lila & Eve.

The trailer seemed forced to me, like J. Lo went up to Viola Davis one day and said, "Did you ever see my movie Enough?  I want to do something else just like that."

8.13.2015

The lengths we go to keep white boys alive....

Riddle me this, children: why is James Holmes still alive?

It's been a little over three years since he slaughtered 12 people and wounded 70 others.  He's been chillin', loved by his groupies and reading their fan mail on taxpayer dime.  A jury unanimously agreed to put him to death, and yet I'm reading he will instead spend life in prison...on taxpayer dime.

Now South Carolina is trying to pull the same bullshit with Dylann Roof.  Dude slaughtered 9 people at prayer, yet Nikki Haley had the gall to say yeah, sure he deserves to die, BUT they might not be able to execute him due to a shortage of the third component used in lethal injection.

*angry blink* Y'all ain't never heard of a firing squad????

I'm pretty sure South Carolina is not experiencing a shortage of ammo.  And don't they have the electric chair over there as well???  Wasn't Dylann Roof's own uncle the one talkin' smack about how Roof was gonna "ride the lightning", wishing he could flip the switch, getting people all nostalgic to the point of Googling Metallica and shit....

And then, when Roof was ready to plead guilty for the shit we already know he's done, his lawyer told him to wait and see if the prosecution wanted to pursue the death penalty first, talmbout he was trying to get Dylann some "leverage."  Um...barbecue that rodent.  He doesn't need leverage; he needs a swift execution.  Nothing fancy, nothing drawn out, nothing to give people time to talk about his loneliness and troubles and his "haunting" manifesto.  First of all, Dylann Roof's manifesto - if you can even call it that - makes Elliot Rodger's self-centered ramblings read like friggin' Shakespeare.
"I have no choice. I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight."
- Dylann Roof
Oh, hell yes you are. In fact, I encourage you to do just that. Why can't we ever read that particular narrative for a change? I personally would love nothing more than to hear about a white dude going into the ghetto by hisself, armed with a Glock, tryin' to pull this shit. ...Long after I've become a senile old pygmy, unable to recall my name or anybody else's, that story will still warm my withered little bones.

8.11.2015

Oh, my gods.... #SerenaWilliams

The goddess herself recently posted images herself doing split warm-up exercises.  It never even occurred to me that a tennis player could be so flexible.

And since I'm all about self-acceptance, it's never occurred to me to be truly jealous of someone else's body...but damn....




8.06.2015

Open Mic Night: The Republican Debate

I...I just...I can't...y'all, I-I-I miss Herman Cain. At least he made things funny.



This is what a fucking migraine looks like, Bar Patrons.  And this is just the beginning.  I'm waiting for someone to post the rest.

And don't think I didn't notice the internment camps between lines. So let me get this straight: when the potential victims are white Christians, radical Islamic rhetoric is unprotected hatespeech.

But when white Americans are either slaughtering or fantasizing out loud about slaughtering POC, the Free Speech Groupies can't toss their panties on stage fast enough.

8.01.2015

The Streets Smell of Champagne, a Poem

Author's Note: This is a rough draft, so be nice to me. I don't know if I should leave it as is or add some more.

The streets smell of champagne,
oozing Almondage,
Cook's, Korbel, and André.
Lean in; sniff the cracks,
get a hit of J. Rogét.
I wonder: what lush, plush,
posh nation is this?
Broken roads lining an
all-consuming necropolis.

Astounding;
what a great country this must be,
this land of the brave,
the free, the bold.
Where else in the world
do we venerate the extinguished
by paving and bathing
our streets in liquid gold?

We pour a sip for our birth into these times we're in,
the kink of our coils, trademark slits of our slants,
and oh, yes...our most hallowed:
melancholic melanin.