Congratulations on you new day day job and interview.Nothing much has changed in terms of what I'm doing. I'm just doing my thing working, walking, playing (sometimes.I could use a good vacation right now) and reading.Speaking of reading, I've been elated. I don't know why. It's about three African American boys who just amaze me. Part of it is semi old news and the other is fairly new. More than likely you have read it but I'll still mention it because I love hearing stories like this but these guys have won numerous scholarships to some of the most prestigious colleges in the U.S...like 5-8of them.Of course, some bigots find it hard to believe that young Black boys like them.. especially those that came from a single parent home or grew up in the inner city like two of them did(The boy who grew up in the inner city part of Oakland has a 5.0GPA ..no joke!).. couldn't have done it without the help of Affirmative Action. Although there are many Black people who win scholarships to various colleges and universities, it's still a great thin to see these young men overcome these odds. Society say that they're suppose to be hoodrats, high school dropouts ..a basic statistic.Media don't talk about good things about Black men,but I'm impressed with this. With the amount of bad news that they can dish out about them, people can also find honest wholesome stuff like this story(Source: The Grio, The Root)
Where would you go on your ideal vacation?
Still thinking about where? If it was a big trip, it would be Puerto Rico ,Costa Rica or Hawaii, but I'll settle for Charleston, SC for the time being since my time/money are not by my side.
LOL, I know right? My goal once I have vacay time and some spare change is to hightail it back to West Virginia right in time for the fall.
Girl...nothing much. Just working (HARD) and writing (A LOT) and enjoying my new lifestyle. Life is good now and I'm a happy girl.Sippin' on some fruit tea. Tea over here is a whole different universe than tea in the States.
Writing a lot you say?And tell me more about the tea. If Jules didn't send me puchong, I'd be really bored over here.
Oh, I shoulda sent you more... I'm happily drowning myself in tea since getting back.
Congrats on your new job.On my end, I'm just helping and trying to get a business started so I can make that paper. I'm also thinking about working out this Summer, and I hope - this time - I actually do it. lolOther than that, just hanging around.
I'm also thinking about working out this Summer, and I hope - this time - I actually do it. lolLOL, indeed. My new apartment complex has a gym where all the machines work (unlike my last complex). It's everything I asked for and yet....
I see we go to the same church.
Congrats on your new job! :)http://www.kisforkinky.com/maid-in-africa-slave-to-fashion-slave-ship-aprons/
Ohhhhh yeah. That's popping up all over my pages.American slavery is so "in" right now; it makes my stomach churn.
I know what you mean. It's despicable how slavery has become a trend for some people.
You don't see people selling striped pajamas like what the Jews wore during the Holocaust. And if anyone would even ATTEMPT to design and sell something like that, you know what kind of hell would go down. But some people feel it's okay to make money off of slavery ahdn hide behind bullshit reasons to why they create the things that they create.
About to start another round of classes with a murderous schedule, and finishing up a project in the meantime. Hoping to get more like the last one I did (yes, that massive pay bump was worth it).
Passed my qualifying exam. Will be getting my master's degree in a month.
Tardy to this particular party b/c I just got back from China. It was interesting. Very glad I finally made it there, but don't think I'd ever accept a job that required me to move there. Now will see how readjusting to my time zone goes . It was remarkable easy to change going over which surprised me since my last visit to Asia had me zombified for a couple of weeks.
You were in China???? Oh, you're gonna have to tell us waaaaaaay more than that.
Hahahaha...sure just tell me what you want to know. You know that traveling while black is always an adventure in and of itself. This was no exception, although I admit it was the most trying destination I've been to in that regard.
Where'd you go? What'd you see? Who'd you meet? Tell us everything!!!!
So the brief recap is that I went to Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou, Suzho, and Shanghai. I saw, among other things, Tianammen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Terracotta Soliders, the Wild Goose Pagoda, the Shanghai Art Museum, and the Jinmao Tower (and a lot more).It was very fascinating, but what really stood out a lot was how hard it was to be a black traveler (even as part of a tour, and even with another black couple and a Latino couple in which the husband was Afro-Latino on the same tour-I didn't know them, the friends I went with were Chinese American, but it was good to have other black ppl around).Several of my friends (black) have been to China, over the years, and they had told me how in the past, black, blond, and red-heads got a lot of not just gawking but in your face, picture taking, etc. and someone actually placed their bare-bottomed baby on my friends lap as she sat on a bench (and then took a picture).Now, fast forward from the 10 years since she's been and they see white as pretty normal, even really fair-haired, freckled, tall, or fat ones.They did however wear me out, so while I'm glad I went and would definitley go again (probably back to Shanghai, b/c it had enough tourists and expats that it wasn't quite so exhausting), I was ready to leave and had an overall negative impression of them.Way too much pointing and laughing. I've traveled a lot, so between being dark-skinned and having VERY large natural hair, I'm used to attracting attention, although that ranges from ppl just wanting to practice English to ppl jeering, this was definitely on the extreme end of the scale.I shudder to think of how many unwanted pictures were taken of me, and how any of those ppl did it in a mocking way.I got a couple of "Obamas", heard a weird comment about how I could probably really sing (the other black woman in my group said they came up to her and said "R&B"), and someone actually swatted my hair. But the ppl who were intrusive and rude outnumbered hte ones who just wanted to chat and were being friendly in their curiosity.Also, a lot of ppl would take my picture and if I tried to take theirs, they could try to cover and run away. No bueno.It was bad enough that some of the ppl on the tour asked me if I'd ever experienced this in other countries (they knew I've traveled a lot, as had most of them), and one lady who was taller than me would step in front of me if she saw someone trying to sidle up, and the husband in the black couple usually took a picture since that seemed to make ppl back off.I totally recommend that black ppl woh can get out there. The good experiences outweigh the bad. But it also means it can be exhausting if you are alone, or the only black person in the group, b/c it's just not something that most non-black ppl can relate to. I was surprised that the one lady (who was white) noticed the annoying level of attention I was getting pretty much on the first day (she was also the one who had no problem stepping in front of an unwanted picture taker). I'd say probably easier to deal with if there are many black ppl in your group. Also, it was raining on several days and I was way less interesting when my hair was covered.
@Nicthommi-I'm glad you got to go and at least experience it though it sounds annoying. And that you would go back again even with that experience. Were they (or do you think) fixated on you because you were "alone" as in not with a couple or did the other black couple have to deal with the same issues? or the Latino couple? I know you said someone asked the other black lady about R&B, but was she harassed as much as you?
I think it helped that the other black ppl were part of the couple, I also think that it helped that all of them were lighter than me. Not light-skinned, and all were recognized as being black, but they didn't stand out quite as much from a distance the way that I do. The Afro Latino was dark-skinned but I think with his white Latino wife, they weren't necessarily id'ing him the same as me, and the other black couple were also lighter than me, plus the wife had on a long straight weave. We all got stares, but I think being the darkest one there PLUS having such different hair made a difference, esp. since it was really toned down on days when I had on a hat. Some girls did approach the black American husband but in a "I think you are cute " kind of way(funny how that also seems to cross borders). However, I do think I was a bit of a lower hanging fruit b/c I didn't have anyone to shoo ppl away, b/c I do think getting told get lost by a black man translates for a lot of ppl as being something you should do, even if they don't understand English.The tour guide did ask us where we were originally from though. That is always a hoot. I always set ppl straight with that one.
Can I nominate poor Vanessa Stiviano for the Nita Jade Hansen Lifetime Achievement award? Granted, she did record her old racist lover but between his comments and her efforts to look like the long last Jackson child, I think she's a good nominee...
I'm starting to feel bad about that award. *chuckles* It's been almost four years and we're still remembering her for that.
Yep! V.makes Rita look very bad. Every time I think about Donald and her,it makes me want to vomit. For one, the man not cute .Secondly, the man is seriously racist and continues to be.I dont know how true this is but it was said that V don't like being Black/Mexican and I'm beginning to believe it. Anybody who dates a racist like Donald cannot think much of themselves. She is what you would call an idiot who had a Southern plantation style relationship. You can't get any lower than that.
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