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September 13, 2011


thesmithian:


“Juice!” tells the story of a struggling African-American  cartoonist whose personal and professional life is disrupted by the  media frenzy surrounding the O. J. Simpson murder trial.

an interview with the author, here.

thesmithian:

“Juice!” tells the story of a struggling African-American cartoonist whose personal and professional life is disrupted by the media frenzy surrounding the O. J. Simpson murder trial.

an interview with the author, here.

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April 2, 2012


thesmithian:

“I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock. I don’t quite know how to explain it but it’s there. These can’t be the only notes in the world, there’s got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys.” —Marvin Gaye
He was born on this day (Washington, DC) in 1939. He was shot to death by his father on April 1, 1984.
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art: photo by Peter Anderson. West Hollywood, 1982.

thesmithian:

“I hope to refine music, study it, try to find some area that I can unlock. I don’t quite know how to explain it but it’s there. These can’t be the only notes in the world, there’s got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys.” —Marvin Gaye

He was born on this day (Washington, DC) in 1939. He was shot to death by his father on April 1, 1984.

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art: photo by Peter Anderson. West Hollywood, 1982.

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April 15, 2012


thesmithian:


The fifth season of “Mad Men” brought the dawn of a new day. And one result was the introduction of the latest female in Don Draper’s life: Dawn Chambers, his new secretary and Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s first African American employee.


…interview with Teyonnah Parris, the actress portraying her.

thesmithian:

The fifth season of “Mad Men” brought the dawn of a new day. And one result was the introduction of the latest female in Don Draper’s life: Dawn Chambers, his new secretary and Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s first African American employee.

…interview with Teyonnah Parris, the actress portraying her.

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July 8, 2012


August 23, 2012


sheiseverywoman:


…costumes became progressively more flamboyant, thanks to big budgets and…designers such as Bob Mackie. But in the beginning, original Supremes Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard shopped at Woolworth’s.

more.

i LOVE danyel smith and both of her tumblrs.
also, she’s awesome on Twitter.

sheiseverywoman:

…costumes became progressively more flamboyant, thanks to big budgets and…designers such as Bob Mackie. But in the beginning, original Supremes Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard shopped at Woolworth’s.

more.

i LOVE danyel smith and both of her tumblrs.

also, she’s awesome on Twitter.

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December 9, 2012


C.R.E.A.M. Church

gradientlair:

On my way to get a sub last night, I passed a Black storefront church. Here is a part of the sermon that I heard (as they had a microphone attached to speakers placed outdoors):

My god is a wealthy god. He got a Chase bank. He got a Bank of America. He got a Washington Mutual. He got a Bank of America in the rooster’s mouth.

What?

Sure, most of us have been at church at some point in our lives and heard sermons that don’t make a lick of sense. I haven’t had anything to do with church in many years, but I remember some ridiculous sermons many years ago and especially during early childhood/early adolescence when I was last forced to go to restrictive Apostolic churches.

But this? What in the hell was he talking about?

I don’t even care that I don’t understand the rooster reference. I’m terrified about the mention of major banks, by name.

Is his “god” a White supremacist capitalist patriarchal heterosexual able-bodied, cisgender White male in the 1% who runs/owns these banks? Why was the reference necessary to illustrate a “wealthy” god?

The rest of what I heard involved so…so many cash references. Naturally, I didn’t hear much more than this, as I was not attending this place, only passing by. Maybe there’s some context I missed by not hearing the whole sermon.

But…just….

Prosperity gospel? Um yeah…no thanks.

one note on Prosperity Gospel.

I used to go to a prosperity gospel church in Maryland.

they taught that poverty is a sin and that God wants Christians to be rich.

one year, they had a challenge where they were telling people to give a gift to the church of $1,000 dollars. 

i kid you not.

and you KNOW a lot of the ppl who were giving a G were struggling…..i highly doubt everybody in that church was ballin.

i mean these are ppl with families being told to give 1,000 to the church. on top of the tithe!

so on the sunday that ppl were to present their gifts, they had everybody line up…some ppl had a “gift for the pastor” on top of their $1,000 seed.

it really rubbed me the wrong way.

but what really got me was that one sunday, i was in church, and the pastor said,

"ain’t no sissies up in my church!"

a.-that’s a lie

b.-no. just no.

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December 10, 2012


Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

gradientlair:

2-time Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Gabrielle Douglas was interviewed by Melissa Harris-Perry’s 10-year-old daughter Parker. Too cute.

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