i got to meet Lion Babe earlier this week!

After being blown away by their performance at Afropunk two years ago, I have been a big fan of the New York based group Lion Babe. After discovering their new song “Hit The Ceiling,” I found out that they were going to be DJing at a benefit in Brooklyn to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Jillian (the daughter of Vanessa Williams) and Lucas (also known as Astro Raw) were cool as hell and we all had a great time dancing and singing to the records Lucas’ played! Fun times!

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“White America’s president furthered his anti-black agenda Monday when Donald Trump selected an untrained, ill-equipped executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and then skipped town before HBCU presidents could ask him what the hell he was doing. Continuing the Trumpster Fire regime’s policy of selecting appointees to positions for which they have no experience or education, Safety-Vest Stalin selected Johnathan Holifield to lead the HBCU initiative, even though Holifield has never attended an HBCU. He has no formal training in higher education; nor has he ever been employed by an HBCU … or any college or university, for that matter.”

Smdh.

Source: Michael Harriot. “Trump Appoints Unqualified HBCU Chief … Then Skips Town.” The Root. September 19, 2017. http://trib.al/XF6P06b

“The average black household made 60 percent of what white households made in 2016 and less than half of what Asians made, according to census data. For every $100 of wealth accumulated by a white family, a black family has little more than $5 — a gap just as wide as it was 50 years ago, according to federal statistics cited by the Yale researchers.

Source: Tracy Jan. “White people are really confident that things are getting better for black people.” The Washington Post. September 18, 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/18/white-people-are-really-confident-things-are-getting-better-for-black-people/

“Americans, especially wealthy whites, vastly overestimate progress toward racial economic equality despite evidence of persistent gaps between black and white workers when it comes to hourly wages, annual income and household wealth, according to a new paper by Yale University researchers published Monday. The study’s results are especially stunning in the wake of census data released last week that showed that African Americans were the only racial group still making less than they did in 2000.”

I’m sick of reading shit like this! #reparationsnow!!

Source: Tracy Jan. “White people are really confident that things are getting better for black people.” The Washington Post. September 18, 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/18/white-people-are-really-confident-things-are-getting-better-for-black-people/

“This week, the Census Bureau reported some bright news: Middle-class incomes rose last year to the highest level ever recorded, a long-awaited sign of healing from the Great Recession.Along gender lines, the numbers revealed a more complicated story. Women are closing the pay gap with men — the national disparity shrank by the largest amount since 2007.But it’s not just because women are landing more raises. Men, it seems, are hitting a wall.Since the downturn, female workers — who still make less money as a group than their male counterparts — have seen more income growth. However, that is true only for white and Asian women. Wages for Hispanic women flatlined, and pay for African American women declined. Men, meanwhile, have dealt with more wage stagnation.”

Gender discrimination in the workplace (and society) is not a bigger problem than racial discrimination. 

Source: Danielle Paquette. “The gender wage gap just shrank for the first time in a decade.” The Washington Post. September 15, 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/15/the-gender-wage-gap-just-shrank-for-the-first-time-in-a-decade/

“Anyone who uses Google has seen internet ads pop up that bear an uncanny similarity to something they’ve been searching for. But that ad-targeting technology appears to have a dark side. Google, the largest advertising platform in the world, has allowed advertisers to target racist and bigoted keywords, according to a new report from BuzzFeed News. And Twitter appears to have a similar problem with its ad campaigns, according to a report in The Daily Beast, also published Friday. Both reports follow a ProPublica investigation that exposed the ability to target racist and anti-Semitic categories in Facebook’s ad platform.”

Source: “Google, Twitter let advertisers target racist keywords, reports say.” CBS News. September 15, 2017. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/google-allowed-advertisers-target-racist-keywords-report/