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      Everyone keeps saying how they just cant imagine how this could happen. Irrational fears. Feeling threatened. Spoon fed lies and stereotypes. Where do these fears come from? They’re stirred up by those in power who have much to gain and fueled by a mob mentality. its still happening…this has been the playbook throughout history. Ideologies don’t come out of nowhere. Always look for the puppet strings… technology may be advancing but humans are not getting any smarter unfortunately.

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      This article is hilarious and obviously true…said every reasonable human being who has seen Hollywood movies in the last 2 decades. These comment sections are getting so ridiculous I’m scared to scroll down… and its embarrassing. I’m tired of seeing random defensive comments and accusations of “race baiting” or “can we stop seeing race” on literally every article with the word “black” in the title. Who are these people and can someone tell them denial and projection are unhealthy defense mechanisms?

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      I’ll just leave this here ;) Oil Giant Shell Sued Again Over Nigerian Pollution
      http://priceofoil.org/2016/03/02/oil-giant-shell-sued-again-over-nigerian-pollution/ “Shell has polluted our land and our streams and drinking wells for years … No-one is listening to us, no-one cares. We hope at last this case will force Shell to clean up at long last.” “Oil spills have a devastating impact on the fields, forests and fisheries that the people of the Niger Delta depend on for their food and livelihood.”  “…four years after the UNEP Report Shell is yet to clean up its oil in either Ogale or Bille…”

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      Completely missing the point. Most people getting tans are sitting out in tanning beds and out on the beach and subjecting themselves to UV rays and skin cancer. Also, chemicals like DHA in many fake tanners ( like St Tropez) have been linked to cancer. Again, literally the same thing. But no one on the favorable side of a double standard would ever admit that so I get it. I’m not in favor of skin bleaching… I’m saying tanning is bad. I’m also saying women of color often face restrictive hypocritical standards when it comes to experimenting with hair and beauty.

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      This is not freedom of speech. This issue is so complex. Usually, these attacks are not just random racist people. They’re often organized pre-planned and timed concerted efforts to break others down. (from forums like reddit 4chan etc.) It is hate speech and can fall under cybercrime especially when threats are involved i.e. the image of her face on a slaves body being lynched. Law enforcement is very slowly beginning to address this. The most common victims are Black women because they are the most vulnerable victim. Black. Check. Women. Check … the 2 groups subjected arguably subjected to the most hate in the world. Because many people feel threatened by both women’s and black empowerment movements. Its like they wonder how dare you be black and a woman and happy and free and successful when I’m not? No one should have to make a concerted effort to exist freely without mental subjugation. We all have to use the internet in 2016.  Rafaela Silva, a Black woman who just won Brazil’s first Gold in the Olympics received so much hate speech in 2012 when she lost that she became depressed and needed counseling. She almost quit judo because of it. I’m glad she shared her story. We celebrate her resilience against racism now with feel good puff pieces, but what if she never resurfaced? Karyn Washington the founder of For Brown girls ended her life. People are still working to define the internet in an ethical context, but I think its simple. You aren’t allowed to enclose people in hostile environments in real life. Mental health and well being is just as important as physical safety. Basically driving people off of social media is not ok. I’m glad its coming to the forefront.

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      White people darken their skin and its normal… but people of color lighten their skin and its considered a sign of self loathing. Why?  The two aren’t that different at all. Most people that use self tanner are actually not able to naturally get that dark… if they attempt to via the sun they get sunburned… and even if they don’t burn they eventually develop skin cancers…. so clearly its not “naturally” something your body should be doing. Tanning is your body trying to adapt to harsh conditions its not suited for. Self tanner is literally just mimicing that. There are bunch of condescending think pieces about South Asian and African women lightening their skin a few shades yet tanning is just so prevalent (and the reality is most people tan in unhealthy ways). I’m just struggling to see how its different.

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      As someone who personally suffers from Resting Bitch Face (RBF) I hate this. Although, I chuckled at #8…lol She is always accused of side eyeing and shading something..or being angry about who and whatever when she is probably just thinking about going to bed, her kids, or whatever boring event she is attending. She is probably one of the most personable and friendly first ladies we’ve ever had tbh. I also think there is an element of stereotyping here… even with the so called positive comments. Most of these aren’t even close to side eyes…except for the fact that she may literally be looking to the side. I realize its just jokes, but there is another element there esp since day 1 the Right has tried to paint her as this super angry person.

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      Its a lot more than an awards show. Its actually an organization that focuses on empowering young African American girls to counter the negative images often fed to them by the media. They do quite bit of role modeling, mentoring, scholarships, camps, sponsored international trips to Africa etc. with the goal of bolstering self esteem and forming a healthy sense of identity. The annual awards show is just the biggest event and gets press because quite a few celebrities are involved.  Heres an example of one their camps and what they’re all about: https://vimeo.com/82984213

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      As I believe is pretty standard in a lot of developing countries… if you see a Nigerian wearing something secondhand, 9 times out of 10 it was brought over by family or friends of family who live abroad. Literally billions of dollars worth of goods are brought in to the country every year from expats and considering there are like 200k Nigerian born individuals in the UK (not even including 2nd/3rd generation immigrants) I’m willing to bet that a distant family member attended Gina’s “Hen Do” in 2010 and decided to part with the tank.

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      While well intentioned these projects basically just focused on the same standard of beauty and then traveled around the world to find women who still fit that exact same standard. Despite being of various ethnicities and skin colors they all had pretty similar features tbh. Its inevitable because the photographer herself is using her own definition of naturally beautiful women with her own subconscious biases. What would be really interesting is to have photographers that are actually from each of these countries find and photograph the women. I’d like to know what it means to be a beautiful woman from Peru, Kenya, China etc. from their own point of view. It may not even be that different from what is presented here since beauty standards have become increasingly globalized, but would be interesting nonetheless.

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      One thing that was never mentioned here was Bacterial vaginosis… which is actually the most common cause of a bad odor as well as abnormal discharge. Splashing some water on the vulva won’t do much in that case. And likely women with recurrent Bv are the ones resorting to douching, “steaming”, etc.. Its a chicken vs. the egg conundrum. Which came first? Anyway, my point is Go to your Dr….. If its a recurrent problem there is more that can be done besides antibiotics.

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