NYC women take to social media to fight street harassment - am New York

I was featured in a NYC newspaper last week. I’ve wanted to see my name in a paper since I was a little girl so this made me extremely happy.

Naima Muhammad, 30, who writes under the pen name “Queen” for afropunk.com and has tweeted her experiences and blogged about them on Thequeenspeaks on Tumblr and MSVIXENMAG.COM, said social media is indispensable for getting a conversation going about the daily, casual degradation women experience in New York City.

The East New York writer silenced a male commenter on Twitter who insisted that women were flattered by harassment by pointing out that women were no more deserving of his assumptions than young men were of being racially profiled.

Following the Twitter hashtag #YouOkSis, which is devoted to de-escalating street aggression, particularly aggression against women of color, taught her not to look the other way when witnessing the harassment of another female.

"Now, if I see another woman looking uncomfortable, I ask her" if she’d like help, she explained. Click link for full article

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Afro punk weekend

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Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress.

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Why do I write?

To reflect, to reference where I’ve been and see if I have grown. I write things down cause my thoughts outweigh the memory space in my brain. I write because sometimes it’s more polite for onlookers to read my radical thoughts, than hear them. I write because people before me were denied the right to. I have stories to tell, things to explore and rhetoric that needs a place to live. I write to create, cause I must. My form of procreation, these words are my babies. Sentences, are my family and paragraphs, the communities that I feel secure in. I write because it’s where I feel the safest.

-Queen

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Exclusive pics from our interview with Chrisette Michele read at www.msvixenmag.com

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soulbrotherv2:

It was Mamie Till, Emmett Till’s mother, who years ago who made this profound statement:
"Two months ago I had a nice apartment in Chicago. I had a good job. I had a son. When something happened to the Negroes in the South I said, ‘That’s their business, not mine.’ Now I know how wrong I was. The murder of my son has shown me that what happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of us all!"
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soulbrotherv2:

It was Mamie Till, Emmett Till’s mother, who years ago who made this profound statement:

"Two months ago I had a nice apartment in Chicago. I had a good job. I had a son. When something happened to the Negroes in the South I said, ‘That’s their business, not mine.’ Now I know how wrong I was. The murder of my son has shown me that what happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of us all!"

Image and commentary via Ashanti Proctor.

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nuanced-subversion:

is this beautiful solidarity too much for you, anon?

(also, i feel bad for you.)

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ras-al-ghul-is-dead:

A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."

(Laughs.)

There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

I’m just gonna keep reblogging this because this is truly how white America works. Like people have their weddings on plantations, Blackface was and still is a major source of entertainment and the biggest movie of all time was Gone With the Wind. White America will kill Black people and then smile and laugh and enjoy their day it sickens me that we’re treated this way.

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My Day of Protest |Ms. Vixen

Thursday I went to show my support and marched in solidarity with people who shared these same ideas with me. It was great, we started in Union Square Park in NYC, just people voicing their experiences about their interactions with police officers, another group was having a moment of silence for victims of these crimes. One group of about 75 people decided to take to the streets, I joined and we begin marching uptown. As we marched the crowd grew larger, as people from the sidewalks begin to join in. We stopped traffic as we walked up the streets of 5th avenue, and I saw people getting out of cabs and join the march. We shouted chants such as “I can’t breath!” holding up our hands and shouting, “don’t shoot!” both Eric Garner and Mike Browns last words. My favorite chant was “No justice, no peace, no racist Police!” 

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My Beef With The Black on Black Crime Defense |Ms. Vixen

These modern public lynchings must stop, regardless of whether or not black people commit crimes among themselves. Mike Brown’s body was left in the street for four hours. Similar to how  black people were lynched in the past, and left to hang visibly for days, to invoke fear in people. That’s the feeling I get every time I saw a picture of Mike Brown, and every time I saw Trayvon Martin’s lifeless  body on my television screen. These images further devalue the life of black people.  Black on black crime is focused on way more than other races, as a defense for injustice and i’m tired of it. This false sense of “well if we carried our selves better then… .” is bullshit. Martin Luther king was murdered wearing a suit, and preaching non-violence find another argument, because the one you’re pedaling now is counter productive, uncle tom foolery. 
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Denzel Curnell: SC Teen Killed During Encounter With Police Officer

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And now I’m just seeing this story.

I can’t….

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darvinasafo:

Let’s see how many of y’all ready to show some SOLIDARITY…

Let’s make this happen!!

WE HAVE TO SPREAD THIS !!! 

Im for it

Yooooo. I’m doing this.

please do this


I’m down for this, please spread the info!!

regalasfuck:

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dealinghope:

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darvinasafo:

Let’s see how many of y’all ready to show some SOLIDARITY…

Let’s make this happen!!

WE HAVE TO SPREAD THIS !!! 

Im for it

Yooooo. I’m doing this.

please do this

I’m down for this, please spread the info!!

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