A young black girl decided to not bleach her skin after seeing the success of Lupita Nyong’o.
Lupita Nyong’o was inspired to be an actress after seeing Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg in The Color Purple.
Whoopi Goldberg realized she could BE an actress after seeing Nichelle Nichols in Star Trek
YES!! This is why we are so super stoked on our new blog series, Black Women Create! We’re highlighting Black women in film, TV, & other media every month—so far we’ve talked to Tchaiko Omawale and Lena Waithe, who were both so incredible and inspiring.
“Rep. Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City, tried to amend the bill to include Kwanzaa, a secular observance of black culture and history held Dec. 26-Jan. 1. That’s when the debate got more intense. Rep. Justin Wood, R-Shawnee, quickly moved to table Shelton’s amendment, saying, “With all due respect…” “No,” Shelton interrupted. “There is no respect. That’s the point.””
Wow. Just wow. I don’t think I need to add any more.
Tulsa World’s Randy Krehbiel: ‘Merry Christmas Bill’: Lawmakers get contentious before it passes House
This stupid bill passed the House 73-10 and moves on to the State Senate.
Meanwhile, there’s debt, no raises, bad infrastructure, and still no education funding. We suck.
Legislative priorities: Oklahoma entry.
I’d propose a contest to find the most vapid and inconsequential legislation of the year but I’m afraid it’s harder to find any effort that would truly benefit the American people, wherever they reside.
"Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s national campaign against illegal immigration suffered setbacks Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear cases on two cities’ ordinances that sought to require proof of citizenship to rent housing.
"Kobach had assisted in the writing and legal defenses of laws passed by the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch, Texas, and the Pennsylvania coal country town of Hazleton, about 80 miles northeast of the state capital of Harrisburg.
"Both cities had sought to levy fines against landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and to require prospective tenants to get a city renting permit by proving they were legally in the United States."
There was a bill introduced in the legislature this session prohibiting outside employment of certain elected officials (SB 14, probably dead in committee). Here, it’s short but thorough:
AN ACT concerning certain state officers and employees; restricting outside employment.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. (a) No state officer or employee shall be employed in any capacity or receive any compensation for any work which involves at least 10 hours per week performed by such state officer or employee other than such state officer’s or employee’s official duties.
(b) For the purposes of this section, the term “state officer or
employee” includes the following:
(1) The governor;
(2) the attorney general;
(3) the secretary of state;
(4) the commissioner of insurance;
(5) the state treasurer;
(6) each person appointed to the governor’s cabinet;
(7) the public information officer and the chief attorney
appointed for the:
(A) Department of administration;
(B) department for aging and disability services;
(C) department of agriculture;
(D) department of commerce;
(E) department of corrections;
(F) department of health and environment;
(G) department for children and families;
(H) department of transportation;
(I) Kansas department of wildlife, parks and tourism; and
(J) juvenile justice authority;
(8) the personal secretary and one special assistant to the:
(A) Secretary of administration;
(B) secretary for aging and disability services;
(C) secretary of agriculture;
(D) secretary of commerce;
(E) secretary of corrections;
(F) secretary of health and environment;
(G) secretary for children and families;
(H) secretary of transportation;
(I) secretary of wildlife, parks and tourism; and
(J) commissioner of juvenile justice.
(c) Any person who violates this act shall be deemed to be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
Sec. 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
publication in the statute book.
When I say something that should not be controversial
Why aren’t 50% of coal miners women? Why not 50% of janitors or pest control workers? Don’t forget front line military!
Likewise, why aren’t men 50% of college enrollment and 50% of teachers?
We should eliminate the stupid “personal choice” thing because forcing people into certain professions is way more fun.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT FORCING PEOPLE INTO PROFESSIONS
THIS IS ABOUT WOMEN GOING INTO SCIENCE BEING DISCOURAGED
THIS IS ABOUT WOMEN BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST
FIRST, WHAT GBT SAID.^
FUNNY YOU SHOULD MENTION WOMEN COAL MINERS. BECAUSE I STUDY THEM. AND GUESS WHAT?
Women had to fight court cases to be allowed into coal mines as workers. Once a few women paved the way, thousands of women followed in short suit because on average, their incomes increased 500% over working as domestic workers, doing textile piecework and waitressing. Some saw their income jump 1000%.
Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find women have been mining coal for centuries. They were pushed out in the Victorian period because the mansplainers of the day could tolerate women wielding such a phallic object as a shovel underground with male workers present. And wearing pants! Still, women disguised themselves as men to work in the mines.
Oh, and World War II. Where did all the coal come from then? Oh, that’s right. Women. Women who were expected to stand aside and let the men take their jobs when the war was over and were denied benefits when they later developed black lung.
Also, can we just talk about how absurd it is to say that women don’t make up 50% of ‘janitors’?
Gee, I wonder if that’s because when a woman is hired to be the primary cleaner and caretaker of a property, it gets called ‘housekeeping’ or ‘maidservice’ and pays less than the EXACT SAME JOB, which if done by a man is given the title ‘janitor’?
Why aren’t men 50% of college enrollment? Because men aren’t 50% of college applications. No one’s exactly sure why, but the prevailing guess? Because it’s easier for men to get a professional job without a degree. Which means it’s easier for men to earn a living wage without going into debt. Which increases the already existent wealth gap, already exacerbated by the income gap.
(And if you’ll allow me to get all snarkily gender essentialist for a moment, maybe you boys just can’t cut it in higher ed. Even those of you getting into colleges are dropping out at rates WAY higher than women. They were probably just there looking for a wife to provide for them, though, am I right? Ah, get back in the toolshed, don’t worry your silly little heads about it.)
Oh my god I want to fucking marry this entire post.
I can go to the doctor for what is appearing to be the flu in the middle of a lupus flare *before* I’m drowning myself via pneumonia brought on by said flu.
This is weird. And scary. Cause y’all, I don’t know how to live this way. I’m used to having to wait because I’m uninsured. But I’m covered now…
This is important
A Republican elected official in Maine actually said this. But what war on women? (via whitegirlpolitickin)
He said this in the 1990s, before he was elected, however, this is so heinous, I don’t think there should be any get-out-of-this free card due to time. This fucker needs to resign and the people in Maine who voted for this excrement need to ask themselves what the fuck is wrong with them.
Imagine Brad Pitt helping serve the food at your fucking pizza party.
Have you seen any changes in the industry in the issues of race, the issue of being a woman, and now being a woman over fifty?
Alfre Woodard, shooting fire for Hollywhite to catch.
Reblogging once again, because it’s clearly not changing.
Bringing this back in light of her Oscar win tonight! This is so important!
Just a reminder that Alfre Woodard is an Oklahoman (she’s from Tulsa).