This piece was originally posted on Cody’s blog, Reclaiming Anger
Like Darell J. Hunt says,
“You can’t outdo Black people.”
This is just a reminder that Black folk can’t be outdone, won’t be outdone.
Won’t ever become undone.
We are otherworldly.
Please enjoy this collection of Black brilliance and Black creation, at a variety of beautiful intersections. This is not meant to be a perusal for one sitting, but perhaps something you can come back to often. This collection is best on a tough day of dealing with institutional -isms. This (collection) pairs well with a cup of hot chocolate, or a liquor of your choosing on the rocks. Please use the comment section to nominate other videos to be added to Part II of the collection (to come at a later date).
Moreover, if you know someone who shows up in the collection below, please tag them referencing this piece. Share. Share. Share!
*Throughout this piece captions are provided- either embedded in the video or through hyperlinks. Click on TRANSCRIPTION or LYRICS for accommodations.
How do we not begin with this hysterical Soul Train commentary from Darell J. Hunt? So many quotable moments. Peep the pure joy in Darell’s voice, alongside a lil shade…just a tad-bit.
Look at his fine ass- Trevante Rhodes. Damn. Truth be told, I’ve given myself to him several times in the past year…yes, in my very vivid dreams. Important to note, every fantasy encounter included enthusiastic consent. 🙂 Below is one of the best scenes in film history, in one of the best films ever made. FIGHT ME.
LYRICS to Hello Stranger by Barbara Lewis
Literally, the only child I like. You won’t find anything cuter…or fiercer on the inter-webs! “Do it for the vine?”
To love should be this simple…
Baddass, Nina Simone! Perhaps all the unpaid writers for Ebony should pull a Nina for those lost checks…oops. #EbonyOwes
One of my favorite people on planet earth (next to Kandi Burruss). Audra deserves so much more shine for her tremendous talent. And please know that I’ve peeped she’s only an Oscar away from an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony). She’s brilliant.
LYRICS to The Glamorous Life: *Audra McDonald singing Glamorous Life*
I love when Black people queer white spaces. They are more entertaining (and talented) than most of the performers at this year’s (2017) BET Awards…oops, again.
After watching this, I feel….tired. And yes, protect Black children at all cost!
Celebratory shouts and dancing to Wedgie by Taylor Girls- LYRICS
Protect black children at all costs this was so lit. pic.twitter.com/NwsqXd4Bab
— Règ (@GoldCorazon) March 1, 2017
Just hit play…
LYRICS to Four Women by Nina Simone
Just Black children being exceptional…nothing out of the ordinary.
Classic. But lowkey, this was an important declaration for the group, hence this fake CNN opening and closing.
Kelly Rowland: I’m the second lead vocalist for the group.
Latavia: *coughs* I’m Latavia
This is the young Black woman who created “on fleek.” I swear creation is the key to our liberation. Pay Peaches here.
Peaches: “We in this bitch, finna get crunk. Eyebrows on fleek, da fuck.”
June 21,2014 Was day I made history and created a word that will never be forgotten Happy Fleek Day 💪🏾😂🙈 https://t.co/AwvqsgHdJa
— Peaches 💋✨🤑 (@peaches_monroee) June 21, 2015
Because Black girls tell the truth. TRUST BLACK GIRLS and WOMEN.
Black Girl with 45: “You’re a disgrace to the world.”
Me if I ever meet Cheeto Voldemort pic.twitter.com/a51ZBXdd6D
— @TerroirNoir (@terroirnoir) May 10, 2017
Now you know we all have one of these “faux gifted” people in our family. If you don’t know who this person is, then it’s you!
Pay close attention to the hand geometry…
Dancing to Wet Dollars by Tink- LYRICS
Said this to my therapists the other day…
“Because it’s an inner cry bitch”
Miss Jay is damn good- I could almost believe that this is a real business concept…
Ugh. Soul melting voice. But why is this song called Redbone tho? (Please answer in the comments)
Sings Redbone by Childish Gambino- LYRICS
Be mad! Please be mad. This Black girl below is more helpful than most Black adults. read: Black cis het men
Black Feminist thought in a sea of white feminists…
And somehow we still equate talent to success, and success to happiness…
I hate this song, but love his voice.
Mike Yung singing Unchained Melody- LYRICS
Reminder from the Lorde.
“There is No Hierarchy of Oppressions” by Audre Lorde: *reading the essay found here*
I mean, I guess Sheree had the last laugh with Chateau Sheree, but it definitely was a journey…a long journey…
One of the best singers ever…EVER…FIGHT ME…I’ll win.
Because Tituss is SO much more than Tina Fey’s prop #MoreThanTinaFeysProp
Black, Queer, and Trans People not only on the margins, but at the origins…
Lowkey…I’m with auntie ‘Retha, this pie is flat out nasty. But I love Patti and this video. Just sayin’.
Hamilton meets Beyoncé Giselle Knowles…ahem, Carter. Can we ask for more? AND India Carney (in the center) is all things and everything all at the same damn time.
Listen. And then listen again. Wait an hour, and repeat!
Poet recites the poem “Black Privilege”
This is what I tell the students I work with…
I include Iyanla’s laugh, but exclude the centering of ashy Black men. Oops.
Black Panther talking to the Avengers pic.twitter.com/6AsI1saFFA
— Geeks of Color (@GeeksOfColor) July 6, 2017
Again, we come from a creative people. We’re too damn much. Bahahaha.
Cue the tears…and anger, as white supremacy was the root cause for David and Ava not receiving Oscars for his performance and her direction. Tho, white validation can never be a measure of Black excellence.
And how Tasty, or Sweetie, or whomever she is didn’t get up and leave the table is still a loss to me…
Most of you think this look and performance only took a black trash bag…but look closer (I’m still unsure of what you’ll find).
Dancing to Missy Elliot’s “Rain” (Supa Dupa Fly)- LYRICS
The woman’s reaction in the front row is typically my reaction when I realllllyyyy like something. Keep that in mind potential suitors…actually I react that way to good food too.
Because drunk Crissle is really the best of all of us… #TeamHarriet
I feel similarly about Red Lobster’s cheddar biscuits. And I’m waiting on someone to remix this with a Nina Simone track. Tew much?
But fo’real, who got this recipe?
And cold-blooded- sending a message to her competitors, like the Terminator, “I’LL BE BACK…on top. Soon.”
One of the best television characters to ever flee the paper to the big screen…Rest in Peace and Power Nelsan Ellis.
Because I love you Janet, I know you would want to be placed near Bey.
— Logo 🏳️🌈 (@LogoTV) July 13, 2017
Share. Share. Share! And like James Wright says, “Support Black Businessessss”
This is the work of Cody Charles; claiming my work does not make me selfish or ego-driven, instead radical and in solidarity with the folk who came before me and have been betrayed by history books and storytellers. Historically, their words have been stolen and reworked without consent. This is the work of Cody Charles. Please discuss, share, and cite properly.
Cody Charles is the author of Re-Imagining Black Love, Getting To Know Rosa Lee: An Overdue Conversation With My Mother, Black Joy, We Deserve It, The Night The Moonlight Caught My Eye: Not a Review but a Testimony on the Film Moonlight, 5 Tips For White Folks, As They Engage Jordan Peele’s Get Out. (No Spoilers), Student Affairs is a Sham, 19 Types of Higher Education Professionals, and What Growing Up Black And Poor Taught Me About Resiliency. Join him for more conversation on Twitter (@_codykeith_) and Facebook (Follow Cody Charles). Please visit his blog, Reclaiming Anger, to learn more about him.
High School Students Stage Sit-In Protest Against Racism
In response to how school faculty have handled a racist video, students of Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx have staged an overnight-sit-in protest. Dissatisfied with faculty’s response to demands to address racism on the school’s campus, students have rallied and locked staff out of the administration building until they reached an agreement.
Outrage Lead to Action
More than 200 high school students of the K-12 academy occupied the building to demand action. They were outraged by the response to a video which featured White students counting down before blurting racist, homophobic, and misogynistic slurs. The video gained attention after circulating Twitter and eventually being reported on by The New York Times. However, school administrative officials did the bare minimum by only condemning the video without stating a plan for disciplinary action. Knowing only one of the students involved had withdrawn from the exclusive academy, students developed a plan to hold staff accountable. Thus, Students of Color Matter was born.
The standoff between students and staff lasted for 72 hours before an agreement was met. Each day the students, who developed a Twitter, Instagram, and petition, posted demands to their accounts. March 11th, the students began with a statement on Instagram:
“We are here today in light of recent events imploring those who desire to see out institution more forward to stand in solidarity with the students of color and white allies of the Ethical Culture Fieldston Community. Today a lockout will take place in the administration building (the 200s) as a means to force our administration to acknowledge the concerns we’ve been bringing to their attention over the past several years”
After outlining the reason for their cause, Students of Color Matter organizers detailed updates as well as their demands.
All or Nothing
The administration was sent an email by students which resulted in the head of the school, Jessica Bagby, alerting parents and students that “Fieldston campus will operate on a normal schedule.” The students also integrated a hashtag, which added pressure due to its discovery by major media sources. Despite the non-violent protest, there were two physical altercations which involved a history teacher and a parent attempting to enter the closed facility. Jessica Bagby’s inadequate response to the students’ demands and inability to commit to change is what ultimately caused the 72-hour standoff.
As of March13th, the students had roughly 3,000 signatures on their petition. Housed on their Students of Color Matter website, the organization calls for the following:
The use of racist and bigoted language are symptoms of systemic and institutional racism that plague educational institutions across the country. For this reason, we command the implementation of structural reform, such as long term curriculum changes, the admittance of more students and faculty of color, and racial sensitivity training for all community members.”
Jaden Smith Brings Mobile Water Filtration System to Flint
Flint, Michigan has been ravaged by a bad city-wide deal that resulted in tainted water for nearly five years. Now, Jaden Smith’s startup may provide a solution to the city’s needs water needs.
Called “The Water Box”, Jaden’s mobile water filtration device was unveiled in Flint at First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. Able to produce 10 gallons of clean drinking water per minute, the actor-rapper turned philanthropist hopes the invention will help the community. Housed within the church, which previously distributed over 5 million bottles of water to the community, residents will be able to fill any container of their choice with clean water. However, they are required to do so during distribution times.
After Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder ended the free bottled water program initiated by the state, Jaden and crew stepped up through JUST Water. JUST Water is a company that Jaden Smith became a partner of at just 12 years old. The company, which “combines for-profit energy and non-profit motives,” began from a desire to develop a filtration system to benefit poorer areas and nations. Making clean water more accessible, the company first launched in August 2018 in the UK.
Speaking about his community effort, Jaded remarked, “This has been one of the most rewarding and educational experiences for me personally. He added,” Working together with people in the community experiencing the problems and designing something to help them has been a journey I will never forget.” Jaden Smith plans to continue deploying more filtration systems across the city to benefit those in need and looks forward to aiding more places experiencing similar issues.
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