You’ve Been On My Mind

I am thinking about Renisha McBride this morning. 

I am thinking about the missing girls in Chibok.  I am thinking about Aiyana Stanley-Jones, and Marissa Alexander, and the 65,000 missing Black women and girls in the US.

Bring Back Our Girls Atlanta poster by Jessica Scott-Felder

Bring Back Our Girls Atlanta poster by Jessica Scott-Felder

I am thinking about all of them and about all of us, about you and about me. 

I am thinking about Black women this morning. 

I am thinking about all the ways we are devalued and maligned and rendered invisible, criminalized and disappeared and killed.

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And normally, this thinking would get me down.

But not today.

Because today, I am also thinking about all the ways we persevere, and are resilient.  All the ways we grow and heal and build.  All the ways we work through the trauma of being Black and female in a world designed to break us, to craft beautiful existences.  All the ways we love ourselves and each other in spite of the world we have inherited.  All the ways we struggle together to transform this world.

And I am reminded of who.  we.  are.

They think we don’t know nothin’ but singing the blues. 

Today, I am singing a warrior woman’s song in the names of Yaa Asantewa and Nzinga, Ida B. Wells and Harriet Tubman née Araminta Ross.  In the names of Ella Baker and Fannie Lou Hamer.  In the names of Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee and Renisha McBride and Anna Brown and Rekia Boyd and Charity Hicks.  

Today, I call your names.

Sisters, Remember your names.

Ase. Ase.  Ase O. 

 

Manikins Post: My Favorite Cartoons

The big kid wanted to do a post about his favorite cartoons. Here’s his list 🙂

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)

Premise: They are fighting turtles and they have a huge lair in the sewer. They like going on adventures.
The best thing about the show: the fighting
Favorite characters: Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, and Raphael
Favorite episode: When they go to fight Spider Bites

Ultimate Spiderman

Premise: Peter Parker is in high school. He just met these superheroes and they became a team.
The best thing about the show: the fighting
Favorite character: Iron Fist
Favorite episode: The one with Deadpool

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)

Premise: Casey Jones and April O’Neal aren’t young in this one. They have lots of different villains like, Hun, Dragonface, Shredder, Fugitoid, and the Neutrons.
The best thing about the show: It looks like they did all the art in Japan.
Favorite characters: The Rat King is very creepy on the show, but the turtles are my favorite. Casey is kind of funny.
Favorite episode: The Rat King episode.

Sonic X

Premise: It’s about Sonic and his first time on Earth, just visiting it.
The best thing about the show: I know all the characters, and I just like the show. I like Sonic usually.
Favorite character: Sonic
Favorite episode: I don’t remember that many episodes.