Issa, the genius behind the kickass web series Awkward Black Girl, writes for xoJane about how racist assholes immediately started in on her when her show beat our their favorites. She puts it so much better than I can. -Jess
It was bad enough that fans had traveled all this way and lost, but to lose to a “black show” that they had “never even heard of?!” The NERVE! The Shorty Awards “are bullshit,” they cried. Completely unfair.
I can only imagine their confused anger at the fact that their “envelope-pushing,” irreverently racist comedy shows lost to something called, “Awkward Black Girl” — it not only makes me laugh, but it reminds me of why I wanted to create ABG in the first place.
But, as was demonstrated by some of the Shorty Award tweets, some people can’t get past the “black” in the title. The bewilderment that our show not only exists, but that it could actually be good is indicative of how mainstream media thinks. I’m pretty sure none of the people tweeting that I’d only get three-fifths of my award had even seen an episode of our show, but they were 100 percent positive that it couldn’t be as good as whatever it is someone who didn’t look like me produced.
This mindset is exactly why creative shows of color don’t get to exist on television anymore. There’s an overbearing sense of entitlement that refuses to allow shows of color to thrive. How dare we even try?
2002: “Ludacris named me Tity Boi” 2003: “Arranged various strains of weed on deli meat tray for Luda before shows” 2004: “Promoted to Sr. Weed Carrier after demotion of I-20” 2005: “Left DTP crew to form group with Tek from The Real World” 2006: “Went back to live at mama house” 2007: “Lil…
“So many people ask me about it but honestly I don’t know. Shit just became a habit. But my palms do itch a lot, I swear they do. So I got tired of scratching them and just went to rubbing my hands…They itch a lot, man. So I just got tired of scratching them and just went to rubbing my hands. But it just became a habit and it’s like I’m known for the shit. I’m like “Damn, I’m doing this shit that much that people are recognizing it? But then I found myself doing it so now I’m like, Fuck it, I’m going to keep doing it…I really wanted to let them know that at the end of the day, it’s really about money. Don’t get it twisted. I’m a hard worker and everything with me is, if I work hard I should get paid for it. Everything with me, I try to symbolize something flashy like jewelry or a car. The rubbing hands is a symbol of hustling, so it goes back to the money.”—Bryan “Baby”/”Birdman”/”Stunna” Williams explains the #birdmanhandrub (via howtotalktogirlsatparties)
at least not on tumblr. I’ve gotten to plenty of arguments on Facebook. People postin fake ass links. I had to shut that shit down son. But this case changes like EVERY fuckin day. So I’m just gonna keep my mouth shut about it until this thing is over or we at least get one full, straight story that makes some got damn sense.
“Why is it, do you think, that children are always too young to hear the truth but never too young to be lied to, systematically, conscientiously, in the name of ‘education’?”—Ward Churchill on Perpetual War and State-Sponsored Terrorism (via cuntbarf)
Yooo, I been ranting all day, b. Perhaps, because my day was filled with nothing. Ive been tumblr lurking, instagram lurking, twitter lurking & facebook lurking all day. This is like the first time this year, that my day has been this uneventful. Anyway, one thing kept bothering me throughout my…