If you’ve ever interacted with Black Twitter or in fact are a part of Black Twitter, chances are you’ve seen, you know or a you are a Hotep Nigga. Being a Hotep Nigga means you have a certain “fake deep” way of policing Black women while pretending to care about their well-being. See, many hoteps hate the word nigga (and love false etymology so they prefer to be called ‘Negus’) and by referring to them as a nigga, they feel attacked and belittled… you know, kind of how they treat everyone else. Hotep is the kemetic word for “peace”, so referring to their online community as “Hotep Niggas” completely makes a mockery of them and what they “stand for”, which is exactly what they deserve. [This is an “informal” post, maybe even a rant in some ways but alas: here it is. Beware of the Hotep.]
These days, the topic of Black Girl Magic has been everywhere and while it may seem like most people have soaked up the black girl empowerment movement, one woman didn’t take to kindly to it and called “bullshit” immediately.
Dr. Linda Chavers, is a “writer, teacher, and scholar of 20th century American and African American literature with specializations in race and visual culture.” According to her website, her “research interests include southern literature, postmodernism, and fiction.” Her site also boasts that Dr. Chavers holds a B.A. in Race and Gender from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study (magna cum laude). She obtained her M.A. in English and her Ph.D. in African American Studies from Harvard University in 2013. She has also spoken on Ferguson and #Black Lives Matter at the National Cathedral School for Girls, The School of Visual Arts in New York City, and The University of New Hampshire.
Rape culturerefers to society’s systematic attitudes and actions regarding consent, rape, and the victims of rape or sexual assault. These attitudes lead to the normalization, excusal, and tolerance of sexual harassment, assault, rapist behavior, and rape itself. Rape culture is reinforced by media, law enforcement, and is perpetuated and upheld by society. The disregard for consent and blatant victim blaming that are the main issues within rape culture create a society in which rape is not always seen as rape, and victims’ personal decisions and actions are blamed for “getting them raped” when the blame should fall on the perpetrator.
2016 is already off to a rocky start. This morning, the world was shocked to learn about the passing a music legend. Natalie Cole was 65. As the daughter of legendary artist Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole proved to be a star on her own terms.
My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to find peace with exactly who and what I am. To take pride in my thoughts, my appearance, my talents, my flaws and to stop this incessant worrying that I can’t be loved as I am. – Anais Nin
I’m so, so happy to finally be back on my blog. I spent the last portion of 2015 reflecting and recuperating. It was a long, rocky ride. It’s safe to say that while I’m not fully prepared for 2016, I have made very important decisions about how I am choosing to move forward. Today, I want to share a few things: