Two Must-See Web Series You Should Be Watching

dara t. mathis

web series This web series, First, will knock you off your feet.

Last month, I started watching two web series  produced and written by Black actors that are restoring my faith in love at first sight (of a TV show). I don’t rely on television for entertainment for this primary reason:

In a television climate where we have witnessed both Mary Jane Paul (Being Mary Jane) and Olivia Pope (Scandal) do unflattering things seeking the attention of unavailable men, frankly, I’m tired. I don’t want to see another crestfallen brown-skinned face. I don’t want another heartbroken Black girl on my flat screen with a flat-lined romance.

And I no longer want to be that Black girl fed up with poorly written roles that fail to center their lived experiences.

Falling in love can be a dizzying carousel of emotions. Every novel sensation blurs like passing lights, leaving you with nly…

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The Young Lords: A Reader, “Health and Hospitals”

The Young Lords: A Reader, “Health and Hospitals”

caring labor: an archive

“Health and Hospitals”

Chapter 9, The Young Lords: A Reader. Edited by Darrel Enck-Wanzer, NYU Press, 2010.

Adequate health care for the poor was one of the chief demands of the Young Lords. Faced with a health-care crisis on various fronts, the Young Lords (together with the Health Revolutionary Unity Movement) started lead poisoning and tuberculosis testing programs, took over Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, and demanded equal treatment of all Third World peoples. Articles in this chapter cover the principles of their health program, describe the theoretical and historical rationales used in advancing their arguments, and document specific health initiatives the Young Lords launched in their communities.

Ten Point Health Program

(From the newspaper Young Lords Organization, January 1970, volume 1, number 5)

We want total self-determination of all health service at East Harlem, (El Barrio) through an incorporated community-staff governing board for Metropolitan Hospital. (Staff is anyone…

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2012: In Lak’ech – Luis Valdez’s Mayan-Inspired Poem

Mayan thought In Lak’ech El pensamiento Serpentiino

Lord Pakal Ahau's Maya Diaries

Before José Argüelles popularized the Mayan phrase “In Lak’ech” in our Maya fans, another writer born on June 26, 1940 in Delano, California, wrote a Mayan-inspired poem in “Pensamiento Serpentino” (1971) entitled “In Lak’ech”. His name is Luis Valdez and he is considered the father of the Chicano Theater (Teatro Campesino) in the United States.

Pensamiento Serpentino is a long, philosophical poem based on the Maya-Quiche origin myth El Popol Vuh, influenced on Mayan thought and cosmology, which analyzes the cultural, religious and political circumstances of Mexican Americans and prepares a metaphysical framework for their future.

We include Luis Valdez’s translation “In Lak’ech” from Pensamiento Serpentino as an homage to our Mayan culture and Mexican-Americans in the United States. To read the full bilingual epic poem, click the Pensamiento-Serpentino-Luis-Valdez-1971.

“The Spirit is greater than all differences between languages, peoples, races, places, times. Even greater than the difference between life and…

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Fan the Flames – A Revolutionary Position on the Chicano National Question: A Pamphlet by the August Twenty-Ninth Movement (M-L)

Xicanx Liberation Front! Fan the Flames

The Marxist-Leninist

The August 29th Movement (M-L) was a Chicano Marxist-Leninist organization in the U.S. from 1974-1978, when it merged with I Wor Kuen to form the League of Revolutionary Struggle (M-L). This was made available on the web by LeftSpot :

[QUOTE ON INSIDE FRONT COVER OF PAMPHLET:]

The liberation movement of the oppressed peoples and the proletarian revolution. In solving the national question Leninism proceeds from the following theses:

a] the world is divided into two camps: the camp of a handful of civilised nations, which possess finance capital and exploit the vast majority of the population of the globe; and the camp of the oppressed and exploited peoples in the colonies and dependent countries, which constitute that majority;

b] the colonies and dependent countries, oppressed and exploited by finance capital, constitute a vast reserve and a very important source of strength for imperialism;

c] the revolutionary struggle of the…

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Recommended Reading: “The Unbearable Invisibility of White Masculinity: Innocence In the Age of White Male Mass Shootings”

Bluestockings Magazine

Earlier in the year, following the Newtown mass shootings, we recommended David Leonard’s article “The Unbearable Invisibility of  White Masculinity: Innocence in the Age of White Male Mass Shootings.” Now, in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, we have posted the article again because of the media response that focused on factors of ethnicity and religion in shaping the narrative of the suspected bombers. Once it was discovered that the suspected bombers were born outside of the U.S., the framing of the story shifted dramatically from a bombing to accusations of terrorism. It seems that it is only possible for non-white people to commit acts of terror while the Newtown shooting was never framed as an act of terror. It is important to analyze how race, nationality, religion and gender influence societal responses to these large scale tragedies.

How is it that white, straight males remain unmarked, when the actors…

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A Response to Privilege: Your White Maleness as the Basis of Privilege

Bluestockings Magazine

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Dear Mr. Fortang,

I am writing you today because of your column that was posted in the Princeton Tory titled, “Checking My Privilege: Character as the Basis of Privilege.” Your article has drawn a lot of attention across the internet, and I am sure that it has sparked quite a bit of discussion at Princeton. I am an American. I appreciate every person’s right to freedom of speech, and I believe that your article sparks much needed conversation. However, I do not believe that much of what you had to say was constructive, helpful or correct.

Before I go into the reasons why I believe your article is incorrect and misguided, I would like to tell you about myself. I am a cisgender, straight, white male from Tulsa, Oklahoma. I, too, am Jewish. My great-grandfather on my mother’s side escaped the Russian Revolution of 1917, when the Tsarist government…

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What’s R(ace) Got To Do With It?: White Privilege & (A)sexuality

Media Diversified

by Alok Vaid-Menon

Alok Vaid-Menon of Dark Matter RageAlok Vaid-Menon 

There is an absence of dialogue around asexuality and all of its associated critiques from many queer spaces I’ve been a part of.

The first time I ever saw someone like me having sex was in a spam internet advertisement in India. “Hairy Mallu Boys.” And I may have followed the link. And I may have gawked at the spectacle of it all: brown hairy men fucking each other. I want to tell you about the validation, how affirming it was to finally see someone who looked just like me having an orgasm, but that would be misleading. I was too shocked to feel validated. Too surprised to see a body like mine fucking in this city where my gay Indian friends ask me if I’ve ever slept with a white men because “they are cleaner than us” because they’ve “seen it on porn.”

Growing…

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