Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Do you think that's... Reverse Racism?"

"What if I got on stage and I said, 'Yeah, black people are like this. Muslims are like that.' You'd probably call me a racist, wouldn't you?"

And I say, "Yeah, yeah, I would. You should never do that. That's bad for your health."

Thumbs up, Aamer Rahman!


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

This was my MBA experience!

Except for me it wasn't law school, it was business school. And we only had four black people in my class of 200 students.

"I feel like an outsider constantly. And I don't feel like at my own school, I can solely focus on being a student."

"Being in class as the only black woman was really hard."

"It feels isolating. It feels horrible... It feels like I don't belong."

"It's lonely, upsetting."

"There was a lot of underlying assumptions about other people because of what they looked like."

"It's so far from being a safe space that it almost feels like staying at home would be better for my mental health, for myself, than being in class."

"I'm in a room of 80 people, just sitting by myself, and everywhere I look, no one can help me, no one can jump in, no one can at least acknowledge what I'm saying has any truth."

If only this video had come out when I was business school, then maybe I wouldn't have felt so alone.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

"Aim for the hungriest one."

"So the media would help by taking cameras, going out, filming poor people that are starving, and then broadcast that on national TV?"

"They certainly would."

"Okay, I just want to make sure that came out of your mouth the way that I heard it." 



Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday, December 06, 2013

"I guess that's because of Africa?"

No. To all of that.



Saturday, November 16, 2013

How to Stop Rape

via la_donna_pietra's comment at We Need to Change How We Talk about Rape by Film Crit Hulk, Badass Digest

In case you can't read the rules on the picture above, here are the 10 Top Tips to End Rape:

  1. Don't put drugs in women's drinks.

  2. When you see a woman walking by herself, leave her alone.

  3. If you pull over to help a woman whose care has broken down, remember not to rape her.

  4. If you are in a lift and a woman gets in, don't rape her.

  5. Never creep into a woman's home through an unlocked door or window, or spring out at her from between parked cars, or rape her.

  6. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public.

  7. Don't forget: it's not sex with someone who's asleep or unconscious -- it's RAPE!

  8. Carry a whistle! If your are worried you might assault someone 'by accident' you can hand it to the person you are with, so they can call for help.

  9. Don't forget: Honesty is the best policy. If you have every intention of having sex later on with the woman you're dating regardless of how she feels about it, tell her directly that there is every chance you will rape her. If you don't communicate your intentions, she may take it as a sign that you do not plan to rape her and inadvertently feel safe.

  10. Don't rape.

Also, a poem by Patricia Lockwood, featured on The Awl.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"These are sexy turtles."

"Do not call me a slutty unicorn, because... you don't have proof yet."


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Cute baby!

Fun family times. :)


Friday, October 04, 2013

That's what I'm saying, Kevin Kataoka!

"Even the biggest movie ever made about ninjas didn't star Asians. It starred turtles!"

To visualize what having actual Asian and Asian-American actors starring in films would look like, check out my earlier blog post over here: "What about my stories?": My reaction to 50/50. Still relevant, now more than ever.

It's 2013! Asian people make up over 60% of the world's population. Sixty percent! China is currently the world's second largest film market. Yet, I am hard pressed to name a major movie starring an Asian or Asian-American actor since Harold and Kumar celebrated Christmas in 3D.

I do love me some Han in the Fast and Furious movies, a character know for his world-class driving ability, not for his martial art skills, bucking two stereotypes at once! Han left those sweet fighting moves to noted experts Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. But Han was seventh billed in Fast 6 after Tyrese, but before Ludacris, ahem, "Chris Bridges". Also, due to his (alleged) death in the credits, he probably won't be featured in Fast and Furious 7. Instead, we get more of this guy. I don't know who was asking for the white guy from Tokyo Drift, but welcome back, Lucas Black.

On the plus side, Fast 7 will also include Thai actor Tony Jaa... best known for his martial art movies... so there's that?

In conclusion, more diversity in media! Now!


Wednesday, October 02, 2013

I'm saying The Lion King is racist.

And sexist and homophobic as well.

But those are some catchy songs!

Also, Patton needs some black friends, if only to make his daughter less racist.