<![CDATA[NATALIE M. - Blog]]>Sun, 21 Feb 2016 16:22:11 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Huey freeman-"the Carefree Revolutionary"]]>Sun, 24 Jan 2016 10:57:52 GMThttp://tintinthenat.weebly.com/blog/huey-freeman-the-carefree-revolutionary
Huey Freemans intelligence exceeds the expectation of an ten-year-old. His love for racial justice and "the struggle" is what makes him fit the criteria for the activist wing of the Black community. His carefree revolutionary persona resembles that of real life activist Deray Mckesson. Both Deray and Huey are always trying to find ways to be heard so they can bring light to various issues, mostly regarding race relationships, to help make a change. However, like any activist, not everyone listens to them. When they do, sometimes they'll be looking past the content of what their saying; gravitating their attention to how well-spoken and articulate they are. An example, although quite satirical, of this was in the very first episode of The Boondocks, "The Garden Party". 
In "The Garden Party", the Freemans are invited to Ed Wunclers garden party. In hopes to shock the wealthy white party-goers at the event, Huey goes from guest to guest telling them the "truth"; Ronald Reagan was the Devil, Bush did 9/11 and Jesus was black. Rather than the shock and spark of revolution he was hoping for, Huey is met with passive applause and empty compliments regarding his "articulation" of speech. Although his "truth" in this instance is debatable, this response is what many activists and revolutionaries are met with. The lip service and passive applause that Huey received after telling Wunclers guests "the truth" highlights another obstacle activists face. If people aren't directly affected by the issue, then they feel as though its not their problem. The party-goers were all rich, so Hueys truth would not affect them at all so they commented on the way he talked.

<![CDATA[how Huey, Uncle Rukus and Grandad represent sections of the black community]]>Thu, 14 Jan 2016 19:04:48 GMThttp://tintinthenat.weebly.com/blog/how-huey-uncle-rukus-and-grandad-represent-sections-of-the-black-community

The Boondocks has always been one of my favourite shows. It is easily a top 5 contender. The comic book strip turned 4 season long sitcom first premiered in November of 2005. The show documents the experiences and adventures of brothers Huey and Riley as they adapt to their new lives in suburban Woodcrest. The show also follows the adventures of their grandad and neighbors within the predominantly white neighborhood. 
               The Boondocks was one of the very first shows I watched with a predominantly black cast. It was almost like a breath of fresh air because 12 year old didn't know that these type of shows exist. However, this was not the only reason I liked the show.As I got older, I also gravitated towards the blend of realism, unapologetic crude humor,  representation of the different aspects of black culture.
                        Recently, one of my twitter followers tweeted that the characters in The Boondocks, in some way, represent different aspects of the black community. This notion was quite interesting to me because that idea had never crossed my mind. After watching a few episodes and reading articles about the show, I realized that this notion was significantly accurate. I paid particular attention to Huey, Grandad and Uncle Rukus' personalities and the way in which they interacted with the world around them. I decided that, instead of writing one large blog about them, I would do a mini series them because who doesn't love a good series? :)
<![CDATA[Dear Attorney General Buddy Caldwell............]]>Thu, 14 Jan 2016 03:58:26 GMThttp://tintinthenat.weebly.com/blog/dear-attorney-general-buddy-caldwell                my name is Tinashe Natalie Muchirahondo and I am a tenth grade student in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. I am also of African descent and am heavily involved with issues regarding the black community. When I heard about Alex Woodfox, I was quite saddened by the treatment and utter torture that he has experienced during the past 4 decades.

​               No human should ever endure what Mr.Woodfox and his accomplices have endured and I would never wish this upon my worst enemy. I believe that a country such as the United States who prides itself upon its freedom should pay more attention to the freedom of every citizen, regardless of race or involvement in controversial groups . I understand he has done some wrong, but a person should not be subjected to such atrocious acts for 43 years.

              I really hope that you find it in your heart to to free Mr.Woodfox. I pray that you find in your heart to realize that these 4 decades of endless torture against my fellow brother are 4 decades too long. Please end this pattern of torture will come to an end and Mr. Woodfox will one day be free.


                            Tinashe Natalie Muchirahondo]]>
<![CDATA[The republican speaks of checking genitals............]]>Thu, 14 Jan 2016 03:38:20 GMThttp://tintinthenat.weebly.com/blog/check-their-genitials       This week, Virginia Republican Mark Cole caused quite a stir when he filed a bill suggesting that schools should check the genitals of their students. The purpose of this absurd bill is to make sure that students are using bathrooms corresponding with their "anatomical sex"....

     This Chris Rock gif. describes all the thoughts that raced through my mind when I found out about this. Republicans are known to have some pretty outrageous ideas (e.g. Trumps wall to keep Mexican rapists out of the U.S.), but this?  Aside from being disgusting, this is invasive and downright wrong. To think that a bill like this is even being thought of in 2016 is quite disappointing. This bill causes one to wonder whether its creators have taking the time to consider the consequences of such a rash proposal. Well here's a lil' preview for ya. In my crystal ball, I see, personal privacy rights being violated, sexual harassment suits, traumatized children and angry parents (which could result in boycotts, more suits, protests, petitions, etc....). And there's nothing scarier than an angry parent. So, if I were Mr. Cole, I'd reconsider proposing such a grotesque bill like this and maybe just crawling back into whatever perverted, transphobic hole I came from.

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<![CDATA[Bill Cosby's Attorney, The real annalise keating]]>Wed, 13 Jan 2016 02:57:59 GMThttp://tintinthenat.weebly.com/blog/bill-cosbys-attorney-the-real-annalise-keating
          We are all familiar with the Bill Cosby scandal. Over the past year, over 50 women accused Bill Cosby of either drugging or sexually assaulting him or both. But unlike the thousands of blogs, news reports and op-eds out there regarding the lovable Dr. Huxtable turned rapist, this is dedicated to the woman behind the scenes. The woman who is currently attempting to turn Mr. Cosby from being known as a rapist back to being known as the lovable Dr. Huxtable. Monique Pressley, the real life Annalise Keating.
        Whether you're a "he didn't do it!" kind of person, a "let that rapist rot in jail!" kind of person or on the fence about Bills allegations, we can all agree that Monique Pressley is a real life Annalise Keating. Maybe even better. Other than being an attorney, Monique is a, *deep breath*, mother of two, ordained minister, radio show host, TV legal Analyst, professor, certified leadership trainer, speaker and the principal of the Pressley Firm LLC. A Texas native from Galveston, Monique attained her Bachelor of Arts at St.Marys University in San Antonio. She then furthered her studies at Howard University's School of Law in Washington, D.C.

          Before the dawn of Monique's tenure with the attorney general's office in D.C., her legal career began at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Then, she practised white-collar criminal defence and complex civil litigation at a firm in Maryland. 

          During the time of her tenure with the attorney general’s office, Monique was also an adjunct professor at the school that she earned her law degree. This Annalise carbon copy taught trial advocacy and for five years she coached the Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team. Impressive, right?

         So what exactly causes many people to believe that Monique Pressley is the real life version of How to Get Away with Murder's Annalise Keating? Well, Ms.Pressley, quite like Mrs. Keating, is a word twisting, critical thinker who is always up for a challenge, legally speaking. If you're a religious HTGAWM fan like I am, you're probably familiar with the many crazy challenging cases that Annalise is faced with. Monique is currently faced with one of the most scandalous cases since R Kelly. And let’s face it; proving Bill Cosby not guilty of sexual assault is no walk in the park. This is why this is the type of job that needs an Annalise Keating and Monique is best fit for the daunting task. 

​            Whether you like or support Mr. Cosby, there's no way to deny Monique’s Annalise-style skills. I have conveniently inserted two videos of both Annalise and Monique basically snatching the baby hairs off of their argumentative opponents. Mr. Cosby is definitely getting his money's worth.

<![CDATA[Dark skinned, light skinned]]>Fri, 08 Jan 2016 18:54:40 GMThttp://tintinthenat.weebly.com/blog/january-08th-2016An Essay on the destructive impact colorism has on Women in the African Diasporic Community
Skin colour has always been a prevalent issue amongst society. The recent increase of police-related murders has only further solidified the existence of this  issue. As a result, movements such as “#BlackLivesMatter” have been formed to provide solace for people of colour worldwide as well as bringing awareness to society’s pigmentocracy. A simpler way of describing this issue is with the term “colorism”.
 Originally coined in 1982 by Alice Walker, colorism occurs when people receive different treatment based on societal assumptions attached with a particular hue of skin colour.The origins of colorism date all the way back to the slave era, like most forms of discrimination. During the slave era, masters would often allow the lighter skinned black slaves work within their homes whilst dark skinned slaves were forced to work outdoors. After the slave era had ended, the paper bag test was created. With the use of a brown paper bag, your skin complexion would be compared to the colour of the bag. If your colour was similar to or lighter than the bag, you would then be awarded certain privileges, commonly entrance to churches or fraternities and sororities.  The paper bag test also determined your worth and beauty.  A common misconception is that colorism is not prevalent within the African Diasporic community, more commonly referred to as the black community.On the contrary, Colorism does exist within the community and these worth indicators influenced it heavily and continue to destructively impact the community, specifically the women of the community. The destructive pattern of colorism has and continues to affect black women’s level of self esteem by altering their perceptions of beauty and self worth , affect their health and form a divide between black women all because of the hue of their skin. An issue such as this will continue to hinder the success of the African Diaspora if not changed.  

    Forms of exclusion and pigmentocracy, such as the paper bag test, have imbedded a sense of lower self worth among darker skinned women who do not conform to these standards. In 1995, Tracey Robinson and Janie Ward conducted a study on 123 black teenagers between the ages of eleven and nineteen. The study examined the impact of skin colour on African American adolescent and revealed that complexion was influentially to one’s self esteem. Another study by Gina Wingood (2002) showed that black girls who found themselves aesthetically unpleasing felt that they wouldn’t have control over condom use during sexual interactions or even control over who their sexual partners would be. And Tiffany Townsend’s 2010 study highlighted that young black women tend to adopt risky behaviors to be seen as sexually desirable due to their preconceived standards related to colorism. Typically, appearance is the main evaluation of women. Therefore, the effect of colorism destructs the self-esteem and alter self-worth of females quite significantly.
Along with low self worth, colorism also carries some negative health effects on black women. Relating to low self worth, many black women within the african diaspora result in the use of pigment altering products and skin bleaching. Typically the words “lightening” or “whitening” can be found on the labels and come in various forms such as soaps, lotions, creams and gels. Like the labels say, these products lighten your skin by reducing the pigment, also referred to as melanin, in your skin.Unfortunately, skin bleaching is a popular tool amongst the black community with 77% of Nigerian women admitting to using bleaching creams, according to the World Health Organization. This process is extremely harsh on the skin and is known to cause premature aging in the skin mercury poisoning, permanently make your skin thinner, and increase the chances of developing skin cancer and a variety of other skin disorders. This research proves that the impact of colorism affects the health of women in the black community destructively.

    Colorism has a destructive impact between the relationships of black women on a female to female basis. With the media continuously praising the light skinned black women over the dark-skinned black women, a divide between the two comes as no surprise. A solidifier of the female to female relationship conflict would be an interview of a dark-skinned black woman conducted by Margaret Hunter in 2005. The woman, named Belinda, said:
In terms of female–female relationships, I think color affects how we treat each other. Like if you’re lighter and I think you’re better, and I think the guys want you, then I won’t treat you nicely. I’ll take every opportunity to ignore you, or not tell you something, or keep you out of my little group of friends, because really I feel threatened, so I want to punish you because you have it better than me.
As she stated, Belinda’s assumption is that if someone is lighter than her, they are better than her and automatically, she does not want to associate with them. This is because colorism grants lighter skinned people advantages in society, such as being more favorable to males, like Belinda mentioned. This causes a divide between black women and causes them to develop certain stereotypes making them want to exclude each other due to the destructive impact of colorism.

In conclusion, due to the historical past of the black community, colorism is quite prevalent within it. Colorisms destructive nature has affected black people, particularly black women, for centuries and must be stopped for the community to thrive and succeed. There are a variety of ways to “unlearn” and destroy the system of colorism. Recently, the issue of colorism has been brought to light by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry in the documentary Dark Girls. With the help of a variety of darker skinned female celebrities, colorism is further explained and the film also provided ways to combat colorism. These colorism combatting devices, per se, focus on ridding our society of derogatory terms that are commonly attach to different skin tones such as “redbone” or “yellow bone”, as well as using uplifting terms when referring to one another. Colorism can be dismantled by teaching these colorism combatting devices to our children and generations to come.  

<![CDATA[new Series!]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:22:32 GMThttp://tintinthenat.weebly.com/blog/stereotype-breakdown-series      This weekend I was chatting with a friend about stereotypes and how annoying they are. Then she said: "Do stereotypes have history?" 
       Everybody knows that there are a bevy of stereotypes within each race, but we usually aren't aware of the historical context they possess. So I've decided to make a mini-series about stereotypes where I will talk about particular stereotype and the history behind it.
       Now, why am I doing this? I'm doing this because, as I've said on many occasions, it is important to educate our society about these things. If people aren't aware and educated on certain topics, they have the ability to unknowingly offend others. 
       As Carl Rogers said, "The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn to change". ;)

<![CDATA[me, my ever-changing career goals and i]]>Wed, 11 Nov 2015 04:27:51 GMThttp://tintinthenat.weebly.com/blog/me-my-ever-changing-career-goals-and-i                When I'm not ranting about racism, white supremacy, etc., I'm busy worrying my ass off about my future and my paranoia definitely helps that. When I was 5, if people asked what I want to be when I grow up, I'd say “Rich like grandma’s little brother, Uncle B!”. Although I'm not as vocal about it as i was 10 years ago, this has always subconsciously been my goal and probably will always be my goal. Problem is, for it to be attainable, I have to have a high-paying career and unfortunately there are so many to choose from. This blog, unlike my previous blogs, is completely about me. Oh, and my ever-changing career-goals.
            Once upon a time, 9-year-old me wanted to be a forensic scientist. I stuck with this dream until I was 11. When I realized a forensic scientist’s salary was $39,000-$66,000, I grew sad. I realized that if I wanted to spoil my family and myself, I might want to be in the triple-digits. This realisation led me to experience what you could describe as a “just-hit-double-digits-life crisis”. My dreams were crushed. I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to be my other relatives who spoil their families and also manage to live luxurious lives. When people asked what I wanted to be, I’d just freeze and look at my mom, searching for an answer in her. When I saw that she wasn’t going to answer for me, I’d answer shyly and say “I don’t know yet”, then looked back up to be greeted by my a disappointed look on my mother.
           Fast-forwarding to 13 year old me, I was fascinated by the world of medicine. There are so many different careers to choose from in the medical field. Pediatrician, hematologist, optometrist. You name it. All I had to do was pick one. So I decided I was going to be a Dermatologist. This way I could serve God by helping his people, help my family as well as potentially earn a whopping $262,500. My male counterparts would make more, but I didn’t care. That was enough for me to spoil my family just like, Uncle B. But then, Uncle B’s daughter became a pharmacist, so I wanted to be a pharmacist. But since I don’t live in the UK like her, I’d be making around $120,000. But, again, I didn’t care. I could still do everything I wanted. So I stuck with this one……Until I found Grey’s Anatomy.

​          So, this past summer I watched Grey’s Anatomy every day and I’m still a devoted fan of the show. I can tell you all the characters’ names, ages, shoe sizes, everything! So, when I met Dr.Cristina Yang (played by Sandra Oh) in the first season, I instantly fell in love with her work ethic and competitive personality. When Cristina chose cardiothoracic surgery as her specialty, I decided right then and there I would become a cardiothoracic surgeon too. Then I met Dr.Amelia Shepherd (played by Caterina Scorsone), a Neurosurgeon. That’s when I decided that I want to become a neurosurgeon, and now that is my current career goal.
So, basically I’m completely indecisive when it comes to what I want to be when I grow up. Although I want to be a neurosurgeon right now, my goal could change in the next year or 2 years or even in the next 3 hours. But that’s ok because I don’t have to know what I want to be yet. I still have 2 more years. I just have to always keep in mind that it’s better to start planning early so I have a head start. Plus, God’s got me so, I’m all good! 
<![CDATA[What do Santa, his Elves and Reverse Racism Have In Common?]]>Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:26:39 GMThttp://tintinthenat.weebly.com/blog/what-do-santa-his-elves-and-reverse-racism-have-in-commonSpoiler alert, they don't actually exist! Yep, you heard it here folks! All of them aren't real! Right Kanye?
Now, most of you probably know who Santa is and who is elves are, but not everyone is familiar with the whole reverse racism thing. Well, reverse racism is described as the act of racism against a majority or a dominant race, typically used in context of white people. Obviously the entire concept of reverse racism is completely flawed, but not everyone understands that. This is due to the fact that, like I mentioned earlier, not everyone is familiar with the concept. But, have no fear, the woke girl is here! And I come bearing gifts of knowledge, particularly 3 reasons why reverse racism doesn't exist! So without further ado, here are 3 reasons why, like Santa and his little elves, reverse racism doesn't exist!
1. Racism needs privilege!
Its kinda hard to be a racist without privilege. Without an institutional, structural and social advantage, it's a bit hard to be a racist.  But what exactly is this "privilege" I speak of? Well if Tom, who is a white male, is caught with weed, he's less likely to be sent to jail. But, if Kevin, who is a black male, is caught with weed, he's more likely to go to jail for it. This is because of the societal advantage that Tom has because of his white privilege, of which Kevin doesn't have. So if Kevin's family and friends speak out on the blatant unfair treatment he receives, it is not reverse racism, they are simply addressing Tom's privilege. So, since racism needs privilege and power, of which white people possess (and people of color don't), reverse racism is but a myth.
2. Society attempting to correct systematic injustices doesn't count as reverse racism!
I've seen many people try to use the Employment Equity Act as an example of reverse racism because it "doesn't give a fair chance to equally qualified white people to compete for various jobs and positions" (I put that in quotations because someone had the audacity to say this to my mom, smh).But, guess what hunty? The only reason this act exists is because of generations of systematic injustice that have made it much harder for people of color to be included certain areas of work. The Employment Equity Act was created to prevent racial bias when it comes to the hiring decisions of  employers. So, no, this Act isn't to exclude you from access to these jobs. Its to make sure that people of color are equally considered for these positions that you can get with ease because of your privilege. And, once again, this proves that reverse racism does not exist. :)
3.  Prejudice ≠ Racism!
Just like any other race, there are assumptions and stereotypes about white people. Some notable ones are that white men can’t dance. This is what we call a racial prejudice, not racism. This is because these sorts of statements don’t have the power or authority to change how the society will think of white people or take away the privileges they possess. So, even though this might offend the white person you are saying it to, it isn’t going to change their amount of societal advantages.  (Disclaimer: I do not condone such statements!)
I recently found out that the director of one of my favourite movies, Dear White People, Justin Simien commented on this common misconception. He said: “Prejudice and racism are different. A joke about white people dancing has no impact on the lives of average white people, whereas jokes about black people and reinforcing stereotypes about black people do have an impact on the lives of everyday black people.”

As you guys can see, Santa, his petite pointy-eared friends, and reverse racism are all mythically. They are fictional. But unlike them, reverse racism is often mistaken for prejudice. Racism and prejudice are two different things and being aware of this is a must for our racially charged society.
<![CDATA[Dont Sleep on Lauryn Hill!]]>Fri, 16 Oct 2015 15:45:25 GMThttp://tintinthenat.weebly.com/blog/dont-sleep-on-lauryn-hill
.Whilst most people my age are listening to Justin Bieber repeatedly ask them "what do you mean" or Drake brutally dissing Meek Mill through his new song, "Back to Back", I've been listening to someone whose music has more depth. Of course, I am talking about Lauryn Hill, and honestly, I think we've been sleeping on her.
Lauryn Hill is a singer, rapper, songwriter, producer and an actress. Basically, she's the complete package. Her most notable works would probably be "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" and "MTV Unplugged No.2" album,  of which I listen to everyday.
"MTV Unplugged No.2", a live acoustic album, is  of the genres folk and soul.
Within each song, she gives a brief monologue describing her personal, spiritual and artistic struggles. 
This album is the most under-appreciated album in history, in my opinion. After reading the reviews from the year it was released, which was early May of 2002, I was in complete and utter shock. Most of the reviews criticized the hoarseness of her voice and the religious undertones within her songs which were deemed repetitive. But, that was the entire point of the album! This album was an intimate album where Lauryn got to express her true feelings and her journey to finding God and exposing the realities and flaws of society! Our society needs more artists who do this! More artists who are raw enough write songs with actual substance rather than artists who promote promiscuity! WE NEED MORE LAURYN HILL'S!!!!
 What I'm saying is, we can't sleep on Lauryn Hill because, unlike most "artists", her lyrics make you think. They force you to reflect on your own life and daily situations. Trust me. When I was listening to Adam Lives in Theory, I gained an entirely knew prospective on society . You can listen to it by clicking on the video below. DON'T SLEEP ON LAURYN HILL!