Weekend Links, Vol. #97

Welcome to another edition of weekend links! Each week, bluestockings staff curates a collection of links that reflect our mission as an anti-oppressive and intersectional publication.

Links We Like:

Photo by Jackson Ezra, found here.
Photo by Jackson Ezra, found here.

Writer, performance artist, and psychotherapist Kai Cheng Thom discusses her new Young Adult novel, which centers a trans girl as the main character

Nameplate Necklaces: This Shit is For Us – a piece on the importance of nameplate necklaces for communities of color

“Nameplates have always leapt off the chests of black and brown girls who wear them; they’re an unequivocal and proud proclamation of our individuality, as well as a salute to those who gave us our names. The necklaces are a response to gas-station bracelets and department-store mugs emblazoned with names like Katie and Becky. But most of all, they’re a flashy and pointed rejection of the banality of white affluence.”

Angela Davis interviewed rapper Ice Cube in 1991, read their conversation here!

The Historical Roots of Contemporary Violence Against Pregnant Black Women dissects how Black motherhood has been systematically abused

Ashley Williams protests HB2 in uptown Charlotte during a Charlotte Hornets basketball game. (Photo: Alvin C. Jacobs, found here.)
Ashley Williams protests HB2 in uptown Charlotte during a Charlotte Hornets basketball game. (Photo: Alvin C. Jacobs, found here.)

Read this interview with Ashley Williams, an organizer in North Carolina who advocates for trans people of color.

Read up on How Academia Uses Poverty, Oppression, and Pain for Intellectual Masturbation

Siya Ngcobo, found here.
Siya Ngcobo, found here.

The (Femme) Fire This Time: Gender-creative South African artists reimagine femininity

Why Stanford accepting the teen who wrote #BlackLivesMatter 100 times on his application does little for Black lives

“We can’t be sure if a Black student would have seen the same results, but it’s unlikely given the way #BlackLivesMatter has been met when coming from the very lips of Black people. As a result, I argue that it is, in fact, performative for non-Black people to flaunt their politics around Black solidarity and reap the benefits that come with being optically progressive, which is how this story became news.”

Check out some critiques of Kendrick Lamar’s latest music video for his track “HUMBLE.

1. The Problem With Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” Video

2. Time to Pick the Bar off the Floor

Watch out for a new documentary on the life of punk singer Poly Styrene who was featured in a bluestockings collage last year.

In Take The Cake: More Fat Face Representation Please, Virgie Tovar explores contradictions within the body positivity movement:

Virgie Tovar, MA is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. Image found here.
Photo of Virgie Tovar, found here.

“A few months ago, someone thanked me for my willingness to show my double chin in photos since she felt there was so little room for faces like that online. Paradoxically, most of the fat people I meet IRL actually have double chins and cheeks just like mine… we still can’t seem to escape the drive toward a respectable and disciplined fat body. We still can’t seem to break free from the idea that it’s OK to be fat — sorta, maybe — but the closer we are to the same old fatphobic and sexist ideal, the better.”

 

 

Music We Like:

Check out Noname’s NPR tiny desk concert!

Inspired by Erykah Badu, Claire Reneé releases Easy Come Easy Go

Listen to Castles by BOSCO feat. St. Beauty

 

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