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Stereotyped as “hyper-breeders,” Latinas have been targets of involuntary sterilization campaigns from Puerto Rico to California. Since 1994, with California’s Proposition 187 which sought to prevent undocumented immigrants from accessing public services, we’ve seen bill after bill designed to deny immigrant women the reproductive health care they need to make healthy and safe decisions about pregnancy.

Within the past decade, under administrations that have some of the worst track records on deportation, immigrant parents have been further characterized as “unfit” to care for their children. The Race Forward report, “Shattered Families” documents how common it is for detained parents to lose custody of their children to the foster care system, all due to poorly designed justice systems, and assumptions about how one should parent.

The reproductive and parenting choices of Latinas, and particularly indigenous Latinas, are often attacked as greedy, backwards, or uneducated, their lifestyles considered unhealthy. Here’s what is wrong and unhealthy: the reproduction of nativist, racist beliefs, and stereotypes about the choices that indigenous women and Latinas make about their bodies, pregnancies, and parenting.

Would you like some cool fan art? I’m holding an Almost Human caption contest! You can win a cool piece of artwork like the one I gave away in my Sleepy Hollow contest:

Except instead of Abbie and Ichabod, it’ll actually be John Kennex and Dorian.

Want to enter? Just send me a funny caption for this picture in my messages or with my submit button:

The contest will end May 1. Good luck, and be funny! (Also, if you want to commission me for other art pieces, check out my commission prices.)

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A while ago, I held a Sleepy Hollow caption contest, and this is what the winner, queenofsleepyhollow, requested—Abbie and Ichabod as John Kennex and Dorian from Almost Human!
This piece of art was created for FREE since it was the prize for winning the caption contest. There will be other caption contests coming up in the future (one will be going live today, in fact), so if you want to enter to get a free piece of artwork, stay tuned. 
However, I’m getting ready to open business for commissions, so if you have something you’d like for me to draw, here are the prices:
Headshot (B/W): $20
Headshot (color): $25
Full body (B/W): $30
Full body (color): $35
Full image (B/W): $50
Full image (color): $60
(example of a full image is the image above. It combines figures and surroundings)
I’ll draw just about anything from any fandom as well as original characters, as long as it’s not porn (or any form of incest. For instance, don’t request me to draw the Weasley twins kissing. Not going to happen). 
Commissions are now OPEN! Send me a message or send a request through the submit button!

A while ago, I held a Sleepy Hollow caption contest, and this is what the winner, queenofsleepyhollow, requested—Abbie and Ichabod as John Kennex and Dorian from Almost Human!

This piece of art was created for FREE since it was the prize for winning the caption contest. There will be other caption contests coming up in the future (one will be going live today, in fact), so if you want to enter to get a free piece of artwork, stay tuned. 

However, I’m getting ready to open business for commissions, so if you have something you’d like for me to draw, here are the prices:

Headshot (B/W): $20

Headshot (color): $25

Full body (B/W): $30

Full body (color): $35

Full image (B/W): $50

Full image (color): $60

(example of a full image is the image above. It combines figures and surroundings)

I’ll draw just about anything from any fandom as well as original characters, as long as it’s not porn (or any form of incest. For instance, don’t request me to draw the Weasley twins kissing. Not going to happen). 

Commissions are now OPEN! Send me a message or send a request through the submit button!

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soulbrotherv2:

The Woman in a Jim Crow Photo
By MAURICE BERGER

When Joanne Wilson stepped out to enjoy a balmy summer afternoon with her niece in 1956, she stepped into history. The two stood in front of a movie theater in downtown Mobile, Ala., dressed in their Sunday best. But the neon sign that loomed overhead — “Colored Entrance” — cast a despairing shadow.

“I wasn’t going in,” Mrs. Wilson recalled. “I didn’t want to take my niece through the back entrance. She smelled popcorn and wanted some. All I could think was where I could go to get her popcorn.”

That moment was captured by Gordon Parks, who was working on a Life photo essay that documented everyday life among an extended African-American family in the rural South. Although it was not among the final selections published in September 1956 as “The Restraints: Open and Hidden,” the photograph of Mrs. Wilson and her niece, Shirley Diane Kirksey, is among the most compelling of the project.

We usually associate civil rights photography with dramatic scenes of historic events. But this image helps us to understand that the battle for racial equality and justice was waged not just through epic demonstrations, speeches and conflagrations, but also through the quiet actions of individuals.

More than half a century later, the Gordon Parks Foundation honored Mrs. Wilson with a gift of that color print during its celebrity-filled annual awards dinner at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.  [Continue reading at the New York Times.]

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Meet Arabic Hip-Hop’s First Lady: Shadia Mansour

Longtime journalist and hip-hop historian Davey D has a great series going in which he highlights 500 female emcees, and he recently featured the British-born Palestinian emcee Shadia Mansour.

Since launching a rap career around 2003, Mansour has gained fans in the Middle East, Europe and the United States with politically charged songs that take aim at the occupation of Palestine. She often performs in a traditional Palestinian thawb and, according to Hip-Hop and Politics, considers herself to be part of a “musical intifada.”

Mansour has collaborated with other well-known Palestinian hip-hop groups including DAM and has also worked with rapper M-1 of dead prez, who’s featured on her track “Al Kufiya Arabiya” (The Kufiya is Arab). From Hip-Hop and Politics: 

The song was written when Mansour discovered an American made blue-and-white colored Arab scarf with Stars of David on it. Mansour introduced her song on stage in New York: “You can take my falafel and hummus, but don’t fucking touch my keffiyeh”.

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None of these are true

Last week Long Island teenager Kwasi Enin captured national headlines after becoming part of an impressive club: high school seniors who have been accepted into all eight Ivy League schools. However, while many celebrated Enin’s achievement, a bitter minority griped that the teenager had somehow gamed the system. The racial subtext was obvious: Enin couldn’t have actually have gotten into all those schools by himself. Why? Well, because he’s black.  

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werewolfau:

REPRESENT!: Celebrating Diversity in the Media
Everyone loves spending time celebrating their fandom favorites. Celebrating across fandoms is on the of the best ways of doing this, so let’s try this for a change: a month dedicated to celebrating diversity in the media we all know and love! There are a lot of fandoms in which characters of color don’t get nearly as much love as we’d love for them to get.
We’d like to take this opportunity to change that, at least for a month. In the tradition of things like big bangs and femslash feb, why don’t we all spend a month focusing on our favorite characters of color in fandom?
Whether they are characters with less screen time or whether you’re stanning for a main character, spend May celebrating characters of color!
How to join in:
Make sure everybody knows about the RepFest! Reblog this post, share it with friends, encourage your friends and followers to participate. The more of us create and promote, the more there will be for all of us to enjoy!
What qualifies (types of work):
If it’s a fanwork that you can share with us, it counts! Fanfic, playlists, reclists, graphics, meta, videos- it’s all good! 
What qualifies (characters): 
 The point of this is to shed spotlight on existing canon characters- for this reason, we ask that you choose characters that are canonically characters of color. Characters in which there is a debate/the majority of the fandom considers them white characters can become murky, and can also dominate a fest like this.
A note about shipping:
There is no problem with writing a ship about a relationship in which there are white partners. However, because the point is to focus on the characters of color, we’re saying that if the character of color isn’t the focus of the story, it doesn’t qualify. For example, a Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson fic could qualify, but if the story is actually about Steve while Sam is the love interest, that’s not what this fest is about.
In the end, though, it’s all about us having fun and celebrating characters of color for a little while. We obviously can’t police the tags, nor do we want to (in the end, that would just draw focus away from the characters we’re here to appreciate). Just make sure to tag your stuff REPFEST or REPRESENT FEST, promote, and keep looking for more info as we get closer to May!
(graphic by osbombing) 

werewolfau:

REPRESENT!: Celebrating Diversity in the Media

Everyone loves spending time celebrating their fandom favorites. Celebrating across fandoms is on the of the best ways of doing this, so let’s try this for a change: a month dedicated to celebrating diversity in the media we all know and love! There are a lot of fandoms in which characters of color don’t get nearly as much love as we’d love for them to get.

We’d like to take this opportunity to change that, at least for a month. In the tradition of things like big bangs and femslash feb, why don’t we all spend a month focusing on our favorite characters of color in fandom?

Whether they are characters with less screen time or whether you’re stanning for a main character, spend May celebrating characters of color!

How to join in:

Make sure everybody knows about the RepFest! Reblog this post, share it with friends, encourage your friends and followers to participate. The more of us create and promote, the more there will be for all of us to enjoy!

What qualifies (types of work):

If it’s a fanwork that you can share with us, it counts! Fanfic, playlists, reclists, graphics, meta, videos- it’s all good!

What qualifies (characters):

The point of this is to shed spotlight on existing canon characters- for this reason, we ask that you choose characters that are canonically characters of color. Characters in which there is a debate/the majority of the fandom considers them white characters can become murky, and can also dominate a fest like this.

A note about shipping:

There is no problem with writing a ship about a relationship in which there are white partners. However, because the point is to focus on the characters of color, we’re saying that if the character of color isn’t the focus of the story, it doesn’t qualify. For example, a Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson fic could qualify, but if the story is actually about Steve while Sam is the love interest, that’s not what this fest is about.

In the end, though, it’s all about us having fun and celebrating characters of color for a little while. We obviously can’t police the tags, nor do we want to (in the end, that would just draw focus away from the characters we’re here to appreciate). Just make sure to tag your stuff REPFEST or REPRESENT FEST, promote, and keep looking for more info as we get closer to May!

(graphic by osbombing