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February 07 2018

Russian Trolls Ran Wild On Tumblr And The Company Refuses To Say Anything About It


Russian trolls posed as black activists on Tumblr and generated hundreds of thousands of interactions for content that ranged from calling Hillary Clinton a “monster” to supporting Bernie Sanders and decrying racial injustice and police violence in the US, according to new findings from researcher Jonathan Albright and BuzzFeed News.

While Facebook and Twitter continue to face intense public and congressional pressure over the activity from trolls working for the Russian Internet Research Agency, Tumblr has somehow managed to escape scrutiny. But the blogging platform was in fact home to a powerful, largely unrevealed network of Russian trolls focused on black issues and activism.

“The evidence we’ve collected shows a highly engaged and far-reaching Tumblr propaganda-op targeting mostly teenage and twenty-something African Americans. This appears to have been part of an ongoing campaign since early 2015,” said Albright, research director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

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Cash for Coalition Against Trump Going Into Consultants’ Pockets Instead


Do you due diligence before you give your money to anyone, because there are scummy grifters all over the place.


guys…..so Black Panther ratings have been going up on IMDB and something fascinating has been going on…so I saw this it morning and since then it has gradually got a lower score…..and now it is at 7.2 and I suspect it is going to go lower so I was like hmmm let me check the break down of the stats


bare in mind that this movie isn’t out yet anywhere in the world and only selected individuals(critics and people involved with the film) have seen it yet somehow some 20% of the IMDB users are giving the film 1 star out of 10…ain’t that some shit


so I decided to investigate……I know those “DC fanboys” had it out for Black Panther and were planning on sabotaging it because they were mad at marvel so I was interested in seeing how the IMDB reviews for Black Lighting is fairing because that is a DC comic character and erm…..the user reviews are just …


This is just a few examples in the exact order they come in and folks are giving it low scores through out with the odd good review.

Now are we going to carry on pretending like this is a DC fanboys vrs Marvel thing or are we going to call a thing a thing 

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Wait, in this narrative, who’s making the profit??

It’s a tactic where you underprice competitors in order to drive them out of business. You lose money right up until you steal their whole client base and they’re forced to shut down. Once you’ve eliminated the competition, you’re free to hike up prices obscenely high. This is how Amazon destroyed traditional bookstores.

The way Paul Ryan is headed, history offers two possible verdicts: Either he enabled an autocrat, or he was intimidated by a fool.

The cowardice among Republicans is staggering

I have been saying this for over a year: everything Trump has done, every terrible person he has installed, every law he has broken, every fundamental American principle he’s thrown out, every autocratic move he has made would not have been possible without the active participation of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. They are complicit at best, collaborators at worst. They need to be held accountable for their crimes against this nation in service of Trump, and removed from office.

(via wilwheaton)


Fact: Native American/Indigenous individuals who are trans/nonbinary or gender non-conforming exist, and they deserve positive representation too.

Fact: Native American/Indigenous individuals deserve to be celebrated and respected just as much as people of any other race, ethnicity, or culture are.

Fact: People whose identities are lesser known and/or originate within their culture aren’t any less important just because their identities aren’t widespread or universally understood.





“I love that character,” I say as I come up with upsetting headcanons for them. “Absolutely adore them,” I tell you as I bunny up sad story ideas for them. “They’re my favorite,” I sigh as I pick the most depressing songs for a playlist for them.

“I just want them to be happy,” I insist as I write horribly angsty oneshots centered around their misery.

“My son,“ I say as I think warmly about his broken body huddled on the ground.

“I love you so much”, I say, as I fill them with self hatred.

I feel attacked



natalie portman radiates such a terrifying energy i can’t describe it….. it’s not exactly evil but it’s not warm either…. i feel like she could unhinge her jaw and drag me into the ocean like a kraken but she wouldn’t bc it’s undignified 

Wanna know why?

“Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman told the crowd at Saturday’s Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles that she experienced what she calls “sexual terrorism” as a 13-year-old after the release of the film The Professional.

Portman described her pride and excitement in releasing the film, only to encounter sexually explicit messages both directed toward her and made about her.

”I excitedly opened my first fan mail to read a rape fantasy that a man had written me,” she recalled. “A countdown was started on my local radio show to my 18th birthday, euphemistically the date that I would be legal to sleep with. Movie reviewers talked about my budding breasts in reviews.”

The experience, she said, changed the way she expressed herself publicly, in order to limit the ways she could be objectified by others.

”I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually, I would feel unsafe,” she said. “And that men would feel entitled to discuss and objectify my body to my great discomfort. So I quickly adjusted my behavior. I rejected any role that even had a kissing scene and talked about that choice deliberately in interviews. I emphasized how bookish I was and how serious I was. And I cultivated an elegant way of dressing. I built a reputation for basically being prudish, conservative, nerdy, serious, in an attempt to feel that my body was safe and that my voice would be listened to.”

Video of the speech here: https://www.vox.com/2018/1/21/16917130/natalie-portman-womens-march



This isnt a hot take but feminism which centers around periods/vaginas/boobs as Things Which Unite All Women is an untrustworthy brand of feminism

slogans like “no pussy no power” “viva la vulva” “not an ovary-action” etc as stand-ins for “i support women” are more damaging than yall think bc centering ur feminism around things which only cis women experience a) alienates trans women who dont experience them, b) is harmful to ppl who DO experience them but arent women, & c) furthers the mentality that gender = genitals/trans women dont really have a place fighting for womens rights. none of that is as progressive as yall think holding up a sign with a vagina on it is, same goes 4 writing that shit on pads. not every woman has a vagina & not everyone with a vagina is a woman, and feminism which marginalizes entire subsets of us for the sake of a catchy slogan isnt good feminism

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I mean, I’m not opposed

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Ppl be like “ I want an actual male gem, not just Steven.”

Jeez, it’s like having only one character

to represent your whole gender

in a group composed all of another gender

is a bit upsetting huh?

I wonder


that’s like

no really

can you 

even imagine

what this lack of representation









none of the listed shows are named after the one female character, either

it’s actually physically impossible for me to not reblog this post.

I want to say I’ve reblogged this before, but I’m reblogging again for the brilliant addition of, “None of the listed shows are named after the one female character, either” because FUCKING THANK YOU.


Every time I reblog this, there are new shows on the list.


it’s almost

as though

this happens

almost constantly

But normally you don’t notice, because it’s not about you.

If I stop rebloging this, assume that I am dead





it keeps 




Yo can we scream this SO THE PEOPLE IN THE BACK CAN HEAR

And none of them are women of color. Impressive the lack of representation for us. Yikes.

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bisexual bonding

Requested by @magicobsessedclinicallydepressed

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TIL of the “Tiffany Problem”. Tiffany is a medieval name—short for Theophania—from the 12th century. Authors can’t use it in historical or fantasy fiction, however, because the name looks too modern. This is an example of how reality is sometimes too unrealistic.

via reddit.com

“Authors can’t use it in fantasy fiction, eh? We’ll see about that…”

–Terry Pratchett, probably

Try to implement anything but a conservative’s sixth grade education level of medieval or Victorian times and you will butt into this. all. the. time. 

There was a literaly fad in the 1890′s for nipple rings for all genders(and NO, it was NOT under the mistaken belief that it would help breastfeeding–there’s LOTS of doctors’ writing at the time telling people to STOP and that they thought it would ruin the breast’s ability to breastfeed well, etc). It was straight up because the Victorians were freaks, okay
Imagine trying to make a Victorian character with nipple rings. IMAGINE THE ACCUSATIONS OF GROSS HISTORICAL INACCURACY

people just really, REALLY have entrenched ideas of what people in the past were like

tell them the vikings were clean, had a complex democratic legal system, respected women, had freeform rap battles, and had child support payments? theyd call you a liar

tell them that chopsticks became popular in china during the bronze age because street food vendors were all the rage and they wanted to have disposable eating utensils? theyll say youre making that up

tell them native americans had a trade network stretching from canada to peru and built sacred mounds bigger then the pyramids of giza? you are some SJW twisting facts

ancient egypt had circular saws, debt cards, and eye surgery? are you high?

our misconception of medieval peasants being illiterate and living in poverty in one room mud huts being their own creation as part of a century long tax aversion scam? you stole that from the game of thrones reject bin

iron age india had stone telescopes, air conditioning, and the number 0 along with all ‘arabic’ numbers including algebra and calculus? i understand some of those words.

romans had accurate maps detailing vacation travel times along with a star rating for hotels along the way, fast food restaurants, swiss army knives, black soldiers in brittany, traded with china, and that soldiers wrote thank-you notes when their parents sent them underwear in the mail? but they thought the earth was flat!

ancient bronze age mesopotamia had pedantic complaints sent to merchants about crappy goods, comedic performances, and transgender/nobinary representation? what are you smoking?

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Mathew Knowles Claims He Thought Tina Knowles Was White, Says Colorism Played A Part In Beyoncé’s Success

Mathew Knowles is opening up about how colorism led him to pursue his ex-wife Tina Knowles-Lawson.

In an interview with  Ebony magazine to promote his new book, Racism From the Eyes of a Child, Mathew recalled various experiences with colorism. For instances, he belonged to the last class at Fisk University that used the brown paper bag test on students attending the historically black college. He also claims that he initially thought Tina was white, and explained how his daughters benefit from having light skin.

“When I was growing up, my mother used to say, ‘Don’t ever bring no nappy-head black girl to my house.; In the deep South in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, the shade of your blackness was considered important. So I, unfortunately, grew up hearing that message,” he said.

“I have a chapter in the book that talks about eroticized rage. I talk about going to therapy and sharing–one day I had a breakthrough–that I used to date mainly white women or very high-complexion black women that looked white,” he continued. “I actually thought when I met Tina, my former wife, that she was white. Later I found out that she wasn’t, and she was actually very much in-tune with her blackness.

“I had been conditioned from childhood with eroticized rage, there was actual rage in me as a black man, and I saw the white female as a way, subconsciously, of getting even or getting back. There are a lot of black men of my era that are not aware of this thing.”

The former music executive-turned-college-professor went on to explain that the mainstream success of Bey and Solange, as well as Rihanna, Mariah Carey, and Nicki Minaj, are due in part to their skin complexions.

He further reiterated the stance on TMZ Live Monday. “Yes colorism does exist if you look at historically what’s happened as far as crossing over to pop radio,” he said.

“I’m just bringing it to everyone’s attention,” added the father of three. “This is what happens when we talk about radio specifically.”

When prodded by host Harvey Levin, who couldn’t seem to grasp the concept of racism in the music industry (“If there’s genuine racism, they wouldn’t play black music at all,” Levin theorized.), Mathew agreed that L’Oreal lightening Beyonce’s skin in advertisements, and early photos of Whitney Houston with lighter skin, are just two examples of the colorism issue.


It’s a shame besides this black women the same color as them women his mom told not to bring her house was he same color as her. Pathetic

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Smh. RIP Legend

If you think this is sad and crazy, go look up other BLM activists who’ve died in the last 5 years or so. You’ll notice that quite a few of them have something in common. I’ll wait.


like honestly people can talk about female led films being important and it’s true but as long as those films are being written and directed by men it doesn’t mean anything because men don’t know shit about us!!! 

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