Y'all we're going to start these show notes with a G I G A N T I C apology. Not exactly sure what demon was trying to come out of Bee's mic along with why she can barely be heard. But we know it was a hot mess this week. Happy One Year to us, right? We are working diligently to ensure it that it sounds good next week.
So, anyway we're moving on because despite the craptastic sound we talked about a lot of wonderful and important things in this episode.
If for some reason you needed a reminder that white women are not here for black women winning, breathing, living their lives. Here's your weekly (daily? hourly?) reminder from irrelevant racist hypocrite Sinead Kissane. (As you can tell we are HEATED). Sinead felt it was necessary to write about Serena William's most recent swimsuit shoot claiming that her posing in the one piece coverall "sabotages her fight for equality"
GIRL PUHLEASE YOU TRIED IT. Anyways. It's important to remember the context that white women have done a never ending amount of photoshoots in swimsuits, in more revealing swimsuits while also championing feminism (mostly white but we digress) and not one person batted an eyelash. This is just another example of white feminism demonizing the black female body for...what gain? We don't know. But this is exactly why we and so many WOC push intersectional feminism, we call white feminists out and we remind you to not wait for white women to help save you. They seem to throw black women under the bus at any chance they get.
Y'ALL HAVE YOU WATCHED GIANTS YET?! IF YOU HAVEN'T WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!
I mean, Bee has already started watching it (update, Bee has finished the first season!) and if you listen regularly you know she is absolute garbage at keeping up with/ watching television. Giants is a short youtube series written, directed and starring James Bland and available through Issa Rae Presents (you know how we feel when we hear that name y'all). It's a very real portrayal of millennials--specifically black millennials struggling today. It tackled mental health in black women, picking a career path outside of your college education, living as an artist and being gay. Quite literally, the human experience. Anyone can relate. But it's so important much light Moonlight that we are seeing these experience through the eyes of black women and men. It not only allows us to feel represented, but humanizes us to the (growing) number of people that seem to forget that black people experience similar things as white people (but like to another degree when you add white supremacy into the mix, ya feel me?) W A T C H IT OKAY?
Can you imagine being the First Lady of the United States, walking out of the White House and having no one recognized you? Yeah, neither can we at first. But April Ryan reminds us with a punch in the stomach (figuratively) that black women are invisible. Woo. When you aren't surrounded by secret service and dressed as a "regular person" you present as a black woman. Nothing else. Which means the world only sees one thing. Your color. It's a lot to remember and a lot to take in. And a reminder of why black women are consistently fighting for space and deserve that space. Because you can be the FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES but if you're black the world will still find a way to not see you.
This week in "Check It" we are reminding you to spend time by yourself doing something fun. No, staying in bed or staying home all day alone does not count. It is important that you are outside, taking up space alone in public. Take yourself on a date. Break down the wall and the idea that you can only go to dinner or the movies or a museum if you have someone else. You
YOU BETTER WERK
Trying to step up your blogging, social media, marketing and storytelling game? Well, Britney is here to get you hip to a free opportunity to step your game up. Pixar is offering a free course focused on the Art of Storytelling. Yes, that Pixar the ones who had you living and sobbing through Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Inside Out (A FAVE OF OURS). If you decide to take the class or want to follow Britney's journey through the class use #BGLstories on twitter. We would love to see/hear your stories or bounce ideas around together!
Um, so 1st...we know we got the name wrong. It's Michael Flynn. We know. And he's gone he resigned and white people are going to flee to Russia? But let's think about all of this...a rally with only white people hosted by Donald Trump for his next campaign. Blacks for Trump...exist? WHAT THE HELL.
We never thought we would be standing up for Don Lemon before...but here TF we are fam. We're going to keep it short and sweet like we do the segment. Parris Denard is a hot ass mess and shout out to Don for being like "NAH FAM THAT'S NOT HOW FAKE NEWS WORKS" and #shuttingitdown.
GIGGLE CACKLE ROAR
BRITNEY'S CACKLE: @CARLOS SANTANA BITCH YOU TRIED IT. THE END
BEE'S ROAR: UMMMMMM. AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA SEX SENT THIS COUPLE TO THE ER AND IT'S FR FR TOO FUNNY. Talk about the art of storytelling y'all