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Author: Monique Judge (page 25 of 28)

Dear Ani DiFranco Supporters: You Cannot Reclaim an Oppression You Have Never Experienced

The absurdity of the racism displayed here is laughable: from the name, to the misuse of black vernacular, and the stolen picture. But the situation also highlights the necessity of emphasizing the interconnectedness of oppressions. You cannot fight for the equal rights of women and ignore the history of racism within this country.

Sad are the lengths some women will go to exclude the voices of Black women and lay claim to marginalization they have never experienced.

I have an inkling that if a man attempted to “reclaim” the word “bitch” or “cunt” these women would understand perfectly the error of misappropriation; however, white supremacy continues to obscure the realities of slavery.

via Dear Ani DiFranco Supporters: You Cannot Reclaim an Oppression You Have Never Experienced.

A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ Stunt is a Textbook Example of Media Manipulation | BenHebert.com

Here’s what happened:

A wealthy religious Southern man told GQ an interview that he believes homosexuality is a sin.

My initial response is who the f*&# cares. It’s not right, but does one person’s opinion have any bearing or effect on my life? No. But after witnessing the reactions, I thought I’d inform you on how you’re being manipulated.

First –

The quotes came from an interview. Not a random run-in with TMZ or drunk Charlie Sheen tirade, a scheduled interview. If for one second you think that Phil Robertson of ‘Duck Dynasty’ isn’t coached by a public relations team prior, you’re an idiot.

They knew what he was going to say and they embraced it.

This situation is a textbook example of feeding the monster, a form of media manipulation performed by expert marketers that may or may not have a conscience. It’s about the millionth time the stunt been done right in front of you this year.

via A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ Stunt is a Textbook Example of Media Manipulation | BenHebert.com.

The Twitter Mob Mentality

Why We Should All Fear The Righteous Online Mob – Huffington Post

Today, a tasteless joke could make you a target. Tomorrow, it may be an unpopular, but valid, idea — like taxing soft drinks, or instituting quotas for female board members.

Online vigilantism “is likely to lead to a greater culture of censorship — in particular, the stifling of alternative voices and opinions,” Hardaker wrote in an email. “[W]e find people defending this strategy of intimidating, threatening, and ultimately silencing others as ‘free speech,’ seemingly oblivious to the irony that in doing so, they are actively engaged in censorship.”

Already the denouncers succeed almost immediately in silencing their targets. Closing her social media accounts makes Sacco the rule, not the exception. But the mass vengeance not only muzzles those who’ve done something wrong, it scares others into a kind of submissive silence. Sacco’s experience warns everyone else that there is no tolerance for deviance from the amorphous, but rigidly defended, ethics of the mob. You can say what you please, so long as it pleases the crowd.

via Why We Should All Fear The Righteous Online Mob.

I’m now feeling like I should not have read all of those reviews of  The Wolf of Wall Street prior to seeing it. I now have all these weird expectations about it that weren’t there before. I’m worried about watching this with my parents and nephew being awkward.

My Instagram video cover is the picture Lamont and I took on New Year’s. The number one picture in the video (by likes) is the picture I took of my parents on Mother’s Day at the Penthouse at the Huntley. 

 

Fake RTs are an act of Twitter terrorism, and Paris Hilton found this out the hard way

In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s death on Dec. 5, many celebrities famous people tweeted words of respect and condolence. Some reflected on what his life and his work meant to them, and some simply thanked him for his service to the world. We live in a culture obsessed with celebrity, and any time a celebrity tweets, someone, somewhere will find a reason to share said tweet.

A tweet widely circulated yesterday and still making the rounds today (because god forbid anyone verify something for themselves instead of believing everything they see on the internet) is one that was falsely attributed to Paris Hilton.

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this is a screenshot of an earlier buzzfeed article on the same topic

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This is an evolutionary piece of performance art

photo taken at the Natural History Museum

photo taken at the Natural History Museum

In my idea book, this project is called “The 5 W’s of Monique.”

I see it as a sort of who, what, when, where, why and how of my life.

For those who don’t already know me, my Internet days go all the way back to the 90s when I had a page on GeoCities. I maintained it using templates I created in Microsoft Word. Each page was like an entry in a diary, but it was more Carrie Bradshaw than Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; even back then I had a vision of maintaining some sort of web journal detailing my (mis)adventures through life. I got my first diary when I was six years old, and I have always been fascinated with telling my story to whomever will listen.

My friend ann is always preaching the importance of telling and owning our stories, and I understand what she means. We should always be creating, and sharing our stories in creative ways is a large part of that.

So, what is this exactly?

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on “Acquiring Empathy through Essays”

But I do think we’d be better off if we heeded the essayist’s reminder that we can find common ground with other people, if we look hard enough. Michele de Montaigne, the 16th century writer and philosopher who gave this form its name, observed that “Every man has within himself the entirety of the human condition.” Read an essay by the likes of Ira Sukrungruang, Eula Biss, Gayle Pemberton, or Jill Talbott every day or two, and you’ll find that idea easy to remember. If you’re anything like me, you might wind up becoming a more patient and compassionate person as a result.

via Acquiring Empathy through Essays.

This reading came to me at a time when I am at the beginning of a what I plan to be a long journey into personal essay writing.  It resonates with me because I am of the belief that there is not just one human history; there are billions. Each individual person has their own version of the events that transpire throughout a lifetime. I think it is vitally important to our sociocultural anthropology that we preserve as many of these stories as possible, and I plan to do my part by sharing mine.

The cultural crater of 12 Years a Slave on Grantland by @Wesley_Morris

I watched the joyless look on all those black faces and the amusement on the faces of their white owners, and I thought about last August 25. I thought of the handful of black burlesque dancers who jiggled and bounced in animal costumes for Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards. Cyrus couldnt have known the uncomfortable history she had reached into, what it means for black people to perform this sexually, this anonymously for a white woman, but there she was traipsing, like Mrs. Epps, among her fine beasts, performing an otherwise good song whose title normally refers to a nonstop party but also encompasses a depressing legacy of ownership: “We Cant Stop.”

via The cultural crater of 12 Years a Slave – Grantland.

I am in the process of putting my thoughts about this movie together. I originally had said I wasn’t going to see it, but I was convinced by my parents to do so, and now I am glad that I did.

Everyone should read this piece whether they have seen the film or not.

What’s in a name?

My name is Monique Judge.

My mother said she was going to name me Tiffany Janine. I don’t think Tiffany is a bad name; my best friend is a Tiffanny, and she is one of the most awesome people I know, so if we ended up having homophonic names, that probably would have made us cooler as friends. People could refer to us as the Tiffannies, and we’d be these awesome superheroes with fabulous wardrobes and lots and lots of purses.

Alas, my mother instead played ghetto bingo and picked my name out of a bag that her coworkers had put suggestions in. All throughout elementary school, I was one of two girls named Monique in my class. Annoying.

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Dear Eminem: I just yelled in my apartment after hearing Rap God for the first time

Lyrics coming at you at supersonic speed, (JJ Fad)

Uh, sama lamaa duma lamaa you assuming I’m a human

What I gotta do to get it through to you I’m superhuman

Innovative and I’m made of rubber

So that anything you say is ricocheting off of me and it’ll glue to you

I’m devastating, more than ever demonstrating

How to give a motherfuckin’ audience a feeling like it’s levitating

Never fading, and I know that the haters are forever waiting

For the day that they can say I fell off, they’d be celebrating

via Eminem – Rap God Lyrics | Rap Genius.

 

I love you, Slim Shady.

My latest article in today’s PV News – Teen raises awareness of diabetes

Being a teenager in today’s world is hard work. There are grades to worry about, college decisions to make, activities to participate in and work experience to gain, all while maintaining the social activities that come along in high school.Like most teenagers, 16-year-old Peninsula High School junior Ben Meyers is navigating the adolescence ocean one day at a time, with one added obstacle — in 2005, Ben was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.“I lead a normal life and try not to let the diabetes get in the way,” Ben said.

via Teen raises awareness of diabetes – Palos Verdes Peninsula News : News.

The Messy Link Between Slave Owners And Modern Management – Forbes

This led owners to experiment with ways of increasing the pace of labor, Rosenthal explains, such as holding contests with small cash prizes for those who picked the most cotton, and then requiring the winners to pick that much cotton from there on out. Slave narratives describe how others used the data to calculate punishment, meting out whippings according to how many pounds each picker fell short.Similar incentive plans reappeared in early twentieth-century factories, with managers dangling the promise of cash rewards if their workers reached certain production levels.

via The Messy Link Between Slave Owners And Modern Management – Forbes.

“7 Ways to Eat Good on a Hood Budget” by Stic of Dead Prez | Plant Based on a Budget

In the hood, in all honesty, We spend a gang of money on cable, hair dos, sneakers, weed, parties expensive bottles of alcohol,video games, big screen tvs, rims, jewelry, strip club tricking, trendy name brand clothes, car accessories, headphones, cigarettes all kinds of overpriced things. But when it comes to our health, we often skimp and look for the cheapest food we can find.

But in our best interest, We have to value our health above all these other things, and make eating healthy a priority in terms of how we spend the resources we have. Makes no sense to be fronting like a rich person on the outside ,but in reality, in poor health on the inside, right? But it’s easy for any of us to make excuses without looking at at a budget, so that’s where budgeting comes in handy.

Budgets help us see where our money is really going not where we feel like its going. Budgeting is also a master ingredient to financial stability in general, so not only will it help identify funds that can be used toward more healthful food choices; its an essential tool to manage our financial responsibilities better in general. Usually when we make a budget we can see plenty of stuff we can do without to make room for healthier eating choices. You may say “shoot, I dont make enough money to budget it!” lol, but you don’t have to make a lot of money to benefit from budgeting. Budgeting helps what ever we make stretch farther and get more of what we truly value out of what we have. When we values ourselves more than our things we make healthier choices. Budget, prioritize and prosper.

via “7 Ways to Eat Good on a Hood Budget” by Stic of Dead Prez | Plant Based on a Budget.

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