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On Fat Shaming, Sex, and the Fat, Black Woman

Lil Duval Tweet

Lil Duval’s tweet fat shaming one of Usher’s accusers

When news of Usher’s latest accuser broke, and her picture was circulated across social media, it didn’t take long for people to start criticizing her appearance and expressing disbelief that Usher would ever have sex with her.

I am always baffled by people who believe fat women are incapable of finding willing sex partners. It is the weirdest thing. I wrote about my feelings on the issue for The Root.

Every day, no matter what topic I am writing about or discussing, it is inevitable that detractors will come along and try to fight me. They realize very quickly that they are not going to be able to successfully argue with me on the merits of my points, so when all else fails, they fall into fat insults. It happens every time.

 Never mind that in my profile on every social network and here on Kinja, I am wearing a shirt that proclaims my chubby physique proudly. Never mind that I’m actually mostly just top heavy with a pudgy belly. Never mind that they know nothing about my personal physical health; they want to attack it every time. I am used to it by now; it’s par for the course.

Commentary: I Have Been Issa. I Have Been Tasha. I Have Fucked My Share of Lawrences

Insecure

Insecure (HBO)

Sunday’s episode of the HBO show Insecure led to a lot of discussion across social media.

I originally spoke about it in my own thread on Twitter.

That Twitter thread led to me writing a piece on The Root sharing my own experiences.

Insecure regularly reminds me of the lessons I am thankful to have learned in my late 20s and early 30s about relationships, sexuality and owning my womanhood. As the second season gets off to a hard and fast start, I am reminded that I have been Issa, I have been Tasha and I have fucked my fair share of Lawrences over the years.

Read “I Have Been Issa. I Have Been Tasha. I Have Had My Fair Share of Lawrences

#Flint: It’s Been Over 1,200 Days Since the City Had Clean Water

Flint Michigan Water Tower

Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

The people of Flint, Mich., still do not have clean water in their taps, but what they do have is a three-and-a-half-year legacy of bureaucratic bullshit and red tape, lead poisoning, outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease, sick babies and children, and a whole lot of back-and-forth between the city and the state over who is going to fix the various problems related to the crisis and how.

Read “#Flint: An Update and a Reminder That It Has Been 1,196 Days Since the Mich. City Had Clean Drinking Water

Grand Jury Impaneled in Russia Investigation

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to oversee the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, has impaneled a grand jury in Washington, D.C., a clear indication that the investigation may in fact be yielding actual fruit and moving full-speed ahead.

Read “DUN DUN DUN – Grand Jury Impaneled By Special Counsel in Russia Investigation

Are We Returning to Jim Crow?

A photograph of an African American child using a water fountain, the tree next to the fountain has a sign attached that reads ‘Colored’ in order to enforce Jim Crow laws, the water fountain is part of the county courthouse property, Halifax, North Carolina, 1938. From the New York Public Library. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images).

I wrote a commentary on The Root about the Justice Department’s decision to go after affirmative action admissions at colleges and universities, and how this is the long-con that will lead us to a return of Jim Crow.

Since his inauguration, Trump, and those in his administration, have shown that they mean to make good on their promise to bring white supremacy back to the forefront. Every policy decision is cloaked—and coded—in the dismantling of everything that has helped give marginalized people even the smallest leg up in a society that is stacked against them in the first place.

Read ” Are We Returning to Jim Crow?

Louisiana Cop Will Resign After Sharing Racist Facebook Post

Wayne Welsh Facebook Post

Wayne Welsh Facebook Post (Twitter/@freeyourmindkid)

An officer with the Estherwood Police Department in Estherwood, La., came under fire Monday after he shared a racist post on Facebook. After deflecting and attempting to defend the post several times, the officer decided to tender his resignation to the department Tuesday night.

Read “Cop Shares Racist Facebook Post, Will Resign After Public Outcry

New FBI Director Confirmed By U.S. Senate

Christopher Wray

Christopher A. Wray testifies on his nomination to be Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Photo by: Ron Sachs/AP Images

Christopher Wray, a former high-ranking official in former president George W. Bush’s Justice Department, was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday and will step into a new role as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Read “Senate Confirms New FBI Director Christopher Wray

Who Will Be the Next Contestant Fired on ‘White House Apprentice’?

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (Photo SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

My money is on new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. From my latest commentary on The Root:

Although Jeff Sessions has done everything in his power to prove he is still loyal to the head diva in charge, Trump still did talking heads and Twitter threads hinting that he wants him gone. Your president does not appreciate backstabbing and wavering fealty, which is why I am worried that the next person to be kicked out of the house, if not Sessions, will be new Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Read “Will New Chief Of Staff John Kelly Be the Next Contestant Fired on White House Apprentice? 

Woman Goes To File A Complaint Against Police, Steals a Gun In The Process

LaToca Davis

LaToca Davis

How bold do you have to be to go in to file a report against police and then steal a gun while you are at it?

A St. Louis woman has been charged with felony stealing after she reportedly went to the city’s Civilian Oversight Board to file a complaint against the police and ended up stealing an investigator’s gun while in the building.

Read “St. Louis Woman Filed Complaint Against Police, Then Stole Investigator’s Gun

D.C. Cop Seen Wearing Racist Shirt

Racist Shirt Worn By DC Cop Vincent Altiere

Racist Shirt Worn By DC Cop Vincent Altiere (Law4BlackLives)

An officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., has been accused of wearing a shirt with a racist symbol on it while he was on duty, and has now been placed on “non-contact status” pending the department’s investigation into the incident.

Read “D.C. Cop Under Investigation For Wearing a Shirt With a KKK Symbol While On Duty

Aurora, Colo. Pays $110,000 To Black Man Who Was Unlawfully Detained and Tased By Police

Darsean Kelley

ACLU video screenshot

Another day, another video showing law enforcement abusing their powers against a black man, but this time, the case ends with the city of Aurora, Colo., agreeing to pay $110,000 to settle a claim brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado on behalf of Darsean Kelley, who was unlawfully stopped, detained, and tased by Aurora police just as he informed them, “I know my rights.”

Read “Unlawful Detention and Tasing Claim on Behalf of Black Man Ends With $110,000 Settlement

Black People Can’t Even Mind Their Own Business Without Being Harassed By Cops

Marlin Gipson

Marlin Gipson (courtesy of Lee Merritt)

Lee Merritt, the Philadelphia-based attorney representing 20-year-old Marlin Gipson; his 22-year-old brother, Marcus Gipson; and 21-year-old Devontae Williams, said in a written statement that the three young men were out mowing lawns and promoting their yard-care business, D&M Lawn Services, in their own neighborhood when they were approached by Deputy Shane Cates of the Harris County Constable Precinct 1.

Read “Another Day, Another Video Showing Black People Being Harassed by Law Enforcement

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