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Two other women, also breast cancer survivors, said their husbands left them after they were diagnosed. Both had to have mastectomies (in case anyone doesn’t know, this is the surgical operation to remove one or both breasts).

The first woman said her husband told her that he would rather see her dead than see her lose her breasts. The second woman had her operation and waited all day to be picked up by her husband, who never arrived. By nightfall, one of the nurses offered to give her a ride, and she came home to find the house empty.

Obviously, these are extreme cases of a man’s reaction to his wife’s breast cancer, but this is what I see when I see the “I ♥ Boobies” bracelets. I see love of the body parts, not the person being treated—not the patient, not the victim, not the survivor.

My Beef with the “I Love Boobies” Bracelets (via star-trekkin)

I will never not reblog this. So important.  (via youmightbeamisogynist)

oh my god this is heartbreaking

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Why the fuck is LTIH season 2 not on Netflix ffs

if you use Chrome. Go to Hola .com so you can access Season 2 of Last Tango from the US.

Viola Davis Gives Brutally Frank Interview About Race in Hollywood

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Viola Davis is about to have one of the biggest seasons of her career. The two-time Oscar nominee and two-time Tony winner is starring in ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, joining a powerful block of programming that includes the only other series on TV featuring a black female lead – Kerry Washington inScandal.

That fact is unfortunately still worth noting in 2014, but Davis is well-aware of its importance. Though the constant string of bit parts for black women is well-worn ground among online debaters, for Davis to make such frank remarks about it in today’s just-released New York Times Magazine profile is unusual – and impressive.

"I have been given a lot of roles that are downtrodden, mammy-ish," the actress best known for her role in The Help says in the new piece, notably forgoing much chat about being a woman of a certain age, instead focusing on being a black actress of any age. “You’re going to get your three or four scenes, you’re not going to be able to show what you can do. You’re going to get your little bitty paycheck, and then you’re going to be hungry for your next role, which is going to be absolutely the same. That’s the truth.”

Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder executive producer Shonda Rhimes historically has aimed to make race a non-issue in her work. “I don’t think it’s odd to see two black women standing in the same place because, well, that’s my house,” she says in the profile. “To me, it just feels like Tuesday.” But Davis does see it – and feels strongly about it.

"I don’t see anyone on TV like me in a role like this," Davis says, calling herself "a woman of color, of a certain age, and a certain hue." She then draws a stark line between herself and other black female leads like Halle Berry and Scandal's Kerry Washington – because Davis is significantly darker-skinned. It’s a valid point, often left undiscussed in major media circles, that women like Davis and Lupita Nyong’o – who has called her own dark skin "an obstacle."

I SEE THE KIND OF WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE PUT OUT THERE IN ORDER TO MAKE CHANGE.

Elsewhere in the piece, Davis talks about Murder, revealing her natural hair on the red carpet, and what it means for a woman to really let go in a role. On that last subject: “Vanity destroys your work. That’s the one thing you have to let go of as an actor,” she said. “I don’t care how sexy or beautiful any woman is. At the end of the day, she has to take her makeup off. At the end of the day, she’s more than just pretty.”

You can read the full interview here; it’s lengthy, but well worth the read. Almost all of Davis’ comments are incredibly insightful – no matter how talked-out the subjects – but it’s really her attitude about race that stands out, especially regarding her role in the process.

"I see the kind of work that needs to be put out there in order to make change," she said of her career work. "A 25-year-old white actress who is training at Yale or Juilliard or SUNY Purchase or NYU today can look at a dozen white actresses who are working over age 40 in terrific roles. You can’t say that for a lot of young black girls. That’s why I’m doing what I’m doing."

Source: Kevin O’Keeffe for The Wire

The full New York Times article is a must-read. Shonda better watch out. If she marginalizes, devalues and degrades Annalise Keating the same way she did Olivia Pope, Viola Davis will not stand for it. She’s waited too long for a lead role befitting her talent and resume, there is no way she’ll stand idly by and watch it whittled away. That’s if “How To Get Away With Murder” gets a second season. I vowed to never watch a Shondaland show again, but I do wish Viola Davis success.

^^^This…

This could get real interesting.  

Reblogging to read the entire thing later

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staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

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Pumzi - dir. Wanuri Kahiu // Kenya

In a dystopian future 35 years after an ecological WWIII  has torn the world apart, East African survivors of the devastation remain locked away in contained communities, but a young woman in possession of a germinating seed struggles against the governing council to bring the plant to Earth’s ruined surface.

The main character is a museum curator in the future and also yes I would like see this now please

THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT THIS I DON’T LIKE

The complete short film is on youtube and it’s really good and the end kind of took my breath away. 

GET INTO THIS

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GeekMommaRants —Creativity is alive and living in Africa.  This is the most interesting story I’ve seen since the Matrix.  

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Part 1: Celebrities react to the Ferguson protests

In the land of hatred.  Do black Canadians, Black British and  for that matter all Black peoples.  The world is watching.

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Any Black female who lives in Oakland

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Do not go to the liquor store on 90th and MacArthur, around 10-14 Black men will be standing out there with vans and they will try to snatch you up, the Arab dudes who own the liquor store are in on it do not go there during the night, if it wasn’t for my boyfriend being with me…

The police and the orphanages out here be letting Johns in, there’s one by my house (I haven’t learned the name of it yet because I never knew an orphanage was there tbh) a girl who’s a ward of the system and run in them circles told me about, she said they let dudes in and grab whatever girls they want and the Johns pay off to they pimps who be running the house.

sis i knew shit was real out there but damn smh

Here is a chilling example of what is happening now in Oakland

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Florence Welch is a national treasure to England, so creative, so ingenious.  Everyone get “Howl” and Ceremonials.  These are works of art.

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