A short film entitled, SALIGIA. It charts one woman’s journey through limbo where she faces the 7 deadly sins that she’s been ignoring within herself. We just cut and released this new trailer…reblog & enjoy!
To have a man tattoo my name on his hands, and then not acknowledge why he did it is a disrespect to me, all my cell mates in for unfairly long crack sentences and the black community that was affected by the cocaine epidemic and Iran Contra Scandal. To have music labels profiteer by pushing the image of the dangerous black criminal is irresponsible.
It’s human nature, revealed.
“One of the most agonizing problems of human experience is HOW TO DEAL WITH DISAPPOINTMENT…the only healthy answer lies in one’s honest recognition of disappointment even as he clings to hope, one’s acceptance of FINITE DISAPPOINTMENT even while clinging to INFINITE HOPE…Our most fruitful course is to stand firm, move forward nonviolently, accept disappointments and cling to hope.” - Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King Jr.
I’ve been disappointed by America ever since my mother explained slavery to me. Since then, my disappointment has only grown. White washed media and social reinforcements of not being light enough made me think I was not beautiful. I had to jump hurdles of being a dark skin woman to reach the finish line of self confidence. All the while dealing with my internal conflicts of being a black woman in America, I have to look around and see all the suffering my country has caused to black men, native americans, japanese americans, the japanese, prisoners, homosexuals, women, hispanics, the poor, veterans, the mentally ill, outside countries we decide to control, and anyone else who has been screwed over by Uncle Sam.
I am disappointed in “the land of the free” where white supremacy, violence, racial profiling, cruel imprisonment for profit, and the inability to love without boundaries reigns. It’s disappointing because I always thought America was about freedom. Turns out America is run by greedy corporate white men who don’t care if the status quo is hurting real Americans. They perpetuate these ideals until significant upheaval occurs, then they give us an inch to sedate us.
I was beginning to think What’s the point of doing anything about it? You should save yourself. Run off to another country as soon as you get the chance. Then I read this. And I realized that yeah I’m disappointed, but staying angry and letting bitterness swell in my heart will not change anything. I need to keep shouting at people. I need to keep posting Facebook statuses bashing racism and Mitt Romney. I need to keep my hope that America will live up to what its suppose to be one day. I can’t deny it. I’m American. My ancestors helped build this country on their backs for free. I’m not walking away from it. I’m fighting for it. Fighting for a country of opportunity and freedom for EVVVVVVERYBODY. When my hope is gone, the bad guys have won. All the fight my ancestors put up to ensure that my future was better than theirs would be in vain.
I can be disappointed. I can be angry for a bit. But I have to fight back. My people fought and got hella far. So why can’t I?
Keep hope alive,
This is Amurrrica.