Monday, June 18, 2018

ApeSh*t Proves Beyoncé and Jay Z Troll on a Different Level

This weekend, The Carters dropped their long promised collaborative album, Everything is Love. They announced this drop with the visuals for their song, Apes**t, seen above.

The couple literally shut down the Louvre, populated it with dancers of color and filled its halls with trap beats. The visual feast that is this video is a very black triumph in a traditionally white space.

I live.

I am not the only one who thinks so. Rolling Stone also points out these elements:
"Some of their mission involves the strategic highlighting of non-white images already in the Louvre. Beyoncé and Jay-Z rap in front of an Egyptian sphinx, and in galleries filled mostly with neo-classical French paintings – white artists, white subjects – the camera singles out black faces...Beyoncé and Jay-Z set about interjecting blackness into a space that has never placed much value on it, claiming one of the centerpieces of European culture with gleeful defiance."

There is also lyrical defiance during the song. The fact that there has been a lot of press surround Rosanne recently calling Valerie Jarrett an ape (which led to her show that I have affectionately been calling "Klan-nish" being cancelled) and the Carters releasing a song only weeks later called "Apeshit" where they fill the whitest of spaces with Blackness isn't lost on me. Jay Z raps "I said no to the Superbowl: you need me, I don't need you. Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too."at the same time the camera pans to a line of young black men taking a knee, alluding to the peaceful protests made popular by Colin Kaepernick and other brave players.

Let it be known that The Carters are not here for the crazy and troll on a completely different level.

One Twitter user broke the video completely down by significance to the art pieces featured:

Or as another Twitter user so eloquently points out.

What do you think about the new Carters video? Drop a comment below!

Reclaimed Readables #MindfulMonday

Happy Monday, good people!

This week's #MindfulMonday features how to show more gratitude in your relationships, how to unwind at the end of the day, the most discrete sex toys, 10 healthy snacks that are not granola bars (but are healthier for you), and Sephora gets serious on serious on clean beauty.

The EveryGirl: How to show more gratitude in your relationships, the most discrete sex toys
Career Girl Daily: How to unwind at the end of the day
My Domaine: 10 healthy snacks that are way better for you than granola bars
Well+Good: Sephora gets serious on serious on clean beauty

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Has Jeff Sessions even read The Bible?

Many of us have been rocked by news coming to us from the border between the U.S. and Mexico that thousands of children have been forcefully taken from their parents when they cross the border illegally. Crossing the border illegally is a federal misdemeanor, and recrossing illegally is a felony.

But there is no law that mandates the separation of families crossing the border illegally

That atrocity is a result of the "zero-tolerance policy" under the Trump administration and announced by Sessions himself. Sessions used Romans 13:1 "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God." to justify the zero-tolerance policy created by the Trump administration to forcefully take children away from their parents when they crossed the border illegally.

Nevermind the separation of Church and State, Sessions' usage of the Bible is unnecessary, and just plain incorrect. True, Paul, the writer of the letter to the Roman church does indeed say that we are to "be subject to the governing authorities". But Romans 13 also says; 
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:8-10)
Jeff Sessions, in taking this scripture out of context, is guilty of doing what his predecessors have done when justifying slavery, manifest destiny, and other atrocities on this soil and others; bastardizing the faith in defense of White Supremacy.

To be clear; The Bible was written for an oppressed people by oppressed people. The story of the children of Abraham is the story of those who were reviled, enslaved, and brutalized, and how God delivered them from it all. And the only supremacy spoken of in scripture is Jesus' supremacy of us all (Colossians 1:15-20). Colossians 3:11 says "we are all one", and that no one is above nor below anyone else, therefore making the idea of any supremacy outside of Jesus, heresy and blasphemy. 

Not only that but believers in the faith are given direct and specific guidelines to how we treat others, especially those whom the Bile calls "foreigners". Leviticus 19:33-34 says "When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God." Over and over again, the Bible is VERY clear that "you shall not oppress the foreigner" (Exodus 22:21/23:9, Leviticus 19:33/23:22/24:22, Deuteronomy 10:19/24:14, Zechariah 7:10) 

The Bible is also clear on how we are to treat children. Matthew 18:10 says "See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven."
The Bible is very clear that, no matter who we engage, we are to do so in a just and kind way, reflective of the just and kind God we serve. Isaiah 1:17 says "Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause." Ps 82:3-4 says "Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked." Jeremiah 22:3 says "Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place." Or, the short version, in Micah 6:8, it says "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

Galatians 5:14 says "For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”"

Conversely, there are consequences for those who ignore these commands. In Matthew 25:41-45, where Jesus tells the story of the "sheep and the goats", He explains why the goats are turned away, saying:
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’"
In Malachi 3:5, it says "Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts." Deuteronomy 27:19 says Cursed be anyone who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’"

And about those laws Sessions cites when he originally cited Romans 13. These is also a scripture for those who create immoral laws and oppression. Isaiah 10:1-2 says "Woe to those who enact unjust statutes and issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of fair treatment and withhold justice from the oppressed of My people..."

It doesn't get any more clear than that.
There are numerous scriptures to back up the fair and just treatment of all peoples. For too long, those who would cleave to the ideals of White Supremacy have used The Bible to bludgeon and beat upon the oppressed, the poor, women and people of color, I would say since they got their hands upon it. Constantine co-opted the faith of an oppressed sect of Judaism for his own benefit and restarted the chain of events that would use The Bible as backing for the violence and oppression it clearly speaks against. It has been used by White Supremacists to justify horrors; the invasion of the land we now occupy, the genocide of Native populations, the enslavement of African peoples, the middle passage, the crusades, and countless other feuds, wars, and violence perpetrated on Brown peoples by White peoples "In the name of God."

And its wrong.

So no, Mr. Sessions. 

You cannot use Scripture to defend your immoral, inhumane and unjust policies. 
You cannot use what Paul says in Romans 13 about following the law and miss what he says later in that same passage that love fulfills the law. 
You cannot use God's Holy word to justify what Scripture speaks very clearly against. 
You cannot pick and choose the parts of the Bible you like to build a case for your immoral argument. 
You do not get to treat the Bible as some buffet where you can pick one or two things you like and leave out the rest, omit the canon of scripture that goes completely against your inhumane stance. 

You do not get to bastardize my faith with your demonic white supremacy.

So in response to Jeff Sessions citing of Romans 13, I ask, 'has Jeff Sessions even read The Bible?'

Friday, June 15, 2018

Reclaimed Readables

Happy Friday beauties and beaus!

Today's Readables feature Ikea and Solange announce a collaboration, Sephora is planning its own beauty con, how to dress for humid weather, 9 amazing natural deodorants, and 22 women on the best advice from their dads.

Apartment Therapy: Ikea and Solange announce a collaboration
The Cut: Sephora is planning its own beauty con
WhoWhatWear: How to dress for humid weather
Well+Good: 9 amazing natural deodorants
Refinery29: 22 women on the best advice from their dads

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Reclaimed Readables

Happy Thursday good people!

Today's Readables feature 6 Finance Experts share their best tips, why 1 woman refuses to give money to a man, how to ask for a raise, the question 73% of people cannot answer and why it matters, and ask will carrying these crystals actually help your financial life.

Well+Good: How to ask for a raise, will carrying these crystals actually help your financial life?
The EveryGirl: 6 Finance Experts share their best tips
Bolde: Why 1 woman refuses to give money to a man
My Domaine: The question 73% of people cannot answer and why it matters