“Here I go on the microphone about to wreck it. You thought a female M.C. couldn’t do it but now check it…If the blues is what you choose I’ll kick it Count Basie style. But if bebop is what you rock I’ll kick the Monk or some Miles…”—Rita Watson (Lauryn Hill), spitting on the playground.
“I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.”—audre lorde (via shesavibrantthing)
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity to act in the presence of fear. Faith is not the absence of doubt, but the courage to believe in spite of doubt. Trust is not the absence of qualms, but the capacity to go forward despite misgivings.”—Rev. Mary Harvey
“Since the murder of Martin Luther King, new commandments had been sworn, laws introduced bust most of it was decorative: statues, street names, speeches. It was as though something valuable had been pawned and the claim ticket lost…Question was, who pawned it in the first place and why.”—Toni Morrison
Let me start by saying Kim Wayans was absolutely brilliant! I’ve never seen her in a dramatic role and she owned it! All of it, from start to finish!
Now on the actually movie… I really liked it. There were some moments when it seemed like there was a pause in progression but it rebounded very quickly. The comedy in the script was more than I anticipated but totally appreciated and flowed naturally. Aside from the Kim Wayans praise, the entire cast really made me believe in this story. The acting was really good. The actress who played Alike was pretty amazing…The only thing that stood out more to me than the acting was the cinematography. I loved the points of view and lighting; although I didn’t like the shallow focus depth in some of the scenes but that was minor.
The only thing I found disappointing about “Pariah” was the lack of musical score. Khia’s ‘My Neck, My Back’ was featured in the opening scene but other than that there was really nothing. Granted with great acting like they had musical scores shouldn’t really matter but for a music head like me they do.
Overall, I’ll definitely add this to the collection when it’s released on dvd.
“To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”—Leo Buscaglia (via larmoyante)
I was watching a docu and a woman was speaking of her relationship with a pre-op transwoman and she said she didn’t consider herself a ‘lesbian’ because she was having hetero sex…..Now, she’s not attracted to men and doesn’t have sex with men (her girlfriend is a transwoman) but because of her girlfriend’s sexual organs she feels like she’s not a lesbian…I don’t understand this…Why is there so much emphasis on vagina and penis? The organs between our legs has very little to do with the attractions that occur in our minds and the gender identity we put forth. Our brains determine our orientations by the gender identities we find attractive. If a hetero woman dates a pre-op transman is she then a lesbian? She isn’t attracted to his vagina nor does she look at cisfemales and feel a sexual attraction. She’s dating a person who looks like a male, acts like a male and is socially perceived to be male but just so happens to have a vagina. Therefore she’s still perceived as hetero, regardless of the activities in their bedroom, correct? If so, the same should apply to transwoman and lesbians: a woman in a relationship with someone who has a female identity, even if she has a penis, is still a lesbian. Because we’re attracted to and romantically engage gender identities, not sexual organs. But then could it be asked that women who engage in relationships with super stud masculine women who answer to sir and mr. are not lesbians?
I know there are more inclusive terms like ‘pansexual’ that cover everything but honesty what avg person really knows what that means. And why is human sexuality so complicated with a thousand different categories and labels to describe our sex, attractions and gender?