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Melissa Harris-Perry tweeting her thoughts on the movie The Help live while watching it on August 10th 2011
She later said on MSNBC that it was the periphery of that story that she took issue with, arguing that “the African American domestic workers become props” for the white protagonist, and that it reduced the struggles of laborers in the South to light Hollywood fare.
“This is not a movie about the lives of black women,” she clarified, as their lives were not, she argued, “Real Housewives of Jackson, Mississippi… it was rape, it was lynching, it was the burning of communities.”
You–or your handful of “feminist” sources–claim that first lady Obama is not a feminist because she says her most important job is being “mom-in-chief” to her two daughters…
You wring your hands about first lady Obama’s quote “safely and soothingly domestic” issues. You quote a feminist who “marvels that someone of the first lady’s ‘capacities and education has done so little of substance.‘
Given how simplistic your piece is, let me make this very simple: you are wrong.
— Melissa Harris-Perry in her open letter to Politico Magazine’s Michelle Cottle for her op-ed on Michelle Obama becoming a “feminist nightmare” (via msnbc)
#iStandWithMHP for so many reasons, but also because she could be fired just as Martin Bashir was…and despite all the (overwhelmingly White) haters crawling out of the woodwork to call her a racist, THIS is the reality of so-called reverse racism: White people being mad about a Black or brown person can get them fired. Black people being mad about something a White person said will not get anyone fired. Nothing happens either way until enough White people decide they’re mad
"As a proud black trans woman, I was not going to allow the system to delegitimize & hypersexualize & take my identity away from me."
8 awesome Black women in political media. Gwen Ifill, Melissa Harris-Perry, Goldie Taylor, Tamron Hall, Anthea Butler, Donna Brazile, Zerlina Maxwell, and Joy Reid. They’re smart, educated, accomplished, and insightful. Some have previous media experience and writing/publishing experience as well as activist work. I appreciate their voices, whether their particular views on a topic matches mine or not—their voices are important.
Gwen Ifill, Melissa Harris-Perry and Tamron Hall have their own shows; Washington Week, The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and NewsNation, respectively. Donna Brazile is a CNN commentator and political strategist/analyst. Goldie Taylor frequents MSNBC shows for cultural criticism and political commentary. Anthea Butler is a frequent political analyst guest on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and Joy Reid frequents MSNBC shows and was recently on an episode of Meet The Press.
A panel of all black women wearing their hair the way it actually grows. It’s happy yet sad, but this panel was probably the first of its kind on mainstream TV.
I’m mean I’m mad, but I’m mad about something. I’m not mad as an inherent aspect of my Blackness or my womanhood, but mad about something.
This quote comes from her brilliant discussion with bell hooks on how people tried to shape her response to poor shaming that occurred on her show as her being irrationally angry and as some personality facet, when it was simply a legitimate response to a very disgusting problem of classism and racism in America. And this uniquely happens to Black women based on long held stereotypes and controlling images about Black womanhood, shaped by misogynoir.(via gradientlair)
Today I watched a GREAT discussion between bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry, hosted by The New School. They discussed some great topics centered on Black women’s voices and experiences. I live tweeted the event, which is now in a Storify. To view the event (about an hour and fifteen minutes long), check Ustream. Also The Melissa Harris-Perry Show website should be adding the video soon.
Good stuff. Must watch!