im normally not attracted to 'darkskin' women.. but Daayuuuum you are straight jaw droppin gorgeous lady. ;)
I’m assuming ‘darkskin’ is a synonym for black by the way you’re using it because I’m fucking yellow as hell. So, I’d like for you to take your backhanded compliment and shove it up your ass because I’m having none of it.
Dude got ethered.
Seated Portuguese Figure
Benin (18th Century)
Brass, 12.38 cm.
Merchants and explorers from Portugal first made contact with the kingdom of Benin in 1486, initiating an economic relationship that ultimately had a profound impact upon the art and politics of this West African state. Benin’s oral histories relate how Oba Esigie, who ruled Benin in the early sixteenth century, skillfully utilized these new trading partners to augment and consolidate his personal power and expand his kingdom’s military and economic strength within the Guinea Coast region of Africa. From this period onward, images of Portuguese traders were widely incorporated into royal Benin art forms.
This tiny figure of a seated Portuguese man is a type of cast brass sculpture displayed on royal ancestral altars within the palace compound. Given its small size, it may have originally been a component of a larger work, now lost, such as an altar tableau (aseberia) or a brass altar to the hand (ikegobo).
Although the Portuguese were physically different and initially quite unfamiliar to Benin’s artists, sculptural depictions such as this one are very much in keeping with the aesthetic criteria and conventions of Benin courtly arts. In this sculptural tradition, identity and social status were indicated through clothing and other personal accoutrements rather than by facial features, which were typically generalized and slightly abstracted. Like most Benin artists, the creator of this seated figure exaggerated those generic aspects of the European face he found distinctive and representative, such as the large, beaklike nose, long hair, and luxurious moustache and beard.
However, most of his interest appears to have been directed toward his subject’s costume: its naturalism exhibits a keen attention to detail. The high-crowned hat, buttoned doublet with flared shoulders, patterned sleeves, ruffled collar, breeches, and boots are all faithfully rendered. Compared to other Portuguese subjects depicted in cast brass sculptures from Benin, this man’s clothing appears to be especially fine and elaborate, suggesting an individual of significant wealth and importance.
-Metropolitan Museum of Art
#The black experience
i’m not ashamed to be the descendant of enslaved Africans
my people overcame the impossible
to create lives and a culture
i couldn’t be prouder of that
That’s the queue for the ‘AA’s have no culture, have western imperialistic privilege ’ crowd to shut the hell up.
“My fear is that Lupita Nyong’o and her beauty will fall into that category: many will view her as an anomaly among women that dark. No, she’s not. For many of us who have adored women of all hues for a long time, Lupita Nyong’o is not the exception … she’s the rule.””
— T. J. Holmes
American newspapers just seizing the opportunity to have a little fun with slavery. Totally accidental and/or harmless.
In other news: microaggressions are common verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile or negative slights to marginalized groups. (via Donovon X Ramsey)
What do you think? Catchy headlines or microaggressions?
The last two I could write off as just lazy editing
The first two? Motherfuckers playing games
All of them are intended to demean. You could shorten the film title to “12 Years” just as easily and actually more descriptively, but throwing the word “Slave” around with “master” and pictures of Lupita Nyong’o is a way of re-emphasizing how US society views Black people.
The stupidity of the mainstream media never ceases to amaze.