…..you can touch my hair but your family can’t so don’t ask.
LOOK AT HIS FACE.
And this is what happens when you let a man babysit. LOL
omg someone do that to me right now
Urban Outfitters is doing their best to get these white hipster kids shot up.
I hope they do
I was just gonna leave this but it’s annoyed the hell out of me. Why does anyone deserve to be SHOT FOR THE CLOTHING THEY WEAR AND THE COLOUR OF THEIR SKIN?
DOESN’T THAT SOUND FAMILIAR?!
Paisley print (or whatever you yourself call it, because it changes from area to area and person to person) has been worn on clothing for centuries. Here’s a link to a whole host of sites detailing the history of paisley print, as well as the origin (which, if cultural appropriation is the reason people suddenly DESERVE TO DIE for this shit, then no-one should be wearing it but Iranians and Indians…), so at least read about this stuff before you go saying this heinous stuff.
this bitch said paisley print
thats blood and crip wtf are u talkin about??
Just click the link dude… It’s right there…
Idk if they have blood or crip in the UK but niggas out here is reckless you wear the wrong colors in the wrong area you gone be on first 48 and they don’t care about sskin color, age or gender.
um it’s urban outfitters aka everything appropriation depot … do you really think they coincidentally made these red and blue ?
defend single mothers to the fuckin grave
this is important
Weight should be like virginity.
Once you lose it you can’t get it back
Ohhhh. I thought you were gonna say “Weight should be like virginity: a societal ideal by which we shouldn’t measure our personal worth.”
lol tried it.
welp…that’s enough internets for one day
Let me just preface this by saying that I love YouTube! You can find anything there, right down to the most obscure footage.
The video above is on a Nigerian entertainer named “Area Scatter”. It’s interesting because he was openly transgender, and performed as a woman. He performed all over Igbo land, and was loved by many.
My friend’s Aunt recently came back from Aba, and said such an entertainer would not be welcomed today, much less someone whose falls under the LGBT umbrella as an identity. Area Scatter was definitely brave to be true to himself in public, but in the current Nigerian climate, someone like him would definitely be in grave danger. I’m in no way insinuating that Nigeria was once this utopia of equality, but things are definitely getting worse.
So, what has happened to our people over the years?
Thanks so much for sharing this amazing clip! It’s interesting because historically differential gender identity and expression as well as homosexuality were not necessarily seen in a negative light in much of Africa prior to Western colonization and intensive missionary activity. Although there may not have been distinct labels to delineate and ascribe exclusive labels to LGBT* folks in many of our cultures, as that is an inherently Western capitalistic system which also denies the fluid natures of gender identity and sexual orientation, that does not mean that those who we would define in the West to be “LGBT*” never existed in Africa.
In all truth, we’ve always been there, but Western colonization and missionary activity has systematically shamed and silenced us in an attempt to erase us from the history and fabric of our communities. Racists like the Orientalist explorer Sir Richard Burton stated that homosexuality was a vice “indigenous” to much of the world other than sub Saharan Africa and this was rooted in the belief that as black peoples we were so primitive, ”close to nature” and culturally unsophisticated that all we were capable of was the “natural” biological impulse for heterosexual relationships (of course ignoring the fact that homosexual behavior is widely documented in hundreds of animal species). One can only guess, but it wouldn’t seem like much of a stretch to think that Burton and other Western “leaders of thought” on Africa and the larger world would assume that our “primitive” nature would ascribe us to very traditional patriarchal gender roles fitting the Western model as well.
Colonization and the continued infiltration of Western neoimperialism and missionary activity in our countries continues to wreak tremendous havoc on the lives of Africans we would consider “LGBT*” in the West. As Busangokwakhe Dlamini states in his amazing article, “Homosexuality in the African context”
The colonialists did not introduce homosexuality to Africa, but rather intolerance of it and systems of surveillance and regulation for expressing it… These systems were not meaningful as long as the reaction of the colonised was simply to hide or deny such practices. Only when native people began to forget that same-sex patterns were ever part of their culture did homosexuality become truly stigmatised.
Similar modes of intolerance have also been deployed against trans* individuals in much of Africa. The differential reactions to Area Scatter in the 1970s versus today are just so telling of how colonization is an ongoing process which is still molding, shaping and hurting our communities and perpetuating the erasure of the LGBT* individuals who have always been a part of African societies. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Area Scatter was widely accepted in Igbo communities and had achieved tremendous fame in Igboland. What should stand as the larger historical aberration is how they would now no longer be accepted for their gender identity in our communities. This is colonization in action.
In any case, this clip is awesome and as an Igbo person I love seeing videos like this which serve so well to debunk these Western-generated ideas that anything LGBT* related is not “indigenously African,” perpetuating our colonization-spawned demonization within many of our communities. Thank you for being awesome Area Scatter! You’re amazing!
(h/t thefemaletyrant for linking me to tons of amazing articles on LGBT* individuals in Africa over the last few weeks)
The commentary above is insightful, but a mistake can be made when labelling people’s identity based on Western perceptions or when you completely misunderstand the context of something from the point of view of a particular society. The most we know about Area Scatter is that he was a man who often performed as a female folk-singer character. It’s unfortunate that he’s not here for us to get more information about his life, but from what we know his was a performance rather than a permanent life style.
The emphasis on context is so we understand the tradition of Igbo (and related groups’) male performance as females or female masquerading by males. Area scatter isn’t the first or last male-identifying person to assume a female character to reflect society in the assumed eyes of a female, particularly an (assumed) attractive maiden. There have been others (including boys) that have followed on from Area Scatter who aren’t necessarily feminine, but are often seen in masquerade shows and other performances and so on, often with a mask, but exceptions exist. These masquerades such as Nwanyi afo ime (‘pregnant woman’), Adamma, female Okoroshi masks, Agbogho Mmuo, and various Mami Wata inspired masks follow a very old masking tradition that, if taken out of their context, like this video has been, can be misconstrued as a personal identity, it’s important not too otherwise traditions would just be muddled up with peoples actual identity. Area Scatter seems like a contemporary version of those masks, similar to Adamma.
Area Scatter is somewhat of a (tragic) comic.
Like many ‘casual’ female masks (Igbo, Ibibio, an all), Area Scatters’ character seems more like a tease, while he dishes out important messages through this persona. It’s comedy (I think he’s the one narrating since he say’s “my song”). There’s an interesting article about gender identity and a female mask from Ngwo in Enugu State, Nigeria called Adamma. (Area Scatter was from (the old) Imo State).
But all that’s not saying a fluid gender identity or same gender loving didn’t exist.
In the criminal justice system-- Television:
SEXUALLY-BASED OFFENSES ARE CONSIDERED ESPECIALLY HEINOUS. IN NEW YORK CITY, THE DEDICATED DETECTIVES WHO INVESTIGATE THESE VICIOUS FELONIES ARE MEMBERS OF AN ELITE SQUAD KNOWN AS THE SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT. THESE ARE THEIR STORIES. DUN DUN. Me:
A huge thing i’m looking for in a partner is for them to know and practice gentleness
^realest thing I’ve seen on tumblr today^
I will tell this to my daughter.