Nigerian-American. Bi, Black, FAT. Avi by @AlisaValdesRod1! She/Her. Creator of #TheKentTest. Author of Fat Off, Fat On (out NOW)! Rep’d by @draper_claire.
Oct 8, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
In my latest, I snarkily talk about all the reasons why #ColumbusDay is wack, ahistorical, and why it totally shouldn’t be a thing anymore.
Besides the “holiday” being an affront to our Indigenous siblings, it is also in line with America’s ever-present tradition of simultaneously celebrating White mediocrity and depravity and tbh, return to sender please 😐
Oct 5, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Hi. It’s true that America’s White supremacist “education” (re: propoganda) system purposely obscures & omits all kinds of Black stories. AND it’s true that the technology/social media boom at the turn of this millenia has given us access to an unprecedented amount of information
~Both things~ can be true. Because nuance lol
.@Buzzfeed I demand to know what White intern tweeted this 😖
Sep 30, 2018 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
I hate how this question is a thing too (i.e misogynoir & colorism) but the older I get, the more I realize that it’s not because the asker is seeking validation (eff y’all, BW are dope), but more so because bigotry in dating is an immense time waster & who got time to waste?
Listening to Dawson yesterday remembering some things that Toni Morrison has explained about racial trauma/race-specific gaslighting, I am reminded that the most violent thing about racism is not just the actual violence but the joy & the *time* that it steals away from us.
Sep 28, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
As you are saying this, Debra, media outlets are still having a field day with male survivor Jimmy Bennett for even *daring* to come forward about being allegedly assaulted by Asia Argento.
What is with y’all and lying about the believability of male/non-women survivors? Like patriarchy doesn’t also chew them up and spit them out for being ~weak enough~ to be assaulted???? Hmm? What gives?
Sep 27, 2018 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
In high school debate, my coach taught me that “I don’t know” is a perfectly good answer and is way more sincere than spouting BS.
The first time I used “I don’t know...[but we can research that]” in a debate, my opponent got so flustered that he didn’t really have a rebuttal. He had been expecting me to talk outta my ass so when I didn’t, he was shook 😂😂😂
Sep 26, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Y’all church niggas goofy. But considering all the reasons I left, this is just par for the course, really.
Yes. PLEASE ask me for my number while you’re patting down my afro, titties and God Knows What Else. That’s not fucking weird or inappropriate at all 🙄🙄🙄
Sep 25, 2018 • 13 tweets • 5 min read
In my latest piece, I discuss the insecurity of WW & the sheer absurdity (& racism) of complaining that Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian are too ~in love~ with each other online when you got folx like Ryan Reynolds/Blake Lively & etc out here.
ICYMI, near the end of last week, Ms. Heather of Slate put out one of her angry journal entries online, complaining about Serena and Alexis’s public romance, asking why they feel the need to be so perfomative and what they have to prove 😒
Sep 23, 2018 • 18 tweets • 9 min read
I am now watching #NappilyEverAfter and I’m already wondering where the heat damage is at 😂
Shadow Moon is a doctor??? Oh ok!
Just to be clear, if I ever have spawn and you, a grown 31-year-old, are caught texting them, a not-grown 14-year-old—WHO YOU ARE NOT AT ALL RELATED TO— about *boys and relationships*, I am meeting you outside.
You gonna have to explain to your maker why you thought it was your business to be engaging in TEXTBOOK GROOMING with a 14-year-old 😬
Sep 19, 2018 • 9 tweets • 4 min read
In my first ever piece for @Essence, I revisit Nipplegate & the treatment of Janet Jackson, rewind to this month’s US Open and the treatment of Serena Williams & discuss how both incidents are connected because our society virulently hates “cocky” BW.
I’ve been absolutely ITCHING to write something since I discovered (unsurprisingly) that Les Mooves made it his personal mission to destroy Janet. Ditto on what happened to Williams (and Osaka).
Sep 18, 2018 • 19 tweets • 11 min read
It is 6:35am over here. I woke up for this. Don’t ever doubt that I love women. Or Carol 😩
Marvel already knows it’s target audience for this movie:
I cross posted my Erivo thread to my other socials and one particularly goatheaded Nigerian and the audacity to imply I’m in the same boat as Lu**ie because my pen name is “Clarkisha”.
You can imagine my face (and probably hers) when I pointed out Clarkisha is *literally* a play on Clark Kent, a comic book character, as I would never use a real AfAm name (for a come-up) or position myself as an expert on AfAm culture (for a come-up) because I am not gross 😬
Sep 16, 2018 • 16 tweets • 6 min read
“Oh no, is another diaspora war startin—“
Shut the fuck up. I have had enough. It’s very Caucasian and *extremely* anti-Black to spin this conversation about Erivo like it’s just an attack to be petty and nothing more.
I say this because it is HIGH time we discuss:
a. the intersections of classism & racism that go into this preference for Black British actors (or any non-American ones) over their AfAm counterparts
b. the exoticism (and lowkey tokenism) that goes into such castings as well.
Sep 11, 2018 • 8 tweets • 4 min read
#WorldSuicidePreventionDay was yesterday and going ghost #onhere for it was probably the smartest thing I’ve done recently because folx have been dropping like flies the last two years. 2018 has been a particularly dangerous year for young death. And the ages keep dropping.
I’m about 4(?) years removed from my first suicide attempt. Is it gonna be my last? Meh. IDK. I feel like it would be hella dishonest to say a simple yes or no, but it has been interesting to reflect on it year after year.
Well. I’m going to probably stay away from Twitter today because I really don’t need to see that racist “picture” of Serena over & over again on my TL since it’s now viral (🙄) but for the love of all that is sacred, STOP fucking tagging Serena, her husband, & Osaka in that mess.
I have seen TWO people I like and respect doing this and I know you believe you are doing this under the guise of awareness or whatever the FUCK, but I imagine Serena and Alexis see enough shit on the daily about their mf relationship and Osaka about her multiracial heritage.
Sep 9, 2018 • 6 tweets • 5 min read
@SterlingKBrown@oliviamunn .@SterlingKBrown Hey so I’m a long time fan of your work & I am REALLY glad you said something, because I need you and rest of the cast to understand that before this, Munn was left twisting in the wind by her *all male cast members* for the last 48 hours. That doesn’t look good.
@SterlingKBrown@oliviamunn That said, I know you feel like this is a strong statement, but it’s not. Too many times, the discourse when it comes to predators (let’s call this man what he is) is a rush to ask survivors to “forgive first” (even if it’s unearned) without even analyzing wtf happened.
Aug 31, 2018 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
STOP FUCKING CALLING THE POLICE TO DEAL WITH MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE.
It’s very on brand for White men in this country to petulantly demand forgiveness they do not deserve for heinous indiscretions that, in this case, they admitted to and request shots at redemption they surely don’t give a damn about.
This is quadruply so for famous White men.
This week’s example is obviously Louis C.K and jointly Michael Ian Black’s headass (even tho he could have sat there and ate his food), but personally, I’ve been over this redemption shit since y’all muthafuckas put Mel Gibson back in Christmas movies 🤷🏾♀️