We’ve all heard of Betty Boop. But how many of you knew that she was based off of a BLACK woman.

Yes Betty Boop was based off of Ms.Esther Jones known by her stage name “Baby Esther”. She was an African-American singer and entertainer of the 1920’s. Her singing trademark was “Boop oop da doop” hence the name Betty Boop! She performed regularly at the cotton club in Harlem,New York.


Well shit!










Female pilots edited out of the Star Wars movies.

I saw the tweets about this today, and I was like oh yeah, I remember hearing about that.

And then I saw the pictures and just— wow. What it would have meant to have these women in the movie, all this time. I can’t properly articulate it but it’s hitting me unexpectedly hard.

Wow thats a shame, even a nice old lady too.  These Space Valkyries  should have been left in.

They really should have.

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I lived, ate, and breathed Star Wars from age 2 until 2005 when RotS finally beat the enthusiasm out of me, and I have NEVER, EVER in all my reading on behind-the-scenes and makings-of heard of these shots. It’s a shame there was no relaunched edit of the original trilogy they could have slipped these in OH FUCKING WAIT THERE’S BEEN LIKE 3 OF THOSE NOW.

Fuck. FUCK. Whoever decided to edit out and bury these needs to french kiss an angle grinder.

I want to see the old lady in the A-Wing. Seriously, it’s like, she’s somebody’s grandma. Some kid in the Outer Rim Territories got greased by the Empire for seeing something she wasn’t supposed to see, and her grandma, the bush pilot, decided “Fuck this, I’m gonna strap on an fighter and make the Empire fucking PAY for the moment it decided to fuck with MY FAMILY.”


These are quickly being put into the “always reblog” category.

Whenever there is a war, there are women who are warriors. Then they get erased from history. Happens in real wars and fictional ones alike.


My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.


"Why Do You Blog About Beyoncé?"

  • Actual answer I gave an academic (doctoral degree candidate) for a survey: "Because her relevance in pop culture cannot be denied. You can't even discuss pop culture without mentioning her and have a modern well-rounded discussion. And since expressions and interpretations of Black womanhood--either via choice or forced hypervisibility in the White Gaze--occur via pop culture in a country with a social politic heavily shaped by media, discussing Beyoncé's influence matters. Because she's regularly positioned as "not feminist" where this operates as "not human" because of the way feminism is automatically conferred on White womanhood because of anti-Blackness and misogynoir, Beyoncé becomes an interesting topic for me to challenge Black subjectivity and humanity that's regularly denied, but in a way appealing to many people outside of the academe and aware of pop culture's power and influence. Plus, I just like her music and the subversive and overt ways she affirms Black womanhood as she sees it, which is nuanced albeit still human since like most Black women, it will both confer and reject certain facets of the oppressive society that we live in, and thus, leaves room to both grow and influence others."
  • The everyday answer: "Um, she rocks 5eva. BAE! Really that simple. For the same reason why I blog about so *many* other Black women; receipts in the Archive and shit. She doesn't have to be perfect to be great, nor do I have to defend *any* Black women I like to people who hate Black women by default."