Santigold

It’s a Santigold kind of day! She’s been around for a while–working on her own art and collaborating with some major names like Kanye West, Lykke Li, and M.I.A.

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Image via tracks.arte.tv

A lot of her sounds have been sampled and used commercially (like Disperate Youth), or apparently, this movie called Paper Towns. She’s a hustler. If you need a fire lit under your ass today, check out as much of her music as you can.

Keep jamming! ♥

Sorry, not sorry.

“Tell your sister you’re sorry!” My mom used to threaten this after some childhood scuffle. She’d scowl from a doorway, eyeing the situation. Me, being the oldest, was more often beholden to apologize to my younger sister. I’d say it flatly, not sorry in the least. “Say it like you mean it!” My mom demanded I repeat my apology until she was satisfied it held the right amount of remorse. Then my sister and I continued playing, usually under a little grey cloud of resentment and annoyance until I could escape to my books and pretend like I didn’t have a sibling.

Oh, childhood. I’m sure many of can relate: all was not fair in playtime until someone said “sorry.” As we grew, this transaction expanded into the schoolyard, throughout academia, friendships, romantic relationships, and jobs. We’re adults now, and we still say “sorry.” Especially us women.

Continue reading “Sorry, not sorry.”

TV imitating podcast.

A podcast becoming a TV series. Has this happened before? I’m not sure, but it looks like Zach Braff will be starring in a pilot for the Gimlet Media podcast Start Up!

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He looks like someone who would quit his job to follow misadventure. Image via TheIndependent.co.uk

We coincidentally (seriously) covered it here on Smash Up on our Podcast Roundup. Braff will play Alex Schuman, likely modeled after Alex Blumberg, who “who quits his job as a journalist to become an entrepreneur.” Read our review of the podcast and stream Start Up, so you can be prepared to compare each televised plot twist to the original source.  😉

Read the write up on vulture.com!

We are not property.

This still happens. It’s not a myth. It’s not a once-in-a-blue-moon scenario. It’s not just something salacious for news ratings. Sex trafficking is real, and every day young kids, specifically women and girls, are sold or traded around the globe as the sexual property of whoever pays for them.

Women and girls make up 98% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation. — Equality Now

I’m saddened and enraged. It’s one of those problems that feels like there’s no way anyone could ever get to the bottom of it. But, mercifully in this instance, Shelia Fredrick trusted her gut and took action.

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Shelia Frederick. Image via Women in the World at The New York Times.

“Frederick spotted the hallmark signs of trafficking […] noting that the young girl and the well-dressed older man seemed mismatched. She also said the girl ‘looked like she had been through pure hell.'” — Women in the World at NYTimes.com

Educate yourself through some of the following links and further research. Consider donating to a nonprofit, writing your state representative, volunteering clothing or time to rehabilitation services, or promoting a non-profit on social media. The only way to kill darkness, abuse, and degradation is to drag it into the harsh light. Don’t be afraid to listen to your instincts and question. Nothing wrong can ever come from questioning.

If you have any recommendations or your own stories of service, please send them to smashupmag@gmail.com. We’ll compile a list of resources and post it on the site.

Becky with the good hair.

You know how we’re told at a young age that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes? Forget it. There’s still a bias against “natural” hair, specifically, the textured hair of women of color. NPR reports, “The ‘Good Hair Study’ asked over 4,000 participants to take an online IAT, or implicit association test, which involves rapidly-changing photos of black women with smooth and natural hair, and rotating word associations with both. According to the study, ‘a majority of people, regardless of race and gender, hold some bias towards women of color based on their hair.’ But the results also indicate that this bias is learned behavior, and can be unlearned.”

The article continues with the findings that “White women demonstrate the strongest bias–both explicit and implicit–against textured hair.” They rated it as ‘less beautiful,’ ‘less sexy/attractive’ and ‘less professional than smooth hair.’ However, white women who are in contact with black women naturalistas demonstrated lower levels of bias.”

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Tracee Ellis Ross. Image via CurlyNikki.com

A correlation is made between this information and that many female managers decide what looks are “appropriate for work.” This adds pressure to women of color to “soften” their image and, consequently, straighten their hair. “Given that white women make up a large majority of the 38 percent of female managers who decide what looks are appropriate for work, legal conflicts sometimes ensue. And courts tend to rule in favor of employers in such cases.”

Granted, people can find different variations of physical appearance acceptable. A lot of people don’t like tattoos. A lot of people like tattoos. A lot of people don’t prefer short hair. A lot of people prefer short hair. The key is to identify whether your bias is rooted in invalid assumptions or perceptions about the identity of that person. This is something that needs to be addressed and unworked as we move to celebrate a culturally diverse society that recognizes all the representations of genetics and culture.

Test yourself at Perception Institute’s Hair IAT and think about it.

The Raveonettes

Your weekend jam is right here. Thanks to The Raveonettes for not giving a fuck and recording a song about destroying boys who rape. ×_×

Boys who rape should all be destroyed
Boys who rape should all be destroyedThree to one girl
How can you win
One horrid night
You hope that it’s a bad dreamThey rip you to shreds
Make you feel useless
You’ll never forget
Those fuckers stay in your head

Boys who rape should all be destroyed
Boys who rape should all be destroyed

They rip you to shreds
Make you feel useless
You’ll never forget
Those fuckers stay in your head

Boys who rape should all be destroyed
Boys who rape should all be destroyed

Boys who rape should all be destroyed
Boys who rape should all be destroyed

More! More! (Not about rape.)

I did grow up to be me.

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Image via Fusion.net

Ashlee Haze. This girl is wild. Her slam poem “For Colored Girls (The Missy Elliott Poem)” is featured on Blood Orange’s latest album Freetown Sound, sampled on the first track “By Ourselves” (others are on there too like De La Soul and Venus Extravaganza from the documentary Paris is Burning). In the song, her cadence bursts in on top of intertwining saxophones. There’s so much earnestness and youth. You feel like you did as a kid on a summer afternoon–everything is yours and your biggest dream is going to materialize from the blue sky.

Listen to “By Ourselves” and watch Ashlee perform the poem live >>>