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Not normally this blog’s topic, but this needs to be spread like crazy. Internet privacy is a big fucking deal, and 83 notes on this as I reblog this is pathetic.

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Curtis Lepore is a rapist.

In September of last year, Curtis Lepore, ex-vocalist for GhostXShip and now “vine famous” shithead, was arrested after he raped his ex-girlfriend. She hit her head while filming a video and felt nauseous, so he went to pick her up and “watch over her” in case she had a concussion, despite her telling him no thank you. She went to bed later that night feeling sick and woke up to him raping her. Curtis’s laywer came to his defense by saying that “she said stop and he stopped”, however California law is very clear: having sex with someone while they are unconscious or sleeping is rape.

In this Rolling Stone article, he states “We had sex every day when she got to L.A. So, we had sex that same week. I would have never done anything that I didn’t think a girl was insinuating, anyway”. Sorry Curtis, prior consent is not consent.

On Feb 21st of this year, Curtis Lepore accepted a deal and plead no contest to felony assault as a means to dismiss the rape charge and avoid jail time. Don’t let the language used here fool you. While he is not a convicted rapist, his ex has said that he admitted to the rape on tape, he is on record excusing his actions because of prior consent, and his own mother was quoted as saying “He was lovingly waking her up. He did not rape her”. I’m just going to say this again… having sex with someone who is not able to give consent is rape

The reason I’m posting this is because not everyone is aware of all of this. I keep seeing gifs from his videos, photos of him in his old band, and vines of him and his dog. It’s extremely upsetting as a victim, as a woman, and as a human being who knows that rape is wrong and I just want to make you all aware. This man is dangerous. Please stop spreading his videos around like nothing happened. It’s just another reminder that once again, rapists will walk away free while their victims are left to pick up pieces.

HOLY SHIT!

I knew it was only a matter of time before people stamped “rapist” on him. Good.

Don’t read his tweets about the incident. He vicitim blames like a mother fucker just because he got away with it.

He’s disgusting.

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Zoe Saldana talking about her racial identification, back in 2006.

Since news first broke of Zoe’s casting in the lead role in an upcoming Nina Simone biopic, and then pictures emerged showing the use of makeup, a nose prosthetic and wigs to make her appear more like the dark-skinned, broad featured and Afro-wearing Simone, people have been dismayed, as it’s clear that Zoe’s bankability trumped reality in this casting, and she bears no real resemblance to the legendary musician.

But this is actually not unusual for a biopic or film featuring actual people. One need only look at the diverse array of actors who’ve portrayed Nelson Mandela on film to know that resemblance is not always the first consideration in casting biopics. In fact, it’s more notable when an actor does strongly resemble the person they’re portraying (e.g. Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady or Denzel Washington in ) than when they present a illusory facsimile via hairdo, clothes, mannerisms or accent (e.g. Meryl Streep in A Cry in the Dark or Denzel Washington in Hurricane).

But in the latest round of criticism, there has been a great deal of emphasis on Zoe as an Afro-Latina, as if the Latina negates Afro in that construction, or simply outright erasing her blackness. In reaction to the latest photo release, a hashtag started on Twitter “#blackbiopics” which likens Zoe in this role to white actors portraying legendary Black people, equating Zoe as a black woman in slightly darker makeup to a white actor in blackface.

This is exceptionally problematic. There is no question that lighter skin and features that more closely adhere to European-based standards of beauty are preferential to Black and non-Black people alike. There is also no question that there are quite a few actresses, some quite well known and acclaimed, who more closely resemble Nina Simone in skin tone, in features and body type. Zoe’s casting is a problem (though the entire film is problematic, it takes massive liberties with Simone’s life) but she is a Black woman. Saying that Zoe as Simone is in any way equivalent to Melissa McCarthy portraying Queen Latifah or Ryan Gosling as Malcolm X is a crass form of erasure.

There are so many representation issues in this film, we can take this film apart fifteen different ways. Going for the “critique” form that stands on the neck of a Black woman (while leaving Cynthia Mort, the white woman behind the film who has made a joke of Simone’s life untouched) and denies her even the basic facts of her identity is just not on.

(via amaditalks)

FINALLY, someone calls this what it actually is. Her casting is problematic and I take the most issue with the fact that Nina’s family didn’t want this and she said yes anyway. And what is also problematic is that THAT’S not the big issue here, that people in our own community have turned it into something that now involves, to quote, “a crass form of erasure.” The very erasure that is, clearly not suitable for public consumption of Nina (nor should it be), but is wholeheartedly endorsed by countless people who have wrongly assumed that it is their place to not only qualify Zoe’s blackness but deny it, outright. What an intense contradiction.

I don’t even understand this woman’s face, or how it’s possible that she is in her mid-thirties. I just. What.
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kierstenmh:

the hesitancy and uncertainty and then instant intimacy in this video is fascinating to watch. 

why am i in tears watching this? the world needs more random kissing, and less thoughtless hatred.

lucystillintheskywithdiamonds:

and when the fuck did Zoe ever say that she’s not black?
How is that people keep saying that but google doesn’t give me a single quote with her saying that, but it gives me plenty of quotes with her stating that she’s black and even talking about the racism she had to face in hollywood?

Yes! Thank you! Adding this since there’s (shock & awe) a video with her saying “I’m latin AND black.”http://www.bet.com/video/106andpark/106guestrewind/zoe-saldana-106-and-park-3326.html

I’ve followed her career and I’m a fan, I’ve read interviews where she hasn’t exactly worded things in the best way. But I get her. I get her viewpoint. And I am so tired of seeing people sharing quotes out of context because now it’s blown up into people saying “She doesn’t even want to call herself black.” And that’s just, frankly, a crock of horseshit. So here, have some quotes, and a video to prove otherwise, and sit down.

Here’s the thing: I was initially side-eyeing Zoe when she took the role. But then I saw people putting her down, calling her make-up blackface (thus claiming she isn’t even black in the first place) and decided I couldn’t be that person, or be part of that side of the conversation. Because to me, when you do that, you only hurt your own argument. And that leaves us nowhere. I am truly disgusted to see people in the same community tearing her down. Seeing the whole “She’s not black, she’s Dominican.” No, dumb dumb, she is both. And I have NEVER, in YEARS of reading her interviews, and watching her interviews, seen ANYTHING even remotely close to denying the fact that she is a black woman.

It’s pretty ridiculous seeing people post quotes, out of context and say, “daily reminder that Zoe Saldana said this.” Honestly? One of the FEW black women in films who is, very literally, banking billions of dollars at the box office for huge franchises on a consistent basis? Not to mention, in genres that have been predominantly white (sci-fi, comic book, etc). Zoe never said people of color don’t exist, and if you read the full interview or watch the video where she elaborates on that, you’d know she was referring to her hope (which is idealistic but well intended) is that she won’t have to consistently identify her race, ethnicity, and the like in every interview she has. That we can be identified as people, as humans, as opposed to our ethnic makeup because it’s a tired line of questioning. Personally, I champion any person who shuns labels. Putting a quote here because someone else said it better than I could: “America is one of the most racially obsessed nations on earth. And you’re questioning her view of race based on your view of race…not from a worldly perspective. Because if the writer of this article actually read a book, she’d know that countries all over the world, from Brazil amongst others define race differently..if at all. We define race biologically while nations like Brazil define by phenotype. Saldana’s point of view is actually very intelligent…” 

And the whole President quote I also think was taken out of context. From what I read of that full interview, she was referring to the idea that she will not complain because she would rather spend that time working. If a black man can work his ass off and make to the Presidency, no doubt facing racism along the way (and still is now because ‘Merica) then who the fuck is she to complain about racism in a town as fabricated and full of bullshit as Hollywood? If he can be President, then she can be a working actress, overcome those things, and continue to do her job. I don’t know, that’s just the way I see it.

I get people sharing their views, I think we shouldn’t shy away from these conversations. It is always healthy to disagree and discuss those disagreements. However, we should all find it incredibly problematic when, in raising concerns about celebrating one black woman we have to tear down another.  This is why we can’t have nice things.

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I posted this three times tonight and had three people tell me that I helped save their life. Thank you to those people who have decided to struggle through to let us enjoy the gift of one more day of their prescence gracing us all. I hope that you all reblog this, to save another few. Because we all dserve another chance and hope in life. I went to the hospital 6 times before I decided to keep my life but I hope none of you suffer that much. And I hope you all can make that scary, seemingly painful, blind, hoping, wonderful step to live.
I want to help you in any way I can. ANYTHING. I mean it. If I had had someone stay with me and text me or talk to me all night, just one time, it would have changed my life. I know how hard those nights can be.
<3,
Love,
Emily

^I love this girl more than words can express.  

foundmywaywheniwaslost: I am always here if anyone ever needs to talk/vent. You have a purpose, Please Stay Alive. <3

Not just for tonight but for the rest of your life. You have so much to look forward to in the future that if you choose to kill yourself, it will be the biggest mistake of your life. You’re going to miss out on people you’ll never be able to meet, kids you’ll never have, a partner to love or partys to go to. There’s just too much that you’ll miss out on. You deserve and have the right to be here as much as the person next to you does. You’re just a drop in the ocean. You were meant to be here and you have a purpose. Don’t ever forget that. And if you feel like you don’t, just believe in yourself because you do. If you ever feel worthless or like shit, know that I love you and those dicks that tell you shit are jealous that you’re who you are because there’s something about you that they wish they could have. Please stay strong and never give up because things DO GET BETTER.

3rd time I reblog this xx

Keep your self awake, I hope your here to stay. This day is not yet over, let me be your four leaf clover.

Reblogged it and queued it so it’ll post tomorrow too. And the next day and the next so I hope I can save someone. We all love you.

someone messaged me this morning saying it helped and thanked me, so im reblogging this again, and queuing it. stay strong guys. 

reblogging this everyday no matter what

i suck at tumblr anymore, but as someone who needed to see something like this when i was 16… i will always relobg something like this.
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