This looks really good; this is how you shed the Disney image, and it totally doesn’t look like Vanessa Hudgens
This is going to be amazing. And if you hadn’t said that it was her, I wouldn’t have known.
Whaaaat? Yo…if this is what she’s about right now, then I’m ALL for it.
“At the moment, I’m homeless.”
“I thought you were waiting for someone.”
“I’m just trying to pass the time. I live in a shelter.”
"How did you become homeless?”
“I had a place, but I smoke, and I wasn’t supposed to.”
“What’s your typical day like?”
“I wake up because the lights come on in the shelter. You’ve got an hour to wash your body and do everything, and you have to do it on a schedule. Then, if you’re hungry … well, you don’t really want to eat the food there. It sucks. Anyway, you eat. They offer you oatmeal or eggs or cream of wheat.”
“When do you have to be out?”
“In the shelter I am, you have to be out of the building by 9 o’clock. Then you have to be in before 6 o’clock. You can go back during the day. But it makes me feel so, so unmanly because I have to answer to someone all the time. Sometimes I stay in the shelter in the daytime. I have a couple of my art pieces there. I hang out there half the day. Then I go to the library and read. Time passes quickly.”
“Can you afford to buy your own food?”
“Yes. I have money to eat elsewhere. And I choose not to eat at the shelter because I don’t want to take the food from a homeless person who needs it more.”
“Do you have friends or family?“
"I have two children.”
“Do you see them?”
“Not too often. I love them. They love me. I’m divorced.”
“You said you had some art pieces.”
“I’m an artist. I paint. I studied art history.”
“What do you paint?”
“Mostly portraits. I like people’s eyes.”
“Have you exhibited somewhere?”
“I used to exhibit on Newbury Street and elsewhere.”
“When was that?”
“About 20 years ago.”
“And then what happened?”
“Well, I also drink. I spent a lot of money on going out and partying.”
“Do you hope to get back into the art world?”
“That’s my dream. You know, you made my day. Why did you pick me? I feel so proud. I will always remember this date. I’m a homeless, highly educated black man who drinks. I’m homeless because I smoke. I never hurt anyone, never stole, never lied, never cheated. I’m so happy you talked to me. It awoke in me an aspect of humanity I had long forgotten. I feel so honored. Why me?”
I had a date tonight. And he was white yall.
Well hes Puerto Rican and white. But he white. Knaw mean.
And we’re at this hole in the wall bar downtown. And talking and stuff. We’re laughing, and making eye contact, not touching but you can tell that we’re there together.
I’m sitting at the…
Idk how I feel about this. On one end, I like seeing brothers appreciate us. However, from what I’ve seen, men that are strangers don’t typically approach a woman while she is out with another man. It’s usually a sign of disrespect. And yall were on a date… What if he was your boyfriend? I guess homie didn’t see white dude as a threat.
sister souljah speaks on “reverse racism”
You know what, no. I’m not comfortable with this standpoint. Only because I feel as though just because I’m Caucasian I’m immediately registered as an oppresser. I absolutely agree that many white children are raised as such, and that our society glorifies the white race much too highly, but I hate the generalizations that she makes near the beginning, everything after that I back up completely.
I get what you’re saying but
even though you may not be like the white people she is describing, you have benefited from the actions of those people and the laws/policies that they’ve used to further oppress black people since your birth and will continue to benefit from these same power dynamics throughout your life
she’s not making a generalization. she’s speaking about the system of white supremacy which is that no matter what if you are born white, you have privilege in America. Many black children too are taught that white children are better than them, for example. Everyone is fed this ideology from, pretty much birth. Even if you are doing something to break down that system, such as the people Larry pointed out, you’re still speaking out on the platform of your privilege, not experience of racism. It’s the whole point people were making about white people saying they “I am Trayvon Martin” when in fact, they are not and would never be perceived that way.