Biram Ba

Digital artist living in Poland.

heysawbones:

Punish them.

WELP THAT’S THE END OF CHAPTER ONE, FOLKS. If you haven’t been reading MO because of the page-a-week update schedule, now’s a good time to visit the archive! It is, perhaps, also a good time to share the comic with your friends? Eyebrow waggle.

Beginning of Chapter One

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Weekly updates resume Monday, 20 October! Stick around for progress updates and THANK YOU for reading!

(oh my god thank you so much)

alone-together87 asked: With the childhood abuse thing, how did you overcome it? Because it seems impossible.

stripperina:

For me, there is no “overcoming” childhood trauma in the sense that it no longer effects me in any way.  It will always have some level of effect on me. 

At one point I was exploring the concept of grief (a friend/mentor had died unexpectedly) and came to the realization that grief is not something you move through and past, but something that moves through you.  I had always imagined it as a forest that you entered, walk through for a while, and eventually exited.  But that was inaccurate.  It is more like the wind.  Sometimes it is still and you cannot feel it at all, and other times it is so strong you can barely stand, but it is the one that is moving and changing around you while you stand still.  It is never gone completely, but it’s also never going to always be there in a debilitating way.  It moves through us in a perceptible way until it doesn’t.

So the goal is not to “overcome” it.  In my experience, these are the four steps that will help you heal and thrive after surviving abuse and/or trauma:

  1. Accept that it happened.
  2. Eliminate self-blame.
  3. Show empathy toward all your feelings.
  4. Remember you are valuable.

To be more specific, 1. Accept that what happened DID in fact happen. Blocking it out or bottling it up won’t make it go away, it only prolongs the healing process.  2. Recognize that you are not to blame.  Nothing that happened to you was a result of your own actions and nothing about who you are as a person means you deserved it.  3. Show yourself empathy for any lingering feelings about what happened.  All your feelings that are a result of your trauma are valid, whether that’s anger or fear or sadness or relief or a lack of feeling anything at all.  and 4. Remember that it doesn’t effect your value or self worth as a person.  You are NOT dirty or damaged or less deserving of respect because of what happened to you.  You are still strong and loveable and deserving of respect and kindness. 

Working on those four steps will the easier it is to move through life without dragging the weight of your abuse behind you wherever you go.  You may not be able to “overcome” past trauma, but you CAN survive it and live a happy, fruitful life despite it.

afuchan:

Vagabonds
I’ve been busy with work and I barely have time to squeeze in something I want to do for myself. It’s refreshing.

afuchan:

Vagabonds

I’ve been busy with work and I barely have time to squeeze in something I want to do for myself. It’s refreshing.

(via ktshy)

uzlolzu:

I made a lot of people! Forty-seven, to be precise, and they have been flipped over and over again so if something buttons the wrong way or a logotype is mirrored, that’s why. I’m sorry. 
   They’re all from the same world, thought different layers of it, and all are part of a project of mine and and xhakhal's  (tag “Spinal”).
   Three of the pictures has logotypes (mine) in the top right corner and the people on those pictures are all involved in the company in question in one way or another.

Names, from top to bottom, going from left to right (all characters in italicsbelong to xhakhal, the rest are mine) Some characters appear more than once, in different stages of their life:

#1 - Shield 1
Erik Morhenge, Francis Nowell, Alexander Roos, Tove Mochizuki, Jona Eide, Lisp (Isabela Buabueng), Khima NikaiNadja Dahir

#2 - Morrow Enterprises
Immanuel Martínez, Nima Quriós Kahveci, Jona Eide, Aaron Whittaker, Ester Morrow, Samuel Vaughan, Tere Cairéz, Tracy BeckettTerry Beckett

#3 - Shield 2
Adrian KucharskijHenry Rosenberg, Zacharias Sabelfeldt, Lisp (teenager), Aaron WhittakerIan Glaive

#4 - Leichter
Selai RoosJonatan Roos, Tove Mochizuki (older), Alexander Roos
Jona Eide, Lisp, Jasper Jones, Sara Ward

#5 - Various Sky
Jasper Jones, Elizabeth Abravanel, Toya Mochizuki, Samir Gallamore
Khelán Gallamore Alkourashi, Jeremiah Skies, Malin Eide, Erik MorhengeAlicia Roos

#6 - Joann
Nicolas Debonlier, Mette Grip, Joann Grip, Jonathan Grip, Olivia Lewis-Grip, Liv Bialek-Grip, Cala al-Qadi

Writing their stories here would get too long. I won’t tag all characters this time, just some. No werewolves in this universe.

faitherinhicks:

Liz Sherman from BPRD (I gave her a haircut). Read that comic and you will know joy ………….. possibly in the shape of terrifying Lovecraft monsters, but whatevs.

faitherinhicks:

Liz Sherman from BPRD (I gave her a haircut). Read that comic and you will know joy ………….. possibly in the shape of terrifying Lovecraft monsters, but whatevs.

nappynomad:

biram-ba:

nappynomad:

theladymonsters:

      (via actualmenacebuckybarnes)

CAW CAW MOTHERFUCKERS!

I generally agree, though he doesn’t slash a man’s face open, he just cuts off the strap off his machine gun so he can take it away.

True true.

Still…CAW CAW.

Oh yeah, totally.

(Source: justinripley)

I disagree. While, I admit, this may be true for some individuals, art, in my experience, is what people who aren’t willing to be of value to society plan to do and then end up spending the whole day playing video games and watching porn, because happiness is just an empty word. Somebody didn’t do their research.

I disagree. While, I admit, this may be true for some individuals, art, in my experience, is what people who aren’t willing to be of value to society plan to do and then end up spending the whole day playing video games and watching porn, because happiness is just an empty word. Somebody didn’t do their research.

(Source: tldrwikipedia, via professional-cockblocker)

What IS Black Face?

katblaque:

urahonne:

katblaque:

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This is a (loose) transcript of my youtube video

Hey Guys, it’s Kat and I’m here to talk to you about BLACK FACE.

In light of recent controversies, the YouTube community has taken to calling out problematic youtubers. I’m a huge fan of this as I’ve seen very popular youtubers profit from the perpetuation of things like sexism, racism and transphobia.

Now, let me start out by saying this: I don’t blame most people for not understanding the implications and the history of black face. Growing up being taught a whitewashed version of history a lot of the atrocities that came from racism in this country have been down played and in a lot of cases completely removed from text books.

Black face is something that not only manifested on small back alley southern stages, It was and still is international. It was on Broadway, The Silver Screen and even has a long history in Music.
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It’s a part of our culture a lot of people want to ignore, but I believe we need to talk about because it DOES still impact black people to this day.


Blackface is something that was so popular that there are several children’s cartoons that feature black face characters.

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In this video we’ll be focusing on Warner Brother’s Snow White Parody, Coal Black and the Sebben Dwarfs.

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Bob Clampet’s Coal Black and Sebben Dwarfs is 1 of 11  Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies films that were censored in 1968 called the censored Eleven

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I’ll be using characters in this film to frame racist some archetypes commonly found in Black Face productions.

First we’ve got the Evil Queen. The evil Queen in this film portrays the most popular of the black stock character,The Mammy.

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The Mammy archetype is morbidly obese and often portrayed with large breasts. Despite these breasts she is seen as sexually undesirably, in fact she’s regarded as quite traditionally masculine in her demeanor.

In Coal Black and the Sebben Dwarfs she is in fact voiced by a man.

The Mammy is illiterate, loud and violent towards her own children, yet welcoming and warm towards the white children she was made to wet nurse.

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The mammy will bake a plate of warm pancakes for white soldiers but feed her children scraps.

Then we’ve got So White who in the title is referred to as Coal Black. So White is the Jezebel.
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The Jezebel is hypersexualized. She is seen as the polar opposite of a proper white woman. She exemplifies the idea that black women are more sexually available. She is portrayed as immoral, ditsy and willing to accept and appreciate any sex that comes her way, be it by her own will or by force.

So White is lusted after by every man in the film and never quite settles for one.

Then we have Prince Charming who in this story is Prince Chawmin. Prince Chawmin is the Zip Coon.

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The Zip Coon adorns himself with proper clothing and is arrogant in his demeanor. Despite dressing like a wealthy man, his lack of intellect undermines him. He is portrayed as essentially a man who is putting on airs. Not quite being able to maintain an air of high class, he is seen and treated like an animal in man’s clothing.

Finally, we have the Sebben Dwarves.
They are the Sambo.

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The Sambo are pickininines, unkempt black children usually depicted as having knotted hair and large lips that can often be seen gulping Watermelon.
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Sambo are often depicted as foolishly placing themselves into dangerous situations. Most popularly hanging from trees playfully as tigers roar at them from below. They’re also popularly seen near swamps near alligators and affectionately referred to as “alligator bait”.

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This is only scraping the surface of black face characterizations overall. At the time this film was produced (1942), it was considered to be quite progressive considering the inclusion of black voice actors as well as musicians.

You can watch the full version of the film here

So why is blackface harmful?

Blackface is harmful because these characters and these stereotypes were created by white people as a means of defining and dehumanizing black people.

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Blackface is to African Americans as Traditional Shakespearean theater was to women. Black people were not allowed to perform on the same stage as white performers.This means that whenever there was a black character in production, black actors were not cast. Instead they opted for white actors in black face.And these black characters were never meant to be portrayed as sympathetic characters. They were always either comedic relief or villains.

The archetypes I described have been reproduced and perpetuated to the point where when black actors were eventually allowed to portray themselves they almost never veered away from these stock characters.

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Hattie McDaniel was the first black woman to win an Oscar for her Role in Gone with the Wind in 1940. What was her role?

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Her character was literally named Mammy. She was a phenomenal actress whose roles in film were almost exclusively that of the Mammy archetype.

So what happens when a white comedian dawns dark makeup in order to portray a black character for laughs?

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It conjures old feelings  and perpetuates the history of white actors darkening their skin to dehumanize black people.

Black Face has been used to make arguments for slavery and why African Americans should have limited human rights.

These are narratives created by white men that were made to oppress and dehumanize an entire race. So when white men are still perpetuating these tropes in 2014 and getting paid for it, it’s not going to sit well with many people in the black community.

OH BUT WHAT ABOUT WHITE FACE??

You literally can’t compare white face to black face because white face has never limited the options of white actors nor did it seek to represent them in a world that under represents them.

White face is generally criticism, while black face is degradation.

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When Dave Chapelle dawns light makeup and does the hip hop news break he’s making commentary on race and class. He’s parodying racist white men who will passively make racist comments, while not wanting to be seen as racists.

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When the Wayans Brothers went undercover as two white blonde twin sisters it was, again, a commentary on race and class. Half of the jokes in the film depend on the idea that these two black men are from a lower income and class and they’re trying to maintain the air of women who are from a higher income and class and they often fail.

What needs to be understood is that this isn’t a “two wrongs don’t make a right” scenario because we are at a point in society where we are equal.Equality doesn’t come with one black president out of the 43 white ones before him. Keep in mind, America is only 248 years old.

Black face, demonstrably has been used to dehumanize black people and has subsequently lead to perpetuation of institutionalized racism. What are the repercussions of white face? What rights were denied to white people because Chapelle or the Wayans brothers wore white face?

The best comedy punches upwards towards the established structure of power, not downwards at oppressed classes.There’s a reason why black people object to black face and it’s because of it’s history. It’s not just the makeup, it’s what happened and continues to happen because of it.

When your only exposure to black narratives are white men in dark makeup, your understanding of black people, let alone the racism black people face is going to be very distorted.So in this conversation, please understand that white people do not get to decide whether or not something is offensive or oppressive to people of color.

At the end of the day, I, as a black woman have to live with these stereotypes. So you can of course have an opinion about black face, but honestly if you don’t live with it then realize that that’s privilege and that the opinions of people who live with racism are going to give you a better understanding of this issue at hand.

Honestly, I hate being that angry black girl. I would love to feel like I’m over reacting but I feel like people need to understand why these conversations and altercations occur. I don’t want to live in a world where these things are still issues. But these conversations are so important and will help us get there one day.

We all make mistakes and like I said, I almost don’t blame people for not understanding the implications of black face. I just hope that these conversations will make people a bit more aware.

We have to accept that there are certain things that we’ve been socialized to accept that are problematic. We need to make the conscious decision to more forward and do better.

So on THAT note thank you guys so much for watching. I put a lot of effort into this video so if you liked it, please share it. And as usual, Always remember and never forget that YOU are beautiful and you are loved. <3

My Youtube channel

YES, THANK YOU.

Living in The Netherlands I’m confronted with blackface every single year in the form of a character called “Zwarte Piet”, or Black Peter, who is part of our St. Nicholas Day celebration. The character is supposed to be a dark skinned moor servant who helps St. Nick hand out toys and candy to good kids, and punishes the naughty children.

The character is almost exclusively portrayed by white people in blackface makeup, that usually includes big red lips, curly wigs and golden hooped earrings. This is completely normalized in The Netherlands and children are bombarded with this image constantly.

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As a POC I’ve had people call me “Zwarte Piet” quite a lot and it has always made me somewhat uncomfortable. In recent years criticism of the blackface part of the custom has become a lot more vocal, and the amount of white people rushing to defend this particular aspect is actually rather scary. They’re so eager to defend their “tradition” that a lot of their casual racism is laid bare.

They will make excuses saying it’s okay because the character is loved by everyone, or that’s not supposed to be an actual POC, or say that because he’s not a slave it’s no problem. Some of them will just come out and say that POC need to “get back to our own country if we don’t like the way we do things over here.” I can even name one instance where an elderly WOC was nearly assaulted by a large group of white “pro-Piet” protesters and had to be escorted away to safety by police. “Zwarte Piet” is frequently used as a derogatory term to refer to POC, and yet most people still refuse to acknowledge how harmful this part of the custom is. White people will instead see any criticism as an attack on THEM. “How dare you call me a racist? I just care about our traditions!”

I’m glad that you found this post and commented on it. I read a bit about this while writing this script and it kinda shocked me how normalized it was. 

(via nappynomad)