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amerikkka is KILLING OUR BLACK MEN -FROM BLACKSTARPROJECT..ORG

May 30, 2014

From blackstarproject.org

The Black Star Project’s website:

The Silent Genocide:
Facts about the Devastating Plight
of Black Males in America

Education/Family
In Chicago, only three out of 100 Black boys earn a college degree by age 25.
According to the 2011 NAEP, only 10% of 8th-grade Black males in America read at a proficient level.
In 2010 in Illinois, only 47% of Black males graduated from high school, 59% of Latino males and 81% of White males
Nationally, just 22 % of Black males who began at a four-year college graduated within six years.
Nationally, the average 17-year-old Black student has the reading and math scores of the average 14- year-old White student.
While Black students comprise 45% of the Chicago’s school population, they are 74% of all suspensions. 70% to 72% of Black children are born out of wedlock.

Employment/Economics
In Illinois, 47% of all non-institutionalized Black men do not have a job.
In New York City in 2003, only 51.8% of Black men ages 16 to 64 were employed vs. 75.7% of White men and 65.7% of Latino men.
Nationally, at comparable educational levels, Black men earn 67% of what White men earn.
White males with a high-school diploma are just as likely to have a job and tend to earn just as much as Black males with college degrees.
Black male teenagers in Chicago between 16 and 19 years old had a 92% unemployment rate, 88% in Illinois and 83% in the U.S.
53% of Black men aged 25 to 34 are either unemployed or earn too little to lift a family of four from poverty. Nationally, 72% of Black high-school dropouts are unemployed.
Black America lost between $72 billion and $96 billion in the recent mortgage fiasco.
The median net worth of a Black family in America is $28,500 vs. $265,000 for a White family.
White men with prison records receive more offers for entry-level jobs in New York City than Black men with identical records (and White men are offered jobs just as often – if not more so – than Black men who have never been arrested).
Black men with an Africanized sounding name were 50% less likely to receive a job interview than those with Anglicized sounding names with the exact same credentials.
Incarceration/Crime:
Murders of Black males between the ages of 14- and 17-years old rose by 40% between 2000 and 2007. During the same period, murders committed by Black males between the ages of 14- and 17-years old also rose by 38%. Between 1997 and 2008, 49% of Black males were arrested by age 23.
In 2001, the chances of going to prison were highest among Black males (32.2%) and Hispanic males (17.2%) and lowest among White males (5.9%).
Blacks account for only 12% of the U.S. population, but 44% of all prisoners in the United States.
Blacks, who comprise only 12% of the population and account for about 13% of drug users, constitute 35% of all arrests for drug possession, 55% of all convictions on those charges, and 74% of all those sentenced to prison for possession. One in three Black men will go to jail in their lifetime.
One in nine Black men between the ages of 20- to 34-years old is incarcerated and one in 15 Black men over 18-years old is incarcerated.
1.46 million Black men out of a total voting population of 10.4 million have lost their right to vote because of felony convictions in America. Blacks in Chicago are 10 times more likely to be shot by police than Whites.
These statistics were compiled from various sources by The Black Star Project. Please become a member of the Black Star Project to receive a list of the sources for this information calling us at 773.285.9600, emailing us at blackstar1000@ameritech.net or visiting our website at http://www.blackstarproject.org.

BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY TAYLOR MAKES IT TO THE FRENCH OPEN(TENNIS)

May 30, 2014

BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY!-FROM CHELUMUMBA.WORDPRESS.COM

May 28, 2014

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NO BLEACHING ALLOWED: Fashion Week Bans Models Who Bleach Skin

May 28, 2014

Mind.Speak.Revolution.

Bleaching Gone Bad Bleaching Gone Bad

This is the kind of news that gives you hope in the reversal of our collective self-destruction. Adama Ndiaye–aka Adama Paris–has become my new idol. She is the founder of Dakar Fashion Week in Senegal and during the recent opening  declared that she had banned skin-bleaching models from the week-long event.

This is what I call real revolution. Creating our own platforms and making our own rules.

Many of my aunts skin-bleach. My church is full of women with yellow faces and black hands. One of my aunts bleaches so well that I was almost fooled–having not seen her consistently since toddler-hood. It seems that those who use the pills versus the creams see more believable results. And are probably more likely to get cancer or have heart problems. Praying for my aunts.

Upon searching for “Skin whitening pills” you will get many more links to suppliers than…

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CHURCH?-LOOK AT THIS BLACK CHURCH AND IT’S ACTION PROGRAMMES FOR ALL!-NIGERIAN PASTOR OYEDEPO TELLS US HIS VISION FOR BLACK PEOPLE EVERYWHERE! -FROM PUNCH NEWSPAPERS,NIGERIA

May 26, 2014

from punchng.com

 

We are not ashamed to be called the church of the rich–Oyedepo

   

Bishop David Oyedepo

Founder, Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, in this interview with Olabisi Deji-Folutile, GBENRO ADEOYE and TUNDE AJAJA, talks about the church and sundry issues

You preach as if you have committed the entire Bible to your memory. How many times have you read the Bible?

The Bible is an unfinishable book, you keep reading. A student once met me after a meeting and said that I quoted 68 scriptures verbatim. He asked if I memorised the scriptures, I said no, I eat them. No matter how unintelligent you are, you can’t forget the food you ate last night, except you are mentally derailed. If you are given three seconds, you could tell what you ate about five days ago, if you truly ate it. So, the Bible is just not for reading, it’s actually for eating. I’m not among the people that have read the Bible three or five times, I don’t know how many times I have read the Bible and I’m not planning to know how many times. I just know it’s my delight to feed on it daily, and I can’t claim to have finished reading it.

The Living Faith church is 33 years old, how has it been pastoring this one church for the past years?

The ministry is 33 years, the church is now in its 31st year. It started as an itinerant ministry before we were called into the church ministry. It has always been interesting. These things work when you have the right perspective on them. Every pastor is ordained to serve the congregation, not to be served by the congregation. When that understanding dawns on any pastor, and he embraces it, then, pasturing becomes a sweet adventure. I’ve never looked towards what I can get from any member since inception. But I’ve always longed for what I can give to the people. I must say I’m jealous over them, I don’t want anyone to take advantage of them or play games on them. I want them to just be the children of God that they are, serving God without duress or pressure.

Is it true that church members here pray for the dead and they wake up, even in the mortuary, how do they do it?

(Cuts in..) By tapping them and saying wake up (laughs). We must know the source of everything that we experienced or observed. No man has the power to raise the dead. Jesus is the only one that has the keys of resurrection and death in his hands. So, we rely on him to do those things and he quickens whosoever he wills; he determines who to bring back and who not to. We only believe in God to bring back whosoever he wishes, if we have the key, we would be delighted to bring back everybody, and even open a clinic for bringing back the dead.

Why are there so many rich people in Winners?

Because they know better than their contemporaries. If you don’t know what you have, you won’t know if you are deprived of it. The Bible is an open chequebook, it is by revelation we access what belongs to us; by faith we take delivery of it. Someone had access to our empowerment programme and she is a pepper seller, while others sell one basket a day, she sells six, seven. I learnt she had become the envy of all the pepper sellers in her area. Such person has an understanding that whatever she does, she prospers and she knows that when she pays her tithe, she experiences open heavens. But in case people don’t know, they perish for lack of knowledge, and in case they think when you are rich you miss heaven, then they perish for lack of knowledge.

So, it’s right when people claim that this church is only for the rich?

It’s for all the people who believe that Jesus already paid for them to be rich. And those who don’t believe, when they come they start believing when they see it happen in a lot of people’s lives. And we are not ashamed to be called the church of the rich. If they call your family poor, will you be excited? Nobody would be excited. Even when a family is poor, they hate to be called poor. No man in his right mind enjoys being called poor, and nobody truly wants to be poor, people may pretend. Which is more honourable between being a giver and a beggar? Most of us came in very poor, but the light of God’s word came on us and we walked out of poverty in grand style into wealth and riches.

How come there is such wealth in the church despite the poverty in the nation?

The kingdom of God is funded by God’s resources. We are not funded by the economy of the world, but by the economy of the kingdom, which has a budget for all of its agenda on earth. We’ve been here since 1999 and we have never had power outage or water shortage. The main players are Nigerians, the builders are Nigerians. There is no building here that any foreign expert took part in. There is no foreign company’s presence here, including the tabernacle. Some of the revered foreign companies here in Nigeria are technicians in Germany, and they are all political contractors, not that they have something special to offer.

Is there any way we can translate this into the Nigerian system?

It is possible by believing in the capability and capacity of Nigerians to do whatever they need to do. This is the largest church auditorium in the world. It’s 104m free span wide. Even one of the reputed foreign construction companies came here to take pictures. Nigerians have unusual capacity to match any expertise in the world in any field they are involved in. Most of us go to school in foreign lands and we beat them, is it that when they get here, they become smarter? It’s just for the authorities at the various levels to believe that we cannot develop ourselves seeking foreign aides for everything. We must take advantage of the opportunities around us to develop the capacity of our men and women. This office was built in 2001 and it’s neat and there is no crack on the wall, so, what is the problem? But if we want to do anything, we must give it to people from foreign countries so that those who award the contract can have a deal and share the money and at the end of the day, they are still poorer than poverty because any money stolen never enhances a man’s value.

We learnt your church members once donated about 700 cars as seed and that the cars were given to the pastors?

It’s important to mention that there was no time that I know in the history of this church where there were 700 cars. There is no such story. People can make anything out of anything. There was a time they said we had six planes, and I said they didn’t count them well, they should be up to 30 so that we use one each day of the month. Those are things that make news in the social media even when they are lies. People give here because they are taught to give, because we understand from the scriptures that it is the only way to increase. Every normal Winner takes good care of his parents. We also give to the poor. My family has sponsored close to 150 people out of university and others at Landmark University are on scholarship on our own ticket because of our commitment to agriculture. It is a lifestyle; it didn’t start yesterday or two days ago. Since 1992, I have been consciously sponsoring students in various universities in Nigeria. The church is blessed because the church is a giving church. Just today (before you came), I signed millions for people who have health needs from the welfare account. And that continues. For instance, the church gives scholarships annually, not N100m or N150m. And it’s not in the news. And that we have been doing for years.

How do you feel when people accuse you of flying in jets and spending church money to maintain the jets?

I feel very good. It’s an opinion. Let me tell you what my understanding of persecution is; it’s simply an opinion harshly expressed. And everybody has a right to his opinion. People who are walking in the truth are hardly bothered when things are said negatively about them because they have nothing to hide. The truth is I have never felt it, some say it’s not human, but I have not. I can’t be wasting my time trying to reply lies because I have too many things to do. They are doing their work, let me be doing my work too and before they wake up in the morning, I’ve done the next one, so, it doesn’t matter. My idea of it is that, in a football match, you have only 22 people playing with thousands of spectators. And that is the way it is in the journey of life. In every field, you find just few players and many spectators, multitudes. If we don’t know where to place opinions, they will displace us. When we started Convenant University, so many people said it would not work, now, we hosted two Nobel Laureates this week, whereas no Nigerian university has ever hosted one in the history of university education in Nigeria. Now, it is the most pronounced and preferred private university in Nigeria. In fact, they say this is the university of the future; that is what they say in the university community. Those who said it could not work now have their children here because they have changed their mind. Some people say how can you tell children how to dress? We have to do that so they won’t behave like mad people on the street. They say how can you tell them they can’t use phone? We tell them so they would be disconnected from cultism. Ask me anything, I can tell you why we did it. Where are you going to find the President of a nation with a woven hair? I can tell you that in the next 100 years, you won’t find a male president using earring because they would count you as irresponsible, even in the secular world, they won’t see anything in you. As free as America is, have you ever seen any minister there with earrings? The person may be qualified, but he will be termed irresponsible. But if you train these children how to carry themselves, it will open up their future. Everywhere you get to in this world, people are looking for responsible people, who don’t only say so, but prove so. So, all the opinions on Covenant University have died now because we didn’t stop pursuing what we believe was right and now it has become a standard.

Is that why the CU had the highest number of first class graduates that won the Federal Government’s scholarship twice now?

What we do first is to package the man to suit the future that he is dreaming of. And that we do by injecting our seven core values into them, and we used SIM CARDS as the acronym for it: Spirituality, Integrity, Posssibility Mentality, Capacity Building, Responsibility, Diligence and Sacrifice. We package that into them so that right from here, they have two things; character and capacity working for them. With those two, you can go to any level in life. Here, there is time for everything.

We learnt the university wants to be one of the top 10 universities in the world in 2020. Don’t you think this is a tall dream?

Where we are today, Harvard was not there 100 years after it took off. I studied the world class universities in depth. So, we are closest to it. The two Nobel Laureates that came signed up as visiting professors at Covenant University, we have about five of them in different areas. That somebody has never done it does not mean it cannot be done. We are believing God for it, not by using strength and power. There is a particular university in the US that never takes anybody from outside North America for postgraduate studies, but we have 19 Covenant University graduates there. Prof. Okebukola shared that with me at the conference last week. A Covenant University graduate is the overall best graduating student in a school in Britain. So there is increasing expression in the quality of training that they receive in their respective areas. Except the dream is taller than God; if it’s not taller than God, it’s a cheap possibility.

We even learnt the church is planning to establish two more universities?

It is actually seven in our vision plan.

Are universities now secondary schools that you establish here and there?

We are trying to avoid having too many students on one campus so that we will not lose the quality of the training programme. Otherwise, the quality would wear down gradually. But because of the present security challenge that the nation is facing, it’s normal for us to review our approach in a manner that does not create tension for workers and anybody else. We believe God to help us out of the crisis. So if there are no adequate mentioning of our programmes, it is to create adequate room to see these security issues overturned.

Some people believe faith-based universities charge high tuition that some of their members can’t even afford…

They should bring the comparison. You know people talk all kinds of things. Compare what they pay here and there and what those payments cover. The rate of power consumption in the hostels alone is out of this world. All we need to juxtapose this is that they should rent the room and pay for electricity and they would pay ten times the amount. People should just sit down and find out what exactly they are paying for. The church has not drawn anything from Covenant University since inception in 12 years. But this year, the church reserves about N1.6bn stakes in its development. So, it’s not a business, it’s a service platform. In every nation of the world, the government subsidises education to all the stakeholders, not in this country, not a dime has ever crossed from government to any private university in Nigeria. And ask those who are in it how much profit they are making, they would explain to you how it has been wonderful to pay staff salaries and keep the system running. Move to the next country where people rush to study, look at how much they pay and what they get for it. Whether they have teachers or not doesn’t matter. But every visiting professor here takes more than N1m. We are not talking about top individuals, Nobel Laureates and others. So, it’s where we find ourselves and we want to make a difference, and we must make a difference. I want to believe that the private universities are doing the best they can. Ask the federal universities how they get their allocations, what they calculate to train a child out of the university. Ask them what it is and ask them who subsidises for private universities. Most of them don’t have any equipment whatsoever. There is no engineering equipment you are looking for that you won’t find here, bought brand new. If the government is not accepting responsibility, all we can do is to do the best we can to get these children trained, but at a cheaper cost than they do and with greater quality than they have. Those who cannot afford it can go to government institutions and if they are committed, they will still come out with good results.

The attention of the whole world has turned to Nigeria because of Boko Haram. What is your take on this?

I hope that we are willing to find solution to it. I would be the last person in this world to believe that government has not discovered those who are behind Boko Haram. Otherwise, we don’t have any intelligence service in our country. Are they sacred cows that cannot be brought to book? Until we cut the source of their supplies and get those who are involved, we cannot stop them. But the danger is this, and I must say it here, we are at the verge of a break up. That is the truth. It’s unfortunate. The Nigerian nation is too intelligent to claim not to have discovered those who are behind this. So, I really believe it’s all in the hands of the authorities to decide whether they want to confront the issue headlong or to keep watching it until Nigeria breaks up.

Does it mean there is nothing the church or other religious organisations can do?

All that the church can do is to pray. The church is not in power, it has no political power. And when invited, we give advice, when required or called upon. You can’t call someone and say can I advise you?

But people also criticise men of God like you for honouring the President’s invitations?

A president is a president, whether it is Jonathan or not, It would be stupid not to honour your President’s invitation. So, what is wrong with honouring the president? This is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He’s our President, not that he made himself President. It’s all nonsense. We are not politicians. We are men and women of God who are pursuing a divine call. I honour President Jonathan as our President as a nation and as my president as a citizen, and so I have no regret and I would never regret being there at anytime he calls. My understanding is that anyone who is the President of this country requires the honour of the citizens and no matter your political view, it doesn’t change it. If he is doing thanksgiving or marriage, he is doing it in the church, who would be with him if the men of God are not with him? If I were in Canada or Australia, and I knew that my President was having an occasion that I thought I had to be there with him to honour him, I would fly down here. Whether it is President Jonathan or somebody else, as long as it is the president, and he says please can I see you, it is an honour.

Apart from insecurity, corruption is another problem in Nigeria. We have looting here and there which is also capable of causing unrest. What is your take on the corruption in the country?

That comes down to the kind of education that we offer. This is nothing but the expression of the content of the men. For instance, I have never given a bribe and I would be the last to give a bribe. I would rather die than give one. And those who collect bribe know that they can’t collect from me. Corruption has stayed with us for too long and I think it is a breeding ground for revolution. There is nothing happening in any private university today that would not have happened more in public universities, but for leakages here and there. But my understanding is that the church has a place of intense prayers because only God can change the hearts of men. People seek for appointment today not because of what they want to contribute but what they would have to share. Everybody is bothered, I am bothered. The rate of corruption in our society as Nigerians and Africans is enormous. But the church needs to be the example of what it wants to see in the society as far as corruption is concerned. Be that example; be able to say no and stand with it like Daniel. Right now, unlike in the time past, there are many Christians occupying sensitive positions at all strata of both public and private sectors. If the church people really come to a point of taking a stand against corruption, it would affect and impact Nigeria and the citizens positively.

Some people think there are too many churches in Nigeria and the best way to make money is to establish a church…

Let them go and start one. Almost every house in some parts of Nigeria is a mosque. So what is the complaint about? Multitudes still flock the roads on Sunday mornings going nowhere. Are churches enough? No. Until everybody is saved and everybody is off the street on Sunday mornings, we don’t have enough churches. So for those who are angry, they would be angry for too long because we haven’t seen churches yet. A time is coming on Sunday morning that we won’t see anybody on the street, because they would be in church. And those who go to church to make money go bankrupt before they start. Church is not a money-making platform; it is a life-raising platform.

There are many men and women who are coming out to start stronger ministries than the ones we are doing. So, you can’t say enough. Enough of what? Why don’t you say people in the market are enough? Somebody else is starting shoe or wrist watch business today in spite of the millions that are in it in Nigeria. Some barbers are just graduating today to join the company of barbers in the country already, yet we didn’t say they are enough. So, what’s the headache? My submission is that we don’t have near enough churches in Nigeria yet and the ones we have are doing well. I can tell you that there are hundreds and thousands of vibrant and Bible-believing, heaven-focused and life-changing churches, founded by genuine people who are called by God and are pursuing their callings and ours is just only a little thing out of too many, and many more would still rise, so anybody that wants to be angry can just get ready to be more angry. Church is not a money-making venture, those who are saying it is should open one and they would make a lot of money.

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BLACK EGYPT AND BLACK PEOPLE! -FROM GODFRIED WIAFE ATI LORETTA M. HILL ON FACEBOOK

May 23, 2014

FROM GODFRIED WIAFE ATI LORETTA M. HILL ON FACEBOOK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY! -ELOMBE BRATH PROMOTED BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY LONG BEFORE OTHERS WITH HIS GRANDESSA MODELS-FROM AMSTERDAM NEWS ATI ELIHUGHES.COM

May 23, 2014

FROM AMSTERDAM NEWS ATI ELIHUGHES.COM

 

Friday, May 23, 2014

ELOMBE BRATH PROMOTED BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY LONG BEFORE OTHERS WITH HIS GRANDESSA MODELS…-AMSTERDAY NEWS ATI ELIHUGHES.COM

 

Tribute to Elombe Brath

By HERB BOYD Special to the AmNews

TrFibute to Elombe Brath

Friday, May 23, 2014

ELOMBE BRATH PROMOTED BLACK SKINNED BEAUTY LONG BEFORE OTHERS WITH HIS GRANDESSA MODELS…-AMSTERDAY NEWS ATI ELIHUGHES.COM

 

Tribute to Elombe Brath

By HERB BOYD Special to the AmNews

Elombe Brath

MALCOLM X QUOTES

May 19, 2014

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ON SELF-ACCEPTANCE

We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.
Malcolm X Speaks

ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

We’re not Americans, we’re Africans who happen to be in America. We were kidnapped and brought here against our will from Africa. We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock – that rock landed on us.
Malcolm X, Harlem, cited in Goldman, “The Death and Life of Malcolm X”, p.157

 

One of the things that made the Black Muslim movement grow was its emphasis upon things African. This was the secret to the growth of the Black Muslim movement. African blood, African origin, African culture, African ties. And you’d be surprised – we discovered that deep within the subconscious of the black man in this country , he is still more African than he is American.

Malcolm X, February 14, 1965 (taken from the essay ‘Malcolm X, our revolutionary son & brother.’ by Patricia Robinson

BEAUTY! –BLACK BEAUTY!-BLACK ALBINO BEAUTY! -FROM THANK GOD I’M NATURAL ON FACEBOOK

May 18, 2014

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BLACK PEOPLE! -RIHANNA ATI LIL KIM ARE BLEACHING! -GOD MADE YOUR BEAUTIFUL BLACK BUT YOU WANNA BE WHITE?- SHAME ON YOU!- DAPADA!-RESTORE YOUR BLACK BEAUTIFUL SKIN BEFORE YOU DIE OF SKIN CANCER LIKE MICHAEL JACKSON WOULD HAVE IF OVERDOSED HAD NOT BEAT HIM TO IT! -FROM 360NOBS.COM

May 18, 2014

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LET’S ADDRESS A SERIOUS ISSUE: BLEACHING

LET’S ADDRESS A SERIOUS ISSUE: BLEACHING

Bleaching, toning, skin lighting, insert any other term or name you’ve heard. Let’s be brutally honest here, bleaching your skin is BLEACHING no excuses please. You’ve heard the stories of people taking dangerous pills to genetically manipulate the colour pigmentation of their skin, all for looking a tad lighter, or spending hundreds of dollars on spa treatments, creams and body serum to rid your body of its natural melanin.

On a psychological level, it’s beyond fascinating. An individual must be genuinely dissatisfied with the colour of their skin to go out and look for a means through which the colour they were born with can be manipulated. A lot of times we blame it on the images we see on the magazine covers, music videos and editorials. Every day, rap artists pick the Latinas and Hispanic vixens to feature in their videos. The lighter she is, the prettier right? Watching music videos with light skinned girls in them sends a clear message, “There is no place for you if your skin tone doesn’t meet up with the criteria”. Hence, whenever you switch to MTV, you are reminded to do something about your skin tone.

Whenever you open a magazine you are confronted by a perception of beauty that is so fake and extreme, I always wonder how women buy into it. It doesn’t help that we watch our favourite superstars get rid of their natural identity by dipping their hands into a jar of bleaching cream.

 

Rihanna is one of the many stars that has come under speculation for the drastic change in her skin colour.

Lil kim has been very vocal about her bleaching habits, stating that over the years many men have cheated on her with lighter skin women.  (Am I the only one rolling my eyes?)

Vybz Kartel recently came under fire for bleaching his song and has since inspired many diss songs by fellow Jamaican artists.

Bleaching or toning or whatever it is called these days, is extremely dangerous to the skin and rids the skin of its first protective layer. Once you begin to bleach, your skin can not withstand the UV ray from the sun hence causing more damage. It seems like such a hefty price to pay for the satisfaction of appearing lighter in complexion. I mean what is the problem with us?? As Africans, there is no such thing as being too dark, it is after all OUR identity.

Lucy About Lucy
Make up artist, wardrobe stylist monster. Addicted to the trends, living for fashion and beauty AND lipstick with super powers, faithful blogger who’s obsessed with stuffing her face with gummy bears. I personally love people that always have a beauty question for me to answer.

 

15 Comments

  • its quite amazing that these examples cited above all looked better with their original skin tone SMH
    Pls dont get me started with us-Naija peeps

  • This article is on point…3months ago,i ran into an old classmate and i just walked past.not because i am now a snob but the fact that the last time we shared suya back in school she was a dark beauty and now shez white.she called me and had to tell me who she was and i was like WTH!!! her face looks really nice i must say…but her feet and hands look like shez got pink socks and gloves on with black designs on the knuckle region.Sadly this same friend of mine had a baby recently and had to get stitches.she has been going back to have the stitches done over and over again because her skin is weak due to her *bleaching* and wont hold the thread.The slightest strain on that area causes another tear and her body is pretty messed up right now.y’all better learn.

  • I’m naturally light skinned and up until I moved to Naij, I didn’t really see the big deal about my skin colour ‘cos it doesn’t define who I am. A lot of people ask me what cream I use blah blah and when I tell them, they raise an eyebrow thinking I’m lying…I don’t know what our fascination is with lighter skin, it doesn’t make you better than the next man, it might get you a few attention but that’s all it is…attention! I think India Arie said it in her, you’re not skin people!

  • *song*

  • I dunno about the others but i cant tell u that Rihana cannot be said to have bleached.you should note that most of these celebs use bronzers that make their skin tone darker.

  • Chidinma

    @bola na wa for u o! Abi u no sabi bleached skin wen u see one?
    Rihanna don bleach biko…I rem her from her pon de replay and if it’s loving that u want video…n girl that girl used JIK on herself…EOD!

    Ermm Lucy, is it that we don’t have ‘culprits’ abi bleached victims back home?

  • CREME, U r a bastard for this comment. U really got me ROTFLMAO.

  • bleachin is good. embrace it. im bleachin and i like it. i look so much better now that i wAS b4. i assure u. if u use d right product u will NEVER regret it and if u spend good money on it. ul gt good results. for further enquiries. contact me on 08022907309. a trial will convince u.

  • @ITS ME skin cancer is real o

  • When I was little, I always thought my fair skinned sis & cousins were prettier & it didn’t help that everytime we were all together, people were always appreciating their “beauty”. As I grew I began to appreciate my complexion cos I do not have to worry about acne while my light skinned sisters, well, let’s just say that any little money given is spent on unnecessary skin products. I heal easily which is one exciting part of my dark skin, thanks to my pigment. Will I ever want to “improve” the color of my skin? Hell no! Black indeed is beautiful.

  • Did I forget to mention that I’m also prettier than my “yellow & almost yellow” sisters now that we’re grown?

  • i tink ppl can alter the complexion if they want , it is their body .. if the get cancer , i wont go n get chemotheraphy with them , if it is hot and they start to smell .. i dnt care as long as they dont come near me … and i dnt also care n wont compplain as long as they dnt offer me their cream

  • Toning and bleaching are different!

  • I don’t know what this rap is all about, but I do know one certain thing; when Naija sun tans me I must remove the tan. I need my own complexion not the sunburn I get everyday from going out in the sun.

  • BLEACH AND DIE! IN 20 YEARS OR SO YOU WILL BE DEAD CAUSE YOU CAN’T PUT POISONIOUS CHEMICALS ON YOUR SKIN AND NOT HAVE DEADLY RESULTS OF SKIN CANCER-MICHAEL JACKSON, OR KIDNEY FAILURE OR SO MANY OTHER THINGS THAT WILL KILL YOU! SO IF YOU ARE SO BRAINWASHED TO REJECT YOUR BLACK GOD-GIVEN BEAUTIFUL SKIN,START READING UP ON THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE BLACK RACE FROM THE BLACK EGYPT ON UP AND YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF PRAISING GOD FOR MAKING YOU BEAUTIFUL BLACK! CHECK US OUT AT-www.bleachanddie.blogspot.com!

    Fashion May 25, 2011 posted by

    LET’S ADDRESS A SERIOUS ISSUE: BLEACHING

    LET’S ADDRESS A SERIOUS ISSUE: BLEACHING

    Bleaching, toning, skin lighting, insert any other term or name you’ve heard. Let’s be brutally honest here, bleaching your skin is BLEACHING no excuses please. You’ve heard the stories of people taking dangerous pills to genetically manipulate the colour pigmentation of their skin, all for looking a tad lighter, or spending hundreds of dollars on spa treatments, creams and body serum to rid your body of its natural melanin.

    On a psychological level, it’s beyond fascinating. An individual must be genuinely dissatisfied with the colour of their skin to go out and look for a means through which the colour they were born with can be manipulated. A lot of times we blame it on the images we see on the magazine covers, music videos and editorials. Every day, rap artists pick the Latinas and Hispanic vixens to feature in their videos. The lighter she is, the prettier right? Watching music videos with light skinned girls in them sends a clear message, “There is no place for you if your skin tone doesn’t meet up with the criteria”. Hence, whenever you switch to MTV, you are reminded to do something about your skin tone.

    Whenever you open a magazine you are confronted by a perception of beauty that is so fake and extreme, I always wonder how women buy into it. It doesn’t help that we watch our favourite superstars get rid of their natural identity by dipping their hands into a jar of bleaching cream.

     

    Rihanna is one of the many stars that has come under speculation for the drastic change in her skin colour.

    Lil kim has been very vocal about her bleaching habits, stating that over the years many men have cheated on her with lighter skin women.  (Am I the only one rolling my eyes?)

    Vybz Kartel recently came under fire for bleaching his song and has since inspired many diss songs by fellow Jamaican artists.

    Bleaching or toning or whatever it is called these days, is extremely dangerous to the skin and rids the skin of its first protective layer. Once you begin to bleach, your skin can not withstand the UV ray from the sun hence causing more damage. It seems like such a hefty price to pay for the satisfaction of appearing lighter in complexion. I mean what is the problem with us?? As Africans, there is no such thing as being too dark, it is after all OUR identity.

    Lucy About Lucy
    Make up artist, wardrobe stylist monster. Addicted to the trends, living for fashion and beauty AND lipstick with super powers, faithful blogger who’s obsessed with stuffing her face with gummy bears. I personally love people that always have a beauty question for me to answer.

     

    15 Comments

    • its quite amazing that these examples cited above all looked better with their original skin tone SMH
      Pls dont get me started with us-Naija peeps

    • This article is on point…3months ago,i ran into an old classmate and i just walked past.not because i am now a snob but the fact that the last time we shared suya back in school she was a dark beauty and now shez white.she called me and had to tell me who she was and i was like WTH!!! her face looks really nice i must say…but her feet and hands look like shez got pink socks and gloves on with black designs on the knuckle region.Sadly this same friend of mine had a baby recently and had to get stitches.she has been going back to have the stitches done over and over again because her skin is weak due to her *bleaching* and wont hold the thread.The slightest strain on that area causes another tear and her body is pretty messed up right now.y’all better learn.

    • I’m naturally light skinned and up until I moved to Naij, I didn’t really see the big deal about my skin colour ‘cos it doesn’t define who I am. A lot of people ask me what cream I use blah blah and when I tell them, they raise an eyebrow thinking I’m lying…I don’t know what our fascination is with lighter skin, it doesn’t make you better than the next man, it might get you a few attention but that’s all it is…attention! I think India Arie said it in her, you’re not skin people!

    • *song*

    • I dunno about the others but i cant tell u that Rihana cannot be said to have bleached.you should note that most of these celebs use bronzers that make their skin tone darker.

    • Chidinma

      @bola na wa for u o! Abi u no sabi bleached skin wen u see one?
      Rihanna don bleach biko…I rem her from her pon de replay and if it’s loving that u want video…n girl that girl used JIK on herself…EOD!

      Ermm Lucy, is it that we don’t have ‘culprits’ abi bleached victims back home?

    • CREME, U r a bastard for this comment. U really got me ROTFLMAO.

    • bleachin is good. embrace it. im bleachin and i like it. i look so much better now that i wAS b4. i assure u. if u use d right product u will NEVER regret it and if u spend good money on it. ul gt good results. for further enquiries. contact me on 08022907309. a trial will convince u.

    • @ITS ME skin cancer is real o

    • When I was little, I always thought my fair skinned sis & cousins were prettier & it didn’t help that everytime we were all together, people were always appreciating their “beauty”. As I grew I began to appreciate my complexion cos I do not have to worry about acne while my light skinned sisters, well, let’s just say that any little money given is spent on unnecessary skin products. I heal easily which is one exciting part of my dark skin, thanks to my pigment. Will I ever want to “improve” the color of my skin? Hell no! Black indeed is beautiful.

    • Did I forget to mention that I’m also prettier than my “yellow & almost yellow” sisters now that we’re grown?

    • i tink ppl can alter the complexion if they want , it is their body .. if the get cancer , i wont go n get chemotheraphy with them , if it is hot and they start to smell .. i dnt care as long as they dont come near me … and i dnt also care n wont compplain as long as they dnt offer me their cream

    • Toning and bleaching are different!

    • I don’t know what this rap is all about, but I do know one certain thing; when Naija sun tans me I must remove the tan. I need my own complexion not the sunburn I get everyday from going out in the sun.

    • BLEACH AND DIE! IN 20 YEARS OR SO YOU WILL BE DEAD CAUSE YOU CAN’T PUT POISONIOUS CHEMICALS ON YOUR SKIN AND NOT HAVE DEADLY RESULTS OF SKIN CANCER-MICHAEL JACKSON, OR KIDNEY FAILURE OR SO MANY OTHER THINGS THAT WILL KILL YOU! SO IF YOU ARE SO BRAINWASHED TO REJECT YOUR BLACK GOD-GIVEN BEAUTIFUL SKIN,START READING UP ON THE TRUE HISTORY OF THE BLACK RACE FROM THE BLACK EGYPT ON UP AND YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF PRAISING GOD FOR MAKING YOU BEAUTIFUL BLACK! CHECK US OUT AT-www.bleachanddie.blogsotp.com!


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