theoffingmag: After observing a lack of female net artists…


After observing a lack of female net artists online, Acidwinzip, Ursula Zavala focused on positive images of the female digital experience. This project attempts to build unity within women arts communities online in order to form a powerful and fearless unified voice.

Read: “Cyborg Mestiza: Borderland Feminism Today & Tomorrow”

We Snuck into Seattle’s Super Secret White Nationalist Convention

We Snuck into Seattle's Super Secret White Nationalist Convention:






White nationalists generally don’t want to look like characters out of American History X anymore. Fashion choices at the convention ranged from Ruby Ridge to Mad Men, but most of the people there looked like you might run into them on Capitol Hill or in the U-District. That said, there is a type. According to my observations, the standard Seattle Nazi is a white male under 30 who either works in the tech industry or is going to school to work in the tech industry. “You’re also a coder? Do you mind if I send you something I’ve been working on?” I heard that more than once.

“That movie Hidden Figures was bullshit,” a guy dressed like John Goodman in The Big Lebowski said out of nowhere. “We never went to the moon, Stanley Kubrick faked all of it.” Water almost squirted out of my nose and it was the closest I came all night to breaking character.

It really makes me wonder though, like why do people who work in tech tend to lean to the far-right? Like I’ve met Islamists who do networking and programming and they tend to spout cringe-worthy / fundamentalist rhetoric.

There’s a theory among at least some sociologists that the kind of person who is into Islamic fundamentalism likes to find a single answer to a single problem, no nuance. In tech, a specific problem has a specific solution which is all down to the mechanical nature of things and can be found by having sufficient knowledge (knowledge which usually only comes from the creator of the product). There are no grey areas, something either works or it doesn’t, no need for wisdom or empathy. It’s also important to be right all the time because since there’s only one solution to every problem, all the other ‘solutions’ are worthless. 

^^^^ Reblob for Commentary & File Under; Things That Make You Go- Hmmmm!

+++Article is a Good'un & embedded NYT link are WELL worth the long read.

hustleinatrap: This is phenomenal! These young and beautiful…


This is phenomenal! These young and beautiful women from Mexico are proud of their African roots. The dance is a peculiar expression of their love and respect for the culture they relate to.
These women identified themselves as Black and even made the government include them as Afro-Mexicans in the national census in 2015!

This is what Black Pride means. Very inspiring! takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives:







I will take every opportunity to warn people against these genetics testing “services.” They are huge data mines and prospecting firms, and if you are Indigenous, your submission may be their way around tribal moratoriums against these sorts of collections.

Plus, they don’t mean anything as far as Indigenous identity.

Oh wow, read this. Excerpt, emphasis mine:

“Buried in the “Informed Consent” section, which is incorporated into the Terms of Service, warns customers, “it is possible that information about you or a genetic relative could be revealed, such as that you or a relative are carriers of a particular disease. That information could be used by insurers to deny you insurance coverage, by law enforcement agencies to identify you or your relatives, and in some places, the data could be used by employers to deny employment.

This is a massive red flag. The data “you or a genetic relative” give to AncestryDNA could be used against “you or a genetic relative” by employers, insurers, and law enforcement.

For example, a young woman named Theresa Morelli applied for individual disability insurance, consented to release of her medical records through the Medical Information Bureau (a credit reporting agency for medical history), and was approved for coverage. One month later, Ms. Morelli’s coverage was cancelled and premiums refunded when the insurer learned her father had Huntington’s disease, a genetic illness.

Oh tf wow is the woooorst. Don’t use them ever. 

They also are owned by the LDS church, and get all their genealogy information for the genealogy work the members are pressured to do to make sure their extended family (and all of humankind) gets eternal saving ordinances. The church coerces people into providing free labor in genealogy research under the threat of losing your family in eternity if you don’t. They then take that free labor, aggregate it, and sell it for a profit through 


like exploits the free labor of people to sell it, and also exploits your DNA test results to sell them, so that people can exploit you based on the results of those tests, and they make you pay for the privilege. 

Don’t ever touch that fucking company. 


Yeah I’m pretty sure 23&Me pulls the same shit

Black Code (co-edited by @jmjafrx and @NewBlackMan)


Delighted to share the latest special issue of the Black Scholar on the convergence of black studies and the digital humanities known as Black Code Studies–co-edited by Mark Anthony Neal and yours truly!

See below:

The Black Scholar is proud to announce the release of “Black Code,” a special issue of the Black Scholar. The guest editors, Jessica Marie Johnson and Mark Anthony Neal, have assembled a collective of digital soothsayers working on the margins of Black Studies, Afrofuturism, radical media, and the digital humanities. Black Code Studies is queer, femme, fugitive, and radical; as praxis and methodology, it waxes insurgent when the need arises. And in this moment, we are in need of Black digital insurgency, one attuned to racial scripts of the past even as it looks to future modes of Black thought and cultural production for inspiration. Barely scratching the surface, this issue welcomes new work and celebrates a Black digital fugitivity that has been present since the beginning of the internet. Our contributors include Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Lauren Cramer, Alessandra Raengo, Tara L. Conley, Ashleigh Wade, Aleia Brown, Joshua Crutchfield, Megan Driscoll, Ahmad Greene-Hayes, and Joy James, with an introduction from Jessica Marie Johnson and Mark Anthony Neal, and cover art from John Jennings celebrating Octavia Butler’s iconic novel Wild Seed.

Preview the introduction by Johnson and Neal, the co-editors, by following this link:

We hope you enjoy the work as much as we enjoyed bringing this phenomenal group of scholars together! Hurray! It’s here!!!


Jessica Marie Johnson is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies + History at Johns Hopkins University. Her work appears in Slavery & Abolition, The Black Scholar, Meridians: Feminism, Race and Transnationalism, and Debates in the Digital Humanities. Her research is on Atlantic slavery and diaspora, with a focus on women, gender, and sexuality. Contact:, @jmjafrx on Twitter.

Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of African + African-American Studies and English at Duke University, and the author of several including books Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic and Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities. Neal directs the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship. Contact:, @NewBlackMan on Twitter.

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