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Black History Month / Women’s Empowerment Month / Woman Crush Wednesday: Maxine “Max” Gibson, “Batman Beyond”
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Batman Beyond was one of those great shows that continued the Batman legacy without being dull or even unnecessary. One of Kids WB’s great creations that encouraged me to wake up early on Saturday mornings to watch, for it was a fave. One of those reasons resides in a supporting character: muhfuggin’ MAX GIBSON.

Best friend to Terry (the main character of the show as the new teenage Batman/Bruce Wayne’s protégée), Max was a badass chick for many reasons: she was smart as hell (computer genius, great user of common sense, smart mouth, curious beyond belief), beautiful, confident, a GREAT friend to Terry, was absolutely useful, hungry to help especially after finding out Terry’s identity, had short electric pink hair, didn’t overstep her platonic relationship with Terry and was actually friends with the girl Terry wanted, and to top it all off, she was Black AND voiced by the awesome Cree Summer (who has voiced a few of the girls on this list of mine and who deserves an honorable mention of her own!).

The awesomeness I felt seeing Max on this show, and desperately wanting to see her in every episode, was real as fuck. Whenever she appeared, I was excited, because she was the epitome of awesome. Everything she was, from her beauty to her smarts to her confidence was riveting, and I loved that she was an important part of the team, even though Bruce didn’t want her becoming “the next Robin,” to Terry’s Batman. Though that may be, I practically see her as “the next Oracle,” for her behind the scenes help via computers and hacking skills was on point.

I wish she were appreciated more, because a character like Max, you can’t just FORGET. Which is why she’ll always reside in me. Max is one of my cosplay dream creations, and rightfully so. She’s the bees knees, man.

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Sometimes in black communities we forget that black girls are girls, not little women. My friend then shared with me her own story of being sexually abused and ending up pregnant and in need of an abortion at age 12 because her family members irresponsibly left her with a male family friend. The first time a 12-year-old black girl ever told me she had been raped, I, too, was 12 and she was a friend. The second time, I was a 22-year-old teacher, and the 12-year-old was my student.

I realize now, having heard a version of this story, yet again, that as gut-wrenching as these stories are, among black girls they are not uncommon; they are not even remarkable. So many of the highly educated black women you see went to hell and back before reaching the age of 18. Education has become our drug of choice.

[…]For black girls, educational achievement is not always the best indicator of a stable, happy home life. For me, education offered a goal and reward structure that was predictable and that I could control, simply by doing what was asked of me. In the midst of so many things I could not control, school was attractive. I imagine that for many black girls the narrative is similar.

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microraptoria:

Source. This is a real thing. It’s happening.

HIV Has Been Cured in a Child for the First Time

HIV Cure: New Drug ‘Vacc-4x’ May Become First Functional Cure Against the Virus

The Man Who Had HIV and Now Does Not

This is HUGE news, and of course no one is talking about it because it is not a part of popular culture. For the first time in the history of the world, there is a possible preventative cure for one of the most deadliest viral diseases to have entered the human gene pool. There is hope for those who have been diagnosed with a disease that may have given them only 20 or so years to live. This breakthrough in the science/pharmaceutical community means that other viral diseases and genetic mutations that were once incurable are now on the table for complete eradication. I’m absolutely seething that no one is talking about this on the news 24/7, but instead talking about Miley Cyrus or the biggest videos on Vine.

Trust me y’all ain’t seeing this cure until they find a new disease to make money off of you with pharmacy companies rather make 50 dollars a month off you for the next 50 years than make u pay 50 dollars 1 time for a cure. Maintenance is more profitable for them

(Source: itstonybetch, via ebonysexologist)