Araminta Ross became a “slave for hire” at the age of 5. She did domestic work, field work, cared for children. She once said that one of her mistresses would savagely whip her almost every day, first thing in the AM. As a result, she would put on “all the thick clothes she could” to protect her body from the blows. When she was teenager, she stood before an overseer who was in pursuit of another slave. He took a lead weight & crashed it on her head. She was deeply wounded. She said that the blow “broke her skull.” She was carried back bleeding. She had no bed. They lay her on the floor. She was sent back to her parents who thought she would die. She survived. She went on to become Harriet Tubman. She freed slaves daringly & without fear. This is the person who [Russell Simmons] laughed at.

Blogger “Prison Culture” response to Russell Simmons parody video “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape”.

Respect Harriet’s legacy and the rebuke the attempts to make light of the sexual violence Black women experienced during slavery.

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lordvoldemortsnipple asked:

I'm making a board game with my father, based on Italy of the 14th century, and I'm trying to include POCs, but he keeps saying that during that time/place all black people were slaves. I'm pretty sure that's not the case, but can't find anything on it. Could you provide me some reliable sources to show him, if it's not too much trouble?

medievalpoc answered:

Sorry, forgot to mention that the characters in the game are all in positions of power (royalty, ambassadors, bankers, generals, the church..). He’s accepted that there were non-slave black people in Europe, but above that he’s a hard sell…

That’s not even close to true. Even if I exclude Black Kings from Adoration of the Magi paintings and specific mythical figures, here are a variety of portraits of historical figures and events, showing Black people who were in Medieval and Renaissance Italy and definitely not enslaved. I’ve tried to include a diverse range of occupations, date ranges, and lifestyles, and based on their clothing and other factors, whether the person depicted is working, middle, or upper class (a vast oversimplification for the Middle Ages and Renaissance, but more or less equivalent). There will be additional sources at the links.

Alessandro De’Medici, Duke of Florence 1530-1537 (upper class)

Portraits of Alessandro De’Medici


Free Black Gondoliers of Venice, 13th-16th century (working/middle class)


A musician in Court of the Tatar Khan, 1390’s (working class)

The Arrival in Rome of the Copts and Ethiopian Christians, 1445 (upper and middle class)

Two men from Journey of the Magi, 1266 (middle class)

Nobleman at King James of Scotland’s court, Scenes from the Life of Pius, 1502 (upper class)

Fresco Featuring the Arthurian Cycle by Pisanello, 1433 (upper middle class)


Last Supper with Black Christian at Christ’s right hand, 1530 (upper class)

Virgil in the Divine Comedy, 1444 (middle/upper middle class)

Portrait of Domenico Giuliani and his Servant, 1579 (middle class)

Self-Portrait of Andrea Briosco, c. 1500 (middle class artist)

Musician in Perseus Frees Andromeda, late 1400s (working class)


Allegory of the Sense of Smell feat. a Black Youth in upper-class clothing c. 1620s


Portrait of a Man, 1560s (upper class)

Man in Mantegna’s Ceiling Oculus, 1465 (upper middle class)

Man in Journey of the Magi Fresco, 1450s) (middle to upper middle class)


Nobleman in Saint Francis Xavier Baptizing Proselytes, 1680s (upper class)


Costume Design for a Moorish Character, 1640s (working class)


Guards and a Nobleman in Jesus and the Centurion (upper class, working class)

A Bishop in The Council of Nycaea, 1585 (upper class)


A Black nobleman at Dido’s Suicide, 1510 (upper class)

Man in white, scenes from the Life of Saint Benedict, 1505 (upper middle class)

Page to a Nobleman, 1530s (middle/upper middle class)


The Ethiopian Envoy to Rome, 1617 (upper class)


Portrait of a Woman, 1550s) (upper middle class)


THANK YOU for providing this! Awesome history



Ciara Debuts Crazy Long Dreadlocks: Should She Keep Them?

Oh, so since Ciara’s having an “elegant” wedding she can’t possibly keep her loc extensions…Right? Cause locs can’t be elegant? I’m so sick of this shit. 

EDITED TO ADD: People has updated the post and removed the parenthetical. 

Riiight but let some non-black celebrity rock faux locs and it’ll be ____ Debuts Daring Long Dreadlocks: And We Think It Makes A Fashion Statement!