Leslie Jones & The Intoxicating Elixir Of Black Girl Magic How dare she be successful, talented, rich, outspoken, and unapologetically black? These are the issues facing one of the biggest sensations in Hollywood the past year and Leslie Jones has only just scratched the surface of how far her star will rise as racist slants attempt to topple the trajectory before it reaches its peak. And as the latest reincarnation of the right tries to bring her down, she is laughing all the way to the bank, the podium, and on to your movie screens. How much more is necessary to read or see before it is fully understood that what is happening to Leslie Jones is racism, pure and simple? The latest incident involves her website being hacked, her nude photos leaked, and racist images uploaded that include images of a gorilla. Leslie Jones = #BlackGirlMagic Leslie Jones, at the end of the day, is a brilliant woman, and no matter what happens next make no mistake: she will get through this and be stronger with each jeer. So to the hackers, haters, and other less-thans attempting to pummel Leslie Jones to the ground, the writing is on the wall and the message is clear that she is on the rise in ways they never could have predicted. these two women are to busy winning gold medals to worry about naysayers, haters, and The Unimportants Perhaps Jones is being attacked because she has stood up for other high profile black women that have been dogged in the press, most notably Olympian Gabby Douglas, who Jones championed as just that – a champion during her performance in Rio. What Leslie Jones has shown throughout all of this is that it takes a big cup of self-love to wade through these attacks with head held high, integrity intact, and the comfort in knowing that it is possible to rise above the fray. But we’ve seen this before in Hollywood: when they have choice words for black women that don’t fit their mold of what beautiful is, so it’s not exactly new and it won’t be the last. Case in point? for every black girl that didn’t fit the mold, we present Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi Goldberg, herself slammed by critics for years long before social media, had to go through the same criticisms as a talented black woman who did not fit the mold of what the mainstream felt acceptable. To those naysayers then and now, Goldberg has continued on, regardless of the vitriol slung her way and emerged as an Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-Tony winner and a multimillionaire. Those spewing hate at Leslie Jones now are only making her more of a household name. So, carry on, haters because this is the best publicity EVER. Although we are sure Ms. Jones doesn’t need our support after enduring La La Land and the stand-up comic circuit for more than two decades, we are here to let her know that she has it. #WeStandWithLeslie. Related posts: A$AP Ferg Not Fit to Speak for Black America Op/Ed: Why Black Body Parts Matter, But Not Black Lives Black America and The Road to Perdition Bristol Palin & The Curious Case of the Compromised Coochie TristonXADES MultimediaTriston is an American jetset performance artist, writer, event organizer, and activist based in Europe. As a freelance journalist, he has covered both the underground and mainstream aspects of the arts, culture, music, entertainment, travel, fashion and Fashion Week in several cities, including New York, London, Berlin, Istanbul, Sydney, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Tokyo to name a few. He has been published in The Huffington Post, Trespass (London), Adaras Magazine (Miami) as well as featured in publications such as the New York Times, Vogue Italia, Turkish Huriyet and other on-line and print magazines in the U.S. and internationally. He recently released his memoir on life in Europe, 'Heaux Confessionals'. As a solo performer and with his band $kandal Du$t, he has toured in some of the world's most renowned clubs, simultaneously maintaining an underground renaissance, blurring the lines of all that is traditional and leaving his indelible, and ultimately unforgettable impression. There is no divide. Brace yourself. ======= ** support by www.neffmarksman.com ** Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.