Tressie McMillan Cottom

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How do y’all manage working a job AND responding to every text message?
64% of my life these days is pulling stuff out of Kirby’s mouth that shouldn’t be in there.
Finally @drlisadcook's cloture & confirmation votes are underway. A great piece by @rachsieg on who this remarkable person is and how she'll be a gamechanger at the Fed.…
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Men only want one thing: to be the center of attention on Twitter.
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I just heard a song that’s all about liking “redbones” and “yellows”. I honest-to-god didn’t know we still did this.
(I read research once that says this is a normal human herd reaction. I just like to think it is only happening to me so that I feel special.)
When I go places I tend to find the farthest little empty corner to sit and hide. Without fail, the minute I settle in approximately 500 people sit next to me. I am cursed.
One more thing: for forty years everybody from Presidents to scientists have criticized Black people listening to hip-hop. No white country music fan should know any peace until they are as aware of the politics of their “boot scoot boogie” as I am of “me so horny”. Thank you.
I have read most things about contemporary country music and @MarissaRMoss' "Her Country" is a serious an interrogation of the cultural meaning of contemporary gender and race in country music. It is sharp and fun (at times) and critical in exactly the way we need.
You do not need to listen to country music. But, if you are not watching the spaces where hetero patriarchal whiteness is being served as patriotism IN THIS DAY AND AGE, then I think you are slightly less serious than you think you are.
So, I troll whiteness by writing about it the way that whiteness has written about Blackness for generations. I get to have my fun. But I also take white culture-making dead serious because it is deadly serious about erasing Black people and Black lives.
Country music is a foundationally Black (and Hispanic) art form where contemporary whiteness is being hashed out. You can see it and yet no one is bothering to take it seriously -- which is exactly why the culture making in country is so powerful. It hides in plain sight.
Intellectually, I find what is happening in country music right now to be as politically salient as what happened during the January 6th white nationalist insurrection. One is big politics, with P. The other is how politics happen in everyday life.
Second, all American music is Black music. It is more self-evident in some genres than in others. But I am not interested in what anyone tells me about what Black people are supposed to make, like, or appreciate because we made it all. So, there is that.
First, I like wtf I like. Bite me. Let's get that out of the way.
My interest on roots music confounds people. The occasion of @MarissaRMoss new book is a good time to do something I do not often do: explain myself.
As you may know, I’ve been into stories about race, gender & class in country music. Much of the work treats these independently of each other - sometimes to good ends & usually to bad ones. @MarissaRMoss has written a truly (god help me) intersectional story of country music.…
@tressiemcphd Apparently the widespread belief that Black women are not reliable narrators of their own experience extends not only to their own bodies but to the bodies of their dogs as well.
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I’m reading someone’s manuscript. It is very good and if I can stop being petty about the good sentences they wrote that should be MY good sentences, maybe I will eventually enjoy it. 😂😂
NAACP president calling on Biden to discuss cancelling student loan debt in his speech today. "We believe you can be the president that cancels student debt. Now that's a legacy we'll all celebrate. But $10,000 in cancellation won't be enough, and means-testing is unacceptable."
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Today's the release of HER COUNTRY from @MarissaRMoss. She tracks the larger rise of current country women from Miranda to Mickey & beyond, and brings you into each one's life/sound as only an expert writer/listener like Moss can. This book changes everything - go get it.
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I would unalive and that’s only marginally hyperbolic.…
Good morning. Here’s a 1991 photo of senator Jesse Helms’ home covered in a giant condom by ACT UP activists protesting his bigotry and neglect toward PWA. Brilliant direct action/narrative intervention.
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That does explain a lot about him, tbh.
@tressiemcphd I've used a donut pan and added everything seasoning to make bagels. Super versatile recipe.
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Equal parts Greek yogurt and self-rising flour. It brings to mind the tang of sourdough. But lazy!
Thirty minutes ago I learned about two-ingredient rolls from @jennyhutt. I had to try it IMMEDIATELY. Two minutes ago, I had made these. Game changer.
Vivian is taking bets on how long before I go to jail because of Kirby.
I had to cuss a white lady just this weekend at a local park. She thought Kirby shouldn’t be sitting on the bench and was going to MOVE MY DOG. lol no…
Via @indyweek by way of Humanity of Wake County
If anyone ever unravels the regulatory liminal zone that makes moving companies legal organized crime, I will vote on a single issue.…
"No one," laments an editorial on a Kremlin news site, seems to want Russia's "refined civility, our tolerance, our high culture, our genuine love for the whole world."…
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The people: They’re taking away our rights! The gov’t: Oh. Word? The people: we are taking to the streets to exercise our 1st amendment rights The gov’t: We must stop the people AT ONCE!!! To the bipartisan mobile!
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No, he really is. A few months ago we were doing some socialization training downtown. I see a young adult person on a bike double-take at us. This is my town so I prepare for her to recognize me. She walks up and says, “excuse me, but I think this is Kirby??” 🥴😳…Oxf
I’m still lying. I’m not a celebrity.
I lied. It was a biscuit and a bo-berry.
I don’t like to brag about being a *celebrity* but last weekend the car in front of me at Bojangles paid for my biscuit. Sooooo ya know. (Thank you! I promise I’m happy, healthy and whole. ❤️)…
It’s not true that simple picking the position that polls highest means you win, despite what the data trolls say.
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@Ntombi @tressiemcphd We should study what it is about Tressie that makes people out themselves as batshit crazy. I mean it really is a super power. Here we were unaware that Jodi was walking amongst us and now because of Tressie we are all safe.
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@tressiemcphd Omg now she retweeting and tagging Peta. This is insane. Also I'm curious how she knows what the temperature is based solely on this photo. 🤔6
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