For years, she was known to the public as the Bloomingdale Library rape victim.
Then, in 2011, her family asked she be called the Bloomingdale Library rape survivor.
Now, she wants people to just call her Queena.
On the night of April 24, 2008, when Queena went to the Bloomingdale Library to return books, she was raped, beaten and left to die. She was 18, about to graduate high school and getting ready to attend the University of Florida on a full scholarship. Her attacker, Kendrick Morris, now 21, was convicted in May 2011 and is serving a 65-year state prison sentence.
Since then, her family and the community have held fundraisers and 5K races to raise money for her treatment, never revealing her name or showing her face.
On Saturday, the family will launch a new website, JoinQueena.com. The site documents Queena’s life and recovery. It features updates on her progress from her doctors, therapists and her family, photos and a link to donate through PayPal.
The family wanted a way for the public to help Queena, now turning 23, without having to write a check or go to a bank, her mother Vanna, 50, said.
But they wanted a better name for the website than “Bloomingdale Survivor.” Friends offered suggestions like “My Angel” or “Living Angel.” Queena would make a face, with her mouth in the shape of an O, to indicate no, she didn’t like those.
Her sister, Anna, 26, asked her: Did she just want Queena.com? Her face lit up with a smile, Vanna said. They asked her over and over, are you sure you want to use your real name?
She was sure. She wants to be an inspiration, her sister said, not a victim. They decided on JoinQueena.com.
I wish more people would reblog instead of just liking this post since her family is struggling financially. They’re constantly having to host fundraisers to pay for her medical bills.
Just to remind everyone of how gruesome this case was, in addition to being sexually assaulted, the perpetrator "[Kendrick] Morris beat [Queena] so badly, he broke her nose and fractured her skull. She can no longer see, walk or talk."
PLEASE consider donating, guys. If not, the reblog and signal boost
Russell Crowe ain’t havin’ it.
Everytime I see this I get the urge to tell Russel that I don’t believe in global warming, there is a thing as over education and blah, blah, blah just so I can get him to come to my house to rant because that would be awesome.
Sometimes I’m confused by Canadian stereotypes but then I realize that we literally dump maple syrup onto the snow, wait for it to get gooey and then scoop it up with a stick and eat it
you better not be fucking with me canada is this for real
it is all too real
the best tea on the planet
OKAY TEA LESSON TIME. I worked at Teavana for a long time and these teas are called blooming teas! They’re basically white teas, and they come in this little ball. That ball can be rebrewed up to five times. FIVE. TIMES. And that one ball will fill that whole teapot. The three flavors we had each had a different flower in the middle, and really don’t take long to brew, just long enough for that ball to bloom, 2-4 minutes or so for the whole teapot. As a white tea, it’s high in antioxidants, and it’s really good for your immune system. It’s extremely good for detoxing as well, so if you want to detox for health reasons, or if you happen to have a drug test you’re unprepared for, drink these teas. And it’s extremely good for clearing up your skin! After a month of drinking a cup of this a day, your skin will be extremely healthy. It’s light in flavor, so for those of you who don’t like stronger teas, this is perfect.
Plus, it’s really cool to watch bloom.
and now, for tea news.
His body isn’t even cold yet and the New York times has already put out a shameful article declaring Nelson Mandela to be an “icon of peaceful resistance”. News outlets around the Western world are hurrying to publish obituaries that celebrate his electoral…
Hempstead Independent School District (ISD) in Texas has confirmed that a middle school principal has been placed on leave after Latin@ students said that she forbade the entire school from speaking Spanish.
A group of students told KHOU that Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey announced over the intercom on Nov. 12 that they were no longer to use their native language in order to “prevent disruptions.”
It was over two weeks later before the superintendent sent a letter home insisting that “neither the district or any campus has any policy prohibiting the speaking of Spanish.”
But the students said that the effect of the ban had been chilling.
“People don’t want to speak it no more, and they don’t want to get caught speaking it because they’re going to get in trouble,” sixth-grade student Kiara Lozano explained to KHOU.
Some students felt that the principal gave teachers permission to discriminate against them.
“She was like no speaking Spanish,” eighth-grader Yedhany Gallegos recalled. “I was like that’s my first language. She said, well you can get out.”
Hempstead ISD spokesperson Laurie Bettis said in a statement that Lacey had been placed on leave while the district investigated the charges.
“The district has received allegations regarding this issue and the district is investigating the matter,” Bettis wrote. “At this time, the administrator is on administrative leave with pay until the investigation is completed and appropriate action is determined. This is all we can say at this time as there is a pending investigation on this matter.”
“The district is committed to efficiently and effectively resolving this matter with as little disruption to our students and their learning environment as possible.”
WHAT THE FUCK!
This is how you shed the Disney image.
This looks really good.
Disney Dudes // Keeping It Suave
I’ve never seen a greater post in my life.
I ship straight characters. And I ship gay characters. I don’t ship based on gender. I ship based on chemistry.
TRIGGER WARNING: misogynoir, violence, harassment, sexual abuse, rape.
@HoodFeminism (which is @Karnythia's and @thewayoftheid's work) hosted a Twitter discussion regarding the stereotype of “fast tailed girls” that Black girls deal with primarily during adolescence, but certainly starts before that for many Black girls and continues well into adulthood (i.e. the Jezebel controlling image). I put many of the tweets shared in this discussion in a Storify: #FastTailedGirls: Examining The Stereotypes and Abuse That Black Girls Face though a few are included above.
"Fast tailed" girls: Black girls stereotyped as “hypersexual” beings and seeking sex whether or not they are sexually active. This stereotype is proliferated in the home (especially by some mothers and older women), within the Black community (i.e church, socially; especially by the Black men who abuse and by some Black male leaders who want this silenced) and amidst society itself (i.e. schools, media; because of racism and White supremacist notions of womanhood). These Black girls are viewed: as “adult” women “asking” for abuse,” as responsible for the abuse that primarily adult Black men inflict on them or coerce them into and often inflict without punishment let alone blame from the Black community (as “protecting” Black men from racism often takes precedence over any other intraracial issue); as providing consent simply by experiencing puberty (or not even experiencing puberty); as automatically heterosexual; as automatically culpable for any street harassment, physical violence, sexual violence or emotional abuse that they experience. A Black girl with confidence who speaks up for herself, wants to express her femininity visually, has a normal interest in boys, gets unwanted attention from adult men, and/or has male friends can easily be labeled as such. This stereotype sits in a binary opposed to “respectable" Black girls while both "types" of Black girls are regularly abused. It is the hatred of Blackness, womanhood and childhood (or rejection of a period of childhood actually existing for Black girls) intersecting in this dangerous stereotype.
Though difficult of course, this conversation was so important and I am grateful to Hood Feminism for their presence, in general, and for this conversation, specifically. It is important to discuss how within and outside of our communities internalizing the hateful messages about Blackness, womanhood and Black womanhood specifically has caused so much harm, much irreversible. What can change is how we think about ourselves as Black women, meaning ending shaming and ending buying into patriarchal binaries about Black girls and Black women while simultaneously protecting abusers. Have open conversations about how patriarchal masculinity is literally killing men, Black men in particular, and how while it is true that they are very much so oppressed via race, as all Black people are, they are also oppressors of Black women. Black women also support this structure when abusers are defended and protected and our truths and experiences are silenced by other Black women and anyone else among Black people; that has to end. Deconstructing and rejecting the way that racism, White supremacy, anti-Blackness and sexism create this stereotype for Black girls, ones that impact them inside and outside of the Black community.
The abuse has to end. The education has to be received. The compassion has to be shared. The unlearning has to commence. The truth has to be spoken, even if at 140 characters at a time. Even if in small groups and in supermarket aisles and schools and churches and anywhere. Black girls deserve better than this. Black women deserve more than the pain of the memories of abuse and the fear that another generation of Black girls will experience the same.
- #FastTailedGirls: Examining The Stereotypes and Abuse That Black Girls Face - this is my Storify mentioned above; includes many tweets (including some of mine) by Black women who spoke out; includes tweets from a trans woman of colour (@HarmonyBabydoll) who added an important dimension to this conversation.
- The Myth of “Fast Black Girls” by @LexiScorsese - inspired this conversation
- Hood Feminism blog
- Misogyny, In General vs. Anti-Black Misogyny (Misogynoir), Specifically
- Black Men and Patriarchy, Intraracial Sexism and Misogynoir (multiple essays listing)
- Abuse Culture: Domestic Violence, Rape, Body Dehumanization and Street Harassment (multiple essays listing)
- Patricia Hill Collins’ books: Black Feminist Thought and Black Sexual Politics speaks to the roots of this stereotype.
- Womanism, Black Feminism and Race In Feminist Discourse (Updated) (multiple essays listing)
Keep learning, growing and healing. ❤
(Please leave content above intact if you reblog. Please take care before adding any comments to this post. It is very serious and very painful for many Black women. Victim blaming and statements supporting rape culture are unwelcome here by people who think they have a “right” to harm us because this conversation occurred publicly. Please be respectful.)
It’s such a brilliant show!
Half fandom hates Darren after he tweeted about Klaine and gay rights because he’s a pathetic selfish straight asshole who shouldn’t talk about gay rights because he’s straight.
Also he’s an asshole because he want to win and he’s an idiot because he tweeted Chris.
The other half hates…
I didn’t want to reblog this, but I just want to quickly say that the HUGE difference between these two stans you are talking about is that the ones who are angry at blarren for using gay rights (more likely gay sex fascination) to win an awards and involving chris in this would NEVER, EVER harass blarren on twitter about this, they would NEVER get out off tumblr to force their opinion on darren and ask him to delete his tweet or whatever…
BUT the other part who are mad at Chris has been tweeting chris about the chemistry award DEMANDING him to tweet about it. Also, again the second part tries to force on Chris their idea of how he is supposed to support his own rights, when the PCA has inherently nothing to do with it. And if it is about gay representation, Chris, or any other actual gay nominees, winning would be enough as it is.
See, there is a HUGE difference. Those who are angry at Darren are angry first and foremost because they know the level of twitter harassment Chris will face from blarren stans until he is bullied into tweeting something (much like during blarren’s birthday) but even then, Chris’s stans wouldn’t tweet blarren about this, asking him to have more regards for Chris since he knows how his stans can behave sometimes.
Hopefully blarren stans won’t be as vile as they were during blarren’s birthday, because let me tell you, it was vile. So, I wish people would stop pretending they don’t understand why some people think crisscolfer/some klaine shippers and people who panders them irks Chris Colfer’s fans.
Those who wank on their blog using lol tags don’t hurt anybody, but those who harass the actors are disrespectful at best and creepy and hateful at worst. And what blarren has to do with it? Well he never tries to calm them down the way Chris did a few times. Yet, he sometimes panders them when there is something in it for him.
Finally, yes, as a straight guy blarren can’t tell a gay guy how to support his own rights. Imagine any of the white actresses tweeting amber about how it is important for her to win DWTS for the representation of black woman. Amber herself talked about this and about how it is difficult for black actresses in Hollywood and none of the people who came to see her said anything because it’s NOT THEIR place, at least not before Amber freaking Riley, who is a grown woman and is able to speak to the 14 million viewers during the finale about her experience and what it means for black representation that so many people rooted for her during the show.
Chris has been tweeting about Amber every week encouraging people to vote for her, he never said anything about how important it is for the representation of black woman, doesn’t mean he can’t or shouldn’t though, but not before or in lieu of amber. Imagine someone get out of his way and start talking about how important it is that blarren Is there for the representation of PoC and start encouraging blarren has an half white half asian guy to retweet him, how would that sound, tell me? Pretty Ridiculous. Just because blarren plays a gay character doesn’t prevent him from looking like a good deed opportunist sometimes. (don’t know if what I just said mean anything, but I really can’t think of a way to say it properly enough in English, sorry)