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Black Women Equal Pay Day: Run Me My Money

Today, July 31, 2017 is Black Women's Equal Pay Day. It means we as Black Women, must work 7 months into 2017 to be paid the same as White men in 2016. How sway you say? Yes, black women are at the bottom in terms of pay and wealth for that matter. What can you do with an extra $840,000? Well that is the income the Black Women lose in income as compared to a White man's salary over a lifetime. .63 cent to every dollar a White male earns is what a Black woman makes. Whenever we talk about the pay wage gap, it's usually talked about in terms of White women, but Black women are losing out even more. More than any demographic. It takes a Black Woman 19 months to earn what a White Man earns in a year! According to www.epi.org Myth #1: If black women worked harder, they’d get the pay they deserve. The truth: Black women work more hours than white women. They have increased work hours 18.4 percent since 1979, yet the wage gap relative to white men has grown. Over the last several decades, both black and white workers have increased their number of annual hours in response to slow wage growth. While men typically work more hours than women, the data reveal that growth in work hours, for both whites and blacks, was heavily driven by the growth of work hours among women. The increase in annual hours is particularly striking for workers in the bottom 40 percent of the wage distribution, where it has been driven almost entirely by women. Among lower paid workers, the growth in annual hours is larger for black women than for white women and men. This trend is particularly striking for the lowest wage workers. In the bottom fifth, annual hours for black women grew 30.1 percent (from 1,162 hours/year to 1,511 hours/year) between 1979 and 2015 compared to a 27.6 percent increase (from 1,086 hours/year to 1,386 hours/year) for white women and a 3.2 percent increase (from 1,553 hours/year to 1,602 hours/year) for white men. Working moms are significant contributors to this trend—half of all African American female workers are moms, as are 55.3 percent of Hispanic working women and 44.5 percent of white female workers – although women often face a wage penalty when taking time out of the workforce to care for children. While all moms are working more hours per year and contributing more to their households financially, African American working moms are uniquely central to the economic well-being of their families. Even when faced with the added demands on their time that come with having a family, in 2015, married black women with children worked over 200 hours more per year than married white or Hispanic women with children, and 339 hours more than black single mothers. Married black working moms also worked 132 hours more per year than childless non-elderly black working women. Myth #2: Black women can educate themselves out of the pay gap. The truth: Two-thirds of black women in the workforce have some postsecondary education, 29.4 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Black women are paid less than white men at every level of education. The figure below shows average wages for white men and black women in 2016. As black women increase their educational attainment, their pay gap with white men continues to grow. The largest gap, of nearly $17 an hour, occurs for workers with more than a college degree. But even black women with an advanced degree earn less, slightly more than $7 an hour less, than white men who only have a bachelor’s degree.
 So what is the is the solution? Is there still a solution? I am not sure at this point.

Real Recognize Real. 4 Ways To Spot A Real One.

"I'm the realest dude you know." Chile if I had a penny for every time I heard this escape a guys' lips when I was younger. I have learned that this can be attributed to a certain street cred, or whatever it is they go by. It doesn't necessarily translate into how they treat others. But as I grew older I have learned that being real is necessarily just that. How you treat others. The ability to treat others with respect, in front of and especially behind their back matters. When you come to the table and have good intentions for someone else, matters. But how do we attract people that are not going to have us looking crazy outchea' in dese streets lol? A lot of times when we get tied up in someone that claimed to be real and found out they were faker than a $3 dollar bill, we failed to recognize the signs of a real one. And it's not always that we fail to recognize the signs, but we really don't know what they are. I always say the simplest way to know if a guy is who he says he is, does he call back when he said he will. A damn phone call is free. We as women make too many excuses for the men that we have in our space. It is time to start creating space for the real ones to come into our lives. Here is how to spot them. 4. He is consistent. It's simple. Guy meets girl, and he is instantly infatuated with her. He is calling ALL THE DAMN TIME and always answers when she calls. They stay on the phone for hours and hours and the woman thinks they are building a connection. He buys flowers, little gifts and does the most. Then the woman catches feelings, which is completely normal. Then, for whatever reason, maybe they had sex too soon for his liking or he sees that he was able to get her to like him, and he looses interest. Girl can see the interest dwindling down by less phone calls and time spent together until he eventually goes...GHOST. Girl then sees what it was and then moves on with her life. Here is the trick part: It is at this very moment that the guy comes back with some excuse as to why he dipped out like a Houdini's intern. And what happens a lot is the girl takes him back and it is a back and forth thing. One thing I have learned is that love will be consistent. It is not going to keep you guessing and wondering where you stand. If someone is taking you through this, it is them....AND your ass. It's them because they have some fear-whether it is fear of love, fear of something better coming along, etc. But it is something that have nothing to do with you and you shouldn't wreck your brain trying to figure it out. It is also you because you have to wonder why and the hell are you attracted to someone that is unsure of you. You should love yourself more to know that you deserve the absolute best. And nothing less. 3. He helps you in a bind. You have a flat tire, he can come put your donut on. Do you need money for a new tire? He covers that, because you don't have it. What I am saying is, he won't leave you hanging. The way you can see where you stand with a guy is to pick up the phone, call him right now and ask him for a favor. That is how you know. 2. Your safety is important. When he drops you off from a date, he is not speeding off to the corner of the next bish lol. He texts you occasionally to make sure you got home ok. He just wants to be a protector, but not be overbearing. 1. He does what he says he will do. Call back? He did or will text (at least). Going out on a date, HE WILL NOT CANCEL, especially the first few dates. Unless he is having a real serious issue, a guy will not cancel a date. He will remember a date, you won't have to call him to confirm. Please don't ever do that. If he says he got you on something, he will remember. Well, ladies take this list that is tried and true from my trials and error. Of course, there are many different scenarios, but you be the judge. Oh before I forget! Make sure you are a real one yourself. It is hard to spot a real one if you are not absolutely in love with yourself. When you don't love yourself, you let others drag you through the mud. That's truth.com boo. Muah!  

Hello Monday: Colorism, No Shade.

Unless the question of colorism…is addressed in our communities and definitely in our black "sisterhoods" we cannot, as a people, progress. ---Alice Walker I want a long haired thick Red Bone, I would rap to the top of my lungs along with Lil Wayne. I, and plenty of other women, chased after that. If you couldn't get the light skin, soon came in the *coughs* long hair bundles. He pretty much said what men have been saying and showing for a long time. Light skin women are in, and have been for a long time. Countless guys have told me in late night phone convos that they prefer light skinned women and/or that they are known to bag the baddest red bones. *Facepalms* As if bagging a red bone is a trophy. However, society has put us here. Lighter skinned individuals in the black race do see different opportunities because the skin complexion is closer to white skin. And we know how certain individuals feel about possessing the fairer skin. Honestly, as a young Robinette, I was flattered. Not so much that my skin was lighter, but because I felt like a top contender. Dating is dog eat dog. Shit, I was in demand. I didn't want to do the extra work, personality etc lol. I could let the light skin do the work…I was mixed with something waaaayyyyy on down the line. And it was peaking through in my skin.  It was like an automatic pretty and acceptance in a society that I and others have strived to be accepted in. And I didn't have to work for it. Intraracial discrimination or "colorstruck" Before I could even say what interracial discrimination or being colorstruck was, as a little girl, I noticed a difference. In Pre K, there was a girl name Jaleesa. Jaleesa was light skinned and she had silky, long hair. I was a four year old girl and I am 28 now and still remember how the teachers just doted upon her out of all the other kids in the classroom. I can remember being envious because she got a lot of attention, and her damn hair was so long. I was barely getting hang time in my lil balls and barrettes. Statistics back up treatment of lighter skinned students. They are favored more and Black Female students with dark skin were three times more likely to be suspended at school than their light skinned African American counterparts. Or how as kids we were reminded not to stay in the sun too long. Not because the sun's rays are harmful and can cause cancer, but for more "aesthetic" reasons. If you stay in the sun, you are going to get black. When I would see a lil tan, it was time to go inside. And all of this came from the community. I never really experienced this out the mouths of whites (their job was done) as much as I have experienced it first hand from family, friends. We were spitting out hundreds of years of hate of our color. Colorism is so deeply ingrained in the fabric of this nation that we are all implicated and infected by its presence. And the sad thing is, for many people the lessons of color bias begin in the home.--Writer, profound yet unknown I grew up saying "She's pretty….for a dark skinned girl." (As if darker hued women aren't beautiful as is.) Or my favorite: That's an ugly light skinned girl. (The audacity for a light skin girl to waste her "pure skin" on ugliness.) These are terms that I have heard, and ignorantly used coming up. Although this was years ago, colorism is alive and well in the eve of 2017. Riding along in my light skin world, the issue came back to light in my life with the rapper Young Thug's recent antics. Now, I know I shouldn't be referencing a rapper, but admittedly, I was a fan of his music. He had an altercation with some women at an airport and used the terms nappy, said that the women looked African (compliment), and later referred to the women as burnt. He just struck me as someone who is so out of touch with history and himself. Because truth be told, if a white man had said this we would be up in arms. But a black man gets a pass. All will be accepted. This is how colorism in the community has been able to persist. Because people are not held accountable. He gets a pass because he is a black man who said things that are historically hurtful insults to dig at the self confidence of black women. A Twitter user said it best, "Colorism. Misogynoir. Anti-Blackness. Young Thug's tweet just shows the attitude some men have towards black women"--@Novelistprice I have always noticed this persist in the media. The black men are almost always paired with light skinned, "good haired" women. Now yes, these women are just as Black as another women, but it is when you see something so much, you start to take notice. I know that there are many dark skinned talented actresses. Even going on to one of my favorite shows, "Martin." I grew up thinking that Pam was ugly!!! Only because of the harsh jokes about her and her "beady beads." Pam was made to look like the whatever while Gina never had to endure the jokes that have hurt black women in the past. Seeing the show with my new eyes, Pam was (and still is) a baddie! Do lighter skinned women have privileges? I would say yes. I have benefitted from them. People believe light skinned women "are prettier and smarter than dark skinned women." A damn shame "Lighter skinned Black women often have more access to wealth and social capital than their darker skinned counterparts---a closer proximity to whiteness meant social elevation and a chance to assimilate and find success. " So how does a community overcome this? As I was writing this piece, I swear I witnessed two individuals state that mixed babies are cuter, smh. I think it is definitely educating yourself and teaching the next generation that no matter their skin color, they are beautiful. And to especially teach our black boys that getting with a light skinned or fair skinned women is not the end all be all. That beauty comes in all different shades. We should welcome and appreciate that. Muah!

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