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25

Jul

with a quickness.

with a quickness.

23

Jul

once in a while, you just need a white unicorn to show up at the party and remind you that life really is one big magical fairytale.

once in a while, you just need a white unicorn to show up at the party and remind you that life really is one big magical fairytale.

17

Jul

Iggy profits from the cultural performativity and forms of survival that Black women have perfected, without having to encounter and deal with the social problem that is the Black female body, with its perceived excesses, unruliness, loudness and lewdness. If she existed in hip hop at a moment when Black women could still get play, where it would take more than one hand to count all the mainstream Black women rap artists, I would have no problem. Iggy would be one among the many. But in this moment, she represents a problem of co-optation. She represents the ways in which hip hop is on a crash course to take exactly the path that rock ‘n roll took such that 20 years from now, people my nephew’s age, will look at the Macklemores and Iggys of the world as representative of Hip Hop Culture, with nary a Black soul making their top ten list of hip hop greats.

Iggy Azalea’s post-racial mess: America’s oldest race tale, remixed

As a white female rapper mistakes appropriation for artistry, here’s how black women remain pushed to the sidelines

(via roropcoldchain)

…because nobody asked you and you don’t know my life.

(Source: rubbermaddox)

11

Jul

All I Ask…

Security and spontaneity. To feel comfortable but not like I settled. Someone who is willing to learn and to teach. Will you tell me when I’m wrong without judging me? Someone who knows that the best way to make me happy is to be their best version of themselves. I just want you to look at the bigger picture and see me in it.

10

Jul

Hole in the Bucket

Only a fool continues to pour water into a bucket with a hole in it.

Fool that I am
Self that I poured
Hole that you are

What other outcome could there be?

Nights spent alone as investments in a future you knew would not be
Did not count as currency,
But proved useful to you nonetheless.

Fool that I am
Self that I poured
Hole that you are
What other outcome could there be?

This story won’t be dark and twisted
Won’t be stained with the resentment to which I am entitled

This story will be clean as new flesh
Absent regrets
Free from the evidence of lost fingerprints

I have cried my way to liberation
Pressed through second guesses and whispers of those who watched the decline with lust
Indifference in their eyes

Fool that you are
God I absorbed
Whole - now I am

What other outcome could there be?

Thea Monyeé | Murmurs of a MadWoman: An Unconventional Memoir

wocinsolidarity:

Attanya: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because I love science fiction and fantasy books, but I’m tired of authors treating dragons and robots and magic as more plausible than black and brown characters

Jennifer: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because… when I was 13 a white girl told me it was selfishthat all of the protagonists in my stories were Latina because she “just can’t relate to nonwhite characters.” She made me feel guilty for writing about people like me. 

Aiesha: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because…Black Girls are more than sidekicks or “sassy, ghetto friend”

Facts and Figures About Race/Ethnicity in YA and Children’s Lit:

#WENEEDDIVERSEBOOKS

Posting this a little late, but followers please take the time out to check out this post explaining the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign and more events to come over the next few days! 

07

Jun

morning reflections.

morning reflections.