2. She removes her wig, her eyelashes, her makeup, never breaking eye contact with the reflection of her natural self. It’s an intimate, powerful moment television doesn’t often show: A black woman removing all the elements white supremacy tells her she has to wear to be beautiful, successful, powerful. And let’s not forget that that wasn’t just Annalise taking it off: It was Davis, too—Davis, who remains brave in a world where a New York Times critic can get away with calling her ‘less classically beautiful.’x

    (Source: fistoffight, via prettytoesncurlyfros)


  3. "I hope you have the courage to pursue someone who is worth pursuing, and not someone who is convenient. Convenience is impatience disguised as your desires, you are worth more than what time has told you, you are worthy of finding someone who will wait for you; don’t settle for what is easy, settle for what is good."
    — T.B. LaBerge // Go Now  (via thatkindofwoman)

    (Source: tblaberge, via mizzdre)


  4. "Maturing is realizing how many things don’t require your comment."
    — Rachel Wolchin (via explore-everywhere)

    (Source: fellinlovewithmelancholy, via madetothrive)

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  6. "When the army doesn’t come for you, when no one chooses to fight for you, when no one dives in after you with fairy tales and promises, you write a different story. You write a tale of adventure and chaos, of survival and fortitude, and instead of wishing to be saved, you save yourself."
    — Kelton Wright (via itsnevertoolatefornow)

    (via livin-inmylife)

  7. obviouslybenhughes:





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    Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Those are the countries. It will be drought-resistant species, mostly acacias. And this is a fucking brilliant idea you have no idea oh my Christ

    This will create so many jobs and regenerate so many communities and aaaaaahhhhhhh

    more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Green_Wall

    it’s already happening, and already having positive effects. this is wonderful, why have i not heard of this before? i’m so happy!

    Oh yes, acacia trees.

    They fix nitrogen and improve soil quality.

    And, to make things fun, the species they’re using practices “reverse leaf phenology.” The trees go dormant in the rainy season and then grow their leaves again in the dry season. This means you can plant crops under the trees, in that nitrogen-rich soil, and the trees don’t compete for light because they don’t have any leaves on.

    And then in the dry season, you harvest the leaves and feed them to your cows.

    Crops grown under acacia trees have better yield than those grown without them. Considerably better.

    So, this isn’t just about stopping the advancement of the Sahara - it’s also about improving food security for the entire sub-Saharan belt and possibly reclaiming some of the desert as productive land.

    Of course, before the “green revolution,” the farmers knew to plant acacia trees - it’s a traditional practice that they were convinced to abandon in favor of “more reliable” artificial fertilizers (that caused soil degradation, soil erosion, etc).

    This is why you listen to the people who, you know, have lived with and on land for centuries.

    THIS is an incredible display of human knowledge and ingenuity.

    (via tickyherb)

  8. ozonebabys-temple:


    "The following text is possibly the first guided meditation ever”. ..It was composed 26 centuries ago, and appears in the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing” …. …. The practitioner sits in a stable position, holding his or her body quite straight, and practices like this: ………….Body

    1. Breathing in, I know I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know I am breathing out……

    2. Breathing in, I am aware of the length of my breath. Breathing out, I am aware of the length of my breath.

    3. Breathing in, I am aware of my whole body. Breathing out, I am aware of my whole body.

    4. Breathing in, I calm my whole body. Breathing out, I calm my whole body. Feelings

    5. Breathing in, I feel joyful. Breathing out, I feel joyful.

    6. Breathing in, I feel happy. Breathing out, I feel happy.

    7. Breathing in, I am aware of my feelings and emotions. Breathing out, I am aware of my feelings and emotions.

    8. Breathing in, I calm my feelings and emotions. Breathing out, I calm my feelings and emotions Mind

    9. Breathing in, I am aware of my mind. Breathing out, I am aware of my mind.

    10. Breathing in, I gladden my mind. Breathing out, I gladden my mind

    11. Breathing in, I concentrate my mind. Breathing out, I concentrate my mind.

    12. Breathing in, I liberate my mind. Breathing out, I liberate my mind. Perceptions

    13. Breathing in, I observe the impermanent nature of all phenomena. Breathing out, I observe the impermanent nature of all phenomena.

    14. Breathing in, I observe the disappearance of craving. Breathing out, I observe the disappearance of craving.

    15. Breathing in, I observe the interbeing nature of all phenomena. Breathing out, I observe the inter being nature of all phenomena. 16. Breathing in, I let go. Breathing out, I let go.

    (via purplebuddhaproject)


  9. nayyirahwaheed:

    our tragedy begins humid.
    in a humid classroom.
    with a humid text book. breaking into us.
    stealing us from ourselves.
    one poem. at a time.

    it begins with shakespeare.

    the hot wash.
    the cool acid. of
    dead white men and women. people.

    each one a storm.

    crashing. into our young houses.
    making us islands. easy isolations.
    until we are so beleaguered and swollen
    with a definition of poetry that is white skin and
    not us.
    that we tuck our scalding. our soreness.
    behind ourselves and
    as trauma. as violence. as erasure.
    another place we do not exist.
    another form of exile
    where we should praise. honor. our own starvation.

    the little bits of langston. phyllis wheatley.
    angelou during black history month. are the crumbs. are the minor boats. that give us slight rest.

    to be waterdrugged into rejecting the nuances of my own bursting
    and to have this
    called education.

    to take my name out of my name.
    out of where my native poetry lives. in me.
    replace it with keats. browning. dickson. wolfe. joyce. wilde. plath. bronte. hemingway. hughes. byron. frost. cummings. kipling. poe. austen. whitman. blake. longfellow. wordsworth. duffy. twain. emerson. yeats. tennyson. auden. thoreau. chaucer. thomas. raliegh. marlowe. burns. shelley. carroll. elliot…

    (what is the necessity of a black child being this high off of whiteness.)

    and so. we are here. brown babies. worshipping. feeding.
    the glutton that is white literature.
    even after it dies.

    (years later. the conclusion:

    shakespeare is relative.

    white literature is relative.

    that we are force fed the meat of
    an animal
    that our bodies will not recognize. as inherent nutrition.
    is not relative.
    is inert.)

    ‘the hot wash’ from nejma. © 2014

    (via yrsadaleyward)

  10. naturalhairdoescare:

    Love this pic of Houston’s finest stylist @eclectic_vibez and we’re so glad she’ll be joining us for #naturalhairbrunchaffairTX! We’d love for YOU to join us for the #NaturalHairBrunchAffair in Houston on October 12, 2014! We’ll have amazing food, hairspiration and great conversation. We hope to see you there! Brought to you by The #KayeSisters of @naturalhairdoescare and @foodbeforelove. Click the link in our bio or visit FoodBeforeLove.com to purchase your tickets! Tag two curl friends who live in Houston!! #naturalhairdoescare #nhdcevents #naturalhairbrunchaffairtour #Houstonnaturals #naturalhairevents #naturalswhobrunch #naturalhairbrunchaffairTX

  12. thebodegaproject:

    Womanist - by Alice Walker

    (via noldarling)


  13. "

    There is a story I would like to tell you about a woman who practices the invocation of the Buddha Amitabha’s name. She is very tough, and she practices the invocation three times daily, using a wooden drum and a bell, reciting, “Namo Amitabha Buddha” for one hour each time. When she arrives at one thousand times, she invites the bell to sound. (In Vietnamese, we don’t say “strike” or “hit” a bell.) Although she has been doing this for ten years, her personality has not changed. She is still quite mean, shouting at people all the time.

    A friend wanted to teach her a lesson, so one afternoon when she had just lit the incense, invited the bell to sound three times, and was beginning to recite “Namo Amitabha Buddha,” he came to her door, and said, “Mrs. Nguyen, Mrs. Nguyen!” She found it very annoying because this was her time of practice, but he just stood at the front gate shouting her name. She said to herself, “I have to struggle against my anger, so I will ignore that,” and she went on, “Namo Amitabha Buddha, Namo Amitabha Buddha.”

    The gentleman continued to shout her name, and her anger became more and more oppressive. She struggled against it, wondering, “Should I stop my recitation and go and give him a piece of my mind?” But she continued chanting, and she struggled very hard. Fire mounted in her, but she still tried to chant “Namo Amitabha Buddha.” The gentleman knew it, and he continued to shout, “Mrs. Nguyen! Mrs. Nguyen!”

    She could not bear it any longer. She threw away the bell and the drum. She slammed the door, went out to the gate and said, “Why, why do you behave like that? Why do you call my name hundreds of times like that?” The gentleman smiled at her and said, “I just called your name for ten minutes, and you are so angry. You have been calling the Buddha’s name for ten years. Think how angry he must be!

  14. (Source: canyildizz, via veganismislove)

  15. Tony Porter: A Call To Men
    "Tony is the original visionary and co-founder behind A CALL TO MEN: The National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence Against Women. He is the author of "Well Meaning Men...Breaking Out of the Man Box - Ending Violence Against Women" and the visionary for the book, NFL Dads Dedicated to Daughters.

    Tony's message of accountability is welcome and supported by many grassroots and established organizations. He’s currently working with numerous domestic and sexual violence programs, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, colleges and universities around the country. He has worked with the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.

    Tony is an international lecturer for the U.S. State Department having worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, United Kingdom and Brazil. In addition, he has been a guest presenter for the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women and has been a script consultant for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." - (x)

    (Source: exgynocraticgrrl, via amazelife)