1. Conviction ~ Meshell  Ndegeocello

    What an inconvenient truth…

  3. briannamccarthy:

    goldling macabrii remix


    listen to it in collaboration with M.I.A - Bring the Noize (Matangi Gold Edition)

    (via briannamccarthy)


  4. "I think the average guy thinks they’re pro-woman, just because they think they’re a nice guy and someone has told them that they’re awesome. But the truth is far from it. Unless you are actively, consciously working against the gravitational pull of the culture, you will predictably, thematically, create these sort of fucked-up representations."
    — Junot Diaz (via luciaferr)

    (via ankhempress)


  5. "

    If a woman is sexually overt is she still feminist? It’s a question that…obviously for me, the answer is yes. But also in a larger sense, I’m not interested in policing feminism either. I have such a problem with the idea of people saying things like, ‘Oh she’s not feminist because of blah blah blah.’

    Whoever says they’re feminist is bloody feminist. And I just feel like we live in a world where more people need to be saying it and we shouldn’t be looking to pull people out of the feminist party. And I think the reason I find myself reacting so strongly to questions of female sexuality is…there’s something very disturbing to me about the idea that a woman’s sexuality somehow is not hers. So when certain feminists who will say, it’s about the male gaze, it’s for the man, there a kind of a self-censoring about that that’s similar to what they’re fighting.

    So as long as women have the choice…why shouldn’t women own their sexuality? Why shouldn’t a woman who does whatever with her sexuality identify as feminist?


    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Quote is from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Defends Beyoncé: ‘Whoever Says They’re Feminist is Bloody Feminist’ on Clutch Magazine, referring to Chimamanda’s defense of Beyoncé and feminism itself, especially for Black women. 

    Some White women are using racism and unfortunately some fellow Black women are using the politics of respectability (which connects to performing acceptability for the White Gaze anyway) to determine who is feminist or not, where more than anything, sexuality is the rubric. Feminism is not a club where some women get to approve the membership of others, especially when this approval is based on the very same type of oppression that a feminist should seek to dismantle. This doesn’t make Beyoncé’s or even Chimamanda’s feminism perfect. But this right off the bat "X is not a feminist because they are Black or because they are not "respectable" thing is utter crap. Even Black female artists deemed “respectable” like Janelle Monáe reject the politics of respectability altogether and have womanist messages in their music. 

    Owning sexuality means that presentation, experience, desire, and sexual orientation (including asexual as a sexual orientation) is acceptable to that person and expressed or not expressed however they choose. It is not one-sided where whatever is deemed “respectable” is “feminist” or whatever is overtly sexual only in response to what is deemed “respectable” is “feminist.” It is rejecting reacting to binaries and a clear anti-oppressive stance on sexuality.

    Now, I know the quote itself appears ”generic" so many Whites will be eager to erase my commentary so that Chimamanda’s words can center White women since "women" is always read as "White." Of course doing so will once again prove my point about racism and feminism. Such is the irony. Race cannot be erased from intersectionality.

    (via gradientlair)

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  6. the-monae:

    Janelle Monae & Kimbra

    (via amazelife)


  7. "But reading is different, reading is something you do. With TV, and cinema for that matter, everything’s handed to you on a plate, nothing has to be worked at, they just spoon-feed you. The picture, the sound, the scenery, the atmospheric music in case you haven’t understood what the director’s on about… The creaking door that tells you to be stiff. You have to imagine it all when you’re reading…"
    — The Rights of the Reader (via mybookofwords)

    (via teachingliteracy)

  8. vivaillajams:


    Original illustration created by Jamilla Okubo for the cover of Love Life Music, a mix by Mistah Rapsey.

    follow her tumblr @vivaillajams

    Original Illustration by me :)

  9. black-culture:

    Emotion and expressing emotion are human traits. Don’t rob boys of their humanity. @zellieimani

    (via herscience)

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  11. "I have noticed that when all the lights are on, people tend to talk about what they are doing – their outer lives. Sitting round in candlelight or firelight, people start to talk about how they are feeling – their inner lives. They speak subjectively, they argue less, there are longer pauses. To sit alone without any electric light is curiously creative. I have my best ideas at dawn or at nightfall, but not if I switch on the lights – then I start thinking about projects, deadlines, demands, and the shadows and shapes of the house become objects, not suggestions, things that need to done, not a background to thought."

    Jeanette Winterson, Why I adore the night (via minuty)


    (via triniwindowseat)

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  12. "The difference between attraction and compatibility…how it kicks you in the belly every now and then."
    — (via thiswillnotlast)

  13. "They thought I was so brave, working the way I did just to hide a broken heart."
    — Sylvia Plath (via alteringminds)

    (Source: anastasiaanita, via red-oman)


  14. "Don’t you dare, for one minute,
    believe that my kindness makes me
    anything but insurmountable.
    I did not unzip my chest to every kind of hurt,
    and stagger back, wounded and alive,
    just to hear you call me weak for trying.
    I opened my door to Heartache—
    I gave her the fucking key.
    My softness for wayward strangers
    has made me nothing less
    than a halfway house for aching soles.
    So when you open your mouth
    and call me ‘baby’
    understand that I am not your next victim
    in a laundry list of broken girls.
    You think I don’t know you? People like you?
    People with mouths for hands.
    I’ve got skin like topsoil
    and your teeth could never take root.
    So when you go looking to make a plaything
    of a sunburst,
    you better look for someone with less fire
    than me.
    Because softness or no,
    I will eat you alive
    before I let you make a meal of me."
    — Softness, by Ashe Vernon (via latenightcornerstore)

    (via red-oman)

  15. emsfitjourney:



    I hope the makers of this are ready to be millionaires


    #college essentials

    I’m gonna be needing a bottle or 2 of breakdown before I head to stage 3

    (Source: kashimiru, via amazelife)