April 15, 2014
imfreshlysqueezed 👀👀

imfreshlysqueezed 👀👀

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April 15, 2014

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April 15, 2014

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April 15, 2014

gradientlair:

#LoveMeLike is a beautiful and affirming hashtag started by @Blackamazon with over 6,000 tweets published where Black women spoke honestly about the type of love we need and deserve. This wasn’t just about romantic love in a heteronormative frame (especially for me as an ace) as some would expect but about love as affirmation of humanity, as power and as justice, which would include that aforementioned frame and much more. The Huffington Post's Black Voices featured the hashtag and included my first tweet above in the article Hashtag #LoveMeLike Takes Twitter By Storm As Black Women Share Empowering MessagesTo see all of the tweets sent from everyone, not just my own on my own blog, click the hashtag link above.

The hashtag surfaced after a few Black men asked what do Black men love about Black women and unfortunately many (not all) of the replies only mentioned Black women as objects of labor or loyalty, not as humans worth loving outside of service. @Blackamazon asked:

Black women, how do we want to be loved? How do we need to be loved? Because we can love Black women. But do we love Black women enough to honor their requests, their self determination? It’s easy to love something when you feel it can’t make demands back but LOVE, loving someone to be the best they want to be? 

One complaint that I saw surface was that the conversation was too “political.” I mentioned this:

Personal is political. If you think love—especially for Black women—doesn’t involve the political, you’ve gotta re-examine the last four centuries. When Black men name reasons they don’t love Black women, most are shaped by patriarchy and the White Gaze. And those two things are political. How love is expressed is more than sexual romantic and matters for Black women more than just dating. Thus, to claim Black women are “forcing” feminism into love? No. If lack of love we receive is shaped by oppression, we need anti-oppression terms. Anti-oppression is inherently personal. There is no way to remove my need for humanity and freedom from discussions on love.

Of course self-love is critical, but self-love alone is not justice. Again, love is more than romantic, sexual, or heteronormative. Love isn’t about “earning” humanity through “respectability,” through others’ perception of Black women having "enough" self esteem to be deemed lovable or having our humanity on trial to just to gain basic respect. Black women knowing how we want to be loved matters. 

I found this tag to be very moving and affirming and I’m glad to have been a part of it. It’s a womanist act to see ourselves worthy of love and to be able to name what that love looks like, especially since Black women being denied our humanity, let alone love, is standard in this oppressive society.

Love me like you have the willingness to affirm what I’ve stated here for myself and for other Black women who relate without the need to derail this post or harm me. 

"Without justice there can be no love." - bell hooks

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April 15, 2014

inthespiritofbeing:

because he is black and noble and brown and righteous and upon first meeting him i simply said:

"dear brother, just so you know, i love you harder than this country has worked your soul"

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April 15, 2014

Left class for a bit because I was feeling a bit anxious…overheard some things…

"You have to watch Birth of A Nation, but don’t let the kids see. It’s borrrrrring " (A professor told a student)

"White people get made fun of too, why aren’t there any Black people -(seen me around the corner so they stopped talking)"


Lol not trying to be discrete at all…

April 15, 2014
I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System

larockphotography:

sonofbaldwin:

This is for all of the individuals claiming that stop and frisk is not an inherently racist policy conceived by an inherently racist institution.

The institution is composed of and managed by the racist descendents of the same paddy rollers who caught and sometimes murdered runaway or freed slaves.

The policy, itself, relies on the perception of police officers, none of whom are properly trained to uphold justice, none of whom are psychologically or sociologically prepared for administering fairness in a culturally diverse environment, none of whom are equipped to protect the dignity or rights of the communities they invade.

Here is one white man’s testimony of just how blatantly racist the institution and policy are. If this is unbelievable to you, it is because you have been, regrettably, asleep.

But it is time you took the red pill and left the dream world for the real one.


H/T Felicia Gray

Yup

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April 15, 2014

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April 15, 2014

I’m rarely on tumblr now …

April 15, 2014

realghostly asked: In your opinion, what does Nigeria have to do to better itself?

nigerianscams:

I might sound like  a savage, but a lot of older people and ideologies need to simply need to die

They also need to bleed. No one wants to fight, see the thing I love about America is despite the ignorance, people would literally die for this country, no one wants to die for Nigeria.

 People need to educate themselves, the effects of colonialism is still rampant and a lot of Nigerians don’t know their own history.

FInally, listen to Fela Kuti’s music, he said what was wrong with the country in the 70s and 80s and it still bodes strongly to this day.

There’s a lot I want to say on this, but that’s a general synopsis.

April 15, 2014
kuuire:

The Fufu Chronicles #repu #repuhallweek #kumasi #fufu

kuuire:

The Fufu Chronicles #repu #repuhallweek #kumasi #fufu

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April 15, 2014

killthebloodyredprinceofdeath:

you lost me.

congrats.

April 15, 2014
mineralists:

Malachite with Chrysocolla Partially polished Stalactite Congo

mineralists:

Malachite with Chrysocolla
Partially polished Stalactite
Congo

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April 15, 2014

Now I need tea…

April 15, 2014

My body was telling me I ate too much tonight …bleh …

I feel better now though…