"Ever notice makeover shows on TV, how the black woman has natural hair (coarse, coily, kinky, or curly) in the ugly “before” picture, and in the pretty “after” picture, somebody’s taken a hot piece of metal and singed her hair straight? Some black women, AB and NAB, would rather run naked in the street than come out in public with their natural hair. Because, you see, it’s not professional, sophisticated, whatever, it’s just not damn normal. (Please, commentors, don’t tell me it’s the same as a white woman who doesn’t color her hair.) When you DO have natural Negro hair, people think you “did” something to you hair. Actually, the folk with the Afros and dreads are the ones who haven’t “done” anything to their hair."
there are some figures so shrouded in myth that historians cannot conclusively say they did or did not exist and it is that ideal that i aspire to
I am not here argue the idea that white pop stars are culture grabbing and shaming left and right. they are blatant and disgusting. My question to you is: In the video styles of dance are shown with representation of many races of people dancing each style. It is tragic that the two women of diversity in the "ballet" section are lighter skinned, but in all sections more than representative is present. I know limited representation /= the answer, but how does showcasing the style become racist?
because all you’re doing is changing the terminology of what you’re actually doing. you say “showcasing the style”, “appreciating the culture”, “promoting the culture” but in the context and reality of white supremacy is that really what you’re doing? are you just appreciating and showcasing or are you stealing and misrepresenting? you don’t get to choose that. just like you don’t get to choose the terminology between the person who’s foot you stepped on all so you can avoid saying you hurt their foot. you still hurt it.
i find it funny that “i like big butts” has always been a well-liked song, but as soon as Nicki Minaj samples it and shows off her amazing ass in a video, suddenly OH MY GOD WHAT A SLUT PUT THAT AWAY
like, it’s okay for a guy to talk about how much he loves butts
but it’s not okay for women to love their own butts
funny how that works
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"Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today."
"In the United States, access to tampons and pads for low-income women is a real problem, too: food stamps don’t cover feminine hygiene products, so some women resort to selling their food stamps in order to pay for “luxuries” like tampons. Women in prison often don’t have access to sanitary products at all, and the high cost of a product that half the population needs multiple times a day, every month for approximately 30 years, is simply, well, bullshit."
Naomi Campbell in “Enroulez-moi!” photographed by Chico Bialas for Elle France, December 1990
Anxiety & Helping Someone Cope.
I didn’t want to make it overwhelming or too long remember, so I kept it to the main points that benefit me greatly when I’m experiencing an attack.
40 million of Americans alone suffer with anxiety; it’s a horrid feeling when you know someone just wants to help you but you cannot even construct a simple sentence at the time, so please share this in hope that it benefits even just 1 person. Muchos love.
to add, some people don’t want to admit they’re having an attack while going through it or are trying to distract themselves and not focus on it, so it’s nice if you just act casual and not all overly concerned or panicky over that person, that can just make them feel even worse
it always helps me feel better when someone just kinda chats casually to me, not acknowledging my anxiety and being patient if im slow to respond or barely respond at the moment
(i tend to say ‘yeah im okay/fine/whatever’ if someone asks me ‘whats wrong’ even if im clearly not okay)
This is good advice
"When a white teenager named Steve Lohner was stopped by the police last month and refused to show his ID after carrying a loaded shotgun on the streets of Aurora, Colorado (the same city where a mass murderer killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a packed movie theater in July 2012), the teen walked away with nothing but a citation. But when a 22-year-old black kid named John Crawford picked up a mere BB gun in a Walmart store in Dayton, Ohio last week, customers called the police, who then shot and killed him. Here lies a racial disparity that’s difficult for honest people to ignore. How can black people openly carry a real gun when we can’t even pick up a BB gun in a store without arousing suspicion? The answer in America is that the Second Amendment doesn’t really apply to black people."
Any words of wisdom for those going off to college?
Be where you are fully if you are studying, just study, if you are in class be there fully if you are at party be there fully. Feel your space in the room you are in and just be. Step out of your comfort zone daily and don’t kill yourself studying and don’t kill yourself partying. It’s all about balance. Don’t take it too seriously life is really simple. Life is breathing and smiling having a good time and some meaningless flirting, just enjoy. The bad times will pass, the good times will pass. Just stay centered and balanced.