ruinedchildhood:

this episode changed me forever

Wow. Oh the subteties.

"

She calls it ‘backwards logic’, tells me with a smile

About that one white girl who was killed in South Africa for being white,

Murdered by black men

(who had been crushed beyond measure by an apartheid regime)

"So you see," she says, "Racism goes both ways”

My tongue is trapped, thrashing beneath the tidal wave of words I wish to unleash, but I bite it, suppress it,

Quell the rage for a moment.

You see, I know we all bleed red,

but it’s not your blood coursing down the streets, painting cities

and countries and continents crimson

It is not your people who have been enslaved, colonised, suppressed,

Hundreds of years of their history corrupted and destroyed

(“Don’t get so angry”, she says, “History isn’t now”)

But even today they are beaten down and force fed your ideals

Whiteness is beautiful

Whiteness is employable

Whiteness is power

Do not tell me that you can understand the sorrow

Of a language dying upon my lips because it holds “no use” in a Western society

Do not tell me that you can understand the frustration

When our history textbooks shows us a sea of white faces, glossing over the slaughter of indigenous peoples in five lines

Do not tell me that you can understand the weight of longing

For a homeland and a different night sky, sun warmed stones beneath your feet and a loving grandmother drying out spices on the rooftop

Do not tell me that you can understand the tears when

This land I am standing on, born from, rejects me day after day, labels me ‘other’ although I am rooted in its soil as much as you

Do not tell me that you understand these words-

You will understand what a racial slur is when it is hurled at you like a

projectile, shattering your skull and ringing in your ears by an old woman,

too old to change,

and again by a white boy, pretending he is one of the gang

and again and again by a white girl, too sheltered by pale skin to even begin to understand the meaning of oppression

Don’t tell me emotion has no place in this discussion, that the

anger in my blood will not set this world to rights when we are “already equal”

Let me tell you this:

We can pretend the word “race” is taboo, and still be racist

We can say inequality is over and still have oppression

We can pretend that the death of a white girl all those years ago, is a racial crime without context

We can pretend that the millions of my people dead are nothing more than a statistic, written in ink instead of blood.

My friend, we can call it ‘backwards logic’

But that will never make it true.

"

- On being told white people can’t use the n-word; A poem by N.

(via galifreyy)

cracimages:

This adorable little girl forever etched in my mind after hours of drawing :)  #realistic #drawing #portrait #instaart #art #artist #draw #myart #sketch #babymodel #model #adorable #cute #beautiful #curlyhair #penicls #graphite #blackandwhite #bnw #finished #finishedproduct

My babe’s work! Keep clam and date and artist

cracimages:

This adorable little girl forever etched in my mind after hours of drawing :) #realistic #drawing #portrait #instaart #art #artist #draw #myart #sketch #babymodel #model #adorable #cute #beautiful #curlyhair #penicls #graphite #blackandwhite #bnw #finished #finishedproduct

My babe’s work! Keep clam and date and artist

"Forgive me
for the days
when I am
unsure
whether I am
dreaming
or awake,
when I use
sharp words
to poke holes
in this love
we have made,
just to see
if it
can
survive
the quake."

'Thought Experiment' by Della Hicks-Wilson (via dellahickswilson)
shivvycharv:

A few killer shots from my photo shoot last week. #makeup by @muasherryo #photographer was #BrianBrit #model #la #testshoottuesdays #korovadtla #vixen #plussize  (at KorovaDTLA)

This is my best friend. She’s bad. No biggie.

shivvycharv:

A few killer shots from my photo shoot last week. #makeup by @muasherryo #photographer was #BrianBrit #model #la #testshoottuesdays #korovadtla #vixen #plussize (at KorovaDTLA)

This is my best friend. She’s bad. No biggie.

simrissie-rykel:

Bluenote Modern


A modern home ideal for a Sim couple starting a family. Main bedroom with en-suite nursery. Second bedroom with 2 single beds. Outdoor picnic bench and telescope. Pet friendly. 

Download from my EA studio 

😍

Reflection: A Conversation With My Ancestors

Meeting Angela Davis was the closest encounter with history that I’ve ever had. I’d say it was even closer than my visit to any historic museums in the US. I had no idea how to even begin the conversation! 

In my meditation this morning I asked myself the following questions: 
If I could meet with my ancestors today, what would I say to them? How will they feel about the life that I am living today? 
What am I doing to honor them?

Reflection: A Conversation With My Ancestors

Meeting Angela Davis was the closest encounter with history that I’ve ever had. I’d say it was even closer than my visit to any historic museums in the US. I had no idea how to even begin the conversation!

In my meditation this morning I asked myself the following questions:
If I could meet with my ancestors today, what would I say to them? How will they feel about the life that I am living today?
What am I doing to honor them?

Profound.

Black Comic Week!

beingtip:

It’s not too often the world gets the privilege to indulge in the wonderful world of Black comics. This pattern has been going on for far too often so…I decided to dedicated a week to nothing but Black comics!

From December 2-6th be sure ‘being,Tip’ will be proud to bring you some of the greatest Black comics out!

STAY TUNED….

image

chanel-and-louboutins:

blackpanthershay:

theboystheyloveme:

Is she a baby Disney Princess or?????

What a doll!!

Gorgeous !!!

diasporadash:

Jakiyah McKoy was crowned Little Miss Hispanic Delaware but…
"There was uproar when the winner was announced because, according to the public, she was not the best representative of a Latin beauty.” 
Source: http://www.eltiempohispano.com
"Jakiyah is Miss Chiquita Delaware
Delaware has a new mini queen of Dominican roots
On Saturday August 31 at Wilmington Drama League, the event of election of Miss Chiquita Delaware was held. The competition included the presence of 8 contestants: Juriada Marie Perez, TatianaAyala, Katherine Fred-Martinez, Eleiana Santiago, Ciara Gonzalez, Meriana Ayala, Estrella Torresand Jakiyah McKoy, all very intelligent and very nice.
The contestants had to demonstrate their talent dancing or singing, modeling down the catwalk and answering the final question.
At all times was Thalia Sanchez, the former queen, cheering audiences with her dances while the girls changed costumes.
There was uproar when the winner was announced because, according to the public, she was not the best representative of a Latin beauty. The winner was Jakiyah McKoy, first runner Meriana Ayala,second Eleiana Santiago and third Katherine Fred-Martinez.
The new Miss Chiquita Delaware Jakiyah McKoy, age 7, was born in Brooklyn, New York. She is descendant of her grandmother who was born in the providence of La Vega in the Dominican Republic. Her mother lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Jakiyah lives in Wilmington, Delaware with her father. She likes to sing, dance and watch movies with her grandmother. She has two siblings, her brother Shad and her sister Jamiyah; she loves spending time with her aunts, uncles, and her cousins and loves her God Mother Relly. Her favorite pastime is drawing.
The event was enlivened by the pleasant India Colon and the always smiling Denize Leal. Attendance was high and finally the new little queen Jakiyah came out smiling with her crown.”
According to a college friend of mine, who knows the family:  ”[the pageant] required proof of only her ethnicity, not the other contestants. On top of that they take her title and crown away, because she can’t show proof of ethnicity because her undocumented grandmother who was from the Dominican Republic, which gives her the necessary 25% of Latino ancestry, is deceased.”
Why is Jakiah “not the best representative of Latin beauty”, could it be that she is of African descent? Just a speculation. I am fleshing out this story as we speak so stay tuned. 
 

diasporadash:

Jakiyah McKoy was crowned Little Miss Hispanic Delaware but…

"There was uproar when the winner was announced because, according to the public, she was not the best representative of a Latin beauty.” 

Source: http://www.eltiempohispano.com

"Jakiyah is Miss Chiquita Delaware

Delaware has a new mini queen of Dominican roots

On Saturday August 31 at Wilmington Drama Leaguethe event of election of Miss Chiquita Delaware was held. The competition included the presence of 8 contestantsJuriada Marie PerezTatianaAyala, Katherine Fred-MartinezEleiana Santiago, Ciara GonzalezMeriana Ayala, Estrella Torresand Jakiyah McKoy, all very intelligent and very nice.

The contestants had to demonstrate their talent dancing or singingmodeling down the catwalk and answering the final question.

At all times was Thalia Sanchez, the former queen, cheering audiences with her dances while the girls changed costumes.

There was uproar when the winner was announced because, according to the public, she was not the best representative of a Latin beautyThe winner was Jakiyah McKoyfirst runner Meriana Ayala,second Eleiana Santiago and third Katherine Fred-Martinez.

The new Miss Chiquita Delaware Jakiyah McKoyage 7, was born in Brooklyn, New YorkShe is descendant of her grandmother who was born in the providence of La Vega in the Dominican Republic. Her mother lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Jakiyah lives in Wilmington, Delaware with her father. She likes to sing, dance and watch movies with her grandmother. She has two siblings, her brother Shad and her sister Jamiyah; she loves spending time with her aunts, uncles, and her cousins and loves her God Mother Relly. Her favorite pastime is drawing.

The event was enlivened by the pleasant India Colon and the always smiling Denize Leal. Attendance was high and finally the new little queen Jakiyah came out smiling with her crown.”

According to a college friend of mine, who knows the family:  ”[the pageant] required proof of only her ethnicity, not the other contestants. On top of that they take her title and crown away, because she can’t show proof of ethnicity because her undocumented grandmother who was from the Dominican Republic, which gives her the necessary 25% of Latino ancestry, is deceased.”

Why is Jakiah “not the best representative of Latin beauty”, could it be that she is of African descent? Just a speculation. I am fleshing out this story as we speak so stay tuned. 

 

shivvycharv:

New Shots from my photo shoot last week with KenMorrisonPhoto.com. No photoshop, just played with the lighting a bit.

I haven’t tumbled in some time. But can we really take some time right now bow down to my main chica ShivvyCharv. 

All Hail!