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i need to read every single book on this list
y muy que reteke pronto!
i need to read every single book on this list
y muy que reteke pronto!
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Phylicia Barnes went missing two days ago.
I don't know all of the details because I don't personally know her but one of my friends is really upset over it and any kind of help would be really appreciated.
She lives around the Monroe/Charlotte NC area, but she has family in Atlanta, Georgia so she could really be anywhere.
I always reblog these when they come up on my dash. Any decent human would do the same.
Lets hope someone sees this that can help bring her home.
too many people typing these days have Life Privilege, in my opinion. how many corpses can type a response to these vitally-charged posts, after all?
i am getting to the point where i think that there is no such thing as health, other than as a social hierachy category. this is a big deal to my brain. to put it in perspective, saying that there is no such thing as health feels much more difficult, than saying that there is no such thing as god.
if the dead could speak, do you think they would say, gee, i wish i could have gone to the gym more?
1. Dusty Pink Cardigan - H&M
2. Navy and White Striped Bubble Skit - H&M
3. Tan "Dany" Pumps - Jessica Simpson
4. Tan Leather Bag - Thrifted
5. Wood Necklace - Cliché
6. White Sunglasses - Forever21
This $5 wool blazer from Goodwill is my new favorite article of clothing!
Photos by Paul Smith, Styling by Camilla Rolla.
I'm reading up on the Memoirs of a Geisha controversy, since I'd neither seen the movie nor read the book, and the more I read about it, the more pissed off I get. Basically it went down like this:
Japanese woman tells white American man about her past life as a geisha. White American man then writes a novel that sells itself as an accurate memoir of Japanese woman's life, but instead falsifies a number of her life events, misrepresents her trade, and exoticises her culture. He also names her as a source even though she specifically asked him to keep her anonymous. Japanese woman gets death threats. White American man becomes bestselling author.
Then Japanese woman gets fed up and writes her own memoir to set the record straight. Meanwhile, white American man's book gets adapted into a film that grosses $162 million and wins three Oscars.
UGH YES. I will never ever ever stop recommending Iwasaki's autobiography, honestly. It is a much better read than Golden's Orientalist fappings.
It is so, so creepy to read said Orientalist fappings afterwards. You can quite clearly see where Golden siphoned off Iwasaki's life experiences in order to gratify his idea of the "Western" audience - horribly, it rather worked as it did not challenge notions of Oriental decadence but fed into them.
oh I like pear's commentary better than mine. here you go.
i cut my hair. again.
gratuitous black girl photos.
Thank you so much Luna! i'll be your way in march for the genocide conference at Riverside; gonna be talking janelle monae and octavia butler with three other QBG's!
So excited to (re)make your e-acquaintance. I LOVE your tumblr!
One of the stories least reported has been the one about Haitians organising for themselves, particularly stories presented within a framework of feminist organising and movement building. This is one woman's story of how she, her family and the people in the various communities in which she works, came together collectively to care for each other's needs and how that struggle has become the foundation of a new movement of the poor for change in education and the material lives of women and men – a struggle for dignity. Their personal and collective humanitarian response was completely off the radar of NGOs, international institutions and the Haitian government. Even Save The Children, whose office is located right next to the school did nothing to help SOPUDEP. However ultimately this was an aside for Rea. What was important was that those who needed help of whatever kind, received it and beyond that the struggle for dignity and self-determination for the poor people of Haiti.
In addition to financial donations, SOPUDEP received a lot of medical supplies which were taken to the various mobile clinics which had been set up in camps and other locations. Though the number of recipients decreased over time, the food collection and distribution last for three months. At a point in time Rea realised this dependency created out of a crisis could not continue. They would forever be in a state of oppression and remain in the clutches of NGOs, beggars in their own land.
No one ever knew when money would arrive which meant any kind of systematic planning was impossible. It was like waiting for the tooth fairy to arrive and besides what humanitarian aid was being distributed was not reaching Rea's community. It was all too ad hoc to be sustainable.
The next money she received was a sum of $3000 and she began to think of another way. Instead of buying food but she would deposit the money in the bank and start a small micro-credit-saving programme. It took courage and was a huge risk because people were hungry but determined to create some degree of sustainability and stability, in a moment she made up her mind. A meeting was called and the idea put to the 21 women with whom she had been working over the past months and though there were doubts they trusted Rea. The Micro-Credit scheme "Fanm SOPUDEP AN AKSYON" [SOPUDEP Women in Action] begun with $3000 and 21 women.
I was surprised when I heard Rea had started a Micro-Credit scheme as there were so many negative reports on schemes which rather than enhance and empower women, ended up impoverishing them even more. So I was interested to find out more about the SOPUDEP scheme, whether it was working and why it worked and I will write about this later after meeting with the various women's group.
Rea's philosophy is that each individual has to take responsibility for themselves and the notion of something for free is neither healthy nor sustainable. Both the school and the women's project are framed within the idea of personal and collective responsibility. Education in Haiti must be available for all and everyone encouraged to attend and no one is turned away from SOPUDEP because they cannot pay. However everyone is asked to try to contribute something when they can, even if it is 5 gouds or helping in the school somehow [$1=40Gds appx]. The school operates two sessions – the main one in the morning and an afternoon session for those who have never attended schools both older children and adults.
Bolding is mine for emphasis.
Wow wow wow this is the positive flip-side to what I posted earlier about NGOs tearing up places like Haiti. This is amazing.
I listened to an interview a while ago on a KPFA show about this type of organizing that comes out of disasters, and how in dire situations people will cooperate & do things less hierarchically than under normal, day-to-day capitalism. And the point was, of course, that we need to get rid of the structures that create manmade disasters like this one, but also that when we are in a state outside of the realm of everyday life & power structures, we can build really powerful, cooperative things, so we need to find ways to harness that ability without being prompted by disasters.
screenshot from the whip my hair video.
somehow this made me think of jada…thinking back to the interview willow did where she talked about the stuff her mom teaches her. like saying how she feels all the time.
on the blackboard:
I PLEDGE TO BE BRAVE
I pledge to always give my best
I pledge to respect myself and all those around me
I pledge to be willing to learn and experience new things
I pledge to not be afraid to dream big and go for (my dreams)
I PLEDGE TO BE A WARRIORETTE/WARRIOR
Check these artists out.
new upcoming female group by the name of Bizzarh
I fucking love them.
so this is felli
she is filled with positivity
and she is a awesome phototog
link her here
Somalis (until this day) call little girls foodleey (meaning one with bangs), and the term stemmed from the traditional nomadic hairstyles. Little girls' hairs would be shaved off, leaving only bangs, and sometimes a few strands of hair at the top of the head and around the hairline (like in the photo).
When the girl hits puberty, her hair would be allowed to grow, and she would keep them in braids. This was somewhat of a signal to young men that the girl was ready to be courted and eventually married.
Once married, hair would then be wrapped in a shaash, which I spoke about in this post.
WOW! This is amazing… Tya Anthony captures a piece of my book release!
Black Marks On White Paper| Book Release| Michelle Antoinette| Be Free| Livestories
Aaron Huey's effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people — appalling, and largely ignored — compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson in this bold, courageous talk from TEDxDU.
give back the black hills
I fucking love them.
OMG. Tear it UUUPPP!
9 year old Starr Andrews skating to whip to my hair and being super ferocious.
Lil mama is workin it OUT! I love it.
We the Palestinians of the Besieged Gaza Strip, on this day, two years on from Israel's genocidal attack on our families, our houses, our roads, our factories and our schools, are saying enough inaction, enough discussion, enough waiting – the time is now to hold Israel to account for its ongoing crimes against us. On the 27th of December 2008, Israel began an indiscriminate bombardment of the Gaza Strip.
The assault lasted 22 days, killing 1,417 Palestinians, 352 of them children, according to main-stream Human Rights Organizations. For a staggering 528 hours, Israeli Occupation Forces let loose their US-supplied F15s, F16s, Merkava Tanks, internationally prohibited White Phosphorous, and bombed and invaded the small Palestinian coastal enclave that is home to 1.5 million, of whom 800,000 are children and over 80 percent UN registered refugees. Around 5,300 remain permanently wounded.
This devastation exceeded in savagery all previous massacres suffered in Gaza, such as the 21children killed in Jabalia in March 2008 or the 19 civilians killed sheltering in their house in the Beit Hanoun Massacre of 2006. The carnage even exceeded the attacks in November 1956 in which Israeli troops indiscriminately rounded up and killed 275 Palestinians in the Southern town of Khan Younis and 111 more in Rafah.
Since the Gaza massacre of 2009, world citizens have undertaken the responsibility to pressure Israel to comply with international law, through a proven strategy of boycott, divestment and sanctions. As in the global BDS movement that was so effective in ending the apartheid South African regime, we urge people of conscience to join the BDS call made by over 170 Palestinian organizations in 2005. As in South Africa the imbalance of power and representation in this struggle can be counterbalanced by a powerful international solidarity movement with BDS at the forefront, holding Israeli policy makers to account, something the international governing community has repeatedly failed to do. Similarly, creative civilian efforts such as the Free Gaza boats that broke the siege five times, the Gaza Freedom March, the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, and the many land convoys must never stop their siege-breaking, highlighting the inhumanity of keeping 1.5 million Gazans in an open-air prison.
me: alicia. queer, poly, boi-ish femme, afro-latina, raised in miami, schooled in DC, and currently living in south korea.