“We’ll love again, just not each other.”
- William Fitzsimmons (via prideforgirls)
humansofnewyork:

Today in microfashion…
(Jammu, India)

humansofnewyork:

Today in microfashion…

(Jammu, India)

I know that Black creativity has saved your life many times before. I know, because I’ve seen it happen. I’ve listened as non-Black people in my communities raised on Hip Hop talked about how it was the only relatable, empowering culture they found that also educated and radicalized them as a youth. It was formational. I’ve watched people become politicized, shaping their new political identities after bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Assata Shakur, Angela Davis and Frantz Fanon. I’ve watched as folks become activist celebrities using radical ideas from Black Power and Civil Rights movements to shape programs that do not benefit Black people. I’ve watched as people make livings and loads of social capital off of DJing Black music, dancing, walking and dressing like Black people, selling the Black aesthetic to others. I’ve heard that friends use Nina Simone and Sade to sing them back from depression, Rihanna and D’Angelo to get them in the mood. So many people in my communities, lately, have been using Octavia Butler to renew their hope for radical futures. Without Black people, what would your lives be? You might be thinking, you know, it’s so much more complicated than all this, race is complex, we’re all part of the human family, etc., etc…

Black art is not free for all damaged souls. When Nina sang about strange fruit, she was talking about a lynching…of Black people. When Black rappers say Fuck the Police, they speak to a state system of lynching…Black people. Your pain and isolation, however real it may be, is not the same as being Black. Your self-adoption into hip hop and djembe drumming and spoken word, makes our art forms all about you. You, however well meaning, have stolen Black labour and invention and used it for your own purpose. It warps the medium and changes the message, the magic, the healing. From now on, consider how the cost of consuming, appropriating, regurgitating, and getting your life in multiple ways from Black art, Black culture, and Black peoples’ creative genius detrimentally impacts our lives. Being Black in an anti-black world means experiencing daily attacks that threaten our dignity, our happiness, our freedom, and often our lives; and in order to enjoy Black culture, you’re going to have to take action to help get these back.

But because Black people’s labour, language, intelligence, creativity, and survival arts have always been considered free for the taking, you probably didn’t feel ways about using it. You probably didn’t think twice. Black culture is the most pilfered, the most ‘borrowed,’ the most thieved culture, and we’ve seen this happen time and tie again.

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Nadijah Robinson

Quote is from her essay Black Art Is Not A Free For All on Black Girl Dangerous. Read it all. Truly exquisite writing, especially as non-Black people continue to use, consume, pilfer, plagiarize and be appropriative of Black cultural production and art while simultaneously suggesting that Black culture, especially that Black American culture, does not exist. 

I’ve also watched non-Black people suggest Black people contribute “nothing” to anti-oppression theory or praxis while their ENTIRE FRAMEWORK for approaching it is via Black cultural production or Black women’s epistemology.

Like…the cognitive dissonance proffered via perspectives shaped by anti-Blackness is astounding.

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theladybadass:

Pam Grier in 1975 film, Sheba, Baby

theladybadass:

Pam Grier in 1975 film, Sheba, Baby

flawsofcouture:

"I put on fo’ ma city" —-with the help of @torontogirldotcom & designer @shonadressqueen lol. I couldn’t go anywhere last night at the #BodyConfidenceCanadaAwards without being stopped and complimented about my Toronto Girl Pencil skirt. I absolutely LOVE it. Its definitely a showstopper. Glad to let you know that as a "plus girl", this skirt worked for me. Super impressive. Thank you Shona♥
#TorontoGirl #FlawsofCouture #plussizeplease

flawsofcouture:

"I put on fo’ ma city" —-with the help of @torontogirldotcom & designer @shonadressqueen lol. I couldn’t go anywhere last night at the #BodyConfidenceCanadaAwards without being stopped and complimented about my Toronto Girl Pencil skirt. I absolutely LOVE it. Its definitely a showstopper. Glad to let you know that as a "plus girl", this skirt worked for me. Super impressive. Thank you Shona♥

#TorontoGirl #FlawsofCouture #plussizeplease

Anonymous asked:

What is your ultimate fantasy?

becomingathena:

Financial stability.

rabbrakha:

Parineeti Chopra responds to a male reporter who claims to know nothing about periods (menstrual cycle). [X]

SO IMPORTANT.

wavesbreaking:

boygirlparty:

Brenda Song and Raven Symone run into each other at the gym and exchange numbers while Trace Cryus looks on. June, 2014

this is all too much