I don’t wanna hear about The Apprentice. I don’t wanna hear about your new...– Baratunde Thurston on Trump, Birth Certificates and Black Presidents.
At one point he puts his pen down and takes his hot and aching hand out into...– Bill Denbrough, in Stephen King’s It (1986)
No perspective critical of imperialism can turn the Other into a self, because...– Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. “Three Women’s Texts and a Critique of Imperialism.” Critical Inquiry 12, no. 1 (October 1, 1985): 243-261. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1343469.
Black artists and theorists frequently refer to African Americans as “the...– O’Grady, Lorraine. “Olympia’s Maid: Reclaiming Black Female Subjectivity.” In New Feminist Criticism: Art, Identity, Action, edited by Joanna Frueh, Cassandra L. Langer, and Arlene Raven. New York, NY: Icon , 1994.
Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others,...– Robert F. Kennedy (via mohandasgandhi)
Some will read “queer” as synonymous with “gay and lesbian” or “LGBT.” This...– toward the queerest insurrection (via eastofethan) Queer is also about having the right to embrace identities as our own even if its standard practices, expressions, and implementations have been shown to be ineffective. Don’t forget that part. The last thing we need is for queer individuals who...
“Unless the way that [black female] body is constructed in history and the continued pain of the construction are confronted, analyzed and challenged, it is almost impossible to construct an alternative that seeks to claim the erotic and its potential for resistance.” —Farah Jasmine Griffin, “Textual Healing: Claiming Black Women’s Bodies, the Erotic and Resistance in Contemporary Novels of...
this is an epigraph. chapter two.
“How, then, do we begin to understand Erzulie, her rites of love and abandon, when we remember the determinant and constraining conditions, the “facts” of the history that undergird her ritual emanations?” —Joan Dayan, “Erzulie: A Women’s History of Haiti” (1994)1
My people died a painful and shameful death, and here am I living in plenty and...– Khalil Gibran (Dead Are My People)
You must not give up, of course, but you may have to go belowground. It takes a...– O’Grady, Lorraine. “Olympia’s Maid: Reclaiming Black Female Subjectivity.” In New Feminist Criticism: Art, Identity, Action, edited by Joanna Frueh, Cassandra L. Langer, and Arlene Raven. New York, NY: Icon , 1994.
One white male Harvard professor told her it was difficult to look at because it...
The one piece in the show with explicitly represented sexuality, The Clearing...– O’Grady, Lorraine. “Olympia’s Maid: Reclaiming Black Female Subjectivity.” In New Feminist Criticism: Art, Identity, Action, edited by Joanna Frueh, Cassandra L. Langer, and Arlene Raven. New York, NY: Icon , 1994.
April 4, 2011: I Said to Poetry, Alice Walker
april-is: I Said to Poetry Alice Walker I said to Poetry: “I’m finished with you.” Having to almost die before some weird light comes creeping through is no fun. “No thank you, Creation, no muse need apply. I’m out for good times— at the very least, some painless convention.” Poetry laid back and played dead until this morning. I wasn’t sad or anything, only restless. Poetry said: “You...
a woman is not a potted plant her roots bound to the confines of her...– Alice Walker (via ceruleansea)
They (the white/dominate society) don’t want you to create political art for the...– Alice Walker (via fuckyeahradicalquotes)
The nature of this flower is to bloom– Alice Walker (via thunderbubblez)
I was born in the congo I walked to the fertile crescent and built the...– Nikki Giovanni, “Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why)”
so-treu: tabularasae: Safe spaces give minorities a much-needed escape from...– Super Relax.:
Women of color. Who are we now, twenty years later? Have we lived differently? ...– M. Jacqui Alexander, Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, Memory, and the Sacred (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005), 275
ي امال: My Body Is Not Your Battleground My Body...
so-treu: في امال: My Body Is Not Your Battleground My Body is not your battlegroundMy… arabiyafatale: My Body is not your battleground My breasts are neither wells nor mountians, neither Badr nor Uhud My breasts do not want to lead revolutions nor to become prisoners of war My breasts seek amnesty: release them so I can glory in their milktipped fullness, so I can offer them to...
"it is not indicative of whiteness that nobody...
liquornspice: bigbadcolored: cara has been covering the De Anza trail. and about all i can really say right now—this is the case of a 17year old who was gang raped at a frat party—three girls broke into the room where she was being assaulted to help her. and the civil trail just finished up with not one person being held accountable. a whole buttload of really fucked up shit has been said...
Actually nothing I tell my daughter will make her safe in a world where rape is...– Melissa Harris-Perry on The State of Things w/ Frank Stasio, Mark Anthony Neal, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, and Mary R. Block
Also [Re: Ashley Judd]
blackamazon: Queen Latifah Bahamadia Salt and Pepa MC Lyte Ladybug Heather B Heather Gray Spelman College Joan Morgan Homegirls Make Some Noise Black Noise When Chickenheads Come to Roost That’s what I came up with off the TOP OF MY GODDAMN HEAD and a google for ” hip hop women anthology” Bt you know what maybe I’m a lil too close It’s not like it’s full of oversexualized women who...
Zora Neale Hurston Amazing!
londonglass: A few months ago, I picked up a copy of African-American Humanism: An Anthology (1991) edited by Norm R. Allen Jr. It is a fascinating collection of essays and works written by some famous (and some lesser-known) Black humanists, rationalists and free-thinkers such as Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Frederick Douglas, Melvin Tolson, Hubert Harrison, Joel Augustus Rogers, Richard...
"All gods who receive homage are cruel. All gods...
yosb: Their Eyes Were Watching God; Zora Neale Hurston excellent
She was stretched on her back beneath the pear tree soaking in the alto chant of...– ( Zora Neale Hurston) Their Eyes Were Watching God (via nuetmai)
Updates from the Artists: From NYC to Paris «...
kameelahwrites: Updates from the Artists: From NYC to Paris « Mambu Badu | Photography Collective As the ladies of Mambu Badu are working away on the inaugural magazine and logistics for the summer exhibit, the first cohort of selected artist have steadily been working on some great projects. See what these photographers have been up to and do not hesitate to shoot us an email with...
Writing down your thoughts is both necessary and harmful. It leads to...– Anna Kamienska, excerpts from “In That Great River: A Notebook” (via rajy)
If we were to return prison populations to 1970 levels, before the War on Drugs...– The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration of African American Men | LA Progressive (via bunnehears)
May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a...– Irish blessing (via ytdelivers)