"One of the gifts of being a writer is that it gives you an excuse to do things, to go places and explore. Another is that writing motivates you to look closely at life, at life as it lurches by and tramps around."

— Anne Lamott, from Bird by Bird, via Brainpickings (via bostonpoetryslam)

fyblackwomenart:

Yarah Bravo by CtrHell
fyblackwomenart:

The African Angel by Holly Sierra
fyblackwomenart:

Birth of Attis by BeataViscera

bettinajudd:

@blackpeculiar (Khadijah Queen) is brilliant and so is this digital chap published with Sibling Rivalry press. This chap is a brilliant holla back at the male gaze, even if that male is famous. And, well, that’s the surface of it. On a place just underneath that is a self reflective story of coming into womanhood, self-love, and critical clap back in a culture obsessed with lookism.

kushandwizdom:

Good Vibes HERE
"I really believe that applying poetry, or language in general, to trauma is the ultimate act of reclaiming. Naming something gives you a sort of ownership over it (hey, colonialism did it all the time, haha), so choosing words that identify your experience makes it less of this looming unknown that has you at its mercy. It makes everything less ‘something that happened to me’ and more ‘experience/story that belongs to me,’ you know?"

— Safia Elhillo, interviewed for The Body Narratives (via bostonpoetryslam)

schomburgcenter:

Join us Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:30pm for Visually Speaking: A Worldview from Guyana.
Many contemporary depictions of Guyana and its people—whether via the image or the written word—continue to center on the exotic, the colonial, and the touristic. Award-winning photographers Nikki Kahn and Keisha Scarville will share their artistic visions and portfolios and explore their ongoing work to tell Guyana’s stories and to counter historic and contemporary stereotypes about the former British colony and its wide-reaching Diaspora.
For more information and to RSVP, click here. 

schomburgcenter:

Join us Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:30pm for Visually Speaking: A Worldview from Guyana.

Many contemporary depictions of Guyana and its people—whether via the image or the written word—continue to center on the exotic, the colonial, and the touristic. Award-winning photographers Nikki Kahn and Keisha Scarville will share their artistic visions and portfolios and explore their ongoing work to tell Guyana’s stories and to counter historic and contemporary stereotypes about the former British colony and its wide-reaching Diaspora.

For more information and to RSVP, click here

(via bettinajudd)

fyblackwomenart:

Midnight Lover  by TerrinArt
papermagazine:

Naomi Campbell, photographed by Edward Maxey for Paper, November 1990. From “Invisible Beauty.”

papermagazine:

Naomi Campbell, photographed by Edward Maxey for Paper, November 1990. From “Invisible Beauty.”

(via smartgirlsattheparty)

smartgirlsattheparty:

ellendegeneres:

Pharrell on equality. We love this man.

This clip makes us HAPPY!

quicksilverfish:

#FBF wow. My sis dragged this out of the vault! I think this is about 20 years ago or more. Best mass art experiment ever. The entire band was types of ‘rats’. Mommy and I played in Bureaucrats along with maybe 200 others. Big rat ear head pieces and Minshall let us have our fun, glorying in…

So… Flash Back Friday is a thing? #FBF brings us one of my favorite Carnival memories

#FBF wow. My sis dragged this out of the vault! I think this is about 20 years ago or more. Best mass art experiment ever. The entire band was types of ‘rats’. Mommy and I played in Bureaucrats along with maybe 200 others. Big rat ear head pieces and Minshall let us have our fun, glorying in whipping and waving these 8ft long rat tails all over the Port of Spain streets all day. Then when we got to the Grand Stand stage, that colossus of collective performance art, and the mas camp team held up our section while they unfurled these red plastic nets. They proceeded to lift them up to head height and instruct the masqueraders to pass the net back. Then they said, ‘play yuh mas!’ And let us take the stage as we were trying to pass the red tape over head. Of course we ran for the stage. Of course we dance, wine, we good carry on. Of course we got tangled, our rat ears catching in the nets, our hands and heads seeming to struggle to come up from under the sea of red tape, our bodies seeming to struggle forward even as the folks behind us seemed to drag us back. The experience was one of the most exciting and collaborative that I’ve ever had in my life. Thanks for the reminder, Annie 

@rainaleon on stage at @Lou derarts killin us with the glory of her poems. Ahhhh.

@rainaleon on stage at @Lou derarts killin us with the glory of her poems. Ahhhh.

@elprofe316 on stage at @louderarts with @eliellucero in the background. Both of them on the 1s and 2a, y’all!

@elprofe316 on stage at @louderarts with @eliellucero in the background. Both of them on the 1s and 2a, y’all!