melissabeck:

Many moons ago, I was asked on my formspring “Beyonce or Mariah?” Without question, I banged out the word Mariah because I never even considered Beyonce. I am a Lamb 4 Life, firstly on the strength of her status as First Biracial Woman to Matter On A Global Scale and her love…

Amen to all this.

humansofnewyork:

"I had a child when I was sixteen. I got kicked out of high school because of all the absences. My family and community pretty much wrote me off. But right away I got a job at a sporting goods store. Soon I was able to get a job as a receptionist at a tax company, and they gave me enough responsibilities that I learned how to do taxes. Eventually I learned enough to become an associate. Then I got offered a job at a smaller company, and even though it was a pay cut, they offered me responsibility over all the books— accounts payable, accounts receivable, everything. It was less money but I wanted that experience so I took the risk. And I’m so glad I did, because six months later, the controller of that company left and I was given that position. They told me they couldn’t officially call me the controller because I didn’t have a college degree. So I finished my degree 5 months ago— just to make it official! So after having a child at sixteen, I made it all the way to controller of a company, without even having a college degree. Can you believe that? Honestly, I’ve been waiting to tell that story so long that I told it to a customer service representative on the phone last week. She was nice about it and pretended to care."

humansofnewyork:

"I had a child when I was sixteen. I got kicked out of high school because of all the absences. My family and community pretty much wrote me off. But right away I got a job at a sporting goods store. Soon I was able to get a job as a receptionist at a tax company, and they gave me enough responsibilities that I learned how to do taxes. Eventually I learned enough to become an associate. Then I got offered a job at a smaller company, and even though it was a pay cut, they offered me responsibility over all the books— accounts payable, accounts receivable, everything. It was less money but I wanted that experience so I took the risk. And I’m so glad I did, because six months later, the controller of that company left and I was given that position. They told me they couldn’t officially call me the controller because I didn’t have a college degree. So I finished my degree 5 months ago— just to make it official! So after having a child at sixteen, I made it all the way to controller of a company, without even having a college degree. Can you believe that? Honestly, I’ve been waiting to tell that story so long that I told it to a customer service representative on the phone last week. She was nice about it and pretended to care."

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You need this book in your LIFE! Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.

This trenchant collection assembles previously published essays and new work by cultural critic and novelist Gay (An Untamed State). Even though she loves pink, feels nostalgic about the Sweet Valley High series, and lets degrading rap lyrics blast from her car stereo, Gay is passionately committed to feminist issues, such as equal opportunity and pay and reproductive freedom. Writing about race, politics, gender, feminism, privilege, and popular media, she highlights how deeply misogyny is embedded in our culture, the careless language used to discuss sexual violence (seen in news reports of sexual assault), Hollywood’s tokenistic treatment of race, the trivialization of literature written by women, and the many ways American society fails women and African-Americans. Gay bemoans that fact that role models like Bill Cosby and Don Lemon urge African-Americans to act like ideal citizens while glossing over institutional problems in the education, social welfare, and justice system that exacerbate racism and poverty. Although Gay is aware of her privilege as a middle-class Haitian-American, she doesn’t refrain from advising inner-city students to have higher expectations. Whatever her topic, Gay’s provocative essays stand out for their bravery, wit, and emotional honesty. Agent: Maria Massie, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. (Aug.)

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Nonfiction Book Review: Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay. Harper, $15.99 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-0-06-228271-2 (via roxanegay)

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sesamestreet:

We’re saddened by the passing of our friend Maya Angelou. Thank you for all you’ve done, and for all the hugs.

sesamestreet:

We’re saddened by the passing of our friend Maya Angelou. Thank you for all you’ve done, and for all the hugs.

humansofnewyork:

"I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she’s a literary icon and Nobel Laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can’t devalue any type of experience."

Perfect.

humansofnewyork:

"I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she’s a literary icon and Nobel Laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can’t devalue any type of experience."

Perfect.

blackgirlwhiteboylove:

poodlefuzz:

Angela Davis speaking at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University’s Black History Month convocation, 1979

Amen.

blackgirlwhiteboylove:

poodlefuzz:

Angela Davis speaking at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University’s Black History Month convocation, 1979

Amen.

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Fashion! Put It All On Me ➝  Zuhair Murad Pre-fall 2014 [3/3]

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tattoolit:

This is my Mary Oliver tattoo done by Sean Morgan of Scarab Body Arts in Syracuse, NY. The line is from the poem, “What I Have Learned So Far”.
"….
All summations have a beginning, all effect has astory, all kindness begins with the sown seed.Thought buds toward radiance. The gospel oflight is the crossroads of —- indolence, or action.Be ignited, or be gone.”

tattoolit:

This is my Mary Oliver tattoo done by Sean Morgan of Scarab Body Arts in Syracuse, NY. The line is from the poem, “What I Have Learned So Far”.

"….

All summations have a beginning, all effect has a
story, all kindness begins with the sown seed.
Thought buds toward radiance. The gospel of
light is the crossroads of —- indolence, or action.

Be ignited, or be gone.”

fyblackwomenart:

No title by Lykke Steenbach Josephsen

fyblackwomenart:

No title by Lykke Steenbach Josephsen

poetsorg:

Today’s new poem is "Idaho" by Matthew Zapruder.

poetsorg:

Today’s new poem is "Idaho" by Matthew Zapruder.

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So amped to check out @reetamac and the PUP crew as part of the cast of this #BirthofaHipHopNation extravaganza at @BAMHarvey

So amped to check out @reetamac and the PUP crew as part of the cast of this #BirthofaHipHopNation extravaganza at @BAMHarvey

The Mighty Third Rail on stage at @louderarts right now. ‘The revolution will always be live!’

The Mighty Third Rail on stage at @louderarts right now. ‘The revolution will always be live!’

roxanegay:

There is a fire at my feet, warm, almost uncomfortably.

A former student e-mailed me, “Your novel is the shit.”

I am in Boston, at the beginning of my book tour. Tomorrow I read at a lovely bookstore 3.2 miles from my hotel. I am nervous. I am excited. This morning I had brunch with a writer I…

Intelligent Design

BY VIEVEE FRANCIS

Shiraishi called upon the great sky cock,
wanted an explanation, wondered, why
the echo of form without the wisdom,
why the bent wit without the timing.
Wondered, as I have, how a man, bare
upon the bed may rise as if in praise
but fail to be grateful for the gift at hand.
O dick of questionable devise.
O schlong of longing, as present
but ultimately unknowable as your
maker, I would worship at the fount
if I had more faith, if I knew your

weeping eye was on me alone.

This writer, Vievee Francis, is possibly one of the most brilliant writers out there right now. You need Vievee in your #life!