1. thisisbobbylondon:

    In response to anyone who thinks they have an fierce inner black woman in them and is not in fact, a black woman

    See the thing about that fire and that “fierceness” is that it’s born out of our oppression, out of always being told that we are ugly, that our bodies are too fat or too muscular, that we don’t have the right kind of hair — and having to deconstruct all those things and tell ourselves that we are beautiful even though society is telling us that we are not.  

    That strength is born out of always having to defend ourselves against white supremacy and anti-black-woman-patriachy. From years of not seeing ourselves represented in anything aligned with beauty, of buying products that are made to make us look like not ourselves.

    So there is no way you could have an inner black woman in you. You have not experienced our struggle, you don’t know it, you haven’t lived it, and you can’t imagine it. 

    See, you can’t sit with us, because we haven’t been able to sit at your table since our existence in this country. And while we were being excluded from your table we made our own, and it is fabulous and fly. And of course you now want to try and have a seat at our table, take our table, use it and ignore all the labor that went into creating THAT table.

    But nah, sorry boo boo.

    You ain’t never going to be us, you can try to wear your hair like us, you can try to dance like us, talk like us, wish you were us, but know this —

    YOU-WILL-NEVER-BE-US

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  2. "Strength comes from struggle. When you learn to see your struggles as opportunities to become stronger, better, wiser, then your thinking shifts from “I can’t do this” to “I must do this.”"
    — Toni Sorenson (via black—lamb)

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  4. "I don’t understand why sex is more shocking than violence."
    — Lea Seydoux (via originalgiantcontent)

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  7. byisaiahjohnson:

    Rep Your Culture  | NYFW

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  8. witches and wizards of colour

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  10. "Rape culture was intertwined with colonization from the very beginning. Rape of Native women was one of the colonizers’ tools of oppression. None of this is new. This is older than America. When we talk about rape culture in America, we are talking about something that has a legacy wrapped up in the genocide of Native peoples. This does not affect only Native American women; this affects all American women."
    — Elissa Washuta, on her new memoir My Body is a Book of Rules, which explores her identity as a bipolar Native woman & survivor of sexual violence [source]  (via afrometaphysics)

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  11. slightlyignorant:

    "two sided book case squeezed into the space between flights of stairs"

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  12. "and i said to my body. softly. ‘i want to be your friend.’ it took a long breath. and replied, ‘i have been waiting my whole life for this.’"
    — 

    nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)

    absolutely beautiful.

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  13. nottaylersmith:

    Heehyun Oh, 2014

    Photo: Tayler Smith 

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  15. programmedreactions:

    Matt Berninger of @ntnl #folkfest2014 #ottawa #thenational #concert #portrait #singer #livemusic #festival #folkfest

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