November252013

What’s in a name?

An open letter to my Angel and all of my daughters

Naming our children was an important process for us. We felt your names were important. We were hopeful your names would help remind you of the wonderful family and cultural legacies you would continue as you lived your lives. We hoped your names would remind you of how wonderful, beautiful and special you are. When you were born, we knew we had chosen the perfect name. You were and are our Angel. We did not expect society to rename you bitch and whore so aggressively before you had a chance to own your lovingly gifted name. We did not expect for society to belittle the importance of names. We did not know that the names pop culture deemed almost necessary to assign to you and call out to you often and repeatedly would seep into your being. We did not know you would be okay owning these names bitch and whore with the names lovingly gifted to you. We were foolishly blind sighted. As you become a woman, we can’t and won’t tell you how to name yourself and own it, but we hope you reject the names being spewn out through,ironically, the creative community of music, art and media. Some people believe a name is just a name with limited meaning and influence but we believe differently. We believe spoken words translate into action, transformation and power. We believe the names you we are called transform, create and unleash power to make a better world. We hope you begin to see this as part of your world view. We hope you begin to speak out and name yourself to power and transformation and love. We hope you own and accept and call out a name for yourself that says I am beautiful and brilliant. We hope at the end of the day the name we lovingly gifted you reminds you of who you really are and will continue to become and it’s not a bitch or a whore. It is beauty, intelligence, wisdom, awesomeness, love. It is Angel.

October272013
“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson (via literatureducationandmotherhood)

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October72013
disciplesofmalcolm:

norulenorule:

Assata Shakur from Honey Magazine debut issue, 1998. Full article forthcoming.

“In some ways it was easier for my generation. Racism was blatant and obvious. The “Whites Only” signs let us know clearly, what we were up against. Not much has changed, but the system of lies and tricknology is much more sophisticated. Today young people have to be highly informed and acutely analytical, or they will be swept up into a whirlpool of lies and deception.”
-Assata Shakur

disciplesofmalcolm:

norulenorule:

Assata Shakur from Honey Magazine debut issue, 1998. Full article forthcoming.

In some ways it was easier for my generation. Racism was blatant and obvious. The “Whites Only” signs let us know clearly, what we were up against. Not much has changed, but the system of lies and tricknology is much more sophisticated. Today young people have to be highly informed and acutely analytical, or they will be swept up into a whirlpool of lies and deception.

-Assata Shakur

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6PM

strugglingtobeheard:

queerfabulousmermaid:

pocproblems:

n4di4:

freshmouthgoddess:

Good Secret Bad Secret - Girls Handclapping Song! (by createfuturegood)

Protect girls against abuse

Get it girls! Let em know.

Go on girls. If this ain’t revolutionary then idk what is!

*Cries* my heart

Shit had me so happy and so sad first time I saw it

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6PM
6PM

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October52013

Looking For a Book Rec?

moderncurrent:

ModernCurrent has yet to delve much into book recommendations, or at the very least, none that come explicitly from me. I’ve made lists of books I think I should read in the future, books that are important to me and my development as a reader, and I also think that our #bookshelfies act as recommendations from you guys to me and all of the other people following ModernCurrent. So, in case you haven’t caught on, this is my first official recommendation for you guys: Toni Morrison’s Beloved. 

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September302013

blackqueerdo:

studiomuseum:

shadowstookshape.tumblr.com, the tumblr page accompanying the forthcoming Studio Museum in Harlem exhibition, The Shadows Took Shape has launched today!

The Shadows Took Shape is a dynamic interdisciplinary exhibition exploring contemporary art through the lens of Afrofuturist aesthetics. Afrofuturism has been used by artists, writers and theorists as a way to prophesize the future, redefine the present and reconceptualize the past. The Shadows Took Shape will be one of the few major museum exhibitions to explore the ways in which this form of creative expression has been adopted internationally and highlight the range of work made over the past twenty-five years. 

The twenty-nine artists featured in The Shadows Took Shape work in a wide variety of media, including photography, video, painting, drawing, sculpture and multimedia installation. Participating artists include Derrick Adams, John Akomfrah, Laylah Ali, Edgar Arceneaux, Sanford Biggers, Edgar Cleijne + Ellen Gallagher, William Cordova (in collaboration with Nyeema Morgan and Otabenga Jones & Associates), Cristina De Middel, Khaled Hafez, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Kira Lynn Harris, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Wayne Hodge, David Huffman, Cyrus Kabiru, Wanuri Kahiu, Hew Locke, Mehreen Murtaza, Wangechi Mutu, Harold Offeh, The Otolith Group, Robert Pruitt, Sun Ra, RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Larissa Sansour, Cauleen Smith, William Villalongo and Saya Woolfalk. 

The Shadows Took Shape is organized by Naima J. Keith, Assistant Curator and Zoe Whitley, independent curator. 

Images:

Top: Christina de Middel, Untitled (from “The Afronauts” series), 2007 
Bottom: Wanuri Kahiu, Screenshot from Pumzi, 2009 TRT 22:00

go and follow doe.

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5AM
Reading now….

Reading now….

September292013

amiteachingyet:

retro-girl811:

Rouge & Blanc Cocktail Dresses

If I could have a closet full of these I would be a happy woman. 

(says the girl rocking the sweats and cheerios shirt)

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