"My work is driven by my belief that the human spirit needs validation. It starts from the moment we’re born, and yet we are born in a country whose greatest exports is images. And that’s great, right? I mean, everywhere we turn—museums, TV, movies, magazines, books—we will see our beauty reflected. Unless you’re Black, and a girl. We walk around in our home called America, and we don’t see our picture hanging on the wall. And when there is an image that resembles us, often times, upon closer inspection, it’s not us, because are far more beautiful and complex. At least, that’s what I see when I see you Black girls and Black women. You have been, and remain to be, my muse: even if nobody else sees you, I see you. When we see ourselves, we are reminded of our existence, our humanity, and that we are worth rooting for; we are worth protecting; and we are worth loving. And perhaps, more importantly, when we see ourselves, we will not only require others, especially our men, to see us for who we really are, we will then require nothing less than respect. So Black girls, Black women, we must continue to rock, because when we dare to walk this Earth un-apologetically as the complex, beautiful women that we are, we are not only reflecting each other’s beauty, but it’s how we put our own pictures up and validate ourselves."
Mara Brock Akil, Black Girls Rock! 2013 (via onfile)
Anonymous: A billionaire, a white American, and a black single mother are sitting at a table with a dozen cookies. The billionaire takes 11 of them, turns to the white American and says, "That lazy welfare queen is trying to take your cookie."
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AND THAT GOT ME TO THINKING, ONCE I STOPPED CRYING. ONCE HE WAS GONE.
ABOUT MANY THINGS, REALLY, BUT MOSTLY ABOUT HOW FEW WORDS IT TAKES TO SAY SOMETHING TRULY HORRIBLE. YOU CAN DO IT IN TWO BUT THERE’S A LOT OF ROOM FOR MISCOMMUNICATION OR MISUNDERSTANDING. “I’M LEAVING” IS NOT EXACTLY “I’M LEAVING YOU” IF YOU SEE WHAT I’M SAYING. THREE WORDS, THOUGH … YOU CAN DESTROY A PERSON’S SENSE OF PEACE WITH NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS. JUST THINK ABOUT IT. SOME OF THE WORST PHRASES IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY REQUIRE THREE WORDS.
"YOU HAVE CANCER."
"YOUR MOTHER DIED."
"FEATURING 2 CHAINZ."
SUCH HORRORS, DELIVERED WITH SUCH BREVITY.
CAN I GET SOME MORE REISLING? I’M NOT READY TO GO HOME.