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Toni Morrison

[“The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language, so you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly, so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Someone says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of that is necessary. There will always be one more thing.” -Toni Morrison]

Wow. I swear, every time Toni Morrison opens her mouth, truth that cuts to the core falls out.

This quote resonates with me because so much of what I want to happen here has to do with removing a lot of the racist assumption about history in so that others can just get on with it. Even if you don’t like what I write, the images, links, books, and resources are still here to link to, rather than constantly being bombarded with and distracted by demands for “education”, “proof” that racism exists, or anything else anyone might need it for.

Whether you’re writing, making visual art, working in education, or just trying to have a conversation, it’s my hope that this blog might help remove some of the distractions of racism as defined above, and do your thing.

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Save the Date:

Honey Harvest 2014
Harvest * Potluck * Honey Tasting
July 26th, 12pm - 2pm
Northwest DC
For location, RSVP to info@goodsensefarm.com 

*Drinks and honey-inspired snacks, made by Chef Alex.*

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"Loving the Bony Lady"

Arely Gonzalez’s bedroom is dominated by a giant altar; at its center a skeleton draped in jewelry and dressed in a sparkling jade gown. She is La Santa Muerte—The Holy Death—the object of Gonzalez’s affection, a powerful ally in a precarious life and a source of comfort—even miracles, some say—when nothing else helps.

Also known as La Flaca—the Skinny Lady—Santa Muerte has been worshipped in Mexico since the early twentieth century. Her origins are murky, perhaps a merging of Aztec or Mayan death deities with Catholic traditions. The Catholic Church of Mexico condemns her as blasphemy or devil worship, yet her popularity has exploded in the past decade, beginning in 2001 when a poor grandmother and resident of the Tepito neighborhood of Mexico City erected an outdoor altar to the bony saint. Today, millions of Mexicans are devotees of Santa Muerte, and her cult has crossed the border into the U.S. Popularly known as the “sinner’s saint,” Santa Muerte has a large following among drug-runners, prostitutes and Mexican prisoners. For anyone living outside of official society, she offers a kind of salvation.

Gonzalez, an trans immigrant, suffered discrimination and was kicked out of churches in Mexico. But in New York, she has become a leader in the community of Santa Muerte devotees. In addition to her bedroom shrine, which is the largest private Santa Muerte shrine in the city, Gonzales organizes a yearly celebration for her saint. It’s a party, but one of veneration–a kind of thanksgiving for the year of miracles brought by Santa Muerte.

Great video, check it out!

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You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge.

Apologize for mistakes. Apologize for unintentionally hurting someone — profusely. But don’t apologize for being who you are.

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Amber Alert: FBI join search for children after mom’s body found shot dead in vacant Detroit, Michigan house June 6th, 2014

Alicia Fox, the 27-year-old mother had been shot multiple times, twice in the head and was wrapped in blankets and hidden underneath a door.

The location of her two children, Kaylah Neveah Hunter, age 6, and Kristian Dejuan Justice, 6 months, remains unknown. Detroit police described Fox’s daughter, Kaylah, as 4-foot-7, 65 pounds, with a light complexion and black hair in cornrows. Police did not release a physical description of the baby Kristian Justice.

Police are looking for Fox’s burgundy Chevy Impala, which has a license plate of CCR 1286.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detroit Police Department’s Criminal Investigations at (313) 596-1240 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP or 911.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST

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blackcontemporaryart:

The Drapemaker, which Haywood Bill Rivers painted in 1947.

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The Drapemaker, which Haywood Bill Rivers painted in 1947.

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theladybadass:

Rare footage of educator and civil rights leader, Mary McLeod Bethune (circa 1930s, 1940s)

*found in Prelinger Open Archives

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nonafaustine:

Dr. Angelou then recalls a moment when she was 22 years old, walking down the street with her mother, and Vivian said nine words that would change her daughter’s life. “She said, ‘I think you’re the greatest woman I’ve ever met,’” Dr. Angelou remembers. “She said, ‘Mary McLeod Bethune. Eleanor Roosevelt… You’re in that category.’… I thought, ‘Suppose she’s right. Suppose I really am going to be somebody.’”

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vaganja:

femme as in fuck you.
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