just by the change
of tone in your
be with someone
who loves the
you hate the most
fall inlove with
looks at you and
knows they don’t
want anyone else
Same here. :)
I hate it when Girl Scouts are selling cookies and I don’t have money to buy them.
Partially because I am honor-bound to support their lesbian, socialist, transgender, abortionist agenda.
And partially because I really fucking love Girl Scout cookies.
We wish our warrior ancestor Nina Simone a Happy Birthday today on February 21st!
Nina Simone was a voice for Black liberation during the Civil Rights Movement. She carried the legacy of her ancestors forward through her music and is known today as a revolutionary sister in the struggle for freedom.
To demonstrate her fearlessness, Simone once said this before performing her song “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black.”
This is not addressed primarily to white people. It does not put you down in anyway. It simply ignores you, for my people need all the inspiration and love that they can get.
"In the late seventies, a young white poet, wrote a song entitled, "Rock n’ Roll Nigger". She felt she could liken her personal trials as a feminist musician in a cock rock culture to the African American struggle for equality. The lyrics go on to say "outside of society that is where I want to be”. This is dedicated to every black kid who has ever been called a nigger…and every white kid who thinks they know what that means…”
One of the bands I’m in wants to cover this song, which makes this post even timelier and sweeter to me. As always, the feeling is aggressively mutual. <3
This week, Tunisia passed a truly historic constitution widely heralded as a progressive and monumental document.
Here’s just some of what these brave elected representatives agreed upon in the face of strong pressure from the more extreme factions of their parties:
- Guaranteed equality between men and women
- A constitutional mandate for environmental protection, only the third country in the world to do so
- A declaration that health care is a human right, with preventative care and treatment for every citizen
- A democracy with civil laws that respects freedom of religion
- An established right to due process and protection from tortureIn one stroke,Tunisia’s become more democratic than many Western countries have been for years.
This is a revolution of democracy and a great victory for human rights — and the more we recognize that, the more Tunisia can shine as an example for the Western and the Arab world!
Congratulate the Legislators!
MESSAGE FOR TUNISIAN LEGISLATORS: We , the citizens of the world, applaud your bravery in making a strong commitment to universal human values in your constitution. People deprived of democracy around the world look to you to set the example of human rights and democratic principle — hold true to the promises made in this revolutionary document!
Huge moment for Tunisia, which has persevered through terrorist attacks and assassinations. The hard work doesn’t end today, of course, but this is a great day nonetheless.
let’s all take a moment to be grateful that we are no longer the person we were in 2008
Have you ever heard Zora Neale Hurston’s voice? In addition to being an exquisite novelist and anthropologist, she recorded some songs for a past government organization, the WPA. According to Florida Memory:
The Works Progress Administration (WPA) - after 1939, the Works Projects Administration - was a work-relief program created in 1935 by President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration that employed over 8.5 million people before its end in 1943. One of its programs was the Federal Writers Project (FWP), which included a Folklore Section. This section conducted fieldwork, recording songs, traditions, and stories across the nation.
The song above is called “Dat Old Black Gal.” To me, the “new shoes” mentioned makes me think of a new path—a change from the pain ascribed upon Blackness. It makes me think of an old Black spiritual where the lyrics include "travelin’ shoes Lord, got on my travelin shoes." And this journey symbolized by the need for new shoes could be thought of in a physical/emotional/cultural sense (i.e. The Great Migration), in an existential sense (i.e. contemplating the meaning of the journey of life, one’s identity beyond oppression) and/or in a theistic sense (i.e. shoes for the journey on “the narrow way”; how the “next” journey in life is going to heaven). But it is a railroad work song and often work songs were about getting through the labor but thinking of a future time when that labor would no longer be a reality or again, the next great journey. I feel as if some of these early Black songs like this one are pre-cursors to Afrofuturism.
The Florida Memory site has a bunch of audio recordings of her singing. It’s so thrilling for me to connect a voice to this talented genius who had great style, wisdom, and truly respected Black humanity by crafting stories of our complexities, imperfections and beauty so well. She was so ahead of her time.
this did something to me
What a beautiful voice…
YASSSS. This sweatshirt is EVERY DAMN THING. And it is high quality, soft, and amazingly comfortable. The medium is just loose enough but I’m not swimming in it. I am so in love with this! #becauseofthemwecan
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