still true

evening transcends
over clouded city
black skies sing
to me
like slave girls
after dusk

my caramel body
with sweet lavendar
silky under fingertips
my hourglass
turns hours past

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"Being black is not a crime." South Sudanese and Eritrean refugees protest against prosecution in Tel Aviv, Israel 

international solidarity with BLACK people

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Suspenders: one don’t for wearing suspenders is do not wear a belt with suspenders it throws the look off.


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Black Power Nap!

start em young

this is my baby

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aw man i like rihanna’s little booty not every black girl gotta have a donkey butt shoutouts to the slim thick shordies with the cupcakes in the back i’m checkin for u

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ISBN 978-1-935950-05-9
Softcover 6″ x 9″, 240pp
Coming September 2012

What Are You Doing Here? investigates how black women musicians and fans navigate the metal, hardcore, and punk music genres that are regularly thought of as inclusive spaces and centered on a community spirit, but fail to block out the race and gender issues that exist in the outside world.

“We can neither reflectively choose our color identity nor downplay its social significance simply by willing it to be unimportant… but our color no more binds us to send a predetermined group message to our fellow human beings than our language binds us to convey predetermined thoughts.”—Amy Gutmann

“Sometimes I think nothing is simple but the feeling of pain.”—Lester Bangs

I’ll be the first to admit that, like any other book, What Are You Doing Here? is partly self-serving. I wanted to find other black women like me: metal, hardcore, and punk fans and musicians that were rabid about the music and culture and adamant about asserting their rightful place as black women within those scenes. I wanted to find other women who put aside the cultural baggage that dictates that we must listen to certain musical styles, and simply enjoy the music that influenced us, not just as black women, but as individuals who grew up in an era when, thanks to technology, a large variety of music is accessible and available to everyone. I found many black women and have shared their stories, but I also realize there is still a lot of work to be done.

Sweet! Looking forward to reading this.


aaaaahhhhhh yeeeessssssss

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Alice Ma from Next Models Canada in the spring issue of Chloe Magazine. Photography by Alex Evans.


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The art of Bro. Kajahl Benes


I’m enjoying this juxtaposition!

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We have been organizing students and community members to stop the impending $300 tuition hike next year. Sign our petition to stop the CUNY tuition hikes NOW!

Whereas, we the undersigned, concerned students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members want to STOP CUNY Tuition Hikes NOW;

Whereas, Governor Cuomo maintains that he will NOT raise taxes on the rich, yet continues to raise CUNY and SUNY tuition;

Therefore, we demand:

1.      That there be a STOP to CUNY tuition hikes NOW! In 2011, New YorkState passed a “rational tuition policy” called NYSUNY 2020 that allowed an increase in CUNY and SUNY tuition by $300 each year for the next five years, lasting through the 2015-2016 school year. We say NO to any form of tuition increase!

2.      That CUNY fulfill its original mission and provide free and quality education to all students. CUNY was once free, for more than 120 years, until 1976, when the majority of incoming students were people of color.  Since then, tuition has become so expensive that many immigrants, poor and working class people in general, and especially people of color, are unable to afford CUNY. Education should be a right for all, not a privilege for a few!

3.      That there be Popular Control of the CUNY Board of Trustees, in which the board represent and advance the interests of those who most depend on CUNY.  We want the majority of the Board to be selected by CUNY students with the other members selected by faculty, staff, alumni, and community members!



This is the dopest photo I ever seen




This is the dopest photo I ever seen


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Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  (via babezie)


(via african-euphoria)

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