1. #macaroniniggas

    (Source: Spotify)

    Tagged #music #spotify
  2. "…we need to be reminded ourselves that our faith expresses itself in active concern for the marginalized of society.”

    (Source: NPR)

  3. Seems like good advice. And attainable.

    (Source: opencult, via modernothello)

  4. humansofnewyork:

    "You want to hear what just happened to me? I was in the subway station, and this man came walking by me. He seemed really angry and was talking gibberish and screaming about how he was going to kill anyone who talked to him. So I thought: ‘That guy’s crazy, I’m gonna keep away from him.’ Then two minutes later, another young man walked by and collapsed right in front of me, and started having a seizure. I bent down to help him, and you know what happened? The crazy guy bent down and said: ‘He’s having a seizure! Turn him on his side!’ 

    I thought: ‘Wait a second! Weren’t you just crazy?’”



  5. (Source: Spotify)

    Tagged #music #spotify
  6. dawnsartdiary:

    Dawn Okoro, “Free,” oil and acrylic on canvas, 24x24 inches.
    If you are interested in the original or a print, email info@dawnokoro.com.

    Tagged #art #painting
  7. peaceshine3:


    The True Trayvon Martin

    • He didn’t eat pork bc his father didn’t. Once his uncle fixed pork chops; they smelled so good,he called them “beef chops” & ate 1.
    • He was passionate about aviation.
    • When he volunteered at a soup kitchen for. The first time, he was astounded by the US hunger crisis.
    • He loved his little cousins birthday parties. Even as a teen, he wasn’t too cool for Chuck E. Cheese.
    • He was modest about saving his father from dying in a house fire. His father called him his best friend bc of it.
    • Hoodies made *him* feel safe. Like so many teens (and adults), he wore them as a protective shell, a security garment.
    • He called his dad, “My ol’ boy.” Lord, how he loved his dad.
    • When folks wanted to tease him, they said, “Boy, you too skinny to take a breath.” And he’d just smile.
    • If he wanted to hang out with his cousins and they had chores, he helped so they could finish faster.
    • His uncle said they never had to ask him to do something twice.
    • At 17, he was still into BMX bikes. He could cat-walk wheelie.
    • The tattoo on his wrist read, “Sybrina.”
    • The tattoo on his chest read, “Cora” — his grandmother’s name.
    • I’m going to stop here. But just claim one of these memories I tweeted. Carry part of this boy with you, write him on your heart.
    • Write the beautiful details of all the black children you meet on your heart. That’s where they’ll be safest.
    • I feel like this stuff is important.

    All facts about Trayvon are from this Esquire article.


    Happy birthday.

    (via diasporicroots)


  8. My Year in Books

    Some I didn’t finish because I either got bored or distracted. I only quit one altogether, and that was The Beauty Experiment, because life is too short to read shit you don’t enjoy. Standouts were Game Over, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, The Warmth of Other SunsAdé, and Things I Should Have Told My Daughter.

    Edited to add a couple I forgot about.

    1. The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin
    2. Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the World Upside Down by Dave Zirin
    3. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
    4. Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
    5. The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu
    6. Quiet by Susan Cain
    7. Vintage Baldwin
    8. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
    9. Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones
    10. By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop by Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
    11. The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement by Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis 
    12. Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love by Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker
    13. Die, My Love: A True Story of Revenge, Murder, and Two Texas Sisters by Kathryn Casey
    14. Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World that Made Him by David Henry and Joe Henry
    15. Adé by Rebecca Walker
    16. Meaty by Samantha Irby
    17. Long Division by Kiese Laymon
    18. The Beauty Experiment: How I Skipped Lipstick, Ditched Fashion, Faced the World without Concealer, and Learned to Love the Real Me by Phoebe Hyde Baker
    19. Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons and Love Affairs by Pearl Cleage
    Tagged #books #reading

  9. Happy New Year!


  10. "Lamenting my age, at this point, even in jest, feels ungrateful. It’s sort of an insult to the integrity of my intact life, without which I would not be sitting here. You pull out any of the pieces, however much I may have hated them at the time, and the results would be unpredictable. This is where I am, this is how long it took."
  11. favorite scenes from tv shows

    Absolute favorite scene from Luther.

    (via fyeahidriselba)

  12. The first suit I ever wore? Yeah, it was at a wedding. I was probably about four years old. I was a page boy. It was a double-breasted suit with pinstripes—massive pinstripes. And I was wearing pink shirt with ruffles on it, and a bow tie.


    I mean, reblog…foreva.

    (Source: greendalebeing, via soultry)

  13. vintageblackglamour:

    Gorgeous friends, circa 1940.

    Lady in the middle is giving me shades of my own mother!


  14. Things I’m feeling right now.

    (Source: Spotify)

  15. usnatarchives:

    The girl in this mural is a real person. She’s on a wall right next to Ben’s Chili Bowl, and she’s also in the National Archives.

    A photographer snapped a photo of Edith Lee-Payne, then a 12-year-old girl with her mother, holding a banner at the March on Washington.

    But although the photograph was taken in 1963, Ms. Lee-Payne did not know about the image until 2008. With the help of a librarian and an archivist, she was able to locate the photograph of herself at the march.

    Read her amazing story of finding herself in the National Archives.

    You can see a new digitally restored version of James Blue’s 1964 film produced for the U.S. Information Agency at the National Archives on August 26, 27, and 28.

    Thank you to our staff member Crystal Brooks who snapped this picture on U St in Washington, DC!

    March on Washington 50th anniversary programming at the National Archives is made possible in partnership with the Foundation for the National Archives through the generous support of Texas Instruments.

    (via todaysdocument)