you don’t have to learn. how. to love yourself.
you just have to remember there was nothing wrong.
with you. to begin with.
you just have to come home.
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Had my little bouffant-victory-curl-afrotastic-whatchamacallit-I’m-just-resting-it-a-lil—before-I-put-back-in-my-faux-locs do’ on this past weekend.
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Children of the Pyre
I highly recommend this, it’s on Netflix. The children were speaking the absolute truth! Upon asking why he smoked marijuana, one of the children said with this kind of work it refreshes and in any case, don’t ask him stupid questions, if the director is not going to give him money (money that he makes doing this work) then leave him be. [I paraphrased]
"Children of the Pyre is a compelling real life self narrative of seven extraordinary children of Varanasi who make their living out of the dead at Manikarnika the busiest cremation ground in India."
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Labor’s Untold Story by Richard O. Boyer, Herbert M. Morais
Highly recommend this one too. Especially among educators in their classrooms, community centers etc.
Get into this Trickster History….
With us, we’re obviously what we are, although we’re not what we appear to be. That’s the old trickster thing that I work out of. Legba shows people for what they are, but we are not we what we appear to be. If you look behind the superficial journalistic description of what we are, we are probably the most complex group of people in the United States in the sense that we have European and Native American and African ancestry. Although only one is emphasized, we come from three heritages. Now that’s scientific and that’s been proven, though it’s been a suppressed history because of political reasons. The people in power never wanted these groups to get together. They never wanted the Indians and blacks to get together.
from my post
kaylawordsworth asked: Nayyirah, you are a beautiful writer. Thank you for standing your ground on the issue of your style and your art. Inventions are patented. Picasso is credited with his style along with Monet, and many others. Writers are creators and have the same right. Thievery is not a form of flattery..ever. The difference between a thief and a creator is passion. Your passion will always show through. Your self validation doesn't come from anyone other than you. Thank you for knowing that.
thank you for your support, love. as poc, we have been told, and consistently are told, nothing of ours is our own. that nothing is new under the sun. but this is absolutely not true. i come from a peoples who innovate and create magic from nothing every single day. and if there was nothing new, we would not/ could not comprehend the concept of newness. what a ludicrous idea. these concepts are simply the children of colonization that have conditioned us to believe everything we are belongs or can be owned by someone else. the pyramids were new to those europeans first visiting africa. gun powder was new to the europeans who found china using it for fireworks. there were myriads of things new to europeans, but after colonization, now there is nothing new? and isn’t it telling that white people are always credited as ‘being the first. and the best.’ that every time someone seeks to dismantle my boundaries around my work, they bring up a writer/ or artist of white/european descent. and while they are trying to tell me there is nothing new, here they are, directing my attention to a white person ‘who did something first. who is original. who is the best.’ there are a million of things that are new to me. that are not mine. that i have no issue honoring someone or another peoples and culture for. and that to me is part of the complete joy of being a human being, to be wowed and humbled and grateful for the extraordinary genius that other human beings contain and express. for that which is theirs and not mine. thanks for rolling with a sister. and for letting a sister roll, love :))) sending you honey :)))
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In 1968, during the administration of US President Lyndon B. Johnson, Eartha Kitt encountered a substantial professional setback after she made anti-war statements during a White House luncheon. Kitt was invited to the White House luncheon and was asked by Lady Bird Johnson about the Vietnam War. She replied: “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot.”
During a question and answer session, Kitt stated:
The children of America are not rebelling for no reason. They are not hippies for no reason at all. We don’t have what we have on Sunset Blvd. for no reason. They are rebelling against something. There are so many things burning the people of this country, particularly mothers. They feel they are going to raise sons — and I know what it’s like, and you have children of your own, Mrs. Johnson — we raise children and send them to war.
Her remarks reportedly caused Mrs. Johnson to burst into tears and led to a derailment in Kitt’s career
White woman tears. Derailing since forever.
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