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The Top 5 Places I’d Travel If I Could Go Anywhere

The Top 5 Places I’d Travel If I Could Go Anywhere #haiti

Haiti is absolutely beautiful and I hope I get to go one day

Last night I was dreaming with my eyes open. I opened the Living Social app on my phone and scrolled through pictures of cities with gleaming lights and pristine beaches. This winter had me longing for spring.  (And now that spring has sprung, it’s ceded place back to winter!)  But I’m not just lusting after the pretty weather; I’m…

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— 2 weeks ago
#brazil  #Haiti  #montreal  #new york  #paris  #personal finance  #travel 
Crossing over Jordan Davis: On the Importance of Black Rage

Black rage shows our humanity.

This is an essay supposedly about the importance of Black rage for Jordan Davis and other Black children and all I can feel is this soul-numbing sadness. I have become an ostrich in regards to court cases involving Black children: I stubbornly refuse to read any articles or to acquaint myself with the circumstances until the sands of time have run out and the…

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— 1 month ago
#black people  #Jordan Davis  #racism  #rage  #Trayvon Martin 
Love Letter to Black WomenSpeak, sister.
This is a love letter to Black women, my sisters. I have never loved anyone quite as…View Post

Love Letter to Black Women

Speak, sister.

This is a love letter to Black women, my sisters. I have never loved anyone quite as…

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— 2 months ago
#angela davis  #black history month  #black women  #love letters  #poetry  #sisterhood 
Walking In My Truth, Dealing With My Depression

2brwngrls:

I just spent two hours reading Janet Mock’s old blog, MusingsOnLove, mostly from start to finish. It was was a sort of beautiful teaser of her upcoming book Redefining Realness, which comes out in a few days. The blog chronicles her day to day life from 2009 to 2010 (before the release of her seminal Marie Claire article), where she talks not only about her romances but also her creative life as a writer. Janet is such an inspiration to me because in many ways her life and career represent so much that I want for myself: to be (or rather feel) beautiful, to be a writer (and make money doing it!!), to be in love, and to stand for and by a cause that I really believe in, affecting change in the world that goes beyond just stroking my own ego.

And reading Janet’s journey at a time when she was just 26 years old (an age I’m not far from) was so encouraging, because in reading each post it was amazing to read her talking about her dreams and goals, knowing that in just four years she would actually be exceeding those goals, walking in her truth as a twoc/activist, and as a result inspiring so many trans women and women of color. It made me hopeful and soothed my soul to read her words, because I really needed them. I needed that example of the possibilities that are open to us when we choose the life we want for ourselves rather than accepting what we think our lives should be, and ultimately decided to be happy not in the future but in the now.

Because I’ve been depressed since I was eleven years old. Meaning to say, as unbelievable as it sounds (even to myself), I can’t remember a time other than early childhood (which itself is murky at best) when I was never not in a constant state of debilitating anxiety, self-loathing, and despair. As a teenager, before I was formally diagnosed, I would revel in my sadness. I mistook it for teenage angst. I mistook it for something almost romantic, being perpetually sad, perpetually unable to walk the halls of my high school without the feeling as if I would dissolve any minute from panic… 

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The Sweetest Thing You Missed about Beyonce’s Grammy PerformanceHint: It’s not her surfbort
The most touching thing about Jay and Bey at the Grammys:an impromptu…View Post

The Sweetest Thing You Missed about Beyonce’s Grammy Performance

Hint: It’s not her surfbort

The most touching thing about Jay and Bey at the Grammys:
an impromptu…

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— 2 months ago
#Beyonce  #drunk in love  #grammys  #Jay-Z  #love  #marriage  #music  #sex 
Justin Bieber, Trayvon Martin, and the Racial Implications of Being a “Just a Kid”Justin Bieber is “just a kid,” but are his African-American peers?
Early yesterday morning, pop…View Post

Justin Bieber, Trayvon Martin, and the Racial Implications of Being a “Just a Kid”

Justin Bieber is “just a kid,” but are his African-American peers?

Early yesterday morning, pop…

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— 2 months ago with 2 notes
#black men  #justin bieber  #kids  #racism  #richard sherman  #thugs  #Trayvon Martin 
Holler if You Hear Me: Facing the Stigma of My Invisible DisabilityI have poor eyesight, poor hearing, weak joints, I’m short, and I’m still sicker than your…View Post

Holler if You Hear Me: Facing the Stigma of My Invisible Disability

I have poor eyesight, poor hearing, weak joints, I’m short, and I’m still sicker than your…

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— 2 months ago
Juicy J and the Problematic Trope of Twerking College GirlsBill Gates says no to ratchetness, but Juicy J can’t.
If  Three 6 Mafia rapper Juicy J wanted to…View Post

Juicy J and the Problematic Trope of Twerking College Girls

Bill Gates says no to ratchetness, but Juicy J can’t.

If  Three 6 Mafia rapper Juicy J wanted to…

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— 3 months ago
#juicy j  #music  #philanthropy  #rap  #respectability politics  #scholarships 
Unless You Gon’ Do It: Is Fishing for Gifts Online a Call for Attention?http://wp.me/p3yLTs-I5View Post

Unless You Gon’ Do It: Is Fishing for Gifts Online a Call for Attention?http://wp.me/p3yLTs-I5

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— 3 months ago
#Humor  #internet etiquette  #thirst 
5 Ways I Almost Ruined 2013 and 5 Ways I Rocked It | From driving into houses to rocking mics right…View Post

5 Ways I Almost Ruined 2013 and 5 Ways I Rocked It | From driving into houses to rocking mics right…

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— 3 months ago with 1 note
#2013  #2014  #failures  #forgetfulness  #new orleans  #new year  #successes  #year end