"The United States of America did not save black people, black people saved the United States of America."

Ta-Nehisi Coates, "Other People’s Pathologies." The Atlantic. March 30, 2014. (via jalylah)

Real talk.

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Ta-Nehisi say that shit one mo time for the people in the back that’s hard of hearing

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Corinne Bailey Rae & Erykah Badu


Corinne Bailey Rae & Erykah Badu


Legendary Harvard psychologist Jerome Bruner on the art of “effective surprise” and the 6 conditions of creativity 


Legendary Harvard psychologist Jerome Bruner on the art of “effective surprise” and the 6 conditions of creativity 


When people reference your race when describing your career, is that a point of pride or is that something you think is overplayed in the media as part of your story, or is it a combination?

Don Cheadle: I don’t know, I don’t often… I guess I get asked that question sporadically. It’s not often what is led with, you know, and I don’t know if that’s just trepidation to dip their toe in the pool about that subject matter, or if it’s just because it’s less relevant than the work that I’m doing. But I mean it obviously comes up. [x]

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The Supremes c. 1960s (via)

My favorite girl group ever.

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"The characters write the plot. Their natures do."

Norman Rush (via theparisreview)


"Your too fat."

"I didn’t know [insert character] was black!"

"Why don’t you do more black cosplays?"

"Cosplay to your size!"

"I don’t think that looks right on you, why don’t you cosplay [insert character] instead?"

"Why is [insert character] black? They’re not black in the show."

"You shouldn’t cross-play, it looks weird on you."

"Your boobs are too big for [insert character]."

To everyone who as ever posted a comment or question like this, my answer:

I am a black plus size female cosplayer, if you don’t like it… well honestly I don’t care. The more you comment like an idiot, the more it feeds my will power to prove I’m an amazing cosplayer, not matter what you say. I may have days, or even weeks when I feel down about myself, but that will never stop me from doing what I love. I may have large boobs, chubby stomach, double chin, hair on my face, dark spots around my face and body, and a flat butt, but I rock any cosplay I put on. So grow up, and get out of my face. <3

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And its ironic as a kid I always wondered about this since I’m a native New Yorker. White people are rarely spotted in most areas unless your out in the northern less urban.areas. even still they’re not a majority


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Zanele Muholi: Of Love & Loss (2014) - Currently showing at Stevenson Gallery in Johannesberg (South Africa) from 14 February - 4 April 2014.

The opening coincides with the presentation of a prestigious Prince Claus Award to Muholi.

Gallery Statement:

In times of increasingly homophobic legislation enacted by African countries and in a climate of intolerance towards homosexuals in the Western world, South Africa distinguishes itself with a Constitution that recognises same-sex marriages; yet the black LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) community is plagued by hate crimes. Black lesbians are particularly vulnerable and are regularly victims of brutal murders and ‘curatives rapes’ at the hand of neighbours or ‘friends’.

Since 2013 Muholi has been documenting weddings and funerals in the black LGBTI community in South Africa, joyful and painful events that often seem to go hand in hand. The show features photographs, video works and an installation highlighting how manifestations of sorrow and celebration bear similarities and are occasions to underline the need for a safe space to express individual identities.

As Muholi writes:

Ayanda Magoloza and Nhlanhla Moremi’s wedding in Katlehong took place four months after Duduzile Zozo was murdered in Thokoza. Promise Meyer and Gift Sammone’s wedding in Daveyton took place on 22 December in Daveyton, 15 days after Maleshwane Radebe was buried in Ratanda. Six months earlier, Ziningi and Delisile Ndlela were married in Chesterville, Durban. Many in the area attended the ceremony, blessed the newlywed couple and prayed for them and their children. We long for such blessings as we continue to read about the trials and tribulations that LGBTI persons experience in their churches, where homosexuality is persecuted. In 2014, when South African democracy celebrates its 20 years, it seems more important than ever to raise again our voice against hate crimes and discriminations made towards the LGBTI community.

The exhibition includes also a series of autobiographical images, intimate portraits of Muholi and her partner taken during their travels, a tender counterpoint to the tension still generated in South Africa today by same-sex and interracial relationships.

see her past work here.

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