janetmock:

Heroes — a Collaboration with artist Julio Salgado

I was honored when undocuqueer artivist Julio Salgado emailed me about wanting to collaborate on a project about my biggest influences. He drew portraits of me embracing my heroes, and I provided words about their significance in my life. 

These images moved me to tears, and I am grateful to Julio for creating them with me. 

AUDRE LORDE

Audre Lorde was the first black lesbian feminist writer I was exposed to in college, and she blew my world up. Her body of work, from her poetry to her prose, pushed me to transform silence and define myself.

MAYA ANGELOU

I first read “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” in the 10th grade, and Maya Angelou pushed me to make freedom my lifelong quest. She wrote about being a black girl who was touched without permission and protection, and it emboldened me to share my most uncomfortable truths.

SYLVIA RIVERA

Our elders are our greatest untapped resource, and Sylvia is my blueprint. Without the work and legacies of my foremothers (including Marsha P. Johnson and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy!) I could not and would not be able to thrive as a young trans woman writer of color.

ZORA NEALE HURSTON

Without Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” there would be no “Redefining Realness.” Zora was a revolutionary woman and writer. She centered a black woman’s quest for identity and love, making Janie Crawford my No. 1 heroine. This book is a lifemap!

JAMES BALDWIN

I adore no man more than James Baldwin. I’ve devoured all his writings and find myself seeking his guidance by watching footage of his interviews. There is no better orator and thinker than Baldwin. He slays, all day, every day.

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black-boys:

Guido Quarcoopome at PRM Models

black-boys:

Guido Quarcoopome at PRM Models

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diversityinfilmtv:

More images of gorgeous actress Jill Marie Jones

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conelradstation:

MORE.

John Coltrane in Jazz (dir. Ken Burns, 2000)

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huffingtonpost:

This Is The Ultimate Bedtime Routine For Better Sleep
A bedtime routine might sound like something that’s only necessary for the grade-school set, but following a nightly schedule can greatly improve the sleep of the biggest of kids adults, too.

huffingtonpost:

This Is The Ultimate Bedtime Routine For Better Sleep

A bedtime routine might sound like something that’s only necessary for the grade-school set, but following a nightly schedule can greatly improve the sleep of the biggest of kids adults, too.

Reblogged from The Huffington Post
youngparis:

Pure Love.. Happy 60 Mommy!

youngparis:

Pure Love.. Happy 60 Mommy!

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Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.
— Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (via victoriousvocabulary)
breannewilliamson:

You are more than your test score. 

breannewilliamson:

You are more than your test score. 

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