Jolene Maria

Sep 16
And so it begins…@essencemag #ratchetreads book club. Accepting membership applications and sponsors now. @elosi @kay_renee @justdanablair @kingronthedon

And so it begins…@essencemag #ratchetreads book club. Accepting membership applications and sponsors now. @elosi @kay_renee @justdanablair @kingronthedon


Sep 14
“Everyone assumes that we will know how to love instinctively. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, we still accept that the family is the primary school for love. Those of us who do not learn how to love among family are expected to experience love in romantic relationships. However, this love often eludes us. And we spend a lifetime undoing the damage caused by cruelty, neglect, and all manner of lovelessness experienced in our families of origin and in relationships where we simply did not know what to do.” bell hooks, All About Love (via sugaryumyum)

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Sep 13

Melissa Harris-Perry is so brilliant.

Watching her show makes me feel sane.


Sep 12

daniellemertina:

socialjusticekoolaid:

CNN has obtained a video, taken shortly after Michael Brown was shot, that shows a contractor who had been working near the shooting site describing the incident in a manner that matches other eyewitness testimony—raising his arms and shouting “man, he was going like this,” as if to suggest that Brown had adopted a posture of surrender before he died.

Two contractors are shown in the video, and both have spoken to CNN; one also spoke previously to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and one to Fox affiliate KTVI. The individual who is shouting and raising his arms in in the video told CNN that “the cop didn’t say get on the ground. He just kept shooting.” The other said that he saw officer Darren Wilson “chasing” Brown, that Wilson fired a shot at Brown while Brown’s back was turned, and that Brown raised his hands before he died, though it’s not clear at what point the witness saw Brown’s hands raised. (For what it’s worth, it seems like the worker who spoke to KTVI is the one wearing a pink shirt in the video and that the worker who spoke to the Post-Dispatch is wearing a green shirt.)

The CNN account notes that the workers are not from Ferguson and did not know the Brown family—a detail that could increase their perceived objectivity vis a vis witnesses from Brown’s neighborhood.

33 Days since Mike Brown’s murder, and his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. How much more evidence is needed to make a fucking arrest?!  #farfromover #staywoke #ArrestDarrenWilson 

No what increases their perceived “objectivity” is not that they were strangers to the Brown family (which could also be said for all the other recorded witnesses bar one) or not from Ferguson (how do we know all the other witnesses were born and raised in Ferguson?). It’s that they are white. Let’s be real.


Sep 11
“Love is a combination of care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, respect and trust.” Bell Hooks, Communion: The Female Search for Love (via quotes-shape-us)

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Sep 10

Really over multiple things and people in my life right now. These last few weeks have actually been the worst. I’m trying to remain positive but all I want is to go see a movie and relax for maybe 3 hours. That’s probably not going to happen. And winters coming. And that’s all.


Sep 9
Me and my new cube mate. 😍🙏👑 Thanks @allybees!

Me and my new cube mate. 😍🙏👑 Thanks @allybees!


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.

SUPER HEROES.

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micdotcom:

19 #WhyIStayed tweets everyone needs to see

While many cheered the NFL’s move to (finally) punish Rice’s vicious behavior, too many media outlets immediately fell into a tired pattern of victim blaming. 

Writer Beverly Gooden had heard enough. “I was watching the responses to the TMZ on my timeline, and I noticed a trend. People were asking ‘why did she marry him?’ and ‘why didn’t she leave him,’” Gooden told Mic. “When I saw those tweets, my first reaction was shame. The same shame that I felt back when I was in a violent marriage. It’s a sort of guilt that would make me crawl into a shell and remain silent. But today, for a reason I can’t explain, I’d had enough. I knew I had an answer to everyone’s question of why victims of violence stay. I can’t speak for Janay Rice, I can only speak for me.”

Gooden decided to change the conversation. Follow micdotcom

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Sep 8
iloveyougildaradner:

Fuck the Ravens, the NFL, the DA who hasn’t pressed charges, and the deeply engrained misogyny in our society that allows this reaction to a man caught on video beating the shit out of his wife. All in no particular order.
And ESPECIALLY fuck the bonehead intern running the Ravens twitter account who thought this tweet was an acceptable thing to put on social media.

This is sickening.  

iloveyougildaradner:

Fuck the Ravens, the NFL, the DA who hasn’t pressed charges, and the deeply engrained misogyny in our society that allows this reaction to a man caught on video beating the shit out of his wife. All in no particular order.

And ESPECIALLY fuck the bonehead intern running the Ravens twitter account who thought this tweet was an acceptable thing to put on social media.

This is sickening.  


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