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You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge.

Apologize for mistakes. Apologize for unintentionally hurting someone — profusely. But don’t apologize for being who you are.

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Danielle Laporte (via tr4pezeswinger)

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whitegirlsaintshit:

black—lamb:

nocashforknowledge:

My education book is keepin it real

yes…

whitegirlsaintshit:

black—lamb:

nocashforknowledge:

My education book is keepin it real

yes…

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takentogether:

ursulavernon:

Incidentally, this is a red-whiskered bulbul, an Asian bird that has established a few breeding populations in the U.S. I got my life bird at Huntington Gardens in California, and no, thye didn’t give any fucks there either.

This portrays me pretty well today.

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nprbooks:

Image: Maya Angelou addresses the Democratic National Convention in 2004. (Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images)
Sad news this morning: Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston Salem, N.C. She was 86.
Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society which she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the first of a series of memoirs.
Lynn Neary has this remembrance. 

nprbooks:

Image: Maya Angelou addresses the Democratic National Convention in 2004. (Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images)

Sad news this morning: Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston Salem, N.C. She was 86.

Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society which she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the first of a series of memoirs.

Lynn Neary has this remembrance

"Not queer like gay. Queer like, escaping definition. Queer like some sort of fluidity and limitlessness at once. Queer like a freedom too strange to be conquered. Queer like the fearlessness to imagine what love can look like…and pursue it."
LOL
winkingthirdeye:

"Oh! You cut your hair!" “No..I just didn’t twist..nevermind.”

LOL

winkingthirdeye:

"Oh! You cut your hair!"
“No..I just didn’t twist..nevermind.”

(Source: okaybutwhytho, via blackfashion)

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As Black people, we have not had the room to fully cope with our emotional and spiritual issues because we are too busy surviving. Accordingly, my friend’s partner was trying to teach his son one of the key principles of being Black—that pain and trauma are indigenous to our history as African-Americans. We have become accustomed to tolerating our pain.When faced with repeated injustices hurled upon us, we are quick to mutter, “that’s just the way it is.” Or, when faced with glass ceilings and institutional barriers, we tell our children, “that you must always be 120 percent better.” Instead of bull dozing through the pain, how can we teach ourselves, our families, and our friends to make room for their pain while not being swallowed by it?

In many ways, I am trying to learn how to embrace and engage my pain, rather than run from it. In my life, I continually find ways to affirm myself, speak positivity over my own life, and remember to love myself no matter what. This is what healing looks like for me. For others, it will be forgiving the pain folks have caused them. Forgiving themselves, strengthening relationships, or severing them. Regardless of the routes, what we need to remember is that pain is not a temporary thing. It lingers. For the Black community to thrive, I believe we in part, must not only talk about economic justice, but be truly radical by talking about collective healing. Yes, self-care is a hard discussion when one struggles to make ends meet, but whatever room we have to nourish our hearts and minds, we must take full hold of it.

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Black Folks Must Talk About Healing

By Aaron
@Talley_Marked via Black Youth Project

(via unapproachableblackchicks)

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pbsthisdayinhistory:

April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. is Assassinated
On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story motel room in Memphis, TN.
Revisit the life and legacy of Dr. King with a special collection from PBS.
A collection of original posters created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross PBS series features quotations by famous African Americans, including leaders, intellectuals and cultural figures such as Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, President Barack Obama, and more. The posters, which can be downloaded, printed and shared, can be found here: http://to.pbs.org/1efp1fy

pbsthisdayinhistory:

April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. is Assassinated

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story motel room in Memphis, TN.

Revisit the life and legacy of Dr. King with a special collection from PBS.

A collection of original posters created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross PBS series features quotations by famous African Americans, including leaders, intellectuals and cultural figures such as Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, President Barack Obama, and more. The posters, which can be downloaded, printed and shared, can be found here: http://to.pbs.org/1efp1fy

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