and it’s no accident that this segment is conveniently left out of our education
Description: Gifs of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr speaking “Somebody told a lie one day. They couched it in language. They made everything black ugly and evil. Look in your dictionary and see the synonyms for the word black. It’s always something degrading, low and sinister. Look at the word white. It’s always something pure, high, clean. Well, I wanna get the language right tonight.”
The real MLK white people never acknowledge.
You’ve waited almost 2 years for this….Not only is Neo-Tokyo about to explode; the Internet is about to explode!
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So Ramaa Mosley and the Girl Rising project have now started an “emergency fundraiser” for #bringbackourgirls
The Nigerian #bringbackourgirls made it explicitly clear that they have not launched an online fundraising initiative, and that they are self-funding and don’t require donations.
Don’t let Ramaa Mosley and the people affiliated with Girl Rising steal money. They are not affiliated with any #bringbackourgirls initiative in Nigeria. Do not donate to them! Let people know about this.
And some people think “omg who cares about who started it! Find the girls”
But this lady is a documentarian
She has a vested economic interest in making herself the narrative center of an even she can senstionalize
Remember when those dudes pulled their #stopkony bulshit and made that fast ass cash grab? This chick coulda lined her pockets with a quickness
Please spread this lol
Month of May — Carefree Black Girls 2014!!
For the month of May, we’ve decided to shift our focus to the Carefree Black Girl 2014 movement. It’s important to note that by “carefree” we do not mean careless—we mean being unapologetically ourselves, despite what the world tells us to do or how to be. We live in a society that tries to break down and destroy our pride, passion, beauty, confidence, health, opportunities, sexuality, and sense of self as black women often by training us to self-hate and pitting us against each other. It is time for solidarity and most importantly self-love.
We are taught to believe that we are ugly and unwanted.
We are taught to believe that we are supposed to be strong and confident, but not too much, or else we are deemed obnoxious and unruly.
We are taught to believe that we must chemically alter our hair in order to get a job or a date, because our natural hair is unruly and inappropriate.
We are taught to believe that we must maintain our natural hair or else we are “ghetto” or must be ashamed of our blackness.
We are told that we are not black because we are light-skinned.
We are told that we are too black and or not beautiful because we are dark-skinned.
We are taught to believe that we must have an unrealistic 24 inch waist with a 36 inch bust and butt because our bodies are so extremely dehumanized and oversexualized to the point that if we don’t have a body like that, we are undesirable and incapable of receiving any love and respect from a partner.
According to our society’s white supremacist and patriarchal standards, no matter what we do, black women simply cannot win.
Fuck society’s standards. We are amazing and we are unapologetically ourselves. We are carefree black girls.
We are weak and we are strong. We are incredibly smart but sometimes confused. We are confident yet we are frustrated by the contradicting and confined boxes we are supposed to fit into. We are fat and we are skinny. Dark-skinned, light-skinned, and everything in between. We love punk rock and dancehall. Some of us rock our natural kinky hair and some of us our hot pink weaves. We are always changing, always improving and working towards greatness. We are who we are when we want to be it. We do what we want when we want to do it. We are beautiful and amazing beings. We cannot afford to care what you think about us anymore. We are human. We are carefree black girls.
Please submit any photos, poetry, artwork, thoughts, music, etc that you feel exemplifies the movement or adds to the conversation and feel free to share your plans to embrace the carefree black girl mentality this year. And men—don’t be shy—share your support for the movement! The more, the merrier. We are all in this together.
Stay beautiful & carefree, xoxo,
// to my sisters 234,
i have been tossing and turning for the past week with you all on my mind. the heaviness of my heart weighs down my body leaving me crippled and chained to my bed. my feet have forgotten how to move and i have forgotten how to cry. i open my mouth to speak only to find lumps have created homes where words once used to occupy.
// to my sisters 234,
i have choked out many poems in your honor. hoping that my words would somehow travel to your ears and comfort you, wherever you may be. wherever you may be, I am sending my words through the oceans that divide us. drink them up sisters. wash with them. cleanse your eyes and ears with them. when the night time terror confronts you, spit these words at them. use these words as your weapons, burning holes through the thick skin of your kidnappers.
// to my sisters 234,
enough is enough. Our bodies will no longer be a symbol of conquest for the enemy during time of conflict. No longer will our biology make us a target. for this, i will not allow you to become a mere hashtag. A number hidden in the basement of my memory.
to my sisters 234, I am writing these words with hopes that they will direct you home.
-Bilphena Yahwon, “to my sisters 234”
If you could speak to our 234 sisters, what would you say? If you could dance and you knew those movements would find their way to our 234 sisters, how would you move? If you could paint, and you knew those colors would leave a trail for our 234 sisters, what would you paint? If you could sing, and you knew the vibration of your vocal chords would lie over our 234 sisters, like blankets, what would you sing?
Rise Africa is launching our #ToMySisters234 campaign to show solidarity with our 234 sisters kidnapped from us. We want to show solidarity and support to the friends and families currently grieving in the face of disregard and neglect, to the communities in rage exhausting their efforts to demand action and a safe return. We are raising awareness not only about this situation but to others that may never find its way on the news. To the other 234 girls who never received hashtags. To the 234 girls who were never searched for. We are coming together and expressing our grievances with those in power. We are coming together and letting our sisters know, although our hearts are heavy, our voices will not tremble.
To participate in our campaign, simply hashtag #ToMySisters234 with videos, poetry, paintings, pictures of marches and protests, or any other way you have chosen to express your sympathy, empathy, outcry, support and frustrations with the recent abduction of over 200 Nigerian school girls. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how to contribute to this campaign. If you are planning any demonstrations in your area regarding this tragedy, please email us with pictures and information so that we can help spread the word.
#BringBackOurGirls - The abduction of more than 200 school girls in Nigeria last week is trending in the country today. Thousands have been tweeting the hashtags #BringBackOurGirls and #WhereAreOurDaughters in an effort to exert pressure on the authorities to rescue the girls, who were taken by suspected Boko Haram militants. Some of the girls escaped. Nigerians want answers about the whereabouts of the remainder. They’ve also used Twitter to urge the government and the army to take more action. “#BringBackOurGirls to restore confidence,” tweeted @Kayodeojutaiye, an economist based in Abuja. “The capability of our government to protect us will be in doubt if they don’t”.