1. youngblackandvegan:

shanellbklyn:

rafi-dangelo:

Most of my future children tag is cute brown children being fabulous and clearly belonging to me in spirit, but I’m making an exception for this tweet because if I don’t raise my kids to give that exact same response, then I have failed as a parent.
Who is this woman and can I send her a thank-you gift basket and a Black Parenting Award?  This is why it is imperative that we teach our children real history outside of textbooks constructed by, written for, and approved by white men whose re-telling of history conveniently glosses over atrocities and minimizes suffering.
"bold new idea"
I want to go to that school and set fire to every history book in the building.

Woooooowww the fucking nerve makes me want to home school my kids dead ass. I went to a Christian all white private school the majority of my life and I had to go through this bullshit and I never want my kids to deal with it. My kid would get suspended like everyday debating with the teachers lol

that child is going places. parenting done right and education failing again

    youngblackandvegan:

    shanellbklyn:

    rafi-dangelo:

    Most of my future children tag is cute brown children being fabulous and clearly belonging to me in spirit, but I’m making an exception for this tweet because if I don’t raise my kids to give that exact same response, then I have failed as a parent.

    Who is this woman and can I send her a thank-you gift basket and a Black Parenting Award?  This is why it is imperative that we teach our children real history outside of textbooks constructed by, written for, and approved by white men whose re-telling of history conveniently glosses over atrocities and minimizes suffering.

    "bold new idea"

    I want to go to that school and set fire to every history book in the building.

    Woooooowww the fucking nerve makes me want to home school my kids dead ass. I went to a Christian all white private school the majority of my life and I had to go through this bullshit and I never want my kids to deal with it. My kid would get suspended like everyday debating with the teachers lol

    that child is going places. parenting done right and education failing again

    Reblogged from: djmeecha
  2. Forget what it sounds like for a minute, let’s consider the spirit of rock and roll: Rebellious. Energetic. Vocal. Independent. Driven. Unapologetic. Powerful. They’re characteristics I could attribute to damn-near every sister I know.

    In fact, my personal Who’s Who of Rock and Roll is stacked with bomb Black women. Betty Davis. Grace Jones. Tina Turner. Aretha Franklin. Nona Hendryx. Poly Styrene. Joan Armatrading. Joyce Kennedy… and that’s just 1976-77.

    So why do so many people go out of their way to marginalize or flat-out disregard Black women as both pioneers and torchbearers of rock? Why are we so indifferent to the fact that more than a few African-American women strapped an instrument to their back and helped carry the genre from the fields to the church to the juke joint to the charts to a multimillion-dollar industry?

    Probably because someone told us it wasn’t ours and we chose to believe it. They said it was devil’s music, so we cast it out. We let it go because someone gave it white skin, a penis, and the green light to cross boundaries that Black people couldn’t. And in so doing, they convinced the world that our pioneers didn’t deserve equal recognition, equal exposure or equal ownership.

    Damn shame.
    Reblogged from: bellacrimsonrose
  3. Up this morning thinking about the increase of cultural appropriation in the music and fashion industries. Their has been a lot of plagiarizing, thieving, and inauthenticity flooding the radio, TV, internet, and news stands lately and I’m starting to get sick. No, actually, I’ve been sick, tired, irritated, and angry all at the same damn time. Their is a very clear, distinct line between appreciation and appropriation. Our intellectual property is not a game and is not to betaken lightly. Our cultures, histories, ways of thinking, spiritualities, etc. are not to be played with, toyed with, embellished and packaged for profit.

    Side Note: Black people have been and continue to be the most talented and innovative force within the music industry. Don’t forget it. Don’t let these people sell you something you’ve heard before, that you’ve done before, that you’ve created and mastered in a nicely wrapped white package.

  4. typicalugandan:

    "African Dances" by Ugandan artist: Gloria Ssali

    • Igbo dance, Nigeria
    • Reed dance, Swaziland
    • Warba dance, Burkina Faso
    • Bakiga dance, Uganda
    • Kuduro dance, Angola
    • Maasai dance, Kenya
    • Quda dance, Eritrea
    • Saharwi dance, Western Sahara
    • San dance, Botswana
    • Traditional dance, Central African Republic
    Reblogged from: eastafricaart
  5. youngblackandvegan:

Glory
    Reblogged from: diasound
  6. Rest In Power J. California Cooper 

  7. Writer J. California Cooper Dies at 82 - Entertainment & Culture - EBONY

  8. vintageanchorbooks:

“Physical shapes have always been in style, ain’t no getting around it! Forever. Boys liked me but they wanted something better. Something to make other boys jealous, which I guess I couldn’t do. So when it came to love, it wasn’t so much prejudice as it was preference. See? They could not see the Femme Fatale that was in me.” -from  Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime, J. California Cooper

    vintageanchorbooks:

    “Physical shapes have always been in style, ain’t no getting around it! Forever. Boys liked me but they wanted something better. Something to make other boys jealous, which I guess I couldn’t do. So when it came to love, it wasn’t so much prejudice as it was preference. See? They could not see the Femme Fatale that was in me.”

    -from  Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime,
    J. California Cooper
    Reblogged from: vintageanchorbooks
  9. blacksandbooks:

Life Is Short But Wide 
J. California Cooper
ISBN 0385511345
Beloved writer J. California Cooper has won a legion of loyal fans and much critical acclaim for her powerful storytelling gifts. In language both spare and direct yet wondrously lyrical, LIFE IS SHORT BUT WIDE is an irresistible story of family that proves no matter who you are or what you do, you are never too old to chase your dreams. Like the small towns J. California Cooper has so vividly portrayed in her previous novels and story collections, Wideland, Oklahoma, is home to ordinary Americans struggling to raise families, eke out a living, and fulfill their dreams. In the early twentieth century, Irene and Val fall in love in Wideland. While carving out a home for themselves, they also allow neighbors Bertha and Joseph to build a house and live on their land. The next generation brings two girls for Irene and Val, and a daughter for Bertha and Joseph. As the families cope with the hardships that come with changing times and fortunes, and people are born and pass away, the characters learn the importance of living one’s life boldly and squeezing out every possible moment of joy.
Cooper brilliantly captures the cadences of the South and draws a picture of American life at once down-to-earth and heartwarming in this-as her wise narrator will tell you-“strange, sad, kind’a beautiful, life story.” It is a story about love that leads to the ultimate realization that whoever you are, and whatever you do, life is short, but it is also wide.

    blacksandbooks:

    Life Is Short But Wide

    J. California Cooper

    ISBN 0385511345

    Beloved writer J. California Cooper has won a legion of loyal fans and much critical acclaim for her powerful storytelling gifts. In language both spare and direct yet wondrously lyrical, LIFE IS SHORT BUT WIDE is an irresistible story of family that proves no matter who you are or what you do, you are never too old to chase your dreams. Like the small towns J. California Cooper has so vividly portrayed in her previous novels and story collections, Wideland, Oklahoma, is home to ordinary Americans struggling to raise families, eke out a living, and fulfill their dreams. In the early twentieth century, Irene and Val fall in love in Wideland. While carving out a home for themselves, they also allow neighbors Bertha and Joseph to build a house and live on their land. The next generation brings two girls for Irene and Val, and a daughter for Bertha and Joseph. As the families cope with the hardships that come with changing times and fortunes, and people are born and pass away, the characters learn the importance of living one’s life boldly and squeezing out every possible moment of joy.

    Cooper brilliantly captures the cadences of the South and draws a picture of American life at once down-to-earth and heartwarming in this-as her wise narrator will tell you-“strange, sad, kind’a beautiful, life story.” It is a story about love that leads to the ultimate realization that whoever you are, and whatever you do, life is short, but it is also wide.

    Reblogged from: blacksandbooks
  10. blacksandbooks:

The Future Has a Past: Stories
J. California Cooper
ISBN 0385496818
From the beloved author of Family and A Piece of Mine comes a dazzling new collection of stories featuring ordinary women who discover that love sometimes comes when you least expect it.
Vinnie is an overworked and self-sacrificing single mother who gets a second chance at love and independence, in “The Eagle Flies.” In “A Shooting Star” a happily married mother of two laments the fate of her beautiful friend Lorene, whose naivete about desire has deadly consequences. In “A Filet of Soul,” Luella’s luck soon changes when her mother leaves her a modest inheritance, but not as soon as she initially imagines. And in “The Lost and Found,” Irene confronts her womanizing boyfriend with the one piece of information that will bring him to his knees. Bursting with earthy wisdom and humor, these warmly engaging tales are a testament to Cooper’s gifts as a storyteller.

    blacksandbooks:

    The Future Has a Past: Stories

    J. California Cooper

    ISBN 0385496818

    From the beloved author of Family and A Piece of Mine comes a dazzling new collection of stories featuring ordinary women who discover that love sometimes comes when you least expect it.

    Vinnie is an overworked and self-sacrificing single mother who gets a second chance at love and independence, in “The Eagle Flies.” In “A Shooting Star” a happily married mother of two laments the fate of her beautiful friend Lorene, whose naivete about desire has deadly consequences. In “A Filet of Soul,” Luella’s luck soon changes when her mother leaves her a modest inheritance, but not as soon as she initially imagines. And in “The Lost and Found,” Irene confronts her womanizing boyfriend with the one piece of information that will bring him to his knees. Bursting with earthy wisdom and humor, these warmly engaging tales are a testament to Cooper’s gifts as a storyteller.

    Reblogged from: blacksandbooks
  11. vintageanchorbooks:

“Love entered in my heart one day  A sad, unwelcome guest.  But when it begged that it might stay  I let it stay and rest  It broke my nights with sorrowing  It filled my heart with fears  And, when my soul was prone to sing,  It filled my eyes with tears.  But…now that it has gone its way,  I miss the dear ole pain.  And, sometimes, in the night I pray  That Love might come again.”  ― J. California Cooper

    vintageanchorbooks:

    “Love entered in my heart one day
    A sad, unwelcome guest.
    But when it begged that it might stay
    I let it stay and rest

    It broke my nights with sorrowing
    It filled my heart with fears
    And, when my soul was prone to sing,
    It filled my eyes with tears.

    But…now that it has gone its way,
    I miss the dear ole pain.
    And, sometimes, in the night I pray
    That Love might come again.”
    ― J. California Cooper
    Reblogged from: vintageanchorbooks
  12. Thank to everyone that came out last night to hear me sing! Had a wonderful time at @soundsatsankofa hosted by the lovely @rochellellella 
Great times!

    Thank to everyone that came out last night to hear me sing! Had a wonderful time at @soundsatsankofa hosted by the lovely @rochellellella
    Great times!

  13. La Reina en Zaire

  14. nuneyskid:

50-year anniversary of the 9/15/1963 murder of four African-American girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.

    nuneyskid:

    50-year anniversary of the 9/15/1963 murder of four African-American girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.

    Reblogged from: nuneyskid
  15. schomburgcenter:

Claude McKay, Jamaican-American writer and poet, was born on this day, September 15, 1889. Jamaican born McKay moved to Harlem, after studying the Tuskegee Institute and Kansas State College, when he published some of his first collections of poetry and became a prominent literary artist in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance. Amongst the four novels he authored, “Banjo” was a best seller and won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature. “Harlem Shadows,” a collection of poetry written in 1922, was one of the first books published during the Harlem Renaissance. McKay wrote about social and political issues from the black point of view in the United States. He also wrote about love, life in Jamaica and a wide range of subjects he felt were relevant to the time. 
Image: NYPL Digital Collections 

    schomburgcenter:

    Claude McKay, Jamaican-American writer and poet, was born on this day, September 15, 1889. Jamaican born McKay moved to Harlem, after studying the Tuskegee Institute and Kansas State College, when he published some of his first collections of poetry and became a prominent literary artist in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance. Amongst the four novels he authored, “Banjo” was a best seller and won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature. “Harlem Shadows,” a collection of poetry written in 1922, was one of the first books published during the Harlem Renaissance. McKay wrote about social and political issues from the black point of view in the United States. He also wrote about love, life in Jamaica and a wide range of subjects he felt were relevant to the time. 

    Image: NYPL Digital Collections 

    Reblogged from: schomburgcenter
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