"As black men everything we’re exposed to teaches us how to womanize and manipulate black women. It’s been engrained in us to the point were she can scream at the top of her lungs that she is being hurt. But instead of opening our eyes, mind and heart to the pain we have caused. We instead start to victim blame and defend our actions. As for me, I’m still learning and it’s all made possible because she knows who she is. I’ve learned that she will never again tolerate anything less then respect from any man. It’s hard, but I have come to respect that she will not hesitate to shame me if I do not comply to her wishes when ever I’m in her presence."

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At 14 years old, Tony Hansberry Jr. developed a new suture method for hysterectomy patients. As a result of the work of the young genius, the time it takes doctors to perform hysterectomies and the potential risk of complications has been reduced.
At age 12, Hansberry’s parents exposed him to the field of medicine by sending him to the Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts in Jacksonville, Fla.
His invention came about when they sent him to an internship at the University of Florida’s Center for Simulation Education the next summer, where he was able to participate in hands-on simulated medical work.
Now at age 18, Hansberry, a.k.a. “The next Charles Drew” is a freshman bio-medical engineering student at Florida A&M University. The Tallahassee native serves as senator of his freshman class and is a chemistry major. He’s followed his father’s footsteps by enrolling at FAMU and his mother’s – who is a registered nurse.
Hansberry’s research began last summer during his internship at the University of Florida ‘s Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Legendary vaudevillian, Aida Overton Walker

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Legendary vaudevillian, Aida Overton Walker

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A friend and fellow science fiction writer, Zainab Amadhy, once introduced me to a friend of hers, a black scholar who had recently completed his PhD. We got to talking about my short story “Riding the Red”, which does a jazz riff on the folk tale of Little Red Riding Hood. He listened to my description of my story, then asked, “What do you think of Audre Lorde’s comment that massa’s tools will never dismantle massa’s house?”

I froze. Much of the folklore on which I draw is European. Even the form in which I write is European. Arguably, one of the most familiar memes of science fiction is that of going to foreign countries and colonizing the natives, and as I’ve said elsewhere, for many of us, that’s not a thrilling adventure story; it’s non-fiction, and we are on the wrong side of the strange-looking ship that appears out of nowhere.

To be a person of colour writing science fiction is to be under suspicion of having internalized one’s colonization. I knew that I’d have to fight this battle at some point in my career, but I wasn’t ready. Hadn’t yet formulated my thoughts on the matter. I was still struggling to figure it all out for myself. “What do you mean?” I asked, stalling for time.

He looked at me and said (I’m paraphrasing), “We’ve been taught all our lives how superior European literature is. In our schools, it’s what we’re instructed to read, to analyze, to understand, how we’re taught to think. They gave us those tools. I think that now, they’re our tools, too.”

I found I was able to breathe again. And now I had plenty to think about when I write science fiction and fantasy from a context of blackness and Caribbeanness, using Afro-Caribbean lore, history, and language, it should logically be no different than writing it from a Western European context: take out the Cinderella folk tale, replace it with the crab-back woman folk tale, exchange the struggle of the marginalized poor with the struggle of the racialized marginalized poor.

And yet, it’s very different. When I rewrote my story “Ridding the Red” in Jamaican creole, all of a sudden I could no longer have a peasant grandmother living in a cottage in Britain’s past in the middle of the English woods; how would a Jamaican farm woman have gotten there in the seventeenth century? Not inconceivable, but I didn’t want to stop and explain the how. So I brought my Jamaican granny home. She doesn’t live in a forest; we don’t call them forests, and besides, how is she to feed herself in the middle of a forest? So now she lives on a small hand-hewed farm with the tropical bush not too far outside her front door. Little Red Riding Hood doesn’t want to attend soigné Cinderellaesque balls; come Saturday evening, she want feh go a-dance hall. And the scourge of the little girl and her granny can’t be a wolf; no such thing in Jamaica. Instead, he becomes that boogie man from Caribbean folklore, Brer Tiger. These are changes that should be superficial, but that end up giving the story a completely different feel. Even the title had to be changed from “Riding the Red” to “Red Rider,” a creole phrase that evoked Caribbean music and sexual innuendo. In my hands, massa’s tools don’t dismantle massa’s house - and in fact, I don’t want to destroy it so much as I want to undertake massive renovations - they build me a house of my own.

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Nalo Hopkinson, Introduction to So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy (via cielito-lindo)

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"Some people argue that one of our main problems is a lack of self-esteem, and that we need to focus exclusively on our good qualities in order to boost our self-confidence. It is true that to make authentic spiritual progress we need to develop confidence in our spiritual potential, and to acknowledge and improve our good qualities. However, we also need a clear and realistic awareness of our present faults and imperfections. If we are honest with ourself we will recognize that at the moment our mind is filled with defilements such as anger, attachment, and ignorance. These mental diseases will not go away just by our pretending that they do not exist. The only way we can ever get rid of them is by honestly acknowledging their existence and then making the effort to eliminate them."

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loveshanymae:

cashmerethoughtsss:

Yesterday Twitter honored the life and legacy of Maya Angelou with the hashtag #MayaTaughtMe

What did Maya teach you?

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My friend Pulley

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Young Yoncè.

Blue is her clone.

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kerritaylormorgan:

Young Yoncè.

Blue is her clone.

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conversacult:

Princesas da Disney plus size, pois como diz o rei Roberto Carlos: “Quem foi que disse que tem que ser magra para ser gostosa?”

i am IN LOVE WITH THESE

CANNOT HANDLE THESE.

Omg! These are beyond amazing!! Love love love.

These are so cute!

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"If you don’t like the way I speak on MY journey, continue to walk yours and pay me no mind. But I don’t compromise my voice for anyone."

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peaceisofus:

It’s ok to miss them from time to time. Just remember why you left. Things that sometimes warm the heart can also poison the spirit. 

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#Devin 

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ig @angelasworld

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ig @angelasworld

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