Video 12 Dec 335 notes

nayyirahwaheed:

planetfaraway:

Dear revisionists, Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel. Over the next few days you will try so, so hard to make him something he was not, and you will fail. You will try to smooth him, to sandblast him, to take away his Malcolm X. You will try to hide his anger from view. Right now, you are anxiously pacing the corridors of your condos and country estates, looking for the right words, the right tributes, the right-wing tributes. You will say that Mandela was not about race. You will say that Mandela was not about politics. You will say that Mandela was about nothing but one love, you will try to reduce him to a lilting reggae tune. “Let’s get together, and feel alright.” Yes, you will do that.

You will make out that apartheid was just some sort of evil mystical space disease that suddenly fell from the heavens and settled on all of us, had us all, black or white, in its thrall, until Mandela appeared from the ether to redeem us. You will try to make Mandela a Magic Negro and you will fail. You will say that Mandela stood above all for forgiveness whilst scuttling swiftly over the details of the perversity that he had the grace to forgive.

You will try to make out that apartheid was some horrid spontaneous historical aberration, and not the logical culmination of centuries of imperial arrogance. Yes, you will try that too. You will imply or audaciously state that its evils ended the day Mandela stepped out of jail. You will fold your hands and say the blacks have no-one to blame now but themselves.

Well, try hard as you like, and you’ll fail. Because Mandela was about politics and he was about race and he was about freedom and he was even about force, and he did what he felt he had to do and given the current economic inequality in South Africa he might even have died thinking he didn’t do nearly enough of it. And perhaps the greatest tragedy of Mandela’s life isn’t that he spent almost thirty years jailed by well-heeled racists who tried to shatter millions of spirits through breaking his soul, but that there weren’t or aren’t nearly enough people like him.

Because that’s South Africa now, a country long ago plunged headfirst so deep into the sewage of racial hatred that, for all Mandela’s efforts, it is still retching by the side of the swamp. Just imagine if Cape Town were London. Imagine seeing two million white people living in shacks and mud huts along the M25 as you make your way into the city, where most of the biggest houses and biggest jobs are occupied by a small, affluent to wealthy group of black people. There are no words for the resentment that would still simmer there.

Nelson Mandela was not a god, floating elegantly above us and saving us. He was utterly, thoroughly human, and he did all he did in spite of people like you. There is no need to name you because you know who you are, we know who you are, and you know we know that too. You didn’t break him in life, and you won’t shape him in death. You will try, wherever you are, and you will fail.

Image accompanying recording: The New Yorker cover, issue date Dec. 16, 2013. Copyright of Kadir Nelson (http://www.kadirnelson.com/).

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Et Voila

Video 25 Nov 92,675 notes

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A friend posted this on her facebook page. 

Bonus point: most of the differences in the ways women communicate have to do with the ridiculous way men respond to women talking.

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Quote 14 Nov 124 notes

When waking up is the nightmare
But still you rise
Remember
Even the sun finds reason to rise
- who will help plants grow taller?
Even stars refuse to fade
- who will map out the sky?
The moon dies slowly
- who else can control oceans temper? The poet continues to write
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And then look at you…
Helping us believe the miracle is us

— 

Rise - Tapiwa Mugabe, tapiwamugabe.tumblr.com

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Video 7 Nov 2,440 notes

awkwardsituationist:

indians celebrated the second day of diwali on monday, the day when streets are adorned with with rows (avali) of clay and oil lamps (diya / deepa). the candles in the first photo read “happy diwali” in hindi.

known as the festival of lights, diwali celebrates the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and light over darkness. it originated as a festival to mark the last harvest of the year and seek the divine blessing of lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. over the centuries, it has become a national festival enjoyed by most indians regardless of faith.

hindus, however, interpret the diwali story according to geography: in the north of india they celebrate the story of king rama’s return to ayodhya after he defeated ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps; south india celebrates it as the day that lord krishna defeated the demon narakasura; and in western india the festival marks the day that lord vishnu sent the demon king bali to rule the nether world.

photos (click pic) by amit dave, ajay verma, kevin frayer, altaf qadri, sanjeev gupta and shakil adil

Photo 5 Nov Im trying to make this my profile picture. Dang. Technologically inapt.

Im trying to make this my profile picture. Dang. Technologically inapt.

Text 5 Nov 105,895 notes When you have to do homework:

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ME RIGHT NOW. 

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has anyone heard of yet or read  TayeDiggs book “Chocolate Me”? I just found out about it. Addresses the topic of colorism & self acceptance! I gotta get it soon, you should too! Great book for the little ones and a great eye opener and teaching tool for everyone! :) This makes me so excited & happy. Thank you Taye!!!

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this is going on my list of things i’m buying my [future] children.

Love this. 

Beautiful idea. Plus taye diggs is so so fine.

HE IS SOOO FINEE, I AGREE

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newwavefeminism:

thefemme-menace:

forbrowngirls:

has anyone heard of yet or read   book “Chocolate Me”? I just found out about it. Addresses the topic of colorism & self acceptance! I gotta get it soon, you should too! Great book for the little ones and a great eye opener and teaching tool for everyone! :) This makes me so excited & happy. Thank you Taye!!!

Aw !

this is going on my list of things i’m buying my [future] children.

Love this.

Beautiful idea. Plus taye diggs is so so fine.

HE IS SOOO FINEE, I AGREE

Audio 1 Nov 4,614 notes

haemikim:

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

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