1. sirdexrjones:

    "As someone who identifies himself as an African man, I try to show that pride in my work.  I also try to show the importance of freedom.  That another person’s perception or fear of your Blackness should in no way be limiting you from being who you feel in your heart you are.  

    You can dress how you’d like, or undress how you’d like.  Your good times should be celebrated and your down times should be embraced.  I want my work to be an example for the developing youth.  So that they too can see representation of themselves that isn’t one-dimensional.

    I feel blessed to have the mentality that I am an African artist.  I see the world differently.  And this mentality is rooted in having the desire to know where I come from.  Let’s give Black kids that same desire.”

    - Dexter R. Jones for Afrobougee.com
    IG: sirdexrjones

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  2. butbabeimsorry said: Your remarks against Boston disgust me. You can not claim a whole city as racist. The people that are born there are actually extremely accepting. I do agree there's a problem with racism, but thats EVERYWHERE. And i hate the people that move to Boston and think they own the city with a fake accent and loud remarks that give our city a bad name. Yes there are racists in Boston, but don't blame a whole city on ignorant individuals.

    boygeorgemichaelbluth:

    radicalrebellion:

    socialismartnature:

    while over twice as many black children as white children live below the poverty line in Boston; while Boston was one of the LAST city’s to de-segregate its public schools (as well as its professional baseball team); while Boston’s black communities live under near-constant threat of police violence and harassment; and while Boston remains one of the most racially segregated cities in the country … yeah, one can say that Boston is a racist city.

    only a fool would take this to mean that EVERY SINGLE individual person who lives in Boston is an utter racist. rather, Boston suffers from intense institutional and structural racism, born of immense wealth inequality, geographical segregation, and unequal policing. this creates yawning divisions between the lived experiences of Boston’s white and black communities, which in turn fosters, at best, mutual ignorance, and at worst, outright racial bigotry.

    aside from all of this, anyone who witnessed the “busing crisis” of the 1970s, when hordes of white Bostonians attacked school buses full of little black children to keep them from being transported to “their” white schools, will forever have that image of mass racial hatred seared into their memories …

    but yeah, beyond that, Boston is just like every other city in the US — based upon an institutionalized racism, sexism, and economic inequality which routinely gives rise to outright bigotry expressed by the white male supremacist elite who continue to rule over US society …

    when white people be like “your saying something disgust me more than the actually racism that is happening”

    don’t forget about the boston bruins racist tweets to p.k. subban

    Lived in Boston, institutional racism and straight up neighborhood racism is a reality.  Of course everyone person in Boston is not racist, but racism is a big problem in Boston.

    btw two years before bruins fans racist and highly violent social media posts to Joel Ward from the Washington Capitals…

     
  3. wreckamic:

    Phylicia Rashad (Allen) = STUNNING

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  4. 1001arabianights:

    Art War (2014)

     
  5. explore-blog:

    Cartographies of Time – a brief history of visualizing the most elusive dimension, from antiquity to today

     
  6. sinidentidades:

    A View From The Border: Signs From A Surprising Rally In Texas

    MCALLEN, TX — At least 60 advocates braved sauna-like conditions near the Texas border last Saturday to rally across the street from the McAllen Border Patrol Station, showing their support for the influx of unaccompanied Latin American children being apprehended there.

    About 57,000 children, mostly from Central America, have been detained this fiscal year by Border Patrol agents, many in Texas’s Rio Grand Valley towns, like McAllen. Studies show that — at least since 2009 — children have been leaving the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala in droves because of increasing violence and grinding poverty, taking dangerous journeys to the U.S. to seek refuge.

    The rally, which was also an interfaith prayer vigil, was meant to counter hundreds of planned “anti-amnesty” protests across the country over the Obama administration’s handling of the surge. Only three people showed up nearby as part of the national anti-immigrant protests. They said they expected others to arrive, but also speculated they may have “gotten the wrong address.”

    Attendees at the rally in support of the children brought messages of love, compassion, and sympathy for children for whom they feared a return to Latin America could mean certain death.

    Some alluded to the tragic maltreatment of minors crossing the border, such as incidents where protestors have berated children as they are bused to processing centers.

    The vigil included representatives from several religious traditions, including Catholics, Unitarians, Presbyterians, and Muslims. Faith groups have been at the forefront of efforts to offer relief to the unaccompanied minors, and Pope Francis recently called for the international community to work together to address the crisis. A regional atheist group was also present at the rally to express support for the kids.

    The Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act, recently introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), seeks to expedite the process of trying unaccompanied minors by making the federal government deport Central American children just as quickly as they already do with Mexican children. However, the act would deny many of these children the fair trial they deserve, and would probably only hurt those it claims to protect.

    Some 2,000 people have died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border over the past 10 years. That number could increase as more and more Central Americans flee horrific violence and poverty in their home countries.

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  7. thetrekkiehasthephonebox:

    And that’s the story of how Nichelle Nichols stuck with Star Trek after the first season.

    (Source: trekgate, via bankston)

     
  8. note-a-bear:

    thinksquad:

    Back in 2013, Texas resident Larry Davis ran either a red light or stop sign (reports vary) in his Buick in the city of Austin. Despite his insistence that he had had only one drink, he was put in handcuffs and arrested for driving while intoxicated. Then, when he was given a Breathalyzer test by the Austin Police Department, he blew a 0.00. Nonetheless, as KVUE reports, Mr. Davis spent the night in jail.

    While at the station, Mr. Davis agreed to give a blood sample as well, to prove he was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. The results would later come back 100% negative. Davis’ attorney, Daniel Betts, told KVUE, “My reaction was just shock that this happened.”

    The Austin Police Department stands by the arrest, saying they believed Davis showed signs of impairment, that while standing on one leg, he “swayed,” and “needed his arms for balance.” They also suggested that he could have been on marijuana, a drug that wouldn’t necessarily show up in a test. The APD said they’re going by a “take-no-chances” policy. That being said, they did acknowledge how unusual it is that Davis was arrested despite registering a zero on his breath test.

    :|

    they ain’t even trying to hide they shit anymore

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  10. she-kicks-she-throws:

    Photos from 1935 Japan via Old Photos of Japan.

    Japanese school girls practicing naginata (薙刀). Naginata is a pole weapon traditionally used by members of the samurai class. It consists of a wooden shaft with a curved blade on the end. In the modern martial art form of naginata, it is carved from one piece of Japanese white oak or it features a replaceable blade constructed from bamboo. Practitioners wear protective armor called bogu (防具). It is very similar to the armor worn by practitioners of kendo. In modern Japan, naginatajutsu is practiced especially by women.

    (via divaofthedevas)