Flailing Her Puerto Rican Ponytail

My ponytail will cut you.

nychthemeral:

People wonder why folks have trouble accessing mental health care, or are reluctant to seek help, and it’s like, hahaha, have you ever TRIED it? like have you done it yourself? did you notice the 800,000,000 hoops to jump through? did you notice the scads and scads of red tape? Ok, now have you tried it as someone who has no money or time or health insurance?

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prettyofcenter:

standwithpalestine:

Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine is not just history. It’s now.
A Palestinian man starts to demolish his own home to carry out an Israeli court order which ruled that the house was built without a municipality permit, in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat in Palestine. 
Israel does not allow Palestinians to build on their own land, while they themselves continue building illegal Jewish settlements on Palestinian land. 
Many Palestinians end up demolishing their homes themselves to avoid the high cost of paying for Israeli government bulldozers, or being sent to prison for not being able to pay.
We’re only in February and Israel has so far demolished 106 structures this year (this does not include homes demolished by Palestinians themselves), displacing 179 people. 
No alternative housing or compensation is ever given to Palestinian families whose houses are demolished.
Photo: Ahmad Gharabli / AFP

[photo from inside of a building that has white walls and a big red heart in the middle of each wall. the camera is pointed at the ceiling which has crumbled apart, metal exposed and man is standing on the roof looking in.]

prettyofcenter:

standwithpalestine:

Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine is not just history. It’s now.

A Palestinian man starts to demolish his own home to carry out an Israeli court order which ruled that the house was built without a municipality permit, in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat in Palestine. 

Israel does not allow Palestinians to build on their own land, while they themselves continue building illegal Jewish settlements on Palestinian land. 

Many Palestinians end up demolishing their homes themselves to avoid the high cost of paying for Israeli government bulldozers, or being sent to prison for not being able to pay.

We’re only in February and Israel has so far demolished 106 structures this year (this does not include homes demolished by Palestinians themselves), displacing 179 people

No alternative housing or compensation is ever given to Palestinian families whose houses are demolished.

Photo: Ahmad Gharabli / AFP

[photo from inside of a building that has white walls and a big red heart in the middle of each wall. the camera is pointed at the ceiling which has crumbled apart, metal exposed and man is standing on the roof looking in.]

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Lupita Nyong’o and the Evolving Paradox of Black Femininity

youngist:

by Hannah Giorgis

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(Photo Credit: NY Magazine)

It’s no secret that I am a Lupita Nyong’o fan girl. She is gorgeous, graceful, and certifiably ***flawless.

The actress gained worldwide attention for her heart-wrenching portrayal of the enslaved Patsey in Steve McQueen’s much-praised 12 Years A Slave. Having been thrust into the Hollywood spotlight only months ago, Lupita is notably reserved in the public eye—but her powerful presence speaks volumes about the ever-expanding ways in which Black women are complicating archaic notions about our femininity. 

Lupita’s Patsey is markedly different from both Mistress Epps, her master’s wife, and from Kerry Washington’s delicate Broomhilda in Django Unchained. Dark-skinned and long-suffering, Patsey is not afforded the benefit of Broomhilda’s damsel in distress rescue. It is, however, worth noting that both women were targets of sexual violence from the white men with power over them, neither of them immune to the Jezebel stereotype that deemed their black female bodies “unrapeable.”

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futurefantastic:

battybatty:

Date a guy who opens your jars and wine bottles for you

"please. please stop opening all my jars and wine bottles. I’m not ready for them yet. you’re just letting it all go bad. my whole house smells like wine and pickles and I can’t live like this"

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So while it is true that the prevalence of obesity in two to five year olds declined by an estimated 39.6 percent between 2003-04 and 2011-12, from 13.9 percent to 8.4 percent, it is also true that, according to the same NHANES data, it declined by 23 percent between 2003-04 and 2005-06, and then rose by 19.8 percent between 2007-08 and 2009-10.

The most plausible explanation for these large oscillations can be found in the definition of “childhood obesity” itself. “Childhood obesity” is a brand-new concept, invented a few years ago for essentially political reasons. The official definition is that children who are at or above what was the ninety-fifth percentile of BMI for age in growth charts from the 1960s and 1970s are now classified as “obese.”

It is important to understand two things about this definition. First, it is quite literally arbitrary: it isn’t based on any epidemiological observation that this or that bad outcome is seen among children who are above this particular definitional cut point. Public health authorities needed a definition for their crusade against a newly invented menace, so they made one up.

witchsistah:

grrlyman:

2damnfeisty:

That last tweet. I just wish people would quit acting like Florida is the only fucked up state.

Talking about the South as a more racist area of the US is what white people do to distance themselves from racism and what poc do to create a false sense of security.

                ^^^^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^^^

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SEXUALITY MATTERS: Sharing while keeping: introducing non-monogamy to monogamous relationships - Life - Delco News Network

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Please Support Our Documentary on CeCe McDonald

lavernecox:

FREE CeCe documentary

This film confronts the culture of violence surrounding trans women of color. It is told through the voices of Laverne Cox and Cece McDonald.

Please check out our Indiegogo campaign and spread the word:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/free-cece-documentary

Anything you can contribute would be greatly appreciated to help us continue production and make this film possible. 

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http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/free-cece-documentary

Stay in the love,

Laverne Cox

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A woman of color’s self-love is political and radical, and it is unsettling for the status quo because she is choosing bravely to dismantle the narratives of racist aesthetics against her. So when people bully a girl of color for being content and satisfied with her appearance - a reality that is subjected to racist, sexist slurs in cosmetic industries - and when they tell her to be “humble” which is normative code for “Nah, you’re not special, you’re not light and delicate in a Eurocentric way” then she has every right to chew their hearts and spit them out. A non-white girl’s self-love is revolutionary and anyone trying to water it down needs to back right off.

my Love is political
my Love is an act of survival
my Love is purpose from the pain that I heal
my Love is from the Heart of the Women that raised me
and for who I fight to return the World to
my Heart is the blood of her struggle, death, and living existence
my Heart is her pain
my Heart is her Moon, 
her stars,
and her skies.
My love is a Women of Color. 

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