Yeah, it’s something so hard to stop because it’s like a knee-jerk response/years of socialization. And I forget that apologizing for things you ain’t sorry for just undermines everything you stand for. Espec as women, there’s that burden you gotta break of not seeing your opinion/beliefs as a burden for others.

Aye, having impassioned conversations about things that matter deeply to you and you don’t feel the need to make a joke or summat to ease it up. Like, that’s quite rare y’know. I also like listening to people who go on a tangent about stuff I know fuck all about. It’s nice. I like that. Those are things I like. Not all the time ‘cause it’d be pretty intense and my “radical” stage has been replaced by that recurring echo of adulthood “I wish I could have said what I felt at the time, instead of thinking about my answer in retrospect”. 

We’re so erased. …If you’re a person of color, if you’re a woman, if you’re from a poor family, if you’re from a rural family, if you’re from a family who worked like dogs and never got any respect or a share of the profits - you know that 99 percent of your stories ain’t been told. In any fucking medium.

And yet we still have to be taught to look, and to tell our stories. …Despite the utter absence of us, it’s still an internal revolution to say wait a minute, we are not only worthy of great art, but the source of great art.
by Junot Diaz, in conversation with the New Yorker’s Hilton Als at The Strand, NYC 04-12-13 (via 100newfears)

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Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) reading ‘You Are Afraid To Bleed’

long day wassup. listening to al green wassup. no reblogs plz. wassup. 
You Are Afraid To Bleed


"I would like to make a few comments concerning the difference between the black revolution and the Negro revolution. There’s a difference. Are they both the same? And if they’re not, what is the difference? What is the difference between a black revolution and a Negro revolution? First, what is a revolution? Sometimes I’m inclined to believe that many of our people are using this word "revolution" loosely, without taking careful consideration [of] what this word actually means, and what its historic characteristics are. When you study the historic nature of revolutions, the motive of a revolution, the objective of a revolution, and the result of a revolution, and the methods used in a revolution, you may change words. You may devise another program. You may change your goal and you may change your mind.

Look at the American Revolution in 1776. That revolution was for what? For land. Why did they want land? Independence. How was it carried out? Bloodshed. Number one, it was based on land, the basis of independence. And the only way they could get it was bloodshed. The French Revolution — what was it based on? The land-less against the landlord. What was it for? Land. How did they get it? Bloodshed. Was no love lost; was no compromise; was no negotiation. I’m telling you, you don’t know what a revolution is. ‘Cause when you find out what it is, you’ll get back in the alley; you’ll get out of the way. The Russian Revolution — what was it based on? Land. The land-less against the landlord. How did they bring it about? Bloodshed. You haven’t got a revolution that doesn’t involve bloodshed. And you’re afraid to bleed. I said, you’re afraid to bleed.

[As] long as the white man sent you to Korea, you bled. He sent you to Germany, you bled. He sent you to the South Pacific to fight the Japanese, you bled. You bleed for white people. But when it comes time to seeing your own churches being bombed and little black girls be murdered, you haven’t got no blood. You bleed when the white man says bleed; you bite when the white man says bite; and you bark when the white man says bark. I hate to say this about us, but it’s true. How are you going to be nonviolent in Mississippi, as violent as you were in Korea? How can you justify being nonviolent in Mississippi and Alabama, when your churches are being bombed, and your little girls are being murdered, and at the same time you’re going to violent with Hitler, and Tojo, and somebody else that you don’t even know?

If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it’s wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it’s wrong for America to draft us and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country.”

-Malcolm X

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1lxQv9MRac

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i’ve been tryin’ a long time


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Anonymous asked: Not sure if you seem the type, I just thought if you had a fashion board on there it would be great to follow! :-)

Ahhh thanks, i’d like to be all organised and make some collages. plus I know you can pin recipes and i love to cook. if i do remember my login details, i’ll post a link to my account 

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