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Many writers have commented on the trend of wealthy Black people denying the importance of racism. And how it makes sense for them in some small and selfish sense because they’ve “made it.” Often due to tokenization and always on the backs of the remainder of their community. But they have made it regardless.

However, wealthy and famous Black folks aren’t the only ones who hold bootstrap ideology close to their hearts. These are regularly held conversations by very regular and normal non-rich Black people. And it’s easy to say that they’re silly and the “New Black” idea and others like it have no use for them since unlike Pharrell they can’t buy themselves out of any facet of racism. But there has to be a reason why bootstrap ideology has been a persistent line of thinking for Black people all throughout American history.

We like to believe we have more power than we actually do.

It is dis-empowering to admit that racism impacts us. It is dis-empowering to admit that we are limited by white supremacy. That our life chances are constricted by the pervasiveness of racism. And that we can be the hardest working person who does everything correctly and systematically and still face barriers.

We can have the best resume and still not get the job. We can dress in a suit or dress and still be deemed not professional enough. We can jump through every hoop and still be dehumanized and treated as a second class citizen.

This realization leads to a sort of heart-brokenness that many Black folks are not willing to face. The Pharrell’s of the world are certainly not ready. But neither are Black folks in the trenches. Those Black people who are not wealthy or famous. It’s not that any of us truly believe in the existence of a meritocracy since our first hand experiences teach us differently from birth. It is the fact that we can hardly afford not to believe.

We are afraid that it will be paralyzing to lose all of our belief in a meritocracy, to fully understand the consequences of white supremacy. This is the fundamental fear that drives “New Black.”


an excerpt from “The Allure of Pharrell’s “New Black” But Why It’s Dangerous" @ One Black Girl. Many Words 

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hellabloggin:

im so pro-selfie like there are so many bigger problems in the world than girls who think theyre pretty

one of those problems is girls who dont think they’re pretty


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rippleklainebagels:

home is where you fully understand how the shower works

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Tonight’s show.  I will have a 20 minute set so Come on through! All proceeds benefit #youth empowerment programs. #live #tomearl #tomearlartist #music #spokenword #poet #poetry #bass #guitar

Tonight’s show. I will have a 20 minute set so Come on through! All proceeds benefit #youth empowerment programs. #live #tomearl #tomearlartist #music #spokenword #poet #poetry #bass #guitar

draelogor:

darkchocolateandtea:

fuckingconversations:

teamfreekickass:

spiffypop:

thebraveandmischievous:

housetohalf:

mysnarkasm:

When I grow up I want to be Ming-Na Wen.

She’s the voice of Mulan, as if she wasn’t amazing enough.

She broke it with her fingers. Not a fist, her fingers.

Girl is 50 years old.

FIFTY. YEARS. OLD.

fun fact: When you break things with your hands like that you have t break your fingers on purpose before so that they heal stronger. So basically this woman is so badass she broke her hands just to do this. 

You asshat, you’re making it sound like she snaps her fingers in half. 

Martial artists like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee (and yes, fucking Ming-Na Wen, that beautiful badass) will build up their bone strength by repeatedly (and fairly gently) striking sand, gravel, wood and steel - this creates tons of microfractures in their bones (smaller than even a hairline fracture) so the bones will heal over again and make the bones stronger and denser with increased deposits of calcium. 

This has to be done over long-ass periods of time, so the bones have time to heal, and none of the fractures expand into actual breaks. 

Oh, and she’s doing precise-ass kicks in HIGH HEELS. 

she kicks ass like a coursing river

with all the force of a great typhoon


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thattinycookiemonster:

Love her, they wanna report her smoking but not the hundreds of white girls mocking native american culture….hmm okay

thattinycookiemonster:

Love her, they wanna report her smoking but not the hundreds of white girls mocking native american culture….hmm okay

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gradientlair:

I absolutely love her style here. Beautiful colours and textures. And she’s beautiful. Smoky eye is winning.

gradientlair:

I absolutely love her style here. Beautiful colours and textures. And she’s beautiful. Smoky eye is winning.

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academicprobation:

The Assignment Calculator

My school has this great time management tool called “The Assignment Calculator.” Essentially, it breaks down the assignment into a series of steps with deadlines. It also provides a bunch of great resources for each step. All you have to do is type in the assignment due date and it’ll help you calculate the necessary time needed to finish it! Enjoy friends! :)


gradientlair:

Lupita Nyong’o is on the cover of People as the most beautiful person for 2014 in their annual “50 Most Beautiful” issue. This is the first time that anyone of her complexion has made the cover and she’s only the third Black woman to make the cover, other than Halle Berry (2003) and Beyoncé…


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murdayalyfe:

elusivelyshani:

I’m not even a man but I’m a black woman and I’ve experienced this on the subway, elevators, etc. And I ALWAYS want to do that “boo!” Part.

People do the same thing to me but it’s not race related. I’m the nicest dude ever but every time these stuck up rich people think I’m gonna rob em just because of the way I look. I’m totally gonna boo a rich douche the next time I get dirty looks in an elevator. Hahaha!

What the fuck you mean it’s not race related ^^^^^^? It’s 100% race related.

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blackyogasuperstars:

Breakdancing wasn’t enough. Acrobatics: not enough. Yoga: not enough. But combined: out comes a new form of extreme training.Meet Lamonte “Tales” Goode movement innovator @_cyberyoga_ .Have you heard of endurance handstand training?Well, now you have. Imagine Whats next….. Photo by @dickdickey for @nikenyc by nightmaretales http://instagram.com/p/nJJJUsvFot/

blackyogasuperstars:

Breakdancing wasn’t enough. Acrobatics: not enough. Yoga: not enough. But combined: out comes a new form of extreme training.Meet Lamonte “Tales” Goode movement innovator @_cyberyoga_ .Have you heard of endurance handstand training?Well, now you have. Imagine Whats next….. Photo by @dickdickey for @nikenyc by nightmaretales http://instagram.com/p/nJJJUsvFot/

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nass777:

Remember when.

nass777:

Remember when.

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lamusenoire:

Vogue Australia May 2014 | The Special Collector’s Cover | Naomi Campbell
Photography by Emma Summerton
Fashion Editor: Christine Centera
Hair: Lorenzo Barcella
Makeup: Alex Babsky

lamusenoire:

Vogue Australia May 2014 | The Special Collector’s Cover | Naomi Campbell

Photography by Emma Summerton

Fashion Editor: Christine Centera

Hair: Lorenzo Barcella

Makeup: Alex Babsky