Normalize You Inspire Me

Stealing, imitating, trying to be, taking bits of people’s personality, then pretending it’s your own while disrespecting, hating, or throwing shade at the same person is weirdo shit. There are people I know who confuse my cool with their own just cause I’m in their presence, people who wouldn’t even be where they are had they never met me, and still have the audacity. When someone inspires me I tell them, I thank them, that’s the difference. You see it in my blessings, which your jealousy can’t stop. Start giving people the credit they deserve. Only herb ass weirdos pull the aforementioned behavior, the truly mundane, provincial, unoriginal. Boring and basic is not the vibe, which doesn’t mean you steal from stars pretending their light is yours. Can’t stand it, won’t tolerate it.

As a culture, this is all black people experience. People calling it ghetto then ripping it off. When you see other black people aiding these clowns, or following their behavior it’s abhorrent. Uncle Tom’s are the reason they think it’s okay to treat us as subhuman. When in reality we’re the blueprint of humanity. It’s unacceptable and will be handled. The slaves who tried to keep us on the plantation were the most dangerous. Name three people to thank for helping you be you. Via: The Very Black Project

Black History Month 2022

Even though I’m black everyday I understand spotlighting culture is essential to representation. Living in a bubble of elite schooling I was ignorant in believing black history was apart of everyone’s curriculum; who didn’t learn about Marcus Garvey, Pan Africanism, Nat Turner…? Turns out low income schools composed of predominantly colored people don’t, and their reading list is composed of predominantly white male authors. It’s as if they’re trying to keep us uneducated…can you sense the sarcasm? That’s a systemic racism joke, which is nothing to laugh about.

I love being black, we age like fine wine (black don’t crack, in my early 30’s, but look 17 sans makeup), our spirit is unbreakable and despite adversity our humor is A1 nigga. We make revel in joy. Joy so contagious we’re the foundation of social media memes and comedy. I mean black Twitter is a force of it’s own. What are your favorite things about being black, or black culture? What’s the last book you read written by a black author? How do you celebrate black culture and it’s contributions? Were you taught black history growing up? How many people can you identify in the above photo (I can identify everyone)? Do you have black friends? Creator: Culture And Collection

Dance Of A Black Man

Dance of a Black Man is my tribute to the men in my life and their vulnerability, which is a strength that often goes unrecognized.

This body of work portrays the black male as an angel, soft yet powerful, with wings
that signify freedom and the ability to thrive.
Combatting narratives of violence, “Dance of a Black Man” instead reveals deep and beautiful humanity that isn’t always shown.

Using movement, drama, angelic
themes, and soft but vast landscapes, this project honors the black men – fathers, brothers, uncles, cousins, friends- who have pushed me towards life-changing experiences, shifting culture, and ultimately changing the world!”

Name five black men you’re grateful for. Can be anyone, artists, people you know…why do you appreciate them?

Artist: Breann White

Assumption Of Woman

They told themselves that the people beneath them did not feel pain or heartache, were debased machines that only looked human and upon whom one could inflict any atrocity. The people who told themselves these things were telling lies to themselves. Their lives were to some degree a lie and in dehumanizing these people whom they regarded as beasts of the field, they dehumanized themselves.

Americans of today have inherited these distorted rules of engagement whether or not their families had enslaved people or had even been in the United States. Slavery built the man-made chasm between black and whites that forces the middle castes of Asians, Latinos, indigenous people, and new immigrants of African descent to navigate within what began as a bipolar hierarchy.

Newcomers learn to vie for the good favor of the dominant caste and to distance themselves from the bottom-dwellers, as if everyone were in the grip of an invisible playwright. They learn to conform to the dictates of the ruling caste if they are to prosper in their new land, a shortcut being to contrast themselves with the degraded lowest caste, to use them as the historic foil against which to rise in a harsh, every-man-for-himself economy.

Artist: Harmonia Rosales

“When You’re” By Robin Sharma

When you’re scared,
persist.
When you’re tired, rest.
When you’re confused,
write.
When you’re hurt, feel.

When you’re strong,
dare.
When you’re wise, read.
When you’re at peace,
smile.
When you’re alive, help.

Artist: The Grnwood

Fred Hampton Friday

“I believe I’m going to die doing the things I was born to do.

I believe I’m going to die high off the people.

I believe I’m going to die a revolutionary in the international revolutionary proletarian struggle.”

Artist: Fabiola Jean Louis




Make A Career Of Humanity

It will enrich your spirit as nothing else can.
It will give you that rare sense of nobility that can only spring from love and selflessly helping your fellow man.
Make a career of humanity.

Make it a central part of your life.

Via: Diaspora Art

Three Men To America

SOMETIMES
I WONDER
IF YOUR HEART
IS WRAPPED
IN BARBED WIRE,

BECAUSE
EVERY TIME
I TRY TO LOVE YOU
I COME AWAY
BLEEDING.

POET: BLAKE AUDEN
PHOTO: WALTER ROSENBLUM