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Palais de Glace dress by Christian Dior

Palais de Glace dress by Christian Dior





Jennifer Weiner at Barnes & Noble, UWS, 6/17/14


Jennifer Weiner at Barnes & Noble, UWS, 6/17/14


Academics have developed complicated theories and obscure jargon in an effort to describe what is now referred to as structural racism, yet the concept is fairly straightforward. One theorist, Iris Marion Young, relying on a famous “birdcage” metaphor, explains it this way: If one thinks about racism by examining only one wire of the cage, or one form of disadvantage, it is difficult to understand how and why the bird is trapped. Only a large number of wires arranged in a specific way, and connected with one another, serve to enclose the bird and ensure it cannot escape.

What is particularly important to keep in mind is that any given wire of the cage may or may not be specifically developed for the purpose of trapping the bird, yet it still operates (together with other wires) to restrict its freedom.


Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow (via mehreenkasana)

(Source: newwavefeminism, via mehreenkasana)

David Attenborough x Louis Armstrong


Soccer Dads: Top Footballers of African-descent From Africa and the Diaspora.

  • Pelé and family. (Afro-Brazilian)
  • Zinedine Zidane and son. (Kabyle)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo. (Cape Verdean great-grandmother)
  • Didier Drogba. (Ivory Coast)
  • Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima. (Afro-Brazilian)
  • Samuel Eto’o and his children. (Cameroon)
  • Kwadwo Asamoah with his wife and son. (Ghana)
  • George Weah and his children. (Liberia)
  • Nwankwo Kanu and family. (Nigeria)
  • Jay-Jay Okocha and family. (Nigeria)


"Guard against cynicism. The truth of the matter is, for all of the problems we face, if you had to choose any moment to be born in human history, not knowing who you were going to be, you’d choose this time. The world is more tolerant than it’s ever been, more educated than its ever been. The only thing that stops that is people thinking they can’t make any change."

President Barack Obama in a June 10, 2014 conversation with Joe Hanson and other science advocates.

For a potent antidote to cynicism, see George Saunders on kindness.

(via explore-blog)



Broadway legend Audra McDonald performs “Crazy He Calls Me” with an uncanny vocal transformation and mannerisms of Billie Holiday 


(via dynamicafrica)

"Two beings who love, alone, isolated from the rest of the world… is very nice! But what would they talk about all the time? As the world is despicable, they need it to be able to talk."

From The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera (which I never finished - just couldn’t get through it. Might be time to rethink my stance on the novel).


Resistance means using art for the things that it does best, which is to create human portraits and communicate ideas and forge a climate where people of different races or classes are known to you because they make themselves known. In the simplest terms, art humanizes. It opens the circuit of empathy. And once that process happens, it’s that much harder to think of people as part of a policy or a statistic. Art reverses the alienation that can creep into society. After Johnson, after DuBois, the Harlem Renaissance itself stalled, largely as a result of the Great Depression, and many of the economic gains made by African-Americans were lost, but cultural influence persisted. You could make an argument that it was as important as anything for speeding along the very real political and social gains of the ’50s and ’60s.

That’s what music has been good for, historically, in the black community. Jazz did that. It forced the mainstream to see black musicians as virtuosos with complex ideas and powerful (and recognizable) emotions. How are you going to treat someone as less than human, in any way, once they’ve been so deeply human in full view? Soul music did that, because it addressed universal romantic problems. Who has trouble identifying with a Smokey Robinson lyric? No one human, that’s for sure. Hip-hop started from that premise. It was rooted there. It didn’t shy away from the fact that America, built the way it was, made certain economic and social advances difficult for African-Americans, but it also made an entire community visible, impossible to ignore, impossible to dehumanize. Hip-hop, because of the way that it was made, because of what it was at its heart, blazed new trails and also recontextualized the past. Where other musics, like disco, were plastic to the point where they started to feel like factory product, early hip-hop was the perfect music for an era of flexible accumulation: fast on its feet, fleet with its thoughts. It could range and roam and shine a light into any corner of the culture.


From the sixth and final part of Questlove’s essay series “How Hip Hop Failed America”. The whole thing is absolutely worth the read. 


At times like this
We measure our words
Because we are
Measuring a life

A friend was not
Lost nor did she
Transition she

We recognize a good
Life was lead a
Generous heart
Ceases to beat
A hearty laugh will
No longer be

We measure not
The depth
But the width
Of compassion
And passion
And dreams

We place our love
On the flowers
That cover her
Under the clouds
That embrace her
Into the Earth
That owns her
And now
Reclaims her

We will miss her
Spirit Her demands
Her hopes for us
And therefore Herself

At times like this
We are sad
We gather
We comfort
Each other
Yet still
At times like this


A poem for Maya Angelou by Nikki Giovanni (via Slate Magazine). (via zodml)

"What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it."

Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez (via psychotherapy)

"If there is no feeling, there cannot be great art… You can only go with loves in this life."

Ray Bradbury, whom we lost 2 years ago today, on emotion vs. intelligence and the core of creativity  (via explore-blog)