Verbal Penetration
A long time ago, when you were a wee thing, you learned something, some way to cope, something that, if you did it, would help you survive. It wasn’t the healthiest thing, it wasn’t gonna get you free, but it was gonna keep you alive. You learned it, at five or six, and it worked, it *did* help you survive. You carried it with you all your life, used it whenever you needed it. It got you out—out of your assbackwards town, away from an abuser, out of range of your mother’s un-love. Or whatever. It worked for you. You’re still here now partly because of this thing that you learned. The thing is, though, at some point you stopped needing it. At some point, you got far enough away, surrounded yourself with people who love you. You survived. And because you survived, you now had a shot at more than just staying alive. You had a shot now at getting free. But that thing that you learned when you were five was not then and is not now designed to help you be free. It is designed only to help you survive. And, in fact, it keeps you from being free. You need to figure out what this thing is and work your ass off to un-learn it. Because the things we learn to do to survive at all costs are not the things that will help us get FREE. Getting free is a whole different journey altogether.
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Mia McKenzie, creator of Black Girl Dangerous, author of The Summer We Got Free (via etiquette-etc)

always reblog

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People are unaware that they don’t know what love is. Love never suspects, love is never jealous.

Love never interferes in the other’s freedom. Love never imposes on the other. Love gives freedom, and the freedom is possible only if there is space in your togetherness.
- Osho (via daughterofzami)
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iamup2n0good:

I do a lot of things for a lot of reasons that don’t come to light until long after I’ve committed to making my decision.

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When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.
- Andy Warhol, Andy Warhol in His Own Words (via larmoyante)
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Frank Ocean | Wisemen

“Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn’t a scene for it. I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it, but that’s not why he wrote it and not his intention. So I didn’t want to cheapen his effort. But, the song is fantastic, and when Frank decides to unleash it on the public, they’ll realize it then.”

— Quentin Tarantino explaining why he didn’t use the song in “Django Unchained.”

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My mother taught me well so I rebel.
- Saul Williams (via thatkindofwoman)
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People aren’t talkin about the news, they’re talking about what they think the news is. There is no news channel saying “This is what happened, draw your own conclusions.” We have made this country so bereft of critical thinking, that now we have a problem where we have to teach them to think for themselves.

We have no unified authority, or problem solvers. We have congressman discussing environmentalism, when they don’t understand half the problems our earth is going through. We go to congress instead of going to people who have worked their whole LIFE trying to solve these problems. When it comes to racism, we’re asking a panel of white dudes, when it comes to sexism and woman’s rights we ask a panel of white priests on what they think. IT’S INSANITY! We ask people who are not in the arena they should be speaking in/for.

AND THAT’S WHY WE DON’T trust the media, it’s because they’re not in the arena of black experience, and they don’t care about the black experience, UNTIL something bad happens and they have the tools to paint us as destructive, ugly and evil!

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-The response of a Protester in Ferguson who was asked by a reporter as to why most of the protesters didn’t want their faces on tv.  (via sara-the-narco)

This was spoken by Greg Thomas he gave his name and ASKED to be sourced and quoted. Lookin atchu OP…

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rogwalker:

Test Shots: Margaux

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And sometimes I have kept my feelings to myself, because I could find no language to describe them in.
- Jane Austen, from Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Classics, 2003)
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brklynbreed:

stop thinking “i’ll reconsider my orientation for you” is a compliment to me.

I have no interest in heterosexuals whatsoever. 

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jahgrey:

The message in my art is about redefining the social norms of blackness, gender, race, queerness and rebelling against the constructs others place on our bodies and our identities. Having the strength and vulnerability to challenge normative ideas is central to my photography. I feel we often let society control and dictate who we are, where we belong and who we need to be and forget to carve out new spaces in ourselves for change, growth and evolution. jahgrey.tumblr.comPhotographer| Jah Grey  jahgrey.tumblr.comcontact@jahgrey.com

jahgrey:

The message in my art is about redefining the social norms of blackness, gender, race, queerness and rebelling against the constructs others place on our bodies and our identities. Having the strength and vulnerability to challenge normative ideas is central to my photography. I feel we often let society control and dictate who we are, where we belong and who we need to be and forget to carve out new spaces in ourselves for change, growth and evolution. 

jahgrey.tumblr.com

Photographer| Jah Grey  
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contact@jahgrey.com

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She understood that the hardest times in life to go through were when you were transitioning from one version of yourself to another.
- Sarah Addison Allen, Lost Lake  (via elige)
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