Art is found everywhere; you can find it in the melody of laughter, the dance of the wind, in the thrill of life, and even in the places & tasks that seem mundane, you just have to know in which places to look for it.

"The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity" - Walt Whitman

15th April 2014

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15th April 2014

Video reblogged from Pretty. Period. with 11 notes

pretty-period:

Hello Dr. Yaba Blay,

My name is Cynthia Amoah, a 22 year old spoken word poet based in Columbus, OH. I wanted to take the opportunity to write you today to let you know that because of your constant attention to our brown girls and your incessant need to never give up on us, I have done something special with your words and your work.
About a few months ago, my friend emailed me and told me that it would be a good idea to volunteer for your “RUBY YOU" project. She had been a follower of your blog (Pretty. Period.) as well as your Facebook page and had seen the post looking for volunteers. Thinking that I would be a good fit, she wrote me and asked me to do it! After reading her email, I went on your Facebook page, read a few details regarding the project as well as how to submit photos and went on to submit my photos. I knew so many others would also submit their photos to you, but I was excited when my photo was chosen because it solidified two things for me: 1. That I was Pretty. Period., no matter the shade - what your "RUBY YOU" project set out to do in the first place and 2. The fact that you were within reach. In its entirety, the first of these things meant the absolute most to me, but the latter of these two things was just as important because it meant that if I ever needed to speak to you, I could. And today is that day.
Ever since my photo was chosen to be a part of your project, I have been a follower of your Facebook page and your blog. Over the past couple of months, I have read several posts that have impacted me, tuned into several interviews, and read several of your blog posts. Though I have learned much from each and every post, I do have to admit, that none have impacted me quite like your blog post, “Lupita is Beautiful, but Black Been Beautiful.” The message of the post remained etched in my mind for weeks and because I couldn’t shake it, I had to do the only thing I knew to do about it and that was to write. So, I wrote. And what was born was a poem titled, “Honam,” that I have filmed and put up on my Youtube page, but wanted to share with you also. 
In truth, my original plan was to attend law school, but if I was to be completely honest, poetry is my purpose. That is where my passion really lies - in the mystical power of language, its ability to birth emotion as well as social change all in one breath - and it’s within the opportunities that poetry provides that will allow me to progress to a greater and more sapient understanding of my calling. It is in opportunities like the ones that lie within this very email, my “speaking” to you in a sense, or even the ones that lie within the one my friend sent me which alerted me to your movement and your works. My life is a balancing act of constantly stepping out on faith and birthing hard work. The risk is never easy, but the results are always worth it.
 
The link to the Youtube video of “Honam” is listed below. Please, give it a listen and share it if you deem it worthy.
Thank you for the time, 
Cynthia

15th April 2014

Quote reblogged from African American Proverbs with 87 notes

Don’t find your mama in it
— African American Proverb: Black Parent Edition (via blackproverbs)

15th April 2014

Quote reblogged from a-thousand-words with 160,857 notes

The true mark of maturity is when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back.
— Unknown  (via cre8yourself)

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15th April 2014

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15th April 2014

Photo reblogged from crissle with 177,151 notes

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alexandraelle:

jenhominid:

hexgoddess:

sistahmamaqueen:

steppauseturnpausepivotstepstep:

doctorwhothefuckisthis:

Fuck you for being smart

this is actually better than the spoon thing cause you dont have to hold it in place.

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR AND CALL ME SALLY. 

I may actually not suck at makeup now

Mesmerized.

YES! Trying.

fyi this is not as easy as this girl and michelle phan (this girl may actually be michelle phan idk) make it seem.

crissle:

alexandraelle:

jenhominid:

hexgoddess:

sistahmamaqueen:

steppauseturnpausepivotstepstep:

doctorwhothefuckisthis:

Fuck you for being smart

this is actually better than the spoon thing cause you dont have to hold it in place.

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR AND CALL ME SALLY. 

I may actually not suck at makeup now

Mesmerized.

YES! Trying.

fyi this is not as easy as this girl and michelle phan (this girl may actually be michelle phan idk) make it seem.

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15th April 2014

Photoset reblogged from Do not touch my food with 3,485 notes

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Mini S’mores Pies

15th April 2014

Photo reblogged from BLACK FASHION with 319 notes

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Photographed by: Jean Paul Dia (JeanLondonDia)

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Chrisjenea Manson 19, Atlanta, GA

Instagram: @Miss_Chriss22 tumblr: http://crazed-lover.tumblr.com

submitted by: jeanlondondia.tumblr.com , @Jeanlondondia

Photographed by: Jean Paul Dia (JeanLondonDia)

15th April 2014

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15th April 2014

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I’m attracted to the extreme light and the extreme dark. I’m interested in the human condition and what makes people tick. I’m interested in the things people try to hide.
 Johnny Depp (via thatkindofwoman)

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15th April 2014

Post

Adia (Advice for My Sister)

Today is my baby sister’s 11th birthday and so I am dedicating this poem to her.

In a world that will always try to box you in

I want you to always remember to color outside the lines

Find joy in the little things

Understand that being vulnerable doesn’t make you weak

You were born to be different

You were born to introduce our world to a new tune

Don’t be afraid to let your light shine

Remember that beauty isn’t physical

And that it takes fear to know courage

Love through the pain

Fight for what is right

Cry when you’re sad

Holding it in doesn’t make you stronger

Intelligence comes from not being afraid to say you don’t know

Always color outside the lines

Their bounds don’t define you

-Briana Barnes (artisticsimplicity)

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12th April 2014

Photoset reblogged from My World with 17,440 notes

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12th April 2014

Photoset reblogged from Blacky with 272 notes

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12th April 2014

Photo reblogged from Blacky with 445 notes

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Dope.Boy.Magic Corner store hockey jersey, Nike Air Force 1, Gold Doorknocker earrings, & Stance socks.
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Dope.Boy.Magic Corner store hockey jersey, Nike Air Force 1, Gold Doorknocker earrings, & Stance socks.

Alexis Littlefoot, 22, Lexington, Ky.

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12th April 2014

Photo reblogged from Blacky with 277 notes

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pinerosolanno:

"Sitting Pretty"


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pinerosolanno:

"Sitting Pretty"

More Black beauties here

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