Serving thoughts + reblogs on all that personally appeals.

shanellbklyn:

tulipstoparasites:

residentevil2:

mezopanda:

lukewadethompson:

From Sophie de Oliveira Brata’s Alternative Limb Project

Oh my gosh so beautiful.

woah

Lervvvv

Dope!

Taral Hicks as Keisha in Belly directed by Hype Williams (1998) 

favorite mariah song (next to honey): breakdown

thickneyspears:

Azealia Performing Wallace 

The Utter Slayage ! 

evergreenheights:

Has anyone tried doing the choreography for 1991?! It’s so amazing, beast beat, fluidity just ozing out. So many people dislike Azealia…and it’s more those that have their head so far up their ass. I understand those that will stan until they see an album but I care less for her “twitter beef” her music says so much more, that’s just my honest opinion.

ameenaeliz:

Dont Ask Me:
Which side do you identify more with, are you more Black or Indian?
What are you?
Where are you from?/Where are you REALLY from? 
Can I touch your hair?
Are you from here?
Do you speak english? 
Why is your skin so dark/light?
How come you’re not bilingual?
Did you have trouble fitting in?
Why are you only friends with black people? 
Do you not like indian people? You don’t seem to know much about india. 
Was it hard growing up? 
….the list goes on 

ameenaeliz:

Dont Ask Me:

Which side do you identify more with, are you more Black or Indian?

What are you?

Where are you from?/Where are you REALLY from? 

Can I touch your hair?

Are you from here?

Do you speak english? 

Why is your skin so dark/light?

How come you’re not bilingual?

Did you have trouble fitting in?

Why are you only friends with black people? 

Do you not like indian people? You don’t seem to know much about india. 

Was it hard growing up? 

….the list goes on 

vegan-hippie:

transparent ganesha 

vegan-hippie:

transparent ganesha 

auto-zaography:

GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal: Racism Wouldn’t Exist If Minorities Would Just Act Like White People
It’s incredibly pathetic and sad when a politician with so much promise decides to pander to the most hateful elements in our society. In the aftermath of the 2012 election, Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal declared that the GOP needs to “stop being the stupid party.” However, that moment of sanity, and Jindal’s political career, went down in flames on Sunday after he blamed minorities for racism in America, claiming that racism wouldn’t exist if they would just forget about who they are and start acting more like white people.
In an op-ed published by Politico, Jindal lashed out at minorities to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Instead of standing up against the many acts of racism that have been perpetrated by his own party and by conservatives around the nation, Jindal declared that minorities are responsible for the racism in this country.
“We still place far too much emphasis on our ‘separateness,’ our heritage, ethnic background, skin color, etc. We live in the age of hyphenated Americans: Asian-Americans, Italian-Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, Indian-Americans, and Native Americans, to name just a few. Here’s an idea: How about just ‘Americans?’ That has a nice ring to it, if you ask me. Placing undue emphasis on our ‘separateness’ is a step backward. Bring back the melting pot. There is nothing wrong with people being proud of their different heritages. We have a long tradition of folks from all different backgrounds incorporating their traditions into the American experience, but we must resist the politically correct trend of changing the melting pot into a salad bowl. E pluribus Unum.”
To translate, it appears Jindal is actually blaming minorities for causing white people to be racist towards them, and is calling on minorities to end racism by conforming to American life as white people see it. In short, minorities should be more like white people if they want racism to stop.
So rather than call out the blatant racism of his own party, Jindal essentially decided that he’d be better off committing political suicide by pandering to the racists within the GOP to curry favor with them as we move toward 2016.
This is yet another example of a Republican blaming victims for their own oppression. In reality, racists will not stop being racists if minorities decide to do as Jindal suggests. That’s because racists hate minorities simply because of the color of their skin, and that includes Jindal, which is why he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of ever capturing his party’s nomination for president.
Hypocritically enough, not even a day went by before Jindal violated his own call to action and proudly accepted being referred to as the first Indian-American Governor by David Gregory on “Face The Nation.”
Racism isn’t getting worse in America because minorities aren’t trying to act more white. It’s getting worse because a major sect of the Republican Party is clinging to their own Southern heritage, specifically the part where slavery, segregation, and legal discrimination were completely acceptable. Because of many policies in GOP-controlled states, minority communities have been isolated and basically segregated within the law. From ThinkProgress:
In urban areas like Chicago, the poverty rate and median income for black families is also about the same as it was in 1963. Even segregation, once vanquished by the civil rights movement, is rebounding aggressively. Since 2001, urban schools and neighborhoods have become increasingly re-segregated through lax integration enforcement and so-called “white flight.” Research shows this resegregation intensifies poverty and violence in minority neighborhoods, trapping black families in an endless cycle. Jindal himself has helped this trend along in New Orleans with his school privatization plan, which has worsened racial inequality in 34 historically segregated public schools and, according to the Justice Department, “reversed much of the progress made toward integration.”
Voter suppression efforts and a general attack on the major Civil Rights Era legislative initiatives have made it even clearer that racism isn’t being perpetrated by minorities; it’s being perpetrated by the very party to which Jindal belongs. Yet he claims all of this will get better because, “if you want people to like you, a good place to start is to demonstrate that you like them.” That’s what Jindal told the GOP as advice on how to attract minority voters. Except that Republicans not only rejected Jindal’s words, they stuffed them in a burn barrel and lit them up without so much as lifting a finger to show they actually care about the plight of minorities.
Jindal is naïve enough to believe that Republicans consider black people Americans, even though Republicans have, time and time again, referred to President Obama as not being an American. To the GOP, President Obama’s skin color means he’s foreign and “not one of us.” And Republicans are actually making minorities feel less like Americans by stripping them of their right to vote.
It is astounding that Jindal does not understand this. But that’s what happens when you’re desperate to gain the approval of your own party. You’ll say or do just about anything, even if it insults the very minority group you belong to. And that won’t ever change until the GOP has been sidelined from governance for multiple generations in every state in America.

yes to this entire analyzation that essentially emphasizes the qualm with what Jindal is promoting, his hypocrisy, and especially his tokenism—which is seemingly distorted equivalent to white privilege.

auto-zaography:

GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal: Racism Wouldn’t Exist If Minorities Would Just Act Like White People

It’s incredibly pathetic and sad when a politician with so much promise decides to pander to the most hateful elements in our society. In the aftermath of the 2012 election, Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal declared that the GOP needs to “stop being the stupid party.” However, that moment of sanity, and Jindal’s political career, went down in flames on Sunday after he blamed minorities for racism in America, claiming that racism wouldn’t exist if they would just forget about who they are and start acting more like white people.

In an op-ed published by Politico, Jindal lashed out at minorities to mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Instead of standing up against the many acts of racism that have been perpetrated by his own party and by conservatives around the nation, Jindal declared that minorities are responsible for the racism in this country.

“We still place far too much emphasis on our ‘separateness,’ our heritage, ethnic background, skin color, etc. We live in the age of hyphenated Americans: Asian-Americans, Italian-Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Cuban-Americans, Indian-Americans, and Native Americans, to name just a few. Here’s an idea: How about just ‘Americans?’ That has a nice ring to it, if you ask me. Placing undue emphasis on our ‘separateness’ is a step backward. Bring back the melting pot. There is nothing wrong with people being proud of their different heritages. We have a long tradition of folks from all different backgrounds incorporating their traditions into the American experience, but we must resist the politically correct trend of changing the melting pot into a salad bowl. E pluribus Unum.”

To translate, it appears Jindal is actually blaming minorities for causing white people to be racist towards them, and is calling on minorities to end racism by conforming to American life as white people see it. In short, minorities should be more like white people if they want racism to stop.

So rather than call out the blatant racism of his own party, Jindal essentially decided that he’d be better off committing political suicide by pandering to the racists within the GOP to curry favor with them as we move toward 2016.

This is yet another example of a Republican blaming victims for their own oppression. In reality, racists will not stop being racists if minorities decide to do as Jindal suggests. That’s because racists hate minorities simply because of the color of their skin, and that includes Jindal, which is why he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of ever capturing his party’s nomination for president.

Hypocritically enough, not even a day went by before Jindal violated his own call to action and proudly accepted being referred to as the first Indian-American Governor by David Gregory on “Face The Nation.”

Racism isn’t getting worse in America because minorities aren’t trying to act more white. It’s getting worse because a major sect of the Republican Party is clinging to their own Southern heritage, specifically the part where slavery, segregation, and legal discrimination were completely acceptable. Because of many policies in GOP-controlled states, minority communities have been isolated and basically segregated within the law. From ThinkProgress:

In urban areas like Chicago, the poverty rate and median income for black families is also about the same as it was in 1963. Even segregation, once vanquished by the civil rights movement, is rebounding aggressively. Since 2001, urban schools and neighborhoods have become increasingly re-segregated through lax integration enforcement and so-called “white flight.” Research shows this resegregation intensifies poverty and violence in minority neighborhoods, trapping black families in an endless cycle. Jindal himself has helped this trend along in New Orleans with his school privatization plan, which has worsened racial inequality in 34 historically segregated public schools and, according to the Justice Department, “reversed much of the progress made toward integration.”

Voter suppression efforts and a general attack on the major Civil Rights Era legislative initiatives have made it even clearer that racism isn’t being perpetrated by minorities; it’s being perpetrated by the very party to which Jindal belongs. Yet he claims all of this will get better because, “if you want people to like you, a good place to start is to demonstrate that you like them.” That’s what Jindal told the GOP as advice on how to attract minority voters. Except that Republicans not only rejected Jindal’s words, they stuffed them in a burn barrel and lit them up without so much as lifting a finger to show they actually care about the plight of minorities.

Jindal is naïve enough to believe that Republicans consider black people Americans, even though Republicans have, time and time again, referred to President Obama as not being an American. To the GOP, President Obama’s skin color means he’s foreign and “not one of us.” And Republicans are actually making minorities feel less like Americans by stripping them of their right to vote.

It is astounding that Jindal does not understand this. But that’s what happens when you’re desperate to gain the approval of your own party. You’ll say or do just about anything, even if it insults the very minority group you belong to. And that won’t ever change until the GOP has been sidelined from governance for multiple generations in every state in America.

yes to this entire analyzation that essentially emphasizes the qualm with what Jindal is promoting, his hypocrisy, and especially his tokenism—which is seemingly distorted equivalent to white privilege.

biodiverseed:


jenniferrpovey:
Oh yes, acacia trees.
They fix nitrogen and improve soil quality.
And, to make things fun, the species they’re using practices “reverse leaf phenology.” The trees go dormant in the rainy season and then grow their leaves again in the dry season. This means you can plant crops under the trees, in that nitrogen-rich soil, and the trees don’t compete for light because they don’t have any leaves on.
And then in the dry season, you harvest the leaves and feed them to your cows.
Crops grown under acacia trees have better yield than those grown without them. Considerably better.
So, this isn’t just about stopping the advancement of the Sahara - it’s also about improving food security for the entire sub-Saharan belt and possibly reclaiming some of the desert as productive land.
Of course, before the “green revolution,” the farmers knew to plant acacia trees - it’s a traditional practice that they were convinced to abandon in favor of “more reliable” artificial fertilizers (that caused soil degradation, soil erosion, etc).
This is why you listen to the people who, you know, have lived with and on land for centuries.

#legumes #Africa #arid #indigenous

biodiverseed:

jenniferrpovey:

Oh yes, acacia trees.

They fix nitrogen and improve soil quality.

And, to make things fun, the species they’re using practices “reverse leaf phenology.” The trees go dormant in the rainy season and then grow their leaves again in the dry season. This means you can plant crops under the trees, in that nitrogen-rich soil, and the trees don’t compete for light because they don’t have any leaves on.

And then in the dry season, you harvest the leaves and feed them to your cows.

Crops grown under acacia trees have better yield than those grown without them. Considerably better.

So, this isn’t just about stopping the advancement of the Sahara - it’s also about improving food security for the entire sub-Saharan belt and possibly reclaiming some of the desert as productive land.

Of course, before the “green revolution,” the farmers knew to plant acacia trees - it’s a traditional practice that they were convinced to abandon in favor of “more reliable” artificial fertilizers (that caused soil degradation, soil erosion, etc).

This is why you listen to the people who, you know, have lived with and on land for centuries.

#legumes #Africa #arid #indigenous

micdotcom:

Watch: Enraging Craigslist experiment finds people are cool with racism for cheap rent  

Are people okay with housing discrimination if it doesn’t directly affect them? Or, going one step further, if it benefits them?

YouTube comedy duo the Lie Guys explore this matter in a telling, five-minute video. The pair set up their experiment by offering up a cheap apartment rental on Craigslist. In a series of Skype interviews, they then ask four potential tenants — two white and two Latino — if they’d be fine moving into the attractively priced $400 room in Hollywood, Calif. under the following rules: “No cats, no dogs, no black people” and “just make sure that you take your shoes off when you walk in” (Italics added for emphasis).
This symbolizes a much bigger problem

micdotcom:

Watch: Enraging Craigslist experiment finds people are cool with racism for cheap rent  

Are people okay with housing discrimination if it doesn’t directly affect them? Or, going one step further, if it benefits them?

YouTube comedy duo the Lie Guys explore this matter in a telling, five-minute video. The pair set up their experiment by offering up a cheap apartment rental on Craigslist. In a series of Skype interviews, they then ask four potential tenants — two white and two Latino — if they’d be fine moving into the attractively priced $400 room in Hollywood, Calif. under the following rules: “No cats, no dogs, no black people” and “just make sure that you take your shoes off when you walk in” (Italics added for emphasis).

This symbolizes a much bigger problem

lovelyandbrown:

baerials:

This is the BEST THING IVE EVER SEEN

my babyyyyy.

thevanitymirror:

Yesterday’s selfies.
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