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Key Ballah, an encounter. (via 9940km)

(Source: keywrites, via scarfonheadcamerainhands)

He says: I’m Muslim.
As he brings the double shot of rum to his lips.
I imagine the way it burns as it slides down his throat.
He winces, then smashes the glass against table.
Everyone turns and cheers,
then they go back to their conversations.
He says it again — I swear.
I say: I know.
He looks at me with sad eyes.
Wallahi - he says,
still trying to convince me.
I say: I know.
I watch his eyes turn to glass as he downs another.
I swear I am Muslim - he slurs
I say: I know.
No— he says— you’re judging me, look
and he holds his hands over his ears and he begins to recite.
And I put my hand over his as people begin to stare.
And I say: I know.
And he begins to cry, and his tears look ancient, and his face contorts, and his mouth is open but there is no sound, and his body shudders.
And he tries again and again, never getting past Bismillah.
He keeps on saying “No you don’t understand I am Muslim, I am Muslim, I am Muslim, I am Muslim”
I know, I say.
And he holds the bottle to his mouth and he almost swallows it whole, and he says “marry me Aasiyah, I am a good man, my father is a hafiz of Quran,
it is just this Dunya, it is this world that has killed me”
I know, I say
I know.
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Because sitting in dark cafes downtown, alone and writing, is not a hipster thing to do.

Because sitting in dark cafes downtown, alone and writing, is not a hipster thing to do.

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On Intellectual Activism: Still Brave? Black Feminism as a Social Justice Project - Patricia Hill Collins (via touchthefarthestmoon)

(via daniellemertina)

How can we put poor and working-class Black girls at the center of Black feminism? Their lives are not marginal to intersecting power relations of race, class, gender, sexuality, and age. Rather, they are central to the future of Black feminism. Keep in mind that Black girls are over-represented among the poor. They disproportionately attend inferior public schools, have children young, and do not finish high school. They are more likely to grow up to be working class, if not poor. Their gendered lives occur primarily through their relationships with African American men as fathers, friends, brothers, sexual partners, husbands, sons, and grandsons. Any Black feminism worth its salt would not squander its resources on the children of elites. Instead, it would recognize that poor and working-class Black girls who are situated in families and communities are its special ground zero in the early twenty-first century.
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rimikeomo:

All The Reasons She Has To Smile 
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By Rimike Omolekulo 
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rimikeomo:

All The Reasons She Has To Smile 

Pencil on brown paper A3 

By Rimike Omolekulo 

Artistblog

Instagram

Twitter 

(via daniellemertina)

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ravenscupboard:

have a gif of Simon doing the death wiggle <3

ravenscupboard:

have a gif of Simon doing the death wiggle <3

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ravenscupboard:

have a gif of Simon doing the death wiggle &lt;3

ravenscupboard:

have a gif of Simon doing the death wiggle <3

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