Celebrating Ourselves, Our way.

il-tenore-regina:

Intersections - Narratives of Queer Students of Color at Oberlin College 

“Say NO to paying for something that happened 100s of years ago,” screamed one meme that was doing the rounds on social media around the time tabloids began to claim that Caribbean nations were “suing” for reparations. They aren’t, strictly speaking, and nor can something which ended only in 1838 be compared, as it often is, with the Viking invasions or Roman conquest. The CARICOM group of nations, led by Barbados , is really calling for a wider dialogue about historical justice. Why should Britain – or any other former slave-trading nation – shy away from it?

After all, in almost any other sphere, historical continuities are acknowledged, even venerated – aren’t we told ad nauseum that the monarchy is important because it represents continuity? Even something like the “Commonwealth” – whose Games will be held in Glasgow this summer – celebrates the international “links” forged by Britain’s Empire and its apparent historical achievements. Britons are constantly reminded by politicians and some historians to take pride in having “given” former colonies those two old chestnuts, the railways and the English language. Seems a bit odd, if not thoroughly hypocritical, to then swiftly put distance between our “proud” present and the Empire’s rather less flattering legacies, which include gargantuan impoverishment and dislocation across swathes of the globe. How is it possible to keep up the endless national self-congratulation for the abolition of the slave trade while insisting that no one today has any connection to slavery itself?

Priyamvada Gopal for the New Statesman | brilliant piece on reparations that really opens out the discussion (via derica)

not sure what opening is going on here. its what people been saying for ages. 

(via talesofthestarshipregeneration)

his-unapologetic-cool:

IG: kennethmotley


 Just now did I come out to my mother, letting her know that a part of who I am is  being bisexual and her reaction is choosing not believe me and convincing herself that it’s the devil playing with my mind. Also, me making the decision to tell the rest of the family is a means of distracting them. 
It’s unfair to be so comfortable and at ease with yourself, only to have that peace be disturbed by ignorance and discrimination.
I’m confident enough to believe and hope that someday, not only myself but people in general won’t have their peace disturbed by such unfair ways of others.
I’ll get through this, the world will too.
Mod note: Congratulations! We’re here if you need resources. <3

 Just now did I come out to my mother, letting her know that a part of who I am is  being bisexual and her reaction is choosing not believe me and convincing herself that it’s the devil playing with my mind. Also, me making the decision to tell the rest of the family is a means of distracting them. 

It’s unfair to be so comfortable and at ease with yourself, only to have that peace be disturbed by ignorance and discrimination.

I’m confident enough to believe and hope that someday, not only myself but people in general won’t have their peace disturbed by such unfair ways of others.

I’ll get through this, the world will too.

Mod note: Congratulations! We’re here if you need resources. <3

coloredgirlshustle:

Sold out, international poetry tour, THE REVIVAL is raising funds for its documentary film, Women & The Word. Black feminism conversations? Check. Racial Profiling? Of Course. Groupies. Afterparties. Poetry. Jam Sessions. More. Donate at THEREVIVALMOVIE.COM 

naijaboi:

 and other intersectionalities. With themes related to sex,relationships, family and community and the diaspora. Identity Politics, passing and performing, to creating art music and soul enriching activism.Strategies for selfcare and building communities to health tips and recipes.

All contributers that make it in the zine will get a copy of the zine and be accredited in the zine. Contributors should submit work with the name they would like to appear in the zine (which can also be a pseudonym) as well as city/country and any other details they would like to include.
It’s a full colour zine in A5 (half size) format.
Texts should be no more than 4 pages and artwork should also be suitable for black and white printing.
Text can be submitted in any language and where possible may be translated into english.

submissions until 31.October 2013
send submissions to blackqueeradventures(at)gmail.com

thanks xx

ch3nws:

photos from a student workshop I participated in

resilient22:

Friday.

resilient22:

Friday.

thedoodypoo:

Militant queers of color :)

thedoodypoo:

Militant queers of color :)