sherlockedbadwolf24601:

kasumychan:

myed89:

I do what I want

You do not control me!

Can we talk about how much freaking effort it took for that diver to get into all of that gear just to take that stupid picture in the hot tub? You’re all fucking losers and I love you

How awesome are these…

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Re: #FergusonA week ago today, my friends - James and Charles - and I were told by cops that we fit the description, following a call they received after cars were broken into at the exact time we crossed the street to get to where we were going. In light of recent happenings, there’s much about my blackness - something I’ve never really had to think about before now - that scares me. I can’t lose sight anymore of that fact that I could very well be Mike Brown or any of the countless soon-to-be-forgotten black boys whose lives have been taken senselessly. The collection of poems I’ll be publishing soon, which the poem “Melanin” is from, is titled “thread, this wordweaver must!” because I’m trying to weave a tapestry that makes it okay to be a thread of a different color. His red, your blue, her yellow, their green all belong here in this tapestry and makes it even more beautiful! We all have a part to play, and this is just the least of mine. #threadtwm

Re: #Ferguson

A week ago today, my friends - James and Charles - and I were told by cops that we fit the description, following a call they received after cars were broken into at the exact time we crossed the street to get to where we were going. In light of recent happenings, there’s much about my blackness - something I’ve never really had to think about before now - that scares me. 

I can’t lose sight anymore of that fact that I could very well be Mike Brown or any of the countless soon-to-be-forgotten black boys whose lives have been taken senselessly. 

The collection of poems I’ll be publishing soon, which the poem “Melanin” is from, is titled “thread, this wordweaver must!” because I’m trying to weave a tapestry that makes it okay to be a thread of a different color. His red, your blue, her yellow, their green all belong here in this tapestry and makes it even more beautiful! We all have a part to play, and this is just the least of mine. #threadtwm

Announcement : Book Publication/Title Reveal

In the last post for the previous quarter, I wrote this:

I shall return here to make an announcement – a very big one, actually! – before the next quarter… let’s just hope everything goes to plan.

And so, with this post, this is me making good on my promise.

This blog, for the most part has been a medium to document the pursuit of the dreams I’ve had and still have. It is in essence, as the…

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Announcement - Taking the next step with my poetry

First things first : I’m grateful that you’re reading this. I really am. Grateful that I can share this with you. 

The news: For the past few months, I’ve been working on a collection of poems that will be published and available to the public in September of this year. 

It’s been a mixture of emotions, from being overwhelmed to frightened to madly excited to what am I doing? Thankfully, I’ve had help through this process.

Soon, I’ll be doing a title, and subsequently after that, a cover reveal in addition to other updates. Those who have opted to receive updates from me get to know about these things first, and if you want to be one of those people, you can fill out the information below to receive updates about events, new projects, etc. I promise it’s going to be from me…well, at least until I get a personal assistant. I kid.

Now that you know what I’m doing next with my poetry, I encourage you to share with another person you think might want/need to know.

I can’t wait for the book to ready, and for it to reach your hands and/or mobile devices.

Anonymous said: Oh jeez first off I'm a huge fan your work is incredible. Secondly I'd like to know something. From your personal experience, do you think becoming a good poet is just an innate talent you're born with, or a skill that you hone over time? I used to think I was a decent poet but lately my work is shit. Am I just out of practice? Any advice?

sistereskista:

thank you so much love :) i think people have natural talent but it takes honing that talent to make the poet good. like you have to edit, you have to write and write and write. i don’t write everyday but you have to have some sort of dedication to the art of writing, not just dropping poems here and there. not everything you write will be a poem. most of what i write isn’t good poetry, it’s just thoughts. i have notebooks full of things that won’t reach the light of day but i don’t think that takes from a person’s talent. i think you may just be out of practice. write not thinking about the end product or having a “good poem” but to get ideas down. you can always go back and make poems from that writing. 

"Limitations breed creativity. Limitations breed freedom."
— Taylor Gahm.
Watch the video at http://creativemornings.com/talks/taylor-gahm/1

"Limitations breed creativity. Limitations breed freedom."
— Taylor Gahm.
Watch the video at http://creativemornings.com/talks/taylor-gahm/1

15 Women Say Why They Don’t Need Feminism: A Response

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1
Whether you decide to politicize your gender
or not, there are men in positions
of power who are very much willing to do 
for you. So, yes darling
you certainly have no need to.
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2
You are not a victim. I am not either.
I am not a victim and have never been
of a vehicular accident leading to death
I’m sure 
you can understand why I feel the
need to say that I don’t need
insurance. Or rather, say that 
because I am not and have never been
a victim, I don’t need
to appreciate the work MADD 
does. If you are not, I believe you’ll
agree that to do this would be mad.
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3
I don’t think it’s called playing the victim
when there are records, even
though most go undocumented, 
of actual victims.
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4
I promise you, 
that just because you
as a woman in the western world
are not oppressed does not mean
you have to wait until you are
before you feel the need to join
in the fight against the oppression
of women, of anybody
across the world, western 
or not
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5
I hope you become two again
and get as presents, a fish
and a bicycle for your birthday
My wish for you is this: that 
your fish rides your bicycle away
when you’re asleep in the night
and never comes back. And
guess what, you get no more
presents until the day it does.
This sounds like a dream to you,
doesn’t it? You know it’s possible
to just wake up.
So, here’s a second wish: that
you never wake up from it.
And if you do, here’s a third: that
you realize that what you consider
dreams are realities for some, and
some realities are beyond what few
can even begin to dream of. Privilege
is a reality few can only dream of. I
might be wrong, I sometimes am, but
it just might be true that fishes wish
all day long that they too can ride bicycles
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6
You do know, that you can use
what you call critical thinking skills
and STILL represent yourself
along with other women, right? 
No skill is worth anything if not used,
remember that. 

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7
You do not need to belittle a man
in order to lift yourself up, I agree
and must need remind you that you 
do not need to belittle a woman either
especially those who do not know
what it means to be courageous and strong
like you.
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8
Men have issues too, of course!
And straight people too. And
those in the religious, and racial
majority. And definitely, rich people too.
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9
Sorry. And stop being a girl
about it.
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10
Someone has to be blamed, right?
I’ll join you to play the game. So,
here goes: It’s the way she looked at me.
Her skirt was too short. She was drunk.
She didn’t say no.
But let’s ignore the fact that
eyes can look away, a cab can be found
for her to get her home safe, she 
didn’t say yes either. Let’s forget 
the times the apparel that wrapped
her fully-clothed body was ripped
apart. What if her body was even unclad 
do we now forget, the rule
or are we not taught, to not
touch what doesn’t belong to us?
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11
Like an unsolvable riddle, go back 
to 8. Again. And again.
And again, until you really get it.
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12
I’m glad you don’t look oppressed. Even then,
I must say, that not a lot of people who indeed
are look like it.
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13
Don’t wait until you are a 
target, dear. An army does
not now start to prepare for war
when the enemy is approaching base.
There are no enemies here
as long as we’re fighting
together for the same thing
Believe it or not, it’s true
Much is expected of men
because we are respected
and reminded that we should know
and do better
than behaving like beasts
instead of the humans we are
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14
I too believe inequality
exists because of entitlement
and supremacy that’s existed
for centuries now
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15
Nice to meet you too. It’s always nice
to put a face to a name.
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The pictures used in this post were accessed from IJReview.com
clitterly:

emilyvgordon:

shepherdsongs:

I was driving past a business here in the Houston Heights, when I glimpsed this painted on the side of the building. I recognized that iconic WWII poster before I realized it was not just any woman, but 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was attacked for wanting an education. The words next to her are her quote, ( “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.) All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”

This is gorgeous.

yes

Houston for the win. That’s my city, and it’s wonderful how her message made it there…

clitterly:

emilyvgordon:

shepherdsongs:

I was driving past a business here in the Houston Heights, when I glimpsed this painted on the side of the building. I recognized that iconic WWII poster before I realized it was not just any woman, but 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was attacked for wanting an education. The words next to her are her quote, ( “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.) All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”

This is gorgeous.

yes

Houston for the win. That’s my city, and it’s wonderful how her message made it there…

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dumbkili:

I went on a journey of self discovery today

This is proof that you never quite know what you can do…unless you try.

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I always love reading this story

I always love reading this story

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Picture’s from a poem I wrote last year, titled July 4th. 

To the heroes who lost their lives in the fight for and those who continue to fight for that freedom, thank you! 

Happy Fourth to you all.

Picture’s from a poem I wrote last year, titled July 4th. 

To the heroes who lost their lives in the fight for and those who continue to fight for that freedom, thank you! 

Happy Fourth to you all.

Anonymous said: How do you feel about experimentation vs staying true to your voice as an artist?

samspratt:

I mean, people evolve. Our personalities, our tastes, and our interests shift constantly as we’re introduced to new ideas, experiences, and perspectives. I don’t see why our art — whatever that may be — shouldn’t do the same with us.

"Staying true to your voice as an artist" just sounds like stagnation under the guise of tradition — it’s the artsy equivalent of those curmudgeon-y, old, racist, guys who bullshitedly romanticize the 1950s and yell at youths for their internet telephones, hippity-hop, black presidents, and clothing which doesn’t cover knees. If you get too comfortable with the way things have always been done — with you or your art — you’ll miss (what in my opinion is) one of the absolute best parts of being human: growth.

Now, that may seem like heavy talk, but I’m not sure that we can detach those big human concepts from art — they’ve always kinda gone together. It’s not like art history is just a chronological series of totally arbitrary fashion trends and stylistic fads — art has, and likely always will, change in tandem with, and in reaction to, the way people view the world.

fallontonight:

Here you go, pal! The rap stops him right in his tracks.

- Rachael