sarah • 25 • usa

i adore quotes.


"Listen to me. I want you guys to stay in school and stay inspired and stay ambitious. There’s a time and a place to have fun but all of that fun means nothing if you are not intelligent and if you don’t have something to back it up, okay?"
—  Nicki Minaj (x) 

"Listen to me. I want you guys to stay in school and stay inspired and stay ambitious. There’s a time and a place to have fun but all of that fun means nothing if you are not intelligent and if you don’t have something to back it up, okay?"

—  Nicki Minaj (x) 

"Over the weekend you may have heard of or seen—nude photos of celebrities were stolen off of their phones and posted online. It’s a terrible invasion of privacy, but probably the most disconcerting part of this for me is that some people are blaming the celebrities for having the nude photos on their phones in the first place.
"…Stop calling them hackers. They’re thieves. Hackers are the cool geniuses in movies who always the undergo saying things like ‘I cracked the mainframe. We’re in!’ or ‘There’s one more thing I can try, but it’s a long shot.’ This isn’t Neo freeing mankind from slavery. This is perverts making money off of stolen goods.
"In summary if you have a store that gets robbed, it’s not your fault for having stuff people wanted and the same goes for pictures on phones."
— Seth Meyers (x) (x)

"Over the weekend you may have heard of or seennude photos of celebrities were stolen off of their phones and posted online. It’s a terrible invasion of privacy, but probably the most disconcerting part of this for me is that some people are blaming the celebrities for having the nude photos on their phones in the first place.

"…Stop calling them hackers. They’re thieves. Hackers are the cool geniuses in movies who always the undergo saying things like ‘I cracked the mainframe. We’re in!’ or ‘There’s one more thing I can try, but it’s a long shot.’ This isn’t Neo freeing mankind from slavery. This is perverts making money off of stolen goods.

"In summary if you have a store that gets robbed, it’s not your fault for having stuff people wanted and the same goes for pictures on phones."

Seth Meyers (x) (x)


[to a reporter who claims to not know about menstruation]
"How could you not have knowledge about [menstruation]? You have a mom? You have a sister? How could you not know about this? Ridiculous. Terrible. I’m saying this with full respect but you’re a young adult and you have no idea what periods are. You are 26 years old and you don’t know about periods. That’s very shameful. You could become a father but you don’t know what periods are. It’s so sad and that is why I’m here."
—  Parineeti Chopra (x) (x)

[to a reporter who claims to not know about menstruation]

"How could you not have knowledge about [menstruation]? You have a mom? You have a sister? How could you not know about this? Ridiculous. Terrible. I’m saying this with full respect but you’re a young adult and you have no idea what periods are. You are 26 years old and you don’t know about periods. That’s very shameful. You could become a father but you don’t know what periods are. It’s so sad and that is why I’m here."

—  Parineeti Chopra (x) (x)


"It was a wonderful thing, in that my parents understood that it was necessary for us to know what was happening and what segregation entailed but at the same time to give us a sense of ourselves and a sense of our worth in the world.  They said practically on a daily basis that, ‘you are as good as anyone on this Earth. We are all created by God and you might have to work a bit harder to prove that you are just as clever, just as intelligent, just as eager to do a job properly but that’s the way it is at the moment.  Don’t let this be something that is a cross for you to have to bear. Keep your eye on the prize and the prize is showing your best self at all times.’"
— Jessye Norman, M.F.A. (x) (x) (x)

"It was a wonderful thing, in that my parents understood that it was necessary for us to know what was happening and what segregation entailed but at the same time to give us a sense of ourselves and a sense of our worth in the world.  They said practically on a daily basis that, ‘you are as good as anyone on this Earth. We are all created by God and you might have to work a bit harder to prove that you are just as clever, just as intelligent, just as eager to do a job properly but that’s the way it is at the moment.  Don’t let this be something that is a cross for you to have to bear. Keep your eye on the prize and the prize is showing your best self at all times.’"

Jessye Norman, M.F.A. (x) (x) (x)

negromodelo:

Oseola McCarty a cleaning lady who from working all her life accumulated great savings, donated to the  University of Southern Mississippi $150,000 for a student scholarship program. 
 “I want to help somebody’s child go to college,” 
“I’m giving it away so that the children won’t have to work so hard, like I did.”

negromodelo:

Oseola McCarty a cleaning lady who from working all her life accumulated great savings, donated to the  University of Southern Mississippi $150,000 for a student scholarship program. 

“I want to help somebody’s child go to college,” 

“I’m giving it away so that the children won’t have to work so hard, like I did.”


"I come to uplift the people. It doesn’t have to be fashionable. I don’t mind being black. I’m black out loud. It’s more than the people that they are, it’s the condition that they represent. I don’t hate nobody. I hate certain conditions that are inflicted upon the people—and they’re helpless with it. To me, the job of the artist is to provide a useful and intelligent vocabulary for the world to be able to articulate feelings they experience everyday, and otherwise wouldn’t have the means to express in a meaningful and useful way."
—  Mos Def (x)

"I come to uplift the people. It doesn’t have to be fashionable. I don’t mind being black. I’m black out loud. It’s more than the people that they are, it’s the condition that they represent. I don’t hate nobody. I hate certain conditions that are inflicted upon the people—and they’re helpless with it. To me, the job of the artist is to provide a useful and intelligent vocabulary for the world to be able to articulate feelings they experience everyday, and otherwise wouldn’t have the means to express in a meaningful and useful way."

—  Mos Def (x)

staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)


"Begin with art, because art tries to take us outside ourselves. It is a matter of trying to create an atmosphere and context so conversation can flow back forth and we can be influenced by each other."
— W. E. B. Du Bois, Ph.D.

"Begin with art, because art tries to take us outside ourselves. It is a matter of trying to create an atmosphere and context so conversation can flow back forth and we can be influenced by each other."

W. E. B. Du Bois, Ph.D.


"For us, the bicycle is a symbol of freedom. We are not riding bikes to make a political statement. We’re riding because we want to, because we love to, because if our brothers can, so can we. […]
"They tell us that it is not our right to ride our bikes in the streets. We tell them that this is our right. Then we speed off."
— Marjan Sidiqqi, Women’s National Cycling Team of Afghanistan (x) (x) (x) (x) 

"For us, the bicycle is a symbol of freedom. We are not riding bikes to make a political statement. We’re riding because we want to, because we love to, because if our brothers can, so can we. […]

"They tell us that it is not our right to ride our bikes in the streets. We tell them that this is our right. Then we speed off."

Marjan Sidiqqi, Women’s National Cycling Team of Afghanistan (x) (x) (x) (x) 

Flash . Joan as Police Woman

Help me remember that I can’t forget
And paint me jet black
Paint me jet black


"Look how easy it is to say ‘There are more books by and about white people in the US and Canada because there are more white people in the US and Canada.’ It rolls off the tongue as if it were common sense. And the statistics support such a statement.
"This reality is a bit harder to swallow:  There are more white people in the US and Canada because the US and Canada were established using the systematic genocide of Native peoples, the theft of Native lands, and the labour of enslaved peoples in the past and immigrant peoples currently who were and are never meant to stay or survive.
"And now you’re uncomfortable. Good.
"When you accept and acknowledge that census figures reflect a long history of marginalization, it is preposterous to use these same figures as the benchmark to which you measure the inclusion of marginalized people.
"But Léonicka, you’re whining, why are you bringing up all this heavy shit! I thought we were talking about books?!
"The lack of diversity in literature and publishing in 2014 is a symptom and result of centuries of oppression. I will never discuss the former without referencing the latter."
—  Léonicka Valcius (x) (x) (x)

"Look how easy it is to say ‘There are more books by and about white people in the US and Canada because there are more white people in the US and Canada.’ It rolls off the tongue as if it were common sense. And the statistics support such a statement.

"This reality is a bit harder to swallow:  There are more white people in the US and Canada because the US and Canada were established using the systematic genocide of Native peoples, the theft of Native lands, and the labour of enslaved peoples in the past and immigrant peoples currently who were and are never meant to stay or survive.

"And now you’re uncomfortable. Good.

"When you accept and acknowledge that census figures reflect a long history of marginalization, it is preposterous to use these same figures as the benchmark to which you measure the inclusion of marginalized people.

"But Léonicka, you’re whining, why are you bringing up all this heavy shit! I thought we were talking about books?!

"The lack of diversity in literature and publishing in 2014 is a symptom and result of centuries of oppression. I will never discuss the former without referencing the latter."

—  Léonicka Valcius (x) (x) (x)

"Look in the mirror and say, ‘There is none other like you and for that reason alone you are beautiful.’"
— Miranda Hart

"Look in the mirror and say, ‘There is none other like you and for that reason alone you are beautiful.’"

Miranda Hart


"As my fellow patients went around the circle it all suddenly clicked. I realized why I never spoke about the rape, why I had refused to tell my school friends, why I had totally broken down, why I had steadily degenerated over the past few months. I was ashamed, and because of this shame I could not begin healing.
“‘Silence has the rusty taste of shame,’ a fellow survivor once wrote.
"I had been far too silent, far too ashamed.
"That night I told them everything.
"For the first time I told my story and I was not ashamed."
— Angie Epifano (x) (x) (x) (x)

"As my fellow patients went around the circle it all suddenly clicked. I realized why I never spoke about the rape, why I had refused to tell my school friends, why I had totally broken down, why I had steadily degenerated over the past few months. I was ashamed, and because of this shame I could not begin healing.

“‘Silence has the rusty taste of shame,’ a fellow survivor once wrote.

"I had been far too silent, far too ashamed.

"That night I told them everything.

"For the first time I told my story and I was not ashamed."

Angie Epifano (x) (x) (x) (x)

i completely understand your desire for geographic anonymity. good luck with your move and with your studies! with recent news about ebola, now does seem to be as good a time as any to go in to epidemiology and virology (upon further reflection, can't think of a time when communicable diseases WEREN'T a threat to humankind. so any time to study it, i suppose.) ALL THIS TO SAY: epi is awesome, i'm more interested in the public health side of things, but i love epi and stats all the same. Go you!

you’re so kind and if I could, I would hug you through the interwebs (assuming, of course, that you’re okay with that). thank you and go epi/stats/public health!

If you don't mind my asking -- what are you studying for your grad program, and where are you moving? I recently moved from NYC to Southern California, myself. Emma

not at all, i’m flattered someone else is interested! i’m studying epidemiology, specifically molecular epidemiology. i plan to apply this to infectious disease epidemiology (viruses are calling my name) with a global health perspective. since my last posting, i’ve moved to another state in the same geographic region. please pardon my vagueness, but i’m considering setting up a tumblr for my school, and i’d like to retain some (relative) anonymity for the time being. :) peace, sarah.

(that being said, i’m not saying my personal tumblr has more info, but i’m not saying it doesn’t…)

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