sarah • 25 • usa

i adore quotes.

Electric Lady . Janelle Monae

youngavengersmusic:

She can fly you straight to the moon or to the ghettos
Wearing tennis shoes or in flats or in stilettos
Illuminating all that she touches, eye on the sparrow
A modern day Joan of her Arc or Mia Farrow
Classy, sassy, put you in a razzle-dazzy


[responding to the claim that “race films are made for liberal white filmgoers because they’ll end up feeling guilty and that’s really the purpose of them.”]
"I don’t make films for white people."
—  Steve McQueen, CBE (x) (x)

[responding to the claim that “race films are made for liberal white filmgoers because they’ll end up feeling guilty and that’s really the purpose of them.”]

"I don’t make films for white people."

—  Steve McQueen, CBE (x) (x)


“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are. […]
"Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes."
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, M.A. (x) (x) (x) 

“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are. […]

"Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes."

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, M.A. (x) (x) (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) 

"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)
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