sugar&smoke

Ask me anything   queer black Southern girl. scorpio. healer of others. destroyer of self.

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An elderly man just tipped his hat to me and gave me a deferential smile. He prolly never seen anything like me in his life, poor thing lol. When I take the time to put together an ensemble, it’s a public service. When I treat these streets like a catwalk, it’s out of love for myself but also for anyone whose day may be brightened by seeing something strange and lovely. And sometimes with pity for the small-minded people who mean-mug me for being black and bald and bold and beautiful.

— 13 minutes ago with 2 notes
#me 
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Most men never think about patriarchy—what it means, how it is created and sustained. Many men in our nation would not be able to spell the word or pronounce it correctly. The word “patriarchy” just is not a part of their normal everyday thought or speech. Men who have heard and know the word usually associate it with women’s liberation, with feminism, and therefore dismiss it as irrelevant to their own experiences. I have been standing at podiums talking about patriarchy for more than thirty years. It is a word I use daily, and men who hear me use it often ask me what I mean by it.

Nothing discounts the old antifeminist projection of men as all-powerful more than their basic ignorance of a major facet of the political system that shapes and informs male identity and sense of self from birth until death.

"
bell hooks, “Understanding Patriachy” (via heteroglossia)

(via quickbane)

— 27 minutes ago with 5688 notes
#patriarchy 
kingjaffejoffer:

clarknokent:

kennygreatness:

When she says “close my door”

When she says “come to bed”

When Krispy Kreme got the hot donuts

kingjaffejoffer:

clarknokent:

kennygreatness:

When she says “close my door”

When she says “come to bed”

When Krispy Kreme got the hot donuts

(Source: newyxrkbadbxy, via muzungus)

— 56 minutes ago with 15146 notes

"First of all, as a student of culture and popular culture and the impact that it has on us all, I know this to be true: Seeing yourself represented in the popular culture is really critical in terms of forming your own self image.
I’m old enough to have been around before seeing black people represented in the popular culture in diverse ways. When I was a kid, it was a big deal to see a black person on television. So that’s why it was important in a science fiction thing — in Star Trek — it was huge. I read a lot of science fiction books as a kid. As a kid of science fiction, Star Trek was important to me and seeing a person of color in a command position was hugely important to me.”
— LeVar Burton

"First of all, as a student of culture and popular culture and the impact that it has on us all, I know this to be true: Seeing yourself represented in the popular culture is really critical in terms of forming your own self image.

I’m old enough to have been around before seeing black people represented in the popular culture in diverse ways. When I was a kid, it was a big deal to see a black person on television. So that’s why it was important in a science fiction thing — in Star Trek — it was huge. I read a lot of science fiction books as a kid. As a kid of science fiction, Star Trek was important to me and seeing a person of color in a command position was hugely important to me.”

— LeVar Burton

(Source: Los Angeles Times, via monochromeonsienna)

— 1 hour ago with 9 notes
#levar burton  #representation matters  #star trek 
234 Female Students Went Missing in Nigeria, and the Media Has Barely Covered It →

234 schoolgirls in Nigeria, ages 16 to 18, were abducted two days before the South Korean shipwreck. Armed men broke into a school in the northeastern city of Chibok, shot the guards and took the girls away while they were taking a physics exam. The attack has been linked to Boko Haram, a jihadist affiliate of al-Qaida.

So why haven’t we heard about it? Simply put, because the world has very different views on South Korea and Nigeria. One is among the richest countries in the world and a powerful Western ally with a high quality of life and strong international presence. The other is in Africa, where, you know, these things happen all the time — or so we’re led to believe.

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(Source: policymic, via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

— 1 hour ago with 858 notes
#black girls matter 


"We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another, unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, of fix us in the present. We are made of layers, cells, constellations."
— Anaïs Nin

"We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another, unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, of fix us in the present. We are made of layers, cells, constellations."

— Anaïs Nin

(Source: monochromeonsienna)

— 2 hours ago with 36 notes
#anais nin  #growth 

"We don’t have mistakes here, we just have happy accidents."
— Bob Ross

"We don’t have mistakes here, we just have happy accidents."

Bob Ross

(Source: monochromeonsienna)

— 2 hours ago with 4 notes
#mine are rarely happy but ok  #bob ross  #happy accidents  #mistakes 


"I’m not gonna sit around and waste my precious divine energy trying to explain and be ashamed of things you think are wrong with me.”
— Esperanza Spalding

"I’m not gonna sit around and waste my precious divine energy trying to explain and be ashamed of things you think are wrong with me.”

— Esperanza Spalding

(Source: monochromeonsienna)

— 2 hours ago with 34 notes
#v important 

"If I were not a woman, or African-American, or have people in my life that have not been directly discriminated against, then I would not feel a social responsibility. When you love and care about people and you see young people dying, it’s impossible to ignore. Let me be clear: When I speak of androids, I am speaking of the new form of the ‘other.’ You can parallel that to people who are gay or lesbian, those whose skin is considered too dark; women still are not receiving equal rights. I write music that fights against self-hate. It is about loving yourself even if it makes others uncomfortable."
— Janelle Monáe (x)

"If I were not a woman, or African-American, or have people in my life that have not been directly discriminated against, then I would not feel a social responsibility. When you love and care about people and you see young people dying, it’s impossible to ignore. Let me be clear: When I speak of androids, I am speaking of the new form of the ‘other.’ You can parallel that to people who are gay or lesbian, those whose skin is considered too dark; women still are not receiving equal rights. I write music that fights against self-hate. It is about loving yourself even if it makes others uncomfortable."

— Janelle Monáe (x)

(Source: monochromeonsienna)

— 2 hours ago with 290 notes
#janelle monae 


"You were born to run. Maybe not that fast, maybe not that far, maybe not as efficiently as others. But to get up and move, to fire up that entire energy-producing, oxygen-delivering, bone-strengthening process we call running."
— Florence Griffith-Joyner

"You were born to run. Maybe not that fast, maybe not that far, maybe not as efficiently as others. But to get up and move, to fire up that entire energy-producing, oxygen-delivering, bone-strengthening process we call running."

Florence Griffith-Joyner

(Source: monochromeonsienna)

— 3 hours ago with 166 notes
#i dunno  #i only have 3 speeds  #sashay  #saunter  #stomp  #inspo  #florence griffith joyner 

"I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you."— Frida Kahlo

"I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you."

Frida Kahlo

(Source: monochromeonsienna)

— 3 hours ago with 28 notes
#frida kahlo 

"I think it’s funny, Mr. Kobach, because when you mention illegal immigrants, I think of all of you."
— Ponka-We Victors, M.P.A. (x)

"I think it’s funny, Mr. Kobach, because when you mention illegal immigrants, I think of all of you."

Ponka-We Victors, M.P.A. (x)

(Source: monochromeonsienna)

— 3 hours ago with 14 notes

"Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as an escape."
— bell hooks

"Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as an escape."

— bell hooks

(Source: monochromeonsienna)

— 3 hours ago with 23 notes
#bell hooks  #love  #solitude