Visuals by BIKO
I have to thank God for opportunities. Whether I see them to be big or small, they are mine & I really don’t have to receive them. I don’t deserve the grace man. But I’m so grateful that He sees in me what I sometimes fail to see in myself. I’m glad He can motivate me when I don’t have the strength to do it myself.
If no one told y’all today, I’m proud of you. No matter how little you think your progress is. I’m proud of you for continuing to push. Don’t give up. Small things matter just like the big things. Big things wouldn’t be big if they weren’t small first anyway. You’ve got this.
Sending you peace & love & encouragement today. Hope you receive it.
After the shoot … 😚
Style has a profound meaning to Black Americans. If we can’t drive, we will invent walks and the world will envy the dexterity of our feet. If we can’t have ham, we will boil chitterlings; if we are given rotten peaches, we will make cobblers; if given scraps, we will make quilts; take away our drums, and we will clap our hands. We prove the human spirit will prevail. We will take what we have to make what we need. We need confidence in our knowledge of who we are.
File this under facts on facts.
This makes me think of a beautiful post that I mentioned in one of my Read This Week features; a post by @HarrietThugman about Black people of other cultural backgrounds who diminish Black American culture, and shouldn’t….for it is so rich.
My cultural heritage involves a mixture of my love for some things specific to Jamaican culture (because of my background, being raised in a Jamaican family by Jamaican parents, but being raised in America and actually born in America) and some things specific to being an American Black (I love how Nikki says Black is the NOUN and American is the adjective), and some things that seems to connect Black people despite where in the diaspora we are.
U know how in winter it gets so cold and u think u will never be hot again and in summer it gets so hot u think u will never be cold again I think that is how it is with ur feelings like when u r sad u think u will never be happy and when u r happy u think u will never be sad. But u will be hot again and u will be cold again and u will be sad again but most of all u will be happy again
2. I have no idea what I would name my future kids bc I don’t really think about my future kids lol :/ sorry.
13. Right now I feel.. Chill. Lol that’s the best way to describe that.
27. Things I hate: being used/taken advantage of, being misunderstood, being belittled or talked down to, being disrespected, sloppy sandwiches/burritos/tacos (basically I hate when I can’t eat my shit without stuff falling out, it literally grinds my gears), and feelings of uncertainty.
4. I’m looking forward to people reading my writing and being inspired.
7. My life last year was rocky. I was starting my last year of college, and I was in an on/off relationship with a guy who was giving me the run around. It was tough. The best way to sum it up is: “Thank God I’m not where I used to be.”
10. I SUCK at hiding my feelings lol.
Today was actually much better than yesterday. I got a call about a job interview for tomorrow, I’m going out with my friends tonight, and I was able to get the majority of my writing assignments done. I’m in a nice, chill mood so yeah.. Today was nice. You real for checkin in man. I appreciate you !
Officer: ‘Put your hands on your head. Right here. Come on back.’
Barbour: ‘What is wrong? My kids!’
Officer: ‘How old are they?’
Barbour: ‘They’re six and eight and ten, nine. What are we doing?’
Officer: ‘Hold on a second, okay?’
Barbour: ‘What is going on? Oh my God, you will terrify my children.’
Officer: ‘We got a complaint of a vehicle matching your description and your license plate, waving a gun out the window.’ (Description: Tan Vehicle - Barbour’s vehichle color: Burgundy)
Officer 1: ‘Do they look young to you?’
Officer 2: ‘They do to me.’
Officer 1: ‘Huh?’
Officer 2: ‘They do to me.’
Officer 1: ‘Yep, they’re young.’
Officer 1: [To other officers] ‘Gun down, gun down, gun down.’
Officer 1: [As the child exits the vehicle] ‘Come on back here, son. Come on back here, you’re alright.’
Officer: ‘Y’all okay?’
Child: ‘I’m scared.’
Officer: ‘It’s okay.’
Child: ‘Are we going to jail?’
Officer: ‘No. No one is going to jail.’
Child: [Scream, crying]
Officer: ‘Hey, stop crying. It’s okay. It’s okay. Everything’s fine now.
No officer, everything is NOT fine now. You and your partners should be fired.
"Do they look young to you?"
"I can’t tell if these are Dangerous Criminal Thug (TM) ages yet"
lack of empathy and sympathy will devour any potential for peace
who is this gorgeous woman ???????????????