I am awake
My mind is free
I am creative
I love myself
My willpower is strong
I am brave
I practice patience
I don’t judge folks
I give, not to receive
I don’t expect
I listen more than I talk
I know I’ll change
I know you’ll change
I’ll hold on one more day
I start over when necessary
I create my own situations
I am cosmic
I don’t have the answers
I desire to learn
I am the plan
I am strong
I am weak
I want to grow
I know I will
I take on responsibility
I hide myself from no one
I’m on my path
Warriors walk alone
I won’t let my focus change
Taking out the demons in my range
That’s mama’s gun
By Erykah Badu - “The Warrior’s Reminder”, from the insert of the Mama’s Gun vinyl reissue. (via 35mm-revolutions)
I made the word “queer” a part of me
right around when I started college
during a time when
nothing really made sense
and I was looking for a place
to call home.
I know what it is.
It know it’s a word with
skeletons in it’s closet.
A word with a past.
Queer is a word with a body count.
And we took it back.
Because queer was a word they threw
along with their fists
when they wanted it to hurt.
And we smiled back,
bruised knuckles, split lips, "Come and take it."
Queer loved us
when our fathers looked through us
and talked about grandchildren
we didn’t know if we’d ever be able
Queer loved us when the law
said we didn’t have the right
to love each other.
Queer loved us when the townsfolk
were setting their fires
and sharpening their pitchforks.
I won’t ask for a show of hands.
I know it’s not safe for some of us.
But I’ll extend my hand to you.
I use this word to stand for love
after all the years it was used to hate.
I use it, because it saved me:
a word like heavy rainfall
on a crop dying of thirst.
I made the word queer a part of me
during a time when no other word
seemed to fit right,
and it’s still the warm hearth I come home to,
and if that’s not revolution,
I don’t know what is.
Because to me,
Because if queer can save
that lost little kid
then maybe there’s hope for the ones
who are let down by their parents,
beat up by their peers. I have to believe that this word can do better.
Because it’s been causing harm for too many years.
By THE “Q” WORD, by Ashe Vernon (via latenightcornerstore)
Photos of kids going to school in various parts of the world.
These pictures made me think so much. I feel like I’m going insane and dying of stress from going to school and working yet I live in one of the safest cities in the US… I feel like I shouldn’t complain. Ugh.
Sheryl Underwood revealed that back in the 1990s, she was up for a part on “The Queens of Comedy” tour, Walter Latham’s female spinoff of “The Kings of Comedy. “ But Underwood said before she had a chance to accept the role, she overheard three stars of the show talking smack about her on a conference call.
Underwood said urban comics Laura Hayes, Adele Givens and Sommore were trash talking her comedic abilities – and her appearance — without realizing she was on the line. Underwood later called show creator Walter Latham and told him she didn’t think the part would be the right fit for her. The comedian also said that she has worked with Hayes and Givens since the incident, but up until now, the three women did not know that she overheard the phone call.
i would have totally been petty and raggedy so i love her take on all this