My parents raised me in a predominantly white suburb of a black city, but it was the Latin culture that taught me. My first words, my mother’s food, my grandma’s counsel, my grandpa’s stories, my father’s song, my manipulative manners, my sister’s eyes, our irreverent whispers in church, the old man that gave me candy, the young man called Piraña, who had very large teeth who showed up every 4 months- stayed for a couple hours and left everyone in the house screaming with laughter. All these things… were so very Latin.
I also grew up enveloped in black. Growing up so close to Washington D.C., it was inevitable. From my best friends to my favorite songs; from first loves to lost ones. These things that encircled me from my baby face to my awkward age and carried me to adulthood were the standard for me - a Latina growing up in a white suburb of a black city that did not know she was anything else but Latin.
3 years ago I found out that my great-great grandfather was black. My grandfather was brown, tall and slender with light blue eyes. His grandfather was an African man that came to Colombia and stayed for a while. Somehow this heritage was hidden underneath the shades between white and black. It got pushed more towards white and less towards black, until lines blurred and although I am Latina, I am covered in white. Just like my suburb, just like my face, I am not what is exposed.
Puerto Rico is an island made up of a vast hybridity of people including: African, Arab, Native In- dian, and European. This island also happens to be the capital of the world for Albinism. There are layers upon layers that make up how alibinism manifests physically, inside and out. Albinism is not just white on this island, its black too. There are people who have the condition of albinism, but do not display the physical characteristics commonly known of a person with albinism. They have normal pigmentation, dark eyes and hair. They are black, white and everything in be- tween, and they are all people with albinisim.
The blackest person with the condition is still white, and the whitest person with albinism is still black. Because of the genetics of the people that make up this place, everyone is black, but not everyone is white. One word cannot embrace the whole of my identity. My make up lies in a million things that cover me and when unveiled are clear as black. (via)
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Pearl Cleage, from her new memoir:
"I don’t want to feel crazy and unhappy.
I want to be writing
I want to be by myself and be clearheaded and strong and beautiful.
I want to make myself as perfect as I can be.
I want to make myself as wondrous as I can be.
I want to be free.”
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“Feedback is great for telling you what you did wrong. It’s terrible at telling you what you should do next.”
carefree black girls
quiet black girls
hood black girls
headbanger black girls
shy black girls
fearless black girls
hotheaded black girls
stubborn black girls
spiritual black girls
introverted black girls
independent black girls
slutty black girls
asexual black girls
hyper-feminine black girls
potty-mouthed black girls
bald black girls
cute black girls
squeaky voiced black girls
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“never apologize for how you feel. no one can control how they feel. the sun doesn’t apologize for being the sun. the rain doesn’t say sorry for falling. feelings just are.”
“Space. The final frontier. These are the enterprises of the Starship Voyager. Her 75 year mission, to figure out how to get the fuck back home, to explore strange worlds that are in no databanks anywhere because it’s in the Delta Fucking Quadrant, to seek out even more people in extensive makeup and odd clothes and weirdass villains you probably won’t remember except those sketchass giant grasshoppers. To boldly go where LITERALLY no one in Starfleet has gone before.”
It’s easy to see it on the simplistic terms of ‘Broomhilda has no power and Olivia’s totally empowered,’ right? You see them on these opposite ends of the spectrum of history in terms of slavery. But they’re both such strong women in different ways and in some ways, here Olivia Pope is, a woman who cannot get her personal life together and is in violation of the institution of marriage. And here is Broomhilda who lives in a time when black people can’t even legally be married, and she so believes in the sacred institution of marriage that she is waiting and believing in her love and in her humanity and her husband’s humanity and in their relationship that she waits for him and she longs for him and she believes in that. So it’s not as easy as it looks on the outside, it’s also like in some ways Broomhilda is much stronger than Olivia when it comes to interpersonal, loving relationship. - Kerry Washington [x]
Bob Baker basically tells us what I have been saying for years now (and lately been neglecting, feeling the consequences of not doing so much) that which is the most gold-platted, successful, daily application we can all partake in: no matter where you are, what you are doing, who you are with, your situation, your status, etc. — if you have an idea, a to-do list, a random phrase, a quote that strikes you, an image that comes into your head, a dream you had last night, a word you rather fancy or wish to look up later, on and on… WRITE. IT. DOWN. The quicker you do so, the better.
Trust me on this. So, much gets done when it is written down and taken note. It immediately becomes cognizant: it can be taken seriously and not be limited to some ephemeral, nebulous notion in one’s head. Writing things down makes them tangible, at least for me. It’s essential to helping me understand even the most complex of ideas or situations. I often write down my thoughts, even if they are jumbled, so that I can refer to them later. I cannot tell you have many notebooks I have accumulated over the years, filled with ideas, phrases, quotes, notes, etc, since I was an undergraduate, that I refer to to this day, and look forward to referencing in the future — not simply for ideas, but for posterity, for education, all of it.