citizen-earth:

Decolonization Day 2014

Houston, Texas

(photos by Elizabeth Brossa)

ezibota:

Meet Sumaya | Author of our new column "Written Words Can Also Sing." 
Sumaya Ugas is a daughter of the Horn; a second generation Somali, born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She is currently an undergraduate student at McGill University majoring in International Development and Political Sciences, also studying towards a minor in African Studies. She sees herself as a published author and university teacher in the near future and aspires to eventually relocate to East Africa. A lover of words, she is constantly carrying a novel (or three) and writing. She is also very adamant about learning as many languages as possible: she speaks four (Somali, English, French, and very basic Arabic) and is currently learning two more (Swahili and Spanish). She is also working on a collection of short pieces of fiction.
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ezibota:

Meet Sumaya | Author of our new column "Written Words Can Also Sing." 

Sumaya Ugas is a daughter of the Horn; a second generation Somali, born and raised in Montreal, Canada. She is currently an undergraduate student at McGill University majoring in International Development and Political Sciences, also studying towards a minor in African Studies. She sees herself as a published author and university teacher in the near future and aspires to eventually relocate to East Africa. A lover of words, she is constantly carrying a novel (or three) and writing. She is also very adamant about learning as many languages as possible: she speaks four (Somali, English, French, and very basic Arabic) and is currently learning two more (Swahili and Spanish). She is also working on a collection of short pieces of fiction.

Learn more about Sumaya and her new column on Ezibota.com

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alexandraelle:

stretch marks and all. sometimes I love them and other times it’s hard to. however, they are mine and deeply rooted.

alexandraelle:

stretch marks and all. sometimes I love them and other times it’s hard to. however, they are mine and deeply rooted.

shmurdapunk:

justice4mikebrown:

Mike Brown was murdered 64 days ago

This is something school lessons really downplay.

I legit thought it only lasted a week or two and was shocked when I learned otherwise.

(Source: lastrealindians)

She removes her wig, her eyelashes, her makeup, never breaking eye contact with the reflection of her natural self. It’s an intimate, powerful moment television doesn’t often show: A black woman removing all the elements white supremacy tells her she has to wear to be beautiful, successful, powerful. And let’s not forget that that wasn’t just Annalise taking it off: It was Davis, too—Davis, who remains brave in a world where a New York Times critic can get away with calling her ‘less classically beautiful.’x

(Source: fistoffight)

In Purbalingga, central Java, numerous small workshops represent the first step in a global supply chain. Almost all workers are women, all of them scraping a living by measuring and cutting artificial hair to the requisite size for false eyelashes, and then knitting them onto a thin plastic thread. The job requires intense concentration, often leaving workers with sore eyes and backs. Their financial remuneration for such monotonous work is about $0.04 per pair, sometimes lower. By the time the product reaches Western consumers, the price they pay has often reached $10 a pair – a mark-up of 2,400%.

(Source: southeastasianists)

owning-my-truth:

dee-dubble-yoo:

owning-my-truth:

More than 4,000 Africans have died from Ebola and the crisis is continuing to escalate, grow and spiral out of control, displacing tens of thousands, killing entire families and instilling fear into the day to day lives of millions of people in West Africa and all white people care about is their fucking chocolate. Fuck Bill Tomson (@BillTomson4 on Twitter), white liberals and Politico (@Politico on Twitter) for this disgusting, racist trash.

Ummm but y’all know most of that chocolate being produced along the Ivory Coast (which is where we get most of our chocolate)… The cocoa beans are farmed by slaves and children, right?

So not only is there a tragedy on top of tragedy for the people there… But it’s disgusting people are not mad that a painful death is striking down the children, as long as slaves can continue to harvest cocoa beans so they can have their blood chocolate.

Yes, darthnickles also provided a great resource documenting all of the child slave labor used in the cocoa industry. An excerpt from the article:

Some children end up on the cocoa farms because they need work and traffickers tell them that the job pays well. Other children are “sold” to traffickers or farm owners by their own relatives, who are unaware of the dangerous work environment and the lack of any provisions for an education. Often, traffickers abduct the young children from small villages in neighboring African countries, such as Burkina Faso and Mali,two of the poorest countries in the world. Once they have been taken to the cocoa farms, the children may not see their families for years, if ever.

Most of the children laboring on cocoa farms are between the ages of 12 and 16,but reporters have found children as young as 5. In addition, 40% of these children are girls, and some stay for a few months, while others end up working on the cocoa farms through adulthood.[…]

Approximately 1.8 million children in the Ivory Coast and Ghana may be exposed to the worst forms of child labor on cocoa farms.

This makes this Politico article all the more disgusting.