Perhaps poetry is the silence that lies in between us last night.

My Dad's response to his white co-workers making fun of his accent
  • White Co-Worker:That's not how you say it.
  • My Dad:But you knew what I meant so why do you have to make a big deal out of it.
  • White Co-Worker:Aww come on man, it's funny, lighten up will yah Nestor?
  • My Dad:You know I speak 5 languages, right? How many can you speak?
  • White Co-Worker:Just English
  • My Dad:Tell me something. What does a cow say?
  • White Co-Worker:Moo?
  • My Dad:That's right, the cows in my country say that too. You know why? They can only speak one language *walks away*
Own your narratives because it is important to tell stories of your people without painting them as caricatures, without showing them as pitiful beings. Do not write about your people with some patronizing tone. So, own your narrative. Forget how others might use their westernization to critic your culture, do not let that dissuade you from writing passionately about your people. Write your diverse stories.
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Rapsody,female supremacy


New photo from Gaza today looks like actual hell on earth.



Remember #BringBackOurGirls? This Is What Has Happened In The 5 Months Since
On the night of April 14, 2014, hundreds of schoolgirls at the Chibok boarding school in northeastern Nigeria awoke to the sound of gunfire. They saw men in camouflage approaching and thought soldiers were coming to save them from a militant attack, according to survivors’ accounts.

You have been praying to the wrong kind of color.

colonization of the gods

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Don’t break a writer’s heart and think ink won’t spill.
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This is really fucking powerful.


Unlike the beautiful 6-year old Jonbenett Ramsey who received coverage all over the media - every tabloid, newspaper, news channel, talk show, 7-year old Aiyana Stanley was killed by a police officer during a raid while she was sleep and her murder received very little coverage.
Police, searching for a murder suspect, threw a flash grenade through the window of her family’s apartment around midnight. According to Aiyana’s father, it landed on the couch, setting Aiyana on fire. A police officer’s gun then went off, and shot Aiyana in the neck.
Aiyana was asleep on the living room sofa in her family’s apartment when Detroit police, searching for a homicide suspect, burst in and an officer’s gun went off, fatally striking the girl in the neck, family members said.
Her father, 25-year-old Charles Jones, told The Detroit News he had just gone to bed early Sunday after covering his daughter with her favorite blanket when he heard a flash grenade followed by a gunshot. When he rushed into the living room, he said, police forced him to lie on the ground, with his face in his daughter’s blood.
“I’ll never be the same. That’s my only daughter,” Jones told.
We haven’t forgotten about you baby. R.I.P.

Good lord