If you’re struggling, Breathe. It’s just a bad day, not a bad life. The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don’t give up.
"As a queer person of color, my mere existence is an act of rebellion. To have the audacity to take ownership of my body, my gender expression, and whom I choose to love and share my energy with is to declare war. To demand to be treated the way I want to be treated is to declare war against a society that does not want me.
My community, my comrades in war, is the difference between life and death. This community can only be found in our hearts, our fury, our art, our words to each other, and our love for one another.
Admittedly, the process of finding community is not an easy journey. I do not mean to suggest that, but the alternative is not any easier."
A Single Thread Wrapped Around Thousands of Nails by Kumi Yamashita
Kumi Yamashita , whose mind-blowing shadow artworks have been featured before, uses a single, unbroken thread wrapped around thousands of nails to create stunning portraits of women and men.
In the ongoing series entitled Constellation (a nod to the Greek tradition of tracing mythical figures in the sky), the Japanese artist (living and working in New York) uses three simple materials to produce these otherworldly works of art.
"In the recent report, Race, Gender and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Expanding Our Discussion to Include Black Girls, I discuss how Black girls are disproportionately affected by punitive, zero-tolerance policies that push marginalized children out of school and toward an increased likelihood of dropout, unemployment, and incarceration. In this report, I also discuss how the “pipeline” framework, which was largely developed from the conditions and experiences of males, may limit our ability to see the ways in which Black girls are affected by instruments of surveillance (i.e., zero-tolerance policies, law enforcement in schools, metal detectors, etc.). I argue that by only emphasizing the conditions of the boys, we have effectively rendered the girls invisible in the public examination of “school-to-prison” pathways; we have prevented ourselves from properly understanding or articulating the tricky trajectory toward prison for Black girls."
sikhi & the royal crown : the dastaar
this is our pulse : young sikh women proudly living & thriving, with their sikhi loudly displayed on their head & body . kundan paaras celebrates the sikh armour & sikh women in all their righteousness . from the hair on your body, to the dastaar on your head, wear your identity with pride sistas & remember : you were born a queen .
The mountain told us to take up arms so we would have a voice.
It told us to cover our faces so we would have a face.
It told us to forget our names so we could be named.
It told us to protect our past so we would have a future.
In the mountains, the dead live: our dead.
— The Indigenous Clandestine Revolutionary Committee
General Command Of The Zapatista National Liberation Army
Hair Inspired by the opening of #Beyonce’s #Partition video. #I wokeuplikethis. #outoffocus #oitnb #girlslikeus