1. peaceisofus:

    It’s ok to miss them from time to time. Just remember why you left. Things that sometimes warm the heart can also poison the spirit. 

    (via alexandraelle)


  2. "Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is."
    — Marianne Williamson (via rabbitinthemoon)

    (via alexandraelle)

  3. shadesofblackness:

    Photography by the talented riki-tinoza
    Model: Tifeny Moreira Stylist: Melissa Zibi


  5. "The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine among those who never believed she could."
  6. TBT back in the days when we were stress free. I miss her!

  7. Carefree Black Boys & Girls 

    (Source: hellyeahcinema, via christel-thoughts)

  8. behind-the-book:

    High School Reading List

    Back in May, the #weneeddiversebooks campaign lit a fire to fulfill the desperate need for diverse books in children’s literature. Behind the Book has always championed efforts to find diverse authors and protagonists that will appeal to students since we serve communities of color. For your enjoyment (and enrichment), we’ve created an epic list of diverse books to reflect the diversity in our city; here’s our list for high school students.

    Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Drown by Junot Diaz

    Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

    The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

    Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

    The Living by Matt De La Peña, a Behind the Book author

    The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

    The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: a Novel by Nadia Hashimi

    Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis

    A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri

    The Book of Unknown Americans: a Novel by Cristina Henríquez

    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

    Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

    Naughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

    The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi

    For descriptions, click the read more!

    (Click the following links to be directed to the Kindergarten, (early) Elementary and Middle Grade lists)

    Read More

    (via lephreaux)


  9. "Feel inspired by your own existence."
    — Dae Lee (via raysofthesun)

    (Source: daeizm, via alexandraelle)

  10. zuky:

    Let’s talk about the racist notion, deeply embedded in US culture, of Asians as perpetual foreigners. Specifically, maybe you heard about this massive facepalm from US Congress just last week.

    At a congressional hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, July 24, 2014, Florida Republican Congressman Curt Clawson (above, left) addressed Nisha Biswal (right) and Arun Kumar, two US citizens and senior officials working for the US State Department and US Commerce Department, with these words:

    “I’m familiar with your country. I love your country. Anything I can do to make the relationship with India better, I’m willing and enthusiastic about doing so. Just as your capital is welcome here to produce good-paying jobs in the U.S., I’d like our capital to be welcome there. I ask cooperation and commitment and priority from your government in so doing.”

    Needless to say, Biswal and Kumar are Indian Americans who hold senior position within the US government, and were introduced as such at the hearing, but the Tea Party Congressman repeatedly spoke to them about India as “your country” and “your government”. An incredibly awkward silence was finally broken when Biswal said: “I think your question is to the Indian government.”

    (via bellhookedonyou)


  11. "Self-love is the foundation of our loving practice. Without it our other efforts to love fail. Giving ourselves love we provide our inner being with the opportunity to have the unconditional love we may have always longed to receive from someone else. We can give ourselves the unconditional love that is the grounding for sustained acceptance and affirmation. When we give this precious gift to ourselves, we are able to reach out to others from a place of fulfillment and not from a place of lack."
    — bell hooks, All About Love (via alexithymiadaily)

  12. "Genuine love is rarely an emotional space where needs are instantly gratified. To know love we have to invest time and commitment…’dreaming that love will save us, solve all our problems or provide a steady state of bliss or security only keeps us stuck in wishful fantasy, undermining the real power of the love — which is to transform us.’ Many people want love to function like a drug, giving them an immediate and sustained high. They want to do nothing, just passively receive the good feeling."
    — all about love, bell hooks (via amantesuntamentes)

  13. "In an ideal world we would all learn in childhood to love ourselves. We would grow, being secure in our worth and value, spreading love wherever we went, letting our light shine. If we did not learn self-love in our youth, there is still hope. The light of love is always in us, no matter how cold the flame. It is always present, waiting for the spark to ignite, waiting for the heart to awaken and call us back to the first memory of being the life force inside a dark place waiting to be born - waiting to see the light."
    — bell hooks, All About Love (via alexithymiadaily)

  14. "The wounded child inside many males is a boy who, when he first spoke his truths, was silenced by paternal sadism, by a patriarchal world that did not want him to claim his true feelings. The wounded child inside many females is a girl who was taught from early childhood that she must become something other than herself, deny her true feelings, in order to attract and please others. When men and women punish each other for truth telling, we reinforce the notion that lies are better. To be loving we willingly hear the other’s truth, and most important, we affirm the value of truth telling. Lies may make people feel better, but they do not help them to know love."
    — All About Love by bell hooks (via infinitebeckoning)

  15. "There is no special love exclusively reserved for romantic partners. Genuine love is the foundation of our engagement with ourselves, with family, with friends, with partners, with everyone we choose to love. While we will necessarily behave differently depending on the nature of a relationship , or have varying degrees of commitment, the values that inform our behavior, when rooted in a love ethic, are always the same for any interaction."

    bell hooks 

    All About Love 

    (via denisejollyspoken)