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1956- Gordon Parks documented the everyday lives of an extended black family living in rural Alabama under Jim Crow segregation for Life magazine’s photo-essay “The Restraints: Open and Hidden.” (via)

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a definition



noun: independence
the fact or state of being independent.

"Argentina gained independence from Spain in 1816"

synonyms: self-government, self-rule, home rule, self-legislation, self-determination, sovereignty, autonomy, non-alignment, freedom, liberty etc.
antonyms: dependence, subservience

One month and one day left until the vote.

August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.

—Sylvia Plath (via rosalafae)

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These photos were all taken by art historian and curator Esther Schruder at TEFAF 2013, The European Fine Art Fair, considered the largest and most important showcase of historical works of art currently on sale.

In accordance with my second Patreon milestone goal, I’m sending written requests for more information about these artworks, such as artist, date, geographical origin, et cetera.

Esther Schruder is a researcher and curator based in Amsterdam who contributed to volumes of The Image of the Black in Western Art, as well as being responsible for the exhibition Black is Beautiful: Rubens to Dumas.

I know that I would like to know more about all of these artworks and the people depicted in them, and I hope you do, too.


Been talking #indyref with No voters, the undecided and Yes voters alike this last week. Not long to go. #100dayshappy #33 (days to go)


Been talking #indyref with No voters, the undecided and Yes voters alike this last week. Not long to go. #100dayshappy #33 (days to go)

An Advocate Speaks: Why Disability Justice is Important for Food Justice


Simpson defined food justice as everyone’s right to afford and easily access culturally appropriate and nutritious food. Although some people can choose to buy local, organic foods, not everyone has the ability to access them. Though food justice advocates frequently observe that food insecurity disproportionately affects low-income people of color, advocacy around food justice for people with disabilities is not a prevalent part of the food justice discourse. It is important to note that these communities are not separate; a disabled person may also be a person of color and/or low income. To create an inclusive society, we must ask the following question: How can the food justice movement attain justice with society’s narrow view of health and how bodies should operate?

“Disability justice is everybody’s movement, a movement meant to combat systemic oppression,” Simpson said. “This makes it a human rights movement.”


These tweets (and one retweet) are from my friend Ryan, a journalist who has been on the ground in Ferguson for the past few days. (His Twitter account is here, and it’s a great source of updates on the situation there   [x]).

I just wanted to remind everybody that while spreading word about Michael Brown’s unjust murder and the horrifying events of the night of August 14, 2014, please do not oversimplify or ignore the complexities of the situation.

Some journalists in the town have been doing what journalists do: focusing on all the negative aspects about the community to try and make it look like a hell-hole in order to sell their own pictures and stories, and basically all many of them want to do is further their own careers. But focusing on all that negativity only paints the picture of one side of the story, ignoring a lot of other important things going on there.

Please do not fall prey to the media’s game. Anger at the actions of the police in Ferguson is totally justified, but in the midst of that we cannot allow the people who are living with the situation every day to be dehumanized. Despite all this tragedy and chaos going on around them, they’re still a community and in many ways they’re pulling through all of it together. They want peace. Anyone looting or burning things down is a very small portion of the community. The whole story is so much bigger.

A story doesn’t need tear gas to be interesting. We need to hear every side of this story, not just the horrific parts.

TL:DR: please don’t fall prey to media attempts to dehumanize and oversimplify the situation in ferguson!!

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Our Earth is peppered with some 20,000 tons of stardust a year. Scanned from Wonderland of Science. 1930s.


Our Earth is peppered with some 20,000 tons of stardust a year. Scanned from Wonderland of Science. 1930s.

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