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J. California Cooper dies at 82; a voice for struggles of black women

searchingforsafespaces:

this is important. this woman’s work was so influential to me and so many other black women writers. the simplicity of her work, her honesty, her ability to capture the voices of the voiceless. she was an incredible artist. she will be missed, but her legacy will never die. 

rest in power. 

pretty-period:

"I’m glad that Shonda Rhimes saw me and said “Why not?” That’s what makes her a visionary. That’s what makes her iconic. I think that beauty is subjective. I’ve heard that statement [less classically beautiful] my entire life. Being a dark-skinned black woman, you heard it from the womb. And “classically not beautiful” is a fancy term for saying ugly. And denouncing you. And erasing you. Now … it worked when I was younger. It no longer works for me now. It’s about teaching a culture how to treat you. Because at the end of the day, you define you."
PERIOD!
Viola Davis Photo Credit: Derek Blanks


Ms. Davis is so gorgeous View high resolution

pretty-period:

"I’m glad that Shonda Rhimes saw me and said “Why not?” That’s what makes her a visionary. That’s what makes her iconic. I think that beauty is subjective. I’ve heard that statement [less classically beautiful] my entire life. Being a dark-skinned black woman, you heard it from the womb. And “classically not beautiful” is a fancy term for saying ugly. And denouncing you. And erasing you. Now … it worked when I was younger. It no longer works for me now. It’s about teaching a culture how to treat you. Because at the end of the day, you define you."

PERIOD!

Viola Davis
Photo Credit: Derek Blanks

Ms. Davis is so gorgeous

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pretty-period:

"I’m glad that Shonda Rhimes saw me and said “Why not?” That’s what makes her a visionary. That’s what makes her iconic. I think that beauty is subjective. I’ve heard that statement [less classically beautiful] my entire life. Being a dark-skinned black woman, you heard it from the womb. And “classically not beautiful” is a fancy term for saying ugly. And denouncing you. And erasing you. Now … it worked when I was younger. It no longer works for me now. It’s about teaching a culture how to treat you. Because at the end of the day, you define you."
PERIOD!
Viola Davis Photo Credit: Derek Blanks
View high resolution

pretty-period:

"I’m glad that Shonda Rhimes saw me and said “Why not?” That’s what makes her a visionary. That’s what makes her iconic. I think that beauty is subjective. I’ve heard that statement [less classically beautiful] my entire life. Being a dark-skinned black woman, you heard it from the womb. And “classically not beautiful” is a fancy term for saying ugly. And denouncing you. And erasing you. Now … it worked when I was younger. It no longer works for me now. It’s about teaching a culture how to treat you. Because at the end of the day, you define you."

PERIOD!

Viola Davis
Photo Credit: Derek Blanks

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crossdamon:

2pathsdiverged:

Is this that zora Neal Hurston

this was tv movie adaptation that Oprah did of the book Their Eyes Where Watching God one of Zora Neale Hurston’s most well known works

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lati-negros:

iwriteaboutfeminism:

Today, Ferguson is prepared to “keep it moving.”

September 28th

In face of the ordinance that mandated protestors not stand still while protesting, the community rode bikes #BlackBrilliance

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startwithsunset:

Career of Sin - artwork by Lou Marchetti  (1920–1992) View high resolution

startwithsunset:

Career of Sin - artwork by Lou Marchetti  (1920–1992)

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nikiasunchld:

Obsessed because no one can touch your intelligence. 🌞🌝🌍

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