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yaaaladin:

Janet Jackson | That’s the Way Love Goes

10 Random Facts about Me

i was tagged by Highplainsgrifter to say 10 facts about myself so here goes…

1. i have an allergy to milk. it developed maybe 3-4 years ago. and unlike lactose intolerance, which just has gas and bloating and maybe diarrhea following ingesting milk, my throat closes up and it feels like i’m having a heart attack. 

2. more on the topic of diet, i’m also a pescatarian. a lot of what i eat would be considered vegan, due to the milk allergy, but i don’t really like labels. i’ll eat wild meat on occasion if i know where it came from. but in general, i’m pretty health conscious. with the exception of a sweet tooth, a lot of what i eat would be considered “clean”. 

3. i have a lot of ties to the military. i was born on a military base, to a military family. my parents met in the military and i lived on the base until i was 5 and lived close by until i moved out on my own. my grandfather was in vietnam, my father was deployed to Bosnia during the Bosnia/Kosovo conflict, and my brother was stationed in Iraq. i, however, have been a staunch dissident to war and any other forms of U.S./colonial imperialism. this actually has not lead to that many conflicts in my family. 

4. i’ve been politically active since about middle school. i remember writing letters to my city and state representatives about the situation in Darfur and the Iraq war. they sent police to my house when i was in high school just to make sure i was a real person, and probably to send some fear to my family. i’ve also had my tires slashed when i lived in Florida. pretty sure it had something to do with my “AMERICAN IDIOT” bumper sticker that had George Bush’s face next to it. currently, though, i think i’ve changed strategies and don’t see protest and voting as my route to ending this system. 

5. for the last 2 summers, for about 2 months, i’ve lived in the Oyotunji African village - a village of traditional Yoruba spiritual practitioners and afrocentric individuals alike. i initially went as an anthropologist doing fieldwork, but this last summer was just because. 

6. i practice a traditional (West) African spirituality that i don’t particularly like to put a label on, but for clarification, it could be termed Vodun, Orisa devotion, or dealing with the Ifa divination system. i personally do not limit myself to the Yoruba traditions, but have used it somewhat of a introduction to many concepts. i’m open to all traditional African belief systems, but moreso focused in and around West Africa. more so on that, i’m a child of Oya - the goddess of death, transformations, change, tornadoes and other wind phenomenons. i have not been initiated as a full priestess as of yet, but it is a question of when at this point as opposed to if. 

7. i’ve only been in love with one person in my life. i met him at a Fela Kuti party about 5 years ago when i lived in nyc and we’ve been together in some form or another ever since. 

8. people are always shocked to know that i’m from Alabama. i suppose after the southern hip hop craze put the south on the map, everyone thinks we either sound like beverly hill billys or Pimp C or that monstrosity honey boo boo. which is bullshit. my mom is from Atlanta and my dad is from Birmingham, Alabama. and as far back as i have traced, both sides of my family have been in either Georgia or Alabama. and they don’t sound like fuckin Juvenile. and i have a belief that many of those rappers exaggerate accents in order to differentiate themselves from northern or west coast rappers. the south is where ive from, i have no qualms about it. but it isn’t where i would choose to live. and i hope to leave soon…

9. i move around a lot. or rather, i love to travel. when i left home around 20, i lived in Florida, then NYC (which i moved to just because i felt like it), then back to Alabama with a number of places in between. just this year alone, i’ve been to Texas, Cuba, NYC, and went on a road trip to Detroit, Philly, and Virginia. 

10. i’m in school getting a Master’s in the Gender and Race department of the University of Alabama. i have two Bachelor’s degrees - one in Anthropology and one in African American studies. my focus, however, is on African and African diaspora beliefs, religions, traditions, cultures, etc. and note that i only list the name of my school for clarity as opposed to any sense of pride that may be perceived by me stating it. my school is a blood-sucking, racist corporation where they value football over education that i only attend because i get in-state tuition. 

(Source: johnnyrubadub, via highplainsgrifter)

jcoleknowsbest:

neoamericana:

nezua:

asustainablefuture:

A Selk’nam couple with their baby, on a ship en route to be exhibited in Europe as “wildmen”. The Selk’nam people are an indigenous tribe in the Patagonian region of Southern Argentina and Chile. Both appear to have slight damage on their ankles from cruel, probably iron, restraints. 
The fear and confusion on their face is haunting. For people who had lived a simple hunting and gathering lifestyle, with little European interaction, the rest of their lives must’ve seemed like a surreal nightmare. 

jcoleknowsbest:

neoamericana:

nezua:

asustainablefuture:

A Selk’nam couple with their baby, on a ship en route to be exhibited in Europe as “wildmen”. The Selk’nam people are an indigenous tribe in the Patagonian region of Southern Argentina and Chile. Both appear to have slight damage on their ankles from cruel, probably iron, restraints.

The fear and confusion on their face is haunting. For people who had lived a simple hunting and gathering lifestyle, with little European interaction, the rest of their lives must’ve seemed like a surreal nightmare. 

(via palmares-politics)

passaxpassa:

Kerry James Marshall | When Frustration Threatens Desire, 1990.
~ The title of that painting is a quote from Paul Garon’s book, Blues and the Poetic Spirit: “Magic is evoked when frustration threatens desire.” It’s talking about the moments when voodoo and things like that are employed as devices to win over somebody, somebody that you usually want but can’t get. ~
From a conversation with Calvin Read @ BOMB Magazine

passaxpassa:

Kerry James Marshall | When Frustration Threatens Desire, 1990.

The title of that painting is a quote from Paul Garon’s book, Blues and the Poetic Spirit: “Magic is evoked when frustration threatens desire.” It’s talking about the moments when voodoo and things like that are employed as devices to win over somebody, somebody that you usually want but can’t get. ~

From a conversation with Calvin Read @ BOMB Magazine

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