incandescent--soul asked:

Hi Marina, so I read about the whole Latinos being on Darren Wilson's side and it truly disgusts me hearing about it, seeing that I am Mexican and I believe POC should be more empathetic to each other's struggles. But as to why there is anti sentiment goes all the way back to colonial times when it was put into the indigenous and mestizos heads that the social order went as follows: peninsulares (from Spain), Creoles (of pure Spanish decent), mestizos (Spanish/Indigenous),


hiddenforestsofromance asked:

Hey Hun! i stumbled upon your blog and its glory! i thought it was very interesting that i am a Capricorn as well and of Cajun decent (mixed French and Spanish and Scottish) and most of most older family, like my great grandmothers immediate family, spoke Cajun french fluently.) may i ask if you are from Louisiana? because that's where im from ^-^ and its where most creoles and cajuns are lol

Thank you darling. c: I was actually born in Louisiana, and a third of my family lives there, but my immediate family has always lived in the midwest, so I was brought here as an infant.  I feel like I’m missing out on so much. ;~;

This need greater couple from New Zealand are serving on Isla Bastimentos off the coast of Panama. Micah (in the background) is showing a teenage boy ‘Why Study The Bible’ video in English Creole. They find that studies there are abundant. Photo shared by @needgr8r

avatar-lovato asked:

You're bilingual?? Thats awesome! What other language do you speak?

I speak Portuguese creole because of the country my parents come from! I also speak/understand a decent amount of Spanish because of school, but I don’t usually say that because my Spanish is not perfect haha 

Thanks for asking =)


"My mom owned a hair salon for 25 years, and I have seen every texture, every color, every length, and I was always taught from a young age that good hair is healthy hair. 

[As black women], we are so hard on ourselves. After people saw my hair for the first time [shaved after wearing it below the shoulder], I got all the backlash. There were a lot of jokes; people who just flat out say, “You’re ugly without your hair.” On Twitter, it was the No. 3 trending topic. I was like, These are my people and this is what is important to them? I have family that still has those attitudes [of light skin and long hair being automatically better than dark skin and short hair].

I think that when I was younger, I may have tried extra hard to be like, Let me get dirty. I think my mother, whether she would admit it or not, overcompensated in ways to do the same, because she felt like people would think she was too bougie. She even told me when she was younger she went through this Angela Davis phase where she would put sand in her hair. Clorox in her hair to make it coarser because she always felt like people were judging her to be that typical lighter-complexioned, fine hair, green-eyed woman. 

We had so  much resentment growing up. My mom, who is [Louisiana] Creole, was so protective against family influences. She was scared for us, because many of my cousins still are doing brown paper bag tests [meaning if you’re lighter than a paper bag you’re okay and if you’re darker are not], maybe not literally…

After I had my son, and I was married, I wanted to be the typical pretty, long-haired trophy wife. That’s when I started wearing weaves—long and blonde. I would cook three meals a day, be with my baby, clean the house, and bring cookie’s to my ex-husband’s football team. But as soon as we broke up, I was like, This shit is gone! [Laughter] This doesn’t even look right with my skin tone. Since then I’ve done whatever the hell I wanted.

Can we talk about how many people have given me these kind hugs when I had a weave?…

When I cut my hair off, I felt liberated. I felt like the time, energy, and money that I was putting into maintaining everyday could go to maintaining myself, my emotional and my mental growth.”

Solange, excerpts from her interview in “The Root of The Issue(Essence magazine, 2009)

The depth of isolation in the ghetto is also evident in black speech patterns, which have evolved steadily away from Standard American English. Because of their intense social isolation, many ghetto residents have come to speak a language that is increasingly remote from that spoken by American whites. Black street speech, or more formally, Black English Vernacular, has its roots in the West Indian creole and Scots-Irish dialects of the eighteenth century. As linguists have shown, it is by no means a “degenerate,” or “illogical” version of Standard American English; rather, it constitutes a complex, rich, and expressive language in its own right, with a consistent grammar, pronunciation, and lexicon all its own.

Douglas Massey and Nancy A. Denton, Chapter 6: “The Perpetuation of the Underclass,” p. 162 (American apartheid: segregation and the making of the underclass)

As linguists have shown, it is by no means a “degenerate,” or “illogical” version of Standard American English; rather, it constitutes a complex, rich, and expressive language in its own right, with a consistent grammar, pronunciation, and lexicon all its own.

Local Lens: Touring the History of New Orleans Architecture with @johnicenola

To discover more architectural photos of “The Big Easy” through the lens of a local, follow @johnicenola on Instagram.

If walls could talk, Johnice Katz (@johnicenola) knows that the houses of New Orleans, Louisiana, would have amazing stories to tell. “It’s just obvious that these old houses have something to say,” she says. “Incredible things have happened here and tragic things have happened here. The houses have seen it all.”

As a local real estate agent, Johnice is constantly discovering architectural gems that chronicle New Orleans’s incomparable cultural history. “New Orleans, being the melting pot that it is, just mixed all kinds of types and styles together over the years according to trends and personal preferences,” explains Johnice. “Some of the types include the Creole cottage, the American townhouse, the shotgun, the double gallery house, and the camelback.”

Her favorite locations to photograph architecture are in the Bayou St. John neighborhood, where some of the oldest surviving houses still stand. She also loves the Seventh Ward where “shotgun style” houses predominate. And to find those brightly painted houses, she recommends the Bywater neighborhood. “It’s a fun, funky place to take pictures because people take a lot of pride in their exterior paint colors.”


i escape unnoticed through the veil of a slave. and though i may conceal my identity, one thing is certain: commit injustice in this world, and i’ll send you to the next. i am aveline de grandpré, i am an assassin, and i fight for liberation.