our-kind-of-people

anonymous asked:

You do not wanna set foot in the USA. We are racist, homophobic, islamophobic, transphobic. We are everything rude and evil in one country. Our fovernmenr is worse. Yes there are kind people but we are in the few

Mate have you heard of Northern Ireland

HEDI SLIMANE SHOOTS JOSH HOMME 

Hedi Slimane wears his love for music, and musicians, on his sleeve. And in his runway shows and advertising campaigns for Saint Laurent. Take this one for example. The photographer/fashion designer/music fan has shot Josh Homme, who is the founder of Queens of the Stone Age and a founding member of a couple more bands that Sophie van der Welle would know but that Natalie and I do not. We’re more Absolute 80s kind of people. But despite our lack of musical knowledge, we do love these photographs. In fact, I might print one off and stick it to my bedroom wall. 

Photographer: Hedi Slimane

www.saintlaurent.com

By Ted Stansfield

“Statistics can scream and not be heard…to get people to listen, Uzo tells the stories of those whose lives—and deaths—make up the numbers in a measured accessible tone. The end of the story of HIV/AIDS is not yet written but in Our Kind of People we do see the beginnings of normalcy…communities global and local have turned the pandemic from being a death sentence to a manageable disease.” —Bono

Start reading about Uzo’s journey to Nigeria to share the stories of the AIDS crisis here.

[BOOK SIGNING] Our Kind of People: A Continent’s Challenge, A Country’s Hope by Uzodinma Iweala
Hosted by @MoCADA
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 | 7:30-9pm
Greenlight Bookstore, located at 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY
Webpage: http://bit.ly/NPTwh1

In his powerful new book Our Kind of People, Uzodinma Iweala returns to his native Nigeria to explore the profound impact of the AIDS crisis, producing a nonfiction account that is startling and original. The book highlights the human experiences of people from all walks of life facing an unprecedented epidemic. Iweala discusses his book and the surrounding issues with Teju Cole, a fellow Nigerian and author of the Pen/Hemingway Prize-winning novel Open City.

Click here for the full book-signing schedule, and information about the exhibition.

Teju Cole, Uzodinma Iweala and Pat Thomas Participate in MoCADA & Greenlight Bookstore’s NEWSFEED Reading Series in anticipation of MoCADA’s upcoming exhibition, NEWSFEED: Anonymity & Social Media in African Revolutions and Beyond

On July 10, 2012 at Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Green Brooklyn, Greenlight and MoCADA came together to host a reading and interview by Tanner Colby on his recent publication, “Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America.” Tanner Colby was interviewed by MoCADA’s Jessica Lanay Moore who announced the MoCADA and Greenlight Bookstore NEWSFEED Reading Series, kicking off on Wednesday, July 18th, co-sponsored by Greenlight and MoCADA.

See New York Times: The Local blog preview of the event here –> http://bit.ly/MriUsj

The first reading is with Uzodinma Iweala, author of Our Kind of People: A Continent’s Challenge, a Country’s Hope, in conversation with Teju Cole, author of Open City. The series will continue through the summer and fall with two additional events, including a discussion with Amsterdam News’ Amity Paye, a contributing author of Occupying Wall Street: The Inside Story of an Action That Changed America, and a multimedia experience and conversation with Pat Thomas, author of Listen, Whitey!

The series is in anticipation of MoCADA’s upcoming exhibition, NEWSFEED: Anonymity & Social Media in African Revolutions and Beyond, on view at MoCADA from October 18, 2012 to January 20, 2013, curated by Curatorial Fellows Jessica Lanay Moore and Nelson Nance. The series will present a collection of visual and new media art that investigates global interconnectivity and how anonymous parties define, construct, and support uprisings in Africa and across the globe via social media.

MoCADA is honored to partner with Greenlight Bookstore on this reading series, which will highlight the Black experience of revolution and social media from Black Power to Occupy, beginning with a look at a major social issue (and its complex media representation) on the African continent. MoCADA’s Curatorial Fellow, Jessica Moore, will introduce the series at the first reading.

Mark Your Calendars for the upcoming series installments:

“Occupying Wall Street: The Inside Story of an Action That Changed America”
by Writers for the 99%
Thursday, August 30, 2012 | 6:00pm-8:00pm
MoCADA 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY
Webpage: http://bit.ly/MpTpLu
Amsterdam News’ Amity Paye, who is part of Writers for the 99% discusses the Black experience and participation in Occupy Wall Street and Occupy World in conversation with Jessica Moore.

“Listen, Whitey!”
by Pat Thomas
Saturday, September 29, 2012 | 6:00-8:00pm
MoCADA 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY
Webpage: http://bit.ly/MriS3B
Pat Thomas hosts a listening and viewing party for his multi-media publication that archives the popular sounds, songs and symbols from the West Coast Black power movement of the 1960s. Complete with digitally projected photography from the book and a complete sampling of the project’s CD, Pat Thomas discusses how Black power became a part of America’s pop culture consciousness.

Click here for more information about Fort Greene’s favorite bookstore.

Contact Jessica Lanay Moore at jlm@mocada.org or 718.230.0492 ext. 111 for more information.

Two things:

Check out www.khanacademy.org which is a non-profit “with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere”

Basically it’s a website with over 3,000 videos that teaches biology to history to physics and you get to learn at your own pace. Yeah, for free.

Also, I’m about to read this book called “Our Kind of People” by Lawrence Otis Graham. It’s about the black elite/upper class focusing on families that earned their first millions in the 1870’s.

Get Kind

My friends from Oleg Mityaev’s studio “Bright Future” and me are volunteers. We carry out three projects. They’re called “Milky Way”, “Feather of Hope” and “Our People”. We help different people who have got into hard reality situation. Within the framework of “Milky Way” project we’ve been helping autistic children and children with Down’s syndrome for half-year. We helped them with their studying, with theater performance. We gave them positive and smiles:)
Nadya Savinovskaya, Chelyabinsk, Russia

We put cookies and candies into baskets, put tea into thermos bottle, took paper glasses painted with quotations about kindness and went to treat people. People react different ways. Many of them were amazed, some of them were embarrassed, another people smiled, but the main thing is that all those people feel our warmth! We gave kindness and it came back to us with smiles and sincere words of thanks.
In order to change the world, one should start from oneself. Even from far away we feel Misha’s warmth and we want to give the same. Be kind, do kind!
Julia Chaava, Saratov, Russia

Inspired with our love to Misha and wish to do something nice for people, we bought a lot of balloons. We wrote notes with kind words and tied them to ballons and gifted to people. Kids took balloons gladly, adults asked again mistrustfully: “Is this really free?” Finally, everyone was glad, and after a while many citizens of our town walk around with colorful balloons. It was nice to see that your little acts of kindness bring joy, and we got words of thanks and good mood instead. We hope that we made someone’s day better! And we aren’t gonna stop!:)
Diana Nugmanova, Dortyuli, Russia

Translator - Helga Schimmelgrau

Thought of the day: toxic people

Sometimes in life, there are unfortunately going to be people who seem as if they are out to get you. If you’re lucky enough not to come across one of these people, I’m happy for you (honestly I am), but a lot of us have had these kinds of people in our lives..  there are so many different types of bad people, but I just want to talk about manipulative people..

They can make you feel as though you’re constantly doing soething wrong, they can send you into a constant state of paranoia and anxiety, and they can make you think you’re the worst person in the world. 

Please believe me when I say that you are not alone - there are people in this World who unfortunately will make you feel bad, and they will do the same to othher people.. IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU HAVE DONE ANYTHING WRONG.. When they treat you this way, it says more about the type of person THEY are, than the type of person you are. 

You deserve so much better, just remember you are not in the wrong.. Manipulative people have a sly way of making you think you are.. Never think that. You’ve done nothing wrong and nothing to deserve this. It will get better.. people who are bad for you will leave in the end and new people and new friends will come into your life and will show you how important and how good you are. Stay strong and hang in there

Light and Flame

(For Kitana)

Today I found out that the 21st of May
was more special than I had realized.
A child who longed to conquer everything:
the world, herself
and all the demons in between
was born.

For a second the world turned Crimson,
and the roses she dyed cried ‘She is near, she is near;’.

I paced my room on the morning of the 21st,
thinking: (What could I give you?)
My gifts would not reach you in time
My voice was not strong enough to reach your lands
and time slips through fingers like sand.


If distance was not so crippling a force
This is what I would do.

I’d clear the way for your arrival

Tell the flowers: She is coming (My dove, my dear)
and teach the red roses to speak
and the larkspurs to hear
and the lilies to wait.

And as for the white roses, with a whisper I’d remind them:
“The queen is never late. Everyone else is simply
early.”

She is coming. My own, my sweet, my one and only.
She is here.

There are certain Months that are special to me.
Januarys and Decembers
June, November (now),
with a few in between
But now
May.

Because Today (in May)
Light and flame ascends
Light and flame turns a year closer to becoming
all that she was marked to be. A year closer to conquest
and deeper shades of grace.

My loved one –
I’m deeply proud of you.
I admire you. I am scrambling for words.

Today I have no gifts to express myself with
no soothing scents to invigorate your bones
no streamers to adorn your arms with

But I do have a seat on the crescent moon that you reserved for me
on the 2nd of November.

Today I want you to sit on that which you honored me with.
Today I want you to sit and see from above
all the lives you’ve touched
all the smiles you’ve caused
and all the strength you’ve imparted in us.
(I tell heaven about you, and they often say “We know! We love her.”)

I’ll lay Nasturtiums around you while you sleep (feeling loved)

as you dwell around the piles of letters and kind words
and the company of loved ones, near and far
The embraces of those
who will never let you go.

Dear light, dear flame
my one and only

Today you are my stardust.


Happy Birthday, Kitana. I wish you every happiness, for you’ve been a big source of mine.


- Marianne

it’s just

in this brutal, burnt-out, post-apocalyptic wasteland of explosions and gunfights and car chases, of the absolute WORST humanity has to offer, the inarguable thesis of fury road is that we are redeemed by our inherent capacity for kindness

it says that people are not THINGS, and humans are not inherently savage. even the cruelest and most broken systems can be torn down. kindness and hope are fundamentally human

if you show someone trust, they will prove themselves trustworthy

if you show someone care, they will care in return

and if you treat someone like a person, like someone valuable, like someone with worth

then they will fucking RISE TO IT

also why is the “bro” meme so funny

when did I start calling everyone “lads”

BRAD BIRD TALKS CHALLENGES WITH INCREDIBLES 2!

Earlier Today, Brad Bird discussed some of the challenges that he’s facing with the upcoming Incredibles 2 film. Bird discussed that since there has been so many superhero films since 2004, when The Incredibles came out. He’ll need to figure out how he can make the sequel appear to be somewhat of a fresh concept.

“There’s been a lot of superhero films since The Incredibles and it is kind of like an athletic field that’s just kind of dried up dirt now, with a few clumps of grass,” Brad Bird explained to IGN while promoting Tomorrowland. “And I think what the challenge is how do you step outside of that and say, ‘Hey, there’s another place for our heroes to go.’ So that’s kind of the challenge. People make a lot of following some of road map and Damon and I can tell you from making this film that you’re just bumping into furniture. Hopefully if you’re on the right path you don’t actually know where you’re going completely. I love those characters in Incredibles, but I’m also a moviegoer and I want to be surprised by movies. I want them to zig when they should be zagging. That’s the goal with that one.”

CLICK TO LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW!