It occurred to me that you almost never see pictures of Angela Davis that are not 1) from the 1970s, 2) from moments of (righteous) anger, 3) not taken/used by the FBI, so here’s a whole bunch of them.
Happy birthday, ma’am. Thank you for everything you’ve done.
(And if I may say, damn, she’s 73 years old. Hope I look as good when I’m sixty.)
This 73 year old man comes through my line with beer. Jokingly I said, “Do I need to see your ID?” He looked at me and yelled, “Bullshit. I am a 73 year old man.” I just played it off and said I was joking. He said I wasn’t and went off on me for the rest of the transaction when I asked if he had his reward card, etc. I prayed to God he wasn’t selected for the random survey so I wouldn’t have to bring it up. Thankfully his wife was super nice. Note to self: Don’t joke about IDs, even if you think they’ll joke back.
I just felt like posting some pictures of Tina Turner because she’s a boss.
This is a woman from a broken home with a mother who didn’t love her who built a successful music career with a man she didn’t love. She raised his kids from his previous marriage while he beat her for singing a wrong note, escaped the marriage with only her name and the clothes on her back…and a mountain of debt from their tour she canceled in order to divorce him. Tina then reinvented herself well into her 40s to become the Queen of Rock & Roll as a Black woman from the South, moved to Switzerland, learned German, married the love of her life in 2013 and gave up her US citizenship because she was never the star here that she was in Europe anyway. She’s the oldest woman to ever appear on the cover of a Vogue magazine (at 73-years-old) and she’s sold more concert tickets than any solo artist.
So yes, Tina Turner is a boss and I randomly felt like sharing that real quick.
Plus, there would be no Beyonce if Tina Turner hadn’t been the foundation for her entire stage presence. And Tina Turner Always On Beat.
This morning I had coffee with an older man who I see as a type of grandfather figure. He was telling me about how he would travel around and play music when he was younger when I mentioned that being able to do that is a big dream of mine. I told him how badly I wanted to road trip and go places and sing and live out of my car and just be on my own, but how it’s not as possible for me because I am a 19 year old girl. I told him about how one of the only reasons I would ever wish to be a man was so that I could go on adventures like that without people worrying that something bad would happen to me, and without constantly having to fear for my own safety when I’m alone. I consider myself an extremely independent person, but as a woman, it’s that much more of a struggle to be on my own. When he heard me say this, he was completely blown away, saying he had never thought about how hard it is for women to do simple things on their own without worrying about getting harassed, kidnapped, or raped. He, at 73 years old, hadn’t realized how society has taken independence from girls everywhere until today. This is something men go their entire lives without realizing, when girls live it every day. Men don’t get it until someone they care about tells them. This is why feminism is important.
i love that the g&f fandom is consciously buying beige cardigans as a symbol of our gayness which is modeled after the wardrobe choices of a canonically heterosexual 73 year old woman who is played by a possibly sapphic almost 80 year old actress