parish of mary

St. Mary Parish Church (Port Maria, St. Mary: Jamaica)  

The St Mary Parish Church, built in 1861 of limestone blocks on the edge of the bay, is one of the most picturesque structures anywhere on the island. The modest chapel is set against the dazzling turquoise harbor, framed by tall palm trees whose leaves rustle gently in the warm sea breezes.

But when will we get to that day when I no longer have to use the #deservedbetter tag for 90% of my favorite characters while all the white male villains are kept alive and given redemption arcs because they’re fun to have around? Smh


IMG_2451 by David Macdonald
Via Flickr:
I took this shot of the historic Palace & St Michael Parish Church when out for a wee walk around Linlithgow Loch in West Lothian ……… Birth Place of Mary Queen of Scots ……..

speaking of jesus and women everyone i just googled mary magdalene and literally nobody, NOBODY!!!


not my mom, not my catholicism teachers, not the fucking assortment of priests at our parish ever spoke of mary magdalene as one of jesus’s followers

p sure i only ever heard of her as “jesus blessed her so she could get pregnant even though she was so old! :)”

which is fucking bullshit cuz im also googling what figures in the bible overcame infertility and none of them come up w jesus being involved at all

Marley Dias is 11 years old. She loves to read. And she is tired of reading books that she doesn’t connect with.

“In my 5th grade glass, we were only reading about white boys and their dogs,” she told anchors Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley on Good Day Philadelphia. “And I understood why my teacher wanted us to read those books, because those were the books he could connect with, but I didn’t necessarily connect with them myself, so I was really frustrated…I wanted to start a book drive for books that are more connected for me, and my race.”

And thus, #1000BlackGirlBooks was born—a project started by Marley and her friends Briana and Amina to collect 1,000 books with black female protagonists by February 1st. Those books will then be donated to Retreat Primary and Junior School and Library in the parish of St. Mary, Jamaica, where Marley’s mother (who is also the President ofGrassROOTS) grew up.

So naturally, we want to help.

Since Marley is so fond of our book One Love, it’s a no-brainer. Other books we’re donating include Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere, Josephine, The Big Wish, The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, Bintou’s Braids, I Can Do It Too, and You Can Do It Too.

If you want to help, the project is currently taking both cash and book donations. Books and donations can be sent to the following address by February 1st:

GrassROOTS Community Foundation
59 Main Street, Suite 323, West Orange, NJ 07052

Marley, you rule. We cannot wait to see what you do next.