silence is so accurate

Nina Simone’s Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood feels like to me one of the most poignant expressions of black womanhood… like… to be a black woman is to be repeatedly, willingly misinterpreted and misunderstood, to be demonized, and dismissed and silenced… I think this is why I spend so much time trying to accurately articulate my feelings…. but also, this is why, in my opinion… which happens to coincide with #fact…. black women are always responsible for the most powerful and profound and honest and beautiful gestures of artistic expression… it is like so ironic that we are treated the worst on the basis of being the literal best like…wow!

anonymous asked:

what is your favorite quote by far?

I get asked this question so often! 

I will sporadically post some of my favourites. However, choosing only one is too difficult a task. Here are some I’ve found this week that I’m fond of. 

“Everything touches me—I see too much, I hear too much, everything demands too much of me.”

— Clarice Lispector II Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector 

“Silence is so accurate.”
— Mark Rothko

“Power over others is weakness disguised as strength. True power is within & available to you now.”

–  Eckhart Tolle

“We abide by cultural directives that urge us: clarify each thought, each experience, so that you can cull from them their single, dominant meaning and, in the process, become a responsible adult who knows what he or she thinks. But what I try to show is the opposite: how at every moment, the world presents us with a composition in which a multitude of meanings and realities are available, and you are able to swim, lucid and self-contained, in that turbulent sea of multiplicity.”

— Richard Foreman, quoted by Maggie Nelson in The Art of Cruelty

“Being together is the miracle, being together and caring. Sleeping together, feet touching, legs touching. Being asleep and together.”

— Charles Bukowski, More Notes Of A Dirty Old Man: The Uncollected Column

etc. etc. etc.