social responsibility

Extremely unpopular opinion but, no it’s not “protect Maddie” anymore. The first time is understandable, but this is the second time they’ve been “hacked” and something problematic has been posted.
It’s teach Maddie (and Kenzie) internet and social media responsibility. Whether she was “hacked” or not, certain things don’t need to be recorded all the time.

the houses as emojis

1st House: The Self 

How you see and identify yourself; personality; early environment

2nd House: Possessions & Feelings

Personal possessions and finances; how you value yourself; what things in life you value; how you spend and earn your money

3rd House: Communication

Nearby environment; intellect; short trips; conversations; writing

4th House: The Family and The Home

Your roots (heritage); how you were raised; relationships with family members (especially parents); your emotions and feelings

5th House: The Family and Creativity

Personal interests; hobbies; pleasure; entertainment 

6th House: Health

Health; volunteer; daily tasks an chores; diet

7th House: Partnerships

Relationships; marriage; commitment; legalities; enemies; divorce

8th House: Regeneration

Transformation; death; regeneration; sex; a partner’s possessions or wealth; personal sacrifices; power

9th House: Dreams

Learning; morals; journey and travel; dreams and visions; understanding; rituals; higher education; big ideas

10th House: Social Status

Honor; reputation; professional career; recognition; social responsibilities

11th House: Social Objectives

Self-realization; humanitarian interests; community; hopes; friends; ambitions; regulation; large groups

12th House: Subconscious

The unconscious mind; escapism; frustration; secrets; self-sacrifice; endings; grief; institutions; self-deception; limitations

“We have one of the biggest responsibilities to teach the children because in our day and time we don’t have a Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, or Bob Marley. The rap community is now focused on as the teacher, so we have to say something positive. Kids comes in all colors. They can be white kids, black kids or Indian kids – they’re still kids and we have to look out for all of them." - CL Smooth (March 1995)


If you’re into “slow food” — the ethical response to “fast food” — you probably want to know how the animals were treated or whether pesticides were used on your vegetables. Now, the “slow fashion” movement is in the same spirit.

“It’s about understanding the process or the origins of how things are made,” says Soraya Darabi, co-founder of the clothing line Zady. “Where our products come from, how they’re constructed and by whom. Slow fashion is really indicative of a movement of people who want to literally slow down.”

The Zady “slow fashion” t-shirt is made entirely in the U.S. by companies that Bédat says try to be eco- and labor friendly. It costs $36.

Slow Fashion Shows Consumers What It’s Made Of

Photo Credit: Zady

Untitled. Acrylic on wood. 2015. I actually don’t have a title for this piece, but I would love to hear some thoughts. Background info: Last year I worked with a team of amazing artists and youth in Columbus, Ohio to design an image for a billboard. The kids we were working with are from the neighborhood where the billboard is located. My main concern was to do an image to empower and uplift them. This image made it into the final 6 images but wasn’t selected for the final 4 (However, another one of my images was selected 🙌❤). This one was special to me though, because it’s genuinely straight from my heart to the black youth of the world. This painting is about community, togetherness, teamwork, love, but also realizing the seriousness of responsibility and being accountable for each other. Everyone wants a crown but are you responsible enough to honor it? We have to know who we are and the power we have by just being alive. I’m tired of the media and I have become adamant about my work being something that counteracts the negative things we can’t help but see every time we tune in. We are everything you see in this painting and more. Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise” was a centralized theme while we were working on this project and if this painting had been selected, I wanted the poem to accompany it in some way. The images that made it into the final four will be shown over the course of two years and the unveiling is next weekend. I am honored to have been selected to be apart of this effort and I am very excited about it. -Ariel.

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.
—  –Anthony Robbins
Why you should vote in general.

So, fun fact, I’m a homeowner. 

(Not-so-fun fact, I only own a home because both my parents passed away over 10 years ago and I inherited it and have been trying to keep it’s crusty 150-year-old walls from crumbling around me since I was 19. But I digress.)

In my city, there’s a referendum vote for additional school funding to build a new elementary school and expand the existing ones, as well as updating all the schools to be more energy efficient, increase funding for STEM and foreign language classes, and hire more teachers. It’s a good thing all around, and if passed, will increase property taxes nominally for seven years. Mine will go up about $200/year, which is fine with me.

In line ahead of me for early voting was a lady complaining that her property taxes would go up over $900/year. She was voting today, and tomorrow her husband plans to vote as well. 

Here’s the thing: for that lady to be charged an extra $900/year, her house would have to be worth over $400,000 in a city where most of the houses top out at about $150,000. (You can look up online how much your taxes will be effected.) One can assume that she’s already well above the median income, and she was older, so I assume she doesn’t have kids in the school system right now. (Neither do I, but you know, I want kids to have a good education anyway.)

Old people vote. Old people fucking LOVE to vote, and a lot of them are like this lady. She’s got money, she’s got a house, and she probably doesn’t have kids to support. Basically, she got hers so fuck you. 

If you don’t vote on elections, any elections, old people will still vote. They bus them in from the retirement homes just so they can vote. And they aren’t going to vote to make schools better, and they aren’t going to vote to support candidates that are socially progressive…they’re going to vote for old people things and fuck what you want. They aren’t going to vote for smaller class sizes or better science programs, because the generations after them aren’t their concern.

So vote. Always vote. Vote to spite old people.
Ferguson Police Officer Justin Cosma Hog-Tied And Injured A Young Child, Lawsuit Alleges

WASHINGTON – A Ferguson police officer who helped detain a journalist in a McDonald’s earlier this month is in the midst of a civil rights lawsuit because he allegedly hog-tied a 12-year-old boy who was checking the mail at the end of his driveway. …

Please, take a chance to read this report.  It goes on to discuss more Ferguson officers, who have engaged in brutality against citizens (especially minors).

However much we obfuscate or ignore it, we know that the factory farm is inhumane in the deepest sense of the word. And we know that there is something that matters in a deep way about the lives we create for the living beings most within our power. Our response to the factory farm is ultimately a test of how we respond to the powerless, to the most distant, to the voiceless–it is a test of how we act when no one is forcing us to act one way or another.
—  Jonathan Safran Foer
Simblr Community: Please, Let Us Set An Example

At this moment, our little online world is facing a storm of information regarding the progressively violent situation in Ferguson, Missouri.  

Feelings are heightened for many and people may be looking for places to vent their frustration.  I would ask that we, in our little community, do our best to maintain our respect for each other.  

Please, if you must send messages to simblrs, who you know to be either of European or African ancestry, then send messages of comfort and love.

Please, let us not build negativity here, because what is happening there, in Ferguson, is not about here on Tumblr. We, on Tumblr, ought to try our best to keep each other aware of what is happening, without disregarding our overarching humanity. 

We are all humans behind our computer or cellular phone screens. We are all humans who are suffering from all the tragedies occurring in the world around us, whether ‘big’ or 'small’.  

We are all humans, let us treat each other as such. Do not let the screen act as a filter for the empathy and humanity that is within you.


People think “These companies are so big and so powerful, how are we ever going to change things?” But look at the tobacco industry. It had huge control over public policy and that control was broken. The battle against tobacco is a perfect model of how an industry’s irresponsible behavior can be changed.
—  Eric Schlosser, American journalist and author