Despite what the eurocentric culture controllers taught you……..having an abundance of melanin is not only aesthetically breathtaking but extremely functional. Time to recondition your white supremacist way of thinking my people.

Like a perfect example of this is the natural hair movement. Which started on forums and in kitchens and has completely reconfigured the entire hair care and beauty industry. We literally collectively decided to love our hair and support each other’s journey and did that soul deep exchange of knowledge and information by words and caring and revolutionized an entire industry. The second we became supportive and inclusive of our blackness and black women began to love themselves and forge bonds and discover and explore together we healed. Like have you ever sat to think of how many black girls born within the past five to ten years who will have long, healthy, beautiful, well cared for hair? How many souls we’ve saved in the process who will never know that particular hurt, that particular wrong of feeling ugly or worthless in regards to hair because she has a black mother who now knows to instill pride in her child? How the chains of damaging misinformation has been broken once and for all? Like that is the shit I’m talking about and it’s not to say the natural hair movement isn’t without its problems but I’m so much more grateful and interested in these happy little black girls I see who love their hair because there are more of them now then when I was growing up and that is so important.

Swaying Dancer (Dancer in Green) [1877-79]. Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917). Pastel and gouache on paper. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

The group of dancers is depicted in mid-performance, as viewed from an upper side box. Only one of the girls in green is shown full-length, captured as she executes a swift, complicated turn. Degas felt that the unfinished, transitory nature of reality could only be conveyed using a fragmented technique. Here, the fleeting nature of the movements is captured with rapid pastel strokes, applied with skill.

qouinette-not asked:

WAH YOUR ART <333 your blocking, as in.. inking game is so on point! i love how bold your lines are yet you still manage to make movements look natural. i just absolutely adore your art. here's hoping for more Gazelle fanart hehe :) have a good day and stay awesome dear!

Gazelle for you! Inspired by Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood video!
Thank you very much :)


For other light-skinned people not getting the concept of light-skinned privilege:

1. No one is denying that we are POC.
–> I’ve seen a lot of posts where light-skinned people retort with some irrelevant comment about how light skin =/= white. That isn’t the point. They know we’re not white, but we DO still benefit from having lighter skin, even if it isn’t white.

2. No one is denying that we have struggles.
–> Pointing out our privilege is not a means of eradicating/negating our struggles. However, this privilege does mean that our struggles are not to scale with those of a darker complexion, and that we still have benefits that darker skinned people do not.

3. Talking about colorism is not ‘dividing’ the black community.
–> If anything, ignoring it is making it worse. Often times we sound** just like whites in trying to justify why we should ignore our privilege, saying things like ‘we are all black’ (they say ‘we are all human’). **Emphasis on the word SOUND, as I’m not saying we ARE like whites, but we do SOUND an awful lot like them when complaining that bringing up our privileges is a divisive thing. It’s not. As a matter of fact, the more we discuss it, the more we encourage solidarity with our darker skinned brothers and sisters and understand their struggles so we can better know how to uplift them and combat the stereotypes/negativity pushed on them.

•Just a personal thing I want to share, I had my first breakthrough when doing my hair one day and thinking about my mom’s. I remember thinking how in the past, I was scared of my curls and always straightened my hair, but that if my hair were healthier (as it is becoming now) I would wear it curly all the time (as I do). My next thought was of my mom, who always wears her hair straightened. I thought ‘man, she should wear hers natural too!’ And ‘if I had her hair I would-’

And then it hit me, what WOULD I do if I had her hair? If I didn’t have looser curls that, with a bit of love, can be bouncy and springy? If instead, I had a more cottony texture and much smaller curls? The realization I came to, being honest with myself, was that I would NOT wear it naturally. I wouldn’t have the confidence to. And in thinking that, I realized to a more real extent the necessity of the natural hair movement - and why those with looser curls are discouraged from taking part in it as anything other than support. And now I’m learning to really see the beauty in it, and as I’ve helped her slowly learn to love her hair, I’m learning to love it as well, and help some of my friends with similar kinky/afro textures love theirs as well. And I feel that this can also be applied to colorism as well. I wonder how many of us with light skin could handle having darker skin and facing racism in a completely different way? Yeah we still face some racism, because (speaking mostly for America), black is black for most racists, but skin tone still matters to them too even minutely, and they’d much rather be around a lighter-skinned person than a darker-skinned person. They see us as 'prettier’, 'more intelligent’, etc., which is part of our privilege in being lighter-skinned. When darker-skinned people bring these things up, it isn’t just to 'oppress us’ (not even possible) or hurt our feelings, but to make us aware of them.

• I think a big reason a lot of us get so offended also is because we’ve become comfortable with our privileges, and don’t want to acknowledge them (as we constantly see white people do). It’s a bit easier for us. Who wouldn’t want to be seen as prettier just for a feature that comes naturally to them? To be seen as more intelligent, to be liked even slightly better? These are our privileges (and likely just a few of many), and we have to be aware of them and remember that we have it easier, and to always be there for those with darker skin who have to fight daily for these things because of the same thing: skin tone.

But yeah. Just some thoughts and transparency.

Concrete walls

Holding still

Natural movement a memory

Man made habitat brings new thrills

Thin plastic hides reality

Don’t get me started on colorism and the natural hair movement.

Oh my God. RARE but when women with 4C are featured they always use a dark skin girl. Like only dark skin girls have 4C hair. Like dark skin girls with type 3 and 4A hair don’t exist unless they’re dark and biracial which is also unbelievable.

You can ruin a nigga’s life if you show him a light skinned girl with 4C hair because we’ve only been shown that light skin women have long straight flowing hair or juicy Type 3 curls.

When I wear weaves, no one believes my hair is curly underneath. Even I didn’t believe it when I returned natural because I had never seen anyone who looked like me with my type of hair.

Like light skin women with 4C hair ruin the “light skin/curly hair” myth we’ve been fed and the dark skin girl with the 3B hair just doesn’t exist.

But we’re still pretending colorism isn’t a thing but a fable on Tumblr. Okay.

Photo: Madame J.B. Dronet weaves at her loom. Center for Louisiana Studies

(via dailyworld)

Brown cotton, spun into treasure

Some quotes:

The history, tradition and artistry of handspun and handwoven Acadian brown cotton blankets and the women who made them spring to life in a documentary film “Coton Jaune – Acadian Brown Cotton.”

Suzanne Chaillot Breaux and Sharon Gordon Donnan documented the practice of hand-spinning and weaving cotton cloth during a time an isolated people couldn’t just go to the store for their clothing and household goods.

The loveliest examples of this craft were the homemade blankets, towels and sheets mothers spun for their daughters in preparation for marriage. The process could take years, especially for women with multiple daughters.

“We wanted to do it because (Donnan) realized this brown cotton is the same brown cotton she studied in northern Peru and southern Mexico,” Breaux said. “So here was the missing link. Dr. Ray Brassieur told us it’s New World cotton.”

Historians traced the cotton along ancient trade routes from Chaco Canyon (New Mexico) and then, said Breaux, “this cotton made its way over to south Louisiana and it just took like crazy like cotton does in this area,” she said. “And so the Acadiens, being as resourceful as they are, when they moved here they brought these skills on how to weave and how to spin.”

They needed to adapt those skills for the change in climate.

“They were mostly [spinning and weaving] wool up there in Nova Scotia,” said Breaux. “But when they arrived here they realized it was too hot, the climate wasn’t conducive for wool and they discovered this cotton growing here.”

She hopes the documentary spurs interest in the lost plant and skill.

“If one person starts growing this Acadian brown cotton, I’d be happy. If one person would start spinning this Acadian brown cotton, I’d be happy,” she said. “And if one person started weaving Acadian brown cotton, I’d be ecstatic.

“It needs to be brought back as one of our crafts,” she said. “Everyone around here has their crafts; this is our original craft.”