the black crook

Book Photo Challenge- March: Recent Book Haul {bought and received over the past month ft. my cat}

“A book… it’s a world all on its own too. A world made of words, where you live for a while.” —Patrick Ness, More Than This


“No mourners, no funerals. Another way of saying good luck. But it was something more. A dark wink to the fact that there would be no expensive burials for people like them, no marble markers to remember their names, no wreaths of myrtle and rose.”

Black on black crime has nothing to do with police brutality. Black on black crime doesn’t make the fact that racist cops are killing people of color for little to no reason any less horrible.

2Pac: The Name, 1971.

On June 16, 1971, Lesane Parish Crooks was born in East Harlem, New York. Though his mother, Alice Faye Williams (Afeni Shakur), soon would change his name to the one which the whole world would later know him by: Tupac Amaru.

The name itself comes from an eighteenth century Peruvian Incan chief and revolutionary, who died opposing the oppressing Spanish rule.

But the story of why Tupac’s mother would change her son’s name goes deeper than the inspiring story of a long gone revolutionary leader. Afeni was, curiously, herself part of a revolutionary group, namely “The Black Panthers”. And as far as facts goes, Shakur was actually a commonly adopted name among “The Panthers”. It is Arabic and means something like “thankful to God”.

Amaru, on the other hand, is Quechua, the main launguage of the Incas, still spoken by over 8 million people, and it means “shining/sacred serpent”. 


I’m not pro Trump. Didn’t vote for him and I’m Canadian, but I’m posting this for my fellow Canadians/Americans especially on tumblr who are stuck in a “bubble”, a perspective that has been purposely and passively orchestrated on our minds.The media won’t show this, but many African Americans AND Muslims AND LGBT communities DID vote for Donald Trump. Instead of being used and manipulated by the false racist/sexist rhetoric, why not listen to your fellow citizens’ perspective and why it differs from your own. This is what communication is all about. Personally I think Trump is the lesser evil of Hillary. If you don’t know why, then you better do some simple research into her crimes, policies and get a grip on the reality of how this world and your country truly functions. Let’s just hope the new president keeps his word. ( As we always hope of our elected candidates )

Actual statements that would’ve ended any career if they weren’t Democrats

“A few years ago this guy [Obama] would have been carrying our bags…getting us coffee.” - Bill Clinton

“But if you look at it…blacks watch the same news at night that ordinary Americans do.” - Bill Clinton

“I mean you’ve got the first sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and nice-looking guy.” - Joe Biden

“You cannot go into a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.  I’m not joking!” - Joe Biden

“I’ll have them n****s voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” - President Lyndon B. Johnson

“White folks was in the caves while we [blacks] was building empires…We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was…We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.” - Rev. Al Sharpton

“… Obama – a ‘light-skinned’ African American 'with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one…” - Harry Reid

“In about 18 months from now, hopefully [Gubernatorial candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen] will have sent Nikki Haley back to wherever the hell she came from and this country can move forward.” - SC Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian