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Support Native Americans

•support dark skinned natives
•support light skinned natives
•support white passing natives
•support natives whose first languages are their tribal languages
•support natives who cannot speak their tribal language
•support native children who have to teach themselves about their tribal culture
•support natives living on reservations
•support native kids who get asked if their parents live on a reservation
•support native kids who are taught to be embarrassed and ashamed of their heritage
•support métis people who might not know their heritage
•support métis people who aren’t native passing
•support native people who stick to traditional hair and dress styles
•support natives who practice their tribal religion
•support natives who follow mainstream fashion
•support natives who are told they’re “too Indian”
•support natives who are told they’re “not Indian enough”

•but above all, listen to what we have to say about our cultures, our histories, our future, our issues and our people.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Talks to Star in Sci-Fi Thriller, with Ava DuVernay looking to Direct.

I’m crying inside.
  
We just started the 2nd week of Black History Month, and Black women have been slaying us left and right, popping out of the woodwork with their natural born slayage and hard work, giving us reasons to remind ourselves how dope we are.

I can’t.

Father God, please make this Black Girl Magic collaboration happen. PLEASE. For all that is right in the world, PLEASE.

Today’s history is our present and future as we celebrate political prisoners for Black Futures Month. This powerful poster was created by Kendrick Daye @kendrickdaye . Also find him at  http://www.instagram.com/kendrickdaye & http://www.twitter.com/kendrickdaye

The accompanying article was written by Asha Bandele and can be read here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/asha-bandele-/black-panthers-are-still-fighting-for-freedom_b_9247294.html

#BlackFutureMonth #BlackLivesMatter #VisionsOfABlackFuture

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BLACK FUTURE
Black Girls Are Magic

“You have to DECIDE who you are, and force the world to deal with you, not with its idea of you.” -James Baldwin

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Dear Young Black Girls Rising Up,

Be carefree. When I say that, I mean exactly that. Be the person you want to be, whoever she is.

Patriarchy & Sexism forces you to see yourself as a object, as someone who obeys the man, as someone who doesn’t make decisions, and to be intimidated by being in control of yourself, and it’s all nonsense. You are shamed if you actually like sex and don’t only see it as a means of reproduction. Called a ho, a THOT, a bitch and etc. for not wanting anything more than pleasure from more than one person. Killed, raped, and humiliated for turning down the advances of men who think they own you. Told what to do with your body when with child, having regular bodily functions such as your menstrual cycle made a joke out of… You’re so much more than that.

Racism forces you to see yourself as a person who isn’t respected because your skin isn’t light, your hair isn’t straight, your nose isn’t narrow, your lips aren’t thin, the way you talk isn’t “proper,” your fathers are deadbeats and your mothers are whores, and you’ll end up living a life just like them. You’re meant to grow up strong and unable to feel pain, meant to be the backbone to the men in your life, meant to cry behind closed doors so no one can call you weak, meant to take the spit that’s spat at you, the hurt that’s inflicted on you, and the abuse you endure just to keep on living. You’re forced to be seen as anything but human…

And that is all a lie.

They’ll call you angry, but won’t ask you why.

They’ll say you give too much attitude, but won’t wonder where it stems from.

They’ll say you’re a grown woman just because puberty brought you hips and breasts.

They’ll call you ghetto (like it’s a personality and not a lifestyle) because of your doorknocker earrings and pink hair and edges swirled around the perimeter of your face.

They’ll say you’re “pretty for a Black girl,” as if that’s a compliment. As if Black girls aren’t meant to be pretty and you’re an exception.

They’ll say not to trust the next girl, because there is only one spot.

IT’S. ALL. A. LIE.

You don’t have to like or be anything other than yourself because people aren’t comfortable with you being anything other than what the world has forced you to believe you should be. The great thing about being human is that we are all different. No carbon copies needed.

Willow Smith has been called so many things because, at her age, her mother gave her the CHOICE to be whoever she wants to be. Hipster. Negligent. Reckless. Wild. Weird. Freak. Crazy… You name it, she’s been called it. AND YET… She makes music consistently, music that isn’t created with the intent to make money off of it by people who don’t care about representation or everyday struggles. It’s free falling, eclectic, dreamy, unhinged, and true. She can’t stop making it because she loves it, and the mind it comes from. Her own. Willow Smith is so in love with herself, that she shares herself with us. She has her opinions, and stands up for them. Being Black, being a woman, and simply being a human with gifts is a blessing this Carefree Black Girl doesn’t take for granted.

Amandla Stenberg has been looking and searching for roles to portray on film and television that’s written for girls like you: A Black young woman who doesn’t stem into the stereotypes White people have and continue to written for you. And it’s disheartening to her that she hasn’t been able to find any. That didn’t stop her from creating. She’s now working on a comic book featuring a Black girl by the name of Niobe from the comic series “The Untamed.” She uses social media to talk about certain Black Girl problems, like the fact that people still ask her questions like how she gets her hair to be curly. And from this success, we can only assume more works will branch from this Carefree Black Girl.

You don’t have to be like Willow or Amandla to be Carefree. Just …  live. Live in your truth. Do not be ashamed of what you love, even if it goes against the stereotype. Let no one create you. You create yourself. Unlearn what has been forcefed to you by the same people who don’t include you in their TV Shows, their Films, their Magazines, their Young Adult fiction series, their make-up, their clothing… 

TO HELL WITH THEM.

Your reflection is the dopest thing there is. Don’t compete with the next Carefree Black Girl. Don’t be jealous of her. Join that movement. Be your own version of carefree. Be you.

Live your life and tell the tale of the Carefree Black Girl.


(purchase “Black Girls Are Magic,” here)

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The paintings of  Gustavo Díaz Sosa (b. Cuba, 1983)

Convey his perception of The State, The Power, and anything that involves human submission. More than serve as a social or explicit protest manifesto, Díaz Sosa’s paintings are an existential projection of our looming future, in light of modern history.

In his pieces, Díaz Sosa articulates a lost, anonymous, global, surrendered, and desperate society amid a system which presumes to exist as a Democracy. His characters run aimlessly, looking only for doors or ways past the monumental walls that keep them trapped in their worlds of bureaucratic and established rules. Like sheep they walk in flocks trying to save themselves from the others. This is why Díaz Sosa creates these compositions where the man is miniaturized in front of the laws and the legends implanted in the roots of the human nature. Religion, myths, politics: these are all tools to remember how fragile the human is in the face of Power.


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NASA: 2016 Look Ahead

The work we do, and will continue in 2016, helps the United States maintain its world leadership in space exploration and scientific discovery. Here’s an overview of what we have planned for the coming year:

Our Journey to Mars

We’re developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s. Mars is a rich destination for scientific discovery and robotic and human exploration as we expand our presence into the solar system. Its formation and evolution are comparable to Earth, helping us learn more about our own planet’s history and future.

Work and Research on the International Space Station

The International Space Station is a unique place – a convergence of science, technology and human innovation that demonstrates new technologies and makes research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. In 2016, we will continue our groundbreaking research on the orbiting laboratory.

Returning Human Spaceflight Launches to American Soil

Our Commercial Crew Program is working with the American aerospace industry as companies develop and operate a new generation of spacecraft and launch systems capable of carrying crews to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station. Commercial transportation to and from the station will provide expanded utility, additional research time and broader opportunities of discovery on the orbiting laboratory.

Studying Our Earth Right Now

We use the vantage point of space to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives and safeguard our future. In 2016, we will continue to monitor Earth’s vital signs from land, air and space with a fleet of satellites and ambitious airborne and ground-based observation campaigns.

Fostering Groundbreaking Technology Development

Sustained investments in NASA technology advances our space exploration, science and aeronautics capabilities. Our technology development also supports the nation’s innovation economy by creating solutions that generate tangible benefits for life on earth. In 2016, we will continue to invest in the future of innovation.

Breakthroughs in Aeronautics

Thanks to our advancements in aeronautics, today’s aviation industry is better equipped than ever to safely and efficiently transport all those passengers to their destinations. In fact, every U.S. aircraft flying today and every U.S. air traffic control tower uses NASA-developed technology in some way. In 2016, we will continue making these breakthroughs in aeronautics.

Discoveries in Our Solar System and Beyond

This year we will continue exploring our solar system and beyond to unravel the mysteries of our universe. We are looking to answer key questions about our home planet, neighboring planets in our solar system and more!

Make sure to follow us on Tumblr for your regular dose of space: http://nasa.tumblr.com

Nightmare Night continues, AND it happens to coincide with an important date in movie history.  Today Marty McFly arrives in his future, our present, to ride hoverboards, order a Pepsi Perfect, and wear some flashy self-sizing clothes.  Happy October 21, 2015!

To commemorate the occasion, Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo have both dressed as Marty (from separate decades, of course) for Nightmare Night!

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Gryffindor | Hufflepuff | Slytherin | Ravenclaw

  • Wither by Lauren DeStefano
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The History of Our Future by A.S. King
  • How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  • This Side of Home by Renée Watson
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Dreamology by Lucy Keating
  • Girl Against Universe by Paula Stokes
  • Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw

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America Right Now
  • <p> <b>Trump Supporters:</b> *crying because Trump is President*<p/><b>Hillary Supporters:</b> *crying because Trump is President*<p/><b>Third Party Supporters:</b> *crying because they know they fucked up*<p/></p>

In the name of liberty, I will fight the enemy regardless of their allegiance. While men of courage write history of this day, the future of our land depends on those who are truly free…

Connor.

Today, President Obama designated the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine to honor 100 years of the National Park Service. To date, the President has protected more land and water than any other president in history—commitments that will protect our land, water and wildlife for future generations: http://go.wh.gov/moysMZ

#millionmanmarch20thanniversary was one of the most amazing experiences of my life . To see so many beautiful black and brown faces come out from all over to support the cause, support the movement support history and our future as a people was nothing less than revolutionary . #justiceorelse is not just a threat to White Racist capitalist militant America . But it is a call to all people of the struggle to uplift and move one another anyone we can . To exclaim our power and redeem our freedom together . It is a shout that we all have basic HUMAN rights and if the people of America , the ORIGINAL people from all over , do not get the respect and freedom we deserve . No we will not beg or plead for it on our knees , we’ve been down far to long . We will stand on the necks of capitalism and racism , we will stand on the necks of instigators of terror and discrimination upon lower class people , LGBTQ people , native people , black women and black men , we will stand on the necks of those who exploit and violate our children , we will shoot back at the officers that shoot at us ( metaphorically speaking but hell if you get down like that I don’t knock you .) We WILL take our freedom back by any means necessary . The time is not now , the time has always been . I have ultimately been touched to display nothing but progressive action and speak nothing but revolutionary words . I love my Black women and my Black men . I love myself , so how could I not speak words of love and attempt to uplift them any way I can and learn as much as I can in the process ? I don’t care if it’s just an Instagram post , my people need to know that there is a fight , and you are included and your children are included and their children are included . I need y'all to know that’s it’s possible and don’t let anyone or anything convince you otherwise . Whether you’re just posting stuff on social media or marching through the streets , let it be known that #allblacklivesmatter #allbrownlivesmatter #allredlivesmatter #ourlivesmatter your life matters . Let it be known any way you can . I end this post with power , love and Revolution. ✊🏾✊🏿

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