#TBT
Last summer was dope…

"Sometimes in black communities we forget that black girls are girls, not little women. My friend then shared with me her own story of being sexually abused and ending up pregnant and in need of an abortion at age 12 because her family members irresponsibly left her with a male family friend. The first time a 12-year-old black girl ever told me she had been raped, I, too, was 12 and she was a friend. The second time, I was a 22-year-old teacher, and the 12-year-old was my student.

I realize now, having heard a version of this story, yet again, that as gut-wrenching as these stories are, among black girls they are not uncommon; they are not even remarkable. So many of the highly educated black women you see went to hell and back before reaching the age of 18. Education has become our drug of choice.

[…]For black girls, educational achievement is not always the best indicator of a stable, happy home life. For me, education offered a goal and reward structure that was predictable and that I could control, simply by doing what was asked of me. In the midst of so many things I could not control, school was attractive. I imagine that for many black girls the narrative is similar."

— Brittney Cooper, "A black girl’s constant fear: Why I thought I’d never live to see 33" (via ethiopienne)

(via bhargette)


“The way she has changed my life… If I didn’t have her…? Where would I be? Who will I be? Sometimes I wonder if I would still be Jay-Z. It’s so surreal. First time I laid eyes on her she was 16, I had a thought in my head, “she will be mine“, became my best friend….20 years old, it was time.. before you knew it she made me swallow my pride and my own words bit me in the ass.. “Forever mackin” – 8 years later, married, one kid. She saved me.” - Jay-Z

“The way she has changed my life… If I didn’t have her…? Where would I be? Who will I be? Sometimes I wonder if I would still be Jay-Z. It’s so surreal. First time I laid eyes on her she was 16, I had a thought in my head, “she will be mine“, became my best friend….20 years old, it was time.. before you knew it she made me swallow my pride and my own words bit me in the ass.. “Forever mackin” – 8 years later, married, one kid. She saved me.” - Jay-Z

(Source: 90s90s90s, via bhargette)

ratchetmelancholy:

White privilege is your history being taught as a core class and mine being taught as an elective.

(via bhargette)

bhargette:

ERYKAH & ANDRE: 90’s Black Love.

(Source: phalonosiahis)

kushandwizdom:

Good Vibes HERE
warag-3nb:

Above the clouds .. The stars were lost ..

warag-3nb:

Above the clouds .. The stars were lost ..

What I’m looking for isnt worldly, it’s not small - and my man shouldn’t be either.

What do you want for your birthday? What do you want just because?
Do you trust that I would do all that I could to get that for you?

I don’t want predictable love. Nor do I wish for it to be volatile.

I want it big. Explosive. Dynamic. Electric.

Give me pictures of a hundred sunsets and then lets go chase after each one.

I’ll give you the clouds and watch you rest.

Be a tornado and I, a hurricane.
Be a rocky cliff and I, a volcano.

Be anything but ordinary. Anything but predictable. Love me large. Love me ceaselessly.

Love me?

Love. Me.

Love,
Me.

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