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burned my hand curling my hair today

worth it

wtf :0



when you at church with your husband and you see his ex

When you see that one bitch you can’t stand but you are trying to be the better person.

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the consumption of hijab


(a) contrition— the shame and regret associated with not wearing the hijab sometimes makes me feel like I have to apologize

(b) comfort— depending on the time, place and space, the hijab can feel like a second skin, a security blanket, a crutch or an invisibility cloak


(c) convenience— the hijab sometimes eliminates the obligation of having to do my hair

(d) curtain— i don’t have to see anyone sitting to the left or right of me unless i make the effort

(e) conjunction— when i encounter a woman on the bus and she is wearing a hijab, we move together in synchronicity until one of us gets off the bus

(f) confinement— the hijab effectively becomes a jailhouse when i’m asked to put it on if the cost of not wearing it is humiliation for someone else


(g) collusion— when my sisters and i implicitly lie to elders in the community by never showing them the versions of ourselves that don’t wear the hijab

(h) continuity— i’ve gotten myself into a situation where a group outside of the community only knows me as someone who wears a hijab and there’s no turning back

(i) conflation— i am the hijab, i am a support system for the hijab, i don’t know where the hijab starts and where i begin  


(j) congeniality— if i am not wearing the hijab, i might be perceived as unfriendly, unapproachable or uppity to young women who wear the hijab and consider me one of them

(k) clueless— the fugue of waking up with the hijab on and not knowing how it got there, who i am or what’s happening   

(l) control— my super power is determining how i want my sexuality to be communicated


(m) chameleon— i can blend in with other hijabs and other faces that look like mine

(n) coalesce— i can be one giant hijab on one giant face with other hijabs and other faces

(o) captive— i am being held hostage at a memorial service or an exorcism or men are in the living room and i’m in the kitchen

(p) cold— it’s winter and my ears are cold


(q) coil— if i don’t wear a hijab, i could mess up the curl pattern of the hair my mother and mother’s mother gave me, cursing a generation of women with straight hair

(r) conspicuous— the hijab can make me stand and stick out loudly, boldly  

(s) contagion— i can reduce the spread of germs by not having to shake hands with, hug or hold a man


(t) colossal— i can feel like a massive structure   

(u) convince— people can see anyone they want to see, even someone more beautiful 

(v) contrivance— the hijab is artifice and you know when i am telling you the truth because i’m not wearing it

(w) costume— wearing the hijab is like performing dragimage

(x) conflict— i need to move to a new city where very few know my name and and nobody knows me as somebody with many contradictory and conflicting parts

(y) cost — my worth fluctuates like the stock market; sometimes i feel expensive and sometimes i feel free   

(z) contraband—  i’m suspicious and criminal and illegal wherever women are madeimage

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8 vegetables that you can regrow again and again.


You can regrow scallions by leaving an inch attached to the roots and place them in a small glass with a little water in a well-lit room.


When garlic begins to sprout, you can put them in a glass with a little water and grow garlic sprouts. The sprouts have a mild flavor than garlic and can be added to salads, pasta and other dishes.

Bok Choy

Bok choy can be regrown by placing the root end in water in a well-lit area. In 1-2 weeks, you can transplant it to a pot with soil and grow a full new head.


Put carrot tops in a dish with a little water. Set the dish in a well-lit room or a windowsill.  You’ll have carrot tops to use in salads. 


Put clippings from basil with 3 to 4-inch stems in a glass of water and place it in direct sunlight. When the roots are about 2 inches long, plant them in pots to and in time it will grow a full basil plant.


Cut off the base of the celery and place it in a saucer or shallow bowl of warm water in the sun. Leaves will begin to thicken and grow in the middle of the base, then transfer the celery to soil. 

Romaine Lettuce

Put romaine lettuce stumps in a 1/2 inch of water. Re-water to keep water level at 1/2 inch. After a few days, roots and new leaves will appear and you can transplant it into soil.


The stems of cilantro will grown when placed in a glass of water. Once the roots are long enough, plant them in a pot in a well-lit room. You will have a full plant in a few months.

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"I will have an undergraduate class, let’s say a young white male student, politically correct, who will say: “I am only a bourgeois white male, I can’t speak.” … I say to them: “Why not develop a certain degree of rage against the history that has written such an abject script for you that you are silenced?” Then you begin to investigate what it is that silences you, rather than take this very determinist position—since my skin colour is this, since my sex is this, I cannot speak… From this position, then, I say you will of course not speak in the same way about the Third World material, but if you make it your task not only to learn what is going on there through language, through specific programmes of study, but also at the same time through a historical critique of your position as the investigating person, then you will have earned the right to criticize, you be heard. When you take the position of not doing your homework—“I will not criticize because of my accident of birth, the historical accident”—that is the much more pernicious position."

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A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."


There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

I’m just gonna keep reblogging this because this is truly how white America works. Like people have their weddings on plantations, Blackface was and still is a major source of entertainment and the biggest movie of all time was Gone With the Wind. White America will kill Black people and then smile and laugh and enjoy their day it sickens me that we’re treated this way.

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As anger erupted again on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, a human rights team from Amnesty International worked on the ground in the US for the first time ever.

Confrontation flared up after an autopsy found that Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was fatally shot by an officer on 9 August, had suffered at six bullet wounds including one in the top of his head.

Eye-witnesses report seeing police, with no visible ID badges, hurling tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters and threatening members of the press in another night of demonstrations.

Amnesty International, said it would be observing police and protester activity and gathering testimonies as well as training local activists “on methods of non-violent protest” in an “unprecedented” move by the campaigners.

Amnesty International USA’s Executive Director, Steven W Hawkins said that the “people of Ferguson have the right to protest peacefully the lack of accountability for Michael Brown’s shooting”.

Jasmine Heiss, one of the 13-strong team sent by Amnesty, told Buzzfeed that the limits placed on the organisation’s access to post-curfew areas was indicative of “the overall lack of transparency in this investigation”.

Complex Magazine said that police had opened fire into the crowds without warning three hours before the midnight curfew began, causing some children and members of the media to be hit with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Two black journalists from Complex also said that they had been racially profiled, being refused re-entry into the press area whereas white members of the press had been.


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"From 2006 to 2012, a white police officer killed a black person at least twice a week in this country." - MHP

Melissa Harris-Perry gives a heart-wrenching tribute to the deaths of black men that have occurred at the hands of police in the past decade.


"From 2006 to 2012, a white police officer killed a black person at least twice a week in this country." - MHP

Melissa Harris-Perry gives a heart-wrenching tribute to the deaths of black men that have occurred at the hands of police in the past decade.

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