what was nasser's favorite american film? it's a... →
fun fact about Gamal Nasser, president of Egypt from 1954 to 1970 from FP: He loved American films, which he rented from MGM’s Cairo office… His good friend, the newspaper editor Mohammad Heikal, claimed that Nasser’s all-time favorite American film was Frank Capra’s syrupy Christmas tale, It’s a Wonderful Life… His sensibilities were thoroughly...
Tune In: Solange Knowles Does 'Yo Gabba Gabba!'... →
(via missbridge) if juels makes an appearance, it will be the cutest surprise ever. if his aunt shows up unexpectedly, it will be another ruined holiday. her abc special already took christmas- just let us have this one please bey, pleeease.
From poster child to CEO: increasing black faces... →
my hair thinks its minnie riperton today. so im...
twice as many teen girls painting their lashes... →
from Glamour.com: According to new research from the NPD Group, about 18 percent of girls that age are now wearing mascara and 15 percent are wearing eyeliner and/or lipstick. While I’m thankful that those are still relatively low percentages of girls, it’s troubling that the numbers have nearly doubled, no? Especially considering that women in older age categories say...
the mia born free video. amazing. on the message in the art, Jacques Morel writes in Refined Hype: M.I.A is Sri Lankan but a Tamil specifically. Realistically she is the only Tamil person in Western Media, so she feels she has to speak for her minority in Sri Lanka. (She states this in an interview with Tavis Smiley.) She’s sending a message. I love the video. When I first watched it, I was...
The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven’t...– Doris Lessing. I’ve been reading Prisons We Choose To Live Inside recently and i am in awe of how every thought that came from this womans mouth was quote worthy. i took this photo of my grandfather a few months back when i went to visit him in jamaica. listening to his stories, i know his...
I am an Afrikaans writer. I write in a language that is Dutch but not Dutch,...– Thomas Dreyer in his essay, “Linguistic Apartheid” for ForeignPolicy Magazine
things we wish the british would keep to... →
op-ed from last week in Times London says the UK’s 0.7% target for foreign aid is “absurd and outdated.” and not in the way you would think.
on brown faces and philanthropy →
“Until people of color are able to be the face of leadership in non-profit leadership, the sector will continue to show only one side of who we are.” hey guys, my piece on diversity inside humanitarian agencies is running on the Zora&Alice daily blog. would love to hear your thoughts. Love, Les
Florence and the Machine cover Mario Winan’s “I Don’t Wanna Know” I AM GOING BANANAS OVER THIS! incroyable. get it flo.
malcolm x killer free on parole →
The only man to admit shooting Malcolm X was freed Tuesday on parole, 45 years after he helped assassinate the civil rights leader, New York State officials said. The man, Thomas Hagan, the last person still serving time in the 1965 killing, was freed from a Manhattan prison where he spent two days a week under a work-release program, said Linda Foglia, a spokeswoman for the State Department...
six types of toxic friends and how to deal with... →
#mm be that easy. sade
i keep on dying again. maya
blackberrymolasses: I keep on dying again. Veins collapse, opening like the Small fists of sleeping Children. Memory of old tombs, Rotting flesh and worms do Not convince me against The challenge. The years And cold defeat live deep in Lines along my face. They dull my eyes, yet I keep on dying, Because I love to live -The Lesson by Maya Angelou
The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which...– E.M. Forster (via wordpainting) (via booklover)
the really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and...– david foster wallace
The rules are the rules. No talking. No checking in. Maybe a holiday and a...– jozen cummings, “I Never Stopped Caring” from his blog, Until I Get Married. i may or may not have shed a tear reading this.
Democrats would force CEOs to appear in campaign... →
put on a happy face.. If Democrats pass new campaign finance legislation this year, “corporations that decide to run political ads will have to put their chief executives on camera to claim credit,” the Hotline reports. “The new proposal, set to be introduced this spring, would force heads of organizations running ads to say they approve the message, much like candidates must...
on elections in sudan and "african standards" of... →
The Russian Special Envoy to Sudan was quoted in the Sudan Tribune on April 19 as saying that the elections should be judged by “African standards” as if, because it’s Africa, people should be willing to accept levels of transparency and accountability that are lower than elsewhere. If the story is true, it is offensive and it’s hard to see how it helps the thousands of Sudanese domestic...
The 10 Greenest Black Celebrities →
Surprises: Carmelo Anthony and Drake. No surprise: Erykah. Mistake: Bey. The pyro from her live show alone make our carbon footprint worse.