Dying is a Wild Night

Nouvel•New album

de•by Mélissa Laveaux

Février•February 2013

You should not
have to rip yourself
into pieces to keep
others whole.

i am seeing less and less of you (via pukin)

(Source: stolenwine, via radicalheart82)

stay-human:

I cannot recommend this video enough. This woman breaks it down perfectly.

The Stories That Europe Tells Itself About Its Colonial History

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“She said once she was shocked that her son while being taught Belgian history, was taught nothing about Congo. She said “They teach my son in school that he must help the poor Africans, but they don’t teach him about what Belgium did in Congo.” Of course, all countries are evasive about the past for which they feel ashamed, but I was shocked by what seemed to me not evasiveness but an erasure of history

If her son doesn’t learn that the modern Congo State began a hundred years ago as the personal property of a Belgian king, who was desperate to get wealthy from ivory and rubber, if her son doesn’t learn that the hands of Congolese people were chopped off for not producing enough resources to meet the king’s greed, if her son doesn’t learn that the Belgian government later led Congo with a deliberate emphasis on not producing an educated class, so that Congolese could become clerks and mechanics but couldn’t go to university, if her son doesn’t learn that more recently, even though it was the Americans who installed the Mobutu dictatorship, Belgium was a major force behind the scenes propping him up, if this young Belgian boy, knows nothing about these incidents, then, at some point, they would perhaps no longer have happened because the past after all is the past because we collectively acknowledged that it is so. 

This young Belgian boy would grow up to see Africa only as a place that requires his aid, his help, his charity with no complications for him. A place that can help him show how compassionate he can be, and most of all, a place whose present has no connection to Europe. 

It is not that Europe has denied its colonial history. Instead, Europe has developed a way of telling the story of its colonial history that ultimately seeks to erase that history”

(Source: fredjoiner, via ethiopienne)

I bought this issue of ELLE. I will be vocal about how I bought it. I will read the (spoiler!) vapid article. I will send a reader feedback email pointing out that there is room for improvement. I want to show them that putting a woman of colour on the cover is bankable and that they should do it again. Because in a country where only 10% of the population is blonde, there shouldn’t be 90% blondes on covers. Covers need to reflect diversity so that little girls with all kinds of kinks in their hair and all kinds of shades to their skin know that they are visible, beautiful, praised for their hard work and craft and represented in a positive light. Who knows, they just might grow up recognizing their beauty. #VisibilityMatters

I bought this issue of ELLE. I will be vocal about how I bought it. I will read the (spoiler!) vapid article. I will send a reader feedback email pointing out that there is room for improvement. I want to show them that putting a woman of colour on the cover is bankable and that they should do it again. Because in a country where only 10% of the population is blonde, there shouldn’t be 90% blondes on covers. Covers need to reflect diversity so that little girls with all kinds of kinks in their hair and all kinds of shades to their skin know that they are visible, beautiful, praised for their hard work and craft and represented in a positive light. Who knows, they just might grow up recognizing their beauty. #VisibilityMatters

#StokelyCarmichael (1966) I fear our political “leaders” have no conscience.

#StokelyCarmichael (1966) I fear our political “leaders” have no conscience.

theparisreview:

“The shadow life. He saw it everywhere—it was a kind of second sight—but what use was it? He looked back at his passenger, her face anxious, turned away. Her window misted, a single cloud. What could she possibly see?”
Read Zadie Smith’s new story “Big Week,” available, for free, through the summer.
Photo via.

theparisreview:

“The shadow life. He saw it everywhere—it was a kind of second sight—but what use was it? He looked back at his passenger, her face anxious, turned away. Her window misted, a single cloud. What could she possibly see?”

Read Zadie Smith’s new story “Big Week,” available, for free, through the summer.

Photo via.

gradientlair:

janetmock:

Three years ago, I first told my story in Marie Claire. Today, I am proud to announce that I am joining the magazine’s editorial team as a Contributing Editor. In my role, I will write for the print and online versions of the magazine, act as a brand ambassador and contribute insight and ideas about culture and beauty, politics and pop culture.

Congrats. ❤ 

gradientlair:

janetmock:

Three years ago, I first told my story in Marie Claire. Today, I am proud to announce that I am joining the magazine’s editorial team as a Contributing Editor. In my role, I will write for the print and online versions of the magazine, act as a brand ambassador and contribute insight and ideas about culture and beauty, politics and pop culture.

Congrats.  

(via chescaleigh)

On my way back…

On my way back…

Goodnight Wien…

Goodnight Wien…

I am calling this a “work-ation” because I haven’t stopped giggling since I got here. Also - so hot and sunny and gorgeous and lively. (at Ando)

I am calling this a “work-ation” because I haven’t stopped giggling since I got here. Also - so hot and sunny and gorgeous and lively. (at Ando)

Vienna is my ________. ❤️ (at Thaliastrasse Wien)

Vienna is my ________. ❤️ (at Thaliastrasse Wien)