This started out as a blog about my kids and (ex)husband but has evolved into my thoughts about life and the world we live in. My life isn't even close to what it was when I first started this posting. I'm finding that I'm much more of a feminist than I once thought, and I'm learning more and more that my blackness is beautiful and desirable. I'm not single, have three children, and work full time. I live in the South.


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Sep 16, 2014
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thatdudeemu:

I love my skin!

This is so important for children of color to see

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Sep 15, 2014
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girl-non-grata:

Please note: “everyone who works retail, admin, or labor” is pretty much everyone. I can’t remember the last time I worked somewhere without “security” cameras that monitored employees.

I’m having a good laugh right now because our associates just got collectively reprimanded for leaning on the counters during 8 hour shifts on their feet, because it isn’t “professional” looking.  So apparently they can put up with a camera over their shoulder to make sure they do their jobs correctly, but a cop with a gun cant?  

Also you’re not privileged to privacy on the job. What do you need so much privacy for unless you know you’re doing something you ain’t supposed to?


Haha this shit

onlyblackgirl:

phoenix-ace:

girl-non-grata:

Please note: “everyone who works retail, admin, or labor” is pretty much everyone. I can’t remember the last time I worked somewhere without “security” cameras that monitored employees.

I’m having a good laugh right now because our associates just got collectively reprimanded for leaning on the counters during 8 hour shifts on their feet, because it isn’t “professional” looking.  So apparently they can put up with a camera over their shoulder to make sure they do their jobs correctly, but a cop with a gun cant?  

Also you’re not privileged to privacy on the job. What do you need so much privacy for unless you know you’re doing something you ain’t supposed to?

Haha this shit

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Sep 14, 2014
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So now when you do Alt + Reblog, the reblog symbol turns green, “explodes” and then disappears.

the-doctor-and-his-companions:

ask-pinkamena-diane-p:

theshelbylife:

incestuous-lesbianponies:

laurarw:

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I THOUGHT THIS WAS KIDDING SOGMLASG


HOLY SHIT

((Fuck, I’m on mobile))

If you your on mobile you can just hold the reblog button down

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Sep 11, 2014
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notherebyaccident:

Photos of kids going to school in various parts of the world.

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Sep 8, 2014
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NYPD Cops Arrest Mom Who Was Waiting For Family To Return From Restroom [TW: Racism, Ethnocentrism, White Privilege] »

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thepoliticalfreakshow:

Chaumtoli Huq was standing alone outside a Ruby Tuesday’s in Times Square in July when New York City police officers told her to move. She says she wasn’t in anyone’s way, she wasn’t blocking the sidewalk — she was just waiting for her husband and two young children, 6 and 10, to come outside after using the restroom. 

That’s when the cops arrested her.

DNAinfo, which first reported on the arrest, says Huq “said the officers pinned her against the wall, prompting her to say, ‘I can’t move, I can’t move.’”

Huq told The New Civil Rights Movement in an email conversation that police pushed her “against the wall of Ruby Tuesday, and I screamed ‘Help,’” as this image, taken by a bystander, shows.

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She says when the police arrested her they pulled her arm up, causing pain and scars. Another officer, Huq says, was squeezing her arm “so I had to walk bent over,” as this photo, taken by the same bystander, shows.

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"My shoe was gone. All in public as folks watched." It was "humiliating," Huq adds.

As it turns out, Chaumtoli Huq is a human rights attorney. She says she is on leave from her position as general counsel for NYC Public Advocate Letitia James. And she says she’s suing.

"When I was arrested," Huq tells The New Civil Rights Movement, "I was with my family, and we had left a rally for children in Palestine who were being injured, killed because of the conflict, and [were] heading to a picnic in Brooklyn."

"At that moment, I was a mom, a loving partner to my husband of 12 years, but I became in a second the arresting officer’s ‘prisoner.’ He said to me when he was searching my purse and took my identification and when I objected, that I was his prisoner and he could do whatever he wanted."

The New York Daily News reports that when Huq “said she was in pain, one of the officers, Ryan Lathrop, allegedly told her, ‘Shut your mouth.’ When he found out she had a different last name than her hubby, he told her ‘In America, wives take the names of their husbands.’”

She was held for nine hours after the officers falsely claimed she had refused instructions to move and had “flailed her arms and twisted her body” to make it hard for them to handcuff her, the suit says.

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Huq, who is 42, says she is currently “on a fellowship to investigate labor conditions in Bangladesh after the collapse of Rana Plaza.” She says, “I think that as a mom [that] I can be reduced and humiliated and separated from my family is what impacts me most to this day. My son asked me: ‘Why did the officer arrest you?’”

Raising a boy of color, and knowing how youth of color are vulnerable to over-policing, made me think, this is not about me but about my life’s work of protecting New Yorkers.

If at this moment, I didn’t step up and advocate for their rights, then, how can I authentically call myself an advocate for New Yorker.

As for the lawsuit, Huq says, “I am demanding in my suit and through community groups: (1) the officer to be removed; (2) training for NYPD on Muslim and South Asia community as well as gender: (3) change in city policy on over-policing in communities of color; (4) resources for youth of color who are most vulnerable to over-policing and whose life chances are most impacted by a criminal record.”

Source: David Badash for The New Civil Rights Movement

so when them body cameras coming in…


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Sep 8, 2014
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blacksupervillain:

this book is pretty much the holy grail and sum total of things that I want to cook and make one day. I just look through it some days and whisper “soon”

I need to find this

blacksupervillain:

this book is pretty much the holy grail and sum total of things that I want to cook and make one day. I just look through it some days and whisper “soon”

I need to find this


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Sep 7, 2014
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holybolognajabronies:

dynastylnoire:

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coconuttygrey:

collegehumor:

Cookware has never been more exciting.

Finish reading —>  7 Signs You’re Becoming an Adult

But- but cookware is exciting…

…I was just raving to my friend about my new electric kettle earlier today.

I love new cookware. :(

Hell, I get excited buying jeans. Like FUCK YEA MY ASS LOOKS BEAUTIFUL IN THESE NEW JEANS excitement lol

When I got my 50ish dollar vacuum that was made for picking up pet hair I was so excited. I still get excited. y’all don’t understand. Most pet hair vacs are more than 80 dollars. If you have a pet and don’t get a pet hair vac, you vacuum will die and ugly death even after your ex boyfriend has performed emergency surgery to remove the clogs.

oh my God, and I adore my counter top dishwasher. If you hate doing dishes you need one. they will change your life.

…and everywhere is fucking loud okay.

So I’m apparently a big-ass grown-ass kid still… good.. good

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Sep 7, 2014
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plannedparenthood:

Cliteracy by sophiawallace

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Sep 6, 2014
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How I like to spend my Saturday night

How I like to spend my Saturday night


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Sep 6, 2014
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socialjusticekoolaid:

"All I did — what I did was — was release the videotape to you, because I had to," Jackson told reporters on Aug. 15 when asked why he released the robbery footage. "I’d been sitting on it, but I — too many people put in a [Freedom of Information Act] request for that thing, and I had to release that tape to you."

Writing for The Blot, Matthew Keys reports that the police department did not receive any specific requests for the videotape.

"A review of open records requests sent to the Ferguson Police Department found that no news organization, reporter or individual specifically sought the release of the surveillance tape before police distributed it on Aug. 15," Keys writes.

Journalist Andrew Perez also said that he has tried to get the documents to show who sent FOIA requests for the recording.

"I requested all requests for the videotape too, and they produced a ton of docs but no requests for the tape," Perez tweeted.

Perez also tweeted that, when asked, Ferguson Police spokesperson Tim Zoll couldn’t think of any specific requests for the tape.

Your daily reminder the Ferguson Police Department participated in a large-scale conspiracy to slander and demonize Michael Brown, while protecting his murderer, fellow officer Darren Wilson. How and why anyone could still be defending these armed thugsis beyond me. #staywoke #farfromover 

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