Anonymous said: yo! I have $20 i'm standing in front of a KFC and a fucking Church's chicken... I'm the mood for chicken, Which place should i head into?

cosbyykidd:

imsoshive:

cosbyykidd:

You need to love yourself and drive to Popeyes.

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boots-n-cats:

cubebreaker:

The Rethink Homelessness campaign aims to dispel stereotypes and remind us that the circumstances which lead to living on the streets could happen to each and every one of us.

I reblog this in dedication to a special someone.

He knows who he is.

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metallica4life:

SOA

One of the best collaborations to happen during my lifetime and my favorite song from Significant Other. I used to see this video every day and I never got tired of it. 

youngblackandvegan:

she is just beautiful!

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kickoffcoverage:

TWEET OF THE DAY:
Drew Brees tweets that he’s been randomly selected for drug tests after saying he could play until he was 45 years old.

Bitches. No fake ass steroid-gate better come from this either. 

kickoffcoverage:

TWEET OF THE DAY:

Drew Brees tweets that he’s been randomly selected for drug tests after saying he could play until he was 45 years old.

Bitches. No fake ass steroid-gate better come from this either. 

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behind-the-book:

K-12 Reading List

Back in May, a group of diverse authors made a public call to action in order to directly address the absence of diversity in children’s literature and the lack of action to fix the issue. They created the #weneeddiversebooks campaign. On May 1st, they asked people to post photos of themselves holding signs about how diverse books have enriched their lives and how the lack of diversity has affected them, on May 2nd they asked people to share their thoughts about diverse books via a twitter chat, and on May 3rd, they asked people to make the effort to diversify their shelves. The movement became a sensation, and has inspired even more people to make an effort to invest in diverse content that accurately reflects our population.

Behind the Book is elated that this movement exists. We’ve always championed the need for diverse books since we serve communities that are predominantly of color. Studies show that for kids, the lack of diversity in books is detrimental to their development, but seeing themselves reflected in protagonists raises their self-esteem and solidifies their sense of self in society. We also think it’s empowering for kids to see authors and illustrators that look like them as they’re responsible for creating the content the students love. This shows them that they too can become the authors of their own stories.

Now is the perfect time to diversify your reading material if you haven’t already. Whether you’re going on a plane to visit relatives, stuck on the train going to Coney Island, or bored at home, get lost in these fabulous stories of courage, love and family. Here’s our epic list of books that reflect the diversity of our wonderful city.

Harlem’s Little Black Bird by Renee Watson, a Behind the Book author

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke

Brush of the Gods by Lenore Look

Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown

Giant Steps to Change the World by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! by Pat Mora

One Love by Cedella Marley

This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt

Bessie Smith and the Night Riders by Sue Stauffacher

Duck for Turkey Day by Jacqueline Jules

For descriptions, click behind the read more!

(Use the following links to be directed to the (early) Elementary, Middle Grade and High School lists)

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atane:

artisfreed0m:

titspirationall:

atane:

So the NYPD is at it again. This time they have choked a 7 month pregnant Black woman. Her offense? She was grilling in front of her house. This is over a damn grill.

Right on cue, people are already talking about the NYPD needing sensitivity training etc. They don’t get it. This is what the NYPD does. It’s not about a lack of training. They are looking for any reason to inflict fear and escalate a situation so they can use as much force as possible. I don’t know how many more incidents need to happen to make it click in their heads that the police is terrorizing Black communities. How much more ridiculous do these situations need to get? You tell me what warrants choking a pregnant woman for grilling in front of her house. Damn whether that is not allowed or not. You know what you do in that situation as a cop? You give her a citation or a fine. Not the NYPD, they choke and assault pregnant Black women.

This makes me think of the post that was going around a little while ago that said that kids should be taught to hate the cops because even a “good cop” does horrible things as “part of the job.” As Atane said, this is what they do! They intimidate, harass, escalate, and assault. that is what the police do. all day long.

I believe and agree that we are falling into a police state. I’ve seen the recent videos of chokeholds. Before I say more I would like to mention that in the NYPD the supervisors are the ones with tasers, not normal officers. That being said, when someone is violently resisting arrest they use hands. They don’t have other non-lethal force besides their hands and a nightstick, at least to my knowledge, that they can use. If you know that you are innocent then let lawyers do the talking for you because, as everyone knows, what you say will be held against you. And any fighting with an officer will cause suspicion. I mean, that’s just common sense. I’m by no means saying that what they did was right, and they broke police code as well. The cops should very well be punished for this. But to say that all cops are bad is extremely biased. Just as biased as making racial slurs. Cops are humans too, and will provide help if deserved. No one wants to help an asshole in any instance. So until they start barging into homes without warrants, indefinitely detaining you, not provide a lawyer, shooting and killing an innocent person, then hate them as a person. Not all cops will do these things. Believe it or not some cops actually want to uphold the law in the way it was supposed to be.

Will we ever get to a point when someone doesn’t chime in to say “not all cops”? The system is corrupt. Individual “good cops” are irrelevant. They are part of a system. Being a good cop doesn’t negate arrests and citations based on quotas, stop and frisk (don’t kid yourself about it being over), “broken windows” policies, Rockefeller drug laws etc. Good cops enforce those things everyday. The system is broken (or rather working as intended) and it targets Black people specifically. This is a systemic problem. White bankers aren’t being choked out in public for minor infractions. Black people are. Stop and frisk was literally the NYPD violating the rights of Black people on the street. Stop talking about good cops.

Ask yourself what’s constructive about anything you said. When people are subjected to systematic brutality, there are always those who chime in to say “not all”, as if that’s in anyway meaningful. Go and tell Eric Garner about good cops. They all watched him die on a sidewalk when one of their colleagues illegally choked him and they all pounced on him and slammed his head on the sidewalk. Where were the good officers to stop officer Pantaleo? Also, good cops are relative. They might be wonderful in your community, but they are terrors in another.

As a word of advice, when people are highlighting injustice and victimization, it’s not a cue for you to tell people that “not all” of the group that brutalizes them are bad. Would you go to a women’s rape crisis center to say that not all men rape? Do you have to do that? It’s an assholish thing to do. Maybe you don’t know that. Consider this me telling you that it’s an asshole move. Are you an asshole? If not, then stop acting like one by injecting the tired and unnecessary “not all” commentary. No one cares about “not all” in a system that is brutal and oppressive.

AMEN!

copperkiwi:

ninjaeyecandy:

4gifs:

Bully messes with karate champ. [video]

The source video is very, very worth watching. A few things to point out:
The young woman in the dark coat is continually trying to escape from the man. She has spoken to him, she’s pulled away, she’s even tried to walk away before he dragged her back. She hit him as a last resort but it didn’t do anything, he just got more aggressive.
The girl in the white jacket was walking by, recognized that a bad situation was happening, stopped, and intervened. At 0:28 she calls the man out, and continues to call him out until he breaks off attacking the young woman in the dark coat and turns his aggression on her. At which point she defends herself—and then she escorts the young woman in the dark coat safely away.
This is a hero.

Bringing this back.

#YouOkSis

copperkiwi:

ninjaeyecandy:

4gifs:

Bully messes with karate champ. [video]

The source video is very, very worth watching. A few things to point out:

The young woman in the dark coat is continually trying to escape from the man. She has spoken to him, she’s pulled away, she’s even tried to walk away before he dragged her back. She hit him as a last resort but it didn’t do anything, he just got more aggressive.

The girl in the white jacket was walking by, recognized that a bad situation was happening, stopped, and intervened. At 0:28 she calls the man out, and continues to call him out until he breaks off attacking the young woman in the dark coat and turns his aggression on her. At which point she defends herself—and then she escorts the young woman in the dark coat safely away.

This is a hero.

Bringing this back.

#YouOkSis

(Source: 4gifs, via dynastylnoire)

flydef:

22 years ago today (7/28/92) Mary J. Blige dropped her debut album “What’s The 411?”

flydef:

22 years ago today (7/28/92) Mary J. Blige dropped her debut album “What’s The 411?”