maaaaan the lengths black men have to go to to protect their pride and egos living under the pressure of this society really scare me. i hope to god i’m able to raise my son if i have one to be able to take Ls gracefully and know when to back down and understand it doesn’t make him less of a man because my heart literally breaks thinking of how many black men (and boys) lost their lives or compromised their spirits because they think their reputation or their pride is all they have to live for and all that makes them worthy so protecting it and defending it matters more than their lives.
— bell hooks in conversation with Melissa Harris Perry over the representation of black women in films, like 12 Years A Slave, at the event "Black Female Voices: Who is Listening?" (via unapologeticexistence)
Loving my body…fat, flaws and all
FOR THE FELLAS
Congratulations to Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy they are celebrating yet another year of extraordinary success.For the fifth year in a row, all 240 seniors at the all-African-American-male high school have earned acceptance letters into a four-year college or university!!!!!
On Tuesday, the Class of 2014 celebrated their momentous occasion during a traditional ceremony where they exchanged their red uniform ties for a red-and-gold striped tie - a tradition done in observance of their achievement.
“The tie represents to me moving on from a boy to becoming a young man and actually doing something with my life,” graduating senior Dumar Harris told NBC Chicago. The mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel attended the ceremony Tuesday to give the students a few encouraging words. Dwayne Wade has also donated $10,000 through his foundation, Wade’s World.
Black make excellence
Two days before the Smile Jamaica concert, gunmen appeared at Marley’s home and shot him, Rita Marley, and his manager Don Taylor. No one was killed. Marley performed, but not before showing his wounds to the crowd.
The failed assassination would serve as the inspiration for his song "Ambush in the Night"
Competitors for the Carnival Queen title rehearsing at Holborn Hall, Gray’s Inn Road, London.
The first Caribbean Carnival (the precursor to Notting Hill Carnival) was held in St Pancras Town Hall in January 1959.
Contenders for the role of Carnival Queen rehearsing for the first Caribbean Carnival, London, January 1959. Photographer Chris Ware.
Faye Craig was crowned “Carnival Queen” and won a trip to carnival in Trinidad the following year.
There were 12 contestants, all from the UK’s West Indian community - 6 Jamaicans, 6 Trinidadians, 1 from British Guiana and 1 Vincentian. From left to right, Fay Craig, Faye Sparkes, Charmain Ourre, Shirley Robinson, June Allison Bailey, Beryl Cunningham, Ronia Richards, Carlita Callymore, Monica Dwyer and Terez Wiggins.
The beauty contest was championed by Claudia Jones, a leading Black political activist, founder and editor of the West Indian Gazette, and ‘Mother of Notting Hill Carnival’. Claudia Jones was also a supporter of beauty and hairdressing salons run by West Indian women and insisted that the West India Gazette carry beauty tips as way to communicate to a female audience the goals of Black self-realisation and valuing Black women’s beauty.
"this was before the Black Power Days. This was well before we all knew that we were beautiful. We might not have know it, but she knew, and she started this beauty contest." - Corinne Skinner Carter