z. ayofemi

"You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life."

- Albert Camus (via glamour)

Oct 15
Oct 15

dynamicafrica:

Spotlight: Photographer Damion Reid and the “Beauty of the Black Woman” Project.

How do you describe what a black woman is? How do you even begin to define her?

You don’t. You leave that up to her.

As black women, as black people, we are well aware of our complexities - whether inherited or otherwise. What’s more, despite our differences being used to divide and separate us, whether through experience or heritage, history has played out in such a way that we are and will always be connected to each other in ways words cannot even begin to describe. As romantic as this may sound, and though there is so much beauty in who we are, there’s a lot of pain that we are still forced to triumph through. Despite all this, as we combat that which has manifested in our lives through both structural and internal racism, it’s so important that we look for ways to find and recreate ourselves on our terms.

Living in a world where black women have to constantly defend their existence and personally find ways to continuously reaffirm their beauty and self-worth, it’s hard not to love what Damion Reid does.

As a Communications Major, Reid was, to say the least, troubled by the negative images and stories he’d often come across of Black women and Black people in the Diaspora. In the Spring of 2002, armed with his camera and desire to show the multi-faceted reality of Black women, he began approaching women he’d see in public in an attempt to capture the “Beauty of the Black Woman.”

Ridding himself of mainstream notions of what beauty is or is supposed to look like, Reid opted to go for something deeper when approaching women, "I share a spiritual bond with Black Women. They are the only people that can understand what me a Black Male goes through. That is beauty to me. I go with my feelings. If it feels right to approach someone, I will do it."

So far, the responses Reid has received have been incredibly positive and wonderfully surprising, “Sometimes the Women are shocked that I want to photograph them. They were not used to be called beautiful, much less photographed.”

For Reid, this is a “never-ending project.” He does plan on taking things further and is currently working on a project that concerns Black men in the Diaspora. 

All photos courtesy of Damion Reid.

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Oct 13

Blue at the Louvre.

Cute

(Source: thequeenbey, via madein-losangeles)

yologamby:

Janelle: Y’all, ain’t that…..?

Bey: Mmhmm…

Solange: Mmmhmmm….

Erykah: Mmhmm…..
Oct 13

yologamby:

Janelle: Y’all, ain’t that…..?

Bey: Mmhmm…

Solange: Mmmhmmm….

Erykah: Mmhmm…..

theblackamericanprincess:

geekscoutcookies:

violetverdeau:

rhapsodybrohemian:

This is so perfect.

What a great use of vertical space.

I legit fell in love with this layout

i want. just add in bookshelves. lots of em
Oct 13

theblackamericanprincess:

geekscoutcookies:

violetverdeau:

rhapsodybrohemian:

This is so perfect.

What a great use of vertical space.

I legit fell in love with this layout

i want. just add in bookshelves. lots of em

(Source: wickedmind, via beautiful-ambition)

(Source: black-culture, via beautiful-ambition)

Oct 13
Black empowerment is not racism.
vegan-yums:

vegan “flaky donuts” with blackberry-cream cheese filling and lemon glaze / recipe
Oct 13

vegan-yums:

vegan “flaky donuts” with blackberry-cream cheese filling and lemon glaze / recipe

blacknoonajade:

baddygirl-2:

beautiful-ambition:

I’m just gonna leave this here…

*emoji eyes*


DAMN!
Oct 13

blacknoonajade:

baddygirl-2:

beautiful-ambition:

I’m just gonna leave this here…

*emoji eyes*

DAMN!

(via queenpoetic)

Oct 13

(Source: justice4mikebrown)

tvsand16s:

Cornel West arrested in Ferguson (10/13/14). That’s how they’re feeling out there. Wow. 
Oct 13

tvsand16s:

Cornel West arrested in Ferguson (10/13/14). That’s how they’re feeling out there. Wow. 

humansofnewyork:

“My happiest memories are from when I was growing up in South Carolina. I remember sitting in the kitchen, waiting on breakfast and listening to the coffee perkin’. My grandmother had her own garden, and my grandfather had his own grocery store, so we always had fresh vegetables and grits and bacon and eggs. That was a big deal back then in the 50’s— for a black man to own a grocery store. If someone needed credit, my grandfather would just write their name in a book. And if they couldn’t pay, he’d just forget about it. He was shorter than I was, and very quiet. But everybody respected him. He used to walk to the store every morning before dawn, with a 38’ in his hand. Every night he’d walk home with that same gun in his hand. Even the white delivery men called him Mr. Robinson. MISTER Robinson.”
Oct 13

humansofnewyork:

“My happiest memories are from when I was growing up in South Carolina. I remember sitting in the kitchen, waiting on breakfast and listening to the coffee perkin’. My grandmother had her own garden, and my grandfather had his own grocery store, so we always had fresh vegetables and grits and bacon and eggs. That was a big deal back then in the 50’s— for a black man to own a grocery store. If someone needed credit, my grandfather would just write their name in a book. And if they couldn’t pay, he’d just forget about it. He was shorter than I was, and very quiet. But everybody respected him. He used to walk to the store every morning before dawn, with a 38’ in his hand. Every night he’d walk home with that same gun in his hand. Even the white delivery men called him Mr. Robinson. MISTER Robinson.”

#us #blastfromthepast
Oct 12

#us #blastfromthepast

Oct 12

queenpoetic:

organicsomethings:

accrawalkintours:
Brazilian graffiti artist Alexandre Keto is currently in Ghana as part of his Africa tour. He’s together with another Ghanaian graffiti artist Moh Fsc Awudu working on some amazing projects in Accra. These are some of the stuff they’ve done so far.    

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garden-of-vegan:

Scrambled tofu breakfast sandwich: a toasted sprouted grain English muffin with melted Daiya cheddar on one half and vegan mayo on the other. Top with scrambled tofu (mushrooms, kale, and red onion sautéed with olive oil + crumbled tofu + lots of nutritional yeast, garlic powder, turmeric, chili powder, black salt, and pepper) and fresh spinach.
Oct 12

garden-of-vegan:

Scrambled tofu breakfast sandwich: a toasted sprouted grain English muffin with melted Daiya cheddar on one half and vegan mayo on the other. Top with scrambled tofu (mushrooms, kale, and red onion sautéed with olive oil + crumbled tofu + lots of nutritional yeast, garlic powder, turmeric, chili powder, black salt, and pepper) and fresh spinach.

Oct 10

My hood. #harlem