“We had just gotten off tour with Mudhoney, and I decided to stage-dive. I was wearing a dress and I didn’t realize what I was engendering in the audience. It was a huge audience and they were kind of going ape-shit. So I just dove off the stage, and suddenly, it was like my dress was being torn off of me, my underwear was being torn off of me, people were putting their fingers inside of me and grabbing my breasts really hard, screaming things in my ears like “pussy-whore-cunt”. When I got back onstage I was naked. I felt like Karen Finley. But the worst thing of all was that I saw a photograph of it later. Someone took a picture of me right when this was happening, and I had this big smile on my face like I was pretending it wasn’t happening. So later I wrote a song called “Asking For It” based on the whole experience. I can’t compare it to rape because it’s not the same. But in a way it was. I was raped by an audience, figuratively, literally, and yet, was I asking for it?”
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10:46 pm • 24 May 2013 • 13,637 notes
“Before going back to college, i knew i didn’t want to be an intellectual, spending my life in books and libraries without knowing what the hell is going on in the streets. Theory without practice is just as incomplete as practice without theory. The two have to go together.”
— Assata Shakur
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2:50 pm • 24 May 2013 • 3,861 notes
10 things to do when you are broken.
2. be broken.
3. pray again.
4. write/draw/sing. whatever you want. just create something beautiful.
5. if it is the daytime, do not shut out the light. let it pull you together. and if it is night, sit obstinately in the lull of it.
6. bury your fears, even if only for a moment. your future has already forgotten them.
7. forgive yourself.
8. forgive yourself.
9. forgive yourself.
10. remember you are only human.
and repeat as necessary.
2:50 pm • 24 May 2013 • 497 notes
Ran across a great book while doing research on racism in the environmental movement.
Black & Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places
Each person interviewed talks about what they do outdoors and when/how they first became attracted to nature. They also discuss their views on (usually) being the only Black/Brown person in a “wild place” and on what they think keeps other people of color from experiencing the wild outdoors (variety of reasons given… poverty, too many responsibilities at home, not wanting to expose themselves to overt racism in small town America, etc.) .
The author of the book is Dudley Edmondson, a Black nature photographer/writer. So yeah.. the book has amazing photographs but also a great message: “Nature without question is for everyone.”
The purpose of the book is to encourage more Black people to discover nature and also for people to quit talking about what we don’t do. We (can) do everything!
I’m a nature enthusiast myself, and I’d love to not be the only Black person for miles and miles all the time. I cannot remember ever having any racist experiences on any of my little adventures… however, people in the book share some unfortunate stories. But, don’t let a fear of racist events stop you from enjoying nature. The land is a part of our culture! It is only in the last hundred years or so that Black people have become urbanized. Before this, we always had a relationship with nature. It’s time to reconnect!
12:12 pm • 21 May 2013 • 349 notes
I’m willing to watch that horrible movie just over this sappy feelgood stuff.
12:09 pm • 21 May 2013 • 202,457 notes