Way back we found kids tearing apart beloved books on Twitter using the #worstbookever hashtag (part one, part two). Since then, maybe some of the books have changed, but kids’ agony over assigned reading hasn’t. Here are some of the best:
Aromatherapy, that is, the use of scent to affect mood, seems the quintessential “new age” practice. Yet, it works. You see we have since birth associated certain scents with certain memories and emotions. This is not just a female thing. My dad, as macho a guy as ever lived,…
“I want to fall to sleep with you,
and I could care less
whether it is in
layers upon layers
or only our skin–
all I really want is to wake up
where I end and you begin.”—Beau Taplin,"A Goodnight" (via floranymph)
“I swear to god, ‘Turn Down for What’ has killed someone. I’ve been at parties that are chill, maybe even winding down, and that song comes on and people take five shots in a row and start throwing chairs in the air.”—The dark side of Lil Jon. (via mightequinn)
I’ll be honest; I went natural for political reasons. I went natural because when I got a relaxer for the first time as a little girl, my first thought was “I now have pretty hair like the white girls.” And so while I was deconstructing my own internalized anti-Blackness and self hatred, that meant I needed to embrace my natural looks and “beauty.” Learn that my hair didn’t need to be straightened to be “beautiful.” And that I didn’t need to whitewash my image to be “beautiful.”
But as I ventured into natural hair vloggers, blogs, and communities, I saw that a lot of women were trying to take that aspect out of the movement. They would insist that their reasoning for going natural was because they wanted a natural lifestyle in general. It simply went along with their new vegan diets. Or it was just a whim with no thought. No motive. And while that seems ideal, the issue is we don’t live in a vacuum. And Black hair is political. And just because you didn’t personally go natural for political reasons doesn’t mean the political aspect to it magically disappeared.
But these women didn’t want to talk about that. Our hair shouldn’t be political, they said. White girls can do whatever and it’s not a huge issue. Why can’t we be free?
Because our hair is political. Our existence is political. Anything a Black person does is political. Should it have to be? Hell no. But, again, we don’t live in a vacuum. And so it is. That is our lives. And ignoring that isn’t going to make any changes. In fact, it takes away the context of things, and the results are this: it’s so accessible, so mainstream, so comfortable for the masses that white people don’t even think twice before slapping the label on themselves.
“since i started locing my hair, and even before then, I’ve really come to realize just how deep and unconscious the hate for black hair is specifically evident within the natural hair community/movement. Where they had to come up with a system of classifying our hair texture, making curlier, looser hair types seem superior to nappier textures. we’ve done this unconsciously. forcing ourselves to do twist outs, braid outs and bantu knots, etc. etc. to achieve these “natural curls” and using product after product to maximize our “curls” when the majority of our hair isn’t really even curly at all. The purpose of the natural hair movement, i thought, was to reconnect african women with pride and acceptance of our hair type not to further divide ourselves still following after white standards of beauty. it’s the classic story of the jiggaboos vs. the wannabes all over again. i’m highly skeptically of the women who have somehow become the faces of the natural hair movement, who don’t even advocate black pride, who aren’t even fighting the black struggle, with their sponsorships from these so called “natural hair care companies” and i won’t even get into the bullshit that is the “heat free hair movement.” what they are doing is more damage to the black women who really do advocate for natural hair and are fighting everyday for the black community, men and women. don’t be brainwashed by that bullshit.”—mj (via iammelanin)