waffilitoo:

nyu-tah:

Isha Blaaker

ooooh nelley

waffilitoo:

nyu-tah:

Isha Blaaker

ooooh nelley

faith-in-humanity:

Dassanech Tribe Girl, Omorate, Omo Valley, Ethiopia by Eric Lafforgue on Flickr.
night school

amaalsdrifting:

My mother has taken to sharing her new words with me. She tells me that she has noticed the long words that her teacher sneaks into speak and writes onto the side of the board. My mother has made it her business to sit down on the computer in the front room and search the meaning of each word. Last week it was ‘riveting’ and she stopped her Somali tongue just to speak it into her speech. ‘How riveting is your face, Amaal’. I smile and say, ‘this is how you pronounce it. Repeat after me.’ She listens intently to each correction I make. I soften my tone. I do not want her to think there is any judgment. Each time I cross a word out of her homework she says, ‘aaah, I see’ and then smiles.

I remember learning English. I remember how they took me to another class on my own and made me sit there as the teacher spoke loudly at me. The day the girl dragged my body across the playground I walked into the nurse’s room with the side of my face bloody. I spoke at her and expected help but all she said was, ‘you what, love?’ Five years later and I tell the librarian my name and when she says, ‘you what, love?’ I walk back out.

My mother came home the other day and she said that the librarian made her repeat what she was saying five times. When my brother tells my mother, ‘you can’t pronounce it right,’ everything inside me aches. My sister and I used to ask my mother for help on our homework. She would sit us on the sofa each night and turn off the TV. She’d get the dictionary and ask us to spell the word. Many nights she pressed into the side of my face to whisper quietly, ‘please do well at school so you do not become me’.

She is sitting down with an assignment in the kitchen now. They have asked her to describe what she was before she came here. She reads her writing out loud to herself slowly. ‘Before I came here I was a young girl and now I feel like an old woman. The father of my children wanted to marry me. He moved me to Europe. We wanted a better education for them than we had. If I had gone to school I would not be here. I would have a good job.’

All I thought about was the way I would give anything to be soft like my mother, to open the doors and feed everyone and to stay up praying for others the way she does. I cried many nights those early days being angry at the tongue. I prayed for English until it eat all other languages in my mouth. We have corrected my mother’s English many times. We all held our breath when she said, ‘take all of my Somali and give me English.’ We don’t know if she will be the same after this.

February 10th with 87 notes
❝I have never really understood exactly what a ‘liberal’ is, since I have heard ‘liberals’ express every conceivable opinion on every conceivable subject. As far as I can tell, you have the extreme right, who are fascist, racist capitalist dogs like Ronald Reagan, who come right out and let you know where they’re from. And on the opposite end, you have the left, who are supposed to be committed to justice, equality, and human rights. And somewhere between these two points is the liberal. As far as I’m concerned, ‘liberal’ is the most meaningless word in the dictionary. History has shown me that as long as some white middle class people can live high on the hog, take vacations to Europe, send their children to private schools, and the reap the benefits of their white skin privileges, then they are ‘liberals’. But when times get hard and money gets tight, they pull off that liberal mask and you think you’re talking to Adolf Hitler. They feel sorry for the so-called underprivileged just as long as they can maintain their own privileges.❞


—Assata Shakur (via basednkrumah)
February 9th with 3,726 notes
February 9th with 1,284 notes

Avan Jogia at the premiere of The Weinstein Company’s “Vampire Academy”

ninkiminaj:

admiring hot guys in somali is the best, u sound aggressively attracted yet v sarcastic

ala kaas firi, xaax miiranaa, weji macaanaa, af kuusanaa, xoog badana wallahi wuu i qaban kara, waa ku fariisan kara, yaa ii soo qabta, quruxdiisa, boqolkii boqol, hayaay, ilaahayoow ii soo jeesi aan cunee, insha Allah, ameen

February 8th with 181 notes
February 8th with 10,353 notes

margotdarling:

gradientlair:

Erykah Badu for Givenchy Spring 2014. SLAYING.

lost-soul-in-paradise:

kingofhispaniola:

blvcknvy:

They made ​​fun of your name and you have changed your name.
They made ​​fun of your clothes and you changed clothes.
They made ​​fun of your hair and you have straighten your hair.
They made ​​fun of your skin and you bought skinn brighteners. 
They made ​​fun of your languages ​​and you have adopted their own.
They made ​​fun of your religion and you have embraced theirs.
Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair?
Who taught you to hate the color of your skin? to the extent that you bleach to be like the white man.
Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips?
Who taught you to hate the top of your head to the soles of your feet?
Who taught you to hate your being? to hate the land of your ancestors, to hate the race you belong to, such a point that you do not want to be next to each other.
When will we realize? When will be a humanity?

Ameen

Bless Him

lost-soul-in-paradise:

kingofhispaniola:

blvcknvy:

They made ​​fun of your name and you have changed your name.

They made ​​fun of your clothes and you changed clothes.

They made ​​fun of your hair and you have straighten your hair.

They made ​​fun of your skin and you bought skinn brighteners. 

They made ​​fun of your languages ​​and you have adopted their own.

They made ​​fun of your religion and you have embraced theirs.

Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair?

Who taught you to hate the color of your skin? to the extent that you bleach to be like the white man.

Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips?

Who taught you to hate the top of your head to the soles of your feet?

Who taught you to hate your being? to hate the land of your ancestors, to hate the race you belong to, such a point that you do not want to be next to each other.

When will we realize? When will be a humanity?

Ameen

Bless Him

seermaweydo:

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG

seermaweydo:

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG

youngpreciosa:

Tall boys with deep voices wassup

February 3rd with 18,613 notes

faraashah:

muslim boys ready to give their lives and compromise jannah for a white girl but your homegirl asks you to make her tea and you quoting hadiths about the duties of a wife 

February 2nd with 1,435 notes
February 2nd with 97,549 notes

2damnfeisty:

HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH!!!

❝Before I am your daughter,
your sister,
your aunt, niece, or cousin,
I am my own person,
and I will not set fire to myself
to keep you warm.❞


—1/? Things To Remember  (via ahyasidi)
February 2nd with 264,088 notes