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Jul 21 '14

blackgirlwithanopinion:

blackchildrensbooksandauthors:

Color My Fro: A Natural Hair Coloring Book for Big Hair Lovers of All Ages

31 big-haired fairies, mermaids, warriors, models, cheerleaders, and fierce divas grace the pages of this coloring book celebrating the beauty of black women and natural hair. At each turn of the page, a new natural hair inspired illustration greets you.

The Colorful Adventures of Zoe & Star: An Activity and Coloring Book

Tired of the lack of diversity in children’s coloring books? Meet Zoe and Star, two adventurous African-American girls who just love to have fun! Follow them throughout over 45 fun-filled coloring and activity pages that inspire creativity, promote self-confidence and celebrate diversity.

Crystal Swain-Bates…

holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Florida State University and is an avid world traveler. Crystal is an author and the owner of Goldest Karat Publishing, a boutique publisher of educational non-fiction titles, coloring books, and entertaining children’s books aimed at African-American audiences. Goldest Karat’s goal is to fill the diversity gap in traditional publishing by providing readers with high quality books featuring characters of African descent.

http://crystalswainbates.com/


OMMMMMMGGGG! YESSS!

Awesome!

Jul 20 '14
zodiacmind:

Fun facts about your sign here

Totally Dude 😉

zodiacmind:

Fun facts about your sign here

Totally Dude 😉

Jul 20 '14
De La De La De La! Awesome show and great energy last night at the 25th Anniversary show @WeAreDeLaSoul @delasolarvision @PlugWonDeLaSoul @DeLaSoulsDugout @kelzthapopsippa #delasoul #delaisdead #plugwon #plugtwo #maceo #trugoy #posdnous (at The Howard Theater)

De La De La De La! Awesome show and great energy last night at the 25th Anniversary show @WeAreDeLaSoul @delasolarvision @PlugWonDeLaSoul @DeLaSoulsDugout @kelzthapopsippa #delasoul #delaisdead #plugwon #plugtwo #maceo #trugoy #posdnous (at The Howard Theater)

Jul 19 '14
theafrocentricasian:

Our children are being criminally shortchanged in the public school system of America. The Afro-American schools are the poorest-run schools in the city of New York. Principals and teachers fail to understand the nature of the problems with which they work and as a result they cannot do the job of teaching our children.
    They don’t understand us, nor do they understand our problems; they don’t. The textbooks tell our children nothing about the great contributions of Afro-Americans to the growth and development of this country, and they don’t.
    When we send our children to school in this country they learn nothing about us other than that we used to be cotton pickers. Every little child going to school thinks his grandfather was a cotton picker. Why, your grandfather was Nat Turner; your grandfather was Toussaint L’Ouverture; your grandfather was Hannibal. Your grandfather was some of the greatest black people who walked on this earth. It was your grandfather’s hands who forged civilization and it was your grandmother’s hands who rocked the cradle of civilization But the textbooks tell our children nothing about the great contributions of Afro-Americans to the growth and development of this country.—-Malcolm X, June 28, 1964


Learn something!

theafrocentricasian:

Our children are being criminally shortchanged in the public school system of America. The Afro-American schools are the poorest-run schools in the city of New York. Principals and teachers fail to understand the nature of the problems with which they work and as a result they cannot do the job of teaching our children.


    They don’t understand us, nor do they understand our problems; they don’t. The textbooks tell our children nothing about the great contributions of Afro-Americans to the growth and development of this country, and they don’t.


    When we send our children to school in this country they learn nothing about us other than that we used to be cotton pickers. Every little child going to school thinks his grandfather was a cotton picker. Why, your grandfather was Nat Turner; your grandfather was Toussaint L’Ouverture; your grandfather was Hannibal. Your grandfather was some of the greatest black people who walked on this earth. It was your grandfather’s hands who forged civilization and it was your grandmother’s hands who rocked the cradle of civilization But the textbooks tell our children nothing about the great contributions of Afro-Americans to the growth and development of this country.

—-Malcolm X, June 28, 1964

Learn something!

(Source: afro-centricqueen)

Jul 17 '14

newmodelminority:

God was like I know you have ideas and plans….but imma let you finish. Dude. Crush bear. Like wtf. When I got up yesterday NEVER in a million years did I see THAT coming. Here I am trying not to call someone, thirst trapping for someone else, who not for nothing is luke warm…then Boom. Crushingtons. My God. Word.

Allll the Options! ;)

Jul 17 '14
Special #tbt dedicated to My First Love! Happy Birthday Sonny! Always in My Heart! 💕 1994  #firstlove #onlylove #LOML

Special #tbt dedicated to My First Love! Happy Birthday Sonny! Always in My Heart! 💕 1994 #firstlove #onlylove #LOML

Jul 16 '14

newmodelminority:

Ready to be ravished.

FOR REAL DOE!!!!

Jul 15 '14
muchachafanzine:

HEY CHECK OUT THIS BADASS SCHOLARSHIP MY FRIEND PUT TOGETHER. SIGNAL BOOST! 


TRANS* GEAR ANNUAL COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP
Trans* Gear Annual Community Scholarship was founded in 2012 by trans-identified students, community members, and their allies in response to the struggles and needs of transgender communities. Many trans* individuals have difficulty accessing gear that helps them move through the world more accurately. We connect applicants in need with new gender-affirming accessories, clothing, and gear such as Stand-to-Pee devices (STPs), binders, trans-specific undergarments (i.e.: gaffs, packing straps), breast forms, packers and other prosthetics. Our mission is simple: to link trans*, genderqueer, gender-questioning/gender-exploring and gender-diverse individuals with the gear needed to feel self-affirmed and/or explore their gender identities. The Trans* Gear team grants scholarships for trans* gear valued at a maximum of $100 US (including the cost of shipping).1 To be considered, applicants should be prepared to submit some information to the Trans* Gear team. Please note that any information you share will be treated with the greatest care and your personal information will not be distributed or shared in anyway. (At the end of the fund, all application materials will be deleted and destroyed.) You must be a US resident, be able to receive mail, and loosely identify as a trans/gender, genderqueer, multigendered/bigendered gender-questioning, gender-variant individual (no requirement to be out or visible, or prove/need to be “certain” that you are trans*, use the language of trans-ness to describe yourself etc).2 Strong preference is given to applicants with financial hardship and other social/cultural barriers to accessibility. Please note that committee members may like to use some of your responses to help generate awareness of the Trans* Gear scholarship with your permission. Please email your (brief) answers to the following questions to trans.gear.scholarship@gmail.com on or before NOVEMBER 1st, 2014:1. Preferred name(s) and pronoun(s).2. Age. 3. Mailing address to a location where you may safely receive mail. Please note that some companies do not mail to P.O. Boxes. 4. If selected as a recipient, what name should we use on the package? For your safety, please let us know in your application how we can discreetly mail gear to you if are selected as a recipient. (i.e.: “use my legal name ‘Susan’ instead of ‘Sam’ on the packaging)
5. Email address and/or phone number where it is safe to receive verbal or written notification. Let us know if you have a preference, by email, by phone, or either. Unfortunately, we cannot correspond via snail mail at this time. 5b.(if applicable) If we may contact you by phone, may we leave voicemail or message stating that we are the Trans* Gear Team calling about your application? Y / N? If you select phone as your preferred mode of communication and do not want us to leave a voicemail or message, we will only make one (1) additional attempt to contact you beyond the first call. 5c. (if applicable) If we may contact you by phone, what are the best days/times to call? 6. What sort of device/gear do you need? How much is the requested item? What size do you need? Please provide:a. The specificlink to the item (not the general site link).b. Name or SKUs/model numbers of the item. c. Size and/or color requested. Make sure you have the appropriate size/color by carefully researching the item you need and measuring your body appropriately. We are not able to return gear or exchange items for another size. If you need help selecting the appropriate size or item, many companies will correspond with you by email or over the phone about their products and services. EXAMPLE: If you were requesting a chest binder from Underworks you would tell us the price, name/model number, size, and color you want, cost of shipping, and the internet link to the item: Ultimate Chest Binder Tank, #997100105, $29.99, white, size XL, shipping is $5.99. http://www.underworks.com/men/compression-shirts/ultimate-chest-binder-tank7. Optional: Racial or ethnic identities, ability status, or other identities and life experiences that you feel provide context for your application. 8. Have you applied for the Trans* Gear fund before? Were you selected as a recipient? If yes, tell us when (what year) and what gear item you received. If you received gear from us in the past, please briefly explain why you are applying for funding again.9. Tell us a little about yourself and address the following questions: Why are you applying? If financial hardship is an issue, be sure to mention that in your response. How would a Trans* Gear Scholarship help you feel more affirmed in your gender(s) and/or facilitate your gender exploration? Feel free to write as little or as much as you feel comfortable with; however, please try to limit your response to one page as several lengthy applications can quickly overwhelm our small staff. Writing Tip: Be specific in your answer because the more information we know about you and your situation, the better able we will be to understand how the fund can assist you.10. May the trans* gear committee anonymously use your response to question #9 for the purposes of raising-awareness (i.e.: newsletter, website, letters to donors)?Y / N ? We never distribute, share, or disclose any information regarding applicants/recipients in our advertising, fundraising, or consciousness-raising efforts. Your response would be featured anonymously (no name or other identifying information would be attached to the featured response).


*Scholarship funds are used to purchase gear on behalf of selected applicants. Number of scholarship recipients depends on number of applications and total cost of requested gear.


*We honor multiple definitions and embodiments under or beyond the trans* umbrella.



DONATE TO THE SCHOLARSHIP HERE 

muchachafanzine:

HEY CHECK OUT THIS BADASS SCHOLARSHIP MY FRIEND PUT TOGETHER. SIGNAL BOOST! 

TRANS* GEAR ANNUAL COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP

Trans* Gear Annual Community Scholarship was founded in 2012 by trans-identified students, community members, and their allies in response to the struggles and needs of transgender communities. Many trans* individuals have difficulty accessing gear that helps them move through the world more accurately. We connect applicants in need with new gender-affirming accessories, clothing, and gear such as Stand-to-Pee devices (STPs), binders, trans-specific undergarments (i.e.: gaffs, packing straps), breast forms, packers and other prosthetics. Our mission is simple: to link trans*, genderqueer, gender-questioning/gender-exploring and gender-diverse individuals with the gear needed to feel self-affirmed and/or explore their gender identities.

The Trans* Gear team grants scholarships for trans* gear valued at a maximum of $100 US (including the cost of shipping).1 To be considered, applicants should be prepared to submit some information to the Trans* Gear team. Please note that any information you share will be treated with the greatest care and your personal information will not be distributed or shared in anyway. (At the end of the fund, all application materials will be deleted and destroyed.) You must be a US resident, be able to receive mail, and loosely identify as a trans/gender, genderqueer, multigendered/bigendered gender-questioning, gender-variant individual (no requirement to be out or visible, or prove/need to be “certain” that you are trans*, use the language of trans-ness to describe yourself etc).2 Strong preference is given to applicants with financial hardship and other social/cultural barriers to accessibility. Please note that committee members may like to use some of your responses to help generate awareness of the Trans* Gear scholarship with your permission

Please email your (brief) answers to the following questions to trans.gear.scholarship@gmail.com on or before NOVEMBER 1st, 2014:

1. Preferred name(s) and pronoun(s).

2. Age.

3. Mailing address to a location where you may safely receive mail.
Please note that some companies do not mail to P.O. Boxes.

4. If selected as a recipient, what name should we use on the package?
For your safety, please let us know in your application how we can discreetly mail gear to you if are selected as a recipient. (i.e.: “use my legal name ‘Susan’ instead of ‘Sam’ on the packaging)


5. Email address and/or phone number where it is safe to receive verbal or written notification.
Let us know if you have a preference, by email, by phone, or either. Unfortunately, we cannot correspond via snail mail at this time.


5b.(if applicable) If we may contact you by phone, may we leave voicemail or message stating that we are the Trans* Gear Team calling about your application? Y / N?
If you select phone as your preferred mode of communication and do not want us to leave a voicemail or message, we will only make one (1) additional attempt to contact you beyond the first call.

5c. (if applicable) If we may contact you by phone, what are the best days/times to call?

6. What sort of device/gear do you need? How much is the requested item? What size do you need? Please provide:
a. The specificlink to the item (not the general site link).
b. Name or SKUs/model numbers of the item.
c. Size and/or color requested.
Make sure you have the appropriate size/color by carefully researching the item you need and measuring your body appropriately. We are not able to return gear or exchange items for another size. If you need help selecting the appropriate size or item, many companies will correspond with you by email or over the phone about their products and services.

EXAMPLE: If you were requesting a chest binder from Underworks you would tell us the price, name/model number, size, and color you want, cost of shipping, and the internet link to the item: Ultimate Chest Binder Tank, #997100105, $29.99, white, size XL, shipping is $5.99. http://www.underworks.com/men/compression-shirts/ultimate-chest-binder-tank

7. Optional: Racial or ethnic identities, ability status, or other identities and life experiences that you feel provide context for your application. 

8. Have you applied for the Trans* Gear fund before? Were you selected as a recipient?
If yes, tell us when (what year) and what gear item you received. If you received gear from us in the past, please briefly explain why you are applying for funding again.

9. Tell us a little about yourself and address the following questions: Why are you applying? If financial hardship is an issue, be sure to mention that in your response. How would a Trans* Gear Scholarship help you feel more affirmed in your gender(s) and/or facilitate your gender exploration?
Feel free to write as little or as much as you feel comfortable with; however, please try to limit your response to one page as several lengthy applications can quickly overwhelm our small staff.
Writing Tip: Be specific in your answer because the more information we know about you and your situation, the better able we will be to understand how the fund can assist you.

10. May the trans* gear committee anonymously use your response to question #9 for the purposes of raising-awareness (i.e.: newsletter, website, letters to donors)?Y / N ?
We never distribute, share, or disclose any information regarding applicants/recipients in our advertising, fundraising, or consciousness-raising efforts. Your response would be featured anonymously (no name or other identifying information would be attached to the featured response).

*Scholarship funds are used to purchase gear on behalf of selected applicants. Number of scholarship recipients depends on number of applications and total cost of requested gear.

*We honor multiple definitions and embodiments under or beyond the trans* umbrella.

DONATE TO THE SCHOLARSHIP HERE 

Jul 14 '14
Jul 13 '14
"One of my mentors at Yale, the great anthropologist and art historian Robert Ferris Thompson, has documented that three of the most important words, and thus, concepts, brought to these (and other) shores via Africans are Cool, Funky, and Hip. My argument follows: you can no more separate Black from Cool than you can separate French cooking from France, or yoga from India. Cool has African roots, period. We, Black people, bring the aesthetic of Cool to the table of global culture, and should be recognized intellectually and economically for doing so."
Rebecca Walker, author of Black Cool (via howtobeterrell)

Black Cool!