Wandered around work and ran into this on February 14th. Hours before I learned about the massacre in Florida where seventeen teenagers’ lives were brutally cut short. A tragedy that could’ve easily been avoided. All of the red flags were neglected. It’s disappointing and inexcusable that the American government has yet to make appropriate gun laws. If we are such an advanced society, why can’t we make a change? Didn’t Albert Einstein say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result? It’s strange that I’m not shocked by the violent headlines anymore. I’m not sure what change an Instagram post can make, but for those of you who follow me, believe in your voice. I still have hope that in the near future, we will have fought hard enough to not let this ever happen again. My thoughts go out to the families and friends who have lost a loved one in Florida, and to everyone else who has lost a loved one to gun violence.
“Even though I love this country—I’ve been in 104 countries in the world and I always want to come home—I want this country to fulfill its promises. Even going back to ’40 acres and a mule’, we never got that. We never got the freedom. They only took the chains off. But they never allowed my soul to exercise itself like a decent human being. And that’s what I’m fighting for—for all of us.” - Eartha Kitt
My New Years resolution was to read more books by black authors. I realized through my education and leisurely reading that most of the books I’ve read had been written by white men. Hemingway, Dickens, Fitzgerald, Thoreau, Kerouac, etc etc etc... so I’m making it a point to read more books written by authors I can actually relate to. I know a lot of you guys following me are in middle school and high school and if you’re going to school in America, the english lit curriculum mostly highlights books written by white men, so if you love reading, I urge you to start reading more books written by diverse authors too! Please tag me in the books you’re reading or comment your favorite books below!! I love getting new recommendations. If you don’t know where to start, here are some ideas: The Fire Next Time, The Devil Finds Work, Giovanni’s Room, Go Tell it On the Mountain - James Baldwin Beloved, The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Nina Simone’s autobiography White Teeth - Zadie Smith Bad Feminist - Roxanne Gay #blackhistorymonth
Grateful to be a woman Grateful to have a voice Grateful for the women before me who made it possible for me to have a voice Grateful to be living in a world where we don’t make excuses for toxic men who abuse their power Grateful for privileged women using their power to make a change for ALL women Grateful to not be silenced 2018 is for us. Join the movement. Timesupnow.com #metoo