“I told this kid at the gas station today to change his pitch when approaching people about pumping their gas. I told him don’t let the first thing you say to anyone be I’m just doing this to stay out of trouble. I said don’t even implant the idea in this stranger that you’d otherwise be up to no good. A possible threat. I told him you’re not trying to stay out of trouble. You’re out here in the heat working. Trying to make money. And he is. He’s doing a service. I told him the language you use is important. You set the tone. Had no money to give the kid but gave him a bottle of iced tea. Please when you see young people out here trynah peddle some stuff or pump some gas or dance on the train, if they say to you they’re doing something to make a little money and ‘stay out of trouble’ correct them. They’re conditioned to say this nonsense. If you don’t know why it’s a terrible thing for them to continue to recite repeatedly, you prove we’ve lost already.”—(via iareconscious)
fit here, in my palm, in my shadow, don’t be bigger than my idea of you, don’t be more beautiful than i can accept, don’t be more human than i am willing to allow you to be and be quiet, you’re too loud, even your unbelonging is loud. quiet your dreams, your voice, your hair, quiet your skin, quiet your displacement, quiet your longing, your colour, quiet your walk, your eyes. who said you could look at me like that? who said you could exist without permission? why are you even here? why aren’t you shrinking? i think of you often. you vibrate. you walk into a room and the temperature changes. i lean in and almost recognise you as human. but, no. we can’t have that.
Yesterday I got a call from my sister Cheeraz Gormon in St. Louis who was standing with poet Elizabeth Vega. They wanted me to know that a few women had created, on lawns, in the streets, healing stations, a place where the youth could come and scream and cry and be held and heard in love. Mighty work. — Dream Hampton
this made me cry.
Exhale | thank you to these women for creating space!
Powerful! This generation is so full of inherited rage. See it daily and it just baffles me, but it makes too much sense.
...barely do the questions anymore since folks get real quiet around these parts, but I'm up and wide awake...ASK AWAY...
1:Close your eyes and think of five things that make you smile when you think about them. What are they?
2:If your house was on fire and you had sixty seconds to leave, what would you take with you?
3:When you're alone in the middle of the night and you can't quite get to sleep, what do you think about? "Going to sleep" doesn't count.
4:What is love to you?
5:What is the opposite of love?
6:Is it possible to love someone if you don't love yourself?
7:Do you believe mutual attraction based on mutual hatred is possible?
8:Is it better to have something amazing and lose it or to never have had it to begin with?
9:Do you focus more on the past, the present, or the future?
10:Do you judge people for what they wear or how they express themselves?
11:Do you believe in individuals over generalisations?
12:When you're very scared or worried, what do you think about or do to help you feel better?
13:How do you feel about what happens after death?
14:Would you rather live a hedonistic life full of good things that make you feel good even if they're bad for you, or a healthy life centered around treating your body like a sacred temple and watching your health as closely as possible? Or do you not care either way?
15:Do you think you can tell a lot about a person from the way they express themselves or answer questions like these?
16:Do you have any special or magical memories you'll always have with you?
17:How would you define yourself, without saying your name or giving a physical description of yourself or your obvious personality?
18:When do you feel truly at peace?
19:Do you like having your worldview or opinions challenged or questioned?
20:Do you believe happiness can exist without sadness?
21:Is there a reason for existence?
22:Do you think the world existed before you did?
23:Do you believe people need breaks from each other, even if they're deeply in love?
24:What do you find most beautiful in people?
25:Do you take questions like these literally or pick up on what they really mean?