Happy Birthday, James A. Baldwin, born 2 August 1924, died 1 December 1987
- You write in order to change the world … if you alter, even by a millimetre, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.
- Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.
- You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.
- Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
- The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.
- It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.
- People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.
- I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
- I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.
- Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time.
Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. He is well known for his essays, collected in Notes of a Native Son, and his first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain.
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Because they are NOT numbers, here are the names of martyrs who were killed in Palestine in July 7th by the Israeli Occupation in Gaza
Mazen al-Jarba, 30,
Marwan Salim, 23
Ibrahim Al-Bal’awi 24
Abderrahman el-Zamly, 22
Mustafa Abu-Mur, 22
Mustafa Abu-Mur's twin brother Khaled Abu-Mur, 22
Sarif Ghneem, 22
Gumaa Abu-Shallouf, 24
where is the media??
Although African-Americans constitute only 13 percent of all Americans, nearly half of all prison inmates in the U.S. are black. This startling statistic has led the United Nations Human Rights Committee to publicly criticize the U.S. for its treatment of African-Americans. A number of…
Competitors for the Carnival Queen title rehearsing at Holborn Hall, Gray’s Inn Road, London.
The first Caribbean Carnival (the precursor to Notting Hill Carnival) was held in St Pancras Town Hall in January 1959.
Contenders for the role of Carnival Queen rehearsing for the first Caribbean Carnival, London, January 1959. Photographer Chris Ware.
Faye Craig was crowned “Carnival Queen” and won a trip to carnival in Trinidad the following year.
There were 12 contestants, all from the UK’s West Indian community - 6 Jamaicans, 6 Trinidadians, 1 from British Guiana and 1 Vincentian. From left to right, Fay Craig, Faye Sparkes, Charmain Ourre, Shirley Robinson, June Allison Bailey, Beryl Cunningham, Ronia Richards, Carlita Callymore, Monica Dwyer and Terez Wiggins.
The beauty contest was championed by Claudia Jones, a leading Black political activist, founder and editor of the West Indian Gazette, and ‘Mother of Notting Hill Carnival’. Claudia Jones was also a supporter of beauty and hairdressing salons run by West Indian women and insisted that the West India Gazette carry beauty tips as way to communicate to a female audience the goals of Black self-realisation and valuing Black women’s beauty.
"this was before the Black Power Days. This was well before we all knew that we were beautiful. We might not have know it, but she knew, and she started this beauty contest." - Corinne Skinner Carter
We’ve always known we were beautiful.
WASH, BLOW & PRESS
Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored Youth - a vocational high school for African-American students, Bordertown, NJ. Circa 1920s-30s.
Detroit: Water is a Human Right protest, May 23, 2014.
Detroiters protest water shut offs
Carrie Mae Weems.
Although I am obsessed with all of Weems’ work, there is a special place in my heart for her The Kitchen Table Series. I think what gets me about this series is the simplicity; The ability to convey so much from one scene, one location, one family is amazing.
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