"Next time you see me, I’ll be on the arm of a hot woman’s!"
"You can stop talking about it now."
do not let white academia fool you into thinking that
- the greatest authors that were and ever will be are white men
- every great philosopher came out of europe
- mathematics and science were at their highest point when used by white men
- the most beautiful city in the world is paris
- colonialism was a golden age
- europe is the pinnacle of civilization
Some Written Works (That Aren’t By White Dudes)
- Iola Leroy (about a biracial Black woman in the antebelleum South) - Frances E.W. Harper, who was one of the first published Black authoresses
- Black Feminist Thought - Patricia Hill Collins: bad-ass feminist, amazing writer
- The Space Traders (a very relevant short about Black life/value in less-than-utopian America) - Derrick Bell, Black sci-fi author
- The Conference of the Birds - Farid ud-Din Uttar, Persian Sufi poet
- Thiruppavai (Tamil Vaishnava verses by the 12 Alvars, or poet-saints) - Andal, the only woman among them. These are still recited in South India during Margazhi
- The Other Side of Paradise (memoir of) - Staceyann Chin, whose identity as Black-Chinese and lesbian in Jamaica is definitely worth reading about
- Brown Girl in the Ring (post-apocalyptic Toronto WHERE PoC survive, featuring voudoun!) - Nalo Hopkinson; check it all out
- The Tale of Genji (Heian literature describing court life in feudal Japan) - Murasaki Shikibu, an 11th century noblewoman who was boss as fuck
- The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison, Black American novelist, Peace Prize winner and quality human being
- Ninth Ward (children’s novel of Katrina through a black girl’s perspective) - Jewell Parker Rhodes
- The Island of a Thousand Mirrors (about two families caught in the Tamil-Sinhala divide, based on her experience during the civil war) - Nayomi Munaweera, Sri Lankan author. VERY AMAZE.
- Frantz Fanon, Caribbean philosopher/revolutionary who dedicated much time to decrying colonization, fighting oppression and telling white folks OFF; works include Black Skins, White Masks, Wretched of the Earth, and National Culture and the Fight for Freedom
- En Hedu’ana, Sumerian en-priestess whose poetry composed one of the first written belief systems; also an accomplished astronomer
- Paulin Hountondji, Beninese philosopher known for his work African Philosophy: Myth and Reality on ethnophilosophy, the monolithic view of African consciousness/thought and identity post-colonialism. Check out his review Knowledge of Africa, Knowledge by Africans
- Ban Zhou, 1st-century Chinese historian, author (Lessons for Women, co-published The Book of Han) and court advisor who advocated for domestic equality and women’s education. Her Confucian ideals were present in most written works
- Kathryn T. Gines, Black philosopher who’s tenacious in her exploration of African/Continental philosophy, intersectionality, racism, and feminism; founder of the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers
- Zitkala-Sa, Native (Sioux) author (Old Indian Legends, American Indian Stories), musician and activist who co-wrote The Sun Dance in 1913, an opera which showcased her knowledge of Ute and Sioux harmonies and composition. It was the first of its kind, featuring many indigenous performers
- Yukio Mishima, Japanese author famous for Confessions of a Mask; also genius playwright who created Five Modern Noh Plays
- Lorraine Hansberry, Black (queer) playwright whose works SHOULD be acclaimed the world over (A Raisin in the Sun, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window)
- Muhammad Musa al-Khwarizmi (origin of ‘algorithm’), 8th-century Persian scholar, creator of algebra and pioneer of the quadratic equation; one of the first to use zero as a placeholder, his research brought Hindu-Arabic numerals and decimals into the West
- Banu Musa [Ahmad, Muhammad and Hasan], a trio of Persian brothers/mechanics/mathematicians who wrote The Book of Ingenious Devices in 850: an illustrated guide on more than 100 tools and their use (from early feedback controllers to valves and float chambers; steampunk gods, I say)
- 15th century Korea - first “turtleboats”
- Garrett Morgan, Black inventor credited for the first traffic signal and patented gas mask in the ‘20’s
- Sarah E. Goode, inventor and the first Black woman to earn a U.S. patent, for the folding cabinet bed so prominent in the late 1800’s and early-mid 1900’s
- Madam C.J. Walker, Black entrepreneur and inventor famously known for her scalp conditioners, hair growth and beauty products; first woman millionaire in America (YAAAS)
- Mary Kenner, creative Black patenter whose contributions range from the toilet-tissue holder to the sanitary belt (thank youuu!!)
- Marie Van Brittan Brown, Black inventor of the closed circuit TV security patent (basis for modern surveillance, traffic control)
- Philip Emeagwali, Nigerian scientist/inventor that innovated a supercomputer for petroleum fields analysis
- Ileana Sanchez, Boricua graphics designer/innovator responsible for Techno Braille (on paper using epoxy)
- 7th century India - invention of chess
- Gebisa Ejeta, Ethiopian geneticist/agriculturist who invented the first drought-tolerant sorghum hybrid in Sudan; is now on the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development
- Benjamin Banneker, Black astronomer and mathematician who made America’s first functioning clock, y’all
- David Unaipon, famous Aboriginal preacher/inventor who provided basis for modern shears and the centrifugal motor
- 12th century China - first magnetic compass
- Ellen Ochoa, Chicana scientist who invented optical analysis systems and was the world’s first Latina astronaut
- Prafulla Chandra Ray, Indian chemist and entrepreneur who made first chemical factory in the country FROM HIS HOUSE; founded Bengal Chemical and Pharmaceutical Works
- Sandrine Mubenga, Congolese engineer working on solar-powered villages and fuel-cell hybrid car (women in STEM!)
- John B. Herrington, first Native (Chickasaw) astronaut in space
- Shirley Jackson, kick-ass Black physicist, inventor and president at Rensselaer Polytechnic. She can be credited for the touch-tone telephone, the portable fax, and caller ID
- Tony Hansberry, the youngest on this list; his innovation on endo switches drastically cut the performance time for hysterectomies (open-heart surgery).
So…what’s up, white academia? Where’s the accolades for them?
my younger brother is suffering from a very brutal breakdown and his ex is basically doing everything in her power to make his life miserable and coupled with his pre-existing mental state….I feel like he’s close to an attempt.
"Don’t you know anything, Steven? Your friends…they don’t really care about other gems. All they care about is the earth. But I never believed in this place…"
please stop making comics about the stereotypical jock boy beating up the stereotypical nerd boy and somehow incorporating love. do not write them under posts about physical indicators of soulmates (glowing chests, names on wrists) and better yet, don’t reblog that shit when you see it!
stop living in this weird fantasy world where anyone’s secretly meant to be with their abuser forever. I can’t believe this is a text post I need to make
His and Her Royal Highness
p.s. to all those confused over a black woman and white man having a filipino son, you can believe a magic fairy could be the answer to the poor protagonist’s dilemma but not the idea of the king and queen possibly adopting???
A few days late, but I still wanted to write something for Nowi’s birthday. Anyway, enjoy!
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Gregor wondered what he could offer Nowi as a birthday present.
She wasn’t particularly into material items – she had her one diadem and pendant, her outfit for battle and her outfit for camp, her cloak that coupled as a blanket, and of course the glimmering green dragonstone that she carried in the pouch tied around her belt. Besides that, all she had acquired over her stay with the Shepherds was an old dress from Maribelle and the ring Gregor bestowed upon her in his fumbling proposal, its large emerald mirroring the colors of her dragonstone. Gregor remembered that after Nowi’s incessant teasing ceased and his cheeks finally returned to their normal shade, his wife-to-be kept glancing down at her new possession; she marveled the ring’s shine and placed it upon every one of her tiny fingers, giggling as it flickered against the sunset.
Her cheeks had been so pink, her laughter so infectious Gregor couldn’t help it when he swooped down to kiss her again, his heart continuing to swell with joy as she smiled and sighed against his lips. Small hands had tugged at his hair, soft arms had rubbed against his neck…he had no shame in admitting that that day had been one of the very best in his life.
But, after such a wonderful moment, what else was there to offer her? They trained and played and ate and slept together every day, and it was endearing how she never seemed to tire of him or his unusual antics. She snuggled into his chest every night and whispered ‘I love you’ before she closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep, never bothering to wait for a reply. Either because she knew the answer or that it might take Gregor an hour or two to sputter out his affections. Even if they’d been married for over half a year now, he still had a hard time telling her how much he cared for her. He was a man of action; not so much of words.
Found a “The Top 10 Greatest Shakespeare Plays” article and it was going well until they listed Romeo & Juliet as his second best work of all-time and completely left King Lear off the fucking list.
Artist: Earth, Wind and Fire
September — Earth, Wind and Fire
do you remember?
the twenty-first night of September
love was changing the mind of pretenders
while chasing the clouds away