Watching Ghosts of Cite Soleil…

And I see how gangsta rap, the thug life, is such an important facet of these young Haitian men’s lives…

And I’m asking myself, why? What is it about this genre of music that resonates with these boys? They so proudly wield their guns, and drop the most socially conscious lyrics, and use ‘nigga’ as though it’s a word in Kreyol.

And then it hit me:

Rap is the means through which they can assert their masculinity.

Sometimes it seemed their entire world was exploding in a barrage of bullets and foreign intervention, a dope beat and freestyle were the ways they could show the world that they were men.

If nothing else, they had rap.

“Following God isn’t glamorous, but it is so beautiful. Your hands will get dirty and your heart will get wrecked, but love makes it worth it.”
— Juli Wilson (via kvtes)

(via dynastylnoire)

huffpostbooks:

What’s Your Book Shelfie Style?

Some combo of personal significance and stacked. huffpostbooks:

What’s Your Book Shelfie Style?

Some combo of personal significance and stacked. huffpostbooks:

What’s Your Book Shelfie Style?

Some combo of personal significance and stacked. huffpostbooks:

What’s Your Book Shelfie Style?

Some combo of personal significance and stacked. huffpostbooks:

What’s Your Book Shelfie Style?

Some combo of personal significance and stacked. huffpostbooks:

What’s Your Book Shelfie Style?

Some combo of personal significance and stacked.

vxpo:

Women and men should both know how to cook because neither feminism nor sexism are going to do shit for you when you’re hungry.

(via thatfriendlyblackguy)

“Do not wait until all the conditions are perfect for you to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.”
— Alan Cohen (via enigmatic-being)

(via gradnessmadness)

artdream:

Haiti, Prestige, Barbancourt

(via castels-revenge)

exhistur:

I wonder if anyone ever looks at me while I’m doing something and thinks I’m pretty. Because I do that all the time to people. 

(via crissle)

sourcedumal:

swolizard:

They’re honestly shitting on the game in this pic

Black men killin the game

(via ethiopienne)

the-goddamazon:

bitteroreo:

2damnfeisty:

2damnfeisty:

Can we talk books tonight? What y’all summer reading lists looking like?

What you been reading or what do you want to read?

I’m assuming y’all don’t read.

I’ve been reading a Series of Unfortunate Events, once that’s finished was gonna read some Octavia Butler, and other Afrofuturistic works and VtM (Vampire the Masquerade)

I’ve been reading The Gentleman Bastards series by Scott Lynch.

Read This is How You lose Her, I re-read The Temple of My Familiar and working through White Teeth.