Her:
You fine, woman!
Me; Girl, stop. You see what I got on?
Her:
So... you still fine.
Me:
...
Her:
What?
Me:
You trippin
Her:
My car is covered in acorn cum but it's still an Impala

So I’m pissed but whatever. Being raised sunni, we heard about the ummah the ummah the ummah all day long. But we were seldom in community with each other. Like beyond, ‘kaif halik’. There was a time when I needed the community.. the ummah to step in and help with my kids. There were a few volunteers but .. their husbands vetoed their offers of assistance so that was that. The result: a non muslim queer woman of color took care of my kid for 6 weeks.

That was like a decade ago.

Fine.

People change.

Fine.

Fast forward to a time when I’m looking for my daughter whose father has decided that I’m the devil and his mom is, too. He has literally disappeared with my baby and the progressive Muslims have stepped in… along with the queers, the wiccans, and at least 1 jewess. So I cant say the ummah isn’t there because a part of it is.

Which part?

The part that promotes gender equality, and rainbow safe spaces for muslims and nonmuslims alike. There is something to be said for the community of people who connect the dots from Atlanta to Ferguson to Palistine and beyond. We are all people in need and if we can help each other in these little pockets.. bringing one kid home, feeding one family, etc, then this world peace may stand a chance.

It really does start with us.

Invisible Family »

2queermamas:

A couple years ago, I read a book by Dr. Mignon Moore: “Invisible Families”. An excellent book talking about the lesbian led families that are often over looked and unrecognized when people talk about family structures in the Black/Brown communities. That book touched my soul and it felt like…

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Somebody ‘Fixin’ to be Killed’: A Review of We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement 
By Jamala Rogers, The Black Commentator
In We Will Shoot Back, Akinyele Umoja goes further than dispelling a long held myth that black Mississippians were too paralyzed in fear to defend themselves and actively participate in the freedom struggle. And that the omnipotent Klu Klux Klan kept the black community in check. He confronts head-on the stereotype that black southerners were docile, head-hanging, cheek-turning second class citizens.
Umoja takes the reader to the time when black Mississippians were forced to embrace armed resistance for their own survival; blacks faced the realization that their government offered no pretense of protection and could not be relied upon. In many cases, local government officials, along with law enforcement, were part of the same white mobs terrorizing black communities. Umoja chronicles the inextricable and critical role of armed resistance in the advancement of the southern freedom strategy that ultimately led to the passage of the historic Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965. Boycotts and armed resistance were the primary means of effectively organizing for change during this period.
Umoja documents a sophisticated labyrinth of disciplined, well-organized communication networks, safe houses, haven towns and armed residents who, much to the chagrin of local authorities, used local gun laws to their advantage. The special expertise of Vietnam veterans was also tapped.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Somebody ‘Fixin’ to be Killed’: A Review of We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement

By Jamala Rogers, The Black Commentator

In We Will Shoot Back, Akinyele Umoja goes further than dispelling a long held myth that black Mississippians were too paralyzed in fear to defend themselves and actively participate in the freedom struggle. And that the omnipotent Klu Klux Klan kept the black community in check. He confronts head-on the stereotype that black southerners were docile, head-hanging, cheek-turning second class citizens.

Umoja takes the reader to the time when black Mississippians were forced to embrace armed resistance for their own survival; blacks faced the realization that their government offered no pretense of protection and could not be relied upon. In many cases, local government officials, along with law enforcement, were part of the same white mobs terrorizing black communities. Umoja chronicles the inextricable and critical role of armed resistance in the advancement of the southern freedom strategy that ultimately led to the passage of the historic Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965. Boycotts and armed resistance were the primary means of effectively organizing for change during this period.

Umoja documents a sophisticated labyrinth of disciplined, well-organized communication networks, safe houses, haven towns and armed residents who, much to the chagrin of local authorities, used local gun laws to their advantage. The special expertise of Vietnam veterans was also tapped.

lovelyandbrown:

thisiseverydayracism:

The prison-industrial complex is just a myth…right?

Jesus he didn’t even have us do the damn math. He just said it.

"

Well, the demands that have been placed through the Organization for Black Struggle and other allies, they want the immediate firing of the police chief. Certainly we want an indictment of this officer. They’re asking for the governor to appoint a special prosecutor. They’re asking for the president and other folks to begin to investigate every unarmed killing of an American citizen, by the federal government, and not leave it to local jurisdictions, because local jurisdictions are proving that they are unable to do the work in an expedient manner.

They have a number of demands that are very, very powerful, some of which is the demilitarizing the police force. Standing behind me is a Humvee that I’ve only seen in the movies. And I’m a citizen of this country. I pay taxes. I teach our kids to be nonviolent. And yet they are with soldiers running up and down the street because they’re protesting. We raise the kids to be Martin Luther King. We show them all of the videos of the civil rights movement, and they are practicing the legacy of civil rights and resistance in this country. And they are being met with tactics that are only shown on TV in other countries who are struggling to become a democracy. It is outrageous.

And the president should be ashamed it’s happening on his watch. Eric Holder should be ashamed it’s happening on his watch. This governor should be ashamed it’s happening on his watch. This mayor should be ashamed it’s happening on his watch. Every adult in this country should be ashamed that African-American children are being terrorized by adults in the United States of America that claims to be the land of the free and the home of the brave.

"

Pastor Michael McBride of The Way Christian Center in Berkeley, California, on Democracy Now

(H/T XoxDawit AfeworkXox)

http://intellectuellenoire.tumblr.com/post/94710477395/i-am-taking-up-a-collection-to-help-provide-food »

intellectuellenoire:

I am taking up a collection to help provide food and supplies to those on the ground in Ferguson. If you would like to contribute to help supply protesters with food and supplies like these, you may send contributions in any amount via paypal to l_msmith2011@yahoo.com

Funds will be transferred to…

Buggin' »

sonofbaldwin:

The number of white people and people of color who are currently attempting to maneuver the conversation in a way that ensures the justification of Michael Brown’s death by the hands of a police officer astounds me.

What astounds me even more is their suspicion toward and distrust of people…

I’m pissed.

Angry.

Hurt.

Distraught and disgusted.

And I’m not in a place to process this aloud.

I can’t.

I break out in hives.

Literally.

So as it stands right now, I am a breathing example of what happens to a dream deferred.

Ebola ain’t got shit on this.

It’s not everyday I’m greeted with live #music on Marta. Happy hump day, indeed. #elevate #uplift

Me and one of my #Eid presents: a #hulahoop for grown folx.

Before today, waist hooping did not happen for me. BUT thanks to some genuine friend-couragement from my ommie, @tishushu, I GOT IT!!!

#laughter #fam #friends #eidkarim #soexcited #nevertoolate #happyeidtome

This time last year…#selflovephoto #selfie #blackwoman #naturalista #locs #knots

The last 10 days of Ramadan are full of Divine Mercy and Grace. I’m grateful for this time of the year no matter how raggedy my Ramadan is because of the fact that I feel like this is when Allah’s Mercy outweighs Allah’s Wrath. I wish there were more I could say about this because the situation in Gaza doesn’t feel like a manifestation of that Mercy. Same re: the missing Nigerian girls, or any number of messed up global crises that are running concurrently.

I told a friend of mine that when I want something to happen, I pray for it. She was like, “That’s it?”

I was offended because I was like what more do I need to do. I pray and then I walk away, right?

That’s what I thought for years until very recently.

There is something to be said for action. There is something to be said for using whatever you have at your fingertips to make someone’s life better. Prayer is great, but I am learning as I round out my 30s that prayer is a great starting point.. .but it’s not the finish line. I wish it was. God knows I wish it was.

So I’m making the intentions to fast these last few days cand bring in ‘Eid with God-consciousness and action.

i hope and pray that y’all’s home stretch is full of mercy and love and wonderment. Allah shows you yourself every Ramadan. And we have that time in between the appearance of this month to work on what we see. There are some things I’ve wanted to work on for the last half dozen Ramadan’s at least. And I think I’m finally close to ready.

Ramadan Mubarak y’all.

Amir made me a shower and he made @momoftheprince a bath. The difference is mine has pieces that stand up and hers didn’t. #family

Hyper-intellectual, spiritually sexual, woman lover, womanist, lover of love.. .I could go on for days. In the end, I'm a grown woman who has finally decided to love unconditionally.

As I step back and notice what I am drawn to... I see myself loving Muslim, Queer, comedy, racial minority, woman, music, love.

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