loveafffair:

Ms. Lauryn Hill and Drake at OVO Fest 2014.

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Be Impeccable with Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

Don’t Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Don Miguel Ruiz. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (via wordsnquotes)

byrongraffiti:

SZA Brings out Willow Smith in Brooklyn

I can’t wait to hear the studio version of this song, these ladies sound amazing, and it’s great to see how WIllow has grown as an artist.

  • me: sometimes i talk to myself
  • me: omg same

(Source: beyonce-posts)


blackgirlsparadise:

micdotcom:

There’s a perfect new term for when white people “discover” cultural trends: Columbusing

These are some of the many things we have white people to thank for.

Well, kind of. While technically they didn’t “discover” them in the traditional sense of the word, white folks inarguably “Columbused” every single one of these treasures.

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That last picture made me cry out after I noticed the sign behind them.

The problem with Cliven Bundy isn’t that he is a racist but that he is an oafish racist. He invokes the crudest stereotypes, like cotton picking. This makes white people feel bad. The elegant racist knows how to injure non-white people while never summoning the specter of white guilt. Elegant racism requires plausible deniability, as when Reagan just happened to stumble into the Neshoba County fair and mention state’s rights. Oafish racism leaves no escape hatch, as when Trent Lott praised Strom Thurmond’s singularly segregationist candidacy. Elegant racism is invisible, supple, and enduring. It disguises itself in the national vocabulary, avoids epithets and didacticism. Grace is the singular marker of elegant racism. One should never underestimate the touch needed to, say, injure the voting rights of black people without ever saying their names. Elegant racism lives at the border of white shame. Elegant racism was the poll tax. Elegant racism is voter-ID laws.

Ta-Nehisi Coates (via azspot)

Elegant Racism knows how to appear politically correct and how important it is to maintain that appearance.

(via bilt2tumble)

52,523 plays All of the Lights Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

lizisthenewblk:

joshlpadilla:

Kanye West - All of the Lights (feat. Rihanna, Elly Jackson of La Roux, Kid Cudi, Fergie, Alicia Keys & Elton John)

[Produced by Kanye West & co-produced by Jeff Bhasker]

Additional vocals: Tony Williams, The-Dream, Charlie Wilson, John Legend, Ryan Leslie, Drake, Alvin Fields & Ken Lewis

In 2010, Kanye West flew various artists out to work on his sixth, now universally acclaimed 5th studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, in Hawaii. One of the songs Kanye started working on early was a song, titled then, as Ghetto University with only Malik Yusef & Elton John. Kanye, at first, didn’t want the song on the album because he “didn’t feel it was good enough.” Malik instilled the idea of a different chorus, that would be then written for Rihanna, and it took off from there.

Kanye had then wrote the remainder of the song with Malik & Elton, and got the brilliant idea to write certain bits of the song for certain artists, which brought him the idea to fly 15 artists out to do each part he had written for the respective artists. 

The record centers around one specific bit, and a bit Kanye wanted to make extremely special, and that’s the bridge of the song, the bridge is a duet of Kid Cudi’s bit over Elton John’s piano medley. If you know the bridge, then you know it’s mind-blowing brilliant.

* & if the rumors and stories are true, Kid Cudi’s bridge bit was done in one take. ONE TAKE.

The remainder bits of the song take after back vocal effects and vocal harmonizing by The-Dream, Charlie Wilson, Drake, John Legend, Ryan Leslie, Tony Williams, Alvin Fields & Ken Lewis. 

Basis of the record: Rihanna has the chorus, Elly Jackson has the pre-chorus, Kanye has 2 of the 3 verses, Kid Cudi & Elton John’s duet is the centerpiece, Fergie has the third and final verse with a bridge finish break in the beat, and Rihanna & Drake share a brief third break in the song prior to the finale where the remaining vocalists bring us home with the finish providing a second duet by Elton John, but this time, trading vocals with Alicia Keys, and summing up the grand finale by The-Dream.

Literally never in my life did I realize that

  1. Drake
  2. Alicia Keys
  3. The Dream
  4. John Legend

were in All of the Lights. Never.

(Source: ayothewuisback)


note-a-bear:

trickylake:

femininitythefword:

Actor and feminist, Terry Crews, sheds light on the whole “man up” ideology that young boys are taught in early stages of life. Boys should not play with certain toys that aren’t Tonka Trucks or G.I. Joe’s. Boys should never cry because that is what girls do. Boys should not… blah, blah, blah. 

When boys are taught to “man up,” society compares weakness with femininity, and sometimes just being a female is considered weakness, How many times have you heard “Don’t be a pussy” come out the mouths of teenage boys and grown men? Society associates having a “pussy” with weakness. Women are emotional and fragile creatures in a male dominant society and in order for this dominance to remain, men must act like a “man.” A “man” within societal standards is strong, emotionless, intelligent, and aggressive (not necessarily violent, but aggressive in terms of determination and work ethic). To be a “man” society forces men and young boys to suppress what makes them human: emotions, feelings, compassion.

As Terry Crews points out in this interview with Larry King, within the African American community, men are pressured to act a certain way by society. There is a stigma that surrounds African American men, the media portrays them as aggressive, violent, and generally what society expects from a “man.” Men are told to “not be so sensitive” and “don’t be such a girl” when it comes to issues that involve their emotions and feelings. If someone is offended they have every damn right to be upset, sensitivity is not solely for women, sensitivity and feeling are what make you human. Being “feminine,” “sensitive,” or a “girl” does not make you weak. It makes you human.

They don’t hear you tho.

Have I mentioned how much I love Terry Crews today?

Because Terry is fucking important as fuck

Listen - all that she was then, all that she is now, those gestures, everything I remember but wont and cant articulate anymore, the perfect words that are somehow made imperfect when used to describe her and all that should remain unsaid about her - it is all unsupported by reason. I know that. But that enigmatic calm that attaches itself to people in the presence of reason - it’s something from which I haven’t been able to take comfort, not reliably, not since her.
Seven Types of Ambiguity by Elliot Perlman (via thechocolatebrigade)