Nydia A. Swaby

feminist - avid reader - foodie - plant mom - fitness fanatic lover of all things music
sweatbtwn:

June Jordan, Alice Walker, Lucille Clifton and Audre Lorde sing together at the Phillis Wheatley Poetry Festival in 1979. 

sweatbtwn:

June Jordan, Alice Walker, Lucille Clifton and Audre Lorde sing together at the Phillis Wheatley Poetry Festival in 1979. 

(Source: kimajones, via tayarijones)

lotus-eyes:

Yuri Kochiyama and Richard Aoki, Japanese-American members of the Black Panther Party.

Heartbeat of Struggle: The Revolutionary Life of Yuri Kochiyama »» a must read.

(via realmikkipedia)

bana05:

androgynousblackgirl:

Miriam Makeba interview, 1969

Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 10 November 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a Grammy Award winning South African singer and civil rights activist. She actively campaigned against the South African system of apartheid. As a result, the South African government revoked her citizenship and right of return. After the end of apartheid she returned home.

She is stunning. Everything about her. RIP

Recently added her autobiography to my reading list. I’m taking this as a sign I should read it next.

(Source: masembe, via fuckyeahfamousblackgirls)

omgthatdress:

Evening Dress
James Galanos, 1987
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

omgthatdress:

Evening Dress

James Galanos, 1987

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 
― Maya Angelou

But please remember, especially in these times of group think and the right-on chorus, that no person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended.

Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens (via zoramagazine)

Out with the old; in with the new. 

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