the curves
of her body
welcome his hands
invite his fingers
to roam across
soft breaks of the ocean
and rich earth soils.
they stay awhile
he loves it
but nothing will ever
please me more
than to rub my hands
across your body,
he says
as she lays.
his hands have found
within her curves
and she loves it.

"It was breakfast,
I laid her across the table,
and slowly
… dripping."

- Dean Steed, Syrup  (via daughterofzami)

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"I am not a magazine
people mindlessly flip through
when they’re bored.
I am literature. I am art.
I am stories with a spine.
I am the book you pick up
but never buy.
I am the book you open
but never finish to read and that’s okay.
I write for myself anyway."

- Sade Andria Zabala (surfandwrite) | Modern Lit (via surfandwrite)

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Love & Locs

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"Brown girl,
you are lovely
in every shade."


© 2013 Maza - Dohta

fair ‘n’ lovely is a constructed product of colonization,
and we are so much more. 

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Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer

Charlie Ahearn’s Film Retraces a Moment in New York Style - Video 1 / / 3

As a teenage photographer in early 80s East Flatbush, Brooklyn, Jamel Shabazz set out to document the then nascent movement of hip-hop. Through the iconic style of his MCs, neighborhood kids and gang members, the unequivocal attitude of New York’s youth was recognized as the calling card of the city’s creative renaissance. Published in 2001, Shabazz’ first book Back In The Days was celebrated as an exhilarating snapshot of the times, and his visual flair has been brought to life in a new documentary by the legendary hip-hop historian and director, Charlie Ahearn.  “On the cover of Jamel’s book were two young men on 42nd Street. They were captured posing in such strong form as a kind of respectful bulwark against all the chaos that you see around them on ‘The Deuce,’” explains Ahearn, the notable filmmaker also responsible for the classic old-school movie, Wild Style. “I immediately knew that here was an original artist for our time.” [1]

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I wish

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-My Friend Bob Marley has influenced countless musicians but I take inspiration from his long, flowing, ever growing crown-of-glory; there’s nothing I appreciate more than seeing a fellow man of color with a full head of hair.

Wow this is the first time I’ve seen a timeline put together of Bob Marley’s hair. =)

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Ruth is a little girl i worked with in Ghana. She had just had her hair done.
I never imagined this image to get quite as much attention as it has done. Looking at it once more, I can see that to fresh eyes perhaps it may seem a little oppressive (i.e. her expression, the hand coming in from above). However let me clarify to people who have misunderstood. This is a girl I worked and lived with for 3 months in a tiny village in Ghana not with some missionary but with BUNAC org. (google them if you’re curious). The huge attention this has got has opened my eyes to how quickly people are willing to jump to a bold statement out of context.  

Girl this is getting attention cause you said she just got her hair done and your hands are touching her newly done hair. Do not touch a black girl’s hair whether she’s 78 12 18 or a fetus don’t touch it. I mean look at her expressions she’s like “whys this mayo touching my hair like I paid 30 Ghana cedis for his ah kwasia “