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Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

http://www.npr.org/2012/06/29/155904209/africa-the-next-chapter

http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story.html

Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity.” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

You can have it if it makes you happy.

gamayun:

I could open a vein and share what pumps there

Or bare my teeth

Scare you off

Full of empty threats

From a broken heart

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.

It was silly to think we’d never part

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.

You can take your pound of flesh

But it will come from the ugliest parts of me

The ones that haven’t healed

The skin that’s still marred red and angry

Crawling with all the awful thoughts of you that plague me

.

.

You can have it if it makes you happy

I will be happy to be rid of it.

You can have it if it makes you happy.

gamayun:

I could open a vein and share what pumps there

Or bare my teeth

Scare you off

Full of empty threats

From a broken heart

.

.

It was silly to think we’d never part

.

.

You can take your pound of flesh

But it will come from the ugliest parts of me

The ones that haven’t healed

The skin that’s still marred red and angry

Crawling with all the awful thoughts of you that plague me

.

.

You can have it if it makes you happy

I will be happy to be rid of it.

gamayun:

Andy Levy apologizing to Chris Brown. 

I think this video is a fantastic addition to seeing these photos and reading this article.

“I am not okay with Chris Brown performing at the Grammys, and I’m not sure why you are.” -Sasha Pasulka

Not watching the Grammys this year, that’s for sure.

fuckyouverymuch:

We are big fans of Pussy Riot.

fuckyouverymuch:

We are big fans of Pussy Riot.

The outrage is tiresome and deeply hypocritical, in all the tiresome ways you’ve been tired out by before. M.I.A. was illustrating her line, acting out the attitude of the words: performing. Fine, it may not be legal to flip the bird on television, but that’s simply a remnant of the fifties we haven’t shaken. Unless somebody was handing out Xanax with the foam fingers, Lucas Oil Stadium was ringing with the music of profanities last night. More to the point, television viewers were submitted to ad after ad that likened women—negatively—to sofas, cars, and candy. Mr. Winter didn’t have anything to say about that, so I’d like to raise both of my middle fingers to him and anyone who thinks profanity is somehow more harmful to our children than images of violence and misogyny. (My two sons, fourteen and eleven, thought the Fiat ad was corny, so I guess they will be safe without Mr. Winter’s intervention.) I say we get out of The Pretending To Be Moral game altogether and use the Internet for important things like posting pictures of cats looking at croissants and PDFs of sensitive government documents.

M.I.A. Shouldn’t Have Apologized - The New Yorker

(via stopdroptroll)

This is a great video, very eye-opening. Everyone should watch this.