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Friday, April 11, 2014
Tell us about a book that you didn’t like and why we shouldn’t read it (as nicely and respectfully as possible)
This book just had way too many, you guessed it, Lies for me to get down with it. It might be because I was pretty young when I read it, so maybe I didn't really "get" it. But I remember having very strong negative feelings about this book, so that's what I'll go with.
Props to having a woman of colour as the lead character, however! We don't see enough representation in YA...or..well..in anything, really.
I haven't been much of a book blog lately, or much of a blog in general really. But I'm excited to be finished with my first year of uni and get on with the things I actually like doing, like running this site.
Follow me however you like, bloglovin, GFC, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I'll be sure to return the favour :)
I must get back to studying, happy Friday!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
A young teen from Hawaii decides to share his creativity. Urada is born.
"Its not a lengthy explanation, just a definition. I want you to think outside the shirt. I'm all about sharing an idea, an idea that we can agree on. An idea that will make you look forward to tomorrow. That's what I do. I make an idea for your tomorrow. I make shirts that speak for itself so all you have to do is be you. With clothes come responsibility. The responsibility to be you. I trust that you do that very well. URADA promotes people to dress to live another day, but wear something better than yesterday" - URADA
Strolling down my dashboard on tumblr I saw a picture of a someone wearing an interesting shirt. Clicking through a few links to find the source of where I could find the shirt, I found Urada.
A rising cult following on tumblr and a steady slew of Instagram followers will propel the Urada brand and its creator, 19 year old Kirk, to the front lines of fashion world dominance. Appreciated by many, and paired with apparel one would expect to be seen at a Fashion Week catwalk or maybe worn by the likes of Kanye West, with clean but gorgeous photography, Urada is steps away from taking over the Internet.
Much like other pieces available on the Urada site, the recently dropped 3M tee features a reflective 3M print that has caught the attention of the Internet, and surely anyone who sees you walking by wearing it.
I've definitely become a fan of Urada and am looking forward to seeing where it goes, I'm sure in a straight line to the top. You can purchase the newest addition to Urada's web shop, the 3M tee and much more over on the web shop. Watch out for it.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
"Every month is Black History Month!"
I honestly believe this, especially as someone who has recently become aware of a lot more world history than what was studied in the high school classroom. For me, every month is black history month...just as every month is white history month for the rest of the world. But when the month of February comes around and the history blurbs start to be posted around, I start to think about stuff...more than usual.
Although my high school was predominantly black, there was a significant lack in black history celebrations. In my last two years, it was myself and other students who had to push the administration to allow us to host events! Ridiculous, I know. It angered us to no end as to how much of an obstacle the administration represented, when it should have been an obvious right for us, as students. We can file that as reason #13929 school admins can be incompetent. Anyways...
Last year, I had a goal of things that I wanted to make sure were shown in the show and the bulk of my efforts were pushed into a video (which was unfortunately deleted the day before the show and had to be reconstructed in just a few hours...whew)
Rewatching this video one year later, Im surprised by how much I've learned and how much I would change from the video...today.
I think its important to avoid sugar coating anything and everything.
For starters, unlike how I demonstrated it in the video, black history did not start with slavery. Its just something we learn to accept, as if slave drivers invented black people? Why? Because in history class, the only time we talk about black people is at a time when they were in a position of inferiority, and although slavery is a significant part of our history, its not all there is to it. As Malcolm X loved to remind everyone, the history of African Americans did not begin in chains. There were never any classes on Mansa Musa as there was on Abraham Lincoln, no words uttered about where exactly the idea of a calendar was sourced, or where some of the most sophisticated architecture of the world could be found.
When there is talk about racism being systemic, the school system is a perfect example. White supremacy is not only found in the KKK and in "violent outbursts" but its an unquestioned facet of our culture. Today.
Its found in every single part of our lives.
Why is it that when black girls go to drug stores looking for foundation and amidst the array of different shades of beige...there are only two colours that resemble darker skin...if you're lucky.
Why is it that I am expected to straighten my curls anytime I need to look professional?
Why is it that as a child, I was expected to stop myself from getting darker, because darker is somehow less beautiful than lighter skin?
Why is it that the first black Disney princess, and most Disney movies with POC have the POC's spending more than half the movie as animals?
Why is it that Macklemore is getting so much support for CO-WRITING a song about how much it would probably suck to be LGBTQ+ or black, but no one is actually supporting LGBTQ+ or black artists?
There are so many more questions I could ask, but in all honesty, writing this post hurts.
If I were to remake the video I worked on last year, it would be completely different. It would start with all of the black Kings and Queens and continue to show the resilience and accomplishments of African Americans despite it all, but how would it end? Would I have concluded the video as optimistically as I had with all this new knowledge? Where would Trayvon Martin, Marissa Alexander, Jordan Davis, Alfred Wright, and so many others be? Would I have been able to physically bring myself to do so...I'm not sure. But that video would have definitely been a lot longer because there was so much left unsaid.