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"Sometimes in black communities we forget that black girls are girls, not little women. My friend then shared with me her own story of being sexually abused and ending up pregnant and in need of an abortion at age 12 because her family members irresponsibly left her with a male family friend. The first time a 12-year-old black girl ever told me she had been raped, I, too, was 12 and she was a friend. The second time, I was a 22-year-old teacher, and the 12-year-old was my student.

I realize now, having heard a version of this story, yet again, that as gut-wrenching as these stories are, among black girls they are not uncommon; they are not even remarkable. So many of the highly educated black women you see went to hell and back before reaching the age of 18. Education has become our drug of choice.

[…]For black girls, educational achievement is not always the best indicator of a stable, happy home life. For me, education offered a goal and reward structure that was predictable and that I could control, simply by doing what was asked of me. In the midst of so many things I could not control, school was attractive. I imagine that for many black girls the narrative is similar." — Brittney Cooper, "A black girl’s constant fear: Why I thought I’d never live to see 33" (via knowledgeequalsblackpower)

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thebister:

On the time Michael Jackson blew a producer’s mind by cursing in his real voice.

I have always wanted to see, or hear him speak with his real voice.  It’s most definitely never going to come! Damn…

He did use it in public. It’s not THAT deep, we’re not talking Barry White here.

The mystery of MJ’s voice, lol. He was a genius on all fronts.

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billyivan:

Crossover of the year?

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sk8brdp:

Detroit Academy of Arts & Science’s Full Performance of ‘Happy’

"It’s funny. When you leave your home and wander really far, you always think, ‘I want to go home.’ But then you come home, and of course it’s not the same. You can’t live with it, you can’t live away from it. And it seems like from then on there’s always this yearning for some place that doesn’t exist. I felt that. Still do. I’m never completely at home anywhere." — Danzy Senna (via larmoyante)

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moistowlettes:

-Black Dynamite (2009)

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Most vicious knockout ever?

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