A Girl Who Dances In Rain...

Ask me anything   Submit   I am so many things...I'm complex and uncomplicated...avant garde and traditional...elaborate and simple...elegant and "out there"...wise and sometimes foolish...emotional and logical...hot and cold...black and white...hard line and accommodating...I'm so many things. Yet, I'm simple...I'm just me. I dance like nobody's watching and love like it's never going to hurt. An ISTJ trying to make it in a world full of everyone else. ~The Girl Formerly Known As Ashlee



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    youngblackandvegan:

    black—lamb:

    these photos were taken earlier this year when I attended school in Tennessee (my 4th year to be exact)

    I don’t know if you can tell but I was very sad at the time…

    Sad is actually an understatement… I never would have guessed I would be sleeping in my car and in hotels all while trying to get my education at a place that literally hated me… Or the idea of what I represented.

    This piece, “Overhead” was one done in response to being told “create a work about how you are feeling”

    At the time I felt so empty and lonely that it physically hurt…

    "Overhead" represents the idea of a dark cloud overtaking a persons’ life… How the feelings of sadness can have a physical weight of it’s own… A presence if you will…

    I spent 5 days/nights (even after the piece was due) to finish this room sized installation. It consisted of over 500 fishing lines attached to a 15 x 20 ft grid and pounds of scrap bubble wrap …
    I did not finish the piece on time even when I asked for an extension… I just wanted to do my best..in my mind, it would all pay off…

    It didn’t. My professor: a racist homophobic sexist conservative man took it as his opportunity to put me in my place… To break me… At the end of the year he failed me….an advanced sculpture student who had always made A’s and who had received scholarships for my work…

    Fast forward to now… I wish I could have told the person I was a couple months ago that everything was going to be ok…

    I’m now in NYC. Things are not perfect but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

    Tennessee broke me… But I’m so thankful it did. I was meant to be pushed away from that place.

    I’m free.


    It was a visual metaphor of how the feeling of sadness

    wow. thank you for sharing. this stirred something in me

    (via myblacksexuality)

    — 14 hours ago with 972 notes

    cleophatrajones:

    yarrahs-life:

    beautiesofafrique:

    BLACK IN ASIA

    Thailand

    The Mani people are the original homo sapiens that travelled from Africa and settled in Thailand. They are the original negaritos who moved with other Africans like Andamanese of India, Aetas of Philippines,Semangs of Malaysia  to their present  residence in Thailand. They were there before the other ethnic groups came to form the Thai kingdom. Anthropological studies has revealed that the Thai Mani and Malaysian Semang were the first modern humans to enter the Malay peninsula. They remarked that "the original people of the Malay Peninsular that about 4,500 years ago the Proto-Malays moved south from the Yunnan province area of China into Southeast Asia where they met the Negritos who, for a long time, may have been the only modern humans to live in this area" 

    The name Mani is of Mon-Khmer origin and means “human being,” and they speak Tonga language. The Mani or “forest people” as other Thai people call them lives in  the jungles of southern Thailand, in the Banthad Mountain Chain and around the Malaysian border in the provinces of Trang, Phatthalung and Satun.  They are facing extinction and currently their total population is about 300. The Banthad Mountain chain became a base area for communist insurgents during the 1970s and thus a battle ground between communist guerillas and Thai government forces. Especially during the years of 1975-1977, the insurgents were battered in ground and air attacks. The Mani suffered terribly during this war with government forces frequently mistaking the smoke of Mani camp fires for insurgent activity. Those living in Trang and Phatthalung provinces had to move to the sanctuary of Thoungwan district in Satun province.

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    The Philippines

     The Aetas  are the aborigines of the Philippines who were called negritos by the Spaniards at the time of their reign in the Philippines because of their darker skin color. It is the tribe inhabiting the eastern parts of Luzon and called in different names: Agta, Ita, Ati, or Aeta. About 20,000 of them are spread throughout the country. Their majority can be seen in Pampanga and Zambales while others inhabit the coastal fringes of Northern Luzon, and the mountains of Negros, Samar, Panay and Leyte. As a result of their nomadic life, they live in houses built out of grass and tree branches to easily vacate upon scarcity of surrounding food.

    Aeta according to anthropologists and archeologists, are descendants of the earliest settlers of the Philippines. They were predicted to migrate in the country through land bridges that connects the country to Asian mainland 30,000 years ago. It may have occurred when the Malay Peninsula was still connected with Sumatra and other Sunda Islands. Their boundless journey around the Malay Peninsula that spread as far as The Philippines resulted to their widespread existence in the country

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    Malaysia

     The Semang are a Negrito ethnic group of the Malay Peninsula. Lowland Semang tribes are also known as Sakai, although this term is considered to be derogatory by the Semang people. They are the indigenous peoples of this area.They have been recorded to have lived in Malaysia since before the 200s Common Era (CE). They are ethnologically described as nomadic hunter-gatherers.

    The Semang live in autonomous local bands consisting of an elder male (usually the leader of the group), his wife, their sons, and the sons’ wives and children. Their religious beliefs are complex and include numerous deities. Shaman-priests practice magic, foresee the future, and cure illness.

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    Semang (Jahai) ethnic group woman of Malaysia

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    Welp…

    I have learned so friggin much on this website!

    — 14 hours ago with 4406 notes
    rebelbaes:

Ok. Ok. Ok. So imagine this was a grown ass man allowing a little girl or even another little boy to do this to them.  How much of a shit storm would OP incur from postin this online?
This is what I mean when people say that little boys are sexually activated at an early age, often by female family members or close friends. And don’t nobody give a fuck until that little boy who is wrestling with stimulations that he is too young to understand, but they will cry out when he grows up and turns into some sexually depraved individual. 
This shit aint cute homey. 

    rebelbaes:

    Ok. Ok. Ok. So imagine this was a grown ass man allowing a little girl or even another little boy to do this to them.  How much of a shit storm would OP incur from postin this online?

    This is what I mean when people say that little boys are sexually activated at an early age, often by female family members or close friends. And don’t nobody give a fuck until that little boy who is wrestling with stimulations that he is too young to understand, but they will cry out when he grows up and turns into some sexually depraved individual. 

    This shit aint cute homey. 

    (Source: supasly, via suprememorani)

    — 14 hours ago with 57 notes
    fastcompany:

The problem with wearables is that usually people stop wearing them. According to one recent report, one-third of users of activity-tracking wearables, like the Fitbit and the Jawbone, toss their devices aside after just six months.
To overcome this, a small cadre of companies has been furiously working to develop smaller, sleeker, more discreet devices that monitor health and wellness—in the form of temporary tattoos, band-aids, and ingestible pills.

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    fastcompany:

    The problem with wearables is that usually people stop wearing them. According to one recent report, one-third of users of activity-tracking wearables, like the Fitbit and the Jawbone, toss their devices aside after just six months.

    To overcome this, a small cadre of companies has been furiously working to develop smaller, sleeker, more discreet devices that monitor health and wellness—in the form of temporary tattoos, band-aids, and ingestible pills.

    Read More>

    — 15 hours ago with 77 notes
    fleurdulys:

Marseille Quay by Night - Konstantin Korovin
1897

    fleurdulys:

    Marseille Quay by Night - Konstantin Korovin

    1897

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    — 15 hours ago with 178 notes
    foodandwine:

© John Kernick
Wine Wednesday: This refreshing sangria gets its sweetness from lychees.
Recipe: Riesling Sangria with Lychees

    foodandwine:

    © John Kernick

    Wine Wednesday: This refreshing sangria gets its sweetness from lychees.

    Recipe: Riesling Sangria with Lychees

    — 15 hours ago with 158 notes
    divalocity:

SUN GODDESS: Maya Haile
Photo: Maya Haile

    divalocity:

    SUN GODDESS: Maya Haile

    Photo: Maya Haile

    (via darkskinnedblackbeauty)

    — 15 hours ago with 274 notes
    divalocity:

SUN GODDESS: Maya Haile
Photo: Maya Haile

    divalocity:

    SUN GODDESS: Maya Haile

    Photo: Maya Haile

    (via darkskinnedblackbeauty)

    — 15 hours ago with 274 notes
    miscellaneousdesserts:

Vanilla Pound Cake, Chocolate Ganache Sauce and Amaretto-Spiked Whipped Cream (recipe)

    miscellaneousdesserts:

    Vanilla Pound Cake, Chocolate Ganache Sauce and Amaretto-Spiked Whipped Cream (recipe)

    (via fooderism)

    — 15 hours ago with 37318 notes

    dorothydandridge:

    Dorothy Dandridge at home in a pink negligee (Ebony Magazine, June 1962)

    — 3 days ago with 130 notes
    dorothydandridge:

This Dorothy Dandridge tattoo is AMAZING!! CJ at Studio 219 in Atlanta, GA did this amazing work on one of his clients! The work and details of this tat are IMPECCABLE!

This pic is so ironic…Dorothy Dandridge tat (oxymoron). Dorothy was classy; yet nothing about this is classy. #ratchet

    dorothydandridge:

    This Dorothy Dandridge tattoo is AMAZING!! CJ at Studio 219 in Atlanta, GA did this amazing work on one of his clients! The work and details of this tat are IMPECCABLE!

    This pic is so ironic…Dorothy Dandridge tat (oxymoron). Dorothy was classy; yet nothing about this is classy. #ratchet

    — 3 days ago with 14 notes