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blackhistoryalbum:

medievalpoc:
Portrait of a Young Black Woman (1890s) by Simon Willem Maris 
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University

blackhistoryalbum:

medievalpoc:

Portrait of a Young Black Woman (1890s) by Simon Willem Maris
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University

vintageblackglamour:

Cicely Tyson and Miles Davis in August 1968 attending the premiere of ‘The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter’ in New York City. Tyson and Davis were not a couple at the time - they actually married in 1981. Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.


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vintageblackglamour:

Cicely Tyson and Miles Davis in August 1968 attending the premiere of ‘The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter’ in New York City. Tyson and Davis were not a couple at the time - they actually married in 1981. Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage.

Click on these links. You’ll learn more interesting history.

What’s Meant To Be

Thought I was a weak one
Every thought I have I speak
I don’t understand the connection
I write to God as confession
I see the girl in the mirror now
Got lost in the crowd somehow
I’m not one of those other chicks
I think we’re broken & can’t be fixed
Gotta let go & make some room
Gotta get right
A new start is coming soon
I trapped myself in my own mind
Too dang busy loving to find the time
Time to see to wake up just listen
Wasn’t healthy in that mental condition
Can’t settle ‘cause those replacements are looking
Don’t get mad when one says that he took me
I bear my soul right here & I don’t care
Tried to hide me away I ain’t been nowhere
Holding out for what I deserve
I know my value trust me I’m worth it
Live on rock me as best I can
I’m not that girl
Can survive with no man
But I keep writing because it is good for me
Healing my heart. Becoming whole for what’s meant to be

They Ain’t My Dudes

The time is now
For me to stand
And choose who I will give my hand
Its time for happy
The lames keep tryna be my man

I’m chasing happy
Changing all the ways I’m living
You’re a leech
Living off the Love I’m giving

If you had a chance
And really weren’t feeling me
You missed you’re chance
My heart will have a victory

I need a man
Who wants nothing but to make me smile
Stick by my side
Maybe even have a child

The past is gone
My mind refuses those dark places
Tried to erase me
I can’t even remember faces

Listening for God
To tell me which one to choose
See I’m a Queen
Love me or hate me
Respect me cause I’m still your muse

ibmblr:

In the classroom of the future, the classroom will learn, teachers will learn and yes, students will learn. School lunches may or may not be more nutritious. See your life in 5 years…

redbull:

Red Bull #GivesYouWings

redbull:

Red Bull #GivesYouWings

oscarprgirl:

Oscar de la Renta for the Outnet.

Lady

oscarprgirl:

Oscar de la Renta for the Outnet.

Lady

oscarprgirl:

I won’t let you down
I will not give you up
Gotta have some faith in the sound
It’s the one good thing that I’ve got
I won’t let you down
So please don’t give me up
Because I would really, really love to stick around

Heaven knows I was just a young boy
Didn’t know what I wanted to be
I…

I just watched this video again. Legends.

Just a little reminder. I Love this

chopardredcarpet:

Laying calmly, this polar bear from Animal World collection has no fear of the cold with its fur of sparkling diamonds. Now at Harrods London.

chopardredcarpet:

Laying calmly, this polar bear from Animal World collection has no fear of the cold with its fur of sparkling diamonds. Now at Harrods London.

chopardredcarpet:

Admire our Animal World collection at Harrods London in our magical pop-up Boutique until February 2014. 

chopardredcarpet:

Admire our Animal World collection at Harrods London in our magical pop-up Boutique until February 2014. 

The Monster From Back Then

I fell in Love with this monster
He was messing with my head
I fell in Love with that monster
He squirmed into my bed
I thought I Loved those monsters
Their Love was never true
I’m fighting a bunch of monsters
Is the last monster you?
I wasn’t awake yet
I couldn’t even see
I wasn’t awake yet
They said the monster was me
These two lips were made for kissing
Is it you I was looking for?
That man’s soul is missing
I’m not opening hell’s door
The choices are obvious
It’s gotta be you….
Or you
Just keep THEM away from me

Last Time

Last time was the last time
Drama was my past time
Disrespected me missed out on a good wife
Too much ego
You just ain’t go’n get right
I ain’t the one to break down & lose it all
Stop offering me water
I saw you fall
Treat me right & I’ll have mercy
Dang skippy I’m thirsty
Just not from your nightstand
Keep messing around with my heart
I’m gone find me a white man
Yeah the Queen is sleepy
Stay confidently humble
Everybody needs me
Ran from your commitment like Flojo
Intuition is something else
You was messing with my mojo
To you my womb is like a shackle
I own the keys. I own the throne
Ain’t no king in this castle
Yet
Wandering soul on a journey
I ain’t got no home
I’m a free woman
But when he comes ooh wee
Ain’t nothing we can’t do
I want to witness the transfiguration
See the world from a better view
That’s why the guardians keep me away from you
I don’t play second
I don’t plan to hide
I will see my king
I will be his bride
This star is everlasting
That’s why I keep on shining
I survived to tell the story
Saved to tell world
About my Savior & His glory
Its really not about me
Alter ego on a page
The players keep on changing
This is the last phase
Look deeper than the surface
I was designed to rule the world
Continuing God’s story is my purpose

Queendom

Ooooohhh I Know I Started Something

Y’all I’m just gonna say this & be real. I’m a Black girl. Have been since the day I was born. But that’s not how I identify myself first? I know what your thinking. Uh oh this girl has self-hate issues. No. Let me explain. First I identify as a child of God. Then I identify as human. Next I identify as a girl. Sorry woman I’m grown though people try to act like I’m not. Then I identify as black.

The world looks at me & sees Black. They should because I am. I grew up in a place where I personally had very few issues regarding race. Every once in a while racism would show up, but I got the usual oh that’s JaNelle she’s cool. And it was usually squashed. It took me 35 years to find out …. Um yeah on with what I was saying.

So I have always been proud of being Black. But as I got older I started to ask questions & found out like millions of other Black people we had Native American relatives. Light bulbs started going off & I realized I had a few more “things in me” than Native American. A lot more. So do a lot of us. But that’s not what this is about. This all started because I was blessed to have at least 100 years of ancestors in my life. I was simply proud to know ‘em.

I didn’t know what I was about to start. I simply wanted to know how far back I could go. So I wasn’t looking for how Black I wasn’t. I was looking for people. History. Maybe I could see myself in a face I would never meet from generations ago. Long lost cousins, aunts, and uncles.

There is no reason for me to deny who I am. There are people who never met me who welcome me with open arms. Its almost like they were waiting for me to find them. So y’all can talk about this, that, & the other, I’m talking about family. I don’t care what race they are. If they Love me & accept me the Love is returned. In a world that’s so he’ll bent on holding me back I hold on to good people & hold on tight. We can worry about race later. Like every 10 years when we fill out the census. That’s how I found many of the names I’ll never be able to put a face to. There is still comfort in knowing they existed & that is who I came from.

I have no interest in being political correct. I want to be real. REAL. With all my flubs, flaws, & gaffes. I learn as I go. I grow. Finding my ancestors has helped me plan my future. Love y’all! Jay