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    Allow a black person the chance to flail about in a rhythmic manner and we will always make that shit look cool.


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    Gone always keep it #1000.

    Gone always keep it #1000.

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    One of my goals for 2014 was to find a new church home. I think I may be on to something.  Pastor Olu Brown was Amazing. (at Impact Church [Brown Middle School])

    One of my goals for 2014 was to find a new church home. I think I may be on to something. Pastor Olu Brown was Amazing. (at Impact Church [Brown Middle School])

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    10 Places to visit in West Africa

    This list is comprised of ECOWAS destinations I’ve visited and highly recommend and of places in this same region that would like to go to, someday. 

    Goree Island, Senegal

    Lying off the coast of mainland Senegal, the Island of Goree was the largest trading centre of enslaved people off the West African coast between the 15th-19th centuries and was ruled and colonized, in succession, by several European nations namely Portugal, the Netherlands, England and France. Today, the island serves as a memorial to this grim period in history when human lives were so grimly exploited and abused.

    Cape Coast, Ghana

    Similarly to Goree Island, the Cape Coast of Ghana carries with it a grim history that was inflicted on the island during the days of the Transatlantic Slave trade when it was one of the largest and busiest slave trading posts in the region. Housed on the island is the domineering Cape Coast Castle - one of several UNESCO World Heritage slave forts.

    Mindelo, Cape Verde

    Home to over 90% of the island’s population, the city of Mindelo lies on the island of Sao Vincente and is considered the cultural capital of Cape Verde. The town is surrounded by mountains and a coastline that offers serene and picturesque views of the Atlantic.

    Calabar, Nigeria

    The capital of Nigeria’s Cross River State, located in the southeastern region of the country, the city is set on a natural hill overlooking the Calabar River and was also once set-up as a center of slave trade by British colonists in 17th century. Nowadays, the city is fast becoming a cultural and tourist hub in the country and the annual Calabar Carnival attracts visitors from all over Nigeria, different parts of Africa, the diaspora and around the world. The Calabar Carnival is the largest street cultural festival in Africa.

    Cotonou, Benin

    Lying on the southern coastline of the country, Cotonou is Benin’s largest city. Easily accessible by road from Lagos - a lovely drive if no interruptions and inconveniences are experienced - this coastal city is a great getaway from the hubbub and seemingly never-ending grind of bigger West African cities such as Lagos, Accra and Abidjan.

    Timbuktu, Mali

    Arguably the most famous town in Mali, Timbuktu is a city rich with multiple layers of history as it played a central role in the geographic locale of defining periods in West African history such as the Mali and Songhai Empires, as well as the Islamization of Africa. Many of the monuments in the town - including mosques and mausoleums - have been put on the list of World Heritage sites in danger due to frequent attacks on the area in recent years. Timbuktu is home to three great mosques, Djingareyber, Sankore and Sidi Yahia, all built from mud.

    Banjul, Gambia

    The gorgeous coastal capital of The Gambia, Banjul is slowly becoming a popular visiting area for tourists wanting to make the most out of a beach holiday without intense amounts of maddening stereotypical tourist crowds. Apart from its coastline and beaches, this small West African city offers much to do and see from visiting the River Gambia National Park to fishing excursions and seeing some of Gambia’s historic monuments.

    Lakka, Sierra Leone

    With a population of a little less than 5,000, ten miles west of the capital Freetown lies the coastal resort town of Lakka. Known for its large beaches that border the Atlantic Ocean on Africa’s western coast, Lakka is a fishing town that attracts tourists from around the region due to its serenity and idyllic atmosphere.

    San Pedro, Ivory Coast

    A coastal city located in the southwestern area of Ivory Coast, San Pedro is the nation’s second largest port and is home to the Taï National Park - one of the last sanctuaries of the pygmy hippopotamus, which is listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

    Monrovia, Liberia

    Not often seen as a city to visit as a tourist destination, Liberia’s capital should not be simply dismissed or overlooked when planning a trip to West Africa. Monrovia lies close the western coast of the country giving residents and visitors access to the some of the country’s most pristine beaches. Furthermore, places such as the Sapo National Park, Blue Lake, Lake Piso and Providence Island are must-see areas for anyone visiting central Liberia.

    P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community. 

    November: Highlighting Travel & Exploration in Africa

    OMG I’m going to use this list when I go on my ECOWAS adventures

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    It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

    It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

    It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain.

    I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.

    I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own; if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, remember the limitations of being human.

    It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul. If you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

    I want to know if you can see Beauty even when it is not pretty every day. And if you can source your own life from its presence.

    I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, ‘Yes.’

    It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

    It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the fire with me and not shrink back.

    It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.

    I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

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    Kai’s “controversial” poem. This topic I can definitely relate to as someone who was told in high school that I “act white” because I got straight A’s, and in college, “I thought you were stupid until you spoke” because I’m black. (Had to compress it all crazy to get it to upload to Tumblr. It had to be removed from “other outlets” due to verbal content. But what happens on Tumblr, stays on Tumblr.) … ;-) 

    This. Fucking. Bitch.

    Speechless. Seriously.

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    "Youths are passed through schools that don’t teach, then forced to search for jobs that don’t exist and finally left stranded in the street to stare at the glamorous lives advertised around them."
    Huey P. Newton (via nirvikalpa)

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Taj Face!

I’m here for this..


    Taj Face!

    I’m here for this..

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    They’ve read a bunch of words, I’ve lived a bunch of life…

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    "You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No."
    — 1 year ago with 7070 notes
    A moment of silence cause I killed those eyebrows.

    A moment of silence cause I killed those eyebrows.

    — 1 year ago
    Such a beautiful night, to live my beautiful life. #FamilyFriday #Keepasmileonmyface

    Such a beautiful night, to live my beautiful life. #FamilyFriday #Keepasmileonmyface

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #familyfriday  #keepasmileonmyface 
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