noseasboba:

I never get tired of this photo.
Ella Fitzgerald was not allowed to play at Mocambo because of her race. Then, one of Ella’s biggest fans made a telephone call that quite possibly changed the path of her career for good. Here, Ella tells the story of how Marilyn Monroe changed her life:
“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt… she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”

noseasboba:

I never get tired of this photo.

Ella Fitzgerald was not allowed to play at Mocambo because of her race. Then, one of Ella’s biggest fans made a telephone call that quite possibly changed the path of her career for good. Here, Ella tells the story of how Marilyn Monroe changed her life:

“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt… she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it.”

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0: Height
1: age
2: Shoe Size
3: Do you Smoke?
4: Do you Drink?
5: Do you take drugs?
6: Age you get mistaken for
7: Have Tattoos?
8: Want any tattoos?
9: Got any Piercings?
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11: Best friend?
12: Relationship status
13: Biggest turn ons
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15: Favorite Movie
16: I’ll love you if
17: Someone you miss
18: Most traumatic experience
19: A fact about your personality
20: What I hate most about myself
21: What I love most about myself
22: What I want to be when I get older
23: My relationship with my sibling(s)
24: My relationship with my parent(s)
25: My idea of a perfect date
26: My biggest pet peeves
27: A description of the girl/boy I like
28: A description of the person I dislike the most
29: A reason I’ve lied to a friend
30: What I hate the most about work/school
31: What y last text message says
32: What words upset me the most
33: What words make me feel the best about myself
34: What I find attractive in women
35: What I find attractive in men
36: Where I would like to live
37: One of my insecurities
38: My childhood career choice
39: My favorite ice cream flavor
40: Who wish I could be
41: Where I want to be right now
42: The last thing I ate
43: Sexiest person that comes to my mind immediately
44: A random fact about anything
thesmithian:


This was a Black artist shrugging the weight of White consumption, deciding when enough was enough. This isn’t the first time Chappelle has done so and it isn’t the first time his behavior has been characterized as a meltdown. There is a long history of asking African-Americans to endure racism silently; it’s characterized as grace, as strength.


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thesmithian:

This was a Black artist shrugging the weight of White consumption, deciding when enough was enough. This isn’t the first time Chappelle has done so and it isn’t the first time his behavior has been characterized as a meltdown. There is a long history of asking African-Americans to endure racism silently; it’s characterized as grace, as strength.

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Letter To My Younger Self (April 2013)

Dear Lewis, 
     Just when you think you’ve got everything figured out, life throws you a curveball. And that’s okay. It is up to you to decide whether to turn those negatives into negatives or positives. You might not realize it yet, but everything you’ve been through and will continue to go through has a purpose. And if you ever want to begin to understand that purpose, you have to stop letting YOU get in the way of YOU.
  
     Too often people try to tear you down instead of building you up, but examine the source. Hurt people hurt people. It is okay to be the bigger person. Everything doesn’t have to be a fight and the sooner you learn this the easier life will become. You don’t have to get the last word. You don’t have to respond to negativity. You don’t have to show up to every argument that you’re invited to. That doesn’t not make you weak! Don’t let anyone take you out of your character. Your character is the best thing you have going for you. The resentment and bitterness that you feel won’t always be so prevalent. As you grow and mature as a person you learn to let some things go.

     When it comes to how you approach relationships, your examples haven’t been the best. It will take years to figure out that some of the same negative things you saw as a child, you emulate. You won’t see it at first, but it’s there. Try not to repeat your parent’s mistakes and their parent’s mistakes. You are your own person so blaze your own trail.

     Eventually you will find someone you feel that you’re supposed to spend the rest of your life with, but it just doesn’t seem to work out. Don’t stress about it. (Easier said than done, right?) You have barely begun to figure out who you are, you can’t magically expect for someone else to know who they are on your schedule. Nonetheless, unrequited love is one of the hardest things you are ever going to go through. Keep a better poker face than I did. If it’s meant to be, it will be*. Keep your fingers crossed that if you keep doing what you’re doing that love will find you and you will never see it coming.

     As you start dating, think about what it is that you really need in a relationship. What are the things you will accept, and what are the deal breakers? Take the time out to really get to know the person. Lew, you are seeking the right answers but you are asking all the wrong questions. Pay close attention and you’ll get your feelings hurt a lot less.

     This is important, so read this part twice if you need to: The older you get, it becomes easier and easier to just be yourself. Don’t wait until later in life to learn that lesson. The same people who will talk bad about you for the choices you make, (that don’t affect them might I add) are the same people who don’t even matter. Your mother loves you. Your friends love you. And most importantly you love yourself.

     As you begin to develop as a man, as you try to figure out what career path to take and what makes you happy, as you search for LOVE, the real kind, remember that you need only look inside yourself.

Love, 

Lewis ;)

Love Is

rihceaux:

Love is patient, love is kind.

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

soulmahogany:

Janelle Monae & Lauryn Hill

soulmahogany:

Janelle Monae & Lauryn Hill

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annaharo:

Gordon Parks’ Color Photographs of Segregation

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cookiesmommy:

omg! it’s so cute…

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divalocity:

Nykhor Paul by Gabor Szantai.

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Me on the way to work, hence the ice grill….

Me on the way to work, hence the ice grill….

I should really stop being so shy .