24 Hour Fast

One take away I got from fasting for a day is that food dictates my mood. I was the unhappiest of campers. Things got on my nerves that wouldn’t normally phase me. I was wearing the crown of frown.

blackchildrensbooksandauthors:

Working Cotton

This child’s view of the long day’s work in the cotton fields, simply expressed in a poet’s resonant language, is a fresh and stirring look at migrant family life. 

Sherley Anne Williams…

was raised in poverty in a housing project in Fresno. Williams’ mother, who discouraged Sherley from reading because she thought books would fill her head with false hope for the future, died when Williams was sixteen years old. Williams was placed in the custody of her sister, Ruby, who was a single mother, struggling to get by on her own. Sherley and Ruby managed to provide for themselves, eking by on income earned from odd jobs such as picking cotton, working seasonally in department stores, and cutting grapes.

After graduation from Edison Junior/Senior High School in Fresno in 1962, Williams attended California State University, Fresno where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. In 1972 she received a master’s degree from Brown University. In 1975 Williams joined the faculty at the University of California, San Diego and became the first African American female faculty member in the university’s English department. She worked at the University of California, San Diego until her death in 1999.

Williams’ writing highlighted the importance of folklore and history in shaping black identity…continue reading

What? I’ve never heard of her, but I feel I should have since she lived in Fresno…and went to Edison. Rectified. Going to search for this book.

Couldn’t pass this one up. #evillibrarian

Couldn’t pass this one up. #evillibrarian

"You think you are alone until you find books about girls like you."

Roxane Gay on The Rumpus.net (via rachelfershleiser)

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oupacademic:

On 25 September 1957, armed soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division escorted nine students to class in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Minnijean Brown-Trickey, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Melba Patillo-Beals, Thelma Mothershed Wair, Gloria Ray Kalmark, Dr. Terrence Roberts, Jefferson Thomas, and Carlotta Walls LaNier were civil rights pioneers as teenagers just trying to go to school. Learn more about The Little Rock Nine in the Oxford African American Studies Center.
Image credit: Operation Arkansas: A Different Kind of Deployment. Photo by US Army, National Archives. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

oupacademic:

On 25 September 1957, armed soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division escorted nine students to class in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Minnijean Brown-Trickey, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Melba Patillo-Beals, Thelma Mothershed Wair, Gloria Ray Kalmark, Dr. Terrence Roberts, Jefferson Thomas, and Carlotta Walls LaNier were civil rights pioneers as teenagers just trying to go to school. Learn more about The Little Rock Nine in the Oxford African American Studies Center.

Image credit: Operation Arkansas: A Different Kind of Deployment. Photo by US Army, National Archives. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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reclaimingthelatinatag:

asexualthings:

Asexuality is an orientation in which a person does not experience sexual attraction to any sex and/or gender. They do not feel an intrinsic desire to make sex a part of their relationships with other people. However they may still be able to experience other types of attraction, and desire relationships with other people.
Check out the following websites to learn more about asexuality, join in on the community, and/or help increase asexual visibility and education.
Asexual Visibility and Education Network
International Asexuality Conference(Worldpride Toronto 2014 Affiliate Event) (June 28, 2014)
Asexual Things (asexual vis/ed tumblr blog)
Frequently Asked Questions
Asexuality Websites/Blogs/etc

Asexual Latin@s for the win! :D

reclaimingthelatinatag:

asexualthings:

Asexuality is an orientation in which a person does not experience sexual attraction to any sex and/or gender. They do not feel an intrinsic desire to make sex a part of their relationships with other people. However they may still be able to experience other types of attraction, and desire relationships with other people.

Check out the following websites to learn more about asexuality, join in on the community, and/or help increase asexual visibility and education.

Asexual Visibility and Education Network

International Asexuality Conference
(Worldpride Toronto 2014 Affiliate Event) (June 28, 2014)

Asexual Things (asexual vis/ed tumblr blog)

Asexual Latin@s for the win! :D

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"Publishers are like, ‘We don’t know who your market is, we don’t know who we’d sell your book to,’ and I’m like, ‘What do you mean? Like… People with reading skills?’"

— Roxane Gay, talking about writers of color at the “This Woman’s Work” panel at the 2014 Brooklyn Book Festival (via yeahwriters)

Trying out this Two Dots business.

Trying out this Two Dots business.

Is Lupita your friend Janelle? Then let’s be friends.

Is Lupita your friend Janelle?

Then let’s be friends.

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