Just Jo
rants, random ramblings, and love.
You have to go the way your blood beats. If you don’t live the only life you have, you won’t live some other life, you won’t live any life at all.
— Jimmy Baldwin


Cher & Sylvester

This makes me feel mighty real!
Robert Tew once wrote, “Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy”, and so I had to say goodbye. I’d caution each of you to do the same, for doing so may be the difference between living a full life, and well, just living.
— Josie Pickens (via dc-via-chicago)

Sam Durant at Delia’s Lounge in 3rd Ward. My studio was here for a while. Now home to everything records.

Oh to be a pear tree- any tree in bloom! With kissing bees singing the beginning of the world… She had glossy leaves and bursting buds and she wanted to struggle with life but it seemed to elude her. Where were the singing bees for her?
— Zora Neale Hurston
Imprisoned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, an avid supporter of MOVE who initially requested that John Africa represent him during his murder trial, had this to say about the harassment that culminated in the bombing of the MOVE compound:
But on that day, more than MOVE members died. The city died, too. Its politicians died, its media died, its courts died, and its churches and houses of worship died, for they ceased to function, and they served power and money. In a very real sense, the city massacred itself, for one’s faith in such institutions died. They became empty, hollow and dead, but for the shell.

My latest for EBONY http://www.ebony.com/black-history/let-the-fire-burn-recounts-the-move-massacre-999#ixzz32HokCDgj 

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When I write books, I think, ‘What would Franzen do?’ And he would do whatever the fuck he wants.
— Roxane Gay on the assumption that women writers and writers of color need to be somehow “representative” (Politics & Prose, 5/8/14)

josephine baker queen. j.dunand. lacquered panel. 1926.
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