“An intellectual? Yes. And never deny it. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched. “Can they be brought together?” This is a practical question. We must get down to it. “I despise intelligence” really means: “I cannot bear my doubts.”—Camus
“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”—Anais Nin
“On being called shrill: That word ‘shrill’ is reserved for any expression of feeling. It’s all right for the establishment to be as shrill as it likes about annihilating people.”—Arhundati Roy getting that ass right. on. together.
“Even if everything else is taken from you, even if they throw you in jail and strip you of your clothes and your freedom, they can’t take away who the fuck you are and who your people are and what they have done for the world. That’s culture motherfucker.”—Immortal Technique 11/19/11 (via little-fighter)
Mikaela & Crystal Washington, D.C. Mikaela, 27, head track & field/cross-country coach at Gallaudet University Crystal, 28, senior marketing officer, entertainment and sports marketing at Amtrak
At a time when girls are turning to OKCupid to find their perfect matches, Crystal and Mikaela met in March 2010 the old-fashioned way: through a mutual friend. “Sparks flew immediately,” they say, but they fought the attraction—at least at first. Though they were both determined to stay single and independent at that point in their lives, they couldn’t resist seeing if that spark led to flames. Within a year, Crystal and Mikaela moved in together, bought a car and adopted a cat, and a year and a half after meeting, they married in our nation’s capital with all of their family and friends in attendance. And married life hasn’t slowed these two go-getters; they love planning spontaneous date nights around the city, from bike rides around D.C. and riding go-carts to afternoon tea and weekend getaways. “The bond we share with one another is built upon shared values, deep friendship, a sense of humor and mutual attraction,” they say, as well as celebrating their wedding anniversary in random months “because we haven’t reached a year yet!”
***WOW! Married!!! congrats to Crystal! Featured her years ago in my film black./womyn.
“Today I lectured my class after barely dragging myself out of bed with a stomach virus. I am grateful that there are things that I’m doing in my life that I STILL want to do, even when I don’t feel up to it- it means that I am passionate about the task, and passion is always a good look.”—
“Well, I think the issues of human rights and equality come from a foundational same place. I don’t always think humans are the best judges of equality on the planet… Even though over time we see that we are participating in the destruction of the world, we can’t stop. The question for me isn’t “Are gay rights movements the same as the civil rights movements for black people.” It is “Do you give a fuck about human equality and the world and will you stand up for someone else’s rights because ultimately it will have an effect on all of us if any culture of people are treated like shit.”—Toshi Reagon on comparing black cr movement to gay cr movement. Read more from her and Meshell Ndegeocello here : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/13/meshell-ndegeocello-toshi-reagon-voice-to-voice_n_1274808.html