Puerto Rican Wedding, East Harlem, 1970
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
Dalai Lama XIV (via hqlines)
Fun Polynesian drawn-on creation for Kirsa last week at Ka’eo Hawaii! Always having and creating great days and amazing clients! Thanks so much! Much Aloha! #tattoosbynickel #kaeohawaiitattoo #polynesiantattoo #plumeria #addon #drawnon #polyink #manifest #grateful #create #lovelife #love #aloha #dogoodbegood #girlswithtattoos (at Ka’eo Hawaii Tattoo)
I don’t trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.’ … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.
Maya Angelou (via hqlines)
It’s hard not to feel pride when looking at this mural in Harlem, a vivid depiction of the unity that exists in Hispanic cultures. Enriched with colors, one can only wish to be part of it: to join the gentlemen in their game of dominoes, cook un asopao de pollo with tía Sofia, or sing a folk song while Silo plays the cuatro. It made me think of my aunt, who spent all she had on a train ride and gift for my graduation. I also remembered my abuela, who used to say: “Puedes tener paz en la tormenta” (“You can have peace during the storm.”), a phrase from her favorite hymn. She was right, as beauty can be found in the ordinary and comfort in the company of familia. One need not be a member—all are welcomed.
After years of being told to keep quiet and sit pretty,
she dusted off the spider webs from her lips
and unleashed the ugly she had come to know,
the kind of ugly that
leaves blotches on rainbows,
splatters on paintings,
and carvings on a stone mountain.
Eloquence has its place:
to convey ideas,
But when it comes down to matters of the heart,
it should not take precedence.
Words must flow freely
with its rough edges and shaky intonation,
intertwining with silk threads the deepest of all sentiments.
He plays a mean guitar and paints landscapes.
As a virtuoso on the guitar he generates melodies,
as an artist he creates worlds.
With all his talents though, he couldn’t fashion one where she would be safe.
His only hope is conveyed in his work: an afterlife wherein both can share a puffy cloud.
I want to go to East Harlem so bad. I always hear stories about it, but I want to experience it myself. The art. The people, the beautiful. The heritage. The language. It’s all so flawless to me. Especially the murals and the music. It makes my heart swell with joy and excitement just thinking about it. I cherish and appreciate the culture that still is alive in Harlem.
People ask me why I’m such an “angry Native” and I’ll simple point them to this picture. You Oklahoma State fans, students and faculty need to gather your trash and take it out because this is unacceptable.
This is why I’ll never approve of Native American mascots as well. Not even tribally sanctioned ones because you’re just co-signing your own mockery and racism.
Is it possible for a person like me coming from Italian/Jamaican descendants residing in San Antonio Texas to become a native and I'm asking in the most humble and respectable way
What do you mean by ‘become Native’? You’re welcome to learn about Native culture, but things like wearing a fake headdress or portraying stereotypes about us doesn’t make you Native. It’s either part of your heritage or its not. Take pride in who you are.
- Do not forget Michael Brown
- Do not forget how the media dehumanized him and tried to justify his murder
- Do not forget how peaceful protests were painted as savage riots
- Do not forget police armed with military grade weapons terrorized and arrested black civilians
- Do not forget Darren Wilson being awarded over $200,000 in fundraiser donations for murdering an unarmed black child
- Do not forget that this system was not built to defend us, but to control us
- Do not forget Ferguson