9394
14 Oct 14 at 12 am

dynastylnoire:

undefinednation:

Boost this, please!!! I don’t know Shayla but she was in my homeroom- I saw her almost every day. I just found out about her missing status and I’m shocked. Spread the word in any way you can, especially people in Queens and within Delaware County in Pennsylvania!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST

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dynastylnoire:

undefinednation:

Boost this, please!!! I don’t know Shayla but she was in my homeroom- I saw her almost every day. I just found out about her missing status and I’m shocked. Spread the word in any way you can, especially people in Queens and within Delaware County in Pennsylvania!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST
 14121
14 Oct 14 at 12 am

heroineheroine:

2jam4u:

dynamicafrica:

Spotlight: Photographer Damion Reid and the “Beauty of the Black Woman” Project.

How do you describe what a black woman is? How do you even begin to define her?

You don’t. You leave that up to her.

As black women, as black people, we are well aware of our complexities - whether inherited or otherwise. What’s more, despite our differences being used to divide and separate us, whether through experience or heritage, history has played out in such a way that we are and will always be connected to each other in ways words cannot even begin to describe. As romantic as this may sound, and though there is so much beauty in who we are, there’s a lot of pain that we are still forced to triumph through. Despite all this, as we combat that which has manifested in our lives through both structural and internal racism, it’s so important that we look for ways to find and recreate ourselves on our terms.

Living in a world where black women have to constantly defend their existence and personally find ways to continuously reaffirm their beauty and self-worth, it’s hard not to love what Damion Reid does.

As a Communications Major, Reid was, to say the least, troubled by the negative images and stories he’d often come across of Black women and Black people in the Diaspora. In the Spring of 2002, armed with his camera and desire to show the multi-faceted reality of Black women, he began approaching women he’d see in public in an attempt to capture the “Beauty of the Black Woman.”

Ridding himself of mainstream notions of what beauty is or is supposed to look like, Reid opted to go for something deeper when approaching women, "I share a spiritual bond with Black Women. They are the only people that can understand what me a Black Male goes through. That is beauty to me. I go with my feelings. If it feels right to approach someone, I will do it."

So far, the responses Reid has received have been incredibly positive and wonderfully surprising, “Sometimes the Women are shocked that I want to photograph them. They were not used to be called beautiful, much less photographed.”

For Reid, this is a “never-ending project.” He does plan on taking things further and is currently working on a project that concerns Black men in the Diaspora. 

All photos courtesy of Damion Reid.

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oh lol I’m included!

I want to be all of them 💕

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 143
14 Oct 14 at 12 am

modelopolis:

Daniel Liu photographed by Idris & Tony for Models.com ‘Rise of the Asian Male Supermodel’ (July 2014)

oh

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modelopolis:

Daniel Liu photographed by Idris & Tony for Models.com ‘Rise of the Asian Male Supermodel’ (July 2014)

oh
 4514
13 Oct 14 at 11 am

lunalye:

northvibes:

 

so cute

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lunalye:

northvibes:

 

so cute
 5966
13 Jul 14 at 5 pm

fuck-yeah-bears:

399 by Nate Zeman

"The four grizzlies in this image are bear # 399 and her 3 cubs crossing the sagebrush flats in Grand Teton National Park. Bear 399 became somewhat of a celebrity in recent years, due to the fact that she was often spotted with her offspring close enough to the road for good viewing. In Wildlife photography, It’s unusual to "know" one animal from another, but in the case of bear 399 it is hard to deny that she is special."

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fuck-yeah-bears:

399 by Nate Zeman
"The four grizzlies in this image are bear # 399 and her 3 cubs crossing the sagebrush flats in Grand Teton National Park. Bear 399 became somewhat of a celebrity in recent years, due to the fact that she was often spotted with her offspring close enough to the road for good viewing. In Wildlife photography, It’s unusual to "know" one animal from another, but in the case of bear 399 it is hard to deny that she is special."
 49
30 Jun 14 at 8 pm

Asked by discoelitist

asker So I am completely in love with the Fem4Fem Image you created. I run queer Disco Parties in Halifax & Montreal and today being the Anniversary of stonewall I was going to upload a Ballroom mix to our Tumblr account to celebrate. I was hoping you'd let me use the image as the cover for the mix? I will credit you in every way and link to your tumblr and website. Any chance you'd say yes? Much love and respect

odera:

Hello there queerasfuck, I appreciate the kind words and love for my imagery. However your actions have shown me that you in fact do not have much love or respect for the work, creative process, or my agency as qpoc artist. 

I just recently saw this message, but before I could even contemplate an answer I saw this: http://queerasfuck.tumblr.com/post/90223042408/heavypettingdisco-ballroom-house-n-honour-of

This is atrocious.

This is rude.

This is the height of disrespect.

This is appropriation.

You are a contemporary colonizer and it is really not cute.

This is ripping my original (©opyrighted) illustration of its original context, because your desire to have it attached to your ~stonewall anniversary mix~ is stronger than your desire to respect an artist and simply wait for a response. 

It doesn’t matter that you have credited the image to me. Because you took the liberty to flip the image horizontally and add some pretty gross type on top. So not only have you removed the image of its narrative, but you have in fact changed the visuals+design and taken “artistic liberty” on something you have zero claims or ownership of. I have spent hours simply thinking, okay what color am I going to make this line by the torso, should this dot be red or cyan, what is the proper placement of the text, etc etc. So it takes some serious audacity to crop the image and add your own text. 

So no, I do not give you permission to use the image for this mix. 

I am an illustrator, I make images for a living. 

So unless you want to sign a contract granting One-Time Rights and hand over $444, then I suggest you delete this image and think more carefully before shitting all over someone’s artwork.

And now a word from one half of FEM4FEM, chungsun:

Tell queerasdumbfuck that it was rude to just go ahead and use it anyway and that a lack of response does not mean consent. There’s enough appropriation of queer POC culture that taking somebody’s artwork and repurposing it without permission is unacceptable. The fact that its from within the queer culture is more offensive.

This all comes from a place of ~love and respect~ though

XO/lovemelightsout/IloveyoulikeXO, Odera

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 34382
16 Jun 14 at 9 pm

Junot Diaz (via blkkwiccan)

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"I think the average guy thinks they’re pro-woman, just because they think they’re a nice guy and someone has told them that they’re awesome. But the truth is far from it. Unless you are actively, consciously working against the gravitational pull of the culture, you will predictably, thematically, create these sort of fucked-up representations."

 11524
14 Jun 14 at 6 pm

jigokuen:

A collection fo sketches going to LOVELY backers. 

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 883
09 Jun 14 at 2 pm

topmodelcentral:

Renee Bhagwandeen test shot

~ America (20) ~

by E. Mackey

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topmodelcentral:

Renee Bhagwandeen test shot
~ America (20) ~
by E. Mackey