Shukor and spice: a love letter to Ethiopian & Eritrean weirdos, troublemakers, and timid rebels

ethiopienne:

You, with the tongue that glues itself to the roof of your mouth when the whole family gathers and asks what you want to do with your life. You, who cannot bring yourself to force the words “artist, dreamer, anything but doctor or lawyer” out from the back of your throat. You, who hide your drawings, your quirks, your quiet rebellion. 

I see you. I see your weird radiance, your strange brilliance. I see you shrink yourself to fit the standards of communities adjusting to a country that does not know what to make of us. I see you pull away from eyes struggling to make sense of you from across the dinner table, across the group of aunties with backs turned away from your growth.

There are no words for this—this moment when you feel continents apart from the people who share your blood but don’t understand the way your heart beats differently from their own. There are no roadmaps to make sense of a path we do not know exists until we stumble upon it.

But you are not alone. Your shy, your strange, your troubled—they walked alongside your ancestors, too. Fear stood alongside them through every battle, self-doubt became their bedfellow. Your art is not without precedent. Your heart is not without match in our legacies. You are not the first to waver, to wander, to wonder.

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Wednesday Aug 8 @ 05:40am

And the rest of us are not treated like human beings. Period.(x)

Monday Aug 8 @ 04:48pm
feelonious:

boygeorgemichaelbluth:

1-2-3-4-breathe:

sourcedumal:

pjamma-sf:

This man…I swear! Is there a stronger word then love? Because that is what I feel for him.

This man is everything

You can tell he is an educated black man. Using them words to seduce me lawd. But aside from that, he done spilt all the truth tea.

ooooh at your tags! nasty!
lmao

Adds” disabuse” to my repertoire

narrativesbyanomad 

feelonious:

boygeorgemichaelbluth:

1-2-3-4-breathe:

sourcedumal:

pjamma-sf:

This man…I swear! Is there a stronger word then love? Because that is what I feel for him.

This man is everything

You can tell he is an educated black man. Using them words to seduce me lawd. But aside from that, he done spilt all the truth tea.

ooooh at your tags! nasty!

lmao

Adds” disabuse” to my repertoire

narrativesbyanomad 

Sunday Aug 8 @ 09:36pm

Saturday Aug 8 @ 06:20pm
  • Me: I feel like he uses me, my knowledge but then doesn't value or respect me.
  • Baba: How?
  • Me: He'll steal and appropriate the way I speak - terms I would use, uses my knowledge and experiential wisdom to make himself look good. But when I don't give it or when I do something that doesn't go his way in the work I do he gets really aggravated and raises his voice at me.
  • Baba: You should record him doing this and then bring it to the board.
  • Me: Why? I'm not like you baba. I don't want to create problems and be forced to walk on eggshells.
  • Baba: No, but if what has been happening got out he could ignore it and say you were lying. A lot of men do this especially white men.
  • Me: But he's also really nice, so I feel guilty.
  • Baba: So?! exploitative people are usually nice! Do you think when the Italians or British people came to Eritrea they came blazing with their guns and army and started killing us. No, they were nice and sweet talked their way to our homes then abused our hospitality and started colonising, destroying and exploiting our environment, animals, homes and our people.
Wednesday Aug 8 @ 11:43pm

i asked my mum once if she found white men attractive her response was “erre they all look the same”. i still cry tears every time i recall the conversation. love her tbh.

Monday Aug 8 @ 09:27pm

maarnayeri:

There are really fewer things that sadden me more than black women who lose their children to police brutality and release statements about how their son or daughter had academic or career goals they wanted to complete.

Its almost innate to every comment released by the slain’s family, as if they know they have list qualities (that are wholly irrelevant and arbitrary in that particular context) to prove their child deserved life to garner support. As if empathy for murdered black people comes with a list of prerequisites about how they could’ve contributed to society in a capitalistic sense and not that they’re entitled to live without the perpetual danger of being gunned down for the crime of existing while undesired.

Its such an unfortunately dehumanizing and profoundly violent society we live in that victims become the topic of speculation and if they aren’t able to measure up to arbitrary standards, they don’t matter.

Monday Aug 8 @ 09:16pm

ethiopienne:

this flawless remix is really giving me serious black girl affirmation. like any conceivable moment of weakness can be solved by playing this song. need a push to write, draw, paint that thing you’ve been avoiding? play the flawless remix. too scared to text that fly person you been eyeing forever? play the flawless remix. wanna annihilate that white boy who keeps tryna touch your hair? play the flawless remix.

Sunday Aug 8 @ 09:23pm
O Allah, place light in my heart, and on my tongue light, and in my ears light and in my sight light, and above me light, and below me light, and to my right light, and to my left light, and before me light and behind me light. Place in my soul light. Magnify for me light, and amplify for me light. Make for me light and make me a light. O Allah, grant me light, and place light in my nerves, and in my body light and in my blood light and in my hair light and in my skin light. O Allah, make for me a light in my grave. And a light in my bones. Increase me in light, increase me in light, increase me in light. Grant me light upon light. Prophet Muhammad (Du’a upon entering the masjid) Sunday Jul 7 @ 12:18am

bitteroreo:

nedahoyin:

lalalunascope:

il-tenore-regina:

gardeniasandgoldchains:

"Importance of History": Jesse Williams Responds to Colonial Williamsburg Facebook Questions

I love Jesse Williams. God bless. 

YES. OH MY GOD, YES.

THIS MAN..

But see this is how you use the platform you got to speak that truth doe. This is exactly what Kanye claims he wants to do but don’t, he used too, but not no more. This is what Pharrell should be doing but isn’t. This is how you  find that balance of being in the spotlight, and having to be media trained from the matthew knowles school of training, because you have to be to survive in this business, and still keep it honest, and tell the truth this is how you do it. He is polite, but he is honest, he don’t sugarcoat nothing, he don’t change it, he don’t politicize it, he just gave that audience what most of these so called “conscious” rappers love to say they about but ain’t. And the best part about it, he not bashing black folks he puts onus on where it needs to be the system, and the education we are taught, and he doesn’t try to boost himself as this special snowflake Kanye take notes, Zoe Saldana take notes, Pharrell take notes, Michelle Rodriguez take notes, Miguel take notes, Asap Rocky take notes, Azealia Banks take notes etc.

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Thursday Jul 7 @ 09:03pm
araknesharem:

Coffee Pots In Keren Market, Eritrea by Eric Lafforgue Photography on Flickr.

araknesharem:

Coffee Pots In Keren Market, Eritrea by Eric Lafforgue Photography on Flickr.

Thursday Jul 7 @ 08:54pm
Never forget your dialogue with God, it is your strength. Tariq Ramadan (via literatureboy) Thursday Jul 7 @ 08:53pm

beautifuleastafricanbrides:

Michael + Adiam, day 2 the traditional, colourful Eritrean Melse ❤️

Thursday Jul 7 @ 04:04am
A long time ago I learned not to explain things to people. It misleads them into thinking they’re entitled to know everything I do. Lisa Kleypas  (via aminaabramovic) Wednesday Jul 7 @ 05:24pm
Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside. (via 5ft1) Tuesday Jul 7 @ 11:34pm
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