Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.

James Baldwin - "Fifth Avenue, Uptown: a Letter from Harlem" in Esquire (July 1960); republished in Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son (1961)

A child cannot be taught by anyone whose demand, essentially, is that the child repudiate his experience, and all that gives him sustenance, and enter a limbo in which he will no longer be black, and in which he knows that he can never become white. Black people have lost too many black children that way.

— "If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?" in "The New York Times (29 July 1979)

Sometimes I wish my real life relationships would frequent my tumblr just so they would understand me better. I’m a beautiful mess.

Being myself shouldn’t feel so tasking. What am I doing wrong? These random spurts of freedom are unhealthy teases.

this is for girls with skin
struggling to find themselves
trying so hard to fit in
for women
with midnight gorgeousness
who carry earth in their veins

you are everything
you are everything
you are everything
much more.

Ijeoma Umebinyuo (via theijeoma)

unfortunately we are products of our environment
trapped, we fight to find a path away from the norm
attempting to re-establish establish some type of common ground
because we are constantly reminded
of our distinct characteristics that skew perceptions of us
tainted by their own generations of ignorance
it’s sad to even hear their opinions on classically beautiful
definitions that make themselves outliers
so why create a category at all
leave us be
leave us beautiful

The key to keeping an apartment clean and your mind healthy is not by being OCD about every misplaced item but by never letting your apartment get beyond a five minute tidy up potential. Allowing yourself to be thorough occasionally but neat frequently.