Malcolm X In A Dress

newsflick:

Eastern Senegal is experiencing a gold rush, following the discovery of large deposits of the precious metal. Several major international companies have ventured into the West African nation, while informal miners have also flocked to the area. In Diabougou, one of the biggest informal sites in the area, anyone can come and dig a mine shaft, called a “dama” in the local Malinke language. The gold rush has transformed Diabougou into a small town. (BBC)

newsflick:

Eastern Senegal is experiencing a gold rush, following the discovery of large deposits of the precious metal. Several major international companies have ventured into the West African nation, while informal miners have also flocked to the area. In Diabougou, one of the biggest informal sites in the area, anyone can come and dig a mine shaft, called a “dama” in the local Malinke language. The gold rush has transformed Diabougou into a small town. (BBC)

(Source: newsflick, via madonnawhorereject-deactivated2)

Erykah ‘Badoula’ Wants To Be A Midwife Too

cassket:

Would you like Erykah Badu to be present at your birth? It could happen — she’s already a doula, and now has said she wants to be a midwife.

In case you’re not up on what the roles mean, a doula supports a woman and her family during childbirth (and sometimes other times), but isn’t necessarily a trained medical professional, whereas a midwife is, in the U.S. at least, licensed and trained in maternity and well-woman care.

She became a doula after being present at a friend’s birth. “I’ve always had a mothering nature. But I didn’t plan on becoming a doula. I just wanted to care for my family and friends,” she toldPeople. “When I saw the baby, I cried. I knew what I was supposed to do with my life.”

Badu apparently performs massages and Reiki during birth now, and she offers her services for free. She says her patients call her “Erykah Badoula.” She’s also a spokeswoman for the International Center for Traditional Childbearing. Now she wants to take it to the next level to open birthing centers in underserved areas.

Incidentally, the United States has the highest infant mortality rate among developed nations, and the African-American infant mortality rate is more than twice that of white infants.

Erykah Badu is fucking awesome.

(via willowtreefree)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn - the former-IMF Chief who raped Nafissatou Diallo, a black hotel worker - has had all charges against him dropped, while Troy Davis - an innocent black man - is set to be executed within 2 weeks, despite 7 of the 9 witnesses against him having recanted their testimony. Why? The former is a rich ruler, while the latter is working class black man. There is no justice in this country, neither for Troy Davis nor Nafissatou Diallo, unless we fight for it!

—(via black-culture)

Struggling To Be Heard: 1/4 of gay teenagers in Massachusetts homeless

gaypolitics:

One in four gay teenagers living in the US state of Massachusetts are homeless, says a new study.
Findings by the Children’s Hospital Boston also indicate that 15% of bisexual teenagers are homeless - compared to three percent of heterosexual teenagers.
6,300 public high…

    I should have known. Marriage is something purely of the bourgeois Upper class in order to safe guard wealth. It has nothing to do with their civil rights and everything to do with their money. Which is one of the problems I have with the gay community co-opting the civil rights movement for their struggles when it has nothing to do with gay people of color unless they are middle class and are marrying white people. 

That Strong & Silent Type: jhenne-bean: The sad truth behind London riot cacotopian: As political...

jhenne-bean:

The sad truth behind London riot

cacotopian:

As political and social protests grip the Middle East, are growing in Europe and a riot exploded in north London this weekend, here’s a sad truth, expressed by a Londoner when asked by a television reporter: Is rioting the…

Stop Calling them Riots they are REBELLIONS 

anytime the states uses violence against citizens they have a right to defend themselves 

the state sanctions the police to carry out violent attacks on people of color

they must respond accordingly…this is why they never properly teach medieval history in schools…..they dont want you to understand how to organize your neighborhood to gain political and economic power 

(Source: crowdsourced)

On London: Rioting in Media Context

  • ITV Reporter: Is rioting the correct way to express your discontent?
  • Young Londoner: You wouldn't be talking to me now if we didn't riot, would you?
  • ITV Reporter: ...
  • Young Londoner: Two months ago we marched to Scotland Yard, more than 2,000 of us, all blacks, and it was peaceful and calm and you know what? Not a word in the press. Last night a bit of rioting and looting and look around you.