In my culture we often joke that we never smile in family photographs.
You see there is no need to smile because
‘The photo’ is simply a transaction,
A ritual we perform to document an event like
Family is some sort of timeline we are creating together in public
Hannah Giorgis: Contrary to the New York Times stereotype of Shonda Rhimes, we are more than props. We are human. We are women. We are not your sidekick
Being black affected one’s life span, insurance rates, blood pressure, lovers, children, every dangerous hour of every dangerous day. There was absolutely no way not to be black without ceasing to exist. But it frequently seemed that there was no way to be black, either, without ceasing to exist.
as a black girl, one of the most radical things you can do is love yourself in the face of all the messages you receive that say you have no right to.
it will scare the shit out of people.