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twitter.com/raye_mackenzie:

    Appreciating Those who make my life Special!!!

    Today, I want to take the time out of my day and do something small for  the people who I love. I want them to know that they are special, and unique, and wonderful. Today I want to appreciate those people who make my day a little brighter!  

    — 13 hours ago with 3 notes
    #love  #appreciation 
    "My mother used to say to me, ‘You can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you.’ And these words played and bothered me, I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume. It was something that I just had to be. And what my mother meant by saying that you can’t eat beauty is that you can’t rely on beauty to sustain you. What actually sustains us, what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and those around you. That kind of beauty inflames the heart and enchants the soul."
    Lupita Nyong’o (via voguememoirs)

    (via blackgirlsrpretty2)

    — 2 weeks ago with 13358 notes

    yagazieemezi:

    Celebrating One Photographer’s Rare 20th-Century Look at Africa

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    Forty years after the death of Life magazine photojournalist Eliot Elisofon, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art is celebrating the legacy of the photographer who offered an extensive look at post–World War II Africa over several decades. “If you look at the history of how Africa was represented in photography in the 20th century, you’d would be hard pressed to find someone who was more prolific in shooting photographs of Africa and had more of an impact than Elisofon,” said Amy Staples, the curator of “Africa ReViewed: The Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon.”

    Elisofon went on 11 trips to the continent, including a tour as a war photographer in which he accompanied Gen. George Patton through North Africa and a four-month trip from Cape Town, South Africa, to Cairo in 1947 that culminated in a Life cover story. Elisofon’s images are significant for the way they helped change American perceptions of Africa in the 20th century, which had for the most part been informed by inaccurate literary and film representations. “He was looking for authenticity and despised these films like Tarzan and safari films. He really felt they were a disservice,” Staples said. “He wanted to illuminate what he considered to be the richness and the dignity and the beauty of African culture and society.”

    (via riseoftheblackqueen)

    — 2 weeks ago with 3185 notes
    humansofaccra asked: Hi, thank you so much for following my blog and thumbs up with your fashion project. I will be glad to follow it. Cheers!


    Answer:

    I just saw both the messages you sent !!!!! thanks! it would be super cool if we could meet you? do you attend the university of ghana? maybe coffecue? idk I just want to talk to you more about your blog

    — 3 weeks ago
    "

    I love being horribly straightforward. I love sending reckless text messages (because how reckless can a form of digitized communication be?) and telling people I love them and telling people they are absolutely magical humans and I cannot believe they really exist. I love saying, “Kiss me harder,” and “You’re a good person,” and, “You brighten my day.” I live my life as straight-forward as possible.

    Because one day, I might get hit by a bus.

    Maybe it’s weird. Maybe it’s scary. Maybe it seems downright impossible to just be—to just let people know you want them, need them, feel like, in this very moment, you will die if you do not see them, hold them, touch them in some way whether its your feet on their thighs on the couch or your tongue in their mouth or your heart in their hands.

    But there is nothing more beautiful than being desperate.

    And there is nothing more risky than pretending not to care.

    We are young and we are human and we are beautiful and we are not as in control as we think we are. We never know who needs us back. We never know the magic that can arise between ourselves and other humans.

    We never know when the bus is coming.

    "
    — 3 weeks ago with 237869 notes
    "Don’t compare your Chapter 1 to someone else’s Chapter 20."
    — 4 weeks ago with 46932 notes