solar-citrus:

You would be surprised with how many people in your life could be going through depression at this very moment.  People hide it like a paper bag over their heads out of fear of being judged, made fun of, seen as weak, or just not taken seriously.  Depression should not be taken lightly, it holds us down from our purpose and potential in life.  Those who tell you that it doesn’t exist have never experienced depression in their life, therefore not understanding the symptoms and how it’s something that cannot be fixed in a day!  So if you think you are depressed or if you think you know someone else who is, please talk to a friend, a family member, or anyone else in your life that you trust - never overlook the possibility of seeing a doctor for more professional help!!  Your feelings are real, your feelings are shared upon millions.  Don’t hide it, talk to someone about it.  With the right help, you can rediscover your confidence and begin life anew with our undying love and support!We are right here!!
solar-citrus:

You would be surprised with how many people in your life could be going through depression at this very moment.  People hide it like a paper bag over their heads out of fear of being judged, made fun of, seen as weak, or just not taken seriously.  Depression should not be taken lightly, it holds us down from our purpose and potential in life.  Those who tell you that it doesn’t exist have never experienced depression in their life, therefore not understanding the symptoms and how it’s something that cannot be fixed in a day!  So if you think you are depressed or if you think you know someone else who is, please talk to a friend, a family member, or anyone else in your life that you trust - never overlook the possibility of seeing a doctor for more professional help!!  Your feelings are real, your feelings are shared upon millions.  Don’t hide it, talk to someone about it.  With the right help, you can rediscover your confidence and begin life anew with our undying love and support!We are right here!!
solar-citrus:

You would be surprised with how many people in your life could be going through depression at this very moment.  People hide it like a paper bag over their heads out of fear of being judged, made fun of, seen as weak, or just not taken seriously.  Depression should not be taken lightly, it holds us down from our purpose and potential in life.  Those who tell you that it doesn’t exist have never experienced depression in their life, therefore not understanding the symptoms and how it’s something that cannot be fixed in a day!  So if you think you are depressed or if you think you know someone else who is, please talk to a friend, a family member, or anyone else in your life that you trust - never overlook the possibility of seeing a doctor for more professional help!!  Your feelings are real, your feelings are shared upon millions.  Don’t hide it, talk to someone about it.  With the right help, you can rediscover your confidence and begin life anew with our undying love and support!We are right here!!
solar-citrus:

You would be surprised with how many people in your life could be going through depression at this very moment.  People hide it like a paper bag over their heads out of fear of being judged, made fun of, seen as weak, or just not taken seriously.  Depression should not be taken lightly, it holds us down from our purpose and potential in life.  Those who tell you that it doesn’t exist have never experienced depression in their life, therefore not understanding the symptoms and how it’s something that cannot be fixed in a day!  So if you think you are depressed or if you think you know someone else who is, please talk to a friend, a family member, or anyone else in your life that you trust - never overlook the possibility of seeing a doctor for more professional help!!  Your feelings are real, your feelings are shared upon millions.  Don’t hide it, talk to someone about it.  With the right help, you can rediscover your confidence and begin life anew with our undying love and support!We are right here!!
solar-citrus:

You would be surprised with how many people in your life could be going through depression at this very moment.  People hide it like a paper bag over their heads out of fear of being judged, made fun of, seen as weak, or just not taken seriously.  Depression should not be taken lightly, it holds us down from our purpose and potential in life.  Those who tell you that it doesn’t exist have never experienced depression in their life, therefore not understanding the symptoms and how it’s something that cannot be fixed in a day!  So if you think you are depressed or if you think you know someone else who is, please talk to a friend, a family member, or anyone else in your life that you trust - never overlook the possibility of seeing a doctor for more professional help!!  Your feelings are real, your feelings are shared upon millions.  Don’t hide it, talk to someone about it.  With the right help, you can rediscover your confidence and begin life anew with our undying love and support!We are right here!!
solar-citrus:

You would be surprised with how many people in your life could be going through depression at this very moment.  People hide it like a paper bag over their heads out of fear of being judged, made fun of, seen as weak, or just not taken seriously.  Depression should not be taken lightly, it holds us down from our purpose and potential in life.  Those who tell you that it doesn’t exist have never experienced depression in their life, therefore not understanding the symptoms and how it’s something that cannot be fixed in a day!  So if you think you are depressed or if you think you know someone else who is, please talk to a friend, a family member, or anyone else in your life that you trust - never overlook the possibility of seeing a doctor for more professional help!!  Your feelings are real, your feelings are shared upon millions.  Don’t hide it, talk to someone about it.  With the right help, you can rediscover your confidence and begin life anew with our undying love and support!We are right here!!
solar-citrus:

You would be surprised with how many people in your life could be going through depression at this very moment.  People hide it like a paper bag over their heads out of fear of being judged, made fun of, seen as weak, or just not taken seriously.  Depression should not be taken lightly, it holds us down from our purpose and potential in life.  Those who tell you that it doesn’t exist have never experienced depression in their life, therefore not understanding the symptoms and how it’s something that cannot be fixed in a day!  So if you think you are depressed or if you think you know someone else who is, please talk to a friend, a family member, or anyone else in your life that you trust - never overlook the possibility of seeing a doctor for more professional help!!  Your feelings are real, your feelings are shared upon millions.  Don’t hide it, talk to someone about it.  With the right help, you can rediscover your confidence and begin life anew with our undying love and support!We are right here!!
solar-citrus:

You would be surprised with how many people in your life could be going through depression at this very moment.  People hide it like a paper bag over their heads out of fear of being judged, made fun of, seen as weak, or just not taken seriously.  Depression should not be taken lightly, it holds us down from our purpose and potential in life.  Those who tell you that it doesn’t exist have never experienced depression in their life, therefore not understanding the symptoms and how it’s something that cannot be fixed in a day!  So if you think you are depressed or if you think you know someone else who is, please talk to a friend, a family member, or anyone else in your life that you trust - never overlook the possibility of seeing a doctor for more professional help!!  Your feelings are real, your feelings are shared upon millions.  Don’t hide it, talk to someone about it.  With the right help, you can rediscover your confidence and begin life anew with our undying love and support!We are right here!!
solar-citrus:

You would be surprised with how many people in your life could be going through depression at this very moment.  People hide it like a paper bag over their heads out of fear of being judged, made fun of, seen as weak, or just not taken seriously.  Depression should not be taken lightly, it holds us down from our purpose and potential in life.  Those who tell you that it doesn’t exist have never experienced depression in their life, therefore not understanding the symptoms and how it’s something that cannot be fixed in a day!  So if you think you are depressed or if you think you know someone else who is, please talk to a friend, a family member, or anyone else in your life that you trust - never overlook the possibility of seeing a doctor for more professional help!!  Your feelings are real, your feelings are shared upon millions.  Don’t hide it, talk to someone about it.  With the right help, you can rediscover your confidence and begin life anew with our undying love and support!We are right here!!
solar-citrus:

You would be surprised with how many people in your life could be going through depression at this very moment.  People hide it like a paper bag over their heads out of fear of being judged, made fun of, seen as weak, or just not taken seriously.  Depression should not be taken lightly, it holds us down from our purpose and potential in life.  Those who tell you that it doesn’t exist have never experienced depression in their life, therefore not understanding the symptoms and how it’s something that cannot be fixed in a day!  So if you think you are depressed or if you think you know someone else who is, please talk to a friend, a family member, or anyone else in your life that you trust - never overlook the possibility of seeing a doctor for more professional help!!  Your feelings are real, your feelings are shared upon millions.  Don’t hide it, talk to someone about it.  With the right help, you can rediscover your confidence and begin life anew with our undying love and support!We are right here!!

solar-citrus:

You would be surprised with how many people in your life could be going through depression at this very moment.  People hide it like a paper bag over their heads out of fear of being judged, made fun of, seen as weak, or just not taken seriously.  Depression should not be taken lightly, it holds us down from our purpose and potential in life.  Those who tell you that it doesn’t exist have never experienced depression in their life, therefore not understanding the symptoms and how it’s something that cannot be fixed in a day!  So if you think you are depressed or if you think you know someone else who is, please talk to a friend, a family member, or anyone else in your life that you trust - never overlook the possibility of seeing a doctor for more professional help!!  Your feelings are real, your feelings are shared upon millions.  Don’t hide it, talk to someone about it.  With the right help, you can rediscover your confidence and begin life anew with our undying love and support!

We are right here!!

ddrkallday:

britney2007spears:

Steal Her Look: Andrea Arlington
Blue Earphones - $14.40
Lululemon Factory Scuba Hoodie Pink - $46.46
Triple Hoop Amazonite Necklace - $79.60
Black Light Stretch Tank Top - $13
'Love Pink' Sweatpants - $29


OMG hagnet noemas~~~~~~~~~~~~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!OMG OMG WOWOW 

ddrkallday:

britney2007spears:

Steal Her Look: Andrea Arlington

Blue Earphones - $14.40

Lululemon Factory Scuba Hoodie Pink - $46.46

Triple Hoop Amazonite Necklace - $79.60

Black Light Stretch Tank Top - $13

'Love Pink' Sweatpants - $29

OMG hagnet noemas~~~~~~~~~~~~~
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OMG OMG WOWOW 

thecheshirekitteh:

what it’s like to be an artist, writer, musician, ….

(Source: )

"Silence
The Maroons are gathered together
fuelling the fire of cane uprisings
Cuffy hands out angry cowrie
Nanny baptizes the warriors
with the blackest waters of the Niger
Fedon kisses the land and kisses the drum
Ganga Zumba speaks of Brazil and dances
Mackandal puts out his fire and is gone

Day breaks and the settlement is deserted"
"Maroon Settlement," Jesús Cos Causse (via ethiopienne)
blackrockandrollmusic:

Fear Of A Punk Planet

There are so many different ways to be who you are as a person of African descent in America, but for some reason, being a sista or brotha who digs who digs on rock ain’t a good look. Let’s face it: If you’re black and into rock in 2005, you’re labeled a sellout or a wannabe. Blackless, even.  Which is fine if you’re a grown-ass dude or woman, because you probably don’t care. You understand who founded this rock ‘n’ roll thing, and you’re comfortable with who you are. You grew up on Hendrix and Sly & the Family Stone, but you also but you also mess with a little Metallica {Master of Puppets) and a little bit of Black Sabbath (Master of Reality). Radio in the 70s was crazy diverse: You could hear Steely Dan or the Steve Miller Band or Led Zeppelin alongside Stanley Clarke, James Brown, and Kool & the Gang. This is the kind of radio that folks in bands like Bad Brains and Living Colour came up on.  Then hip hop came along in the ’80s, and it was so damn powerful because it incorporated a bit of everything. Biz Markie would have the Steve Miller Band all up in his mix (“Nobody Beats the Biz” sampled Miller’s “Fly Like an Eagle”), and it was funky in a brand new way. Then radio suddenly became very genre specific. If a song had too many guitars, it wouldn’t make it onto “urban” radio (unless you were Run-DMC, who made us all walk their way so viciously). Colored peeps, can’t you see: We have been forced to define ourselves—culturally—based on the organizing principles of radio stations and record stores. Because cash rules everything around us. It’s all marketing and the ability to spoon-feed you what they tell you you want. Black people, I’ve got something to share: Y’all are the most creative people on Earth, but y’all are even better at consuming. Y’all need to pay tribute to history instead. Remember, they can’t sell you something you already own. To all my young black kids in the rock ‘n’ roll struggle who who have to deal with the haters in the ‘hood and the palefaces in the white hoods in the woods (and cyberspace), please understand:  Before Ike beat Tina, the man was busy pioneering rock ‘n’ roll (and while Ike was beating Tina, she somehow found the strength to pioneer rock’n’roll, too).  Public Enemy was the first def metal band. DMX is one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll front men ever.  In 2005, TV on the Radio are on the TV and the radio (so tune in).  Missy Elliott, you can’t even label the sister, but still she’s rock’n’roll.  When you look in the mirror expect to see a black rock star-corny as that sounds. When you look into your own eyes, you should recall the heritage, the legacy, the suffering, and the love that went into bringing you here. Bloody, cotton-picking hands would go on to create the most resonant, beautiful tones that you’ll ever feel. Bloody fingers and fretting chords bellowing out to our gods. It was all we had. You are a continuation of that. Recognize. Can’t nobody take that away from you, baby. Feel free to bang your head-even with that wack do-rag on.
blackrockandrollmusic:

Fear Of A Punk Planet

There are so many different ways to be who you are as a person of African descent in America, but for some reason, being a sista or brotha who digs who digs on rock ain’t a good look. Let’s face it: If you’re black and into rock in 2005, you’re labeled a sellout or a wannabe. Blackless, even.  Which is fine if you’re a grown-ass dude or woman, because you probably don’t care. You understand who founded this rock ‘n’ roll thing, and you’re comfortable with who you are. You grew up on Hendrix and Sly & the Family Stone, but you also but you also mess with a little Metallica {Master of Puppets) and a little bit of Black Sabbath (Master of Reality). Radio in the 70s was crazy diverse: You could hear Steely Dan or the Steve Miller Band or Led Zeppelin alongside Stanley Clarke, James Brown, and Kool & the Gang. This is the kind of radio that folks in bands like Bad Brains and Living Colour came up on.  Then hip hop came along in the ’80s, and it was so damn powerful because it incorporated a bit of everything. Biz Markie would have the Steve Miller Band all up in his mix (“Nobody Beats the Biz” sampled Miller’s “Fly Like an Eagle”), and it was funky in a brand new way. Then radio suddenly became very genre specific. If a song had too many guitars, it wouldn’t make it onto “urban” radio (unless you were Run-DMC, who made us all walk their way so viciously). Colored peeps, can’t you see: We have been forced to define ourselves—culturally—based on the organizing principles of radio stations and record stores. Because cash rules everything around us. It’s all marketing and the ability to spoon-feed you what they tell you you want. Black people, I’ve got something to share: Y’all are the most creative people on Earth, but y’all are even better at consuming. Y’all need to pay tribute to history instead. Remember, they can’t sell you something you already own. To all my young black kids in the rock ‘n’ roll struggle who who have to deal with the haters in the ‘hood and the palefaces in the white hoods in the woods (and cyberspace), please understand:  Before Ike beat Tina, the man was busy pioneering rock ‘n’ roll (and while Ike was beating Tina, she somehow found the strength to pioneer rock’n’roll, too).  Public Enemy was the first def metal band. DMX is one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll front men ever.  In 2005, TV on the Radio are on the TV and the radio (so tune in).  Missy Elliott, you can’t even label the sister, but still she’s rock’n’roll.  When you look in the mirror expect to see a black rock star-corny as that sounds. When you look into your own eyes, you should recall the heritage, the legacy, the suffering, and the love that went into bringing you here. Bloody, cotton-picking hands would go on to create the most resonant, beautiful tones that you’ll ever feel. Bloody fingers and fretting chords bellowing out to our gods. It was all we had. You are a continuation of that. Recognize. Can’t nobody take that away from you, baby. Feel free to bang your head-even with that wack do-rag on.
blackrockandrollmusic:

Fear Of A Punk Planet

There are so many different ways to be who you are as a person of African descent in America, but for some reason, being a sista or brotha who digs who digs on rock ain’t a good look. Let’s face it: If you’re black and into rock in 2005, you’re labeled a sellout or a wannabe. Blackless, even.  Which is fine if you’re a grown-ass dude or woman, because you probably don’t care. You understand who founded this rock ‘n’ roll thing, and you’re comfortable with who you are. You grew up on Hendrix and Sly & the Family Stone, but you also but you also mess with a little Metallica {Master of Puppets) and a little bit of Black Sabbath (Master of Reality). Radio in the 70s was crazy diverse: You could hear Steely Dan or the Steve Miller Band or Led Zeppelin alongside Stanley Clarke, James Brown, and Kool & the Gang. This is the kind of radio that folks in bands like Bad Brains and Living Colour came up on.  Then hip hop came along in the ’80s, and it was so damn powerful because it incorporated a bit of everything. Biz Markie would have the Steve Miller Band all up in his mix (“Nobody Beats the Biz” sampled Miller’s “Fly Like an Eagle”), and it was funky in a brand new way. Then radio suddenly became very genre specific. If a song had too many guitars, it wouldn’t make it onto “urban” radio (unless you were Run-DMC, who made us all walk their way so viciously). Colored peeps, can’t you see: We have been forced to define ourselves—culturally—based on the organizing principles of radio stations and record stores. Because cash rules everything around us. It’s all marketing and the ability to spoon-feed you what they tell you you want. Black people, I’ve got something to share: Y’all are the most creative people on Earth, but y’all are even better at consuming. Y’all need to pay tribute to history instead. Remember, they can’t sell you something you already own. To all my young black kids in the rock ‘n’ roll struggle who who have to deal with the haters in the ‘hood and the palefaces in the white hoods in the woods (and cyberspace), please understand:  Before Ike beat Tina, the man was busy pioneering rock ‘n’ roll (and while Ike was beating Tina, she somehow found the strength to pioneer rock’n’roll, too).  Public Enemy was the first def metal band. DMX is one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll front men ever.  In 2005, TV on the Radio are on the TV and the radio (so tune in).  Missy Elliott, you can’t even label the sister, but still she’s rock’n’roll.  When you look in the mirror expect to see a black rock star-corny as that sounds. When you look into your own eyes, you should recall the heritage, the legacy, the suffering, and the love that went into bringing you here. Bloody, cotton-picking hands would go on to create the most resonant, beautiful tones that you’ll ever feel. Bloody fingers and fretting chords bellowing out to our gods. It was all we had. You are a continuation of that. Recognize. Can’t nobody take that away from you, baby. Feel free to bang your head-even with that wack do-rag on.
blackrockandrollmusic:

Fear Of A Punk Planet

There are so many different ways to be who you are as a person of African descent in America, but for some reason, being a sista or brotha who digs who digs on rock ain’t a good look. Let’s face it: If you’re black and into rock in 2005, you’re labeled a sellout or a wannabe. Blackless, even.  Which is fine if you’re a grown-ass dude or woman, because you probably don’t care. You understand who founded this rock ‘n’ roll thing, and you’re comfortable with who you are. You grew up on Hendrix and Sly & the Family Stone, but you also but you also mess with a little Metallica {Master of Puppets) and a little bit of Black Sabbath (Master of Reality). Radio in the 70s was crazy diverse: You could hear Steely Dan or the Steve Miller Band or Led Zeppelin alongside Stanley Clarke, James Brown, and Kool & the Gang. This is the kind of radio that folks in bands like Bad Brains and Living Colour came up on.  Then hip hop came along in the ’80s, and it was so damn powerful because it incorporated a bit of everything. Biz Markie would have the Steve Miller Band all up in his mix (“Nobody Beats the Biz” sampled Miller’s “Fly Like an Eagle”), and it was funky in a brand new way. Then radio suddenly became very genre specific. If a song had too many guitars, it wouldn’t make it onto “urban” radio (unless you were Run-DMC, who made us all walk their way so viciously). Colored peeps, can’t you see: We have been forced to define ourselves—culturally—based on the organizing principles of radio stations and record stores. Because cash rules everything around us. It’s all marketing and the ability to spoon-feed you what they tell you you want. Black people, I’ve got something to share: Y’all are the most creative people on Earth, but y’all are even better at consuming. Y’all need to pay tribute to history instead. Remember, they can’t sell you something you already own. To all my young black kids in the rock ‘n’ roll struggle who who have to deal with the haters in the ‘hood and the palefaces in the white hoods in the woods (and cyberspace), please understand:  Before Ike beat Tina, the man was busy pioneering rock ‘n’ roll (and while Ike was beating Tina, she somehow found the strength to pioneer rock’n’roll, too).  Public Enemy was the first def metal band. DMX is one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll front men ever.  In 2005, TV on the Radio are on the TV and the radio (so tune in).  Missy Elliott, you can’t even label the sister, but still she’s rock’n’roll.  When you look in the mirror expect to see a black rock star-corny as that sounds. When you look into your own eyes, you should recall the heritage, the legacy, the suffering, and the love that went into bringing you here. Bloody, cotton-picking hands would go on to create the most resonant, beautiful tones that you’ll ever feel. Bloody fingers and fretting chords bellowing out to our gods. It was all we had. You are a continuation of that. Recognize. Can’t nobody take that away from you, baby. Feel free to bang your head-even with that wack do-rag on.
blackrockandrollmusic:

Fear Of A Punk Planet

There are so many different ways to be who you are as a person of African descent in America, but for some reason, being a sista or brotha who digs who digs on rock ain’t a good look. Let’s face it: If you’re black and into rock in 2005, you’re labeled a sellout or a wannabe. Blackless, even.  Which is fine if you’re a grown-ass dude or woman, because you probably don’t care. You understand who founded this rock ‘n’ roll thing, and you’re comfortable with who you are. You grew up on Hendrix and Sly & the Family Stone, but you also but you also mess with a little Metallica {Master of Puppets) and a little bit of Black Sabbath (Master of Reality). Radio in the 70s was crazy diverse: You could hear Steely Dan or the Steve Miller Band or Led Zeppelin alongside Stanley Clarke, James Brown, and Kool & the Gang. This is the kind of radio that folks in bands like Bad Brains and Living Colour came up on.  Then hip hop came along in the ’80s, and it was so damn powerful because it incorporated a bit of everything. Biz Markie would have the Steve Miller Band all up in his mix (“Nobody Beats the Biz” sampled Miller’s “Fly Like an Eagle”), and it was funky in a brand new way. Then radio suddenly became very genre specific. If a song had too many guitars, it wouldn’t make it onto “urban” radio (unless you were Run-DMC, who made us all walk their way so viciously). Colored peeps, can’t you see: We have been forced to define ourselves—culturally—based on the organizing principles of radio stations and record stores. Because cash rules everything around us. It’s all marketing and the ability to spoon-feed you what they tell you you want. Black people, I’ve got something to share: Y’all are the most creative people on Earth, but y’all are even better at consuming. Y’all need to pay tribute to history instead. Remember, they can’t sell you something you already own. To all my young black kids in the rock ‘n’ roll struggle who who have to deal with the haters in the ‘hood and the palefaces in the white hoods in the woods (and cyberspace), please understand:  Before Ike beat Tina, the man was busy pioneering rock ‘n’ roll (and while Ike was beating Tina, she somehow found the strength to pioneer rock’n’roll, too).  Public Enemy was the first def metal band. DMX is one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll front men ever.  In 2005, TV on the Radio are on the TV and the radio (so tune in).  Missy Elliott, you can’t even label the sister, but still she’s rock’n’roll.  When you look in the mirror expect to see a black rock star-corny as that sounds. When you look into your own eyes, you should recall the heritage, the legacy, the suffering, and the love that went into bringing you here. Bloody, cotton-picking hands would go on to create the most resonant, beautiful tones that you’ll ever feel. Bloody fingers and fretting chords bellowing out to our gods. It was all we had. You are a continuation of that. Recognize. Can’t nobody take that away from you, baby. Feel free to bang your head-even with that wack do-rag on.
blackrockandrollmusic:

Fear Of A Punk Planet

There are so many different ways to be who you are as a person of African descent in America, but for some reason, being a sista or brotha who digs who digs on rock ain’t a good look. Let’s face it: If you’re black and into rock in 2005, you’re labeled a sellout or a wannabe. Blackless, even.  Which is fine if you’re a grown-ass dude or woman, because you probably don’t care. You understand who founded this rock ‘n’ roll thing, and you’re comfortable with who you are. You grew up on Hendrix and Sly & the Family Stone, but you also but you also mess with a little Metallica {Master of Puppets) and a little bit of Black Sabbath (Master of Reality). Radio in the 70s was crazy diverse: You could hear Steely Dan or the Steve Miller Band or Led Zeppelin alongside Stanley Clarke, James Brown, and Kool & the Gang. This is the kind of radio that folks in bands like Bad Brains and Living Colour came up on.  Then hip hop came along in the ’80s, and it was so damn powerful because it incorporated a bit of everything. Biz Markie would have the Steve Miller Band all up in his mix (“Nobody Beats the Biz” sampled Miller’s “Fly Like an Eagle”), and it was funky in a brand new way. Then radio suddenly became very genre specific. If a song had too many guitars, it wouldn’t make it onto “urban” radio (unless you were Run-DMC, who made us all walk their way so viciously). Colored peeps, can’t you see: We have been forced to define ourselves—culturally—based on the organizing principles of radio stations and record stores. Because cash rules everything around us. It’s all marketing and the ability to spoon-feed you what they tell you you want. Black people, I’ve got something to share: Y’all are the most creative people on Earth, but y’all are even better at consuming. Y’all need to pay tribute to history instead. Remember, they can’t sell you something you already own. To all my young black kids in the rock ‘n’ roll struggle who who have to deal with the haters in the ‘hood and the palefaces in the white hoods in the woods (and cyberspace), please understand:  Before Ike beat Tina, the man was busy pioneering rock ‘n’ roll (and while Ike was beating Tina, she somehow found the strength to pioneer rock’n’roll, too).  Public Enemy was the first def metal band. DMX is one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll front men ever.  In 2005, TV on the Radio are on the TV and the radio (so tune in).  Missy Elliott, you can’t even label the sister, but still she’s rock’n’roll.  When you look in the mirror expect to see a black rock star-corny as that sounds. When you look into your own eyes, you should recall the heritage, the legacy, the suffering, and the love that went into bringing you here. Bloody, cotton-picking hands would go on to create the most resonant, beautiful tones that you’ll ever feel. Bloody fingers and fretting chords bellowing out to our gods. It was all we had. You are a continuation of that. Recognize. Can’t nobody take that away from you, baby. Feel free to bang your head-even with that wack do-rag on.

blackrockandrollmusic:

Fear Of A Punk Planet

There are so many different ways to be who you are as a person of African descent in America, but for some reason, being a sista or brotha who digs who digs on rock ain’t a good look. Let’s face it: If you’re black and into rock in 2005, you’re labeled a sellout or a wannabe. Blackless, even.

Which is fine if you’re a grown-ass dude or woman, because you probably don’t care. You understand who founded this rock ‘n’ roll thing, and you’re comfortable with who you are. You grew up on Hendrix and Sly & the Family Stone, but you also but you also mess with a little Metallica {Master of Puppets) and a little bit of Black Sabbath (Master of Reality). Radio in the 70s was crazy diverse: You could hear Steely Dan or the Steve Miller Band or Led Zeppelin alongside Stanley Clarke, James Brown, and Kool & the Gang. This is the kind of radio that folks in bands like Bad Brains and Living Colour came up on.

Then hip hop came along in the ’80s, and it was so damn powerful because it incorporated a bit of everything. Biz Markie would have the Steve Miller Band all up in his mix (“Nobody Beats the Biz” sampled Miller’s “Fly Like an Eagle”), and it was funky in a brand new way. Then radio suddenly became very genre specific. If a song had too many guitars, it wouldn’t make it onto “urban” radio (unless you were Run-DMC, who made us all walk their way so viciously).

Colored peeps, can’t you see: We have been forced to define ourselves—culturally—based on the organizing principles of radio stations and record stores. Because cash rules everything around us. It’s all marketing and the ability to spoon-feed you what they tell you you want. Black people, I’ve got something to share: Y’all are the most creative people on Earth, but y’all are even better at consuming. Y’all need to pay tribute to history instead. Remember, they can’t sell you something you already own.

To all my young black kids in the rock ‘n’ roll struggle who who have to deal with the haters in the ‘hood and the palefaces in the white hoods in the woods (and cyberspace), please understand:

Before Ike beat Tina, the man was busy pioneering rock ‘n’ roll (and while Ike was beating Tina, she somehow found the strength to pioneer rock’n’roll, too).

Public Enemy was the first def metal band. DMX is one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll front men ever.

In 2005, TV on the Radio are on the TV and the radio (so tune in).

Missy Elliott, you can’t even label the sister, but still she’s rock’n’roll.

When you look in the mirror expect to see a black rock star-corny as that sounds. When you look into your own eyes, you should recall the heritage, the legacy, the suffering, and the love that went into bringing you here. Bloody, cotton-picking hands would go on to create the most resonant, beautiful tones that you’ll ever feel. Bloody fingers and fretting chords bellowing out to our gods.

It was all we had. You are a continuation of that. Recognize. Can’t nobody take that away from you, baby. Feel free to bang your head-even with that wack do-rag on.

"Let go of people who have already let go of you."
— note to self (via c0ntemplations)
unexplained-events:

In Seattle, Washington, an aged and allegedly “haunted” coke machine has been in the same spot for over fifteen years, but despite its outward appearance the machine is fully functional. In fact, the machine has always worked. Some of the drinks it dispenses are normal Coke products, but some are products that are no longer on the market and don’t exist any more. Some of the buttons are labeled as a “mystery” and give a random product when pushed. The business closest to it, a locksmith, state that they have never witnessed anyone restocking the machine at any time, No one ever has, and the mystery of it has attracted tons of people to test out the machine for themselves. It’s also pretty interesting to note that the prices for the sodas have risen over time, recently being from 55 cents to 75. I guess ghost machines have to pay the bills somehow.
unexplained-events:

In Seattle, Washington, an aged and allegedly “haunted” coke machine has been in the same spot for over fifteen years, but despite its outward appearance the machine is fully functional. In fact, the machine has always worked. Some of the drinks it dispenses are normal Coke products, but some are products that are no longer on the market and don’t exist any more. Some of the buttons are labeled as a “mystery” and give a random product when pushed. The business closest to it, a locksmith, state that they have never witnessed anyone restocking the machine at any time, No one ever has, and the mystery of it has attracted tons of people to test out the machine for themselves. It’s also pretty interesting to note that the prices for the sodas have risen over time, recently being from 55 cents to 75. I guess ghost machines have to pay the bills somehow.

unexplained-events:

In Seattle, Washington, an aged and allegedly “haunted” coke machine has been in the same spot for over fifteen years, but despite its outward appearance the machine is fully functional. In fact, the machine has always worked. Some of the drinks it dispenses are normal Coke products, but some are products that are no longer on the market and don’t exist any more. Some of the buttons are labeled as a “mystery” and give a random product when pushed. The business closest to it, a locksmith, state that they have never witnessed anyone restocking the machine at any time, No one ever has, and the mystery of it has attracted tons of people to test out the machine for themselves. It’s also pretty interesting to note that the prices for the sodas have risen over time, recently being from 55 cents to 75. I guess ghost machines have to pay the bills somehow.

iknowitaintright:

onlyfitgirls:

Ha’a Keaulana runs across the ocean floor with a 50 pound boulder. They do this as training to survive the massive surf waves of winter. She learned her amazing skills from her dad, legendary waterman #briankeaulana and her Grandpa, #Buffalo. I was very humbled to learn from the Hawaiians who have salt water running through their veins. Mahalo Nui Loa. Please stay tuned for our upcoming story on the Hawaiian surfing culture. 

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