For it is not the anger of Black women which is dripping down over this globe like a diseased liquid. It is not my anger that launches rockets, spends over sixty thousand dollars a second on missiles and other agents of war and death, pushes opera singers off rooftops, slaughters children in cities, stockpiles nerve gas and chemical bombs, sodomizes our daughters and our earth. It is not the anger of Black women which corrodes into blind, dehumanizing power, bent upon the annihilation of us all unless we meet it with what we have, our power to examine and to redefine the terms upon which we will live and work; our power to envision and to reconstruct, anger by painful anger, stone upon heavy stone, a future of pollinating difference and the earth to support our choices.

— Audre Lorde, “The Uses of Anger” (via so-treu)

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The danger of a single story →

(Source: jennwitte, via books)

humansofnewyork:

"I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she’s a literary icon and Nobel Laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can’t devalue any type of experience."

humansofnewyork:

"I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she’s a literary icon and Nobel Laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can’t devalue any type of experience."

housingworksbookstore:

"Women often have a great need to portray themselves as sympathetic and pleasing, but we’re also dark people with dark thoughts. I wanted to have that on the page, as horrible as it might seem." —Zadie Smith via The world according to Zadie Smith - ES Magazine - Life & Style - London Evening Standard
Sometimes I think I fall more in love with Zadie Smith every day.

housingworksbookstore:

"Women often have a great need to portray themselves as sympathetic and pleasing, but we’re also dark people with dark thoughts. I wanted to have that on the page, as horrible as it might seem." —Zadie Smith via The world according to Zadie Smith - ES Magazine - Life & Style - London Evening Standard

Sometimes I think I fall more in love with Zadie Smith every day.

Most of the cruelty in the world is just misplaced energy.

— Zadie Smith, On Beauty (via feellng)

The Cutting Season by Attica Locke →

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

— Maya Angelou

Langston Hughes and Dorothy West, on their way to Russia in 1933, photographed by Carl Van Vechten.