1. akosuadoma:

    Actress MaameYaa Boafo  x  Filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu

    The years 2013 and 2014 simultaneously ended and began with a New Years trip by me. It was an adventure to the northernmost part of Ghana, Bolgatanga, a place dotted with crocodile ponds, and the objective of which was to do a photo shoot. I did not share in this experience alone, especially as it was all happening on the eve of my 30th birthday.

    With my retinue of friends, the actress, MaameYaa, two creatives from Design233, Kwame Edwin Otu and the photographer Charles Lawson, and the Australian bloke Matthew Keks, the experience was super-magical. Together with MaameYaa, I positioned myself in front of the camera for a wonderful photo shoot by Charles Lawson.

    These shots indeed tell a story, one which is both compelling and instructive. This is one about friendship revival, trust and dedication, and the re-bridging of relationships separated by the Atlantic.

    Sisterhood is, indeed, forever.

    - Akosua Adoma Owusu

    Photos by Charles Lawson (@s_tage)

    Yo…I want to go on record as saying, when MaameYaa is slated to play Lauryn Hill in a movie, I want to be the water girl on set, or the lyrics consultant, best girl, PA, anything. Seriously. Tell me she wouldn’t be perfect for the role!? I dare you!

     

  2. My big sisters (in my head) at BuzzFeed did a thing. A thing that is right on time in my life…and hopefully right on time in yours. 

    I regret being scared. I regret wasting time thinking I wasn’t good enough, that I didn’t deserve a seat at the table. You do belong and your voice is worthy. Say it to yourself in the mirror every morning if you have to, but don’t forget. - Jenna Wortham

     

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  4. Learning to love myself even when I fall short, and when I don’t know where I am. Forgiving myself for getting lost, and for getting nowhere fast. Remembering that I’m all I need, and that I can trust and believe in what I don’t see. Believing in starting over. Believing in me starting again. Believing in me. 

     
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  6. "Stop picking around the edges of the world. Take advantage, and if you can’t take advantage, take disadvantage. We live here. On this planet, in this nation, in this country right here. Nowhere else! We got a home in this rock, don’t you see! nobody starving in my home; nobody crying in my home, and if i got a home you got one too! Grab it. Grab this land! Take it, hold it, my brothers, make it, my brothers, shake it, squeeze it, turn it,twist it, beat it, kick it, kiss it, whip it, stomp it, dig it, plow it, seed it, reap it, rent it, buy it, sell it, own it, build it, mulitply it, and pass it on-can you hear me? Pass it on!"
    — Toni Morrison-Song of Solomon (via navigatethestream)

    (Source: africansunset, via kameelahwrites)

     
  7. Few Americans identify slavery with the cultivation of rice, yet rice was a major plantation crop during the first three centuries of settlement in the Americas. Rice accompanied African slaves across the Middle Passage throughout the New World to Brazil, the Caribbean, and the southern United States. By the middle of the eighteenth century, rice plantations in South Carolina and the black slaves who worked them had created one of the most profitable economies in the world.

    Black Rice tells the story of the true provenance of rice in the Americas. It establishes, through agricultural and historical evidence, the vital significance of rice in West African society for a millennium before Europeans arrived and the slave trade began. The standard belief that Europeans introduced rice to West Africa and then brought the knowledge of its cultivation to the Americas is a fundamental fallacy, one which succeeds in effacing the origins of the crop and the role of Africans and African-American slaves in transferring the seed, the cultivation skills, and the cultural practices necessary for establishing it in the New World.

    In this vivid interpretation of rice and slaves in the Atlantic world, Judith Carney reveals how racism has shaped our historical memory and neglected this critical African contribution to the making of the Americas.

    (Source: amazon.com, via jessehimself)

     

  8. "There are books that one reads over and over again, books that become part of the furniture of one’s mind and alter one’s whole attitude to life, books that one dips into but never reads through, books that one reads at a single sitting and forgets a week later."
    — George Orwell (via darksilenceinsuburbia)

    (Source: vintageanchorbooks, via jessehimself)

     

  9. Fascinating Read!

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  11. blackbooks365:

    Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin (buy)

    Description:

    Giovanni’s Room traces one man’s struggle with his sexual identity. In a 1950s Paris swarming with expatriates and characterized by dangerous liaisons and hidden violence, an American finds himself confronting secret desires that jeopardize the conventional life he envisions for himself. After meeting and proposing to a young woman, he falls into a lengthy affair with an Italian bartender and is confounded and tortured as he oscillates between the two. Now a classic of gay literature, Baldwin’s haunting and controversial second novel is his most sustained treatment of sexuality. Examining the agonizing mystery of love and passion in an intensely imagined yet beautifully restrained narrative, Baldwin creates a moving and complex story of death and desire that is revelatory in its insight.

     
  12. "It was all my vision, and @djpetra’s elbow grease." #namethatshow http://ift.tt/1mojo1o

     

  13. TIA’s Week…

    Happy Friday, loves! There was a lot going on with Token In America this week, and I must say welcome to all my new friends here on Tumblr, on YouTube, and Twitter. Don’t forget you can like the Facebook page for updates on all the things I’m writing across these here Internets!

    But for now, ICYMI:

    TIA Reviews: Robinson Crusoe

    Clearly, if you saw my TIA Talks, you know that Daniel Defoe's groundbreaking novel, Robinson Crusoe, isn’t going anywhere on or near my favorite reads.

    This book, for what it’s worth, pioneered realistic fiction and has inspired the works of Castaway and Lost (as one of the commenters pointed out, but as far as its imperialistic, misogynistic, and down right ignorant implications goes, you can miss me with this one.

    For your reading pleasure…and for your viewing pleasure.

    TIA Reviews: On a Move: The Story of Mumia Abu-Jamal

    And then I read On a Move: The Story of Mumia Abu-Jamal, which was the perfect story to lift me out of the trenches of Da-foe's trenches. *snickers* Terry Bisson wrote a compelling story in an almost off-the-cuff style that begs you to make immediate opinions on the makings of one of the world’s most iconic political prisoners. READ IT! 

    On Tea & Breakfast, I wrote a piece, Oliver Out, Andrews In, about hair politics and ageism in the professional world. Twitter was rather harsh on Oliver’s #struggleweave, a trend during many of her broadcasts last season, but perhaps her changing hairstyles were the sign of a woman fighting to keep a job that rewards youth over everything else… Read More

    Yesterday I opened my heart and ranted. Storytelling: A Basic Necessity (A Think Piece?) Because, we are all the authors of our own story.

    And if you like food and books (and me!) check out this fun tag, The BookSnacks Tag, in which I figure out if I can eat and read at the same time!

    Thanks for rocking with me this week guys, you are much appreciated! Have a fun, safe, and positive weekend, you deserve it!

     
  14. yarrahs-life:

    viiximcmxc:

    ankhqueen:

    darvinasafo:

    More.

    Yes

    Here for it

    So these notes?

    (via darkmatterxafricanempires)

     

  15. "It is beyond matter. The source is pure and it flows through us all. Through our choices shapes are formed, structures are created and a climate of perception emerges.
    The climate that we create through our choices is a beautiful, unique and divine combination of elements. It is sacred, precious and incredible. Enjoy every moment of life and be safe in knowing that at any point you can choose to change how those elements are arranged."