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  • Please follow @lovinglifetroy #passthemic #tuesday #elevatemelanatedvoices 
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Repost: @ lovinglifetroy
The other day while visiting my hometown, I decided to take a picture of a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. It dawned on me as I stood there that the train tracks behind the bust were the same train tracks when was 5 years old in 1968 that I watched the funeral train for Robert F. Kennedy pass on its way to Washington D.C. for his burial I didn’t understand the importance of the event at that time but I knew it was special due to the solemn and somber mood of the adults. 

It was a mixture of all types of people primarily Black and White together to honor a special man. 
Both of these great men were murdered that year, they stood for change, integrity, men of character who desired a better America for all. They were not perfect men, however I believe they possessed qualities not exemplified in many leaders of the world today. 

It is my responsibility to honor those multitudes of individuals who suffered and gave their lives for me to have the rights of a citizen that I have today. Let’s keep fighting together to keep their dreams alive! 🙏🏾
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#mlk #rfk #martinlutherking #robertfkennedy #civilrights #thesixties #humanrights #equality #equalityforall #mayallbeingsbefreefromsuffering #wereallamericans #resilience #yourvoicematters #stopracism #endracism #spreadlovenothate #vote #vote2020 #2020 #blacklivesmatter #blm #civil #humanity #human #humanrights #humanrace #imwithkap
  • Please follow @lovinglifetroy #passthemic #tuesday #elevatemelanatedvoices

    Repost: @ lovinglifetroy
    The other day while visiting my hometown, I decided to take a picture of a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. It dawned on me as I stood there that the train tracks behind the bust were the same train tracks when was 5 years old in 1968 that I watched the funeral train for Robert F. Kennedy pass on its way to Washington D.C. for his burial I didn’t understand the importance of the event at that time but I knew it was special due to the solemn and somber mood of the adults.

    It was a mixture of all types of people primarily Black and White together to honor a special man.
    Both of these great men were murdered that year, they stood for change, integrity, men of character who desired a better America for all. They were not perfect men, however I believe they possessed qualities not exemplified in many leaders of the world today.

    It is my responsibility to honor those multitudes of individuals who suffered and gave their lives for me to have the rights of a citizen that I have today. Let’s keep fighting together to keep their dreams alive! 🙏🏾

    #mlk #rfk #martinlutherking #robertfkennedy #civilrights #thesixties #humanrights #equality #equalityforall #mayallbeingsbefreefromsuffering #wereallamericans #resilience #yourvoicematters #stopracism #endracism #spreadlovenothate #vote #vote2020 #2020 #blacklivesmatter #blm #civil #humanity #human #humanrights #humanrace #imwithkap

  •  2  0  18 minutes ago
  • Today’s caption come from @sidney.gathers & @hollygathers 
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5 years...
5 years of laughter.
5 years of joy. 
5 years of learning. 
5 years of growing. 
5 years of love.
5 years of marriage.

Being in an interracial marriage, with an interracial child is beautiful! But we can’t help but think what conversations with our son will look like in the future if he experiences some form of racism and/or our racial climate remains the same. What do we say? How do we approach the conversation? 

We may not know the exact words we will use, but we do know the 
message we want to convey. The moment we decided to give our lives to Jesus was the moment we chose to lay down everything, including our mindsets and point of views that have been shaped by past experiences.
If persecuted, we choose to love. If treated in a manner that is unfair or unjust, we choose to love. Regardless of what this life throws our way, we choose to love. We choose to love people the way Jesus loved us. We choose to forgive people the way Jesus forgave us. We choose to live our lives in such a way that reflects the heart and character of God.

Our hope and prayer is that our son and this next generation will grow up in a society that is kinder, more empathetic, loves and values all human life, and knows that everyone is worthy no matter the color of ones skin. 

CONTINUED IN THE COMMENTS #elevatemelanatedvoices
  • Today’s caption come from @sidney.gathers & @hollygathers
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    5 years...
    5 years of laughter.
    5 years of joy.
    5 years of learning.
    5 years of growing.
    5 years of love.
    5 years of marriage.

    Being in an interracial marriage, with an interracial child is beautiful! But we can’t help but think what conversations with our son will look like in the future if he experiences some form of racism and/or our racial climate remains the same. What do we say? How do we approach the conversation?

    We may not know the exact words we will use, but we do know the
    message we want to convey. The moment we decided to give our lives to Jesus was the moment we chose to lay down everything, including our mindsets and point of views that have been shaped by past experiences.
    If persecuted, we choose to love. If treated in a manner that is unfair or unjust, we choose to love. Regardless of what this life throws our way, we choose to love. We choose to love people the way Jesus loved us. We choose to forgive people the way Jesus forgave us. We choose to live our lives in such a way that reflects the heart and character of God.

    Our hope and prayer is that our son and this next generation will grow up in a society that is kinder, more empathetic, loves and values all human life, and knows that everyone is worthy no matter the color of ones skin.

    CONTINUED IN THE COMMENTS #elevatemelanatedvoices

  •  97  9  2 hours ago
  • This majestic Snowy Owl painting by David Hence is one of many masterpieces featured in one of our current virtual exhibits: “Fresh Air.” We partnered with the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods and the Forest Preserves of Cook County to bring you an online exclusive gallery of works by Project Onward Artists that are inspired by the beauty and serenity of local nature. 
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Check out the rest of the show at the link in our bio! All works featured are available for purchase! 
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@brownartisttoday @brushwoodcenter @fpdcc 
#projectonward #davidhence #davidhenceart #brushwoodcenter #forestpreservesofcookcounty #freshair #blackartistsmatter #artforsaleonline #buyartonline #artistswithdisabilities #elevatemelanatedvoices #artthatmatters #disabilityarts #inclusivearts #snowyowl #nonprofitarts #intuitiveartist #chicagoartists #wildlifeart #bridgeportartcenter #nonprofitorg #501c3nonprofit #ablenotdisabled #neurodiverse #supportartistswithdisabilities #gouachepaint #gouacheartist #disabilityart #owl_feature #supportlocalartists
  • This majestic Snowy Owl painting by David Hence is one of many masterpieces featured in one of our current virtual exhibits: “Fresh Air.” We partnered with the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods and the Forest Preserves of Cook County to bring you an online exclusive gallery of works by Project Onward Artists that are inspired by the beauty and serenity of local nature.
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    Check out the rest of the show at the link in our bio! All works featured are available for purchase!
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    @brownartisttoday @brushwoodcenter @fpdcc
    #projectonward #davidhence #davidhenceart #brushwoodcenter #forestpreservesofcookcounty #freshair #blackartistsmatter #artforsaleonline #buyartonline #artistswithdisabilities #elevatemelanatedvoices #artthatmatters #disabilityarts #inclusivearts #snowyowl #nonprofitarts #intuitiveartist #chicagoartists #wildlifeart #bridgeportartcenter #nonprofitorg #501c3nonprofit #ablenotdisabled #neurodiverse #supportartistswithdisabilities #gouachepaint #gouacheartist #disabilityart #owl_feature #supportlocalartists

  •  48  1  6 hours ago
  • A term that’s popped in my head a lot lately - in response to sickly-sweet pseudo-sisterhood settings (no, YOU try saying that 5x quickly 😏)

Thoughts? 👀☕️ Where have you experienced this? Do you agree with this idea? Spill your tea sis!! 💜✨
  • A term that’s popped in my head a lot lately - in response to sickly-sweet pseudo-sisterhood settings (no, YOU try saying that 5x quickly 😏)

    Thoughts? 👀☕️ Where have you experienced this? Do you agree with this idea? Spill your tea sis!! 💜✨

  •  17  11  7 hours ago
  • Recently I made a trip out to Huntington Beach to partake in a self care day. However, my day was quickly turned upside down when a driver and the passenger angrily yelled racial slurs at me and pointed finger guns at me pretending to shoot me continuously with rage. This experience heightened my anxiety and left me feeling threatened for my safety. A beautiful sunny day turned dark in a matter of minutes because these people held so much hatred in their heart. 

I wish I could say this isn’t the only experience I’ve had with racial slurs. So when I see people online saying racism doesn’t exist I wonder what their explanation for something like this would be?

#BlackLivesmatter #elevatemelanatedvoices #blackvoices #nojusticenopeace #togetherwearestronger #blackvoicesheard #blackstoryteller #BlackisBeautiful
  • Recently I made a trip out to Huntington Beach to partake in a self care day. However, my day was quickly turned upside down when a driver and the passenger angrily yelled racial slurs at me and pointed finger guns at me pretending to shoot me continuously with rage. This experience heightened my anxiety and left me feeling threatened for my safety. A beautiful sunny day turned dark in a matter of minutes because these people held so much hatred in their heart.

    I wish I could say this isn’t the only experience I’ve had with racial slurs. So when I see people online saying racism doesn’t exist I wonder what their explanation for something like this would be?

    #BlackLivesmatter #elevatemelanatedvoices #blackvoices #nojusticenopeace #togetherwearestronger #blackvoicesheard #blackstoryteller #BlackisBeautiful

  •  29  4  7 hours ago
  • I worked in retail for over 13yrs and as a black woman I have seen how hard it is to be successful and have your development be just as important as others. I’ve had many encounters of racial inequity, microagressions and blatant racism. 
One example that I think about often was about 4 years ago while working in retail as an assistant store manager. I had a manager that reported into me that had various performance issues. I’ve always been taught that developing your people creates an environment for them to learn and do better but with this employee we were at a certain stage where corrective action was needed to help coach and develop and set accountability. My store manager would always complain about them, talk about everything they did wrong and tell me I need to coach them. But I could never understand why my manager would never support me in the conversations I had with this employee and the perception would be that I was the only one that had an issue with this employees performance.  I was the “bad guy” and when the store manager would talk to them he never would bring up any performance issues or be apart of the conversations I would have with them. I would see my store manager be supportive of my peers in similar situations and be very lenient with them, always joking with them, listening to their ideas, etc.  It caused me to be very stressed out and very hard on myself and my personal development. It was not until later that I took another position within the company and out of retail that I was able to have peace of mind. This was all thanks to another BIPOC at the company being privy to how my manager actually felt about me and they took it upon themselves to mention my name amongst others for open positions and promotions that were available within the company. 

Once I was in a new position and out of retail they told me that my store manager who was a white and very conservative male didn’t like me and I realized because he did not try to connect with me or feel that we had anything in common he didn’t care about supporting me in my position, my personal development or career goals. 

#theblackceiling 
#blackatwork #endracism #antirasicm
  • I worked in retail for over 13yrs and as a black woman I have seen how hard it is to be successful and have your development be just as important as others. I’ve had many encounters of racial inequity, microagressions and blatant racism.
    One example that I think about often was about 4 years ago while working in retail as an assistant store manager. I had a manager that reported into me that had various performance issues. I’ve always been taught that developing your people creates an environment for them to learn and do better but with this employee we were at a certain stage where corrective action was needed to help coach and develop and set accountability. My store manager would always complain about them, talk about everything they did wrong and tell me I need to coach them. But I could never understand why my manager would never support me in the conversations I had with this employee and the perception would be that I was the only one that had an issue with this employees performance. I was the “bad guy” and when the store manager would talk to them he never would bring up any performance issues or be apart of the conversations I would have with them. I would see my store manager be supportive of my peers in similar situations and be very lenient with them, always joking with them, listening to their ideas, etc. It caused me to be very stressed out and very hard on myself and my personal development. It was not until later that I took another position within the company and out of retail that I was able to have peace of mind. This was all thanks to another BIPOC at the company being privy to how my manager actually felt about me and they took it upon themselves to mention my name amongst others for open positions and promotions that were available within the company.

    Once I was in a new position and out of retail they told me that my store manager who was a white and very conservative male didn’t like me and I realized because he did not try to connect with me or feel that we had anything in common he didn’t care about supporting me in my position, my personal development or career goals.

    #theblackceiling
    #blackatwork #endracism #antirasicm

  •  4  1  9 hours ago
  • I just finished OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS by @justinwritesya and it’s already one of my favorite reads this year! I mean, it’s a YA involving time travel, so that shouldn’t surprise anyone 😉.

But in case you aren’t familiar, OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS is the story of Jack and Kate, who meet at a party and instantly bond. Over the next four months, Jack falls for Kate, but she dies, and he’s zapped back to the moment he met her. He’s set on a Groundhog Day-type loop—only four months long!—trying to figure out how to save her. In addition, he’s navigating his relationships with his two best friends, Francisco (Franny) and Jillian, and messing things up with both them and his parents at different points.

First off, I love the question this premise poses: If you could do things over, how would you change your actions? But then, what ripple effects do your actions have on others? How many times does it take for you to get things right so that everything turns out the way it needs to? Justin A. Reynolds handles this all so brilliantly. I loved every single character. None of them were perfect—except maybe Jack’s parents. I do love it when characters have awesome parents. Jack makes a lot of mistakes and has a lot of growing to do. It just makes you think.

Anyway, I highly recommend this book! No. 13 for me in the #30booksin3months challenge—also book 50 for the year 😀.

#ooa #oppositeofalways #justinareynolds #yabooks #yareads #youngadultbooks #yalover #yalit #ireadya #yalovin #yacontemporary #yaromance #yabookstagram #yatimetravel #summerreadingchallenge #summerreads #summerchallenge #blackstoriesmatter #amplifymelanatedvoices #amplifyblackvoices #elevatemelanatedvoices  #elevateblackvoices #yareader #readersofinstagram #bookreview #bookreviews #mustread #whattoread #greatreads
  • I just finished OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS by @justinwritesya and it’s already one of my favorite reads this year! I mean, it’s a YA involving time travel, so that shouldn’t surprise anyone 😉.

    But in case you aren’t familiar, OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS is the story of Jack and Kate, who meet at a party and instantly bond. Over the next four months, Jack falls for Kate, but she dies, and he’s zapped back to the moment he met her. He’s set on a Groundhog Day-type loop—only four months long!—trying to figure out how to save her. In addition, he’s navigating his relationships with his two best friends, Francisco (Franny) and Jillian, and messing things up with both them and his parents at different points.

    First off, I love the question this premise poses: If you could do things over, how would you change your actions? But then, what ripple effects do your actions have on others? How many times does it take for you to get things right so that everything turns out the way it needs to? Justin A. Reynolds handles this all so brilliantly. I loved every single character. None of them were perfect—except maybe Jack’s parents. I do love it when characters have awesome parents. Jack makes a lot of mistakes and has a lot of growing to do. It just makes you think.

    Anyway, I highly recommend this book! No. 13 for me in the #30booksin3months challenge—also book 50 for the year 😀.

    #ooa #oppositeofalways #justinareynolds #yabooks #yareads #youngadultbooks #yalover #yalit #ireadya #yalovin #yacontemporary #yaromance #yabookstagram #yatimetravel #summerreadingchallenge #summerreads #summerchallenge #blackstoriesmatter #amplifymelanatedvoices #amplifyblackvoices #elevatemelanatedvoices #elevateblackvoices #yareader #readersofinstagram #bookreview #bookreviews #mustread #whattoread #greatreads

  •  21  2  10 hours ago
  • Remember that hair wrap? I wore it as a shawl to the opera a few summers ago too! #makeitfashion
  • Remember that hair wrap? I wore it as a shawl to the opera a few summers ago too! #makeitfashion

  •  51  10  11 hours ago
  • Hey Framily. Have you gotten so used to failure that you are afraid to win? I know it sounds crazy but this is me. This quarantine I really discovered it. One of my super powers is being an encourager and cheerleader for others. I love to see people succeed and win! But life has kicked me in the teeth so many times that I’ve become accustomed to not winning. I’ve become a little scared of my own success. Again, I know it seems strange but it’s truth. And you know what this is a form of abuse. I understand that we have to take chances, and that sometimes we will fail. But what I need to continually speak over myself “Get used to winning.” I’m used to being looked over for everything(love,job,friendship,etc), & it’s impacted how I’ve communicated with people & myself. I don’t want to be a bother,  nuisance, annoying, seem needy, etc. This sound familiar with anyone? But truth is winning in life isn’t being a nuisance, annoying, needy, or out of reach for me. It’s undoing constructs that weren’t mine to own in the first place. I need to get used to being consistently healthy, madly in love(and not just giving it but receiving it too),writing that great script or article, creating that bomb recipe and sharing it with you all, traveling, etc. I need to get used to success & not be afraid of it. Cause getting stuck gets you nowhere and fear is the trick of the enemy! Have you been paralyzed by fear? Have you been fearful to succeed? Share in the comments below!#amplifyblackvoices#amplifymelanatedvoices#elevatemelanatedvoices#writer#producer#contentcreator#creative
  • Hey Framily. Have you gotten so used to failure that you are afraid to win? I know it sounds crazy but this is me. This quarantine I really discovered it. One of my super powers is being an encourager and cheerleader for others. I love to see people succeed and win! But life has kicked me in the teeth so many times that I’ve become accustomed to not winning. I’ve become a little scared of my own success. Again, I know it seems strange but it’s truth. And you know what this is a form of abuse. I understand that we have to take chances, and that sometimes we will fail. But what I need to continually speak over myself “Get used to winning.” I’m used to being looked over for everything(love,job,friendship,etc), & it’s impacted how I’ve communicated with people & myself. I don’t want to be a bother, nuisance, annoying, seem needy, etc. This sound familiar with anyone? But truth is winning in life isn’t being a nuisance, annoying, needy, or out of reach for me. It’s undoing constructs that weren’t mine to own in the first place. I need to get used to being consistently healthy, madly in love(and not just giving it but receiving it too),writing that great script or article, creating that bomb recipe and sharing it with you all, traveling, etc. I need to get used to success & not be afraid of it. Cause getting stuck gets you nowhere and fear is the trick of the enemy! Have you been paralyzed by fear? Have you been fearful to succeed? Share in the comments below! #amplifyblackvoices #amplifymelanatedvoices #elevatemelanatedvoices #writer #producer #contentcreator #creative

  •  14  0  11 hours ago
  • Documenting the Black experience is something that we can take ownership of. If we control the lens, we control the narrative.
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📸 by the Uber talented: @micaiahcarter
  • Documenting the Black experience is something that we can take ownership of. If we control the lens, we control the narrative.
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    📸 by the Uber talented: @micaiahcarter

  •  621  9  11 hours ago
  • Today, I'm taking part in the #globalfoodcollab, hosted by @asoulfulkitchen and @journeytotable. In each installment of this bimonthly collab, we'll highlight food from a different part of the world. This time, we're focusing on the cuisines of Africa (excluding North Africa and Egypt, as those areas tend to get a bit more attention from food media). I absolutely love the idea behind this collab, and am so excited to learn more about food from different places - particularly those that don't often get the spotlight!⁠⠀
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For my dish, I originally thought I'd make something Ethiopian. Y'know, because I'm obsessed with Ethiopian food. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to highlight Ugandan food, which I've literally never seen or had outside of Uganda despite it being lovely. I thought back to my favorite thing I ate while visiting two winters ago. It was hands down a dish that consisted only of rice, beans and avocado. I'd ordered it because it was one of the only vegetarian options at the restaurant we'd stopped at. I didn't expect much, but it was absolutely wonderful. ⁠⠀
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While looking for a recipe, I ended up stumbling upon Sophie of @akitcheninuganda. Her blog didn't have a rice and beans recipe, but it *did* have a recipe for a classic Ugandan bean stew, so I figured I'd give that a go! And I'm so glad I did. This meal was delicious, filling, and packed with protein. I added a bit of avocado as a garnish, simply as an homage to that dish I loved so much while I was there, but it's wonderful with or without it!⁠⠀
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I highly recommend you check out Sophie's blog and/or Instagram. Her recipes are insightful and easy to follow. I'd also like to encourage you to click through the hashtag up top to scroll through some of the gorgeous recipes featured in today's collab!
  • Today, I'm taking part in the #globalfoodcollab, hosted by @asoulfulkitchen and @journeytotable. In each installment of this bimonthly collab, we'll highlight food from a different part of the world. This time, we're focusing on the cuisines of Africa (excluding North Africa and Egypt, as those areas tend to get a bit more attention from food media). I absolutely love the idea behind this collab, and am so excited to learn more about food from different places - particularly those that don't often get the spotlight!⁠⠀
    ⁠⠀
    For my dish, I originally thought I'd make something Ethiopian. Y'know, because I'm obsessed with Ethiopian food. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to highlight Ugandan food, which I've literally never seen or had outside of Uganda despite it being lovely. I thought back to my favorite thing I ate while visiting two winters ago. It was hands down a dish that consisted only of rice, beans and avocado. I'd ordered it because it was one of the only vegetarian options at the restaurant we'd stopped at. I didn't expect much, but it was absolutely wonderful. ⁠⠀
    ⁠⠀
    While looking for a recipe, I ended up stumbling upon Sophie of @akitcheninuganda. Her blog didn't have a rice and beans recipe, but it *did* have a recipe for a classic Ugandan bean stew, so I figured I'd give that a go! And I'm so glad I did. This meal was delicious, filling, and packed with protein. I added a bit of avocado as a garnish, simply as an homage to that dish I loved so much while I was there, but it's wonderful with or without it!⁠⠀
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    I highly recommend you check out Sophie's blog and/or Instagram. Her recipes are insightful and easy to follow. I'd also like to encourage you to click through the hashtag up top to scroll through some of the gorgeous recipes featured in today's collab!

  •  186  77  11 hours ago
  • Hey Framily!!! In case your wondering if the miscarriage of justice is flowing down to our youth, here ya go! Everyday more disgusting things keep getting revealed. But here’s the thing: if these horrible things aren’t done in the first place there will be nothing to reveal! What a concept 😳😱 Praying this dear one is doing okay. And I in no way think this is a reason to reopen schools & put teachers & students in danger, rather schools need to do their job and follow up with all students & make sure they have the adequate resources for their education and self. But people really don’t care about us, but is quick to lock people up for nothing.#blacklivesmatter#amplifymelanatedvoices#amplifyblackvoices l#elevatemelanatedvoices
  • Hey Framily!!! In case your wondering if the miscarriage of justice is flowing down to our youth, here ya go! Everyday more disgusting things keep getting revealed. But here’s the thing: if these horrible things aren’t done in the first place there will be nothing to reveal! What a concept 😳😱 Praying this dear one is doing okay. And I in no way think this is a reason to reopen schools & put teachers & students in danger, rather schools need to do their job and follow up with all students & make sure they have the adequate resources for their education and self. But people really don’t care about us, but is quick to lock people up for nothing. #blacklivesmatter #amplifymelanatedvoices #amplifyblackvoices l #elevatemelanatedvoices

  •  2  4  12 hours ago
  • David Chariandy shares his history and how he sees the world with his 13 year old daughter in "I've Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter"⁠
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Through his experiences as the son of Trinidadian immigrants and his experience of living in Canada, as a person of colour, married to a white woman- ⁠
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Chariandy wrote this book in an effort to answer his daughters questions during the 2016 U.S election. ⁠
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It is in essence it's a beautiful letter of race and family and I really recommend it.. ⁠
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#Ivebeenmeaningtotellyou #DavidChariandy #elevatemelanatedvoices #Ilovetoread #bookloversalways #bookcommunity⁠ #canadareads⁠
#bookishlife #readinginbed #readerlife #bookishgirl⁠
#cozyreading #readingismagic #bookwormsunite #booksandtea #listenandlearn #beantiracist #beanally #nooneisfreeuntileveryoneisfree #iammuted #whitepeopledosomething #whitepeopleforblacklives #standinginsolidarity #iwillnotbesilent #knowyourprivilege #whitefragility ⁠#noraandedie #handmadereader⁠
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  • David Chariandy shares his history and how he sees the world with his 13 year old daughter in "I've Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter"⁠

    Through his experiences as the son of Trinidadian immigrants and his experience of living in Canada, as a person of colour, married to a white woman- ⁠

    Chariandy wrote this book in an effort to answer his daughters questions during the 2016 U.S election. ⁠

    It is in essence it's a beautiful letter of race and family and I really recommend it.. ⁠



    #Ivebeenmeaningtotellyou #DavidChariandy #elevatemelanatedvoices #Ilovetoread #bookloversalways #bookcommunity#canadareads
    #bookishlife #readinginbed #readerlife #bookishgirl⁠
    #cozyreading #readingismagic #bookwormsunite #booksandtea #listenandlearn #beantiracist #beanally #nooneisfreeuntileveryoneisfree #iammuted #whitepeopledosomething #whitepeopleforblacklives #standinginsolidarity #iwillnotbesilent #knowyourprivilege #whitefragility ⁠#noraandedie #handmadereader⁠

    Image background @jessbaileydesigns - unsplash.com ⁠

  •  13  1  22 hours ago
  • When did we get away from our humanity, from taking care of our brothers and sisters in need, from compassion (for against this there is no law-Gal5:23)? “One nation under god?” My god (Source) sees no color, hangs out with prostitutes and tax collectors, values children, gives mercy and justice to the point of being executed for it. That is the side I stand on- the outsider, the downtrodden, the people. Through this current movement with #elevatemelanatedvoices I realize just how much of these systematic problems start at the polling place. I never voted in smaller elections thinking “I don’t have kids in school, or I’m not home enough so these ballots don’t effect me.” Oh my ignorance. I see so clearly now. My commitment is to show up and VOTE, no matter how small. Tomorrow in Fort Worth is for one measure-prop A for more tax dollars to be directed to the FW police dept.  It may have served its time in the past but this is not the future I want to see moving forward. It hails “after school programs” among other things, how about let’s give those tax dollars to raise teachers salaries and fund teacher-led programs in underfunded schools? Or use those dollars towards mental health programs while we turn this tide? However you decide to vote, I’ll be so happy to see you at the polls tomorrow. #fortworthvoter  This photo was taken on Oct 22 2014 at #octresist in Manhattan. Eric Garners sister spoke and it was so moving. Tonight as I research there are stories here in FW of innocent black lives lost (Atatiana Jefferson, Jermaine Darden). It’s heart breaking. I’m ready to change my old ways and let go of my own complacency and complicity. Let’s be the change we wish to see y’all! VOTE! ✊🏻
  • When did we get away from our humanity, from taking care of our brothers and sisters in need, from compassion (for against this there is no law-Gal5:23)? “One nation under god?” My god (Source) sees no color, hangs out with prostitutes and tax collectors, values children, gives mercy and justice to the point of being executed for it. That is the side I stand on- the outsider, the downtrodden, the people. Through this current movement with #elevatemelanatedvoices I realize just how much of these systematic problems start at the polling place. I never voted in smaller elections thinking “I don’t have kids in school, or I’m not home enough so these ballots don’t effect me.” Oh my ignorance. I see so clearly now. My commitment is to show up and VOTE, no matter how small. Tomorrow in Fort Worth is for one measure-prop A for more tax dollars to be directed to the FW police dept. It may have served its time in the past but this is not the future I want to see moving forward. It hails “after school programs” among other things, how about let’s give those tax dollars to raise teachers salaries and fund teacher-led programs in underfunded schools? Or use those dollars towards mental health programs while we turn this tide? However you decide to vote, I’ll be so happy to see you at the polls tomorrow. #fortworthvoter This photo was taken on Oct 22 2014 at #octresist in Manhattan. Eric Garners sister spoke and it was so moving. Tonight as I research there are stories here in FW of innocent black lives lost (Atatiana Jefferson, Jermaine Darden). It’s heart breaking. I’m ready to change my old ways and let go of my own complacency and complicity. Let’s be the change we wish to see y’all! VOTE! ✊🏻

  •  57  9  23 hours ago

Top #elevatemelanatedvoices Posts

  • Today, I'm taking part in the #globalfoodcollab, hosted by @asoulfulkitchen and @journeytotable. In each installment of this bimonthly collab, we'll highlight food from a different part of the world. This time, we're focusing on the cuisines of Africa (excluding North Africa and Egypt, as those areas tend to get a bit more attention from food media). I absolutely love the idea behind this collab, and am so excited to learn more about food from different places - particularly those that don't often get the spotlight!⁠⠀
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For my dish, I originally thought I'd make something Ethiopian. Y'know, because I'm obsessed with Ethiopian food. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to highlight Ugandan food, which I've literally never seen or had outside of Uganda despite it being lovely. I thought back to my favorite thing I ate while visiting two winters ago. It was hands down a dish that consisted only of rice, beans and avocado. I'd ordered it because it was one of the only vegetarian options at the restaurant we'd stopped at. I didn't expect much, but it was absolutely wonderful. ⁠⠀
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While looking for a recipe, I ended up stumbling upon Sophie of @akitcheninuganda. Her blog didn't have a rice and beans recipe, but it *did* have a recipe for a classic Ugandan bean stew, so I figured I'd give that a go! And I'm so glad I did. This meal was delicious, filling, and packed with protein. I added a bit of avocado as a garnish, simply as an homage to that dish I loved so much while I was there, but it's wonderful with or without it!⁠⠀
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I highly recommend you check out Sophie's blog and/or Instagram. Her recipes are insightful and easy to follow. I'd also like to encourage you to click through the hashtag up top to scroll through some of the gorgeous recipes featured in today's collab!
  • Today, I'm taking part in the #globalfoodcollab, hosted by @asoulfulkitchen and @journeytotable. In each installment of this bimonthly collab, we'll highlight food from a different part of the world. This time, we're focusing on the cuisines of Africa (excluding North Africa and Egypt, as those areas tend to get a bit more attention from food media). I absolutely love the idea behind this collab, and am so excited to learn more about food from different places - particularly those that don't often get the spotlight!⁠⠀
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    For my dish, I originally thought I'd make something Ethiopian. Y'know, because I'm obsessed with Ethiopian food. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to highlight Ugandan food, which I've literally never seen or had outside of Uganda despite it being lovely. I thought back to my favorite thing I ate while visiting two winters ago. It was hands down a dish that consisted only of rice, beans and avocado. I'd ordered it because it was one of the only vegetarian options at the restaurant we'd stopped at. I didn't expect much, but it was absolutely wonderful. ⁠⠀
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    While looking for a recipe, I ended up stumbling upon Sophie of @akitcheninuganda. Her blog didn't have a rice and beans recipe, but it *did* have a recipe for a classic Ugandan bean stew, so I figured I'd give that a go! And I'm so glad I did. This meal was delicious, filling, and packed with protein. I added a bit of avocado as a garnish, simply as an homage to that dish I loved so much while I was there, but it's wonderful with or without it!⁠⠀
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    I highly recommend you check out Sophie's blog and/or Instagram. Her recipes are insightful and easy to follow. I'd also like to encourage you to click through the hashtag up top to scroll through some of the gorgeous recipes featured in today's collab!

  •  186  77  11 hours ago
  • {Full directory with more categories and details at 🔗Link In Bio. ADD A NEW BRAND - Link In Bio + More category posts coming soon as well as creator highlights!!} The Palm team is committed to continuing to amplify voices of those who are underrepresented. This is a priority for us, that didn’t end last week and it doesn’t end today, on Juneteenth. We are actively partnering with others to help us hone and focus our evolving and mission, and to keep us honest. We definitely welcome to hear the voices of our community in regards to how we can make Palm a more inclusive place for both our creators and the brands we choose to partner with.  We are also dedicated to helping brands to build more diverse and inclusive marketing practices.  We also care deeply about adding more specificity to the brands we choose to support and collaborate with. Ethical business practices are our top priority. Please expect to hear from Palm more regularly about our initiatives. If you are passionate about building a better world for us all. 💕
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  • {Full directory with more categories and details at 🔗Link In Bio. ADD A NEW BRAND - Link In Bio + More category posts coming soon as well as creator highlights!!} The Palm team is committed to continuing to amplify voices of those who are underrepresented. This is a priority for us, that didn’t end last week and it doesn’t end today, on Juneteenth. We are actively partnering with others to help us hone and focus our evolving and mission, and to keep us honest. We definitely welcome to hear the voices of our community in regards to how we can make Palm a more inclusive place for both our creators and the brands we choose to partner with. We are also dedicated to helping brands to build more diverse and inclusive marketing practices. We also care deeply about adding more specificity to the brands we choose to support and collaborate with. Ethical business practices are our top priority. Please expect to hear from Palm more regularly about our initiatives. If you are passionate about building a better world for us all. 💕
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  • My guest room gallery wall has been without visiting guests to stare at it.  A lonely guest room gallery wall during a global pandemic is really the least of the world’s problems! I put together this wall for a partnership project last year and never took it down.  It includes old architectural prints I had framed, some wall art from the partnership and even a cute crystal piece made by my friend. Swipe left to see wall before and some details. There seems to be a gallery wall malaise on IG these days.  I still love a good gallery wall.  Do you?
  • My guest room gallery wall has been without visiting guests to stare at it. A lonely guest room gallery wall during a global pandemic is really the least of the world’s problems! I put together this wall for a partnership project last year and never took it down. It includes old architectural prints I had framed, some wall art from the partnership and even a cute crystal piece made by my friend. Swipe left to see wall before and some details. There seems to be a gallery wall malaise on IG these days. I still love a good gallery wall. Do you?

  •  2,303  77  30 June, 2020
  • 🤯These are revealing times. So much is being uncovered and will continue to be as we keep moving toward collective consciousness. We weren’t ready or conscious enough to be able to handle blowing the lid off of things… but we’ve been doing our work.⁠
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So let’s continue to pull back the veil. This is a part of our coming together. ✊🏿🤙🏾👊🏽👍🏻✌️ 🙌🏼⁠
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#AMPLIFYMELANATEDVOICES
  • 🤯These are revealing times. So much is being uncovered and will continue to be as we keep moving toward collective consciousness. We weren’t ready or conscious enough to be able to handle blowing the lid off of things… but we’ve been doing our work.⁠

    So let’s continue to pull back the veil. This is a part of our coming together. ✊🏿🤙🏾👊🏽👍🏻✌️ 🙌🏼⁠

    #AMPLIFYMELANATEDVOICES

  •  1,412  22  12 June, 2020
  • LISTEN! #blacklivesmatter #elevatemelanatedvoices inspired by a 70s poster. Become a platform, become a megaphone to amplify and elevate the voices of black people. Black lives matter. Black lives are precious. Black lives deserve to be protected. 🖤
  • LISTEN! #blacklivesmatter #elevatemelanatedvoices inspired by a 70s poster. Become a platform, become a megaphone to amplify and elevate the voices of black people. Black lives matter. Black lives are precious. Black lives deserve to be protected. 🖤

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  • “If you are disgusted by what you see, and if you feel the fire coursing through your veins, then it's up to you. You don't have to be the leader of a global movement or a household name. It can be as small scale as chipping away at the warped power relations in your workplace. It can be passing on knowledge and skills to those who wouldn't access them otherwise. It can be creative. It can be informal. It can be your job. It doesn't matter what it is, as long as you're doing something.”
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  • “If you are disgusted by what you see, and if you feel the fire coursing through your veins, then it's up to you. You don't have to be the leader of a global movement or a household name. It can be as small scale as chipping away at the warped power relations in your workplace. It can be passing on knowledge and skills to those who wouldn't access them otherwise. It can be creative. It can be informal. It can be your job. It doesn't matter what it is, as long as you're doing something.”
    - @renieddolodge

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  • #MatsunagaInstitute #WhatMovesYou 
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A black Professor said “Yes racism impacts achievement. Next question..” She goes, “I don’t think that’s true. I think it’s just related to poverty, but black ppl are so loud that we only focus on their story” 
And that my friends, is how she answered her own original question

Think about the mental toll. Knowing that just leaving your NATURAL HAIR could be the difference between getting the job or not 
I’ve talked about this w/ Black students many times. It’s just one of the many things. But this is how deeply ingrained bias is
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    A black Professor said “Yes racism impacts achievement. Next question..” She goes, “I don’t think that’s true. I think it’s just related to poverty, but black ppl are so loud that we only focus on their story”
    And that my friends, is how she answered her own original question

    Think about the mental toll. Knowing that just leaving your NATURAL HAIR could be the difference between getting the job or not
    I’ve talked about this w/ Black students many times. It’s just one of the many things. But this is how deeply ingrained bias is





    #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #elevatemelanatedvoices #melanin #racialbias #bias #momblog #authorsofinstagram #writerscommunity #womensupportingwomen #writerssupportingwriters #momblogger #momsofinstagram
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  •  1,759  23  12 July, 2020
  • 𝘋𝘪𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩 𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘺𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘦?⁣
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So much of this syndrome involves questioning yourself, digging a hole and doubting yourself. You let your own thoughts poison you instead of fuel you. You call yourself a fraud, dismiss success as luck, no matter the evidence.⁣
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I struggle with this every single day. There’s no fix but to be your true self and bravely challenge your negative thoughts on a daily basis until you begin to think them less and less.⁣
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𝗪𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞. 𝗪𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐜𝐜𝐮𝐩𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞. 𝘞𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘋𝘢𝘮𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯’𝘵 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘶𝘤𝘬. 𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘦’𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘭 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯.⁣
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𝐑𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬!♥️⁣
- 𝘋𝘳. 𝘚𝘵𝘦𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘺
  • 𝘋𝘪𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩 𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘺𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘮𝘦?⁣

    So much of this syndrome involves questioning yourself, digging a hole and doubting yourself. You let your own thoughts poison you instead of fuel you. You call yourself a fraud, dismiss success as luck, no matter the evidence.⁣

    I struggle with this every single day. There’s no fix but to be your true self and bravely challenge your negative thoughts on a daily basis until you begin to think them less and less.⁣

    𝗪𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞. 𝗪𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐜𝐜𝐮𝐩𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞. 𝘞𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘋𝘢𝘮𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯’𝘵 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘶𝘤𝘬. 𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘦’𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘭 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯.⁣

    𝐑𝐨𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬!♥️⁣
    - 𝘋𝘳. 𝘚𝘵𝘦𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘺

  •  2,075  92  2 July, 2020